Mike Streezy

LEARNING TO ABIDE: SEEKING THE FATHER AS A DAD

 

I've had an obsession of sorts lately. I chose the word obsession purposely. I understand its negative connotation for the Christian.  To be honest, it is exactly what it sounds like. I have been seeking in a most earnest manner ways to abide in Christ .  That doesn't make sense does it? Seeking to abide? Working hard to simply live in Jesus? Yes and to make it worse, instead of rest, I have been overwhelmed and stressed. I can't read enough, pray enough, meditate enough, teach enough, give enough, do enough and so on.  My mind is aware that He is in control, but there was a disconnect. Primarily it was the abiding part.

A Reflection on Guilt/Conviction

 

GUILTY…..

Do you feel guilt? Do you struggle with it? Do you run from it? Do you take it head on? Do you hide from it?

That is an important question and can make all the difference in the world. Our reaction to guilt is arguably a way to judge the fruit of our understanding of the gospel. Now before you move past this post, take a second to hear me out.

Reflections on Halloween

 

Halloween.  Pagan rituals, ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. Candy, parties, and trick or treating.  There is so much tied to this holiday now that it can be difficult as a Christian to decide what to do on it. Do you participate?  If so, in what fashion?  Do we rather simply identify with reformation day?  It's definitely a bigger issue if you are raising kids in the world.  So what does one do?

Blessings for Your Children (from A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children by David Michael)

 

How many of us have Father issues that affect the relationship we have with God?  Mine are minimal compared to some I have heard and rightfully so.  My father was not perfect, but he tried.  This is more than he got to experience personally.  His father was gone around the time he was two.  I place no fault on anyone and my intent is not to get into those relationships.  What I am writing this for is the purpose of helping equip other father's who are looking for ways to share grace and truths about our heavenly Father with their children. To be honest, I had never thought about the act of blessing my children, but learning about it has made an impact on my life and I pray that the Lord use it to impact my daughters and wife.

One of the Planks in My Eye

 

Matthew 7:3-5

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how [a]can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

 

Before I begin, allow me to remove the log from my own eye. 

Looking For A Band in Minneapolis, MN

 

Hey Folks! 

I wanted to take a second to check in and put the word out that I am looking to build a band.  

My heart yearns to write praise music to God.  I will be doing this primarily through rap, but feel a call to build a sound similar to that of a Rend Collective or Shane and Shane.  If you are part of a band in the Minneapolis area and your heart is to praise the Lord through music and teach and edify the body, hit me up on the contact link.  I would like to speak with you.

Grace and Peace,

Mike

Lessons Learned

 

Failing ministries, trials, persecution, hardship, lack of ministry opportunities, and less church.  Put this together and you get a recipe for what Mike Streezy says has him seeing Jesus Christ more vivid than he ever has before. 

Beware the Scribes

 

38 He also said in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes, and who want greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the front seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows' houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher punishment."  -Mark 12:38-40

I just read this moments ago (prior to writing this blog) and something about it instantly emerged and caused me to open up Word.  Beware the Scribes….Kind of sounds like a religious horror film. Like something you might find on VHS or LaserDisc (remember those) in a pile of junk at church somewhere.  I can see the intro when the title flasjes across the screen in that old school lightning bolt looking font: Beware the Scribes (Dun Dun Dunnnnnnnn) (Woman’s Shriek!).  But anyways, let’s get back on topic!

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Breaking Up with God and My Problem with Prayer

 

I have had a problem with prayer for some time now.  It started shortly after I left church when I was sixteen.  I used to pray ALL of the time.  Literally.  I would have conversations with God throughout the day and into the night.  I would talk to God like He was right there.  I remember it not being awkward at all.  It seemed so natural. I felt like God was always listening. 

My problem started as I realized that relationship was drifting.  I’m not sure when that was, but I remember being embarrassed.  This was odd because I was so used to openly praying everywhere for anyone that asked or anything I felt needed it.  I suddenly found myself failing to just talk to God.  The random and constant conversations with God just dried up.  It reminded me of that point you can come to in a relationship where you are with your girlfriend or boyfriend and you just don’t have anything to talk about.  You know that awkward feeling you get when the moment where you are both sitting there avoiding the obvious occurs, but if your buddies were there you could talk for hours.  Matter of fact, its like that moment where the silence is so awkward you just want to hit your buddies up on the telephone and tell them about how awkward it is right then instead of continuing to sit in the awkwardness.  Yeah.  That was it. I guess I was breaking up with God.

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