Author Archives: Brandon

The Coach

Have you ever had a great coach? They could push you beyond your limits and lead you to believe you could do more than you currently were.  You would work, fight and bleed for them.  Then you would come back the next day to do it again.  They believed in you and you were better because of them. 

Have you ever had a bad coach?  They would push you beyond your limits and you hated them for it.  They brought the worst in you.  You work, fight and bleed wishing it the coach would die. Then you would cringe to think about going back.  They thought highly of themselves and used you to make them great. 

I think all of us have had these kinds of people in our lives.  They may not be coaches but family, a boss, or even our parents. We have people we look up to because of who they were in our lives.  We aspire to inspire people the way they do.  Their words spoken so long ago still ring in the depths of our soul.  The opposite is true as well.  We have people we think so poorly of.  We want to never be like them or associate with people like them.  However their words tend to ring in our souls as well. 

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

Paul is raising up a young man named Timothy.  Paul play a father in Timothy’s life.  Timothy has taken the pastoral leadership role of a Church Paul has planted.  This is a huge role in the early church.  Paul has affirmed Timothy in his true identity in Christ, earlier in the letter.  Now Paul is coaching Timothy in what to do to fulfill the needs of the church and his role in it.  He starts by saying “don’t let people look down on you because you are young.”  Paul sad this because that is what people were saying. Paul says to rise above the people’s accusations by setting the example.  Then he gives practical advice for how to do it.  Speak Identity! Speak Encouragement! Speak Practically what to do!

So we all have people who look to us to set an example.  Your words carry great weight.  My question is what kind of a coach do you play?  Do you make other people better or are people a tool to get to your goal?  The words you speak, do they give life or take it?  How do they ring in people’s soul?  What kind of impact are you making?  Is it what you want?

So who can you encourage today?  What words do you need to say to make a difference?  GO DO IT! SPEAK IT!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Something New…

Last week as I was getting ready to go for a run, I realized that my running shoes were in my wife vehicle.  So I put on a different pair of shoes.  Any runner knows not all shoes are created equal.  I ran less than normal and slower than normal but hurt way more.  I put on the WRONG shoes and I paid for it.

Colossians 3:10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Paul is writing this letter to believers.  He is encouraging them to put on their new nature.  I am not trying to sound like a teacher today… But Paul is saying it is possible to be a believer and not put on your new nature.  Being a believer and not putting on the new nature is like being a runner and putting on the wrong shoes. You get half as far and takes way longer… and wow does it hurt.  So then comes the question what is this new nature?

The next part of the verse encourages us to “learn to know the Creator.”  That is some phrase.  Do you know the Creator?  Not like do you know Donald Trump.  Most of us have never met the president.  Do you know your best friend?  Knowing and knowing about are very different.  Here we are encouraged to know the Creator and out of knowing Him we become like Him.  When we become like Him we are putting on our new nature. 

So what nature do you put on?  Do you put on your old nature that prefers yourself, stays stuck in your sin, and does not reflect the nature of the Creator? Of do you put on that new nature that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self control?

So what are you going to do today?  Do you need to spend time with the Creator, learning to know Him?  Go for a walk. Get in His Word.  Go pray and spend more time listening than talking.  Go talk to someone who knows Him and ask them to help you.  Here is what I am really saying… GO DO SOMETHING! 

Next what do you need to do to put on that new nature? 

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Making a Difference

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  Many of us wanted to be a police man, fireman, or a super hero.  Some of that had to do with feeling powerful, but I believe the biggest reason is we want to make a difference.  We want our lives to be bigger than ourselves.  We look up to great people like Mother Terresa, Martin Luther King,  Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and of course Jesus.  Each of these people made a significant difference in history.  They made our world better.  

With all of these people, the way they made a difference was the were different.  They did not use their time, talent, treasure and influence the same way other people did. They were different. I think the reason many people do not make a significant difference is they are not willing to be different.  Many people spend their time, talent, treasure and influence the same way everyone else does.  They wake up as late as possible, spend as much time in entertainment or the pursuit of stuff as possible, read as little as possible after all you might miss an episode, try to spend some time with family, and if there is room in our overly busy schedules… time with God.  I challenge if that will make a difference.  I wander what it would look like to be different enough to make a difference. 

King David did not begin as a king but as a shepherd and the youngest son.  This is not the making of a king.  The prophet Samuel shows up one day and anoints David as king.  So you would think David would be king soon right? Not so.  The next scene is David being invited to play the harp for king Saul.  Saul likes David and thinks he should be an armor bearer for him. It would be easy for David to be disappointed in his opportunities.  What if David playing the harp and serving as an armor bearer, God was preparing him to lead a country by overhearing king sized conversations?  Then David faces Goliath and we know with a sling and 5 stones David takes down the giant.  What if God planned for David to win over the army was an opportunity for David to save all of them and their families from slavery?  Saul gets jealous of David and tries to kill him, and David runs all over the country away from Saul.  What if God wanted to show David the territory he was going to lead?  

