Showing posts from November, 2015

Team Justin Vs. Team God

Let's say that God and I are competing in a  cosmic flag football game. I’m the captain of "Team Justincredible." See what I did there? Combined Justin with incredible. God is the captain of "Team Died For Your Sins." I think his team name is a little braggy, but whatever.
When I choose my team I’m going for the very best of the best. My quarterback is Tom Brady. I can’t stand Tom Brady, but the Patriots are undefeated. I’m trying to beat God’s team at flag football so “Cheat to Win”…deflate gate part 2. Tom is going to be throwing to the greatest receiver of all time during his best seasons. Jerry Rice when he was with the 49er's 1987 and 1995. Those were his best season for touchdowns and yards. Not the Seahawks or Raiders Jerry Rice, '87 and '95 Jerry Rice. My running back would be Emmitt Smith in his prime. And finally I would pick Jameis Winston. I know that last pick is a strange one, “Why would he pick Jameis Winston?” I ask my self that same …

No Armor For Your Back

We are in a cosmic battle. Don't know if you are aware of that or not. But the truth is that we are. And we need to be aware of that.

Here's why. Do me a favor and read Ephesians 6:10-17. The famous "Armor of God" passage. Notice in this verses that there is no armor for your back. It's all in the front. We have to be on guard and facing our opponent in order to be protected. Turning your back and running only leaves you exposed. In other words, pretending you're not in a fight will only result in you getting knocked out.

We are in a cosmic battle. Yes, Jesus did deal the final blow. We did already win. But everyday that has to play out in our lives. We have to live as if we are victorious. Sharing that victory with others.

Find someone to share your faith will, let them know how much God loves them and take a stand against the devils schemes.

Engaging God

This morning I was reading an article about Christians that struggle with their faith. I think that many of us at one point in our life fit into that category. It's understandable. It's difficult to keep your relationship with God fresh and alive because life is busy. We get caught up in that business. Over time a relationship that was once the most important one in a persons life becomes routine. We go through the motions. God goes from being our everything to just our something.

So how do we keep the this from happening? How do we keep our fire? I saw a quotes that captured my thoughts perfectly… "The more I engage scripture, the more I engage God." When I read this it clicked for me. Never give up the opportunity to engage the Savior of the World. Don't skip or skim.

Open up your bible and read. Get your "youversion" app out and read. If you hate reading, get an audible bible, push play and listen. Never forget that God's word is your connection …

Justin and His Torn Labrum

Four months ago I hurt my shoulder working out. I was practicing jujitsu one day, the next day I woke up and could hardly move my left arm. Every time I did move it my shoulder would pop out of place. Like any man, I did not go to the hospital. I sucked it up and dealt with the pain. I did stop working out. I did stop using it. In my eyes I was protecting my arm and my injury (at the time I didn't know what was actually wrong with my shoulder because like I said, no doctor).

Three months later I woke up, pushing through the pain I got in the shower and started washing my hair and that's when it happened. My should popped hard and was frozen in place. There I was naked in the shower with my left arm stuck in the air, hand resting on my head, soap dripping into my eyes. Kind of a compromising position to find yourself in. For the next 10 minutes I maneuvered and shifted
my arm back and forth until it loosened up and I could get it back down.

After that I went to the doctors and…

The Two Bearded Preachers and Their Dad Fail

I started a new project with my good friend Martin Bender. Every week as The Two Bearded Preacher (We're both preachers and we both have beards. The title is probably self explanatory), we host a podcast called The Partially Informed Podcast (Again, self explanatory).

Martin and I talk about everything from politics to caffeine induced paranoia to adult doll fears (Yes I have a fear of dolls, you can listen here.) Just recently we found out through a series of test that Martin is more of a "Hipster Pastor" than I am. He's pretty upset about that. We've even started a movement to end "Facial Profiling." (It's a real thing. Just because we have beards doesn't mean we are homeless, terrorist, or confederate soldiers. #Endfacialprofiling)

One of our main bits is called "Dad Fail of the Week." Parenting is a tricky business. Martin and I are here to help all dads be the best they can be. Therefore we share our failures as dads in order to m…

Free Wifi

When I’m at the church during the week, its pretty common to hear someone yell, “Is the internet out?” It goes out all the time. When that happens it's very inconvenient.

Step 1) Get up, walking into the front office. (About 15 steps from my office, so yes I'm lazy) Step 2) Unplug the router.  Step 3) Count… 1 1,000… 2 1,000, up to 10 1,000.  Step 4) Plug it back in.  Step 5) Wait for it to reboot and then try connecting again. 
It comes back on, and everything is working. Then all of the sudden, “Did the internet go out again?” Repeat Steps 1 through 5. 

Sometimes we treat our relationship with God very similar  When we base our relationship with God solely on feelings, we are treating God like he’s a cheap Wifi hotspot signal we mysteriously lose from time to time. Satan wants you to treat God like he is an unreliable Wifi Hotspot. Why? Because if you "feel" like you keep loosing your connection, eventually you’re going to get up and go to another spot to get better recep…