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I wrote a paper for my Judaism, Christianity, and Islam class recently and here it is.

This I Believe: The Scott Mills’ Creed

My heart beats for one central belief. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:2 (Message) “I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.” My heart echoes with Paul’s. Jesus is enough for me, and my total and complete faith in him defines my life and my beliefs, my morality and my ethics. “Jesus and who he is” is the God Man walking and talking and ministering on this Earth. I believe if Jesus is reduced to anything less than this than he is a liar, not a good teacher. Jesus claimed to be God of the universe, and if he is not that he is a lunatic, not someone we can learn from. “Jesus and what he did” is his salvific atonement for the inherent separation of people from God. His death buried my sin and my shame forever and his life added to me his righteousness in the sight of the Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty. Martin Luther referred to Jesus’ crucifixion as “The Great Exchange.” Jesus took my death and I received His life. This is why He cried out and asked God why He had forsaken him. In that moment, in that exchange, he carried the weight of the sin of the world and for the first time felt the separation from His Father. I received Jesus’ life when He rose and ascended to Heaven free from sin and having conquered evil’s greatest power, death itself. Sin and death now has no power of me and I am clothed in the freedom of Jesus’ cross.
My thoughts and beliefs about Jesus completely effect how my life is defined. Jesus said for me to love the Lord God with all that I have. That shows me how to relate to God. Jesus said for me to love my neighbor as myself. That shows me how to relate to people. Taking both of these commandments to heart and putting them into action results in a life that is pleasing to God. I believe many of the commandments in the Old Testament Jewish law are “old hat” and in no way culturally relevant to a post modern Church. However, I do not forsake the 10 commandments that God gave to Moses. I believe these 10 commandments are in my DNA as a Christ follower. These commands flow out of my life as I love God and love people. If I am loving my neighbor, more clearly defined as every person I come in to contract with, as myself then I cannot murder them or steal from them. If I am loving God with everything that is within me then I cannot place an idol before Him.
My culture calls what I believe Christianity. I look around and feel ashamed to call it that sometimes knowing that what I believe is so different than what many Christians believe. I define myself as a follower of Jesus Christ. I live by his ways and am found in Him.

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Mega God

Tonight at LifePoint Church I am leading worship in three services. The title of this blog says it all. Here are the set lists.

Direct Connect (MS) / CRAVE (HS)

Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall

Glorified – Jared Anderson

Beautiful One – Tim Hughes

–Baptism Celebration–

Rescue – Desperation Band

Our God Saves – Paul Baloche

COLLEGE SERVICE

Salvation Is Here – Hillsong United

God Has Come – New Life Worship

O Praise Him – David Crowder

Beautiful the Blood – FEE

Yahweh – New Life Worship

Tonight is gonna be MEGA GOD!

Crazy Love: A Revelation

I have been reading Francis Chan’s Crazy Love for the last week-ish, and today I came across this quote from A.W. Tozer at the beginning of of Chan’s Ch.6 “When You’re In Love”…

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.”

When I find myself loving everything else except Jesus, I want this to be my prayer. It says everything I have ever wanted to say.

New Blog Header

If you are reading this I would guess that new can’t help but notice my sexy new blog header. Big thanks to Kate Nabors for the photo and Sully for taking the original photo and making me a header that pops.

‘Preciate it guys.

Do More.

We are starting a series at FBCSmyrna this week called Remedy. I am excited about this series for a few reasons:

Chris Hollomon officially deemed December “Intern Do Yo Thang” Month (I originally coined the term, but Chris made if official).

-that first part basically means this series is being lead by Canaan and I (the interns). I am very grateful for the opportunity to do this.

The series is going to be based around shedding light on the Social Injustice movement that is stirring up so much attention inside and outside the church. We are calling it Remedy because we feel like students (and everyone) need to understand that to feed someone a meal is not enough. To give someone clean water is not enough. To give someone a pair of shoes is not enough. These things are all good and necessary, but even more necessary is to leverage the meeting of a person’s physical needs into opportunities to satisfy their spiritual needs. The only true REMEDY for the oppressed, hungry, broken, marginalized is Jesus Christ.

-God has given me a ton of insight into what His heart for social injustice is. (James 1:27, James 2:15-16, Isaiah 57:15, Micah 6:6-8).

How can you do more this Christmas season? What can you do to show people what the true REMEDY is?

“Cease to do evil, learn to good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah 1:17

The Plunge

This weekend I am in Dixon, TN for FBCSmyrna’s middle school retreat The Plunge. We are having a killer time up here. I will make sure I post some pictures of the set we created largely with pipe and drape, black staging, trussing, and LED lights. It looks great in here. David McCaman and the Plungers are rockin’, Michael Bayne is bringin’ the heat, and I am producing with Crutch. I have discovered running lyrics is freakin’ tough. As a result of this weekend I am so much more grateful for the people that serve and do it when I lead. Even though it’s tough I have enjoyed the view from the back of the room. It’s incredibly inspiring to sit back in the booth and watch middle school students and leaders worshipping our Lord. God is moving here and its awesome to be right smack dab in the middle of it.

Recently…

… I have been doing things. Some of them are:

-going throught the updated version of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It’s amazingly insightful and challenging.

-doing the dishes more.

-rockin’ a new doo.

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wait, there’s more…

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that’s a mullet. the new doo has been nicknamed the Euro Mull-hawk. Thanks Micah Huebner.

-writing some great tunes with Micah through email and Twitter direct messages.

-listening to Hillsong London’s album “Hail to the King.” Freakin’ good.

-watching some DSLR cameras on eBay. Should be getting one soon. Can’t wait!

-riding with no music in my car so as to try to write new tons of new tunes.

-thinking and praying about transferring to Belmont University.

-and NOT blogging.

Currently working on that last one. Cheers.