I Promise 1

Posted: August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

There are 5,467 promises made by God in the Bible. If I talked about one promise every Sunday it would take me over 105 years to cover them all. So instead I am going to take the next 6 weeks and focus on some of the major promises.

There is a Jewish legend of a man named Honi. It was just a few years before Christ was born and Israel was in a drought during the 1 testing period. This time period included 400 years of silence when people had given up on God, but not Honi. He went to the village and drew a circle. He knelt in his circle and prayed, ‘Lord of the universe I swear before your great name that I will not move from this circle until you have shown mercy on your children.” Soon it began to rain…the kind of rain that teases. Evaporates when it hits the ground, just wet enough to give you a bad hair day. So he continued to pray, “Not for this have I prayed but the rain that brings hope that meets the need.” Now a torrential downpour, flash flood, people running for the hills. This is the rain that destroys, and Honi stays in his circle. Not for this have I prayed. Then came the rain he prayed for, the crop watering, drought ending rain.

Had honi quit at the first sign of rain his prayer would not have been answered.  It was close, it was wet, but it didn’t end the drought. Sometimes we settle for close, we settle for something that resembles. Years ago I did a series on the word “ask”. It appears more times in the Bible than the word love. When a father loves his children he loves to take care of them, to meet their needs and grant their desires. Like Honi, we have to draw a circle, believe in faith and wait for God to do.

Let me give you a few keys to drawing a circle. “For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.” Psalms 145:13 NLT

We have to trust God – 2 Cor. 1:20 “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”

  1. He can –  Jer. 32:27 (Is anything too hard for God?  With God all things are possible.)
  2. He wants to – “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” Psalms 84:11

Amen- so be it, I’ll take some of that. The size of your circle determines the size of your God.

This building purchase is a huge example of that. We had to raise $200k in 12 months, I thought there is no way on top of money already being given. But I knew God had said this was ours. It wasn’t without work or lots of prayer and lots of more prayer but we raised the money in 10 months. Then we were told it wasn’t enough. Through a course of painful waiting the miracle was we were able to put $500K down payment. We have to be settled that God can and that He will.

We have to mine out the promises – Joshua 1:8

  1. Search them (google it)
  2. Dig them (devotions)
  3. Claim them (staking a claim, marking a territory, can’t claim what you don’t possess)

Circle and pray the promise

  1. Personalize it – Duet 28:13 (replace you with your name) I have circled this verse for my kids and nieces and nephews.
  2. Specific –  James 5:17-18 (vague prayers lead to vague answers)
  3. Pray through – 1 Thess. 5:17  (thank you for the nightmares)

Wait – “For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!”   Isaiah 64:4 NLT

  1. How long – “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9 NLT
  2. The Bible uses words like be still, stand, God has a plan.  Had I not waited, had I quit, had I settled, we would have not gotten here. Tom Petty said the waiting is the hardest part.   The prophet Isaiah said they that wait upon the lord will renew their strength

 Praise for the promise – Joshua 6:2-5 “I have given you”

  1. Promise I’m claiming – don’t quit praying
  2. Promise I’m receiving – don’t quit praising

There was an evangelist in the 1800’s named Rodney Smith. He was invited to the White House by two different presidents, crossed the Atlantic 45 times, and preached to millions. He was asked by a group of ministers how they might find success. This was his answer “go home, lock yourself in your room, kneel down in the middle of the floor and with a piece of chalk draw a circle around yourself. There on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”

What are you facing, what are you claiming.

Did you just receive bad news, it’s time to draw a circle. Are you facing opposition, it’s time to draw a circle. Are you worried about your kids, draw a circle. Worried about our nation, time to draw a circle. Do you need provision, time to draw a circle.

Do you need a verse to pray? On the back of your bulletin is next weeks verse and focus. Pray this verse over yourself

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I Love America

Posted: July 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

“I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America”…Why do we pledge allegiance to a flag? Well the flag represents who we are. The colors red, white and blue represent who we are. I love the Olympics and I was glued to the last Olympic Games.   How do you know who is competing? By their colors!

“And to the republic for which it stands”…  My pledge is to the Republic, you and I, our American brothers and sisters. It doesn’t matter where your from when you became a citizen you became a brother.

“One nation, under God”…The original pledge did not contain the words “under God”.  The original pledge written in 1892 read like this “I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It was in 1954 that president Dwight Eisenhower added the phrase “under God”.  The change was made to incorporate President Abe Lincolns quote in the Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1865.  “Nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom”

“Indivisible with liberty and justice for all”…  You can’t divide us. While we might not agree on some issues we still stand together and we believe all deserve freedom and fairness.

