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Empty Me by Chris Sligh

By Mack | April 28, 2008

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Empty Me by Chris Sligh

I’ve had just enough of the spotlight when it burns bright
To see how it gets in the blood.
And I’ve tasted my share of the sweet life and the wild ride
And found a little is not quite enough.
I know how I can stray
And how fast my heart could change.

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

I’ve seen just enough of the quick buys of the best lies
To know how prodigals can be drawn away.
I know how I can stray
And how fast my heart could change.

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

Cause everything is a lesser thing
Compared to you, compared to you.
Cause everything is a lesser thing
Compared to you so I surrender all?

Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.
Oh, filled with you.
Empty me.

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Trust is Like a Tree

By Mack | March 29, 2008

I just got an estimate to get a huge tree cut down in our backyard. I have wanted it gone from the day we moved in but until now , the family wasn’t convinced it should go.  It is a huge Tulip Poplar tree. It has huge leaves and becomes a giant umbrella over our deck when the leaves are out. image

Now I am feeling a little bad about cutting it down.  I have no idea how long it took to grow that big.  Maybe 50 years?  The guy who is cutting it down will take about 2 hours or less.

Trust is like that.  Trust takes so long to build and grow.  It’s like a tree growing. Just a little each day, hardly perceptible. 50 years and this tree can be gone in 2 hours.

50 years of trust can be killed in less than that. Don’t do it.  If someone trusts you, in a marriage, in a business relationship, or just a friend. Don’t ruin it.  Don’t kill it. Integrity demands that trust be upheld.

Once the tree is gone, we won’t be able to put it back. We could plant a new tree and grow it and someday, it might be as big.

It would take a long time.

Some seed falls on stony ground

By Mack | March 9, 2008

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:1-8

What kind of seed are you?  Likely someone in your life was a sower. They maybe  sowing seeds of greatness invited you to church or just talked with you in a rough time, and encouraged you to talk with God. That sower is looking to see if you will grow. God is looking.  Will you grow?  Will you mature and become a sower yourself, or will you be like the seed that fell on stony ground and died. 

You have your future in your hand.  God is wanting you to take a stand for Him.. He took a stand for you.

Jesus went on to explain the parable because his disciples asked Him , why he spoke in parables?  I find it hard to believe they didn’t understand the parable, but He explained it as follows.

"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

Seeds have the potential to feed a country of hungry people. They must live and grow and mature, then reproduce.

What kind of seed are you?

Be Transformed

By Mack | March 5, 2008

Everybody is using this word these days.  Transformation. We use it where I work. My church has a new campaign called "transformed". Christians should understand this word.  Have you been transformed?

Paul says in Romans12:1-2 , to be transformed!

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Don’t conform any longer to this world.  That is radical change you know. That is change that counts! That is why I chose the domain name for my other web site – changecounts.com. Your Change Counts! Is there evidence in your life of that change? If so, great.  Keep up the good work. If not, why not change today? Get some guts! It takes guts to not be conformed to this world.

One practical change most of us can make today is to control our tongues. Do you get caught up in the office gossip?  Do you find yourself joining in, when someone is talking about someone else? Just stop that. Be different.  Defend those that are not present.  It makes it hard to talk bad about someone, while you are defending them to others.

I have 12 core values that I try to live my life by.  I fail on each one many times, so if you plan on judging me by these, don’t bother. I know I fail at these, but here they are. Notice, defend those who are absent is in there.

  • Succeed at home first
  • Never compromise with honesty
  • Hear both sides before judging
  • Obtain the counsel of others
  • Defend those who are absent
  • Develop one new proficiency each year
  • Plan for tomorrow’s work
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Keep a sense of humor
  • Be orderly in person and at work
  • Listen twice as much as you talk
  • Concentrate on the people and tasks at hand, not on the next job or promotion

So what do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment here.

How Big is Your God?

By Mack | February 20, 2008

I was reading a devotion by AW Tozer this morning and it was really eye opening.  If you are not familiar with this man, you are missing a great deal.  He is one of the brightest and most eloquent writers in our time.  He died in 1963, but oh the depth of his understanding of God.  I put together a little video for a small group bible study introducing him, if you want to see it.

