Testimony…

30 10 2007

I read different blogs and found one very interesting from my old youth pastor and my old pastor, Tim Keel (his blog: http://www.timkeel.com/timkeel/).  He was talking about Willow Creeks admission lately that they and the churches that are similiar are not teaching people to self-feed.  I got to think about my own spiritual journey and what God has done in my life since I joined my church that I belong to now.  Before I joined my current church I went to church heard a great message with a lot of meat and deep teaching while I went home and never really had a quiet time or knew what it meant to “be still and know that he is God”

I came to a church where we want to reach people for Christ and grow believers to be like.  My journey is a real witness to this mission.  I knew Christ and about him but I got involved in a Life Group and a real transformation occurred.  What did I learn?  Each person should have the Bible, community, prayer, and the Holy Spirit transform them.  It was until three years ago when somebody opened the scripture and had me read a story that I got that the Bible applies to me today and I desire that time now.  I have been blessed to be mentored by two people the last three years and what a blessing it has been and also to share life with 7 incredible women.  I need to go back to the blog  no matter what church you go to…a church that has “deep theological” teaching or a church that has more “life application teaching”  – it is that persons responsibility to be in the scriptures for themselves for real life change to happen.  And so the mission “grow believers to be like him goes on”





Awesome

28 10 2007

Today at church we are in a series entitled “Impact”.  It is a series talking about what God has been doing in our midst.  It was so cool to hear once again the history of WFC.  It was even more awesome to hear what God has been doing since April.  Our church was wounded but to hear that we have had over 250 people become members.  It was even more incredible to hear that 400 kids that were up for adoption got adopted and more to come.  I am still weary but I am thankful for what I heard this morning at church.

“So don’t get tired of doing what is good.  Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time” Gal 6:9





Trust in Leadership

27 10 2007

I have been thinking alot about trusting leadership lately especially since it has been several months since my church has been in a crisis.  Last time this happened to me – I heard rumors and gossip and didn’t know what to believe so I left that church –  this time I weary but I really sense God saying hang in there – is it tough yes – I guess without a pastor who teaches every Sunday and no end in sight to this “rotational” teaching pastor it has been hard lately.  This is my rough thoughts and it has been hard on me.  Yet I am remembering God saying TRUST ME.

  • God I  don’t know who will be the pastor? TRUST ME
  • God I am feeling overwhelmed by the uncertainity?  TRUST ME
  • God, I am struggling?  TRUST ME

It has been an interesting last year and I have learned how to start making my thoughts obedient to Christ – I am work in progress, but a masterpiece (that blows my mind and hard for me to believe) in the works.  Just some random thoughts on a Saturday afternoon.





Connections

21 10 2007

Life is full of connections.  Connections with family, friends, co-workers, and God.  I was listening to a old message from a church in Wichita, Kansas this weekend and Mark Hoover, the pastor, talked about connections in church and I thought he made some very good points.  He said that there our four connections that we need to make going to church – to him, him connecting with us, us connecting to each other, and then finally us connecting to the lost.   I agree with him and has given me a different perspective on church especially singing prior to hearing the message I always thought praise was a response but I now see it as preparing my heart for connecting to God.  

As for my current church, something he said really struck me  he said – “It is in our discomfort that the church will rise up and do what they are suppose to do”.  My challenge to reach out and make more connections to people who don’t follow Christ – isn’t that what the church is for and not to make us fat and unwilling to go out and reach those he loved.  This really got me thinking this weekend.





Blessings!!! & a side sports note.

16 10 2007

A passage of the Bible to ponder…

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

The blessings…

  • every spiritual blessing
  • he loved us
  • he chose us
  • he adopted us
  • he purchased our freedom
  • he FORGAVE us our sins
  • he showered on us wisdom and understanding.

Wow, this is a lot to take in.  My Life Group is doing a study on Ephesians (A Kay Arthur study)

Oh, btw the Cats are going to beat OSU and Baylor the next two weeks.  It’s to bad it won’t be on TV. 

No manager for the Royals…

Chiefs actually won on Sunday…





Letting Go…

11 10 2007

Okay, so I have learned just recently or am learning to let go – let go of expectations.  Let go of past mistakes and let go of things that I desire instead giving those to God.  As I have been reading Genesis something dawned on me – this is the original book of Faith and Abraham was the original man of faith.  Faith isn’t belief but as a pastor said two weeks ago – Belief & Action = Faith.   I have a Life Application Bible and once in awhile they pose great questions and the question it posed this morning  is this…

TO WHOM OR WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST LOYALTY?

Sure, I have only read the first fourteen chapters of Genesis which is one of my favorite books of the Bible but this is the first time I named the Original book of faith.  What is my greatest loyalty?  KSU football, friends, sports, food, etc.    I pray that my heart will grow deeper in love with Christ…  Just a thought after reading the Word today.