Author Archives: Brandon

City on a Hill

I was talking to a guy the other day and told me three times in the conversation how great of a leader he was.  I have learned over time that when you a good at something you do not have to remind people that you are good. Michael Jordan did not have to start a basketball game on the microphone and tell the views that he was good.  You gave the man a ball and watched in awe.

For all the Lebron fans out there, mad I did not talk about him… Michael is better and he will show his 6 rings to prove why…

Tiger Woods swings a club and you know he is good.  You do not need to him to tell you how good he is.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Working in a church puts me around Christians all the time.  Some people believe that because they did not cuss or tell dirty jokes that was showing the world they followed Jesus.  Others think because they mention Jesus on social media and wear christian t-shirts, that the world will know.  Yet Jesus said the world would know we are in Him by the love we have for each other.  

Lost people loved Jesus.  Religious people killed him. Today, lost people think we are full of judgement and act like we are better than people who don’t share our values and religious people love us because of our voting status and behavior.

So would people who don’t follow Jesus, say you follow Jesus? Why? Is it because of the way you love them?  Or is it because of your social media status? Would the way you treat those who make life hard for you say you love them?  Would those who have opposite political beliefs say you love them?  Would people who do not share you values say you love them?

Today, how will you be a city on a hill and a lamp on a stand by the way you show love to the people in your world?  Ask Holy Spirit for 3 opportunities today to show His kind of love and acceptance.

I would love for you to reply back and share how He leads you!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Dirty Theology

Sever months ago, I was invited to go on a trail run with a friend.  He rans with several runners.  I am not much of a runner, so when they took off I gave everything I had to keep up.  It was a dry day, and their trail shoes threw tons of dust.  There were 4 of them and they were all ahead of me.  So 4 peoples worth of dust cloud lingered infront of me. I already couldn’t breath from running, now add their dust to this and I think I am running in hell.  By the time I got home I looked like I had fallen and rolled in the dust. 

The word “disciple” was a common word in Jesus day.  Everyone went to school until they were 10. The smart ones were invited to another 8 years of school where they would memorize our old testament, while the rest went to learn the family business.  Then at the end of the 8 years, they ask a rabbi if they can be their disciple.  The word disciple comes from the greek work Diakonis, which mean to be “caught in the dust.”  They only had dirt roads and if you traveled close enough to someone you would be covered in their dust.  So when an 18 year old would ask to be a rabbi’s disciple. He was asking to follow them so closely that they would always be covered in their dust.  They would talk like their rabbi. Teach like them. Live like them. 

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

Being a disciple of a rabbi was only for the most intelligent and when the rabbi believed you truly could be their disciple.  So when Jesus invites 12 men to be His disciples, everyone was floored.  Rabbis did not ask and the 12 had already been told they were not good enough.  Jesus was making a huge statement!  You are good enough to be my disciple and I choose you.  Then Jesus invited all of us to be His disciple.  

I am here to tell you that Jesus chose you and you are good enough to “be caught in His dust.”  He was able to look at you through the lens of grace and see you as you could be not just as you are. When He looks at you, he does not see your brokenness and sin.  He sees you as He designed you to be and invites you to become that person as you are caught up in His dust.

So I encourage you to follow Jesus, obey Jesus, worship Jesus, and like Jesus so closely that you are caught up in His dust.  May you ever be caught up in the dust of your rabbi!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Smite Thy Enemy!

Have you ever had someone go out of their way to make your life miserable?  Like they have an agenda to embarrass and shame you infront of people. Then we play out what we wish we could do to them or we have these fake conversations in out head with them.  We tear them apart in our heads.  Some of us actually do those things.  We get even with them!

Then you come across the words of Jesus:

Matthew 5:43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 

Most of the time we are like “He is Jesus. He can do that. I can not.”  Or we think ok I will pray for them… “God get them, smite them, destroy them, expose them.” I do not think that is the kind of pray Jesus was encouraging.  Love your enemies.  Love those that go out of their way to make you miserable.  Love those who intentionally hurt you. 

Then if you actually do, something deep in you happens.  The pain of what they did hurts less. The hatred toward them goes away.  Here we feel like they are getting away with it.  What if God telling us to love our enemies was actually about us too.  What if He knew holding on to the pain and resentment would steal life from us? What if we would just let Him have our hurt we walk away free?

Then what about them? What if when they see you responding in love instead of anger, they see who the Father really is?  