 

Today I want to focus on the phrase “One Nation Under God”

One nation
John 17:20-23 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”

Jesus is praying for us to be united, like he and the Father are united.

  1. We are to promote unity- Declaration of Independence “all men are created equal and they are endowed by their creator”.
  2. We don’t have to let go of our convictions to be compassionate.
  3. Love, as I have loved you – John 13:34 (How has Jesus loved us?)

The world is screaming, notice me, see me, look past my exterior and see me.

 

Under God
2 Chronicles 7:14 “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land”

  1. God is above it all, covering us all.
  2. God is the supreme authority.
  3. Humble, Pray, Seek and Turn- we are here because we have turned our backs on God….Psalm 121 “I lift my eyes up, where does my help come from?”
  4. It starts with God’s people.  If my people will,do this, then I will do this.  Humble themselves, like the old song that goes “humble yourself in the sight of the lord and he will lift you up”. Pray, seek and turn. We have to model it, we should live different.

 

Our Opportunity

  1. Hold on to hope.
  2. Complain to the Lord, only!
  3. Pray for our leaders and our country.
  4. Love unconditionally.

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Father’s Day 2018

Posted: July 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Luke 14:28-29 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.”

 

My grandpa taught me to ride a bike. It was a red shwinn with banana seat. As he pushed and then let go he yelled “pedal, pedal, pedal”. Today I want to yell as an encouragement to all of you dads, parent, parent, parent! You can do this! Being a dad requires planning, commitment and cost.  It is the most worthwhile investment of your time, talents and treasure. You are building your legacy. What do I want my kids to look like, how do I get them there? Is my whole goal to keep them out of jail, or to help them have at least a 4.0? Make sure you major on the majors and not the minors.  Some parents invest more in their talent which is only a minor, than their sportsmanship which is a major. Nobody likes a sore loser. Dads this is not something you can throw money at or expect someone else to teach. Someone is going to father your children, who will it be? TV Dads? Athletes, Moms, or you?

 

So I want to equate what you do as a dad, with something that is completely relevant to all.  Planning and building a house.  It takes, thought, design, direction.  What do I want my kids to look like and how do I get them there? We develop a set of plans or blueprints we follow a set of codes, which are rules we follow when building.  Those blueprints help us see the big picture and keep us on track. Prv 22:6 Train up a child in the way he/she should go.    So lets talk about the foundation. (Mario Lopez 5F’s. Family, fun, fitness, faith and food)

 

The Foundation
It is what everything else is built on, our character.  (Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 10:25)

  1. Choices determine conduct, conduct determines character.
  2. The Holy Spirit helps our choices (truth)keeping your kids at camp, youth group, Sunday school.   Learning to yield to the Holy Spirit.
  3. 7 Character traits to pray for your kids (one for every day of the week)
    Courage, Responsibility, Generosity, Purity, Servanthood, Forgiveness, Gratitude.

 

The Walls
What makes a house unique; personality, gifting and interests. (Proverbs19:18)

  1. Every child is different and made in the image of God. Your children were designed by God for a purpose. You need to encourage that purpose.
  2. Make their interest your interest
  3. All things need to be done in love. Love is spelled TIME.
  4. The Bible tells us the power of life and death is in the tongue, we have the ability to build or tear down with our words.

 

The Roof
Covering, Discernment and Prayer

  1. Never stop praying (1Thess. 5:17)
  2. Prayer helps worry (Phil. 4:6) Pray with them and pray over their concerns. What might not always seem like a big deal to you may be a big deal to them and vice versa.
  3. Your prayers are powerful (James 5:16)
  4. Prayer ideas
    Scripture, character, protection (guard heart), friends/influences, choices.

 

Goal is to to hear these words…..WELL DONE. The only way to do this well is to submit ourselves to the Holy Spirt and remember we are building something. We are crafting the structure of our kids. What do you want them to look like? How do I get them there?   Which one do you need God to help you with? Shaping, speaking, time, praying?

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Luke 4: 1-13 “Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’” Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.”

Let’s look at the background of this passage – It was forty days of repeated temptation, trying to get Jesus to break. In this passage we see that our weakness is what we hunger for.  Jesus had an empty stomach but a full Spirit. He was filled with and led by the Spirit.
The enemy will tempt you with whatever you hunger for. Back in the day I hungered for cloves, 2 packs, the smell alone would make me hunger. Now after 25 years of saying no, I don’t hunger it anymore. What are the different things that we say “I Need” to? A drink, a double-double, a new blouse, to spend, etc. We tend to find our identity in what we own.  ….fasting kills hunger.

