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God… I have a question… ???

I got the call late one night. Ravi had been hit by a car and was in the hospital in Memphis. They did not expect him to live and they asked for our prayers.  Ravi was a 4 year old kid just full on energy.  His mom and dad loved Jesus- how could this happen?  His grandfather had been walking with him down the road and Ravi pulled from his hand and darted in front of a car.  His grandfather was a pastor- he loved Jesus- Why would God allow this?  Ravi was only a kid and yet a few days later he died.

That was my first big “Why” for God.  I was fairly new to the Christian faith and I thought if you followed Jesus He blessed you and took care of you.  In my short time as a Christian- that had been my experience as well.  I never really figured out the “why” and as life moved on I had more and more questions.

My first thought when I questioned God was, “Maybe I am not really a Christian- how could I have so many doubts.”  I also wondered, “Is God mad at me when I ask the question why”?  As I studied my Bible more I discovered there were a lot of men and women of faith that asked God “why”?  King David asked the why question more than anyone- and the Bible says he was a man after God’s own heart.  I have come to discover that God can handle all my “why’s” (and yours as well). In fact, I have also discovered that I must push through for an answer.  Sometimes there is a reason why that is obvious but often I must make the choice (when I don’t understand why) to trust God’s heart when I don’t see His hand.

This Sunday we begin a series entitled, “God, I have a question… “.  We will look to scripture to find answers to life experiences that often doesn’t make sense.  Do you have questions?  Do you have friends that have honest questions as well?  Plan to attend and bring your friends as we take an honest look at real questions. Just to make sure we are addressing the real questions you have- we will give you opportunity to text in follow-up questions live during the service.  Don’t stop with the question- look for an answer- plan to join us for “God, I have a question … This Sunday 9:30 or 11 at Sickles High School..

Did you hear the rumor?

It’s not a rumor- it’s true, we signed last Friday!  I am fired up about our new office/warehouse space.  The new space will give us extra office space, a volunteer room, small kitchen and a reception area in the front half of the building.  The rear half of the building is about 2000 square feet of open warehouse space.  This space is insulated and fully air-conditioned.  The warehouse space will give us the opportunity to:

  • Provide our middle and high school students space for Bible study and activities (we have needed something like this that can be permanent)
  • Allow our ladies to do events their periodically
  • Do specific training events for volunteers, marriage seminar or financial workshops.
  • It will give us space for our Iron Men early morning meeting.

I am sure you can think of many more uses.  Our goal is not to create a bunch of new meetings but to provide space for our current programs.

Want to help us move in?  We will need volunteers over the next few weeks to:

  • Tear out the current carpet and vinyl baseboard
  • Paint the office space
  • Help us move our office over

Watch our weekly email blast and Facebook Page for real time updates for volunteer opportunities.

 

Embracing Brokenness

This past Sunday I spent some time talking about embracing brokenness.  So much of my life I have tried to run from and eschew brokenness.  I am not suggesting that we seek brokenness on our own but, when God brings it into our lives we need to embrace.  If God begins to break my heart for a need and I embrace it- He brings fresh vision and compassion.  Yet, when I see a need and back away because it hurts too much- I can become calloused and uncaring.  Have you noticed when you go through brokenness with God He enlarges your heart?  As a pastor I have always tried to care for people who were dealing with cancer and the pain and hurt it brings to all those involved.  When my Dad got the news of his cancer- I wept.  Yet, I never really embraced the brokenness until I talked with him about what he felt and what he was concerned for.  Even now when I think of that conversation- I weep.  When Dad was diagnosed I stepped into caring mode.  I got busy taking care of my Dad, checking with doctors and following through on questions.  My business kept me from brokenness.  We buried my Dad 12 years ago and God opened my heart to new levels of compassion and care.  Sometimes when I am all alone- and thinking about my folks- I embrace brokenness again.  Because of that brokenness God has enlarged my heart for families dealing with cancer.

A couple of Brokenness Axioms:

  • If we will slow down and engage our hearts- God will break our heart with that which breaks His heart.
  • Brokenness is not a onetime event.
  • God never uses anyone that He doesn’t break first. (Look though people in the scripture who were greatly used by God- you will find great pain and brokenness)
  • When we allow brokenness by God to invade our lives- we come out the other side more whole than we have ever been.
  • God does not cause evil and yet He can use the brokenness that results to grow us (Romans8:28)

Ezekiel 36:26      And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

If you missed Sunday- here is the video.


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momentum… Momentum… MOMENTUM

We kick off our new series this Sunday: Momentum!  I have discovered (and you probably have as well) that Momentum makes a HUGE difference!  We know when we have it and when we do not!  We have all seen and possibly experienced:

  • The team that has been losing makes a break through and begins to pick up wins and Momentum kicks in!
  • The student who is struggling in their studies makes a breakthrough in how to study and everything about school seems to improve- Momentum.
  • The Olympic swimmer who finally breaks through with a medal and then they begin to roll- hello Momentum.
  • The salesperson that has been trying to close a deal and keeps experiencing road block- then she makes a decision that moves the deal forward and Momentum takes over!
  • (put your story here)

As much as some people hope or believe- Momentum is not dumb luck.  Momentum is not a result of making the right lottery pick in life.  Momentum can usually be traced back to a Bold Move or new approach to the problem.  Momentum is a breakthrough is the effectiveness of life.

Have you ever thought about Spiritual Momentum?  I have had many people say to me, “Pastor, my walk with God has become boring or duty filled.  Is that normal?  Is it over for me?”  My answer is, “Yes, it is normal to go through highs and lows as a Christ-Follower and no we don’t have to stay there.”  Often we experience a “dry” spiritual time because our habits need to be shaken or maybe God is taking us to a new level.  In the same way that a relationship with another person can become routine and boring it can happen to us spiritually as well.  This series is all about re-gaining and re-fueling your spiritual Momentum.  I believe that often what we need is a Bold Move to get us out of our rut and back into a vibrant relationship with the Father.  I have experienced this in my own life many times.  Every week I will challenge all of us to take a Bold Move.  Are you ready to fuel your spiritual Momentum?  See you Sunday- and bring that friend you have been praying for.

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