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The Legacy of Billy Graham, and why it matters for You

March 19th, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “The Legacy of Billy Graham, and why it matters for You”

With the passing of “America’s Pastor”, Billy Graham, much has been written, and rightly so, about his life as a Preacher and Evangelist. While much of it has focused on what he did publicly, with the rallies, crusades, and Presidential visits, I would argue that his greatest legacy is what he chose to do privately. Let me explain.

In 1948, after a successful rally in Modesto, California, and in the midst of huge crowds and a rapidly increasing following, Graham called all his evangelistic team together for a meeting. Seeing what was ahead, he was convinced that steps needed to be taken to preserve and safeguard their integrity, starting with his own. It was in this meeting that a document was created, later called the “Modesto Manifesto”, where Graham laid out how they would live, and most importantly how he would live, to do their best to  avoid discrediting their ministry and the Lord’s work through them by a scandal. It addressed boundaries in regards to money, relationships, and other matters of personal integrity.

It was just one meeting in a hotel room, in Modesto, California, that I argue changed the course of his ministry. It was there that they together realized that taking care of things privately would impact their ability to change the world publicly.

These weeks of Lent we are talking about the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5), and how Jesus shares these words of wisdom, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Because Graham guarded carefully what filled His heart privately, out of the overflow of his heart his mouth spoke powerful, and grace-filled, words of God.

We may not be traveling evangelist preachers who meet and counsel Presidents. But the principals Graham lived by are as true for us as they were for him. How we live privately matters for our impact publicly. May we continue to receive His forgiveness for where we’ve fallen short, and so be filled with His grace, love, wisdom and gentleness that it might overflow from our hearts!

Pastor Brian

Wisdom for When You Face a Decision

March 7th, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Wisdom for When You Face a Decision”

We’ve all been there, and chance are, we’ll be there again, and perhaps pretty soon. I’m speaking of those moments in life when we are forced to make a pretty big decision, and we don’t have clarity on what choice to make. In these moments, we can feel a heavy weight to make the “right” decision, and we endeavor to discover which of the decisions is God’s will.

Ever been there? Perhaps you are there right now. If so, let me invite us to think of these moments a bit differently…

I think sometimes we enter these moments thinking there is a right path and a wrong path, and it’s incumbent upon us to find out which one is which. We can even think that one path is God’s will and will be blessed, and the other one isn’t, and to make the “right” decision, we better choose the correct door…

In these moments, when that weight feels especially heavy, let us remember the promises God makes. The Bible is full of God promising to be with us, to guide us, to lead us, and to bless us, regardless of what choices or paths we take. Bottom line- God blessing us isn’t conditional upon us making the right decision(s). Is that good news or what?!

So when we face these moments, let’s at least remove the weight of trying to determine which one is God’s will. The exception, of course, is those moments where we are faced with an option that is clearly sinful or clearly spoken of as against God’s will. But when it comes to other decisions, like when weighing a college decision, or a job offer, or a family move, rest in this truth- God always promises to go with and bless His people, regardless of which door we choose.

“And surely I am with you, always, to the very end of the age”     ~Jesus (Matthew 28:20)

Pastor Brian

Curling and Kindness

February 28th, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Curling and Kindness”

Kind of funny, and for sure unexpected, but in addition to the US Women’s Hockey team winning the gold medal, perhaps the biggest story coming out of these Olympic Games was the following that curling received. Yes, curling.

So much so, in fact, that the Chicago Tribune ran a neat read of a piece about it, titled: Humble, Kind, and Fair: Can Curling Cure our Troubled world? The crux of the article was celebrating the air of kindness and sportsmanship that is a part of curling contests. It’s called “the Spirit of Curling”, and indeed, our world could use more of it… The article is here:

These weeks in worship we’re talking about the “Fruit of the Spirit”, that is, what bubbles up out of us when we are deeply rooted in and connected with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And smack dab in the middle of the list is what culture seems to be so hungry for: kindness.

Quick thought for your today, and if you were around here on Sunday you heard us flesh it out. Our kindness will be tested. Sometimes we’ll be tempted to be less than kind; other times we’ll be tested to be kind only to have it be observed, or appreciated, or reciprocated. But Christian Kindness runs a bit different. Rooted in the Gospel, it’s not a kindness that is done to be celebrated or observed, but a kindness done in glory and thanks to God. Our kindness to others is a lot more about us and God, rather than us and others.

It’s called the “Fruit of the Spirit”; a cousin, perhaps, of the “Spirit of Curling”. Let’s be kind today!

Pastor Brian

Hear. Pray. Talk. LIVE!

February 2nd, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Hear. Pray. Talk. LIVE!”

The month of January we took a deep dive into four keys to a growing faith. We called it Hear. Pray. Talk. Live. We spent time both in worship and in Bible class looking at what the Bible said about these building blocks, and what it looks like in real life to put them into practice.