He appealed to his possessions, his power and his pride. Worship me, we might not worship the devil but there is a lot of ‘me’ worship that occurs, self worship. Worship is to place a value, self worship is to value self over others. The Bible is the complete opposite, serving kills self worship. Making your life about helping others, love your neighbor as your self.

Verse 13 is a new scary scripture for myself. “He left until the next opportunity”. You can say no, no, no and the devil will flee. James 4:7 says “resist the devil and he will flee from you”. But verse 13 also says He is coming back, he is just waiting for an opportunity.

Temptation
– to try ones faith, virtue or character to entice sin.

  1. External – satisfy flesh
  2. You can overcome it – 1 Cor. 10:13
  3. We need to help others overcome – Gal 6:1-39 (what generally happens when someone gives in to their hunger, we run, we talk, we expose, we gossip,    Not at this church, we rally, we cover, we help, we stand, we pray)
  4. Temptation is not a sin, giving in is – Heb. 4:15-16

Trials
proving process, ultimately of love 1 Cor. 13:4-6

  1. Internal – satisfy our emotions
  2. Often, trials are a result of temptation (ours/others) James 1:14-15
  3. Mature our relationship with God and others James 1:2-4

Tests
– to show or prove

  1. Spiritual – grow our faith
  2. God Allowed – Job 1:10-12
  3. God helps us – Heb 2:18

 

How to overcome temptation, endure a trial and pass the test.

  1. Our supernatural life overcomes our natural life. Invest in it, grow in it, just like natural life needs food, water, to grow the supernatural life has things to grow.
  2. It’s not about working harder, but “be”ing smarter. Jesus overcame by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirt. Sometimes all we do is check the boxes off and move on. We need to be present.
  3. Evaluate daily patterns. “Be”ing requires unplugging
  4. Invest in your supernatural life.
    – Word, worship, fellowship, prayer, spiritual disciplines (training vs trying)
    – Suggested spiritual disciplines  (fasting, (no) solitude(hurry, distraction), singing (pride), reading (out loud), praying in the spirit (strength)

What is the one thing you can change this week to build your supernatural life?

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Team Mom

Posted: July 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

While lots of jobs are being outsourced, a mom’s role can never be replaced, nor does she age out.  Moms will always be needed.

An article in Forbes asks, “Think you can put a price on motherhood?” A yearly survey by Salary.com called the annual Mom Salary Survey attempts to put a salary on the work of American mothers. First, they broke down motherly duties into the ten categories: Day Care Center Teacher, CEO, Psychologist, Cook, Housekeeper, Laundry Machine Operator, Computer Operator, Facilities Manager, Janitor, and Van Driver. Then they studied how many hours moms work in those categories and what the family would have to pay for outsourcing that duty. According to the 2012 survey, they determined the following

  • The average stay-at-home mom should make an annual salary of $112,962 (based on a 40-hour per week base pay plus 54.7 hours a week of overtime);
  • The average working mom should make an annual salary (just for her “mom” role) of $66,969 (based on 40-hours of mothering duties and 17.9 overtime hours per week).

The article concludes, “The breadth of Mom’s responsibilities is beyond what most workers could ever experience day-to-day. Imagine if you had to attract and retain a candidate to fill this role?” {Source: Jenna Goudreau, “Why Stay-At-Home Moms Should Earn a $115,000 Salary,” Forbes (5-2-11); Salary.com, “Salary.com’s 12th Annual Mom Salary Survey,”}

I had a great mom and my wife is a great mother, but I know this is not the case for many of you.  I also realize the struggle that has come for many who did not have the opportunity to be mothers.  Or how God supernaturally allows a single mother the grace to fulfill both roles. Today I want to talk about what it means to be Team Mom.

 

I am inviting you to go be team mom.  For many that sends panic down your spine of arranging snacks, finding sponsors, and pizza. No I am talking about the team you are a part of, it’s an exclusive elite group of female super ninjas.

Teacher, empathizer, administrator, mentor. All the roles a mom fills.   I can assure you, even if you are not a mother, there are opportunities the lord brings into your life to be one or all of these to one of God’s children.  And children need these roles active in their lives .

 

Teacher – Proverbs 1:8

This is the wisest man in the world writing his thoughts to instruct his children and future generations. The first thing he says is “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom”. The second thing he says is “Do not forsake your mother’s teachings”.