So loving your enemies heals you and shows the offender the nature of the God.  So who do you need to forgive?  Who would God have you pray for?  Who do you not want to pray blessing over?  Go do it!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

I LOVE Jesus and HATE church!

That was the story of my senior year.  I had an encounter with Jesus the summer before that changed my life. Before then I didn’t believe in Jesus or like church. But the summer of 2003, I met Jesus and He changed my life.  My prayer life was real and God was speaking to me.  The Bible that bored me was now alive.  My burden for my lost friends was deep.  Yet when I brought them to church, they didn’t want to come back and neither did I!  

I loved Jesus and hated church.That year God called me to be a pastor in a church and I was so confused.  I reluctantly said yes.  I thought church was a building and a way of doing ministry.  I was so wrong.  You see I loved people who went to church but did not see people as the church.  Then I came across this verse:

Matthew 16:18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

God began to show me that the Church was actually people and not a building. These people were powerful and carried Kingdom authority. God started to change my heart toward the church.  I saw God was calling me to lead the church (the people) to advance the kingdom of God into enemy territory and together we had guaranteed victory!  Then I began to love Jesus even more and love the church. 

So do you love Jesus? I am not asking if you read the Bible or pray… Do you love (the verb not the feeling) Jesus? By the way action evokes feelings.  If I cut you off in traffic it will evoke a feeling.  I am talking do you with your whole being worship, follow, and obey Jesus? If not I pray you experience Jesus the way I did 15 years ago! I pray your heart would not grow cold but would burn with love for the Savior who purchased your freedom! Worship Him and Serve Him. He is worthy of nothing less!

Do you love the church? Not the building, not the style, not your denomination, not your music preferences, not your preaching preferences… Do you love God’s bride?  If you came to me and said I like you but not your wife, we couldn’t be friends.  Is my wife perfect? Not at all!  Is God’s bride perfect?  Far from! Jesus gave His life for His bride and we are called to love her and serve her.  Remember action evokes feelings.  Where you spend your money and your time, there your love will be.  Love is a verb! Give to your church and serve her and your love for her will grow!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

My Friend Got Robbed…

A friend of mine recently got robbed.  He owns a business that sells used items on ebay.  He was on vacation when he gets a text from his assistant.  Needless to say enjoying the vacation was hard to enjoy!  When he got home and assessed what was stolen it was over $10,000.  I met with him and he was pretty sure it was one of his employees.  He was so angry and felt deeply violated.  This was a guy that he had helped out.  He gave him a job when no one else would.  

One day, he sets up to take this guy to lunch.  The night before, he went to the Lord.  He told the Lord he wanted to set him on fire and drag him behind his truck.  God said other wise.  On top of robbing him, this employee owed him over $20,000.  God said don’t prosecute, forgive the debt, and bless him.  

So the lunch finally comes.  My friend eats lunch with his employee like nothings wrong and then asks him a question… “tell me about the break in.”  The employee breaks.  He confesses, admits he should go to jail, admits to abusing pain killers and alcohol. My friend had a letter written up forgiving his debt.  He gives it to the employee.  Now the employee is sobbing in the restaurant. My friend says he is not going to prosecute.  Then he starts giving him gift cards for gas and groceries. 

About an hour after this lunch, I get a call from my friend.  He is asking how to get his employee in Celebrate Recovery.  He tells me the story over the phone.  Now I am crying as I see this is what did for me. 

Romans 6:22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

We deserved death and owed a debt we could pay.  Then a good Father sends His Son.  I have a son.  I would not give my son for my enemy.  I, through sin, made myself an enemy of God.  God gave the punishment I deserved to His Son.  He forgave my debt.  He set me free. He blessed me with new life, a Church to help me,  and a purpose inside me.  He has called me a son. 

If you are also following Jesus and received his salvation, thank Him now!  Worship Him!  

If you are not following Jesus and have not received his new life you can now!  If you know you are a sinner and want Jesus to forgive you. If you want who you are now to die and have a new life in Jesus.  If you would trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross for your freedom.  Then pray this prayer:

Jesus, forgive me of my sin.  I trust what you did on the cross for my freedom.  Give me new life.  i choose to follow you all of my days.  Amen!

If you just prayed that prayer, I am so proud of you! You are BRAND NEW. God loves you!  I would love it if you would comment to let me know your prayed that prayer.

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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