Take A Step!

February 22, 2015

Sometimes when you’ve sought God, prayed, and asked for wisdom you still may not know what to do.  You may just need to take a step!

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I’m a BOY, Dummy!

February 12, 2015

“Am I a BOY,” he asked. Let’s see…. I have razor stubble, I’m bald, and my name is Eddie! Sometimes I think this world has lost their mind and common sense.

Stupid Rubs Off

January 28, 2015

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Pants Optional??

January 13, 2015

Did I really forget to put his pants on at the gym? What does it take for God to really impact your life?

I answer both of these questions in this short video message!

https://vimeo.com/116002475

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/116002475″>”Pants Optional” by Pastor Eddie Poole</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user11098818″>LifeChurch of Mt Juliet</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Books I Read in 2014

January 13, 2015

The last 4 or 5 years, I’ve set goals of reading 25-30 books each year.  This year I read 29 books.  This list includes books that I read in the traditional way, as well as those that I listened to audibly.  (www.Audible.com is awesome!)

The list is in the order that I read them.  My favorite from the 29 books were:  “12 Years a Slave”, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” “Jesus Is”, and “The Grave Robber.”  I’ve put a few notes below of what struck me about a few particular books.

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2014 Books
1.  12 Years A Slave, Soloman Northup  This was a long book and I never lost interest.  It made me aware and “feel” what it was like to be free and captured into slavery.  This story was also turned into a movie.
2url-5.   More Than A Carpenter, Josh McDowell  Great classic that I’ve read a few times.  If you want to know more about what stood out about Jesus, this is the book.  It’s also a great book to give to someone considering whether or not to follow Jesus.

3.  Bonhoeffer, Etic Metaxas
4.  Aha, Kyle Idleman
5.  Grace Based Parenting, Tim Kimmel
6.  Bait of Satan, John Bevere
7.  Seeking Allah. Finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi:  Great account of a devout Muslim url-3who was seeking to know Allah but found Jesus in the process.  The author offers powerful apologetics of why he came to faith in Christ and also the cost he paid for doing so.
8.  Be Real, Rick Bezet
9.  The Last Days of Jesus, Bill O’Reilly
10.  No More Dragons, Jim Begren
11.  Phariseetomy, Peter Haas
12.  LifeTime Guarantee, Bill Gillham
13.  All In, Mark Batterson
14.  Jesus Is, Judah Smith
15.  Recovering Redemption , Matt Chandler
16.  God Less America, Todd Starnes:  Our country is getting farther and farther away from the God of most of our founding fathers.  In many ways, we’re moving to a country that is hostile towards the God of the Bible.  Todd Starnes shares many examples in this book.
17.  The End of Reason, Ravi Zachariahs
18.  The God First Life, Stovall Weems:   Good book on getting back to the basics of growing in Christ.  Reminded me of LOTS that I already knew but needed to be reminded of.
19.  Knowing God Intimately, Joyce Meyer
20.  Killing Patton, Bill OReilly
21.  Heavenly Man, Brother Yun:  I read two books in a row about the underground church in China.  Believers in Christ in China have paid a HUGE price for their faith.  This is a great book about commitment, persecution, and perseverance.
22.  God’s Double Agent, Bob Fu:  The second book that I read about the underground church in China.
23.  The Measure Of Our Succes, Shawn Lovejoy
24.  Stolen, Kristen Rosenblast:  Story of the author’s entrapment in the sex trade and how God rescued her from that life. 
25.  Ordering Your Private World, Gordon McDonald
26.  Gifted Hands, Ben Carson:  Inspiring story of Ben Carson, the surgeon who became famous for separating siamese twins.  His life wasn’t the easiest but he excelled against the odds and it looks like he will also be a candidate for President in the next election.
27.  Learning From Giants, John Maxwell:  Not my favorite Maxwell book.
28.  The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson:   One of my favorite authors, Mark Batterson’s url-4newest book is now one of my favorites.  He discusses how miracles aren’t just a thing of the past.  God still moves today in big and small miracles that point us to Christ.  Great read.
29.  Four Cups, Chris Hodges

Baby Light

December 24, 2014

“Gramps”

December 8, 2014

One of my favorite memories of my grandparents was when my grandfather and I played a trick on my grandmother.  This video tells that story!