  1. Part of the role of a mom is to teach.  The old saying “give me a fish and I eat for a day, teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime”.
    – The danger for moms is when they shift from teaching to doing.  What happens is your child eats for a day and now they are 30 and they are not prepared for life.
  2. The word ‘Teach’ is actually the Hebrew word, Torah.  It is the same word used anytime the Old Testament refers to Scripture, which is also called “the law”.  Part of a moms job is to teach God’s law, train up a child in the way he or she should go.  Teach the scripture, bring them to church.
  3. There is also Mom’s Law.
    – What are your non-negotiables in school, home, friends, behavior, speech (teaching kids please and thank you)
    Make it simple
    Make it short
    Enforce it

 

Empathizer– Luke 13:34

Like a mother Hen cares for her chicks.

  1. Feel and care (moms are amazing listeners)
  2. Gather and protect ‘If you come at me, you have to go through my mom.’  Hell hath no fury like a mothers scorn.
    -Johnny comes in with a little tiny cut and moms act like he is on his deathbed while dads shrug it off. There is a depth of emotion, it is a deep well.  God made you that way. You feel and you care, but you also gather and protect. There is a security and safety in having your kids around.
    – Moms you need to pray. One of the greatest ways to bring safety and security is to pray.  Especially when it appears the dangers in our society have escalated. You can’t go with them everywhere or be with them everywhere, but you can pray.  And God, who is with them, will hear you and will cover them and reassure you.
  3. Let me give you three tips
    – Pray often
    – Realize your kids are going to face hard things and to overly mother will cripple their development
    – Trust the holy spirt, He will guide you into truth and reveal sin.

 

Administrator– 1 Cor 14:40

  1. Keep the house moving and functioning.
    Women are amazing multitaskers.  You can be driving down the street on the way to a date and think “we need to stop here because  Johnny has a project next week and I know he is gonna need this”. Lunches, rides, homework, housework, schedules, laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparing, some go to work and they do all this while looking like a supermodel.
    And I know some of you dads think you help. Nope you don’t. I remember one of my professors when I did my masters degree said, “Kurt, you don’t have the time to get an A in every class. Do your best and evaluate your workload.”
    Moms, different seasons have different workloads. We had kids right away and we had them really close together.  I remember how overwhelmed Robin would get trying to keep all of her mother plates spinning.  You never see the guy spinning plates. Yet mothers keep running back and forth, it’s exhausting.  Part of my role as a father is to take away plates. During that period of time we didn’t have a dish washer.  So one thing she was constantly feeling overwhelmed was the dishes. I went out and bought a huge bag of paper plates and cups. For a year we used paper so  dishes wouldn’t become overwhelming. She had to take the trash out more often……just kidding, I took it out.
  2. Proper
  3. In order – what is disorder

 

Mentor– 2 Tim 1:5

  1. Focus on Character
    More things are caught than taught. All women serve in this role. This idea of mentoring is different than teaching. Sometimes your role as a mentor changes.   You do life with yours kids.  It becomes life on life instruction, what they are catching not what you re saying. It’s about modeling grace and self control.  This is where the fruit of the spirit is grown and shown; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control.  It’s about letting them see us grow.
    – Listen Carefully First, Then Ask And Advise
    – Let Them Make Their Own Decisions
    – Be Accountable To Each Other
    – Check Your Biases And Impulses

 

Timing is everything. You can’t do #1 too long and #2 too early. Life is like a windy mountain road with dangerous curves, steep uphill climbs and rapid descents. What brings assurance on those roads is the guard rails. We need to know where the boundaries of the road are. Mom thanks for setting up the guard rails for us.

 

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John 3:1-16 “There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

There are a few things we know about Nicodemus. Not only is he a Pharisee, he is a religious leader. They were the keepers of the law. He was probably a member of the Sanhedrin who were kind of like judges, they were experts in the Mishnah. The Mishnah was mans expansion of the law. For instance, ‘remember the sabbath and keep it holy.’ the Mishnah had 24 chapters of what that meant.

There are two schools of thought on why they mention him coming after dark.
1- Jesus always had a crowd around him during the day
2- He didn’t want to be seen.
Nicodemus says “God has sent you to teach us”. But Jesus knows he is totally missing the point of the teachings. Jesus didn’t teach that he was sent by God to teach, but to show his miracles. If you want to get the attention of non-believers, pray for miracles.

Jesus comes out with this left field statement, “Unless you are born again you cannot see the kingdom.”  You see it, but not clearly.  There is something your missing.

