Happy Leap Day

“You know you’ve had an amazing service on Sunday, when on Monday the feeling is still with you. … God was in the house!!!!”

That quote is from the text I received this morning from one of our church members. I agree, wow, what and amazing service yesterday. If you missed it, believe me, it was awesome! You could feel the Spirit of God in every part of the service.

God is faithful and will always amaze us when we get out of the way. I’d like to share some thoughts from Oswald Chambers, My Untmost For His Highest. Too often we “limit the Lord by only remembering what we have allowed him to do for us in the past.” If we have failed in some way, we believe we will always fail in that way. We don’t consider it possible for God to do anything about our situation so we don’t even ask. “If it is an impossibility, it is the very thing for which we have to ask…. And God will do what is absolutely impossible.”

What is the impossible thing you need to ask for in your life?
What is the impossible thing you want to see God do in our church?
What impossible thing can God use you to do?

God is, without a doubt, working in our church. I believe we will see him do the impossible. Let’s ask for it together.

We have some opportunities coming up to see God do the impossible.
March 13,    4:30 pm Discipleship Seminar: Prayer, includes a dessert fellowship
March 26, 10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt
March 27,   7:20 am Easter Sunrise Service
10:30 am Easter Service

Let’s ask God to break some stuff this Easter.

  • Let’s ask God to break records in our church Easter weekend.
  • Let’s ask God to break the barriers that prevent us from bringing people to church.
  • Let’s ask God to break the walls we put up around our hearts, so he can move in us.
  • Let’s ask God to break the chains of bondage in people lives this Easter weekend.
  • Let’s ask God to break our reservations and doubt by doing the impossible Easter weekend.

Easter Weekend

This weekend was amazing. The Easter egg hunt rocked. Check out the video bellow. But even better than that, our Easter service was amazing. We had record breaking attendance and saw 7 people give their life to Christ! Awesome!

The best part is that this is just the beginning. I believe God has even bigger better things in store for us. So remember, “keep your fork, the best is yet to come.”

Power Outage

Well here I sit in the dark. Another power outage for seemingly no reason. There is no bad weather, the wind that was blowing all day died down a couple of hours ago, and as far as I can tell there is no reason that the power should be out.

The darkness is almost tangible, overwhelming. It is impossible to see. I never have seen the house this dark. There is no light creeping in from the streetlights outside the moon is covered with clouds, gone, or on the wrong side of the house. Every vestige of light is gone. When my eyes finally adjust I can barely make out rough shapes and certainly can’t see to navigate the minefield of toys spread across the living room that my son was playing with just moments ago. It is dark!

Fortunately, I am addicted to flashlights. My wife would say it boarders on obsession. I have to have any cool or unique flashlight I see. Sometimes I even spend hours looking them up on the internet longing for the super bright super expensive flashlights that would only be reasonable to own if your profession involved night time search and rescue. Generally any day of the week I have a flashlight in my pocket at all times.

It is amazing. The light from even my smallest flashlight penetrates the darkness, pushing it back. The darkness has no hope of overcoming the light. The light conquers the darkness. There is nowhere that the darkness can hide. No place the the light doesn’t vanquish the darkness.

I am reminded in this moment the Jesus called himself the light of the world. John 8:12
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”

We have all experienced some level of darkness in life. A time when it seemed like all hope was lost. But when we follow Jesus. When we walk in the light. Darkness can not overcome it.

That is a great promise to remember. No matter how pervasive, how overwhelming the darkness may seem, it can not overcome the light of the world who is on your side.

I hope that you don’t find yourself overwhelmed by darkness right now. But if you do trust in the light of the world. He will not fail you.

Happy New Year!

This has been an interesting holiday season to say the least. Matthew was diagnosed with RSV and I can honestly say that he has not been that sick since we brought him home from the hospital, but he is doing much better now. Fortunately so far it seems that Abby has escaped catching it and Layney and I are getting by with just mild colds.

Today, really for the first time, everyone is ready to get out of the house. Layney, Grandma, and Abby are out shopping, Grandpa is on a grocery run, Matthew is napping and I find myself in the first bit of real quiet peace I have seen in weeks.

My mind begins to wander through memories of the last year, the ups and downs, the trips to the hospitals and trips to the river. In my evaluation it was a great year. We had our hard times to be sure but overall I feel blessed. It gets me thinking what if your past year was filled with more heartache than blessing, more regrets than memories? How then do you look at the new year?

I heard someone remark the other day, “I am just ready for 2013 to be over!” It was a sentiment made while reflecting on what was a particularly tough year for the individual. Perhaps it is a sentiment that you understand, or even share. Maybe 2013 was a tough year for you physically, financially, or even just a dry year spiritually, and it left you begging for it all to end. Was 2013 was a year filled with regrets for you?

Then remember what scripture says in Isaiah.
Isaiah 43:18-19
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.

In this passage God is promising the Israelites that he is not finished with them. The errors of their past nor the trials that they faced were to be the defining factor in who they were. They had a promise, a promise from God, that he would take care of them he would show them the way out of the trouble they were in, and that he could provide great things for them even in the midst of a wasteland.

That is a promise that rings true for you today. God is not finished with you! Forget the past look forward to what he is doing in you now. Your failures, regrets, and heartbreaks do not define you. You are defined by a promise. The promise that is ours through Jesus Christ. You have the promise of a future, hope, and eternal life. You are a child of the God that can make streams in the dessert, and he can make streams in the midst of your problems too.

However you are spending the holiday, watching bowl games, eating black eyed peas and cabbage, hanging with family, or even if your working, take some time to think about your situation, and make a commitment to look forward to 2014 with anticipation for what God is doing in you. Keep your eyes open for those streams in the dessert.

Snow day

Hanging around the house on a Sunday morning is very foreign to me. Usually I am up at the crack of dawn and out the door while the rest of the family is still sleeping. However, with the ice on literally everything outside, one can do little more than remain cozy inside the safety of his home. I thought its morning would be a good time for quiet reflection, well as much quiet reflection as I can find in a house with a two year old who has been cooped up inside for three days. I decided to use this opportunity to start off my new blog that goes along with our new website, which is still under construction. In fact, I feel a little like Mary must have felt on Christmas morning. With all the craziness of the events of that day, the visit of the shepherds and excitement of their message moving through Bethlehem. Scripture says that “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 Despite all the craziness she found quiet time to meditate on the meaning of what God had done through her. You may find your iced in home a little more peaceful than mine this morning but either way take a few minutes to meditate on the greatness of God and what he is doing in your life today. Luke 1:46-55 (NIV) Mary’s Song And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” Mary, is known the world over, she is depicted in art, history, and even worshiped in some cases. All generations have certainly called her blessed as the mother of Jesus. What is remarkable about this story is that she was nothing before God took notice of her. God noticed the “humble state of his servant.” It is not just that Mary was a humble person, but her status was humble. She was lowly, a nobody. Yet, God used her to transform the world. Don’t be confused, however, Mary was sure of who God is, and she shows it with this song of praise. She recognized Gods power, she called Him the “Mighty One,” who had “brought down rulers from their thrones.” She knew his mercy, “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” She knew his provision, “He has filled the hungry with good things.” While Mary was a nobody she knew, loved, and respected God. Today as you are confined to your homes by ice, think about the greatness of The Lord, and the truth that he uses nobodies to do his work. Are you in a humble state? Do you think God could use you? Or the better question is, how do you think God wants to use you? And if you get out today, please be careful.