Food God

November 18, 2014

If eating too much is ever an issue with you, check out this video:

Afraid

November 13, 2014

Someone asked me recently if I thought it was ok to drink alcohol.   While I wish the answer was a simple “yes” or “no”, I don’t think it’s quite that easy.

My personal opinion really isn’t that important, but what is important is what the Bible says about the subject.

Let’s get one thing out of the way quickly.  It is wrong to get drunk.  Ephesians 5:18 says, “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.”  If the purpose for drinking alcohol is to get a buzz, that’s a sin.

Alcohol

MEDICAL ISSUES

I had a doctor tell me once that a little red wine before bed would be good for my cholesterol and would help me sleep better.  The Apostle Paul seemed to agree with that doctor as he wrote 1 Timothy 5:23.  Paul said, Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.” 

For medical reasons, Paul seems to agree that it is ok and even encourages a nightly sip.   Incidentally, Paul is speaking in the context of a letter to Timothy.  Timothy was like a son to Paul, and Paul would have known about Timothy’s nagging stomach issues.

Jesus

What did Jesus think of alcohol?  Jesus’ first miracle is recorded in John 2.  He was at a wedding and the wine began to run out, which was a major taboo in that culture for a wedding.   Jesus’ mother approached Jesus, asking Him to help the situation.  Jesus, it seems almost reluctantly because His “time had not come” yet, turned water into wine.  Jesus seemed to concur that in that culture, it was permissible to drink wine.

So…  it seems that in that culture, a little brewsky with your pizza was allowable.

IT STILL MAY NOT BE OK

Huh?  It seems like Paul and Jesus are in agreement!  The King of Bud is at hand!  So why am I telling you that it STILL may not be ok to drink alcohol??

Let’s look at one more passage of Scripture.

In Biblical days, false idols were everywhere and animals were often sacrificed to those idols.   Once the animal was sacrificed, the caretakers of these idols opened up what amounted to butcher shops where people could buy the meat from the animals that were sacrificed.  It was good meat at a good price.  I’m sure filet mignon tastes good even if it was sacrificed to the false god, Baal.  Bring on the A-1!

But wait!  As those who formerly sacrificed to the false idols found the true God and became Christians, their consciences would not allow them to eat the meat that had been sacrificed to those idols.

Paul basically said in 1 Corinthians 8 that there really wasn’t anything wrong with eating the meat that was sacrificed to those idols because there is only one God.  HOWEVER… and this is a BIG HOWEVER….  If his eating this meat cause someone to stumble or be confused in their faith because of their background, Paul said that he would pass on the “Idol Burgers.”  He felt that it just wasn’t worth taking the chance of harming someone’s faith.

Does Eddie Drink Alcohol Then?

Though I don’t throw stones at someone for drinking a brewsky with their pizza, especially Unknownwith the above verses in mind, you won’t find me with a Coors in my hand.

I’ve lived my life with the goal of reflecting Christ to others around me.  Even though it’s not the right thing to do, some young believers jump to the wrong conclusions when they see someone drinking a beer.  I’ve witnessed it, though I have disagreed, it happens.

Though I do believe that our culture is changing to a more positive tolerance towards alcohol, I still am not willing to take the chance that a Bud Light in my hand would discourage someone in their walk with Christ.

I also don’t want “Eddie drinks and he follows Christ” to be the reason that someone thought it was ok to drink alcohol.  There is always a chance that someone could drink as a result of my influence and they could be led into sin by abusing it.  Sometimes alcohol can be a “slippery slope.”

I’m not saying that drinking alcohol is a sin, but I don’t believe the right question is “How close to sin can I get without sinning?”  I think the right question for believers is “How close to God can I get?”

I would encourage you to weigh all of the Scripture about alcohol, take the cultures into account, and ask God if it is ok for you to drink.  I really can’t or won’t answer that question for you.  I have quite a few friends that I respect that choose the brew.  I encourage everyone to make their own decision but to really seek God, the Scriptures, and pray about it.