Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Do we love money? (1 Timothy 6:10, 2 Timothy 3:2.) Do we measure success by material gain? Do we strive for material riches more than spiritual riches? Do you compromise God’s principles, for financial gain or to avoid financial loss? Are you discontent with what you have & always wanting more?
Do you love yourself? (2 Timothy 3:2.) Do you feel as though you are always the center of attention? Do you get upset when others take the focus off of you? Are you reluctant to sacrifice for others when it involves discomfort for you? Do you want to do everything your way?
Do you love pleasure? (2 Timothy 3:4.) Do you have time for hobbies while neglecting God’s Word? Do you go to church dinners but not prayer meetings? Do you enjoy TV, music, movies, sports, etc. but get bored listening to sermons? Do you get upset when church “goes long” because it interferes with your plans?
Do you love the world? ( 2 Timothy 4:10.) Are you more concerned about how you look to others than to God? Do you focus more on your earthly future than living in the light of eternity? Are you more interested in current events than in talking about the Lord? Do you spend your off time doing things that will be meaningless in eternity?
So…how’s your love life?...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We, as a leadership team, had the awesome priviledge last weekend to spend some time at the beach to fellowship, worship, unite with other leadership teams, and be poured into by three of the most incredible speakers/teachers/pastors from Birmingham. Andy Heis with Generation in Gardendale (http://www.generation145.com), Pastor Mark Correll with Mark Correll Ministries (http://markcorrell.org), and our very own Matt Pitt shared their hearts and their wisdom with us about what it looks like to be chosen. Matthew explains to us that many called, but few are chosen. After each service, we were challenged with living a CHOSEN lifestyle, one that doesnt look like everyone else's. Our leadership team is confident that we were CHOSEN for such a time as this. We except the challenge and not only strive to operate in the position God has chosen for us in this ministry, but we desire nothing less than to fulfil His puprose for each one us. He has sent us into battle and for His name sake, we will be victorious over everything Hes entrusted us with.......this ministry, souls, each other, and most importantly HIM.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I’m reading this book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Towards the end of the book is a section called: Is this what I want to be doing when Christ comes back? If you’ll let me, I’d like to share a little bit of what Francis says… What will people say about your life in heaven? Will people speak of God’s work & glory through you? And even more important, how will you answer the King when He says, “What did you do with what I gave you?” At the end of my life I want to say, along with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Remember people are watching you. They look to us to give them something to believe. They are looking at us to be light in a dark world. We are called to be set apart & to be different. As people retire from their job, we don’t retire from the Christian life. Everyone without Christ is a mission field, the missionary is everyone with Christ. Are you pleased with the way you’re spending your dash? More importantly, is God pleased with the way you’re spending your dash?
Monday, March 9, 2009
"When we trust our lives to the unseen, BUT ever present God, He will write our lives into HIS story and every last one of them will turn out to be a great read with a grand ending."- Beth Moore
Lets hand the pen back over to the Author who REALLY knows how our story goes and watch your life unfold with a "Happily Ever Ending" to conclude what He's began in your life. And lets not just "wait and see" but lets begin to LIVE AND SEE; perservering through each season/chapter our story needs to conclude with the hopeful, exciting ending we desire.