Author Archives: Brandon

God in Boxing Gloves

What would it take for you to believe your brother was God? He would have to come back from the dead.  James who wrote the book of James was Jesus brother.  I can only imagine the conversation when he was in trouble…

Mary: “James, what do you be more like Jesus.”
James: “Mom, why don’t you be more like Jesus”

James did not believe Jesus was anything more than a rule following brother until after the resurrection. But after, he was a great church leader for the church of Jerusalem.  

James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Of any word to describe your relationship with God, many of us would hope enemy would not be in the word description.   Here we see that when we want to be a friend of the world we MAKE OURSELVES an enemy of God. Wow! What strong language!  This led me to the question what does it mean to be a friend of the world?

I have learned through reading Proverbs everyday for years, that being a friend of the world has to do with adopting the way the world thinks, acts, and sees the world.  It is when we look for permission to sin or totally disregard God’s ways that we make ourselves a friend of the world.  Being a student pastor I see it every day. We are who our friends are.  We wear their clothes, share their values, and led similar lives.  We can’t be the exception to the rule, we simply are the rule. 

James 4:7 “God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

So today I ask you where are you living as friends of this world walking in pride like you got this, or on your face before your God asking for his blessing, favor, and direction in your life with full intention of walking in obedience to God’s plan for your life?  It is your choice everyday.  How do you want your relationship with Jesus to look?

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Right Thinking

I love football.  My high school football coach spent a lot of time coaching our minds and not just our muscles.  He would talk about avoiding “stinking thinking” and other negative thought that become our future.  He would teach us to visualize the win to where we can see the celebration after victory.  What I have learned is what we focus our minds on we do.  

Today I spend a lot more time thinking about working out and nutrition than I did 10 years ago.  It has become a focus for me.  As a result, I eat healthier and work out 5-6 times per week.  Have you ever met someone who was laser focused on a goal?  Then 3 weeks later they are still focused and clearer in their direction. What happens?  They do what they set their mind to do.  Until the last century, running a mile in under 4 minutes was impossible and doctors said your heart would explode if you achieved it.  Then someone did it.  They did the impossible, within a year over 10 other people did the same thing.  Why?  They knew it could be done and their mind was focused on it. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

The Lord teaches us that we should take our thoughts captive and set them to things that are of His Kingdom.  He knew that when His vision of His Kingdom would capture the essence of our heart and fueled with focus of our minds, we would see His Kingdom come in our hearts.  Then the overflow of that new condition would pour into our marriages, our kids, our businesses, our church, our nation and then our world.  

Transformation begins in ourselves when we learn to hold our thoughts captive and eat from the table of the Lord instead of the table of this world.  I have a mentor that does not set financial goals based on how much he can earn but how much he can give.  His focus is not on him but on others benefiting from his hard work. Today God has entrusted him with a rather large income and every year he has met his giving goals. I have another mentor that is focused on loving his wife boldly.  Today his marriage romance is as strong as many newly weds you might meet. 

So my question today is what are you setting your mind on?  What do you allow to hold your thoughts? Go be vital!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Proverb of the Day

I was reading today’s Proverb and this one stuck out…

Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction
    and your ears to words of knowledge.

I have some mentors that when we meet I know I will get homework.  I know if I go to our next meeting and I did not do that homework for anything else than an emergency, our meeting is over and we will meet next time to discuss what I have done with their homework.  

This proverb begins in Apply.  Information without application is useless.  So many churches are deep in information and instruction, yet fail to give clear application.  Many churches are considered not relevant or hard to understand.  I believe this is why so many people are leaving the church.  Right now college basketball coaches are calling timeouts during a game.  Could you imagine if the coach gave a bunch of information about what is happening, but failed to tell the team what to do about it?  They would not change the situation.  Application is vital to great information. Application of great information leads to transformation!

Not only apply but “Apply your HEART.”  Have you ever seen someone go through the motions in a game or at work but their heart wasn’t in it?  It is so sad to see.  They are terrible to be around and their attitude is like a virus.  It affects everything it touches.   I have see so many times more talent with out heart loose to less talent with heart.  The WHY is simple, there heart is there.  Is your heart in your application of wisdom, teaching, and council?  Or do you ask 300 people what you should do and get confused by 300 different answers when you should have only asked 2 who could guide you through the murky waters. 

