The Rabble

In our Wednesday evening study of Moses and the Exodus, we came across a new word recently:  rabble.  “The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!”  (Numbers 11:4) At the time the Israelites were blessed by food from God that literally rained down from the sky. The rabble put forward the idea that the same food day after day was getting tiresome. Their complaints took root in the people around them. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary describes the rabble as “a recurring source of complaints and trouble.”  Can we sometimes be the rabble?
It’s so easy for us to lose sight of the blessings of God and instead complain about the difficulties, inconveniences and frustrations of life. When it comes to the church, it’s easy for us to make things about our own wants instead of considering other church members or a world around us that needs the gospel. Even though God proves His love and His faithfulness time after time, we forget His provision or want more. Being the rabble takes us a step beyond that. We take those feelings of dissatisfaction or selfishness, and we plant those feelings in others. Let’s all do our best not to be the rabble. Then let’s honor God by taking the next step and being people who spread hope instead.       
– Brian


“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”     1 Peter 3:15



Impossible. I’ve run across either that word or the idea it conveys several times lately. It was part of a sermon title a few weeks ago. We will see it again next week in our reading in the book of Mark. We found it Wednesday night in our study of the life of Moses. It says something about human nature and our tendency to see limits of what can be done. There may be times in your own life that you have looked at a situation, hoped for a result and thought to yourself, “That’s impossible.” Sometimes that is the place where God likes to work.

Last Wednesday night, we found the Israelites freed from slavery and led by God via Moses and the pillar of cloud/fire to what looked like a dead end at the Red Sea. It was then that Pharaoh decided he was not quite ready to let the people go. He gave chase, and the Israelites thought they were trapped. There was no way out, because their only options were through Pharaoh’s army or into the see. Both of those were IMPOSSIBLE. And that’s exactly the way God does what He does. Of all the options they might consider, having the sea part so they could walk across on dry land was not one of them.  But that is exactly what happened.

What about us? How often do God-fearing people look at a situation and believe that it’s hopeless? Many of us have been guilty of that at one time or another, yet were serve the God who does the impossible. Let’s remember who He is and what he does before we think about the impossible.    – Brian

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20


One of the Biggest Mistakes Couples Make in Marriage

Since we are nearing Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share this article from Trey Morgan. He and his wife, Lea, travel around the country hosting marriage workshops. You can find more of their marriage tips at      – Brian
There are a lot of things that can go wrong in a marriage. Yet many of those marriage problems could have been avoided by simple marriage maintenance. We maintain our houses, our cars, and our health, but we often neglect the most important earthly relationship we have … our marriage.

If you buy a car and neglect it for years, it turns into junk. The same applies to your marriage.

Most married couples don’t put any money into their marriage until there are problems. After problems arise, they frantically start trying to invest time and money into their relationship with hopes to make it good again.

DON’T wait until things are bad to start focusing on your marriage. If you will choose to invest in your marriage when things are good, there will be less bad times. Make investments like …

  • Going on weekly dates.
  • Going to a marriage retreat, conference or seminar together.
  • Going for walks together.
  • Taking a trip together.
  • Touching … a lot.
  • Flirting.
  • Reading a marriage book together.
  • Spending 20 minutes in conversation every day.

God didn’t create marriage so we could have a roommate; He created marriage so we could have a soulmate. Marriage is so much more than paying bills and raising kids together … marriage is about being soulmates, not roommates.

A lack of regular investing in your marriage is one of the biggest mistakes made in marriages today. Don’t wait until there are problems to start giving your marriage the attention it deserves.

Make investments in your marriage everyday. It’s worth it.

Unchanging and Changing

On January 1, I shared a list during the sermon that was shared with me by a friend, Kent Jobe. That list was shared with him years ago by a college friend, Donald Sandlin. I adapted for our purposes, but it is a good reminder to us that even in a rapidly changing world, there are things in 2017 that are unchanging. God is faithful.


10 Things That Will Not Change in 2017

  1. God will provide. (1 Peter 1:3)
  2. Prayers will still be the most powerful things on earth. (Ephesians 3:20)
  3. God will equip us for the struggles ahead. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
  4. God will still honor the praises of His people. (John 4:23-24)
  5. There will still be a message worth sharing. (Romans 1:16)
  6. There will still be singing of praise to God. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
  7. There will still be room at the cross. (Matthew 11:28-30)
  8. Jesus will still love you. (John 15:12-13)
  9. Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him. (Luke 19:10)
  10. You can count on Jesus. (Hebrews 13:8)


One thing can change in 2017:  YOU. God provides us the opportunity to leave our sin behind and walk in a new life. (Romans 6)

– Brian


I Will Embrace the Opportunities

I Will PicWe are at the midway point of our Sunday series on the book, I Will, by Thom Rainer. I pray that the things we have talked about so far have helped to challenge each of us as we strive to become more outwardly focused as Christians. It struck me while looking at the church calendar this week, that each of us will have several opportunities this month to take action that says, “I will.”
  • October 13—Fellowship Breakfast. This is a great time to grow together with others and enjoy a meal at the same time.
  • October 22—Area Wide Men’s Breakfast. It’s always fun to spend time together with brothers from nearby congregations. Like our own fellowship breakfast, it’s a great way to grow together with others.
  • October 23—Operation Christmas Child. This Sunday is an opportunity to say, “I will give generously” as we help kids in another part of the world have a better Christmas.
  • October 26—Praise and Harmony with Keith Lancaster at the Keizer Church of Christ. I will worship together with others while we learn new songs and sing old favorites.
  • October 30—Trunk-or-Treat. I will serve our community by providing a safe place for families to bring their children while giving them a chance to meet members of our family at the Eugene Church of Christ.


Add to all those events our usual Life Group meetings and other church events, and there’s no question that there are plenty of opportunities to say “I will” this month. What will you do?

– Brian