Over the next couple of months, we will have many opportunities to contribute to many non-profit organizations. I believe the key to having the most significant impact in generous giving is learning to say “NO” (read the whole blog before you start hating me).
I’m not talking about saying “NO” to every non-profit organization; I’m talking about saying “NO” to many or most of them. Here’s what I’m suggesting:
First, take a look at how much money you plan to give away this season. Second, instead of choosing 6-10 different organizations to assist, why not choose1-3? I know this means you will have to say “NO” to a few fine-worthwhile causes; but remember, the idea here is to make a larger impact on fewer organizations.
Next time, I’ll talk about how to choose the most worthwhile causes to support during the holiday season.
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.
Here are a few things that are going on at Faithco this week:
1. Pulse this Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Did you know that our kids at Pulse are a big part of the leadership team for the Shawnee High School FCA? They had their first planning meeting in my office yesterday, and I believe they are hosting the “See You At The Pole” event at SHS. Our kids are awesome. If you don’t serve in ministry in any place at our church, Pulse youth is a great place to serve. Our kids are well worth the time we sacrifice to serve them.
2. We will be kicking off a brand new message series called INTERVENTION. I think this one will be a life-changing series. Don’t miss a single week.
3. September 11, we will be having a special weekend worship. I’ll tell you more about it later. You may probable see some of our fliers around town. This will definitely be something we have never done here at Faithco.
4. If you haven’t, don’t forget to take part in the 90 day iServe challenge. iServe = Lead-Serve-Give. Serve God with your life through his church.
5. We received our monthly Building Faith Offering this past weekend. I get so excited when I think of the future of our church and our new campus. Thanks for your continued generosity of Faithco. God is going to do something big financially through those who are faithful. Watch and see.
It has been a busy Summer at Faithco. I can’t believe Summer is almost over. Here are some of the happenings here at FCO for the past week:
1. Pulse Youth ministry has a new worship band. The prospects of the the up and coming singers and musicians are exciting. I’m glad to help with the training. Also Vanz (my daughter) spoke in the last Pulse gathering; I was proud.
2. The iServe series has got a lot of people stepping forward to be counted on for His service. I believe iServe was one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever taught at FCO, and we are already seeing results. The series may be over but the ripple effect continues.
3. We dedicated 8 babies yesterday! WOW! Dedication of babies simply means as parents, we are committing to raise our children to live for God. So many new babies; I’m glad we are on our way to building a new campus –we are out of space in every kids area.
This Wednesday we kick off our quarterly Newcomers’/Discovery Series. If you know someone who wants to get to know more about our church, invite them and/or come with them. It’s a great learning environment with food and childcare. This series ends with Baptism and Communion. Don’t miss these intimate times of celebration and worship. I believe we get so many complements on these two worship gatherings because this is one of the few “small church” things we still do. I can’t really explain it, one has to experience it to get what happens at Baptism and Communion gatherings.
September 11-12 the Power Team (the guys that break and bend things) will be ministering at our church. Big event.
Next FRIENDS of Summer will be September 18 –I think it is the Olympics theme.
FRIENDS ministry new season starts at the end of Summer, or at the beginning of October.
New Sermon Series in 2 weeks –It’s called: Intervention – -You like it? Basically, it is about bible characters who’s destructive paths were interrupted by a God sent person (I hope that makes sense).