I missed one of my favorite pastors at General Council because we had to leave to come home. It is posted on this link. Pastor, listen to this, he does not mess around. We need to hear this! Believers listen to this and let the Holy Spirit speak to you. This will encourage you and recalibrate our spiritual leadership style. I am encourage this morning by listening to this.
Click on the yellow link above and enjoy a prophetic word from the Lord.
When I was a child he was interested in my life, watched out for me, made sure I was ok. It made a difference. He encouraged me in the good choices, discouraged my bad ones. It made a difference. He shared with me the Jesus he personally knew, encouraged me to know HIm too. It made a difference. He held me accountable in love, made sure I was growing in Christ. It made a difference. He asked me about my life, seemed to care more for mine than his own. It made a difference. He challenged me to move forward, questioned me when I did not. It made a difference. He made me laugh, inspired me to cry. It made a difference. He called to check in on my, called to invite me, called to pray for me, called to tell me something funny, we would laugh together. It made a difference. His passions were intoxicating, his convictions unwavering, his courage….relentless. It made a difference. His commitment to Christ, his allegiance to the Word. It made a difference. He shared with me revelation, thoughts from above, and lessons from below. It made a difference. His voice, heart, care and love has made all the difference in my life. I rejoice that I had someone in my life, that made a difference to and in me! I rejoice that he was there for me. Where would I be if he had not looked past himself, and his own life and care about mine? He made a difference in so many others also. I pray that I will make a difference in the lives of others bringing Christ, love, encouragement, and hope like he did. I want to make a difference! Don’t you? Make it your priority and do it. He made a difference, are you?
Acts 17.16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.”
Paul’s spirit was provoked because of the idols. He saw the deception and the lostness of the people of Athens. he observed they were worshipping idols of no life, no power and no hope. He was “provoked” which means his spirit was stirred up or stimulated with this stie. When is the last time righteousness and unrighteousness collided in your heart and our got a little or a lot provoked? I am provoked from this trip to Mexico where they are begging for a $1500 cement mixer to help build churches. It costs us more to out new bulbs in our overhead projector than that! I am provoked right now, bu my own selfish heart that is blessed a million times over compared to my brothers and colleagues in he Oaxaca, mountains that are trying to preach and pastor in areas steeped in a form of Catholicism and idol worship as well as the worship of ancestors . They walk hours to preach and visit people to witness for Christ.
I was provoked stepping into a church and seeing the idol worship, just like Paul in Athens. I wanted to scream, “There is a living Jesus who cares about you more than these idols in glass boxes!! The church there have little buildings most have none at all. I am provoked that we continue to beat in the hearts of people who have had the Gospel beat on them their whole life and they just keep rejecting Gods plans and His ways. These pastors are trying to reach 38 indigenous people groups with over 30 dialects of language spoken. Most of the mountains has not had an adequate witness of the Gospel of Christ. They are an unreached people group .
The Pastors are heroes!! They make almost no money, they receive no attention , accolades, or honor. Yet they continue, day after day, fulfilling the call of God to reach their people for Jesus. My spirit is very provoked, stirred, and broken. I think of Haiti, Mexico, India, Nepal, Inner Mongolia, the Arabian Peninsula, the muslims of Indonesia, the Horn of Africa and right now and thank God for those God has called there. We must support them in every way. We must be provoked by the lostness of our world and be moved, provoked, and compelled to do something about it. Whining about it won’t change anything. Do you feel provoked in your spirit about anything? Is it time to get provoked and compelled to holy action? Let me answer that…YES it is time. Let’s get provoked about lost people worshipping everything and anything but Jesus. “Provoke us Holy Spirit, provoke your church to action in this world.” When We are provoked the worst thing in the world we can do is nothing, and I am not into doing nothing. Who’s going to Mexico with me next year????
Fifty years of marriage, two great kids, and Seven grand children. A home filled with love, faith, values, and peace, and generational faith passed on. I have been blessed to enter into this family, and to marry Wendy. I have never heard a raised voice, never seen a violation of faith in Christ, but have witnessed Jesus, alive, in a family. It has been amazing and I am privileged and blessed to be part of the Legacy of love and faith in this family. Thanks for your patience with your son-in-law and your unconditional love and support! When we first started the church and I didn’t know if anyone would come, I always knew Randy and Carol would be there and you always were and still are! Congrats and we love and appreciate you guys so much.
Here is the report from the UNITE at Bedford High School Last night. This is written by our youth pastor, Tom Broyles.
Last night we had an amazing night over at the high school. I’ve been told the room holds in the ballpark of 600 and we had it almost filled. The churches who I know came were: Bridgepoint, Bedford Alliance, Crossroads, Bedford Nazarene, Mount Carmel, Younglife, and Lighthouse. It was such a blessing to see the room packed full of teenagers worshiping Jesus, listening to a challenging message, and responding during the altar call. Brian Pruitt did an amazing job as always. He spoke on how we all need 3 things: A Cause, A Calling, and A Challenge. This year we made it a point to do a strong push for 1st time salvations during the first altar call and we had dozens come forward. The youth pastors then took them out in the hall and connected with them in groups, prayed with them, and answered questions. Each church walked away with contact cards for first time salvations…praise God!
Once again this event left everyone wanting more and excited about doing another year. I had students asking already if we were going to get to do it again next year. It’s great to have something of this quality that continues to gain momentum. Our volunteer staff did a great job of connecting with students and helping out as needed. Dustin, Nick, and Justin were a huge help. And if you know Robert Perkins and see him please thank him and encourage him…he brought his professional light package for us last night worth thousands of dollars and set it up, programmed it, and ran it for free. That’s his business and he’d normally get hundreds for that but he donated it for us. What a blessing!
One of my favorite people and heroes of the faith, Chilly Chilton, will be speaking at our men’s breakfast at Compelled Church @8:30 am. Chilly is a church planter, apostolic leader, and the lead pastor of Real Church, with 2 site in Detroit and Hamtramck. He is a man of God, and an amazing leader. Chilly is also a sought-after speaker for youth and churches. He trains young men and women in the Xmin Academy to pursue God’s plan for their lives. Chilly and I have been friends since college, and I sure enjoy the times when we are able to get together for mutual encouragement. I always leave that Starbucks, encouraged, edified, and challenged to be all God has called me to be. I thank God Chilly is in my life. Men, bring a friend, call a friend, grab a dad, brother, uncle, son and get to the men’s breakfast Saturday morning!
6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” NUMBER 14:6-9
Joshua and Caleb had great faith, even though they were in the minority. Even though they saw with their eyes the challenges. Even though they had no guarantee. They had something the others did not. The proper view of God. He is a big God. When we stay pure before him, he give us the promises and devours the enemy. Do not be afraid. He is a big God. Be led by Him!
It has been a great first day of missional outreach today. Thanks to over 100 amazing volunteers that makes this happen every year. I am a proud pastor today of our church reaching into our community. I’ll be posting pics every day.
St. Patrick, as a boy he was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland from Britain. He escaped, but an angel of the Lord told him in a dream to return to Ireland. He took 15 years to study and prepare for ministry. He returned to Ireland and seemingly converted the whole country to Christianity in his life time. He died around 493 AD. Here is a prayer from him I love and pray to-day:
May the strength of God pilot me. May the power of God preserve me. May the wisdom of God instruct me. May the hand of God protect me. May the way of God direct me. May the shield of God defend me. Patrick of Ireland