What Changes You?

I was different before I got married.  I needed to change to have a great marriage so I did.  Why?  Because I value our marriage.  I was different before I had children.  Children changed my life for the better and of course, I value my children. 

When I turned 30, I changed my mentality and schedule to work out 3-4 times per week.  Why? Because I value a healthy body and lifestyle. 

Here is the point:  Anything we value will almost always cause us to change.  

On weekends, I’ve been talking about some of the things I believe define us at Faithco.  One of the aspects we discussed was our emphasis on evangelism.  I’ve learned that there is a difference between proclaiming that our church puts great emphasis on evangelism, and actually doing what is necessary to bring people to Christ.  If Faithco really values people coming to Christ, this value may change the way we do many things.  Over the next few posts I am going to discuss how our Evangelism Value has changed how we do some things around here.

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This Past Weekend…

Each weekend in April, we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary here at Faithco.  We are having a lot of fun each weekend as we are interviewing some of our families as they express how faithco has impacted their lives. 

This past weekend was as exciting as it was heart-felt as we told a little more of “Our Story”.  In view of  our anniversary this month, we have been talking about the things we are passionate about at faithco.   One of the things we said we were passionate about was “Community” aka, fellowship.  We had a blast at the park last night but before we talk about that, let’s review some of the awesome elements of this past weekend:

1.  At least 10 people came to know Christ in our 3 worship experiences.  Yeah, its a gift from God that so many people come home through our house.

2.  The video interviews of our people talking about how much faithco has impacted their lives throughout the years are as amazing as they are gripping.  One never knows just how much good God can do through a community of people who will love, serve, and give the way we do.

3.  Talking about our values each weekend if powerful.  I enjoy the comments and the compliments each week from all the people I talk to after church.

4.  The anniversary event at the park.  WOW!  That was a blast.  We took advantage of the baseball field, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, volleyball court, and everything else Tecumseh park had to offer.  I wish Shawnee had a park as nice as Tecumeh; its a great place to have events for large crowds.

There is so much more to be said about this past weekend but I will stop with this  list.  Remember, if you would like to take a look at Sunday’s message, you can always go to our website: www.faithco.org.  Bobby uploads the message for viewing on Tuesdays.

A Test of Integrity: What Would You Have Done?

Last week I talked about the things we value at faithco. The Bible says that we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were making His appeal through us.  Question:  Since we represent Christ to the world, shouldn’t our lives  be marked with integrity? 

No, we are not perfect; yes, we will be transparent about our struggles so people will not think we are hypocrites.  However, we must strive for perfection and a sinless, spotless life lived before the people we are trying to reach.   

I found a story worth reading about a man who I believe will be remembered in sports for his integrity. 

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/Davis-calls-penalty-on-himself-gives-up-shot-at?urn=golf,234963

Check it out.

This Past Weekend…

Last weekend at faithco once again proved to be worth our efforts and attendance.  Here are some highlights and mentionables (is that even a word?):

1.  At least 3 people made decisions to follow Christ (heaven parties over just 1)

2.  The praise and worship band were off the chain.  It’s good to see new people with great voices lead in worship.

3.  I heard G force kids ministry’s event, Going for the Gold was a lot of fun.  I think it is awesome that our kids ministers don’t just baby sit kids; they engage them and teach them in a creative exciting way.

4.  The message “Our Story” was enjoyable to me.  I always enjoy sharing with people what we are all about.  Talking to some of you after the message was interesting.  It’s nice to know that God speaks to people through the word on weekends.

5.  Thanks for the Birthday gift.  It was incredible.

We didn’t get to celebrate our anniversary at the park, but we still had a blast.

Just some of my thoughts.  Share yours….comment.  I’d like to read what you have to say.

This Past Weekend…

We actually took part in a historical moment in our church this past weekend.  For the first time in  our ten years of  existence, a pastor from another country spoke in our church.  Jesse McCaul from New Life Fellowship in Cambodia shared his story and some information about his ministry.  What an amazing weekend.  Here are a few of the highlights:

1.  Cambodia’s story is one that few of our generation really knows and understands.  I thought Jesse giving us a historical background of what has happened to Cambodia was necessary and interesting.  Have you ever heard of the Killing Fields?  What about Pol Pot?

2.  Our church has got to be one of the most generous churches on the planet.  We took them the best offering.  I’ll give more details next weekend.

3.  More than one person came up to me after the message and told me they wanted to go to Cambodia on our next mission trip.

It was awesome and it is just the beginning of what we will do to assist our new friends and family in the nation of Cambodia.

If you missed Jesse’s message, you can watch or listen from our website:  www.faithco.org

This Past Weekend…

This past Easter weekend celebration exceeded our expectations.  Here are a few things I believe were truly noteworthy:

1.  At least 13 people came to Christ.  This is always a miracle if you ask me.

2.  Almost 900 people attended our church this past weekend.  Yes it was a challenge, but the place was electric the whole weekend. 

3.  As usual, the praise and worship band was awesome.  They definitely brought their A game last weekend.

4.  I wish I could dance like CJ!  I’d incorporate my skills into a message or two.

5.  3000 eggs for over 400 kids! 

6.  A shout out to Star Skate for allowing us to rent their place for the day….weather is no longer a factor.

7.  The adult Easter egg was wild and crazy.  I talked to a couple of people who scored over $100 in prizes.

8.  Every volunteer from every ministry –YOU ROCK!  You are the reason we are able to have celebrations and events.  Thank you for serving God with your abilities.

I know there is a lot I am missing.  There are so many ways we came together and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.  It was a lot to take in for me, and I’m still recovering from being blown away with what God did last weekend.

Until next Easter….