A LIVING SACRIFICE

An oxymoron are two words that have been put together that contradict one another. Here are a few that make me laugh…

  • Pretty Ugly
  • Work Party
  • Jumbo Shrimp
  • A Little Pregnant
  • Healthy Tan
  • Dressy Flip-Flops
  • Dodge Ram
  • Plastic Glasses
  • Tight Slacks
  • Rap Music

Here’s another oxymoron that probably got a laugh from Paul’s readers when they read Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

A “living sacrifice” was a huge oxymoron. Sacrifices for them were something that were killed and put upon an alter. Back in those days, the sheep didn’t come back from the sacrifice. There were no “living sacrifices.” You never heard the little sheep say, “Went to the sacrifice yesterday. I had a great time, but I’m a little burnt out.” Didn’t happen that way. There were no “living sacrifices.” They killed them all.

Then Paul comes along and tells us to “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.” God doesn’t want you as a dead sacrifice, but a living one. The dead sacrifice (lamb) didn’t have a choice, but you do. You choose to get on or off the altar every day. You have the chance to offer yourself daily as a living sacrifice.

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16

Do you still offer sacrifices today? Yes, you offer yourself, all of yourself. You offer your words. You offer your good deeds, and you offer your gifts.

  • Today offer yourself “holy and pleasing” to God.
  • Today offer God praise in your personal worship.
  • Today offer a sacrifice of a good word said about God to another person.
  • Today offer a kind deed done in the name of Jesus.
  • Today offer God your heart and your mind.

It’s about living your life as an offering of worship to God. Open your heart, open your hands, and offer your body to him as a living sacrifice.

So what living sacrifice will you offer God today?

INTERVIEWED

My friend Dee Andrews has interviewed me this week for your sleeping pleasure. I told her I’d be more than happy to put up a link to the interview today. Stop by if you want and you might learn a few things about me you didn’t know. Thanks Dee for your kindness. Read interview: Here

We’ll get back to our Top 10 Tuesday list next week.

THOUGHTS ON A BRAIN DEAD MONDAY

Usually I do a long “spiritual” post on Monday about something I’ve been thinking about … but today I’m brain dead! It was a long weekend, and I’m overdue for a vacation.

Here are a few things running through my mind…

  • I’m thinking about sex. Got your attention? I’m going to do some posts soon on the subject of sex. There are so many misconceptions about sex today, and sadly, we avoid the subject like the plague. Society has taken sex and made it everything but what God really intended it to be. Sex is a gift from God, something to give thanks for and something two married people should never be ashamed of. God talks about it in our bibles and even devotes one whole book to the subject. More later.

  • The weekend was good. We celebrated Lea’s birthday Saturday by having a garage sale (I’m so romantic). It was her idea. We did find time to have a little party Saturday night. Supper out and then brownies that the boys made. We gave her the afternoon out for a pedicure and then flowers for her flower beds. All in all I think she enjoyed the day. She wants me to say thanks to you all for the birthday wishes you sent her way.

  • I’m doing a funeral (a celebration of life) for an awesome lady today. Jeanene Johnston, a wonderful Christian lady who has directly and indirectly affected many lives. Her husband is “Coach Charlie” who coached high school football in the state of Texas nearly all his life. Jeanene gained her victory in the Lord this past Friday after a 20 year battle with breast cancer. Twenty years ago when they discovered cancer, they told her to get her house in order, that she didn’t have much time. Twenty wonderful years later, she showed everybody how much of a fighter she was. She enjoyed quality of life and a wonderful sense of humor right up to her death. I’ll never forget when I was diagnosed with cancer, Jeanene was the first person I wanted to talk to. I knew she knew what I was feeling. She gave great advise. She and Charlie didn’t just live these last 20 years together, they “really lived” these last 20 years together. The last 5 months of her life she was pretty much confined to a hospital bed in her home. But everyday, she and Charlie would pray together, study their bible together, read books about heaven together and listen to sermons on Cd’s together. They grew closer spiritually in the last 5 months than they ever had. My prayer is simple. I want Jeanene’s courage and Charlie’s love. She was a fighter and Charlie took such awesome care of her. I pray that I will always be as faithful, loving and good to Lea as Charlie has been to Jeanene over they last few years when she got so sick. Today’s funeral will be a celebration simply because … Charlie was the apple of Jeanene’s eye, but Jesus was the King of her heart.

  • I need to go take a shower, put on a suit and go love on a family who’s sad today. Say a prayer for them if you get a little time today.

