Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I want to be the kind of person that will lead by example so everyday I ask God to help me keep the mission in mind and I purposefully crank up the intensity level, so that I will become that kind of person.
What about you? Are you the kind of person that we should all be like or do you, like me, need to keep the mission in mind and ask God to help you to crank up the intensity so that we all can fulfill this great mission that God has called us to?
In about six weeks we are going to be starting a series called Crank it Up and I am looking forward to seeing God do great things through that! Have a great day!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
2Ki 4:6 When the containers were full, she told her son, "Bring me another container." He told her, "There are no more containers." So the olive oil stopped flowing.
I think that God has given us the call as His people to pour His Spirit into empty vessels. He has called us to the poor and the weak and the spiritually lost and has called us to keep pouring out into their lives continually, as He continually is filling us with His Spirit. The problem is that many times we stop pouring, we stop looking for empty vessels to pour the oil of the presence and the love of God into and when we do the oil stops.
We sometimes find ourselves, as Christ followers, dried up and feeling desperate for God, and there is a good chance that, that is because we stopped pouring, we stopped giving, we stopped being generous. I don't know about you but I need the presence of God in my life, I need His love flowing through me, so I am looking forward to hunting down some empty vessels to pour His Spirit into Today.
It is all about "Building Relationships that Build the Kingdom of God"
It is so important for us to live with a sense of mission, a sense that there is something more at play here then just what is happening in my life, or your life. There is a grand battle going on for the souls of mankind, a David and Goliath type of confrontation taking place. I think about David, when preparing to take on Goliath, he first of all had to take on his brother and his attitude. to which David responded "Is there not a cause?"
Do you live life everyday with the realization that there is a cause that you live for and that God has invited you into? If not then I encourage you to really latch on to the Heart of God for a lost and dying world and ask Him to allow you to see what He sees.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here is the thing though, it sounds good on paper, it is easy to remember, and it does capture the dream that God has about us in a few simple words, but they are just words until they become incarnate. Until they actually have flesh and blood behind them, they are quite two dimensional. That is where you and I come in, we are the ones that bring life to this statement, and we do that one person at a time.
This week I am going to be talking about how we can all get involved in God's mission for our region.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Her is the truth though I can't do it for you, and you can't do it for me, it is our own priveledge and responsibility. So........What are you doing to keep the fire for God burning bright in your heart?
Don't forget to bring a friend on Sunday, have a great night.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in the least is also faithful in much. And he who is unjust in the least is also unjust in much.
What does it mean to be faithful in the least? Well Paul Dejong, pastor of Life Church in Auckland New Zealand asks this question. What is it that is no big deal to you. Is it being on time? Do you wonder why people are so uptight about being somewhere on time, do you think that it is not really a problem if you show up a few minutes late. Well that might be "the least" for you, maybe God is telling you to step it up and be early instead.
Maybe yours is neatness, cleanliness, relationships or whatever, but whatever the least is to you, God is saying step it up. Have a great day!
Don't forget to bring someone to church this Sunday we are kicking off a brand new series.
Monday, August 10, 2009
In Exodus 17:8-16 we find the story of the famous battle between Israel and the Amalekites in which when Moses kept his staff raised the Israelites would prevail and as his arms grew tired and came down they were being beaten. While Moses led the prayer ministry, Joshua was on the ground doing battle. it took the prayer ministry and the soldiers to win the battle that day, as it does in our lives also.
Paul Cho, the Pastor of the world's largest church said it best when he said "Pray like Moses, fight like Joshua". For some of us today we may need to take some time and pray and seek God, for others we may need to get off of our knees and get into the battle. Have a great one!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
9 So then there remains a rest to the people of God.
10 For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His.
11 Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I don't know about you but I have been trying to figure this one out for a long time, in fact this is what I wrote in my journal on July 30, 2002 "The Lord has been dealing with me a lot lately about entering His rest. Today is June 11, 2009 almost seven years later and I think the lights just came on. Alright so I am a little slow. Here is what i have learned.
- Rest is not something you plan, like I will relax and read a book, have a nap or take a vacation.
- Rest is not something you do, like try to get away from or shut out your busyness.
- Rest is not a discipline, like taking yourself to a different head space.
- Rest is a place of trust and reliance on and in God. It is a place where I truly "no longer am an owner" it is a Place where everything that I am, and do, and manage belong to God. That is why verse twelve is so important, because God's word can actually reveal the truth of where I am with that.
I now think I understand the truth about entering His rest, I pray that I will become that man, that would trust in God in that way. How about you, are you entering His rest? Let's try!
Remember this Sunday is going to be awesome! Craig Groeschel will be bring the message "God is ...Love" as we continue with One Prayer series. Don't come alone! Also please keep this weekend in prayer because there will be a ton of visitors, pray that they will come to Christ if they haven't yet. Have a great day all!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Any way here are a few great Blog posts to set you up for the weekend.
