“SOON”

•June 30, 2010 • 1 Comment

Brooke Fraser from Hillsong United sings a wonderful song entitled “Soon”.  It is a great song lyrically…as you watch the video below, make sure to reflect on the words as they come up on the screen.  It is truly a fresh reminder that we are living on a temporary earth and that SOON followers of Christ will come face to face with Him and experience His beauty, majesty and glory like never before!  May that day be today!

Safe Life?

•May 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well, I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything, but I hope to pick up the pace again.  Today, I wanted to provide a video clip from Francis Chan.  Many of you may have viewed this video in the past, but there may be some of you who have not.  This is definitely a great video for self-reflection…a video that we need to watch and not think of someone else and say, “They really need to hear this”…this is a video to watch and ask ourselves what type of life we are living in Christ?  Are we justifying our actions according to our own way of thinking or according to the Bible?  Please watch and reflect…please don’t just watch and think, “oh, that was a nice video”…how does this apply to you personally?  Are you living a life that will eventually hear… “Well done, good and faithful servant!”???

SUFFERING WELL

•February 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Most of us don’t like to suffer…we don’t like pain, we don’t like discomfort, we don’t like to not have control.  Well, “News Flash”, suffering and facing trials are part of the life of a follower of Christ.  Disciples of Christ are not immune to going through difficult times, which is an idea that is in direct contrast to the “health & wealth” gospel that many evangelical leaders might throw at you on TV.  What we as believers must realize is that our response to these trials and sufferings can often times proclaim and reflect God’s glory more clearly than even our words might be able to…not to discount the need for sharing the true gospel in word, but to highlight the effectiveness of a life lived in obedience to the Father, even in tough times.

Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in suburban Flower Mound just outside of Dallas, TX.  He is 35 years old and married with 3 young children.  He has become very well-known over the last few years for his ability to clearly communicate through his sermons the message of the Bible, carefully exposing the truth book by book, verse by verse, word by word.  But what he may be most well-known for now is his ability to live a life of obedience to the Father in the face of a great trial.  Over the last few months, Matt has been diagnosed with a primary brain tumor and is currently going through very severe treatment after a very serious surgery.  Matt’s situation is extremely difficult, but it is his response to the scenario that has prompted the media to investigate further and report on his life.  The AP recently released an article that I want to provide for you (linked below) and I hope that you will take the time to read it and have a time of reflection on the trials that you are facing at the moment…asking yourself what type of response you are portraying to the world and what does that say about you and most importantly, what does that say about your Heavenly Father?

May Matt’s story bring you encouragement as you face the trials of life…realizing that the Father is in control and has a specific purpose and will for your life so that His Kingdom might be expanded and enhanced!

Matt Chandler’s Story 

*Please note that at the bottom of the article is a link to his blog on which he is providing video updates each week!

Until the nets are full,

WD

Decisions: The Urban Meyer Edition

•December 29, 2009 • 1 Comment

For those that follow college football, you are well aware at this point of the news surrounding Urban Meyer, University of Florida Head Football Coach.  It was rumored on Saturday that he would be resigning from his position at the height of his career…Why?  What was the deal?  This is a coach who over the last few years has put together an unbelievable run at Florida including 2 National Championships and bringing Florida football back to the top of the notoriety list in not only the Southeastern Conference but also nationally.  Well, the reasoning being publicized was health related and at this point the college football nation was just in shock that this successful young coach would be hanging up the whistle for devotion to faith, family and health.   Then all of a sudden on Sunday morning after a practice in preparation for Florida’s upcoming bowl game, we heard that Meyer would just be taking a leave of absence from the position after the bowl game to refocus, prioritize and find a balance in life.

WOW!  That is quite a bit to think about for a guy.  He has spent his entire career working towards leading a program just as he has been and then to sustain that legacy at a high level!  And now this…just walking away?  It was truly too much to fathom for Meyer.  I have heard many media outlets bashing Urban for this whirlwind “drama” as it has been dubbed…well I would like to say this to Urban Meyer…”Good for you!”  Good for you that you would have an awareness that your priorities may be a little out of line.  Good for you that you would step down from the throne of college football and reevaluate life.  Good for you that being a husband and father is important enough to think about.  Good for you that this would come to a point of contemplation prior to losing your family as is the situation for many other high-profile individuals in the sports/entertainment world.   Good for you that you still want to be involved in a game you love, influencing young men’s lives and still being a father and a husband.  Know this Urban, you can still be those things…yes some things might need to be adjusted, but the main focus needs to be in one place…Glorifying God in whatever you do.  Whatever your decision is, make it with eternity in mind…adhering to a passage found in Colossians 4:15-18:

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

And what about you?  You may not be Urban Meyer with so much media surrounding you, but do you ever ask yourself the same questions that Meyer is facing?  Where are my priorities?  Is my job in front of my faith?  Am I putting myself in front of my family?  Does my health suffer because I place too high of an emphasis on getting that last little thing finished on the checklist that won’t allow me time to exercise today?  Listen, this is coming from a “type A” guy who is all about checklists…just ask my wife and those that work around me…but wouldn’t you agree that these are great questions to ask ourselves?

May our observation of a man contemplating where he is in life and where life is in him spur us to do the same…to look deeply at the things which have impact and really matter…to look deeply at the things with a biblcal and eternal perspective.

Until the nets are full,

Wesley

ChristianAudio.com

•December 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

For those of you who love Christian audio books, ChristianAudio.com is a great resource!  I just found out today that they are currently having their “Twice-Yearly Sale”!!!  This sale provides almost all of their digital downloads for only $7.49 each.  It really is a pretty good deal.  One of the things that caught my eyes was the entire ESV Audio Bible for only $7.49…http://christianaudio.com/product_info.php?products_id=1304!  One of the other things that this site offers monthly is a FREE download…found at the right of the screen on the homepage.  Click on the picture to go to their website…I hope you find this helpful!

Wise Up About Money

•November 5, 2009 • 1 Comment

This morning I listened to a “Walk in the Word” podcast from James MacDonald and his message was entitled “Wise Up About Money”.  He made some great observations from scripture and exposed some of the wonderful truths from the Lord regarding our finances and possessions.  One passage used was Malachi 3:10

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Are you testing Him?  Are you bringing the first-fruits of your labor into the storehouse?  James made a couple of statements that I found very valuable this morning and will hold onto for future encouragement…

“90% with you and God is more than 100% on your own.”

“Money…gain it honestly, esteem it accurately, share it generously, or it will destroy you.”

Until the nets are full,

WD

I AM SECOND: Colt McCoy & Sam Bradford

•October 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A few months ago I blogged about a new website of video testimonies entitled “I Am Second”.  Hopefully you have checked these out…here is a link to my previous post regarding the site: https://wesleydunn.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/i-am-second/

The website has added a few new videos and they are great.  The newest videos feature two of college football’s best quarterbacks…Colt McCoy & Sam Bradford!  If you like college football you will love these…if you don’t like football, you will still love these.  It is great to hear these wonderful testimonies, lifting the name of Christ!  There are three videos…one of each of them and another that is a combination of the two with footage separate from their individual videos…they are all three available below…let me know what you think in the comments section!

Colt McCoy

Sam Bradford

Colt & Sam