Author Archives: Brandon

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

How to Change the World… part 4

A little over three years ago I bought a house. The ceiling was falling down. The water pipes were broken. The HVAC was broken. Most of the house didn’t have any flooring in it. Oh and it was UGLY!!! Wow it was ugly. The house had been on the market for months. No one wanted it.

I went to go see it and I offered more than they were asking. I bought the house. Then I fixed that house. It has new everywhere! I put it on the market and it was under contract in 36 hours. The house sold for $81,000 more than I put in it. Most people saw a problem, I saw an opportunity.

I wonder how often we see problems and get stuck in our complaining instead of seeing it as opportunity.

Joshua inspected the promised land with 11 other spies. 10 spies saw giants, massive armies, and huge walls. Joshua and Caleb saw an opportunity. The 10 spies gave their report and here is what happened next.

Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel. 6 Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. 7 They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! 8 And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. 9 Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”

The 10 spies saw the problem and felt defeated before they even started. Joshua and Caleb saw the problem with God in mind and the problem looked small and the opportunity was great.

The fourth way to change the world is…. See problems as opportunity

When we compare our problems to our abilities it is easy to get defeated. When we look at our problems compared to God we see opportunity.

So what are the greatest problems you are facing now? Write them down… like for real, do it now.

Now compare them to God one at a time. Ask Him what He thinks of your problem. Write that down too! The Lord opened Joshua’s eyes to opportunity that looked like giants, massive armies, and huge walls. May the Lord open your eyes to see as He sees.

Take the opportunity!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

How to change the world… Part 3

As a teenager, I learned something… My parents did not have a clue!  They said the world worked a certain way, and my friends showed me different. I got in trouble for rolling my eyes all the time.  Even if I didn’t roll my eyes talking to them, my attitude was the same.  They told me my girlfriend of 2 weeks didn’t love me. They told me the friends I choose were trouble.  They told me popularity was fleeting and a total waste of pursuit. 

They helped me buy a car and gave me an allowance.  So if I did not obey them, they would pull my keys, ground me from friends, and not let me go to places that would grow my popularity.  They were killing my image.  However, I wanted to drive and have cash so I obeyed.

I had a vision for my life.  It was full of popularity, pretty girls, and fame.  My parents had a different vision. It was full of loving God, a future of education, and a marriage to a christian girl.  So I gave in and submitted to their vision, because the consequence of not was too great.

15 years later, my vision was a waste of time.  My parent vision was so much better.  I am soglad I submitted to their vision.

Here is the 3rd way to change the world…

Serve someone else’s vision

Exodus 17:10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold themup. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

Joshua changed the world.  Before he led Israel, he served Moses vision.  Moses had these kind of plans all the time.  As long as Moses hands stay above his head, then Joshua would win.  If you are Joshua, your training and size of your army didn’t matter.  Your fate was litterately in the hands of an old man. This just sounds ridiculous.  

Joshua would have never been put in charge had he not first served Moses vision.  Submitting to a person is hard.  They are imperfect and do things different than we think they should.  Kind of like my parents in high school.  We think as we get older we are above this but we are not.  

I know this rubs wrong because we want to think we are smarter and above this.  It is not true.  Who’s vision do you need to submit to?  Did you know division means two visions?  Not one bad or one good, just two different vision.  Rebelion is trying to build a vision different than the person in charge.  

Who are you submitted to that if they tell you no you will do as they say?  If you don’t have an answer you are in a dangerous place. 

If you have that person, today thank them for what they do for you.  If you do not, ask God who He wants to play that role.

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

How to Change the World… Part 2

What you do with “NO” sets the trajectory of your life. 

I am parenting a 18 month old strong willed little girl.  I am teaching her the meaning of NO.  Most of the time she is climbing on something or getting into something.  If she does not obey, it usually ends up in a short fall or a little mess.  I need her to respond to NO correctly.  There will be a day we are playing near a street or she is climbing towards the hot stove.  If she does not obey NO then, she could get really hurt or worse.  Every year 400 kids die by getting hit by a car.  

As she gets older, no impacts what she sees on TV when I am not watching.  As a teenager, it is how she drives and relates to boys.  When she is a young adult it impacts her ability to keep a great job or she treats alcohol.  No will impact her friendships and her relationship with God.

“NO” is one of the most important words she will ever respond to.  What she does with “NO” sets the trajectory of her life.

Joshua was a young leader under Moses leadership.  He was by far not a perfect leader.  He did not enter the promised land because he did not respond to “No” given by the Lord. Before Joshua led the Israelites into that land, he had a no.  Moses was a prophet, and one day the Spirit of the Lord fell on the elders of Israel and they started to prophecy.  By the way, what is prophecy?  Prophecy is hearing what God says and saying what you hear.  Joshua hears these men doing what Moses does and he wants to stop it.  These men are trying to remove Moses from leadership.  Moses in this instance gets it right.

Numbers 11:26 Two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed behind in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but they had not gone out to the Tabernacle. Yet the Spirit rested upon them as well, so 

they prophesied there in the camp. 27 A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”

28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since his youth, protested, “Moses, my master, make them stop!”

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all!”30 Then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel.

Joshua has a choice.  Push the issue or submit to authority.  Here is the 2nd way to change the world. 

Willing to submit to Godly authority

I am a follower of Jesus, husband, dad, pastor, and friend. In every one of those areas, I am only as strong as the men (because I am a man) who can tell me “No” and I will submit.  I choose to submit to their Godly leadership and council. 

So who can tell you “No” and when you disagree you will submit.  You are only as strong as that list.  Ask God who needs to be on that list.

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

 

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