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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Commitment to a Great Commission Resurgence
May 13, 2009

What is the state of our church today? I recently listened to a fellow pastor preach a message on the state of the church where he served. He spoke about where they were, what they were doing, and what was to come. I think that these types of messages are important for us to hear, so that we know where we stand and how we are doing. Something that I think we also need to take a look at is the state of the church universal. Where are we as a body of Christ? How are we doing at completing the task that Christ has given us? Where are we headed? Many people refuse to think about these things. We have succomed to the culture that tells us that religion is personal and should be kept private. We have turned our churches into social clubs and gatherings that have no more meaning than a pep ralley before a football game. We are not called to be cheerleaders or to play games. We are called to fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:11-16 says,

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Paul later told Timothy in 2 Tim. 2:3-6 that we are to fight as soldiers, compete according to the rules as an athlete, and work hard like a farmer. What are we doing these things for? We are fighting for our witness in a lost and perishing world. Many of us have become content making this world our home. We are happy to make this heaven on earth, but God has much greater things ahead for us. He has a home in glory that is better than we could ever seek to make here on this earth, but we must work while it is still called today, because night is coming when no man can work (Jn. 9:4). Jesus said in the verse that follows that, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." The same holds true for those who have joined together in the body of Christ, His church. We cannot sit on the sidelines, lounging in our pews, while a lost world is dying. We need to remember the mission that the Commander and Chief gave to us. He said in Matt. 28:19-20, "GO!" We are called to go and make disciples. We are called to be light as long as we are in the world. We are called to get involved in people's lives and share life together with them.

The problems that we face right now as a nation are not new. They have not sprung up in front of us as if we never saw them coming. The Bible warns us not to think to highly of ourselves (Rom. 12:3). I think that perhaps we have bought the lie that God needs the American church to accomplish His mission. Wrong! God is not governed by human choices or nations' agendas. When the United States ceases to follow God's plan, God uses others who will. The Bible warns us of removing God from our lives. In fact, so did the founding fathers, who said that democracy without a solid moral compass, will lead to destruction. We began removing God from our families first, then from our schools. We hold up stickers that cry for us to put the Ten Commandments back in schools, but many of the same people could not recite all ten. We forget that the law is meant to point us to the cross and our need for a savior. If we want to see things change, we need to point people to the only One who can change things. Jesus Christ. Recently I signed a document called "Toward a Great Commission Resurgence." I am committed to the gospel. I am committed to the Bible. It is my guide for life. It is my ultimate authority. It is my constitution. I hope that as a church we will get back to our marching orders. God has called you. Will you go?

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