Sorry about the video yesterday, here it is with the sound!
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Sorry about the video yesterday, here it is with the sound!
Hey guys, wanted to give you a preview of the video refuel media team made this past Saturday. You’ll get to see this on ReFUEL Sunday.
They’re going to be making a series of devotionals that will be found on our website. Be sure to check them all out!
I was talking with a good friend yesterday & we were discussing how our humanity is. It’s very frustrating the constant battling & barrage of temptations that our flesh struggles with. During our conversation an old thought starting coming to me that dealt with the life of David & his famous affair with Bathsheeba.
If you remember the story of how he saw her showering on the roof top while he was away from battle. He was at the wrong place, at the wrong time. STORY OF MY LIFE! It seems I’m that type of person & stupid stuff happens to me.
While e sees her, he falls for her….big problem. SHE’S MARRIED. So long story short, he has her husband sent to battle & killed.
Well, they end up together. Funny thing though was he kept flirting around with Bathsheeba. And Bathsheeba’s name meant ‘covenant’. He kept flirting with his covenant. He would never marry the covenant.
So Bathsheeba gets knocked up & they have a son. But his son is going to die. So David prays, cries, fasts & does everything Sunday school taces us to do. But guess what? None of it worked! Talk about frustrating. But isn’t that like us? We screw up & then run back to God. Then we act surprised when He doesn’t answer us. And then our excuse is that we’re waiting on the Lord when in actuality God is waiting for us to get our act together.
David’s son dies. And it’s then that he comes to this amazing revelation. I’ve now got to bury the past & marry the present (Bathsheeba/Covenant)
When David buried the past (his dead son & sin) & married the present (his covenant) that is when Solomon was born. And Solomon was the wisest & riches man in history & ever will be. Even richer than ole Billy boy himself!
MEANING THIS: “When you bury your past & marry the present; your covenant…that’s when wisdom & riches will be birthed into your life.”
Stop flirting with your calling & anointing. And this temptation & battling with our weaknesses SUCKS! For real it’s frustrating & tiring. But guess what? The greater the kingdom responsibility, the greater the struggle.
I heard T.F. Tenney once say, “With every new level comes a new devil.” It’s so true. If you want a powerful ministry & anointing, then expect a great struggle. And if you’re being fought so hard, that means the devil knows your potential to greatness. He knows his time is short & that you’re going to hurt his kingdom. The gates of hell shall not prevail.
Keep or head up. Look unto Jesus the author & finisher of our faith! Bury the past of all your mistakes. God is faithful & just to forgive.
Trying my best to keep up the good fight of faith,
I posted all of the old church office news videos that we did. Check them out on youtube. Look them up on youtube.
Last night we had our monthly volunteers meeting with everyone on our leadership team with ReFUEL. Pastor Phil was our special guest speaker & facilitated our meeting. I believe we were challenged in such a way that you don’t really hear a lot of Sr. Pastors do. I appreciate our pastor taking time out of his busy schedule to come talk to our staff. He really drew some lines down in the sand. So with that being said, I wish we taped our meeting last night, but we didn’t. So I’m giving you all my notes publically. Those leaders who couldn’t make it, I’m asking you to read this & take it to heart.
Here’s the Notes:
There are Special Places on Campus: (Our Example is the Tabernacle Plan)
1. Educational Spaces
2. Recreational Spaces (which can interchange sometimes with educational places. Like you can teach in a gym or large room.)
3. Social Spaces (A gym isn’t a social place. You just stand around & not much to do. You play there or can set up a speech to learn there. But social is a cafe, coffee shop, lounge, etc…)
4. Sanctified Spaces (Spaces that are set apart)
I John 2:15-17 – “Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Wanting your own way. Wanting everything for yourself. Wanting to appear important.”
“Practically, everything that going on in the world has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from Him.”
“The world & all it’s wanting…but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”
The 2 M’s of Youth Ministry
2. Moré(s)– (Pronounced More-ay) Latin term for societal norms, customs, virtues & values.
EXAMPLE: Murder is now called abortion. Kill the old is now called euthanasia or mercy killings. Gay use to mean happy, now means alternative lifestyle.
Moré’s derive themselves from established practices rather than its written laws.
Becareful what you say & do…words are powerful. They’re your authority & power.
This word Moré:
So how do we deal with tough issues?
II Corinthians 6:17 – “Come out & be separate…touch not the unclean thing.”
HERE IS A GREAT QUOTE FROM OUR SR. PASTOR:
“I’d rather God accept us than us gain the approval of the world we live in.”
Teach purity, teach truth, search scripture…because we get our morés, customs, values & virtues from the HOLY Bible.
I believe I should start at with apologies to Spencer & Michael who were juiced last night! But hey you got a free T-Shirt & other free stuff. haha
ReFUEL was a blast last night! You guys came up with some creative stories once again. In our series ‘HOOKED’, we’re in week 3 & talked about “Getting Rid of the Hook”. We learned what we’re supposed to do when we get hooked. Satan is like a fisherman. He’ll keep trying different baits to hook you.
Well, during the night in small group times you had a task. Write a funny story of someone getting hooked on something. It couldn’t be the normal drugs or alcohol. So once again, here are your stories ReFUEL:
GROUP #1: TAPOUT
ADDICTION: Making Goats Faint
“Back in Africa, in a country called Mozambique, I made a goat faint. Then I laughed, it filled me with such joy that I continued to do it. It was awesome, the goats all of a sudden made better milk. The goat said, “Milk me!” But then the goat started to fly & became SUPER GOAT! Eventually, the goat started to fly away. And you couldn’t catch him anymore. It flew too far & ended up in heaven. Making goats faint brings them closer to God.”
