Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This Will Kill YOU!

Over the weekend, I had the chance to speak again for Discover Church. As I'm part of a teaching team, I don't get to do that every weekend, so it is a privilege each time I am scheduled. If you didn't catch the weekend service, check it our on our Live Stream site:  N Commandments Pt. 4

Jesus gave some impossible commands. He taught things like; "Don't Worry" or "Don't be afraid". The reality of our human experience is that we all struggle with worry on some level and all of us are afraid - and sometimes with good reason. But that shouldn't deny the truth of what Jesus was teaching.

Jesus had an emotional encounter with a woman who was humiliated in a very public setting. The Gospel of John in the New Testament records the story and how Jesus responded to this dramatic moment. For some of you, you'll immediately recognize the story.

The woman was caught in the struggle for public opinion. The religious hated Jesus, were threatened by him and hoped in this story to "catch" him in a religious and political quagmire. They wanted to discredit him in the eyes of the public and win back the hearts of the people to themselves.

I challenge you to read the story for yourself. You'll notice a few things - Jesus never excused her behavior. You'll also notice Jesus didn't condemn her either. Instead, he spoke probably the most powerful words to her that you and I need to hear over and over again. Go - change your life - don't get caught up in SIN anymore.

In a culture that is every day more flippant about the idea of personal rights - exclusive from judgement of any sort - we need to hear those words. Stop the sin - because it will kill you. Perhaps you are like her in the story. Caught up in something that you know you shouldn't do but your need or desire or want overrides your conscience. Stop it - today - right now!

While Jesus clearly extends grace, it doesn't stop there. Instead he calls her to account, just like he is doing for you and me at this moment!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Cori's Commissioning

There come moments in our lives when public recognition is a necessary thing in order to fully pursue God’s purpose and calling. For my wife Cori, that moment is scheduled for Sunday Oct. 2 when, we as a church community, recognize her spiritual giftings and calling as one of the pastors for Discover Church.

The precedent in scripture is clear and straight forward. The Apostle Paul came across a young man named Timothy and eventually invited him to follow along and learn. Through the years, Paul recognized the gifts in Timothy and so at a certain point, Paul laid his hands on him and commissioned him for his future ministry role. He describes that moment in one of his personal letters to Timothy (2 Timothy 1) to remind him of the story.

For Cori, she and I have walked a journey for many years now. We just celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. Through that time, I have watched her grow as a person, as a mother, as a wife and as a leader. It has become clear in the last few years, that she has rightfully stepped into a new season of leadership. She has consistently demonstrated a commitment to carry the burden of ministry leadership, has demonstrated a life of prayer of study and has proven herself as a capable minister & teacher.

For those reasons, we have invited our friend Pastor Gilbert Silva from House of Praise International Church to oversee the commissioning service on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. It will be an awesome day for us all. Most of all, it represents the empowerment of another leader who can make a difference in the lives of people and in our community!

Join us if you can for that day and plan to celebrate with Cori and the rest of our community.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lazy Summer Almost Over!

The summer is quickly coming to a close and Fall is on its way. It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is less than a week away! What happened to the lazy days of summer & fun in the sun? Where did my vacation go? I thought for sure I would have a slow paced break from the rat race – I bet you thought the same?

At Discover Church, we are gearing up for the Fall season – kind of like the NFL gears up for its regular season. Over the summer months, we took advantage of the opportunity and did a long series on the study of the New Testament book of Acts. Some great stuff. If you missed it, check out some of the episodes on our Live Stream Channel. Our teaching team did an outstanding job of bringing to life the stories of Acts!

In the coming months, we’ll bring some new teaching series, host some special events, have some extraordinary times of worship and look for Jesus to do some awesome things in and through our community! We’ll introduce some new tools for the DC community to use, some easier ways to give and work hard to grow our community both inside and out!

We’ve got some exciting things in store… gear up DC because the future is coming….and coming fast!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Our Day of Persecution is Coming...Soon!

Have you ever been ridiculed for your faith? In your place of work or at school, have you ever experienced the pain of being "left out" because of your relationship with Jesus?

At Discover Church, we are walking through the Acts of the Apostles - New Testament book in the Bible. This volume of early church history is 28 chapters filled with the experience of the 1st century Christians. As we have read through the book, we can't help but notice the reality of what the early church faced. The apostles were often abused, beaten, imprisoned and even killed. The 1st century church community experienced the same kinds of abuses and persecutions. It should have come as no surprise.

