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Created Male and Female Genesis 1:26-27

I must say I'm a bit disappointed tonight. The video recording of this morning's message didn't work at all, it was a complete tech meltdown. I know each time I stand in the pulpit the message is important for many reasons,  but today's message entitled, "Created Male and Female", Genesis 1:26-27 would have been an important resource for the church and others who look to this blog, my Vimeo, and the church's sermon video archive for biblical encouragement. The following are my notes from today's message, I trust they are helpful and encouraging.

Male and Female Genesis 1:27
In Genesis we read about the creation of two people: Adam and Eve.
Male and female...We didn’t invent gender, God did.
To have any Christian conversation about sex, sexuality or gender the speaker or author is labeled as unloving and bigoted. These topics are all significant topics throughout Scripture.
We no longer live in or believe in a God-centered society. No moral lawNo natural lawW…
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We learned that the purpose for being created in God's image is to give Him glory and to bring him joy by how we pray, praise, and live our lives. God's word is clear:

Isaiah 43:7“everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 

Eph. 1:11-12 “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.”
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Little Things

What a joy it is to lead the Conrad Academy's Chapel services each week. Its been a long time since I have had the opportunity to speak to elementary school aged young people. We are spending a few weeks learning about God's love by studying each phrase of John 3:16. The kids will make Wordless Books and Power Bead bracelets to help drive home the Good News.
The first week I shared with the children how much God loves the world and sought to help them understand how God loves every individual. I chose children and faculty to stand one at a time with me and we all noticed how different we all are and yet God loves each of us.
I reminded the kids that since God loves us we must love others like God loves us. The children learned that love is an action and it caused Jesus to die on the cross for each of us. Therefore, we must find ways to express our love towards others. A little girl stopped me in the hall way the next day and told me that she found a way to show love to her mo…

From Sunday's Message at Oasis Church, Orlando

After a week of racial tension throughout our nation this Sunday I spoke on racisim.
The good news about Jesus Christ is that throughout the gospels He actively undermined the sins that feed racial strife, and He leads us to a many-colored and many-cultured kingdom of God. Let me remind you again what heaven will look like:
Revelation 7:9-12 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Acts 1…

Road Trips and Adventures

I really love taking trips! Road trips are always such an adventure. I think the only one I know who likes road trips more than me is my wife. Last Christmas we had plans for the kids to spend time away from us with other family members. We enjoyed an awesome Christmas season as a family. The season was beautiful in our home, at the church, and at school. We had an amazing December as a family.
Errin and I had a week to ourselves, no kids and no plans! We knew this week was coming but we never really committed to any specific plans, but we knew we wanted to do something different. The day before Christmas Errin said “lets take a road TRIP to New York City”! I thought why not I love road trips and I hadn’t been to NYC since a small child….lets do it! 
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Worthy Investments

This has been a busy spring. The Lord has not only sustained us, He has graciously given much fruit for our efforts. As the Apostle Paul stated, "If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me." As the school year winds down at Conrad Academy, Orlando we turn loose students that Errin and I have spent another year invest our lives into. Working together as husband and wife in the same high school building has allowed us to model a Christian marriage and family to many wh have never seen God's design for marriage and family actually lived out. We have invest much time into students one-on-one and corporately. We have been to countless sporting events, driven buses, taught classes, worked projects together, and helped them get driver's permits. 

We have built deep relationships with parents and students. Daily we have sought to live the Second Commandment. We have also led many to the Lord and several are near coming to faith in Christ. Many young high s…

Standardized Testing

Today at The Conrad Academy we have been giving the students throughout the school their yearly standardized test. This periodic testing is done in nearly all schools in our nation. Its a great way to determine who is learning the skills needed as they proceed to the next grade. Making sure our students are learning language skills, social science, math, science, and reading comprehension and that they are all developing adequately is important to ensure students can function in the learning environments we create. After all, teachers, administrators, and schools (learning environments) are the strategic systems we use to help students of all ages chase their dreams and become adults who contribute to society in a meaningful way.

So I've been thinking...
I know it's impossible to give a standardized test on Sunday morning to those gathered together for worship at our churches, but what if we could and did? The test would not be a Bible literacy test though that would be a good…