David did not act like all of the other men.  I believe David thought different.  When other men saw a giant, David saw an opportunity.  What giants are you facing trying to pray them away, when God wants you to overcome them by His power?  How does God want you think different?

David prepared different.  We all like game day, but it is the preparation that determines the winner.  God used some really not fun opportunities to train David to be king.  What is in front of you, that if you used it as an opportunity to prepare for something down the road, you would find purpose in it?

To make a difference, you have to be different.  To be different you have to prepare and think different.

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

 Brandon Sereg

God is Boring

Growing up, I believed God and my dad were fun suckers.  I thought they were boring.  I am sure you have never felt that way.  You are probably read 5 chapters of the Bible a day since you were born.  Not me.  The people in my church seemed to live boring lives, God wanted me to sing 150 year old songs with words and didn’t understand, and listen to preachers talk about the Bible I didn’t understand. If church is boring then God is boring. 

The rules that made me hate church.  You could play games with one dice but not two, you could not watch R rated movies unless they are about Jesus, all non christian music is bad, sex is bad, sin is bad.  Then I watched some of those movies, listened to a lot of the music, and my friends told me I was missing out when it came to sex.  What I learned might shock you… Sin is FUN!  If you didn’t have fun then you didn’t do it right… Ever hear a pastor say that before? If sin is fun and God is boring, who wouldn’t choose sin?

Then without reading or knowing this verse existed I lived it’s meaning…

Galatians 6:7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. (emphasis mine)

I learned that fun sin had horrible consequences.  I watched my friends who I wanted to be like have their lives spiral right in front of them.  I didn’t want boring and I didn’t want consequences, so now what is left. 

Then a couple years later I experienced this next part of this chapter…

8b But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

Since following Jesus I have been on multiple missions trips on four continents, led people to Jesus right in an airport, help addicts get clean, give all my money in faith, give away cars I couldn’t afford to replace, baptize hundreds of people… Following Jesus is the most non boring thing a person can do!  My spirit is alive and doing good is more than just following rules, but walking in faith to see God do what I cannot do on my own.

So what are you living to satisfy? The hunger of your flesh or your spirit? What can you do today to feed your sprit and live the not boring adventure God has for you? But I charge you to not read this and do nothing… DO SOMETHING IN JESUS NAME!!!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Have you ever seen one of those art pieces where when you look at it one way it is an old woman and if you look at the same picture another way it is a young woman? If you have seen both images in the painting, you will always see the one you are looking for.  If you want to see the old woman you will see it, if you want to see the young woman you will see it.

Right now in one of the new ministries I oversee, we are short leaders.  Like really short!  It is really easy for think “I have a huge problem!  Why are so short?” I could get mad at someone who didn’t raise them up.  I could blame the culture.  As long as I am getting mad, blaming the culture, or pointing a finger, I have a problem.  A problem is bad…

Now lets flip it… 

Right now in one of the new ministries I oversee, I get to raise up a new level of leadership from the ground up!  I get to train other people how to develop leaders.   I get to redefine a new culture that will have lasting impact on the people we serve.  I have an opportunity. An opportunity is great…

Notice the circumstances of my challenge have not changed, but my attitude toward them is a choice.  Which perspective has the greatest chance of failure and which has the greatest chance of success?  Not hard to see!

When God created the human race to reflect His nature and they rebel and choose sin instead, God had a choice.  None of us would blame God if he just started over.  He could choose to see this creation as a problem or an opportunity to show the depth of His nature.  Aren’t we all grateful for His perspective.

John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Where is your challenge?  How is your attitude?  Do you have a problem or an opportunity?  Normal people choose a bad attitude, and normal people stay stuck in their problems.  Yet none of us want to be normal, but as long as we blame our boss, our spouse, our friend, our lack of money, success or any number of different thing… We will stay stuck in our problems, and we will be normal.

If we choose however to see our challenges as opportunities for God to do something great and deep with in us and His great nature shown through us.  Maybe God is not to setting us up for failure but setting us up for a testimony of breakthrough.  Many people want a great testimony but few want to be tested.

So choose today… choose NOW… problem or opportunity?  Can it be that simple? YES!!!!! I am not saying it is easy, but when you act on your opportunity and choose the right Perspective… you WILL experience His grace and power in your life!

Recklessly, Obsessively Following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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