Jesus clearly warned the Apostles they would be persecuted just like he was. In numerous discussions like what is recorded in Matt. 10: 16-23, Jesus told the disciples what to expect...and it wouldn't be pretty. When Paul the Apostle had his vision of Jesus - he was clearly warned "how much he would suffer for my name".

At Discover Church, we have been reminded that "persecution" is an integral part of following Jesus. But in our American experience we have had little of that compared to other parts of the world... but our day is coming. And it's coming sooner than we would like to realize!

Consider this quote from Billy Graham spoken in a previous generation:

In the event of a national catastrophe, much confusion, terror and consternation would reign. What would the Christian do? What should our attitude be? Which way would we turn if the country in which we live were suddenly wrecked and all the props gone?
As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries.
The immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual. Christ strongly warned Christians that to follow Him would not be popular, and that in most circumstances it would mean cross-bearing and persecution.
-Billy Graham 1957
Here is the question to consider - how will YOU respond to persecution when it comes? You can catch the full message on the following link:  Acts Pt. 6 - Persecution

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Death of Me

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to go to the Windy City for some training as a pastor. During the four days I was onsite, there was time to reflect and do some soul searching. By the end of the 2nd day late in the evening, I found myself in the chapel with just me and a piano.

It was one of those moments when no one is around and there are no distractions. I started to play, which gave way to some worship, which led to some prayer and finally ended in me pouring my heart out to God. I remember saying, "I've given you everything, what more do you want from me?"  (cue the melodramatic music).

In fairness, I was really more whining than praying but after posing my question, I did have sense enough to wait and listen.


Then after some time of quiet, I got the answer that I wasn't looking for!

It dawned on me for the first time in my life, that what I had never surrendered to Father was my self ambition and the tendency to self promote. These were two powerful drives in myself that have existed for a long, long time.

I am reminded of John the Baptist, when he said the following:
"...He must become greater; I must become less.” - John 3:30
Or when Paul the Apostle wrote:
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.  -Phil. 1
 These followers of Jesus got the fact that their lives were not the focus. Their significance, or fame or accomplishment took the back seat to Father's planning and design for our lives.

So let me say for all the world to read, I am dead! Now let's be clear, I want to live for a long, long time but my effort to self promote and my tendency for self ambition is on the ropes. I must become less, so that others can become more.

It will be an exciting venture but I'm confident that Father's planning is all good.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I'm the Richest Man in Town

Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house... okay that doesn't exactly work but we sure are buzzing around the Anderson household.

My crew and I are so excited for the holiday to arrive tomorrow - its Thanksgiving! We'll have lots of food, relaxed schedules and tons of fun! Most of all, I'm getting a nap. That's right - I'm excited about a nap. You may think that is silly - maybe even stupid - but brother I'm getting to take a nap. 

Of the many things I can be thankful for, I am most grateful for my beautiful family. To put it in my wife's words, I have often over the years been cash flow challenged but I am certainly a wealthy man! 
So to my beautiful bride, college sweetheart and biggest cheerleader, I say, "You make me rich beyond my wildest dreams!" 
To my five amazing children I say, "Because of you, my life is a statement of wealth beyond imagination".

Cheesy? Probably.

From the heart? Definitely.

Finally to borrow a line from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" - "Here's to Lee Anderson, the richest man in town!"

Happy Thanksgiving to You All!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My Marriage is Killing ME!

We all have expectations of our spouse. Some realistic, some not and some just plain impossible! Where do those expectations come from and how do we deal with them? Check out Cori's teaching at the following link: "Fighting Fair"

As my wife, Cori has the insider look at being married to me. Needless to say that can present some real challenges. But she does an excellent job of unpacking those expectations and helping to give some insight into possible solutions for every married couple! What do you do with failed expectations? How do you talk about them? Those are huge challenges that every couple has to deal with. I hope you'll watch the video and gain some understanding that will really help!

Part of what she taught comes from the book we just released "8 Rules for Fighting Fair: a common sense guide to healthy communication in marriage" . You can purchase your copy directly from Amazon for paperback or Kindle versions -take a look!