 

Born of Water (your family name)

  1. Body – natural birth
  2. Child of man
  3. Kingdom of man (this is as good as it gets)

 

Born of Spirit

  1. Soul – spiritual birth
  2. Child of God
  3. Kingdom of God  – all the benefits of being the child of the king.

 

Born Again

  1. I have new parents – Galatians 4:6
    If your father was absent, you might not understand a loving father because you never had one.  Or if you had an angry father, He was mad all the time. Maybe you walked on eggshells your whole life because you didn’t know how he would react.   Or you had a father who abdicate his role. He was home, but he never engaged you.  Maybe you had an abusive father, he hurt you physically, sexually, emotionally, or mentally. Even if you have father issues, when you were born again you got new parents.  Have you ever talked to your Heavenly Father about your earthly father?
  2. I have new DNA – Romans 8:16
    You have a genetic code, a family lineage.  Your family lineage affects your lineage. Things have been passed on to you, good and bad. It becomes easy to blame who we are on what or who we were born into, but when you were born again you were given a new family of origin.  Traits passed on from your natural family can be broken.
    “I was born this way”.  Yes but you can be born again. The X chromosome and Y chromosome are very clear. You can be born again.
  3. I have new values – 1 John 5:1-5.
    You were taught a value system, in the home, in school, and some you developed on your own.  These set of values that govern how you live. Your spiritual family has a new set of values because we have been given the HOLY Spirit who now becomes our conscience. Behaviors and habits we were ok with now that we are born again something inside tells us these are not ok. We also have God’s word. God’s values trump mans values, we can’t go back and forth. Why? When we were born again we were made new.
  4. I have a new family – Eph 2:19. Your family may have been amazing, or maybe not. When you were born again you got a new family. Look around these are your brothers and sisters, the family of God. This family takes care of each other. This family believes in you. This family loves you. You belong here, you are not a misfit or a black sheep.
  5. I have a new life – 2 Cor 5:17.
    Old things have passed, mistakes, failures, and sin is erased.

 

Birth and death are attached.  Your new birth is attached to Jesus’ death and your death.   Jesus died for you to die to you.

John 19:39.   We find Nicodemus again. This time at the burial of Jesus.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the conversation about being reborn led him to a new father, a new dna and new set of values, a new family a new life.

 

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The 10 things we have learned in the past 10 years:

God will push you out of your comfort zone
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 NIV

  1. Most people like things to stay the same
  2. He may ask you to do something unconventional
  3. We left the easy, the comfortable, safe and familiar

 

It is way harder than I thought
“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”” Luke 9:62 NLT

  1. It’s taken a whole lotta of faith and elbow grease
  2. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, and long weeks are a breeze when you love what you do

 

God has resources we don’t even know about
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:9-11

  1. I learned early on that I only talk to God about money and needs.  Around year 5 we had a couple walk in and give us 21K, they didn’t even go to our church. Another 2 weeks later a couple walked in and gave us 17k, they didn’t go to our church either. Finally we received 25k from someone who attended our church, but it was from someone you would never expect.

 

God has a plan, we need to find it
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NL

  1. There is no magic formula, so often it’s not in our time frame (it’s in the wait)
  2. It’s not always as I expected or planned it out in my head but so often I’m so grateful it didn’t.

 

Prayer works
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 NIV

  1. Claim and Contend for salvations
  2. Walk the 4 corners of our property

 

Kids are important
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalms 127:3 NLT

  1. A whole life impacting the kingdom
  2. Insure our future
  3. Parents want there kids safe

 

People are a priority
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Godʼs grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV

  1. It is not about buildings or programs.
  2. It is helping people grow and become all that God wants them to be

 

Sometimes God is hard to understand
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8 NLT

  1. Find a building, worship leader,
  2. We thought we were doing it right, we must learn to trust God
  3. We may never understand it, can we be ok with it?

 

I can’t lead what I don’t follow
“And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” 1Corinthians 10:34 NLT

  1. I have to be in prayer, in the Word
  2. Let the fruit of the spirit flow
  3. I am not perfect but I am continually growing in my journey

 

It is ultimately about the Kingdom
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

  1. It’s not a competition, it’s about the people in our neighborhood
  2. People are human, they can and will really stretch you…
  3. Nothing is greater than seeing a life changed for His glory!
  4. It’s about relationship – doing life together

 

In ten years God has been so good to us, our future ahead is so much better. What is your story? Your dream becomes your passion, your passion becomes your prayer and God answers prayer.

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