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running up the score

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part 2 of movin & Groovin was this past sunday. the main them was GOD called us to run up the score.

We are like a football team, God is the owner, Jesus is the head coach , and The Holy Spirit is the offensive & defensive co-ordinators . with the Bible as our playbook.  The Football is the message of Jesus Christs saving grace. The Quarterback is me, the preacher.

The Holy spirit sends in the play to the Quarterback , who takes the message and sends the ball to a runningback or widereciever( the members of the church) to move the message down the field.

Our team has many memebers, the evangelists who want the ball, and desire to move it down the field, the cheerleaders who keep the team pumped up, the water boy who brings in the water to keep the refreshed and hydrated.

When all the pieces come together and work like a well oiled machine , you end up with a team like the New England Patriots a few years back.... A DYNASTAY..a team that goes 16-0.  God has promised us the super bowl win.....but we must show up and play....

So ....are you on the team?        Do you want the ball?    or are you in the stands mocking the coach, mocking the refferre, mocking the quaterback?

 

HAlloween

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I am sitting in my office in the middle of a quandry. My wife and i have been debating over the last 24 hrs wethier  our church should be involved in the towns local "trick or treat" event this weekend.

So i googled Halloween and this was in part the response. Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films.

In leviticus 20:6 it says not to even dabble with the occults , mediums spirits. I(God ) Will turn my face from those who do.

As i look and see what Halloween has become, i must ask..is this pleasing to GOD. I dont care what you call it, or even if you try to put a church spin on it and call it by any other name.

In our recovery program we deal with open doors in our lives that we open to possable satanic involvement.I am shocked at the people who have dabbled in such satanic things as : Ouija boards, Palm reading, tarrot cards, Astrology & Horoscopes, Hypnosis etc.....

How can we be Christians and do such things that dishonor our Saviour whom died to set me free from the bondages & chains that satan wants to wrap me up in...

 

maryann and the proffessor

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This sunday i finished up preaching on gilligans Island. It was a unique look at the 7 charecters and how they related with the 7 deadly sins.

the 7 deadly sins are considered that because they can kill our relationship with god. Take this weeks look at the proffessor. the proff. was a man filled with pride, he would talk circles around everyone and use his knowledge as a weapon against the others on the island.

Pride is a very very scarry thing. Its what brought down the titanic. The captians PRIDE made him shove the throttles full and ignore the warnings of icebergs and it ended up killing thounsands. 

Pride was what got lucifer thrown out of heaven. He was the most powerfull beutiful angel and he thought he was above GOD. HIS arrogant pride got him thown into hell forever.

Hows your pride?

 

 

MOVIN & GROOVIN

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sUNDAY I STARTED A NEW SERIES CALLED MOVIN & GROOVIN. THE MAIN PARTS OF THE FIRST SERMON WAS THAT WE ALL AT SOME POINT SLIDE OFF THE ROAD , GET INTO A GROOVE AND END UP IN A RUT.

iT COULD BE A GROOVE OF A MARRIAGE, A RUT WITH CHURCH, A RUT OF FINANCES, A GROOVE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS...... BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS ..WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN A RUT WHAT DO WE DO?

wE HAVE TO LOOK TO JESUS FOR THAT ANSWER. HE WAS COMFORTABLE AND PEACEFUL IN HEAVEN. ANGELS ALL AROUND HIM AND GOD SINGING AND PRAISING AND HAVING A WONDERFUL FELLOWSHIP TIME.  BUT HE SAW THAT WE HIS CREATION WAS IN A RUT AND SO JESUS HAD TO MOVE FROM COMFORTABLE TO UNCOMFORTABLE TO RESCUE US FROM OUR RUTS.  HE HAD TO MOVE.....HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING

JESUS CAME TO EARTH, WAS RIDICULED AND PICKED ON BY HIS OWN PEOPLE, THE CHURCH ATTACKED HIM,MOCKED HIM AND TRIED TO DISCREDIT WHO HE WAS AND WHAT HE WAS ALL ABOUT. BUT HE STILL MOVED AND DID HIS FATHERS WILL.

WHEN WE GET INTO A RUT,THE ANSWER IS EASY. MOVE CLOSER TO JESUS.  LIFT OUR HANDS UP IN DESPAIR AND SAY HELP ME JESUS, COME TO MY RESCUE......BEGIN TO WALK CLOSER TO HIM...BEGIN TO DO AS HE ASKS.....STOP LIVING A LIE AND FULLY SUBMIT TO CHRISTS CARE AND CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE, IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.

 

quitting

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Have you ever gotten into the middle of a project and just said i cant do this anymore and just wanted to quit?

being a pastor is a tough job, every person in the church expects you to be "something" and there is no possable way that you can please every single one of them. BUT being a church planter is a little tougher.

A church planter (me) gets a vision from GOD of what this new church should look like, and the direction its going to head. You start out with 2 people( you & your wife) and you being to show this vision to others. You pray that as you go , these people see the vision and want to get on board and help you with it. But sometimes there just "vision stealers" , they want to steal your vision and replace it with theirs.

Ive wanted to quit and give up many times, ive cried out to GOD and begged him to relase me from this and allow me to quit. Like moses and many other greats in the BIBLE who have struggled to do do as God asks of them.  But here is my thoughts today

1) quitters never win, and winners never quit

2) ACTS 20:24  I consider my life nothing IF  i may finish the race

3) 1 cor. 9:24 Run your race to win the prize.

I know i am not alone , are you running your race or have you begun to wain , and started jogging, maybe even slowed to a walk. Heck maybe youve totaly given up and have grabbed a lounge chair and are sitting on the side watching others run by....join me in getting up out of the chair and beginging to sprint toward the finish line...

 


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