Monthly Archives: December 2012

More or Less For 2013

2012 has come and it is about to go. It was filled with ups and downs like any other year.

For me it will be remembered most as the year my wife and I purchased a home then decided to remodel the home. However for others it will be remembered with sadness as it was filled with stories of despair and loss. I’m thankful that by the grace of God, 2012 in all was a good year for me. However, as we head into 2013 then are things that I need to improve and get better at. Commitments I want to make, so here is a short list of things I want to do more of and less of in 2013:

More

1. Create more memories with my wife

2. Spend more “silence” time with the Lord. Times when I am not distracted but still and silent with just the Lord and I. Time to give more space for the Holy Spirit to work!

3. Exercise more! I went off the boil in 2012. Time to get back on that horse.

4. Read more books that will challenge me as a person, a husband, a leader and a Christ follower.

5. Give people more grace. I realize everyday I get more grace from God, I need to show more in return.

6. Give more of the Gospel! Preach more, evangelize more, show love and mercy more and do more to rescue people from the pit of hell and place them into the loving arms of Jesus!

Less

1. Eat less Chocolate and Candy! Yes I have a weakness and I’m goin to deal with it!

2. Spend less so I can give more.

3. Watch less sports! My second weakness behind chocolate and again I’m going to deal with it.

4. Take on less responsibility and work. This means delegating more and training more leaders otherwise i’ll burn out fast.

5. Take myself less seriously. I became too serious in 2012. Time to lighten the mood a little in 2013.

6. Losen control of my marriage, my church and my life over to the one who has all things in control, Jesus Christ!


7,000 Others Feeling A Little Nauseous!

1 Kings 19:18 – Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

I have a problem! I eat too much! Without being gross about it I find that if there is food in front of me I will keep eating even when I am full. Then when my belly is full I will throw up! It’s a good job I’m not into hard liquor! It normally happens around holiday times! My main problem is comfort food! Candy, chocolates, chips, chex-mix! I’m working on it and realizing that too much of a bad thing is not good for me! I also realize that anything called “comfort food” is not a good thing!

The reason I say this is because for a long time I have been feeling a little nauseous about the spiritual food I am seeing being fed in a new wave of churches. I won’t go into specifics because I believe each church needs to hear from God and do what they hear. Some churches are doing that and so I don’t want to label them along with others! However, I see a spiritual diet that is being fed that we just keep on eating and I want to throw up!

I’ve felt like this for a number of years and it’s only getting worse. I began to think it was just me! Was I the only one feeling like this? Was there something wrong with me? Had I missed on what God was doing? Was God no longer talking with me?

The Friday before Christmas I had one of those God moments! Like when Elijah complained that he was the only one left who hadn’t bowed down to Baal, then God shows him 7,000 others who hadn’t. I felt stupid, but I also felt relieved! I had a telephone conversation with one of my friends who planted a church in Charlotte. That hour conversation breathed new life into me. He shared with me how he had been feeling and in that moment I felt like Charlie Brown when Linus told him what Christmas was all about! I wanted to shout, “That’s it!”

In that moment I realized that God does still speak and often when he speaks His message is unpopular and goes against the grain. It means eating comfort food is not an option when you pursue to do things for the Kingdom of God. However, it also means that God does not leave us, that He also speaks to others, that He doesn’t leave us alone and that He will bring others alongside to help fulfill the mission that is set before us!

So whatever God has been speaking to you, do it! Go for it! Don’t stop, don’t doubt and run will full gusto! For you are not alone, there are many others who are ready to run alongside you just as there were 7,000 others who had not bowed down to Baal! 


I Love My Church – Here’s Why (Part 3)

Many people who want to go into ministry and be a Pastor just want to be preachers. I think it’s funny that we call our leaders Pastors when out of the five fold ministry gifts a church needs, the role of the Pastor is probably the lowest after Prophet in actual gifts that are used. I love our church because we have embraced and seen the need to have each of the five (Pastor, Teacher, Prophet, Evangelist & Apostle) functioning in our church.

Each Sunday morning I get the awesome privilege to be able to stand in front of our church and teach. It’s not something I take lightly, and I’m constantly amazed at the depth the people of Generation Church are growing at. Throughout 2012 we have seen just through simple Sunday morning sermons a church embrace biblical truths and Godly characteristics. Over 2012 we taught:

  • Dusty Feet – All about serving
  • Keeping Up With The Benjamin’s – Stewardship
  • Hey There God – Prayer
  • Stories – Evangelism
  • After Eden – Godly relationships – Marriage, Parenting, Friendships and working relationships
  • Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage – Marriage
  • Awakening – All about the Holy Spirit, prayer, revival, humility, joy, repentance, forgiveness and restoration
  • The Leak – Worship, Grace, Holiness & Faith
  • ACTS – How a church embraces the Holy Spirit, Evangelism, Prayer, Community, Communion, Tithing, Discipleship, Serving, Missions and Outreach!
  • Christmas At The Movies – The Peace, Comfort & Salvation of Jesus Christ.

I’m excited about what we are going to learn and embrace in 2013! I’m so thankful to be part of a church that realizes that the journey isn’t over and there is so much more to see, know, hear, and feel about God! 2 Timothy 3:16