One awesome young person from within the Lord of Glory family, Naomi Little, provided us a neat example of the Live component recently. Click on the link below to take a look!

Pastor Brian

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say

January 25th, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say”

Have you ever had a moment when you just don’t know what to say? It’s an important moment, or a tough situation, and you find yourself struggling to find the words? I’m a Pastor, I kind of speak for a living, and it happens with me A LOT!

So what do you say in those moments? What do you do?

The Bible actually talks about these moments, and Jesus tells us both that these moments WILL happen, and more importantly, how to handle them. Ready?

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say” (Jesus, Luke 12:11-12).

Let’s break that down for a moment. Jesus says that when you are brought into important conversations, and you’re not sure what to say, you have a helper! That it’s actually and exactly in these moments of weakness that the Lord does His best work. It’s in these moments that we decrease and HE increases (John 3:30).

So what does this mean? For me, it means that in any moment where I feel “in above my head”, and when I’m not sure what to say, I remember that my helper is with me! I actually, mid-conversation, say a quick, silent prayer, calling upon God to help me find the words to speak. While I cannot report that I’ve had a super natural, “I don’t know where those words came from” moment, I can report that I’ve felt a certain confidence and peace and calm knowing that the Lord was truly in that moment and directing it.

The Lord promises to be with us in these moments. May you experience the power that comes with knowing that when you talk about God, He’s right there in the midst of it!

Pastor Brian

Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18th, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Here’s a bit of trivia that I’m shocked I hadn’t heard before. Ready?

In 1934, a Southern Preacher by the name of Michael King is given a neat opportunity- a chance to visit Europe and study theology. Rev. King was so taken by the theology of the Reformer Martin Luther that upon returning home, he changed his name from Michael King to Martin Luther King, as well as the name of his son, who then became…


Martin Luther King Jr.! Neat, right?

Perhaps you’ve never much thought about how one inspired the other, but this is the type of stuff I think about when I’m mowing my lawn (or more timely, shoveling my snow). A few quick thoughts jump to mind:

First, Luther celebrates the reality of the Gospel as for ALL. That God’s saving work in Jesus Christ is for all of humanity. The fall of man puts us all on a level playing field, that of needing forgiveness, and it’s the Gospel that reaches into the lives of all people. Similarly, King helps us celebrate the intrinsic value of every human, regardless of what labels culture puts on them.

Second, Luther believed in his message, and that despite challenge and hardship he might face, eventually taking the high road, and hanging onto truth, would win out. With the Reformation, it did. Similarly, King faced immense personal hardship, yet didn’t relent. He continued to preach his message, believing that the truth and power of its tenets would eventually win it. And it did.

Finally, Luther elevates the doctrine of vocation, the notion that our lives of service matter to God regardless of how “spiritual” they seem. Similarly, King celebrates the notion that everyone’s contributions to society make a difference, regardless of how much they are publicly acknowledged.

And this likely only scratches the surface. Any similarities in their messaging come to mind for you? Think about it the next time you are shoveling!

Pastor Brian

A Shultz Hour and God

January 11th, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “A Shultz Hour and God”

A recent piece in the New York Times was shared with me, and I found it to be insightful, challenging, and inspiring. Here’s how it begins:

When George Shultz was secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection. He sat down in his office with a pad of paper and pen, closed the door and told his secretary to interrupt him only if one of two people called:

“My wife or the president,” Shultz recalled.

Shultz, who’s now 96, told me that his hour of solitude was the only way he could find time to think about the strategic aspects of his job. Otherwise, he would be constantly pulled into moment-to-moment tactical issues, never able to focus on larger questions of the national interest. And the only way to do great work, in any field, is to find time to consider the larger questions.


Many of us can identify with being “pulled into moment-to-moment tactical issues” and “never being able to focus on larger questions”. Some call it the “tyranny of the urgent”, based on a book from the 1960’s by that title. Bottom line- sometimes life and its constant demands can be so all-consuming that we rarely have time to consider what is truly important, big, and/or spiritual.

Sunday in worship we talked about “hearing from God”, and how the clearest way to hear from God is through His Word. Hearing from God is, in a way, a form of practicing a “Shultz Hour”- it’s saying “hold on” to what is urgent, and saying “yes” to what is important- hearing from God. As we talked about on Sunday, this will look different for all of us. Right now, a great group of women are studying God’s Word in a Bible study here at church. For others, it’s a quiet home, before everyone gets up, with a warm coffee and a devotional book. For still others, and for many, it will include using your smart phone and apps to draw you to God.

James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you”.

