Saturday, August 26, 2006
God’s Original Plan
Most people are imitations…even when they have been made an original. Think about it. How many people do we meet that try to be like others or are stuck in kid mode there whole lives because they never find out who they really are. Ministries that are always trying to be the next successful church on the street corner because someone else reached a certain number or success. Now don’t get me wrong, I go to the conferences too and try to learn all that I can from these guys. But think about how many compare themselves with these “successful churches” and never become what God has called them to be. We could have more successful people in our world today if we just stayed true to who God called us to be!
Remember what Paul said…When they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely. 2 Corinthians 10:12 (AMP)
How many times have we measured our ministries with the “successful ministries” and left feeling defeated…Feeling like why even bother….I’ll never be like that! I think that is the point. We shouldn’t try to be like other originals because that just makes us an imitation of an original.
I can only measure myself and my gain by what God has called ME to. We must carefully review God’s original plan for our lives and ask some pointing questions of ourselves.
#1 Since I am an original, what goals has God put in my heart?
#2 What am I accomplishing to meet the goals that God has called me to?
#3 What am I NOT accomplishing? Sometimes we can be so focused trying to be successful in the church world we fail miserably in God eyes!
#4 How do I measure up to God’s goals God has placed on my life?
In Philippians Paul’s says “I count not myself to have apprehended…” Sometimes we must refocus….Forget the past and press onto into the future to lay hold of what God has called us to be! An original!
Many spend so much of there time in the past that they have no future….Others pass by them by becoming the original that God has been waiting for them to be. They come out of the closet and the world marvels at them. Why…Because they are an original. Are you ready to come out of the closet? Be who God called you to be and reach who God wants you to reach. Life is fun! Smile:)
Monday, August 21, 2006
I’ve been waiting all month to share what God has been doing in my life. Now I can let the whole world know! One of my friends that I have worked with a few years at Camp, Youth Conventions and Fine Arts events approuched me about working with him as an Associate Youth Pastor. He lives in Raleigh North Carolina which is about two and one half hours away from where I live now. So my family, along with our friend began praying. We began talking through what the Associates responsibilities were and it fit who I was. Long story short we went through the process and we accepted the position last week.
So yesterday was the big day at church where we told the congregation that we were transitioning. WOW! People came from all corners of the church crying, giving us hugs and love it was over whelming. Sometimes you expect how people are going to respond, but we never expected everyone to repond this way. Over half of the congregation stood in line just to talk to us. I didn’t think that I was going to cry, but when the old ladies started coming forward and sharing words from there heart…it blew that thought. Not to mention all the teenagers who lives we are highly involved. As you can tell, it was a big emotional day for us.
This week is my last week at the church and next week I’ll be on vacation packing. Labor Day weekend will be my first Sunday at First Assembly of God, Raleigh, NC. Life is Fun. Smile.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Pauls says in 2 Timothy 1:11-12 “I am appointed a preacher, an apostle, a teacher of the Gentiles. For which cause I also suffer these things…” The word suffer is talking about suffering as a result of an outside force or circumstance.
Paul lets us know that his anointing, his calling, and his potential were factors that triggered the demonic attacks which he suffered. He was doing everything right. Satan couldn’t find a way to personally destroy Paul, so the enemy was manipulating “outside forces” against Paul and his ministry.
What I love about Paul is he made a decision “NOT TO GIVE UP.” He decided he would not stop until he achieved everything that God called and equipped him to be. Just because things got hard in Pauls life didn’t mean that he was going to me less passionate about his calling. (Phil. 3:12)
The only way you’ll be able to resist the devils attacks and successfully achieve all God has called you to do is by determining in your mind never to stop until you have accomplished your divine assignments. If we want to overcome all the attacks the enemy tries to wage against us through outside forces, you will need to have what I call a “holy determination.” To outlast the attacks of the enemy! Having a holy determination is the key to finishing ones race of faith well. Remember the holy part is through the power of God that is living in you. I can do all through through Christ….Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world…I am an overcomer because I am a son of God! God’s word motivates me to want to say whoa….Lets go win this race!
Life is fun. Smile!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Where’s My Cup?
I had a CYC meeting with a group of Youth Pastors that I network with. We were meeting at a restaurant and we all had our drinks served, but not everyone show up to our meeting. So everyone had to get up so we could moved one table back where it was originally. So I sit down and started looking for my drink…I couldn’t find it. I looked over at our network leader and ask him, “Have you seen my water?” He laugh…and said yes….It was in my hand the whole time.
I shared that just to make someone laugh. Life is fun. Smile!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Last week we took out group of teenagers to camp…It was great! I remember the time when I used to go to camp as a counselor and I would always seem to come back charged and closer to God. I don’t know if it is because I am so used to attending camp or if it is that I have grown up spiritually, but when I go to camp it isn’t as spiritually impacting as it was. I guess the spiritual highlight for me was praying for students at the altar. This year we seen many people healed. One guy came who couldn’t read and after we prayed for him he could read. We seen God heal people’s backs, shoulders, knees, and migranes. Many rededicated their lives and were born again. It was amazing!
So we are back and hitting the ground running. I have a team of students who are working with me to put together an outreach service this Thursday. We are pumped! We are highlighting areas that teens face daily. Fighting in the home, Romantic relationships, partying and depression. In fact we are ending our service with a depression seen using the song: Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park. Our stage will be a bedroom scene where this guy is tired of dealing with life and tries to kill himself. Fortunantly his attempt fails and God gets a hold of this mans life! I can’t wait for the ending of the service already. I believe God is going to reach down and grab a hold of many students lives and transform them. Life is Fun! Smile!
Friday, July 14, 2006
Friday is my day off and this weekend Jen and I are getting ready to head to youth camp. Yeah! So I got up early this morning and started mowing the grass. The plus to mowing the grass where I live is that I have a lot of area to cover, but I do have a riding lawn mower to use. So as was mowing Hannah my youngest got my attention. She wanted to ride with me…So I put her on my leg and off we went. We were having a great time. I like to make up songs when I mow so I was making up funny songs with Hannah as I was mowing. She and I started talking and somewhere in our conversation we started talking about how singing makes you feel better if you are sad. It reminded me that sometimes I get so busy that I forget to sing. I should start focusing more on what I have more than what I don’t have. What a concept! It’s so crazy that things that you as a pastor preach and know sometimes get pushed to the side because life consumes you or emotions do…I really didn’t want my time with Hannah to end. She is an amazing young lady and I love being with her! Life is fun! Smile:)
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I’ve been busy preparing for camp and getting our outreach night that we are having for our students together for the end of the month. I’m not sure if any of you have had the same problems that I have, but assembling people who will commit and help make these events meaningful are difficult. Yes we cast the vision and we make sure we plan together to have a core onboard with the events, but then as it comes time for the event individuals start to bail. Not a good feeling. Panic starts to hit home, then you start contacting others who can fill the empty jobs 80% as well as the one who committed. Then you begin seeing that no one has time or just doesn’t have the desire to help out! (You can really tell this is a rant!)
For me, I begin checking to see what outside resources do I have. Then I check and get everything approved and that doesn’t work out. So now I’m about to scream! What do I do?! Well thank God a team member on my staff jumped in to rescue the mission!
So I really said all of that to say, thanks for all of you who carry other people’s burdens! It means a lot! The pressure in my life is less because of you! You bring a since of security when you are around. Last but not least, thanks for being part of my team! You are amazing!
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2