13 Oct 2014
Have not written here in a while, nothing has changed, nothing is wrong…just at times I feel ill-equipped to blog about God. There are many things I do not understand about faith, the Bible our creator and how to inspire others. Running is easy to talk about…just run. Faith is so much more, and at times I’m at a loss for words…or I try to make it to complicated.
This weekend while out running these two songs stayed in my mind…
I think to many times we, (insert I) beat ourselves up for our failures…with Jesus sacrifice we are blameless. Need to think about that FACT more often and not on our (MY) failures.
And we (again I) have to stop buying the lies of the world and stop fighting the battles that have already been won by Jesus, for you (me).
Music is so powerful…feed your soul!
17 May 2014
I run a lot of long distance races over the course of a year. In most of these races I have literally hours to do nothing but keep my feet and my body moving forward. As a middle of a pack runner I’m surrounded by a lot of other runners all dressed in a wide variety of running gear. While traveling in this pack I tend to look around taking in what kind of shoes, socks, shorts or technical shirts the other runners may be wearing. I reasoned if I was looking around so must be all the other runners.
It came to me out of the blue, or was it a message from God himself that I should be using this opportunity to witness. At first I was not sure how I could communicate in the middle of the pack. How could I get out “the good news” while everyone around me was concentrating on their pace, tempo or race strategy? Then it hit me. I had to be creative. The back of my right calf now bears the words GOD and LOVE. The common O forms an intersection which fills up a 6” x 3”cross outline. This simple cross transforms into a bold statement. Yet it provides a powerful reminder that we are loved.
Maybe those simple words. That simple statement could connect with someone at just the right time.
GOD is LOVE. For someone who would shy away from a deep conversation, those simple words may feed the seed of reflection.
GOD is LOVE. Just maybe someone went to church for the first time and running the race with them is a reminder that GOD is in their life.
GOD is LOVE. Could it be that this is the morning that someone is facing a major life issues?
GOD is LOVE. Yesterday did someone receive a phone call that changed their world forever?
GOD is LOVE. Is someone in this crowd of runners, running away from something, or running away from someone in their past?
GOD is LOVE. Did someone wake up this morning alone, and yet went for a run?
GOD is LOVE.
We all need “GOD is LOVE,”
19 April 2014
The night before Easter, the Saturday before Christ was risen. I find it easy to write about running, but I find it hard at times to express my faith. I feel ill-equipped to express how I feel or at a loss for the right words. On this Easter eve, a song comes to mind the speaks boldly on how I feel.
The NEWSBOY song We Believe speaks perfectly about how I feel. What I believe. Although I’m a sinner, I can’t seam to keep it all together, I broken all the commandments, I fail to live up to Gods standard and I struggle daily. All of that said..I Believe.
We (I) believe in God the Father
We (I) believe in Jesus Christ
We (I) believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We (I) believe in the crucifixion
We (I) believe that He conquered death
We (I) believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we (I) believe
16 March 2014
My Church, Waters Edge Church celebrated their 11th birthday today.
To Honor this birthday and mostly to honor God they asked us to:
Be a Bring-er. Bring someone you love or care about to a relation with God.
Be a Give-er. Invest in your church and the Kingdom of God.
Be a Serve-er. Jesus came to serve not to be served, we should do the same.
Be a Love-er, When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, His reply was covered in John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Be a Pray-er. Pray for your church, pray for your family, pray for your country and their leaders….and pray for me. I will do the same.
My Church Will Change The Way You Think About Church.
For most of my life, when I went, I did not feel at home, accepted, or wanted at church. But at Waters Edge Church (WEC) I feel “at Home” and truly a part of the church aka “The Body of Christ.” The members of WEC go out of their way to change how people think about church and about Jesus.
The number one reason why WEC is changing the way people view church and Jesus Christ is because that is exactly what Jesus did during his time on earth.
Mark 2:17 (NIV)
17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
From the first time I walked in the doors of WEC I felt like I fit in. What. Me. A sinner fit in? Yes. Jesus came for me, and when I first attended WEC I had a lot of issues, some I still struggle with today. And the people of WEC, from the pastor on down, accepted me. As a body they wanted me to begin a relationship with Jesus. They did not want me to “only” be a member of their church, they wanted me saved by Christ. And come to find out…I was in good company.
Who do you see at my church? You’ll see people who struggle, people who are honest, people who are broken, people who live transparent lives and people who help and embrace each other as we continue to improve our faith in the creator God. You’ll see people dressed in their Sundays best, and those who are comfortable wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. You’ll see people who have been saved for years, those who grew up in church, and those who came looking for a savior.
WEC is a church who is proud to say it’s not about us-it’s about others. After all Jesus did not come for the perfect people, he came for you and I. One Church, four locations; visit their web site to see which location would best fit your needs. If you have any questions, drop me a line at burk.brian at yahoo dot com (restructure in proper e-mail format)
23 Feb 2014
Being a Christian – I’m Not Perfect, Yet Jesus Loves me!
Galatians 2:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
Faith – Does being a Christian mean you have to be perfect?
For years I thought so and that very fact kept me from believing.
As a child, my family didn’t go to church regularly. I knew about God, Jesus and the bible stories thanks to my Aunt Emma and Uncle Mitch (Thanks…big time). But God was just that a story. My first memory of ”church” was attending when I was somewhere around 10/11 years old. Attending with my Mom was when it first became real to me. I remember accepting Jesus at an altar call and I really wanted to be a believer. But being so young and a kid without much of a foundation I barely made it out of the parking lot before I became a sinner again. I would accept Jesus again the following week, try harder and maybe make it until I got home but would mess up at some point.
The message I “heard” not saying it was the one that was preached, but the one I heard told me I had to be perfect. Failing time after time, I simply figured no way was being a Christian something that was meant for me. Being a Christian must be what other people did.
Fast forward a few years and I found love (a high school sweetheart) and we planned to get married. I knew as a young man I needed to get my life together, I felt a calling to go back to church, heard the message and accepted with all my heart…and I tried, I really did, but again I failed to live a perfect life and gave up.
Why did I fail?
Because no matter how good your intentions, no matter how good your thoughts, your resolve, your will power, your force of mind….you and I are human and we will fail.
45 years after my birth, I truly heard the message of love, forgiveness, grace and acceptance. I finally understood that Jesus…paid for my sins, and God forgave my actions of yesterday, today and of tomorrow. That’s the part I never heard before, God forgave my sins of tomorrow. He knows you are still going to mess up, and forgives that too. If his forgiveness was only for the perfect people of the world, heaven would be empty.
Do not let your feelings of being unable to live a perfect life, continue to drag you down.
You are not perfect, can never be and yet Jesus loves you no matter what.
16 Feb 2014
I’ve been feeling like I need to do more with my time on this planet.
I try to inspire people with my running, being a runner has turned around my life, I used to sit on the couch, eat bad, and hardly ever exercise. That life style got me 40 pounds over weight and barely able to run a mile.
Running changed all of that, but.
That pales in comparison of how faith and my accept of Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior has changed my life.
Before I was self-fish, angry, self-centered and had very little time for others. As far as I may have been out of physical shape, my soul, and my heart was really a wreck. Outwardly It may have looked like I had it all together, in fact I may have been on the verge of losing it all. Then I found JESUS, and he was there all the time. I just had to open my eyes and My Heart.
On my Faith Page I hope to share with you my life lessons, my experiences and my thoughts. I’m not claiming to know it or OR have it all together…but just like with my running, I’ll share what works for me, and my thoughts.
I hope you’ll check back!