When God Gives Me More Than I Can Handle…

His death had been expected for months, but it didn’t make it any easier. As she sat, watched, and waited she couldn’t help but think about the 54 years of her life spent next to her beloved father. In his final breath, the realization that she would never see her dad again became too much. Though they had seen this coming for sometime, it didn’t make it any easier. As he took his last breath in this life and breathed his first in the next, she began to crumble. The tears grew from a trickle to a flood and the emotions went from numbness to heartache. It was more than she could handle. 

God never said he wouldn’t give me more than I can handle…God always meets me in the middle of my mess so that His great power is displayed in my life.

As I back up from these experiences as a Pastor, and look into the lives of the people I walk beside, I’m always amazed at how God seems to meet many of them right in the middle of the mess, even if it is not seen or felt in the moment. Even in death, God is still good. The human experience is one frought with a mixed bag of feelings. There are certainly days of great joy, happiness, and contentment, but what about the others? What about the days where it all seems too much? In my early years, I found myself telling people that God would never give them more than they could handle. But as truth and experience won the day, I’ve found myself telling people just the opposite.  

This often quoted quip is meant to bring comfort and peace to the one on the receiving end of the tragedy, but is it true?  The Psalmist cried out in Psalms 121:1 and stated, “From where does my help come?…It comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  If God never gave me more than I can handle, then it would set me up in a position where I wouldn’t need God. The gospel teaches just the opposite. God never said he wouldn’t give me more than I can handle.  In fact, He regularly gives me more than I can handle, so I would ferociously push into the goodness of Jesus. For Jesus is infinitely better than my circumstances.  Whether it be in death, disillusionment, or dishonor, He is always better.  With a greater picture of the gospel, I’m forced to understand that God always meets me in the middle of my mess.  He does this so His great power is displayed in my life for He is the one who provides my help, and He is one who grants my rescue. 

After several minutes had passed, the daughter of the deceased father, began to take hold of something profound. That profoundness didn’t lie in her ability to manage the situation or even control her emotions. Rather, it rested in an eternal truth found only in the gospel.  That truth displayed itself in her desire and verbal testimony to use her dad’s death to show that God gives us more than we can handle, so we will push into Jesus. She followed the thought by saying, “That is what I want, to wear Jesus like a coat, to witness to His goodness to my family and friends even in death. ” That my friends is the gospel. That is a picture of God’s glory. Therefore, let us press in to Jesus when we are overwhelmed and let us let Him turn our mourning into joy and our sorrow into peace. 

Planned Parenthood Traffics in Body Parts

You have to see thiunborn_babies_295x200s incredibly disgusting video to believe it. A nation that tolerates this, will tolerate anything.  As Christians, we should speak out for human dignity.  These children who are torn apart have no names, but thankfully, God knows their names.  Let us cry out and plead for justice on their behalf.

Mohler nails it again with his commentary:

Need a reminder you are not the center of the universe?  Watch this video.  Just simply incredible.  

NASA has released the largest picture ever taken, with more than 1.5 billion pixels. Fortunately, this video saves you the 4.3 GBs needed to download the single image of the Andromeda galaxy, created by combining 411 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. As the space agency notes, it would take 600 HD monitors to view the entire thing. They’ve also released a browser-based tool that lets you easily zoom in on different parts of the image. It’s pretty mind blowing …(via relevant magazine)

An Open Letter to All the Open Letter Writers and Social Media Posters..

Below, is  a link to a blog post I wish I would have written.  Sadly, I’ve been guilty of many of the things it decries.  I’m grateful the Lord is rich in mercy and slow to anger.  I’m also grateful for the author’s solid understanding of what the church is, what it is supposed to be, and how I should treat, think, and speak of it.  In the end, the article is speaking mainly to the preferences we all have and how those get in way of relationships and becoming what God wants us to be.  We would all do well to pause, think, and contemplate the tender wisdom shared here.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Church, please watch this promotional video for this Wednesday night.  If you haven’t come to one of these nights, you are missing out.  We are praying and preparing for another night filled with God’s presence.  Hope to see you there.

<p><a href=”″>Night of Worship – Winter Promo!</a> from <a href=””>Ovilla Road Baptist Church</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

No creed is perfect, but I’m thrilled to see some of the hipsters in contemporary music take an ancient creed and put bits and pieces of it to a tune that has a greater contextualization.  This song as been on repeat all day and I’m excited we are gonna introduce it to Ovilla Road in two weeks.  Enjoy!

Why Don’t We Address Decline in the Church?

336452_57056457The church is not buildings, but people.  So what do you do when the people are in decline?  Sadly, most churches don’t demonstrate reasonable approaches to address declining numbers.  Chuck Lawless, knocks it out of the park with the article I’ve listed below.  I’d encourage every member of Ovilla Road to read it and take a personal inventory to see if they fall into any of his twelve categories.  I saw a little of myself in almost everyone.