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Jan 28, 2014 - Life, relationships    1 Comment

Made to Thrive

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If you are new to Christian music you might not know that every Tuesday new albums are released.  I have to admit that I am addicted to Christian music.  I really don’t listen to anything else.  Christian music speaks to the soul and to our very souls.  It uplifts, encourages us, and speaks truth to us from God’s Word.

This morning Casting Crowns new album “Thrive” came out.   As I was listening to the title track the Lord began to remind me about the pursuit and passion of life.  Many people for whatever reason seem to simple try to get through the day, the week, the month, and the year.  I have to confess that lately this is where I have been living.  I went from leading worship in front of thousands to being a “stay at home dad” .  I went from an exciting ministry to cleaning, doing the dishes, laundry and cleaning up pee messes from our potty training two year old.

I have tried to get through this season of life.  Like many of you I briefly lost my sense of purpose.  We were made for so much more than simply getting through it.  We were made to carry out the greatest mission ever given.  We were made to be in relationship with the very creator of the world.  We were made to carry out His purposes whether that be full time ministry, school, work, homework, and yes even being a temporary Mr. Mom.

I want to leave you with the chorus  of  this song.   Getting through is not enough!  We were made to thrive!

Just to know You and
To make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It’s time for us to do more than just survive
We were made to thrive

May 26, 2013 - Family, Life, relationships    No Comments

He Delights in YOU!

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One of the greatest blessings of my life is that of being a Father to our three children.  I never knew how much joy children bring their parents until I was actually a parent.  I never knew how proud you could feel about someone until I had children of my own that I feel such a sense of pride about.

Mason is our oldest and he recently turned eight years old.  The Lord has blessed and gifted Mason with so many gifts both spiritually and physically.  M. is a very gifted athlete.  Any sport he tries he automatically succeeds at.  He is also gifted musically.  He loves to sing!  Last Christmas he sang on stage with me at Sunnybrook as he sang “Away in a manger”.  The boy has nerves of steal and he did such a great job.  M. comes with me every sunday morning around 6:30am to church and helps set up the children’s area and the gym.  It’s not anything I ever asked him to do.  He simply loves serving others.  I am so proud of him for the young man  he is becoming.

Hudson is our five year old who just had a birthday this past week.  He loves dirt.  What can I say?  He loves trucks, mighty machines, diggers, dozers, and construction machines.  He also is playing tee ball and although I was unsure if he would like it, he has done a great job and really is having a lot of fun.  A bonus to a five year old playing tee ball is that when he’s not batting he still gets to play in the dirt so he’s still happy.  Every time he’s up to bat he says “Ready”  I say “Yep, ready”.  Then he responds “say, ‘ready, set, go’ “.  So I say “ready, set, go!” and he swings, hits the ball, and runs down to first base.  Every time it makes me laugh as I delight in my son and the joy he brings me.

Addison is our 20 month old baby girl.  A special gift and a breath of fresh air in a sometimes chaos filled home.  Her sweet smile, her infectious laugh, and the sweet sound of her voice as she constantly tries to say things she doesn’t know how to say quite yet.  I love her so much!!  She is the apple of her daddy’s eye!

Being a father, I have come to understand God’s love for me a little bit more.  When I read scripture that talks about God delighting in His children I get it a little bit more.  I feel those same feelings of pride, joy, love!  I would do anything for my kids!  They’re worth to their daddy is immeasurable. The same is true about us in our relationship with our heavenly father.

Psalms 37:23-24  Says “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.  Though they stumble, they will never fall,  for the LORD holds them by the hand”

Think of those most love you have ever felt for your child or the proudest moment you have ever had.  That is how your heavenly Father feels about you today in this moment.  He absolutely DELIGHTS in YOU!!

Jul 25, 2012 - Leadership, Life, relationships    No Comments

Leading is Serving

 

Each day I read a devotional called Our Daily Bread. This morning was a great reminder that if we want to be leaders we need to be the best at being servants.  Check out Mark 10:43-45

43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Here in the passage Jesus pulls His disciples together and tells them that the ideology of  heaven and earth are completely different.  If you want to be a good leader no matter what you do, no matter what your job, business, or ministry,  you must lead by example and that example is that of a servant.  Jesus was and is the ultimate leader.  Jesus came not to have everyone serve Him rather He came to serve others and to give His life as a ranson for many.

For those of you in ministry please hear me.  We must serve and love those who we shepherd.  True love is laying your life down isn’t it?  God may not ask you to lay down your life literally for those you lead but He is definitely calling us to serve and love them.

So for whoever you are and for whatever reason God led you to read this, these are His words not mine.  True leadership involves loving, serving, and giving of yourself.  Lead well my friends!

True Religion

My Nephews ,  A. & J joined our family the week before Thanksgiving a few short months ago.

This morning my heart is breaking for the children of Haiti. This tragedy that has taken place hits close to home for my family. As many of you know my sister and her husband recently adopted two boys from an orphanage in Haiti. I don’t have time to tell the whole story this morning but I wanted to repost my wife Jennifer’s blog which talks about the orphanage’s situation. Please pray for these children and the orphanage workers! They need GOD’S hand of protection, guidance, & strength!

