Monday Morning Reflection: Why We Need Many Tools

Monday Morning Reflection: Why We Need Many Tools

We’re nearing the end of our Apocalypse Series through the book of Revelation. You can find all the resources connected with this series at vcnola.com/apocalypse. Yesterday I preached on the importance of conquering in Jesus! One of the elements I believe that is connected with conquering is “pursuing Jesus’ holiness.” In Revelation 18:4, John hears, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.” Here the churches in Revelation are challenged to not pursue the sins of the Roman Empire but rather the holiness of Jesus.

The Tool Belt of Sanctification

Think about any project you’ve ever worked on, particularly if you’re building something. People who build things often wear a tool belt. Why? They need direct access to all the tools they might use—hammers, nails, screw driver, tape measure, etc. These are all tools that you might need at your disposal. 

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Monday Morning Reflection: What To Do with Satan?

Monday Morning Reflection: What To Do with Satan?

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to preach from Revelation 12–14 in our Apocalypse Series. One of the key elements of Revelation 12–13 is the presence of evil, in particular the Dragon and his two beasts. The dragon represents Satan whereas the first beast is the anti-Christ and the second beast is the false prophet. Rather than get wrapped up in figuring out the identity of the Anti-Christ and the false prophet, we focused our attention on understanding the Devil and his associates. One of the things I mentioned yesterday was our culture’s inclination to do one of two things: (1) Not believe in Satan and his dominion or (2) to celebrate or be hyper-sensitive to Satan.

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Unveiling the Apocalypse—You Don’t Want to Miss It!

Unveiling the Apocalypse—You Don’t Want to Miss It!

We’re more than half way through our series through the book of Revelation: Apocalypse! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. It’s been incredible to unpack such practical truths from the book of Revelation. As we’ve unpacked the book of Revelation together, you’ve probably noticed we’ve not been able to tackle everything. We simply do not have enough time on Sundays to discuss everything. 

Enter our next Equip Series—Unveiling the Apocalypse!

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Monday Morning Reflection: The #1 Question We All Ask

Monday Morning Reflection: The #1 Question We All Ask

This weekend was no doubt you a unique weekend with the arrival of Hurricane Nate in the gulf. While we didn’t gather corporately in person, we were at least able to gather together through technology. If you haven’t watched our online gathering, you can find it HERE. 

Nevertheless, we continued in the Apocalypse series, looking at Revelation 4–7. I want to remind you to check out all of our sermon resources, including an introduction to Revelation at vcnola.com/apocalypse. Also, don’t forget about our upcoming Equip Series: Unveiling the Apocalypse. I know I probably didn’t come close to answering all of your questions about things like the seals, 144,000, and other unique elements. That’s what the Equip Series is for! Join us for 4 Sunday nights (10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12) from 5–6:30 pm. 

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Monday Morning Reflection: Living on Purpose

Monday Morning Reflection: Living on Purpose

Yesterday, we wrapped up our journey through the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, looking at the church at Laodicea. If you missed this sermon or any other of the sermons through apocalypse, you can find them at vcnola.com/apocalypse

 

Jesus levels against the Laodiceans one of the most difficult words he gives to all seven churches. Jesus says this to the Laodiceans, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). The point of this rebuke is not about spiritual passion or apathy; the point is about purpose. As we saw on Sunday, Laodicea was situated between two other cities: Colossae and Hierapolis. Colossal was known or its cold, refreshing water. Hierapolis was known for its warm, medicinal waters. Laodicea did not have a natural water source, and so water was pumped in from these neighboring towns. When it arrived in Laodicea, it was lukewarm—good for nothing! The church at Laodicea had lost its purpose.

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Bring the Increase

Bring the Increase

Bring the increase. When we use this phrase, especially when talking about the MORE Initiative at Vintage Church, what do we really mean? What exactly are we asking? Usually our minds go immediately to dollars when we think about the words, “more” or “increase.” Is that what we’re really asking, or rather, is that all we’re really asking? Of course, in our world today we need money to survive, but as a church and as a people that is not all we need. Money isn’t our lifeblood.

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Thank You from a Vintage Church Foster Parent

Thank You from a Vintage Church Foster Parent

Dear Church,

Initially I was invited to contribute a parenting article from the perspective of a Foster Mom. The more I thought about what I wanted to share, the more I felt gratitude toward you, the body of Christ. So I would like to take a moment to thank you for all the ways you’ve made this journey possible.

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#socialmedia #itssocial #misunderstood

#socialmedia #itssocial #misunderstood

Many children and adults who have autism find that social skills are extremely challenging. This has been true for my son, Lawton, for all of his 24 years. I have been trying to instruct and encourage appropriate social interactions for his entire life. This has been particularly difficult when he wants to tell someone exactly what he thinks. To help those who are not around someone like Lawton on a regular basis understand what I am talking about, here are a few examples. 

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Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step

Today is Tuesday.  On Tuesday mornings, I run.  This morning while I was running with my partner in crime/running buddy on St. Charles, I rolled my foot on a small patch of grass on the streetcar line.  I kept going because I wasn’t in any pain and I felt fine —  well, you know, besides the fact that it is a million degrees in New Orleans, even at 6am — but I was fine.  Or so I thought.  

I did my normal morning routine and went to the office.  I had a two-hour conference call this afternoon and when I stood up from my desk, I was overwhelmed with pain — it hurt to put any pressure on my foot.  (It should be noted that I am a person with a high pain tolerance, but y’all, this pain was next level.)  I limped to my car at the end of the day and was hopeful that the pain would be gone by the time I got to the coffee shop where I was meeting my friend.  Nope.  The pain had actually gotten worse — even while sitting — so there goes that optimism.  Fast forward a few hours to the present and I am sitting on my couch, my foot propped up, and an ice pack and a set of crutches nearby.   

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Announcement: Exciting Next Step for Vintage

Announcement: Exciting Next Step for Vintage

As we have continued to move forward in our leadership transition since Pastor Rob Wilton’s important announcement, one of the most common questions has been concerning who will become the next Lead Pastor. After much prayer and discussion, we are excited to announce that Pastor Dustin Turner will be enlisted as the Interim Lead Pastor of Preaching and Equipping for Vintage Church of New Orleans beginning July 30, 2017. 

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