Thoughts from the weekend:
Summer is wonderful.
I encourage you to not complain about the heat - just remember the cold of winter!
I am thankful for a great staff who ministered while I was away!
Good to get away - good to get home.
Debbie and I visited a church while on vacation - there is nothing like our own church family, Stone Church!
I love our church!
As a pastoral staff - we are already engaged and praying about the fall - we are excited!
We will be celebrating communion this coming Sunday morning. I encourage you to come with a heart prepared to receive from the Lord.
One of my favorite authors is Craig Groeschel. He has written an excellent, challenging book entitled, "Soul Detox."
One of chapters is entitled, "Deception Infection." (Telling ourselves the truth).
Debbie and I were talking about this last evening - people can rationalize anything. I mean anything.
Hannah Moore has written, "The ingenuity of self-deception is inexhaustible."
We all are dealing with one area of deception in our lives - something we refuse to accept or acknowledge.
And...usually it is because we don't want to know.
Why do we do that? David writes in Psalms 36:2,3: In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin."
David says, "people flatter themselves too much."
They lie to themselves and they don't even know it.
So, today, ask God to reveal the spiritual toxin in your life of self-deception. Ask him to reveal to you that "something" which you either intentionally or unintentionally refuse to deal with, and then let God work in your life.
Stop lying to yourself, swallowing the poisonous self-deceptions that keep you from walking in complete spiritual health. Admit the truth. Come clean - and the truth will what? Set you free.
Love you all.....