A couple days ago, I had the wonderful privilege to go and minister to some folks at a local nursing center. It was an amazing experience. It has been years since I had been involved in this kind of ministry. I met a man who was previously in ministry, and he shared with me about Jesus whom he called his faithful companion. He went on to tell me that even though he was in this nursing home he was still going to preach the Bible. He host weekly Bible studies in the dinning hall, and does what he can to pray over the sick and hurting. I was amazed at this man’s heart for God. It inspired and encouraged me. It also got me to thinking about many of God’s men and women who are so called “retired” sitting on the sidelines enjoying their lives while there are people all around them suffering. All I have to say about that is “God ain’t through with you yet!!” He has things in store for your life that you can’t even begin to imagine if you will just be faithful and serve. Don’t waste your life get out there and share the good news of Jesus.
No one says it better than John Piper. Hear what he has to say…
Officially one year ago today I was wrapping up my trip in Haiti. Looking back it was one of the greatest adventures of my life. On one hand I was able to help a northern village and preach in Port Au Prince, and on the other hand Haiti helped me reach that next level in my faith. I would not be where I am at today without Haiti and the wonderful people there.
While I was there, I experienced a couple days of real darkness. In earlier journal post I talked about some of the things that bothered me on my trip, but now I realize the darkness I experienced was Satan attacking me spiritually. He knew the outcome this trip would have on me, and he did everything he could to break me down mentally. Like any muscle sometimes the brain needs to be broke down in order to grow stronger. Overall I am mentally and spiritually healthier because of this trip.
On this anniversary I want to encourage everyone to get involved in Missions. Maybe you cannot go on a trip, but you can support one financially and with your prayers. Take action, and get involved. Even as I speak the country of Japan is in desperate need. Pray that God will open doors, and that this will be an opportunity for mission teams to go in and spread the good news. Pastor Shannon O’dell wrote an article on 7 Ways to Pray for Japan. Be sure to check it out.
Also, please pray for my brother in Christ Bill Moore and the AFDC team who are currently in Haiti. Haiti needs your help. Please consider supporting this endeavor by contacting the Aid For Developing Countries. www.AFDC-Haiti.org
Spring break is here and it is 30 something degrees outside. I thought the whole idea of Spring break was to get a break from winter. Anyways, I will have to make the best of this week. In spite of the freezing temperatures I am fired up about what God is going to do North of Kansas City in the community of Smithville in the Spring and Summer of 2011. Things are about to get hot!!
I want to first start off by thanking everyone who has worked so hard over the past few months at North Lake to get us where we are at today. We couldn’t have done it without you. God brought together people from all walks of life, and created a force to be reckoned with.
For centuries churches have had their rituals, and sacred practices, and for many of them that is what fuels their very being. What once was created to worship God eventually becomes an idol (God) in which takes precedence over the true purpose of the church.
Many times when we talk about holding on to insignificant practices we tend to reference traditional churches, but I started thinking about all the methodologies of many of the churches that are proclaiming to be cutting edge. Continue reading →
I have to admit that I am a newbie when it comes to using creative arts in a worship setting, but I am so open to what God is doing in this generation I can’t help but use such elements to engage people in worshiping the one true and Holy God. I’ve heard it all, “If you use arts in your worship then you are a New Ager or a Universalist”, “God does not receive glory when you don’t do it like ____________” (Feel in the blank). This is what I have to say about all that… “That’s a bunch of garbage. Don’t we worship the most creative inspiring God of the Heavens and Earth? God blessed people with creativity and art, and all we want to do is lift up of lip service (empty praise). I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wants us to Continue reading →
What’s going on people! Man it has been crazy the last 8 weeks. I have been on the mission field of church planting North of Kansas City for the last 8 weeks, and God has been doing some awesome things. I just wanted to take a bit, and in an unorthodox fashion just pour out some of the things that are running through my head. These are in absolutely no order.
1. Church Planting is hard work!! If you are contemplating planting a church, you better check yourself. It may seem like the cool thing to do, but I promise you that if you are not CALLED you will fail, and fail miserably. Continue reading →