My August Political Fast

My August Political Fast

I needed this.  As of last night I came off of my self-imposed Political Fast for the month of August, and honestly I’m not sure I want to go back.  By a political fast I mean that I purposefully stayed away from reading anything or listening to anything having to do with the present political races of Hillary and Trump.  Really the whole system as well.  Sure I was tempted a few times and know that at least once I started down that road of “just to see” what the story behind the latest headline was.  But I didn’t fall prey to the calling and got through August with pretty much no political writ, radio, or video.  I think I’m healthier for it and not certain I want to go back to my old norm.

This is not to say that I no longer have political thinking. I am not saying that I no longer believer that some politics and laws are just bad.  This is not to say that I no longer believe that some candidates are way off and therefore they will be advocating systems and laws which will hurt people.

Yes, I still intellectually and morally believe there is a clear right and wrong.  Some candidates get that and others do not.  But I also believe that the attention to these issues in the political sphere is no longer as high on my emotional radar screen as they once were.  I always knew that the Kingdom of God is the bigger picture.  It’s just taken my emotions a while to catch up.  While some of these political and legal issues are indeed important; they are just not the “most important.”

So after 31 days of political and social media fasting, I’ve arrived at four things that I do know for sure and four things I plan to do. (more…)

Powerful and Effective

Powerful and Effective

In referring to Elijah of the Old Testament, James makes the observation that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  But I wonder.  Even when we find our righteousness in the healing of Christ opposed to our own merit, are our prayers really powerful?  Are they truly heard by the God of all creation?  Tune in Sunday night at 8p Central as our special guest, Rick Stedman, believes so.  Rick founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California.  His real desire is getting people connected to God and borrowing from Eugene Peterson, Rick has suggested that the number one job of pastors is to teach their people to pray.  Would you agree with that?  What other questions about prayer or living out the loving Kingdom of God would you have for Rick?  Feel free to send in questions early and join us for the live discussion Sunday night.  We will also be giving away a copy of Rick’s new book, Praying the Armor of God.  Questions and comments can be taken during the webcast via our SND Google + page or here.

 

A Holy Occupation. Part I.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  That’s the verse that came to mind yesterday morning around 9:15 or so when I felt like things were starting to go south.  It wasn’t that things were going bad but rather just a sense that the day was beginning to turn into more of a “Steve” day than a “God” day.    I was already on my way to “accomplishing things” but sensed little power and direction from above.  I had just turned out some sermon prep and was ready to tic a number of other things off the check list.  In the eyes of man I was on target to having a very successful day of busyness.  But maybe that’s where the problem was.  It’s so easy to allow the rush of the land and agenda of our corporate lifestyle to crowd God out.  The day actually started off on the wrong foot when I checked email on my phone not even five minutes after waking up and it wasn’t going much better by mid-morning.  So there I was, wrestling with the example of Jesus in Mark 1:35 and feeling like I had just gone back to the school house of prayer.  I was reminded once again that unless the first breaths of the day are guarded militantly the world will take the rest of the day away.  (more…)