Jesus loves me this I know. Debra Wants me this I know. My kids appreciate me this I know. My church encourages me this I know. My Life Group cares for me this I know. Everything else I know, I will share with you.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Everybody's working for the weekend

Oh that goes back to the old days of Loverboy, excuse my sin yet its still true and so to help I want to encourage your prayer this weekend by sharing my prayer.

Holy Spirit, Lead Me (What you do with my life is far greater than what I will do with it)
Jesus Christ, Teach Me (Show me something that will help me share You with others)
God, Amaze Me (Ministry without a Miracle is like Life without Breathing, its dead)

I can't wait for Sunday as we all have been working for the weekend.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Clarity is Cleansing

I have often wondered what happened to me several years ago.
      What changed in me?
      What made me care less about tradition?
      What turned me against a certain kind of Christian?
      What made me want to be part of a different kind of Church?
      What drew me to positive messages in men and music?

 I began to see in Jesus Empathy and Redemption instead of dogmatic sermonizing.
And I liked it.
Through my pain and loss, Jesus came to me and rather than rebuke me for being human, He bent down and held me and loved me. Instead of remove Himself from me because of sinfulness, Jesus came to redeem me because He loved and wanted me.
And I looked out into the world around me and saw more like me than more like .
Sinful people who need to be loved and wanted, not looked down upon and left alone.

So I leave you with this as a testimony of clarity.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Only Things I Control Today are.....

A Vibrant Growing Relationship with God
A Healthy Genuine Relationship with Debra
An Authentic Family that Loves one Another
A God Pleasing Ministry
A Job done to the best of my Ability
A Physical Healthy Body
Time to Enjoy my Family and Friends

These things I choose to do,  Everything else, I pray to God for.

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Prayer Is............

That Every Sunday Is Better than the Last

Have an Awesome Day and I Can't Wait for Next Sunday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Insanity? Maybe

It has come to my attention that some in our church still don't understand why we are transitioning to small group studies this Summer instead of continuing with our traditional mid-week service and so I think Albert Einstein answers it best

Albert Einstein
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein
As a Church we have tried  to make Disciples as Jesus called us to in Matthew 28, but as we surveyed those in the church, some who had been in church Sunday Morning, Night, and a mid-week for years, we noticed something. A lack of Spiritual Maturity. Though personally discipled, though faithfully attending all services, they were weak in the faith with poor prayer lives, weak giving, selfish attitudes and for some, a struggle to love lost and hurting people. We can continue to do the same things we have been doing for years, but it would be insane to expect different results.

So for the summer we will attempt to develop better prayer lives through small group studies. This bothers some, makes others uncomfortable and it should because it requires more than just doing what is easy. It will require your sacrificing your insane tradition for a chance at spiritual maturity. Do we expect different results? Yes. What will they be? We don't know but we know this, it will be better than the insanity of attending a church for years and never growing up.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Try living by it, you might not be able to live any other way

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I am Home Sick

Hey Lifers its good to be home, but the trip wasn't all bunny's and flowers. Three days into the trip I got what I think was the Flu and what followed was an experience I will never forget. I will be sharing over the parts of it over next few week but Know this, God has done a great work in me personally and I am excited to share with you what God has done.

See you all on Sunday.