GROUP #2: CHOCOLATE ROBO-COPS
ADDICTION: Sniffing People’s Socks
“So there’s this guy…& from he outside he looks like your normal squirrel, but do not be deceived. He really is a 1 eyed, 1 horned, flying purple people eater. With his humongous nose he loves to sniff socks. He lives in the locker room & takes people’s socks. From babies to old men, he smell them all. And…it’s awkward.”
GROUP #3: CHIMICHANGAS
ADDICTION: Josh hooked on hot dogs & Scorpions
“One day an orphan named Josh O’Bannion owned a hot dog shack full of snakes & scorpions. He was poisoned & the only thing he could eat was a hot dog. He lived in the mountains like a caveman. His best friend Keith Suggs was in town being held for ransom & the payment was 4 hot dogs, a box of scorpions & a chili cheese fry. Josh lost 350lbs. & decided not to be hooked on hot dogs & scorpions. 5 days later he was called to be on the Pastor Phil show in regards to his addiction.”
GROUP #4: THE ALPACAS
ADDICTION: Jacob Preciado Hooked on Nail Polish
“Jacob Preciado got hooked on nail polish. His favorite colors were hot pink & rainbow. His favorite brand was PRO. He is allergic to acitone & peanut butter. One day it was sunny & Jacob brought in Phillip’s tighty whities to refuel. He was wearing purple nail police & was showing it off to everyone at refuel prom. Then he wore phillip’s, ate soup & became a ninja with tighty whities. THE END.”
Well, there are your stories. Don’t forget to get your refuel wrist bands! Coming soon…T SHIRTS & MUGS!
Well everyone from ReFUEL, I just wanted to say hey & hope you’re all having a great day! Just wanted to let you know our new podcast will be up later in the day. We had a special guest with us this week. It was Eugene Scott, so be sure to check it out!
A thought occurred to me of just exactly how much destiny is over the head of my generation!
Think about this just for a second…
God gave a prophecy to Abraham, & we are part of that same family…
Genesis 22:17 – “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”
Samson fulfilled this prophecy when he carried away the gates of the city where the Philistines were. The gates of the city was where politics were debated, Proverbs said that a virtuous woman would make her husbands name known in the gates of the city. The gates were the protection of the city.
So if you possessed the gates of a city, you pretty much possessed that city! You could have access to that city & take it over…
I have never walked down the street & had a gate jump up & smack me in the face! The only reason you have a gate is to keep things out & protect the things that you possess…
There is the same prophecy that was spoken again in the New Testament to be fulfilled…
Matthew 16:18 – “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
MEANING: There is a strong message of destiny echoing through time directly to me! HELL CAN’T KEEP ME OUT! And HELL CAN’T PROTECT WHAT IS POSSESSES!
I make a strong statement when I say this, “I REFUSE TO ALLOW ANYONE TO USE THE EXCUSE THAT THEY ARE A LOST CAUSE!” – Don’t make me pray about something…IN JESUS NAME, I’m coming for you!
I’m going to take the gates of my city, TEMPE IS MINE!!!!
So I challenge you to be God’s answer to hell’s challenge…Start taking the gates down…
There are 2 different paths in life…
You can either have a life of happiness or a life of meaning….BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH…
They lead separate pathways in life:
Life of happiness – live in the present, no thought of before or what lies ahead
Life of meaning – condemned to wallow in the past & obsess about the future
It’s a decision everyone has to make. One might argue that a life of meaning is truly happiness. But a life of meaning is truly a lonely road. So in the true meaning of happiness is lonely happy? Myself, much like many other this day are at a crossroads…which life will I choose?
I keep thinking about Christ’s walk for a life of meaning…was his life a life we really are wanting to take? We may think living a life just like Jesus Christ is happy…but is it?
I sometimes feel convicted by the over romanitcizing of all the happy clappy things about Jesus. Because I often neglect the moments of intense sacrifice, incredible loneliness & many hardships & temptations to overcome.
A Follower of Jesus Christ,
Good morning everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was such a long weekend, especially yesterday…but well worth it!
I wanted to do a quick post this morning for all of my kids in ReFUEL. I wanted to post your creative stories up on the blog for all to read. You guys rock!
They had to finish a short story & it goes like this:
“Once upon a time there were 5 kids from ReFUEL who loves to break into people’s houses from the church & steal all of their light bulbs. One day they broke into Pastor Phil’s house & little did they know…”
Then they had to finish the story…
GROUP #1: The 10 Little Eskomoes
“…Pastor Phil has a shot gun which was God. When they went to take the bulbs, they were gone because he didn’t like light. So they went to the closet for shoes & found the guard dog which ended up eating them all.”
GROUP #2: KGC Eastas
“…That he was amish & uses candles. He was eating Kentucky grilled chicken with deviled eggs & drinking rootbeer with Pastor Brendon. They snuck into Phillips room & took his pink whitety tightys & his pokeman emerald.”
GROUP #3: Hungrians
“…That Pastor Phil had a gun. A red pistol. Also that Pasor Phil was secretly batman that had a dog named Jesus. Pastor Phil says Jesus is watching you. That’s when the kids noticed Pastor Phil had no light bulbs…he uses fire. Wait Phillip Jr. is in the bathroom going #2. The End.”
GROUP #4: Guitar 17
“…An elephant, a snake, godzilla, a bird, a cell phone & a dodge charger were playing in his pool eating snacks & wearing Phillip Jr.’s pjs.”
Great stories guys…sorry Phillip Jr. ended up getting roasted in 3 out of the 4 stories. 🙂
ReFUEL was great last night….can’t wait for laser tag this Friday & ReFUEL on Sunday!