This one is from Mark Batterson He always challenges me to live beyond average
Here is a great one about the church from Larry Osborne Even though he is talking about the American Church I think it applies.
I love this one from Perry Noble .
This one by Steven Furtick will challenge you.
Remember that it is Mothers Day this Sunday and we have some great things planned for them, so invite your mom, your friends mom, or any other mom you know, Hey invite anyone you can think of. Try not to come alone. Have a great one!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Here you can see where the wall was removed so that we could make more room for a foyer/ Youth Room The two holes you see in the far wall are the two doors going into the kitchen, that's right a kitchen big enough for two doors.
This view is from the hall looking toward the front of the building.
Things are progressing well and it looks like we can probably do a tour next week Sunday. I will keep you posted. Here is the thing though, we are making a large welcoming foyer to serve guest better so keep inviting people that you know that don't go to church. See you tomorrow!
Have you ever had moments in your life when you felt a separation from God and wondered why? For me most of the time when that happens it is because I have allowed pride to separate me form God, I have taken something on with a, don't worry about me God, I have got this covered, attitude. As long as I stay reliant on Jesus and the work He is doing in me I can keep humble. So I try to stay really close.
Tomorrow is Sunday so try to bring someone with you and don't forget to pray that God will do something great as we gather together.
It is often very easy to weep with those who weep, because we can be caught up in the emotion with them, but rejoicing with those who rejoice is a bit more difficult. When others do well and we are not doing well it can seem unfair and often we ask God when it will be our turn to rejoice. Here is the truth, whether or not someone else is blessed has no bearing on God's ability to bless you, He is able to bless all and never run out, but the way we respond to the blessing of others is very telling about who we are on the inside.
So next time you feel uptight when you see God bless others, do a heart check and give thanks for all that God has done for you. When you see someone going through a hard time, help to carry them through. I believe that if we do that it will be great for God's Kingdom.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The first principle I live by is "I am a steward, not an owner". I gave my heart and life to Jesus many years ago and have through the process of time submitted to Him as the Lord of my life. I have made Him the supreme ruler of my universe and I try to do what He says do, and go where He says go. This affects every part of my life, because this principle applies to my wealth, my health, my children, Kristine, and to everything else in my life.
I am a manager and I spend my life trying to use what God has given to me to advance His Kingdom, and bring honour to Him. At times I forget that I don't own the stuff, but because I have ingrained this principle into my mind and my heart I don't stray for long.
What about you, are you still an owner or have you given all to Jesus as your Lord?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
God is calling us to an authentic walk with Him. He's asking us to give Him everything, and He wants us to say yes to Him. He wants us to know Him and be known by Him, which seems like a dumb thing to say, because He already knows all. The thing is though He wants us to realize that He knows all, so we stop hiding. He wants us to invite Him into all the areas of our lives, the parts we are proud of and the parts we are not so proud of. To know Him and be known by Him.
So I challenge you today to get honest with God and really love Him with everything.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I don't know about you but I really feel that God is pushing hard on the whole relationship with Him thing and the more I respond to it the more I feel Him calling me. Sort of like The "Final Battle" ( Last book of the Chronicles of Narnia") farther up and farther in. My question to you is will you respond to God? Will you make Jesus the main thing in your life?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here is the deal, hell is a real place and so many people that I know and people that you know are going there. If we really believe that what we believe is really real then that reality should be driving us forward each day, it should be....
Who do you know that doesn't yet know Jesus? How are you strategizing to reach them? How much does the fact that they are heading to hell keep you awake at night? Please, I am begging you, realize that this is really real and, to the best of your ability, try to lead that person to Christ.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Here is the thing, God's word says that He loves you and will provide for you, if we believe that this is really real then we need to learn to relax and trust in God even through the hard times. God's word says that by His stripes we are healed, and if we believe that is really real then we need to learn to trust in God's word and have confidence that He will take care of us.
The only way that we will ever grow in trust and belief in God though, is when we actually get to know the one we are trusting and believing in. No matter what we do we cannot bypass relationship with God, if we do it becomes a series of rules and dead religion.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I see a Church whose heartfelt praise and worship touches Heaven and changes earth; worship which influences the praises of people throughout the earth, exalting Christ with powerful songs of faith and hope.
I see a Church whose altars are constantly filled with repentant sinners responding to Christ's call to salvation.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Remember that we Have Mark Davy with us this Sunday so invite anyone that you know that needs a miracle. Mark is an excellent communicator, a Missionary/ Evangelist and has a great healing ministry so I am looking forward to this weekend. Please Pray that god would bring people that need to know Him and that they will experience His love through the service. Have a great day!
Monday, January 5, 2009
- Get into a steady and solid set of devotions right from the get go. Wayne Cordeiro has a great system that you can find by clicking on the link.
- Choose a few people that you know that don't have a relationship with Jesus and pray for them.
- Invite people out to church or Life Groups with you.
- Talk to people and be in the moment, be real, and be normal. Show God's love through your life not just what you say.
Have a great day!