Thanks for reading ~Trey

PICK YOUR LANE CAREFULLY

(This is part of last weeks sermon: Life is a Highway, Chose Your Lane Carefully)

Last summer going through the metropolis of Dallas, Texas we had lots of choices on what road we’d take. If we picked the right lane, we could get exactly where we wanted to go, but if we chose the wrong lane, it could take us way off our course. There were left exits and right exits, signs leading to here and there. More than once in the past, I’ve been in the wrong lane, and it’s taken me an hour to get back on the right road. But this time, we stuck to the map and got exactly where we wanted to go.

Life isn’t much different. We’re always making choices on what lanes to choose, so pick your lane carefully because every road leads somewhere. Choose wrong and you could be in BIG trouble (Proverbs 14:12).

Here are some lanes that we sometimes get on that don’t have a good destination:

1) THE FAST LANE

  • The prodigal son knew something about the fast lane. He was in the fast lane, in a hurry to experience the fun of the world. He found out that the fast lane will eventually wind up in the pig pen (Luke 15:11-16). There’s so much more to life than how much fun you can have and how fast can you do it.

2) THE FALSE LANE

  • God doesn’t pull any punches. He hates false things (Proverbs 20:23, Proverbs 6:16-19). There are so many things in this life that are false. They look one way, but they’re really not. The lottery tells you it’s the richest pot ever but doesn’t tell you your shot at winning is 1 in 25 million. If it’s too good to be true … it probably is. God desires honesty and faithfulness, not falsehood. Watch out for the false lane on the highway of life.

3) THE FOOL’S LANE

  • There’s one thing I don’t want the Lord ever calling me and that’s a fool. He did with the man in Luke 12:16-21, who spent his entire life storing up treasures on earth and not in heaven. So many people choose fool’s lane. “If I can’t have more, I’m not going to be happy,” they say. When multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller pasted away, a group of men gathered around his accountant and asked, “How much did he leave behind?” “All of it,” the accountant said. Don’t choose fool’s lane.

4) THE FEAR LANE

  • So many people are scared these days. Scared to drink the water, breathe the air, leave a door unlocked, play outside, go for a walk, etc. “Do not fear” is mentioned 365 times in the New Testament. That’s one “do not fear” for every day of the year. I’m thinking that since it’s the command given to us more than any others … maybe God was trying to tell us something. Something like … “DO NOT FEAR!”

5) THE FAITH LANE

  • Now here’s a good lane you can take in life. The faith lane is the only lane that leads to something productive. It leads to eternal life (Hebrews 11, Romans 10:17).

They say “life is a highway”. Pick your lane carefully because whatever lane you choose, you may be on it a while.

(This is a brief outline of last Sunday’s lesson (minus the meat and a handful of stories). If you want to follow along on the internet: Click Here. For those with dial-up who can’t make it work: Click Here. )

LOOKING LIKE JESUS

I was in a Lubbock McDonald’s yesterday following a funeral. I had gone there to have coffee with my good friends and fellow bloggers Matt & Crystal James. While there, I also ran into blogger Kathy, who was in Lubbock visiting family. It was an amazing little blogging reunion.

A crazy thing happened while standing in line waiting my turn to buy coffee. A lady turned to me from the drink dispenser and said, “Sir, you’re out of ice.” I guess that the dress slacks and tie gave me a “manager” look. I quickly told her I’d see what I could do. I leaned over the counter and told the real manager, “The ice machine is empty.” He quickly had it filled.

Not more than 20 seconds later, another woman came up to me with her hamburger in hand, “Sir, they put pickles on my Big Mac, and I clearly stated I didn’t want pickles,” she said. So, being the nice guy I am, I told her, “Just take it up to the counter and they’ll get you fixed up.” She smiled and said thank you.

By now I was having fun. The door opened, and as another customer came in, and I said, “Hi, welcome to McDonald’s!” By this time, the manager (who was also in slacks and a tie) had caught on to what had happened. When my turn in line came, I ordered my coffee, and the manager and I had a laugh about my mistaken identity. When the nice lady handed me my coffee and told me it would be $1.08, I said, “What, no employee discount?”

The whole ordeal got me to thinking on the way home last night. I may have looked the part of the McDonald’s manager, but had you taken a close look, you would have clearly seen I was not. The real McDonald’s manager had a radio on his belt, a name tag on his pocket, a patch on his shirt that said McDonald’s, a rag in his pocket and a tired look on his face. Just by being dressed like the manager, people were actually asking me for help.

How many times have I looked like Christ from a distance, but up close and personal, nothing really like him at all? I want to look like Jesus in everything I do, and I want to be a part of a church that has that same desire. A church that looks like, acts like, talks like and lives like JESUS. Not just from a distance, but up close too.

