How full is your glass?
Posted: Aug 26, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Alright somebody back me up on this one. When you go to a restaurant, what one thing do you care about more than anything else? Some people might say the friendliness of the staff. Some may say quality of food or wait time to get a table. For me, the most important thing that will determine whether or not I have a good experience at a restaurant is whether or not the person that is serving our table continues to keep my glass full. If my glass is kept full, the waiter or waitress will get a great tip from me. Now I always try to tip well because I believe that we as Christians should be great tippers but that is another topic for another day.

I love free refills! I remember coming back from missions trips to countries accross the world that don’t offer free refills. Coming back to America was like going to DisneyWorld for the first time as a kid. A coke from McDonalds never tasted so good. And even better than that was knowing I could go refill my glass as often as I wanted to. I know that I probably drink too much soda. I am very glad that my doctor does not read these blogs.

I often have gone to restaurants that don’t offer free refills and when I go, I always try to “savor the soda.” I didn’t want to drink too much too fast so that when my meal came, I had nothing left. I think a lot of Christians are like that sometimes. As people of God, we should constantly be pouring our lives into other people. The goal of this life is not to see how full of God we can become. The goal is for God to fill us up and for us to empty what God has given to us into other people. And when we empty ourselves into people, God is always there to fill us back up again. Some of us are so full that God cannot pour himself into us anymore. God is saying, “hey, go and take what I have given to you and feed it to the world.”

The Bible says that his mercies are new every morning. God’s pitcher of grace never runs out. The problem lies in the fact that some of us have no room in our lives for God to pour himself into. Let us empty ourselves into people so that God can fill us up once again. That’s what it’s all about.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Empty Seats
Posted: Aug 18, 2009 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

I am usually a pretty sound sleeper. Even though our daughter Addison often wakes up in the middle of the night, I have an incredible wife who tends to her. Most mornings, I wake up and Julie will say, “Did you hear Addison crying last night?” My honest answer is always no. I am an extremely heavy sleeper. Once, when I was growing up, I was at a sleepover that one of my friends was having for his birthday party. I was the first one to fall asleep. You never want to be that guy. The first one to fall asleep always gets something done to him. When I fell asleep, my friends thought it would be a good idea to stand over me as I was sleeping and repeatedly snap a rubber band on my forehead. You know what the amazing part is……I didn’t even flinch! I think it is safe to say that a mac truck could drive through my living room and I would have absolutely no idea. Thank God that my wife is a light sleeper and can be attentive when the need arises. I should say that I do get up in the middle of the night from time to time but it takes a lot of shaking, poking and pulling the covers off to make that happen.

The last few nights, however have been a different story. I have been staying up for the past few nights pondering 1 question…..why are there empty seats in our church? Think about it….we, the church of Jesus Christ have the greatest message the world has ever known. We have the answers to some of the most difficult situations that people are facing today. We have everything that we need to be able to be the church that God has called us to be. And yet, Sunday’s come and Sunday’s go and each week, there are empty seats. Don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful for the people that God gives us a chance to minister to. But if we truly do have a message of hope and restoration, and life more abundantly, shouldn’t we be having to turn people away on Sunday because we don’t have enough room? Each of us as born again believers in Christ have a responsibility to the world in which we live. It is up to us to be salt and light in a dark place. My challenge to you and to myself today is to live the kind of life that God has called you to live. Has Jesus really and truly set you free? Don’t you want others to experience the same freedom and joy and life that you now experience? They won’t know unless we tell them. And people won’t want what we have unless they see in us an authenticity that is often missing from many professing followers of Jesus. May we be like Jesus today and I believe that if we truly live in that way, we will have empty seats in our churches no more.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Born to be Wild
Posted: Aug 12, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

During the late 1960′s, the song “Born to be Wild” burst onto the scene. I have always enjoyed this song. Now to be perfectly honest with you, I do not know the actual meaning of this song. In fact if the song was from the late 1960′s, there is a pretty good chance the song means something different than I think it does. But nevertheless, I enjoy the concept of the song. You and I truly were born to be wild.

There was a study done in recent years that said as people get older, their sense of adventure begins to diminish. Remember when you were young? It seems as if all of us had some crazy idea or passion that caused us to daydream and wonder. I remember when i was 15 years old, my dad took me white water rafting on the Colorado River in Denver. Talk about adventure! I got tossed out of that boat quicker than ice melts on the sidewalk on a summer day in Florida! And you know what else….it was an absolute blast! I remember as a young child I had a horrendous fear of roller coasters. I most likely developed this because I was (and still am) petrified of heights. I remember the first roller coaster I ever went on at Six Flags in Chicago, Illinois interestingly enough called “the demon.” I was as white as a ghost when I got onto that coaster. My friends literally forced me against my will to get on that ride. On the way up the slope to the free fall, I thought I was going to throw up. Then, the cart began to fall and after that stomach turning feeling that only roller coasters can provide was over, I began to relax. As soon as that ride was finished, I wanted to go again. I was hooked.

Do you have a sense for adventure? This thing that we call life is the greatest adventure of them all. Do you want to live your life on the sidlines watching life pass you by or do you have a sense of adventure that drives you to experience everything God has for you during your time here on Earth? Take a few minutes today to thank God for the miracle of life and then make a commitment to force yourself this week to do something that you normally would’t do. Here is a suggestion….talk to that person at work or school or down the street from you about Christ. There is no greater adventure than that. :)

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com