Lead Pastor of Substance Church
WHY THE CHURCH?
“Cynicism about the Church is at an all- time high. A study revealed 80 percent of American evangelicals think the church exists to meet their personal needs. How do you approach church? [Too many Christians in the church] are ‘bride’ haters—depressive, opinionated people who are so critical of the Church they’re not useful for the Gospel. Just like in a marriage, you can’t hate or critique your bride into improvement. You cannot expand God’s kingdom by being a bride hater. What if you came to church to give, serve, pray and fast for others? If you are cynical about church—all the more reason to invest in it.”
Singer/Songwriter and Compassion International Rep
“You all sound amazing [singing in praise chapel]. But do you serve as well as you sing? Do you sacrifice as well as you harmonize? The word ‘worship’ has been translated from many words and none of them mean music. And I wish it did because I’m pretty good at it.... Everything in life is manna—God provides it all.”
Students sponsored 50 children with Compassion International during his visit.
Roger and Becky Tirabassi
Premarital Pastor/Author and Author/Speaker, respectively
PURITY AND PURPOSE
“If we don’t understand the motivation for staying sexually pure, then purity becomes a legalistic trap. Legalism is what we do to receive acceptance from God. But God already loves and accepts you. Consider God holding your face, saying, ‘I love you. I love you. I love you.’ You must start there. What follows is us wanting to please God. Unless you’re thinking about your purpose for remaining pure, you’ll probably fail. The purpose is to glorify God, please Him and build the kingdom.”
LIVING FOR JESUS
Micah 6:8 – Act Justly. “What’s the difference between a moral person and a person of character? A moral person doesn’t do what they think is wrong. A person of character does what is right. A moral person is passive and judgmental. A person of character lives for Jesus. To act justly is to do what is right in God’s sight. Living for Jesus is an adventure. It’s all about growing, learning and being stretched. Ask yourself in the mirror each morning: Who is going to be in charge of my life today? Me or the Holy Spirit?”
Matt Bostrom F'92
Ramsey County (MN) Sheriff
“Months after the Republican National Convention, a leader from one of the protest groups called and said, ‘I’ve been thinking about what happened in RNC; has anyone asked you to run for sheriff?’ The DFL came and asked. The Republicans said, ‘You should run.’ I was running against someone who held the job for 16 years, but the Lord used that support. People said, ‘You ran a brilliant campaign.’ But the only brilliant move I made was to trust the Lord for daily steps.
“What I realize is if I’m in the place God needs me, Satan doesn’t want me here. When God prompts you to pray for your leaders, know [your prayers] are heard and answered.”