What would really happen if we started dressing like and living like Jesus in our character and actions? I ache to be a person that looks like Jesus in my …
  • Compassion
  • Giving
  • Service
  • Forgiveness
  • Love
  • Faithfulness
  • Etc.

So, what (or who) does your church look like? A church? A religious organization? Christ? And if someone needed help, could they look at your life and see Jesus in you?

Besides, in the end, if you live like Christ on this earth the Bible says come judgement day … you DO get the employee discount. “Well done good and faithful servant.”

7 WAYS TO RATE YOUR CHURCH

Christianity Today has a good article on seven ways to measure your church’s ministry. The article states that “that most people rate church atmosphere within the first 15 minutes of their first visit.” The below seven areas will most likely contribute to how people rate your church’s atmosphere on their first visit: Sensing the presence […]

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10 CRAZY THINGS I’VE SEEN WHILE PREACHING

I’ve preached a lot of sermons over the past 20 years. I’ve seen a lot of “crazy” things while preaching. Here are 10… People sleeping (of course). A child playing a Gameboy. A man on the front pew clipping his toe nails. My zipper unzipped. A man doubled-over in pain in the foyer at the […]

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OLD TESTAMENT CARD STORE

Bizarro is one of my favorite cartoonists. He’s got a warped sense of humor and an odd way of looking at life. I think those are the reasons I like him so much. As for the cartoon, I’m sure glad things have changed since then.

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WORTH READING

Here are a few things you might find interesting to read … No hymnals. No pews. No steeple. No stained glass windows. And no women. Here’s an interesting story about a church that reaches out to just men. Hmm. My long time friend, Jeff Foster, is now blogging on a regular basis. Jeff is the […]

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A CHILD IS NEVER TO YOUNG TO LEARN ABOUT GOD

A new tool called Baby Signs is helping babies learn to communicate with sign language before they can talk. The video below is a 13 month old little girl who is learning to read. Do not underestimate the learning potential of your baby or the babies in your children’s ministry at church. From this video […]

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TRUE GRACE and PURE RANDOMNESS

SUMMER TIME: It been a crazy week around here this week. The last week of school always is. The boys are pumped about being out for the summer. School doesn’t start back this year until the end of August, so they’ll get 3 months off for summer and we’ll need them. Here’s why … Summer […]

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CAREER DAY – What do Preachers Do?

I spent yesterday morning taking part in Childress Elementary’s Career Day. Wow, it was too much fun. I worried about how I could make my “career” as a minister sound interesting and keep the large group of 10 and 11 year-olds entertained. When the day ended I thought that each group that came through listened […]

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GOING TO CHURCH or BEING THE CHURCH

Want to see 10 of the most amazing church buildings in the world? I mean “jaw dropping” amazing? Click here But I can’t seem to get enough of this discussion: Is church supposed to be a place that you GO TO or BELONG TO, or is it more about BEING something or someone? We get […]

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A "BEAN COUNTING" MARRIAGE

At least once a day I look at the referrals on my stat-tracker to see where the traffic to my blog is coming from. Over 100 of my referrals every day are from Google where someone has searched, “How to keep my wife happy,” or “How to have a happy marriage.” I’m not sure why […]

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WORST CHURCH IDEA OF THE MONTH AWARD

“Dipping into alternative funding: Pastors Ray and Simone Bellevue say corporate sponsorship has done “nothing but good” for their church, formerly Tustin Assembly of God. His church has sold much of the “visual space” in their facility to advertisers, including the bathroom stalls to Burger King, the rim of the collection plates to Hewlett-Packard and […]

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STRANGE HEAVEN VIDEO

Wow. I really do think this could qualify is one of the single strangest, jaw-dropping, awkward laughter-inducing, Christian videos I have ever seen. The responses of the audience alone are well worth the admission.

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MANLY GARDENING

It’s been a good week. Busy as always. Trips out of town to check on the sick, hospital board meetings, T-ball games and services at the prison were just a few of the activities this week. GARDENING: Lea and I spent the week setting out flowers in the flower beds. It’s something I’ve learned to […]

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THINGS CHANGE, BUT GOD REMAINS THE SAME

Last week I sat in a brand new car. No, it wasn’t mine. The new car smell was intoxicating. The gadgets were amazing. The navigation system was mind boggling. As I sat behind the wheel, the new owner explained all the new and latest gadgets to me. I was in awe. It had safety features […]

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Are You A Church-Goer or a Christian

The church is full of “the guy on the left.” What we need is more of “the guy on the right.” Which one are you?