Breaking News and Prayers Needed This Morning!!!
Below is a press release from the For His Glory Adoption Outreach Website.
All 133 children are en route by foot this morning to the US Embassy to be evacuated.
They have very limited supplies and won’t be provided any additional while at the US Embassy.
Please pray for the safety of these children and for the orphanage workers who will be attempting to keep all of them safe and together as they make the walk to the Embassy and then for their safety and protection as they travel together to the US.

Press Release: January 19, 2010

Orphans Intend to Depart Haiti

Orphans begin procedures to depart Haiti at U.S. Embassy

(Port-au-Prince, Haiti) On January 20, 2010, 133 orphans from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage will begin the difficult process outlined by the U.S. Department of State for humanitarian parole and onward transportation to the United States. In accordance with instructions received from the State Department, as relayed by the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) at 8 p.m. today, orphans along with orphanage staff members have been instructed to arrive at the U.S. Embassy as early as possible on Wednesday morning. JCICS warned that no food, water or facilities would be available for the children while processing at the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince.

JCICS further relayed that orphanage requests to the U.S. Embassy for security and transportation for the children have been denied by the State Department. The U.S. ministry associated with this orphanage, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG), was also asked to stop requesting security, transportation or even water at the orphanage location. Following discussions with staff and board members in Port-au-Prince, the difficult decision was made that all 133 children, including approximately 60 children under the age of 3, will begin early in the morning of January 20th to walk the over 2 kilometers to the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince. This decision was made due to the limited staff available and the increasingly dangerous security situation at the orphanage in Port-au-Prince. The staff will carry as much water, food and baby formula as possible with them for the orphans while processing at the U.S. Embassy. JCICS relayed that once processing is completed, the orphans will travel to the United States on “cargo jets to locations that are not often known until an hour or so before the flight leaves.”

Kim Harmon, President of FHG, acknowledged that “this arrangement is far from ideal for the safety and well-being of the children. We are calling to all who care about these precious children to pray earnestly for their safety tomorrow.”

If you would like to check out my sisters adoption story it will touch your heart.  You can find it on her blog .

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…”

James 1:27 ESV

Tonight’s Redefining Moment

Last night around 9:30pm students from Garnet Valley High School came over to Fellowship to set up all their gear for an event that will be taking place tonight at the loft. (our student auditorium)  Tonight three rock bands from the school will be performing consecutive sets.  These are local kids in our community high school that just love to play music.  The majority of them have no relationship at all with Jesus.  We are expecting to have somewhere around 200 kids here tonight.

As Ryan Geiger and I helped them get set up last night and did sound checks for them they were blown away that a church would be so cool to host this kind of event.   They saw the loft and they were in awe that a church could have a place like this with cool lights, cool stage, smoke machines etc.  They want to play shows here now.

Why are we so pumped about it?  Because we are building bridges with the community.  200 kids that have never been to Fellowship will be here tonight.  They will feel accepted.  They will be surprised that we are not offended by their hair, their music, their lifestyles, etc…we will embrace them and engage in their culture.  And although I may not care for all their music, by us doing this we are embracing them and being Jesus to them.  We are shining our light to our community.

I am so proud of Fellowship and Ryan Geiger for hosting this event!  That is redefining church!

Greater Things

It has been a while since I have blogged. It has been a tough season that we have been going through at Fellowship no doubt about it. But through this time God has been sharpening  me and the rest of the staff. God has brought about a sharpening of the vision of Fellowship Church. God has put a “Holy Discontent” in my heart. Usually the word discontent is considered to be a negative or bad thing. In this case it is a great thing.

As I was driving in to the office yesterday morning I was conversing with God. I feel such a burden for our community, for our church, for all the souls around us. I feel convicted that I am not doing enough to tell others the good news. Jesus doesn’t want me or you to be more religious. Matter of fact, Jesus hates religion!! Don’t believe me, read through Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John in the New Testament. Jesus was never about religion. He has never been about rules. He was never about the insiders. Jesus has always been and will always be about relationships. And because Jesus is about relationships, WE are about relationships. You will hear it a lot from the leaders at Fellowship Church. We are not about RELIGION, we are about RELATIONSHIPS!!!

That’s what my conversation with God really was about. I need to do a better job building relationships with those around me and in my neighborhood. They need Jesus! But I have to reach out in relationship with them before they will reach out in relationship with HIM!

Can I be brutally honest with you? Fellowship Church will never reach it’s potential until each one of us comes together in unity of the Vision and we truly begin to build relationships with others that need Jesus. Remember, if we don’t reach out to them in relationship, they will never reach up to Him for a relationship.

I truly believe with all my heart that Greater things are yet to come. I believe that we can reach our community. I believe that we can build bridges with those around us. But it all starts with each of us stepping out of our comfort zone and reaching out.

Once we begin to build those relationships I believe we will see the “Greater Things” begin to unfold.

2 Samuel 12:16 says
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!