For more on the “Shultz Hour”, click here:

Pastor Brian

A Word for the New Year

January 3rd, 2018 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “A Word for the New Year”

A Blessed New Year to you all! Realizing that a number of folks are in the midst of changes and transitions of many kinds, I found this quote to be incredibly insightful. See below, along with a prayer for your today and your tomorrow…

“Transition is the bridge that leads from the no longer to the not yet. Nobody can predict what that bridge is going to look like. It may be obvious and sturdy, and we may find it easily through the fogs of our bewilderment. Or it may be rickety and clearly unsafe, and we hardly dare entrust our weight to it. The point is, however, that we have to cross the bridge, and as we risk that crossing, we will discover that the bridge itself is our guide and mentor, and it has everything to teach us about the path that lies ahead, beyond the transition. In fact, we will learn much more on that bridge, about ourselves, about life, and about God, in our transitions than on all the smoother pathways that we journey.”
– Excerpted from The Other Side of Chaos by Margaret Silf

We pray:

Lord God, as you safely led your people through various journeys, changes, and transitions, so Lord you lead us today. Give us eyes of faith to see your hand at work in our lives. Help us to see how you meet us on the bridges of our lives, and how you use these moments to shape, mold, and lead us. Although our way may be foggy and rickety, may your Holy Spirit work faith, trust and obedience in us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Pastor Brian

It’s Christmas Week!

December 18th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “It’s Christmas Week!”

It’s Christmas Week, so I’m guessing your scrambling a bit. But fear not- it will all come together, and it will be wonderful. Right? Here’s a quick word of encouragement for you as Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, draws near…

I’m guessing a great deal of what’s yet before you involves things done for others. Parties to prepare for, presents to get together and wrap, travels to extended family- you likely have your list. Christmas ends up being a lot of you doing stuff for other people.

In John chapter 13, Jesus teaches, both with words and actions, what it means to serve. Wrapping a towel around his waist, he washes the disciples feet. And as He is finishing, he shares this incredibly powerful line: “Now that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you… Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:14,17).

What a beautiful promise from Jesus- serving others leads to certain blessings. Sometimes the grind of doing so much can wear on us, but be encouraged- in doing so, you are following Jesus’ example, your neighbor/family/friends benefit from what you do, and somehow, someway, “you WILL be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17).

A blessed Christmas Week to you all!

Pastor Brian

It’s Not About the Toys

December 7th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “It’s Not About the Toys”

It’s not about the toys, just like it’s not about the tasks. Let me explain…

Tonight is one of my favorite nights here at Lord of Glory. Families who receive parent coaching and support through our ministry partner Informed Choices shop for and receive toys that they can then give their children at Christmas. It’s a night filled with love, gratitude, and Jesus. Yet… it’s not about the toys…

As much as I love the thought of helping the families being able to provide toys for their kids, the best part of tonight is the love the families receive from the moment they arrive. They are greeted with a smile in our lobby which is decked out for Christmas. There is live music, coffee, and homemade treats. They are matched up with a host for the night- someone from Lord of Glory or Iglesia Casa de Restauracion to get to know them, to shop with them, and to just visit with them. As I survey the night, seeing our folks loving on the Informed Choices families is just so beautiful. And I bet Jesus is smiling.

You see- it’s not about the toys.

If you are like me, you are sometimes tempted to make Christmas one big “to-do list” that needs to be chipped away at. Then, before you know it, it’s over. It becomes stuff to “get through”, rather than moments and memories to be made and shared.

My goal tonight is to slow down a bit, to take it all in, and to celebrate what I get to be a part of. I hope to do that in worship this month, as well as in moments with my family. After all, it’s not about the toys, and it’s not about the tasks, it’s about the relationships, the moments, the memories.

A blessed Advent to you all!

Pastor Brian

Thanks in ALL Circumstances

November 28th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Thanks in ALL Circumstances”

The Bible talks about giving thanks not only in the good times, but also the tough times, but how does one exactly do that? It sure isn’t easy!

Imagine getting fired from your job, axed, terminated, for poor performance, only to turn around and THANK your employer! That’s exactly what (now former) Nebraska football coach Mike Riley recently did. After a disappointing season cost him his job, Riley turned around and publicly, as well as in a written statement, expressed gratitude. Here’s Riley:

“I’m going to remain and believe in being thankful. I am very thankful for the people I’ve met in this program and in this state. Most of all I’m thankful for this team… It’s like that old song, I could’ve missed the pain but I would’ve missed the dance”.

I Thessalonians 5:18 talks about gratitude even in the midst of hardship: “Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus”. As Christians, I believe we are uniquely positioned to do this, and here’s why: you and I have an unmovable identity in Jesus Christ. It will never “perish, spoil, or fade” (I Peter 1:4) and it can never be taken from us. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100), so we are ultimately, and eternally, cared for. He works all things for our good (Romans 8:28), and so we choose an “attitude of gratitude”.

Thanks Riley, and I Thessalonians, for showing us the way!