Anyway, he was asking if we have done a disservice to God and Jesus by making Jesus out to be a shepherd.  Now Jesus refers to himself as a shepherd on occasion in the bible, but should we think of Him that way?  When you picture Jesus, do you picture a Mideastern looking man with longer hair and maybe with a shepherds hook in His hand?

I must confess, I do.  Or I did!  God, who’s voice shakes the foundations of the earth?  Who made everything we see, and who is the King of the universe!  A shepherd?

Well I think we need to change our thinking.  He isn’t the little baby Jesus that “Ricky Bobbie” wanted to pray to in Talledega Nights. ( In case you haven’t seen that movie, I don’t really recommend it, but Will Ferrell was praying, sarcastically over dinner and said he imagined Jesus as a little baby and wanted to pray to baby Jesus).

Jesus is God and God is a King!  A vast, unbelievably big , all encompassing being that our little earthly minds will never be able to comprehend.  But we can do one thing.  We can stop thinking of Him as a shepherd or a baby, and start thinking of Him as the God of the universe that stooped low to interact with His creation.  And who gave so much, to prove He was (and is) Love.

Come see my other site at Changecounts.com

I’m Back to this personal Blog

By Mack | January 19, 2008

I now have moved all my personal posts from the business blog to here.  This is great as it gives me chance to still speak my mind on current events and such.  The other blog needs to stay focused on the theme.  So I will have some entries here from time to time. Not sure of frequency right now, as the number one priority is to get the the other blog up with lots of content. ;)

Teddy Bear named Mohammad , Christian View

By Mack | November 30, 2007


Part of me says this is outrageous! And it is. But part of me says ‘what has happened to Christians in America, who stand for almost any blasphemy of our Lord, and do nothing. I am not advocating any such craziness as is evident by this punishment of this teacher allowing a group of 7 year olds to name a bear Mohammad, but are those of us who call ourselves Christians standing up for Christ? When an office mate says “God &@*%”, do we say how that offends us? What about your boss? Would you just tolerate the use of Jesus Christ name in vain constantly? Especially , loudly and almost always in an angry context?

We need to think about our level belief and faith, and we need a righteous indignation to any derogatory comments about our God.

You wouldn’t stand for someone talking bad about your earthly father, so how much more should we be indignant toward someone abusing our Heavenly Father?

You a child of the King, now act like it!

CNN News Story about Naming Teddy Bear Mohammad

How to Encourage Your Kids

By Mack | November 27, 2007


It’s easy… Nah.. It is not easy. Because you want to tell them how to do everything, and in doing so, you have to tell them what they are doing wrong. This is a weird part of parenting. How do you teach them what they are doing wrong and still encourage them? It is hard. I think the most important thing is to Love them. The best we can do is to really love them, and sometimes that means being tough, but you have to add the line, ‘ you have such a great future ahead of you’.
You also have to tell them that you “believe in them”…
I think they know that you as a parent may not be their best friend all the time, but if you really love them, they will know.
Oh , and finally, don’t live your life through them. They are different than you! They may not like to “fix things around the house”, or “cook”. They might not like football, or soccer, or whatever is your passion. They will have a passion of their own, see what God has put in them, and encourage the good parts.

Compassion

By Mack | November 17, 2007

See this letter from one of the kids we sponsor through Compassion International. She is 10 years old. She calls me “uncle” for some reason, and signs it, “your daughter”..

Let me encourage you to check out Compassion. It is a great organization and costs only 32.00 a month to make a difference in the life of child. Most of us have 32.00 to give, but we get so “selfish” with our money that we “claim” not to have any extra.

Click on the picture if you want to read the letter. I am not sure what kind of language it is, but it is like art to me. She writes to me several times a year, and I write to her.

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Global Warming…nah

By Mack | November 7, 2007

Read about what the founder of The Weather Channel thinks about “Global Warming” scam

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2007/11/07/weather-channel-founder-global-warming-greatest-scam-history