Just kidding; Ministers’ Appreciation Month is only once a year in October. I just want to say thanks to everyone who bought or made us lunches, wrote us cards, made us desserts, or did something to say “thanks”.
Ministry is a tough job (believe me I know), but it is well worth all the labor to see on person or family transformed to live for Christ. When people show there appreciation is any way, its a bonus and it is encouraging to see people take note of how hard we work.
Thank you to everyone who did something large or small for me or anyone of our church leaders. Your words and your gifts are a blessing.
I believe our current series BLIND FAITH: (www.faithco.tv) is probably one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever taught here at Faithco. Over the past three weeks we’ve defined faith and we have taken a look at what it is to walk by faith. In addition, last week we explored how Noah obeyed by faith. Next week we will discuss one of the most important attributes of faith that is many times over looked. This entire series has led up to what I will be speaking about this weekend. It will be the final message in this series and I believe it will be the most impacting of all four messages. In fact, several months ago when I decided to teach this series, this message was the one message that gave me the idea to teach on and name this series Blind Faith. Whatever you do, don’t miss this message. If you know me, you know that I don’t say this about every message. I feel strongly that this message will change people. It has already changed me.
On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
While Hebrews 11 defines faith, I thought it might be beneficial to talk about what faith is NOT, and what faith DOES NOT do:
First, Faith does not deny reality: I believe words matter. I believe we should speak words of faith. However, calling things what they are is not a lack of faith. It is simply an admission of reality. If you are sick, there is nothing wrong with saying “I’m sick”. How can a doctor diagnose you if you do not let him know the symptoms? If you have no money, don’t tell people you do –that would be a lie.
I believe that acknowledging and admitting where we are is the first step of faith and to receiving what we need from God. For example, if I were a non believer, the first thing I must do is admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. (Romans 10)
However, faith does not end where reality leaves us. Faith takes us beyond reality to limitless possibility by believing in God’s word. Instead of just stating the obvious reality, we can speak words of faith into our lives and future:
“I may be sick, but I serve a God who can and will heal me. I may be broke, but Christ came to this world that I might have an abundant life. It is in his plan that I walk in heath and prosperity; therefore I can and will walk in health and prosperity.”
We live in a real world but never forget we serve a limitless supernatural God.
If you haven’t had a chance to attend the BLIND FAITH series, you can check it out here: http://www.faithco.tv
There is a lot going on at Faithco: Here’s a few reflections and updates:
1. Last week, we kicked off a new message series called BLIND FAITH. If you weren’t here, go to http://www.faithco.tv to watch it. We began by defining faith. I’ll write about this message in a future blog. This week’s message will be BLIND FAITH –The Walk of Faith. Don’t miss this one –this is really life changing stuff.
1. Did you know that Vanz (my incredible daughter) is president of the Shawnee High School FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)? Yes, I’m proud of her for her desire to serve her school and community through FCA. Tonight is a big night for her and the rest of the FCA kids. They are hosting FIELDS OF FAITH -a national FCA event that will bring between 2-300 kids together in the SHS football stadium for a night of worship and personal spiritual challenge. All the Pulse (our youth group) volunteers will be there on hand to help set up, cook, and serve in any way we can. This is a huge blessing and privilege. Not all US schools have this kind of openness to FCA gatherings. We can’t take something like this for granted. Send your teenagers and go and serve if your can.
2. October is MINISTER APPRECIATION month. Do something for your pastor and the others who serve in ministry. Trust me, they are underpaid for what they do; it is a labor of love.
3. BIKES FOR KIDS begins this month. I’ll write about this later.
1. Last Friday, Pulse put on a 5th Quarter event for Shawnee High School. We had a good turnout and had a great time. I especially enjoyed the dance off, although I didn’t participate. This Friday, Shawnee will have its Homecoming and we will have another 5th Quarter event. Spread the word; it will be awesome.
2. The weekend worship gatherings were awesome. I always enjoy hearing and sharing what God is doing through the lives of his people who are generous. If you didn’t get to be here, go to http://www.faithco.tv and watch the message. Even if you don’t have the time to watch the whole message, forward to the end where I share Sarah’s story (video). You’ve got to see this one.
3. The Building Faith campaign continues to grow. We received our monthly offering and we are approaching $200,000 in contributions towards our $2 mill goal. Exciting stuff!
4. FRIENDS Connect groups met in homes for the first time this season. We are getting some positive feedback from the group leaders. If you’re not part of a FRIENDS Connect group, pick up some info at Guest Services and get connected. These groups are life changing. –ask someone…
1. We kick off a new series this Sunday called BLIND FAITH. Don’t miss this series.
2. BIKES FOR KIDS is just around the corner. Don’t forget to start putting money back for a bike or two for a few kids in our community.