Pastor Brian

A Game of Fetch, and God’s Economy

October 17th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “A Game of Fetch, and God’s Economy”

Ever play a game of fetch with a dog? I’ve played it with our Comfort Dog/Hero Tobias, and he’s amazing at it. By the way, if you think of it, say a prayer for Tobias and the ministry happening through him today; he’s visiting with folks in Las Vegas following the horrendous shooting.

Back to fetch- you know the drill. You have something (a stick, a tennis ball, etc.) and you toss it away, only to see it come back to you, only perhaps this time with a little dog saliva!

Interestingly, a story Jesus told invites us to see that in many ways, choosing generosity and seeking His Kingdom in our lives is not all that different from a game of fetch. Take a peek…

It’s Matthew 25:14-30, and it’s a story of a master who departs for a journey, and entrusts what he has to his servants. Each gets a different amount, yet each are challenged to be good stewards. Upon his return, he calls them to account. Two servants did well with what they were given, while one failed. Addressing all of them, he invites those who did well with what was entrusted to them to “come and share your master’s happiness”.

Bottom line- they did well with what they were given, and now good things (the master’s happiness) would come back to them, like a game of fetch. They worked hard, were generous, and sowed good seed, and now would be invited to share in the success, bounty, and celebration.

So consider with me for a moment what you have, and what you could give away generously. Perhaps it’s time- giving a child or a family member or a friend your undivided attention and listening ear. Perhaps it’s your skills and giftings- using something special about you to advance God’s Kingdom or benefit a neighbor. Or perhaps it’s your money- choosing to pass up a “want” or a luxury so another person or cause could experience a blessing.

This story from the Bible invites us to give it away, and then to watch it come back in a powerful way! Let’s play fetch!

Pastor Brian Davies

Today is a New Day!

October 12th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “Today is a New Day!”

Today is a new day. Yesterday, and what happened yesterday, is in the past. Today is a gift.

Sports fans, perhaps you remember the names Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood. Both long-time, successful athletes, but both forever remembered for different mistakes. They each seem to be defined, by some, not by their careers, but by misses and mistakes.

In God’s economy, (how things work with God), the amazing thing is that we are NOT defined by our past. Instead, we are given an entirely NEW identity in Christ. II Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come”. 

Last night, I got to spend time with our high school students, and let me tell you, they are awesome. They are bright, fun, and pursuing a genuine relationship with God. We talked about Moses, and how in a fit of anger and shame, he murdered an Egyptian and buried him in the sand. Wow- doesn’t sound like a hero of the faith, does it? Yet after this, and while He is on the run, God appears to Him in the burning bush, a moment of forgiveness and sending that would forever change Moses.

Bottom line- Moses wasn’t defined by what He did; but rather by the forgiveness and new identity he now knew with God.

And the same is true for you, today, because of Jesus Christ. Today is a new day. Yesterday, and what happened yesterday, is in the past. Today is a gift. Embrace it!

Pastor Brian Davies

It’s Just a Phase, So Don’t Miss It

October 2nd, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute, Light for My Path 0 thoughts on “It’s Just a Phase, So Don’t Miss It”

A blessed day to you all!

Being around kids can be exhilarating, surprising, fun, and incredibly rewarding.

Yet it can also be exhausting, monotonous, frustrating, and down right challenging.

For this week’s Glory Minute, click on the link below to hear a conversation a few of us had about how our church is resourcing parents, Grandparents, and all who have influence on children in really practical and neat ways. And what we’re pointing you to helps us both embrace the beautiful moments, and gain perspective on the less-than-beautiful!

Take a listen!

Pastor Brian Davies

In need of patience?

September 27th, 2017 Posted by Glory Minute 0 thoughts on “In need of patience?”

Think for a moment- where do you lack patience? What do you want from God, now, and it’s not happening, and you’re struggling? Hold onto that for second…

Take a peek at the picture above. It was taken in one of the classrooms of our preschool, Gloryland. The activity, with four boys, mind you, was to practice working on their letters by tracing them in the trays of sand. So to review- four boys, each with a tray full of sand…

Simply put- I was amazed at the patience of the teacher!

And the boys did great! It took clear instructions, calmly delivered, and patience when the boys wanted to do other things with the sand. God bless our teachers, and God bless our young students!

I’m also blown away at the patience of the God we worship. I’m amazed at how many times I don’t trust Him, don’t put Him first, look to other elements for relief, and yet He, the Lord, continues to choose to forgive me, lead me, and provide for me. The Big Story of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is one of his unflinching patience and unfailing love.

With an amazingly patient God on our side, He endeavors then to work patience through us. He’s worked it in us, now He wants to work it through us. Patience with our kids, loved ones, co-workers, friends, and even with our Pastor (thanks for that, by the way!)

It’s likely true that your patience will be tested today, like the teacher with trays of sand before four boys. Let’s remember how God chooses to deal with us- glory be to Jesus!

Pastor Brian