Tom’s Blog

Who or what are we chasing?

Every day people just like us look for purpose and have a deep desire, perhaps even a craving, for truth. They want to find someone…follow someone who is truly righteous.

They won’t find it in their careers, their friends, in the White House or in the Supreme Court.

Those who hunger for purpose and truth and thirst for righteousness will only find it in Jesus Christ.

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
‭‭(John‬ ‭6:35‬)

Keith Madison

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Life Giver?

This week I ask us all to ask ourselves this question…Are we life givers or life takers?

The challenge:

When you first meet someone ask them how they are doing.

Then ask them what is new in their lives.

Finally try to drop the word I from the conversation…make it a you or a we.

Of these 3 areas are foreign to you…you may just be a life taker!

GRACE!


Hayden Carlo, 25, was pulled over by Plano police because he had an expired registration. He said he told the police officer that he was struggling financially. He said he had to choose between updating his registration and feeding his kids.
Carlo recalled their conversation. He flatly said he doesn’t have an excuse for the expired registration except he can’t afford a new one.
“I don’t have the money,” he told the officer. “It was either feed my kids or get this registration done.”
The police officer then handed the driver a citation, but when Carlo unfolded the paper, he saw a crisp $100 bill.
He said he “broke down” in his car. “What else can you do?” he asked.
Grace is my most beloved word in the world. As I study Jesus’ life, the notion of grace keeps hitting me in the face. All his stories made the wrong person the hero: the prodigal son not the responsible older brother, Lazarus not the rich man, the Good Samaritan not the Jewish rabbi. And I began to see grace as one of the great, often untapped, powers of the universe that God has asked us to set loose.
The French philosopher Simone Weil wrote a book called Gravity and Grace which describes two different ways of approach. The world runs by rules like gravity. As Isaac Newton studied the universe, he came up with fixed rules like “Every action deserves an equal and opposite reaction.” Athletics runs that way, as does the economy and politics. Stop making your car or house payments, and the bank repossesses them. Bomb my country and we will bomb you back. Against that pattern comes a strikingly different pattern. From God we deserve anger and we get love; we deserve punishment and we get forgiveness.
Grace is unfair. We deserve God’s wrath and get God’s love, deserve punishment and get forgiveness. We don’t get what we deserve. Paul put it ironically, “The wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life.” We work hard for wages, which vanish at death; we do nothing to deserve grace, and get life eternal. It’s unfair that a human rights abuser like Saul gets forgiven, or a murderer/adulterer like King David, or a thief hanging on a cross who has a conversion just before death. Yes, it’s unfair—gloriously unfair I would say. Coach Campman

Need encouragement??

You can never go wrong if you approach God. Questions? Approach God.

Doubts? Approach God.

Guilt? Approach God.

Health challenges? Approach God.

Decisions? Approach God.

Mentally and emotionally exhausted? Approach God.

Wronged? Approach God.

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Keith Madison

Someone cares

Educated, Uneducated. God loves you.

Common laborer, CEO. God loves you.

First Grade Student, College Professor. God loves you.

Success, Failure. God loves you.

Coach, Umpire. God loves you.

“God doesn’t love us because of who we are. God loves us because of who He is.”

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 1:6)

Keith Madison