“And your ears to words of knowledge.”  God has strategically place people around you who are further in the journey than you and have a perspective you need to grow.  The proverb is asking, “are you listening to the right people?”  It isn’t saying listen to someone who has an opinion.  Everyone, including your crazy uncle, has an opinion!  It is saying listen to those who actually have a perspective worth applying.  If you get financial advice from your broke uncle, if you apply his advice you will be as broke as he is.  If you get financial advice from someone who is walking in the benefits of years of applied wisdom, if you follow his advice you will likely be walking in the fruit of that wisdom. 

So who’s wisdom do you need to put your ear to?  Who’s guidance do you need to apply?  Application of great information leads to transformation!  Go get wisdom and apply it!  Go be vital!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus!

Brandon Sereg

4 Kinds of People (Part 2)

What if there was a question that could make you a million dollars, restore your marriage, and grow your business?  Sound too good to be true?  It is not… Here is the question:

In light of your past experiences, present circumstances, and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

Last week we talked about the first two kinds of people: The Simple person is the person who does not have much life experience.  They see life through a small lens.  There is nothing wrong with them, but their need for guidance is very important.  The second kind of person is the fool.  They know what wisdom says, but they just don’t care.  They know what they are doing ends bad, they just do it anyway.  They know being on a computer late at night alone, going to lunch with a woman they are not married to, drinking too much, and spending more than they make is a bad idea.  Since they do not care it goes very bad for them, and scripture says they are a fool.

3. Mocker

The mocker is a fool on steroids. They make fun of people who do right. They are critical, condescending, think they are always right, and think they can control outcomes.  If you try to correct these people.  It is miserable.  It will be a personal attack where they try to make others seem small and they seem big. 

Correct the Simple, they won’t get your
Correct the Fool, they will ignore you
Correct the Mocker, they will love you
Correct the Wise, they will love you

If you choose to stay simple, a fool, or a mocker here is Proverbs warning:

Proverbs 1:22-33 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 
23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

4. The Wise

The wise person knows what they do not know.  They know they need council.  They know they should trust counsel more than they trust their own wisdom.  They have a great dependance on the Lord for guidance and strength.  

In light of your past experiences, your present circumstances and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

So where are you simple, invite some guidance.  Where you are a fool, know the consequences of sin by far out way its pleasure.  Where you are a mocker, know if you keep up what you are doing you will eventually be alone.  No one will want you in their life.  Choose wisdom!  Be Vital!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

4 Kinds of People (Part 1)

I went to several parties in High School.  They were your typical high school parties with a lot of craziness and little accountability. I thought I could handle it without doing anything stupid. I heard adults say it was a bad idea, but in my mind I was smarter than them. Now God has made me a youth pastor, I love the irony.  

Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom and what it means to walk in wisdom.  There are 4 kinds people talked about the most.  There is the simple, the fool, the mocker, and the wise.  Today we are going to talk only about the first two.

The Simple

The simple person is someone who lacks experience.  There is nothing wrong with them, they are just simple.  Their perspective of how the world works and what wisdom really looks like is limited to their personal experience.  They have not yet learned to trust what other peoples experiences have shown them. Taylor Swift says it best, “when your 15 and someone tells you they love you, your going to believe them.”

Some phrases of the simple: “Nothing is going to happen.”  I am sure you have never used this line, maybe it is just me.  Wisdom does not come natural at this phase of life.  How many of us have stories we wish we didn’t have because we have said this.  Another phrase is “I can handle it” So many men I know have addictions and worse stories as a result of this attitude. The older we get we don’t say this out loud, we just think it and do it anyway. Or “Your Overreacting.”  How many times have we said or thought this to our wives, bosses, pastors, or God?  We make little of things that are not big deals yet, but we all know how it ends.

The cure for the simple is time and applying wisdom learned from others.   So where are you walking with a simple mindset and refusing to walk in wisdom?

The Fool

The fool knows wisdom but doesn’t care. Their attitude is “I don’t give a ________” Depending on who you hang out with determines how they fill in that blank. 

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 10:23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,

Fools don’t learn from their mistakes and they find pleasure in their defying wisdom!  They do not have their best interest in mind.  Now if you are friends with a fool…

Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

The fool gets people hurt.  They do not care about the consequences of their decisions. They do not care about their body of their future. They get people and themselves hurt. 

Where are you walking as a fool?  You know the road you are on ends bad, but you do it anyway.  You know you need to bring something to the light but fear holds you captive.

The cure for the fool is tragedy.  They will eventually suffer harm. So where do you have a “I don’t care attitude?”  Where do you need to seek wisdom?

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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