Posts Tagged ‘christian’

Married to My Covenant

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,

Josh

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ReFUEL Meeting with Pastor Phil – June 15th, 2009

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)

  • The question becomes…can you unsanctify something? 
  • You can selfishly take something back from God…
  • But it’s the people who decide what the building is used for.  Example is…you can’t unsanctify the Bible.  But you can unsanctiy the use of the Bible.  My actions make it set apart or not.  (CLOSE IT & ITS POWERLESS)

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.”

  • Selfishness
  • Greed
  • Pride

“Practically, everything that going on in the world has nothing to do with the Father.  It just isolates you from Him.”

  • Isolate is different from Insulate.  (Insulate is like a Styrofoam cup.  When you hold it, you’re not effecting the contents of the cup.  A paper cup isn’t a good insulator.)
  • But Paul used the term isolate meaning cut off.
  • Can’t feel God anymore?  What are your influences? 

“The world & all it’s wanting…but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”

The 2 M’s of Youth Ministry

  1. Model – You’re an example.  A role, speech, ethics, moral, manners model.  People do what people see. 
  • Whatever you do in minimum, others will do in excess.
  • You takes your cues from people you model.
  • No matter what you do – you can only fake it for so long.  If you can take it off & put it on, then it’s not too thick.  Your character will reveal itself. 
  • You can fake spirituality & worship…but you can’t fake real love, compassion, mercy, faith, etc…
  • Not what is said but what you do that becomes the most telling.”

        2.  Moré(s)– (Pronounced More-ay)  Latin term for societal norms, customs, virtues & values.

  • Society determines the norms.  (They’re different)
  • Our culture is trying to tell us what is normal. 
  • There are words that change their meanings.
  • If you want to change the culture – change the language.

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.

  • Meaning:  Something is done for so long that it becomes the norm. 
  • Perfect example is gay marriage, or people just living together. 
  • We have become desensitized.

Becareful what you say & do…words are powerful.  They’re your authority & power.

  • The question becomes…how far do you move the customs & values to be relevant? 
  • Is saying a cuss word, playing a secular song, etc…is that worth the fight at the end of the day? 
  • KIDS WILL DO WHAT THEY SEE & DO IT IN MAXIMUM.

This word Moré:

  • The English word “morality” comes from moré.
  • The Greek equivalent is ‘ethos’.
  • Ethos means ‘ethics’ in English.

So how do we deal with tough issues?

  • Sexuality (homosexuality)
  • Music (You can’t demonize notes – its the words)
  • Music should reflect Jesus – people ask what about beats? 
  • The answer is what does it do to the morés I’m trying to live?  The beat isn’t bad…you still know the lyrics to that song though.
  • Meantality – why do you think what you think?  What you are at that moment is your mentality
  • Methods– THe message is always constant.  Make sure the methods don’t go too far from the morés. 
  • “The methods determine the morés & what is acceptable.”

II Corinthians 6:17 – “Come out & be separate…touch not the unclean thing.”

  • Don’t be impressed or seduced by the world. 
  • You’re struggling with being tempted by the world?  THEN STOP LOOKING AT IT!

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.”

  • Are we trying to buy these kids or win them to Christ?
  • Are we trying to confuse them or make them like Christ?
  • Your opinions better line up with the word of God!

Teach purity, teach truth, search scripture…because we get our morés, customs, values & virtues from the HOLY Bible.

Stories from ReFUEL May 31, 2009

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!

Josh

The Membership Linebacker

Well, our media team is at it again.  Here at our church we finally found the answer to increase our membership.  We got our very own membership linebacker! 

By the way, membership is this Sunday following 2nd service. 

To people who signed up for media team don’t forget about the lighting seminar on June 13th!  Spots are pretty limited, so let me know if you want to come.  Saturday from 8-Noon.

Sr. High Life Group

Ok Sr. High guys & girls…this is hot off the press.  I just got the go ahead & details in order for this.

Starting Tuesday June 16th at 6:30pm we’re doing a life group for only our Sr. High guys & girls.  We’re meeting up at Lary Peterson’s house. 

The only thing you needs is a Bible.  We’ll take care of the rest the 1st week & then explain the rest!

Hope to see you there!

Josh

ReFUEL Poems from May 24th

Jesus Thumbs Up

So I hope everyone had a great memorial day. Mine was rather eventful from fixing my car which broke down over the weekend, moving into my new house & then off to a pool party. From which, I am very sore from!

Well, ReFUEL was amazing on Sunday. We had a blast with BBQing on the grill…we had 39 students. We missed some of our regulars that weren’t there!

During the service we did this group time, each group had a certain name but then had to write a short poem about how cool God is…

GROUP #1: The Detonators

“Our God is an awesome God!
He reigns from heaven above with wisdom & power.
God is so beautiful to me
He is the M&M of the Christian world.
One way Jesus, Your the onle One I could live for.
I’m desperate for You.”

GROUP #2: The Chocolate Rabbits

“God You are so cool
We come to worship You at ReFUEL.
It’s like eating ice cream in the pool,
Anyone who disagrees is a fool.”

GROUP #3: The Veterans

“God is really cool,
He won’t play you like a fool.
God is really great,
He does not have hate.
God is like a gravy biscuit,
Just like a tasty trisket.”

GROUP #4: The Gangsta Church

“God is smart, He saves your heart.
He helps us get through stuff, He’s more than enough.
He’s cool like Kayne West, you can just forget the rest.
I really love the big J.C.
Because He wants to save you & me.”

Just wanted to tell all you guys at ReFUEL, you guys rock!  Keep up being CREATIVE FOR CHRIST!

A Gradual Progression…

Sorry this has been a little delayed…but just another thought.

To piggy back off of my last post….love makes you do the strangest things.  It makes you get outside of your character & personality. 

In my devotional time earlier today I was thinking about this Scripture verse…

Psalm 1:1 – “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

It’s a progression towards apathy & civilized Christianity. 

1st WALKING… When you trip up, you can easily recover from it, just keep walking.  But when you’re walking on the wrong path, it’s going to have a progression…

2nd STANDING… This gets you to stop.  You’re walking, going fast, getting to where you need to go, then all the sudden you slip up.  So you’re at a ‘stand’ still.  Standing means you’re questioning what you’re doing.  You’re standing just like sinners.

3rd SITTING… This means you’re willing to do the wrong thing.  Then you sit scornfully rationalizing what you’re doing.  Scorn compares yourself to others.

  • EXAMPLE:  Jesus told Peter if he followed then he would die.  Peter then asked what would happen to John the beloved.
  • Jesus said, “What’s it to you?  I’m talking about you…not John.” 

“The greater the kingdom responsibility, the greater the sacrifice, craziness of faith & commitment.”