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Fixer Upper - Facing Set Backs

If you have ever watched the show Fixer Upper or any of the other home renovation shows on HGTV you know that the one thing that they all have in common is that they always hit a snag in the process. There is always a setback or some unexpected problem that arises that threatens to derail the entire renovation process.


The designer has a beautiful plan that they share with the homeowner. Then they get to work with the demolition to tear out the walls, rip out old cabinets and pull up the worn carpet, the project is going smoothly when they run into a setback. Usually it is a leaky pipe which has led to unforeseen damage or hidden termite damage. Often, they must scramble to find a fix. The setback always causes the project to take longer than expected and cost more than planned. But somehow, they always come up with a fix and in the end the transformation is completed.


Isn’t that how it often works for us? We start to make the needed changes we need to make in our life and we are seeing good progress. Then all the sudden our old self rears its ugly head and we face a setback. Our failure threatens to undo all our progress. On Sunday, we will explore how we can face our failures.


In honor of Mother’s Day, I share with you this humorous story:

One mom was out walking with her 4-year-old daughter when her girl picked up something from the ground and started to put it in her mouth. The mother tells what happens in her own words: 

"I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that." My daughter quickly asked, "Why?" "Because it's been lying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs," I replied. At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?" 

I thought quickly and said, "All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, as she pondered this new information. "Oh...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy?" 

I smiled and replied, "Exactly." 


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

Fixer Upper - Demo Day

If you ever watch the "Fixer Upper" program on HGTV, you will know that Chip's favorite day is "Demo Day", the day when they tear down all of the old stuff and make way for the new.  There is just something about ripping out old walls, cabinets, carpet, floors, or whatever is in the way or in need of replacing that totally makes you feel great!  It's a great stress reliever...just grab a hammer and start pounding on some boards or ripping down walls and cabinets.


Last week in our Fixer Upper message series we talked all about Inspection. The very beginning, what it means to allow God to take a look inside you, and find what is hiding in the dark corners. What has been shoved in a closet, forgotten about, broken? Hopefully you've been spending some time allowing God to search your heart. Once we have identified those things we are ready to take the next step in the transformation process.


And so here is the hard truth we must face this week. There is no transformation without demolition. So on Sunday it is going to be "Demo Day". On Sunday we are going to put on our hard hats roll up our sleeves and begin the hard work of asking some tough questions and hopefully allow God to tear some things down that are holding us back. It's not going to be easy, but the end result is going be totally worth it.


I look forward to seeing you all Sunday!



Fixer Upper - Home Inspection

At some time or another many of you have purchased a house. The process of buying a house is a long one, with many hoops to jump through, forms to sign, and certifications to secure. One of the things that most banks require (and many potential homebuyers do regardless) is a home inspection by a professional home inspector. The reason to get a home inspection is simple—though a house may look good on the surface, there may be flaws that are only revealed upon closer examination.

The home inspector will carefully examine every part of the house. They will shine their light into all the dark places that never see the light of day where potential problems may be lurking.

They will climb up in the attic. They will crawl under the crawlspace beneath the house. They will peer into all the dark cracks and crevices. They will test all the appliances and major systems like the heating and air conditioning. They will check all the things hidden from the naked eye such as the wiring and the plumbing to make sure they are safe and secure.

A thorough inspection will let the buyer know if there are any problems or concerns that need to be addressed before the sale is completed. Some of these flaws may not be a big deal, while others can be major issues. A wise person selects a good home inspector and pays attention to what he or she says. If the inspector says something needs to be fixed, you would be prudent to listen.

Last week we began our Fixer Upper series by looking at the Master Plan. Jesus is the great fixer upper of our lives and He has a grand design and purpose for our lives. This week we will take the next step in the process. Jesus reminds us that whether you are talking about a house or your life, taking a superficial look is not enough, because the most important things are only seen upon careful inspection.

In order for us to allow Him to renovate and remodel our lives we have to allow Him to shine the light of His grace into the dark places of our hearts and souls to uncover those things that truly need fixing.

Please join us as we continue to allow Jesus to transform us to be all that He designed us to be!




Fixer Upper - The Master Plan

Robin and I are huge fans of the HGTV network. When we are not watching a ballgame or some sports program our TV is always tuned to HGTV.

One of our favorite shows on HGTV is called ‘Fixer Upper’. The show features a wonderful couple named Chip and Joanna Gaines from Waco, TX. Chip and Joanna convince their clients to buy the sketchiest, ugliest house around and allow them to completely redo the house and transform it into the home of their dreams. The transformation each week is not only amazing, but the two goofy lovebirds are what really sells the show.

As I thought about this I thought this was a wonderful analogy of what God does in our lives. Life can be difficult. Sometimes it can leave us feeling run down, weathered, broken, and worn out. Like an old house that has weathered years of with a leaky roof, scarred floors, yellowing paint, and crumbling foundation we often find ourselves in need of some spiritual renovation. We need someone to see our potential and give us a second chance. The good news is that God is in the remodeling and restoring business. He specializes in remodeling and upgrading areas of our lives so that we can experience a beautiful and spacious existence.

As we begin the series this week we start with the Master Plan. If you have ever seen the television show, you know that in order to rebuild or remake a house, the first thing you need is a good set of plans. The same thing is true for your life. The good news is that God has a blueprint for every life. The blue prints for our lives can’t from Hollywood or from our culture. We find it in God’s Word.

I hope you will invite a friend and join us this week as we look at God’s Master Plan and begin to take on our fixer upper.