Introducing…CBSM’s first EBook. It is written to be a very quick read in order to explain to teenagers, parents, youth pastors, small group leaders, and others…as to how Jesus is the center of all faith and life. That is the way God has designed it. To be the center means that Jesus is the focus, the theme, the goal, the aim, etc. Jesus is the center of the Bible, the Gospel, our motivation for righteousness, our spiritual growth, the church, and more. If you’re spiritual life seems unfocused, off-center, and sporadic…I promise you this quick read will re-center your sights onto Jesus Christ! You might think its small…so maybe we should call it an EBooklet. You’re probably right. But I pray this little book will be a huge blessing to your life in Christ.
I wasn’t able to sleep. I couldn’t get the images out of my head, and the anticipation was building daily. That’s what happened the time I watched the show “LOST” on NBC. I only watched it once. Because the suspense of waiting for the next’s week episode was killing me, I never watched it again. Shows like this are a huge hit because everyone connects with a conspiracy. Conspiracy theories are even filling our country about the AIDS virus, the 1969 moon landing, and many more. Everyone connects with an idea of conspiracy because deep down they know conspiracies are true. The reason why movies like “The Da Vinci Code” and “The Golden Compass” attract so much attention is because of their plots of conspiracy. Continue reading →
He was one of the coolest guys I ever knew. This dude totally had it all together. He was a great athlete, all of the girls swarmed him, his intelligence was stellar, and he just had that laid back attitude that everyone enjoyed. During the prime of his life, this close friend of mine was in a tragic car accident. From the accident, he no longer had the physical agility to play sports, he no longer had the attractive look, his intelligence was severely altered, and his personality had changed drastically. He was still the same person God had created him to be but very distorted. Continue reading →
It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life! After putting the gas nozzle into my tank, I stepped inside the gas station to use their always-lustrous bathroom and then to buy a drink. I came back out to my car, got in, started it up, and drove away. I heard a loud “POP” and realized something had just hit my car. I looked back and saw that I had driven off with the nozzle still in my tank. The nozzle had been ripped from the gas pump. When I went back into the store to confess my stupidity, all the attendant could muster from her mouth was, “Whaaaat were you thinking?” The problem was that I wasn’t thinking at all. I was performing the same fill-up routine I had done for the last 12 years of my driving life.
I’m afraid that we as Christians often fall into a routine when it comes to the gospel. Continue reading →
When I went to Africa on a mission trip, it wasn’t the differences of Africans from Americans that shocked me.It was their similarities.Just like American teenagers, the Ugandan senior high boys seemed “too cool” to get involved, the senior high girls sat around giggling about the guys, and all the junior highers were enjoying the games shamelessly.I had to keep reminding myself, “Chip, your not in Kansas (USA) anymore!”Watching how teenage guys are prone to video games, wrestling, and grunting while teenage girls naturally love giggling, discussions, and frequent bathroom trips together…I’m convinced that both genders operate off different motivations.Teenage guys are motivated by action while teenage girls are motivated by affection.Continue reading →
It raised the phrase “a walk to remember” to a new level.When I was a youth leader in Tuscaloosa, the youth pastor and I took a group of graduated senior guys to the beach.The youth pastor warned them of my love to walk the beach for miles and hours, but they still joined me.We began our journey at 10am with the sun to our backs, and at high noon we headed back as the sun had crossed over the sky and was at our backs again.One not-so-lucky walker started feeling really hot later that night and found that he was severely sunburned. After being confined to a couch with a near-by fan, food, and a videogame controller for the rest of the week at the beach house, one of the guys found a strong pain reliever in his bag on the last night of the trip.It sure made my friend feel better, but he was ticked it wasn’t found until the last day.