Latest posts from Michael DiMarco

 

 

When your wounds itch

“Medicating to feel complete just treats the symptoms rather than the cause. Whether you are looking for the one person or the one drug to stop the pain, you are ultimately looking for a numbing agent rather than a healing one. But there is an answer to all of this wound stuff and that is in the one place you’ve probably looked at but never fully considered to treat your wounds, […]

 

The New Narcotic

“The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2008 there were 1.9 million cocaine users. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, there are an estimated 2 million heroin users in the United States, with some 600,000 to 800,000 considered hardcore addicts. Compare these numbers to the 40 million regular users of online pornography in America. Neurological research has revealed that the effect of internet pornography on the human brain is just as potent—if […]

 

A must have album

Disclaimer: I know Micah Tyler. I’ve shared “Boneless Thursdays” with him at Buffalo Wild Wings back when both of our Body Mass Indexes hovered dangerously close to the “more boneless than not” metric. Micah is a friend. Even though he gave me tracks to listen to along his recording journey, I bought the album on iTunes today. I’m a paying customer. That being said, this is a review of his […]

 

The things students and youth need from their church

Here are the things kids and students need from their church (in order of importance:) 1. An emphasis on discipling parents to know how to disciple their kids.** 2. Paid staff and volunteers emphasizing one-on-one time with students over group activities. 3. Stop using bible stories as moral lessons for behavior modification. 4. Elevation of the quiet, awkward, and outcast. 5. Less mountain-top experiences (camps, conferences) and more living room […]

 

Go see this movie this weekend

My wife Hayley and I need your help with something. Do you like movies? Do you like music? Do you like great stories? Then I need you to take time and spread the word about a fantastic movie with a great story AND great music that releases this coming Friday, Oct. 4th. The movie is Grace Unplugged and even though it’s not out yet, I’ve seen the movie four times […]

 

You aren't bad

“Letting your sin designate you “bad” is a misunderstanding of your sin nature. You don’t sin because you became bad but because you were born a sinner; it’s your nature, so it comes as no surprise to God when you fail. But it comes as great joy when you agree with Him and repent from your sin.” Own It – Leaving Behind a Borrowed Faith – pgs. 95-96 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1433682028/

 

Pleasing people (including yourself) is not owning your faith

  “When you want the approval of the world, you reject the approval of God. When man’s thoughts on you matter more than the One who can save you, your love exposes your worldliness. In Galatians 1:10 the author asks, “Am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not […]

 

Pastors, we are not anchormen

Pastors, we are not anchormen; pretty faces with voices full of gravitas reading a gospel teleprompter full of pay per view wisdom from another’s scholarship. No, we are to be eyewitness reporters, delivering credible accounts of the Good News as we’ve experienced it, as His Spirit has revealed it. To us. Through His Word. Not from someone else’s sermon notes and fruit of their study as our primary source. Hayley […]

 

Prophets, Priests, and Kings

Prophets, Priests, and Kings. If you’re called to leadership, you’re naturally tuned to one or more of these roles. But your gifting can turn toward serving self instead of God even in a public position of ministry. God delivers revival to His church through the UPS drivers that are the prophets. If you’re a prophet, what you speak must be grounded in wisdom, the Word, and recognition that every person […]

 

New ESV Edition of the God Guy Bible is Coming!

Excited to have the ESV version of the God Guy Bible coming out this coming February! http://www.crossway.org/bibles/god-guy-bible-none-hccase/