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10 BOOKS THAT HAVE GREATLY AFFECTED MY LIFE

10. His Needs Her Needs – Dr. Willard Harley Quite possibly the most used book in my library. 9. The Holiness of God – R.C. SproulChapter 4, “The Trauma of Holiness” is an absolutely fantastic chapter. 8. Too Busy NOT To Pray – Bill Hybels Here’s an amazing book for your prayer life. 7. The […]

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EMOTIONAL AFFAIRS

Nine out of ten affairs begin with an emotional attraction. It usually happens when a need that a spouse is not meeting begins to be met by another person of the opposite sex. I once read somewhere that it may be far easier to have an emotional affair than you may realize. When you find […]

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A WEEK AROUND THE MORGAN HOUSE

I was informed today that there are 50 (mostly teenagers) from the Childress church going to Mexico City this July. Two years ago when we went, we took 30. I am SO looking forward to that week! I LOVE hanging with our youth group! And I love serving people in Mexico. It’s been a grieving […]

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LIFE’S SHORT. GET A DIVORCE

What’s Wrong with this Picture? You’ve probably read the story behind the billboard (pictured above) in Chicago that says, “Life is Short. Get a divorce.” It wasn’t so much about the partially clothed man and woman on the law firm’s ad. It was the phrase “Life is short. Get a divorce,” that drew scores of […]

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It Is GOOD to be a Child of God (Sermon Link)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 A man bought a brand new Ferrari. He wanted to get a blessing for it, so he went to see his priest. “Father O’Malley, can I have […]

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TEN THINGS I HAVE WRITTEN IN MY BIBLE

I write in my Bible, a lot. I write notes about scriptures and about things that encourage me. Here are 10 things I’ve written in my bible that remind me of what’s important. #1 Jesus was approachable and touchable, I should be too.#2 Enjoy your spiritual Journey. It’s a marathon not a 40-yard dash.#3 Be […]

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SLEEPING UGLY

At bed time last night Cooper climbed up in my lap with a couple of books. “The Monster at the End of the Book” with lovable old Grover, and of course “The Three Pigs” were there too. I’ve read The Three Little Pigs so many times that I wrote a post about it a few […]

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CANCER CHANGED MY LIFE

Lance Armstrong has a commercial airing in which he stares into the camera and says, “Remember me cancer? You made me who I am today?” That quote really hits home with me. On May 6th of 2003, I sat in Dr. Pate’s office and he looked at me and said, “You have cancer. You’re young […]

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GOOD COMMUNICATION IN MARRIAGE

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard women say, “My husband just can’t communicate.” I don’t know how many times I’ve heard men say, “I just can’t get a straight answer from my wife.” There is no arguing that men and women communicate differently. God wired-up men and women very differently. While women focus […]

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OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD (Sermon Link Included)

Is it just me or does it seem that we’ve lost our sense of just how awesome God is? I think the church and our nation has forgotten just how unbelievably awesome God is. We somehow need to rediscover what an awesome God we have. How will we ever be willing to jump and trust […]

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10 REASONS IT’S GREAT TO BE A MAN

You can get cleaned up, dressed and be gone in under 20 minutes. You can go to the restroom without 15 of your friends. When you dress, you only have to pick between two pair of shoes. Taking a shower only involves a bar of green deodorant soap. If you show up to a social […]

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SHARE A LITTLE PRAYER – UPDATE 3

When you have a little time today say a little prayer for my sister, Monalea. I told you about her in the “Saturday Reading.” She was rushed to the hospital yesterday because of some heart problems she was having. They are going to do a stress-test and possibly an angio-cardiogram today in Lubbock. The doctors […]

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SATURDAY READING: SHE GOT A SENSE OF HUMOR

In this week’s “Saturday Reading” let me tell you about a new blogger that will make you laugh, smile, cry and think (hopefully not all at the same time). Monalea has been blogging about two weeks now, and she describes herself this way: “I am a Christian wife, mother of 4 and grandmother. I have […]

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REACHING OUT TO THE TULIA TORNADO VICTIMS

A letter to the editor in the local Childress newspaper asking for community of Childress to help give certain items for the Tulia tornado victims: No Charge Everyone in town pitching in to buy supplies for the tornado victim: A few dollars from each person A tank of gas from Childress to Tulia to deliver […]

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HOW TO DOWNLOAD A SERMON

For those with dial-up, see if this works. Click on the link to go to the sermon. Find the sermon you want. By the “play” button you’ll see the three words: Send To Friends, Download, Permalink. “Right” click with your mouse button on the word “Download” and then click “Save As.” It will save it […]

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WHY DON’T I READ MY BIBLE

I wasn’t trying to hurt his feelings when I told him that reading his bible must not be that important to him. He had just told me that he wasn’t finding any time in his daily schedule to read his bible. I told him I didn’t want to sound preachy, but if he wasn’t reading […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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