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When is Enough, Too Much?

When is enough, too much? Are our goals of accumulation helpful or hurting? Rather than aiding our happiness, our pursuit of more has left many exhausted, isolated, and broken. In this episode, Chris Nye helps us find a better way.

Chris Nye is a pastor and writer living in the Silicon Valley of Northern California. His daily commute from the valley into the city of San Francisco inspired him to consider whether the goal of accumulation is a helpful one.

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Called Out is a show helping the church move from the reality of its brokenness toward the healing power of Christ.

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I’m a Father for the Third Time!

A little over a week ago, in the middle of the night, my wife gave birth to our third child! We’re so in love with our daughter named Elora. I put together a behind the scenes video of the before and after of her birth, and I’ll include a few pictures below the video.

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Some behind the scenes from the lead up to Elora’s birth and then her meeting the family for the first time.

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Here are a few pictures taken by Madi Mooney Photography the day she was born:




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How Do You Grow?

How do you grow? Listen to this episode to hear Darryl Dash explain how a health and nutrition company totally changed his perspective on helping people grow to become more like Jesus.

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Called Out is a show helping the church move from the reality of its brokenness toward the healing power of Christ.

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Why Did Jesus Rise?

Around Easter this year a question came to my mind: Why did Jesus rise from the dead? And beyond that, was the resurrection even necessary?

After all if on the cross Jesus accomplished forgiveness of sins and by faith gave everyone access to the throne room of God’s presence, if the cross provides opportunity for us to have all that, what is the resurrection even for?

Those were the questions running around my mind.

First off, yes the resurrection was necessary. Not only did it fulfill a bunch of prophecies about Jesus, it showed God’s power over death which is important if heaven is going to be an eternal home, but it also sealed all of Jesus’ ministry by showing he was fully God.

But I think the answer to the question of why did Jesus rise goes even a step further.

1st Peter 1:21 says “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

What Peter is getting at is God raised Jesus from the dead and glorified him to the seat of highest honor, and through this reality you can have faith and hope in God no matter what you face.

How did God respond to the pain and suffering and death Jesus faced? He raised him from the dead.

So when you go through pain, rejection, and suffering, you can have faith that the same God who raised Jesus wants to raise you up as well. Why did Jesus rise? The resurrection gives us an example of what God can and will accomplish in your life.

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To My Soon to be Born Daughter

To My Soon to be Born Daughter-

I get to meet you in a few short hours, days, or weeks. Not sure which, you get to decide.

You will make me a father for the third time, something I haven’t always done a great job of embracing. I remember meeting your brother for the first time. It was all so surreal. Over and over in my head I would question emphatically, “This tiny human is my responsibility!?!?” I’m not sure anyone is ever truly ready to become a parent, but I knew for sure I was not.

It’s not that I didn’t want to become a dad, but it’s been a long journey over the last six and a half years toward embracing the title of “father” as part of my calling. I did the #dadlife as a necessary responsibility in my life, but it was often more burden than calling.

When your mother and I did premarital counseling I told her I wanted no more than 2 children. We’re opposites so, of course, she wanted 4 children. But after 2 kids, the idea of pregnancy and labor was difficult to process going through for her, so we decided it was possible we were done having children. I was okay with this.

But something changed. It’s hard to articulate what changed, or even how it changed, but something definitely changed.

Last July I sat with your mom on our couch and told her I thought we should consider having another child if God would provide in that way. Rather than merely accepting the reality this time I wanted to pursue it.

I teach people every week about the God who loves us enough to pursue us despite who we really are, and how this same God—when we choose to submit to Him—works in ways often unseen. Our disordered desires are often radically changed by Him.

This is the only way I can explain why you are joining our family: God changed the desires of our hearts over the course of several years. You are a tangible expression of how God’s love for us caused us to follow him in a new way.

We can’t wait to meet you!


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Process Not Outcomes

Not long after I finished preaching a man approached me with his family walking behind him. “Thank you for your sermon today,” he said. “It was exactly what I needed to hear. I’m going to stop drinking alcohol. It’s been a long time coming, but I decided during your sermon it’s what I need to do.”

I thought back through my sermon. What might I have shared to lead that kind of prompting in the man? I had no idea. My sermon was focused on the difference between believing in God and believing God. From my vantage point it did not lead to someone feeling empowered to rid themselves of a sinful addiction. And yet, it did.

This is just one recent example, but I could share many others when the point I was trying to make made a completely unrelated impact.

A couple things immediately came to mind after this interaction:

First is Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians church,

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow (1st Cor. 3:6-7).

Second is the often quoted encouragement included in Isaiah 55,

As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Is. 55:10-11).

As ministers of God’s gospel, we often get overly focused on results. We craft our communication to steward well the opportunity to lead others closer to God in a specific way. And yet, our calling is not the results. We are part of the process, the outcome is God’s to accomplish.

When I release the need to achieve outcomes to instead focus on being part of the process, I enable God to work in people the way only He can. When I’m truly faithful to the process, I assure the outcome that needs to take place can take place.

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