Thursday, May 28, 2009
I love the idea here that the scriptures present. We can get so caught up in the "why this is happening" rather than truly ministering to the need that is at hand. Can we not do the same? Can we not be worried about the "blind man" instead of debating on the how his blindness came to be? Can we, as pastors, as ministry leaders, as the church honestly just begin to be in incarnation of Jesus in the communities that surround us? Can we not lend a hand to those in need, without passing judgment as to why or how they got this way? As you continue to read this story you see what happens with a little dirt, some spit, and a little water. This blind man can now see! Of course, this happened on the sabbath~ so it causes a stir. The "religious people" ask the man what has taken place. How did you get your eyesight back? The man responds by saying a man made mud from his spit, stuck it in my eyes and told me to go wash it off in the pool of Siloam. I did what He said, and now I can see!! Of course, these men question him in disbelief by saying that God doesn't heal on the sabbath.
"Religious people love to hide behind religion. they love the rules of religion more than they love Jesus. With practice, condemners let "rules" become more important than relationship!"
Remember, Jesus says what matters is glorifying God, helping blind men and women see
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Do I really believe this?
from Thoughts From Andy Wood
Ephesians 1:18-20, I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.
Could you just read that one more time. Think about what this verse is actually saying to those who are Christ followers. The Apostle Paul is praying that this group of Christ followers would have opened eyes to understand the power that is theirs. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is available. Think about that for a second... Every moment throughout the day today there is available to you the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. For your relationships, for your confusion, for your pain, for your momentary lapses of weakness with your flesh. The power of the resurrection is there right in front of you... All you have to do was open your eyes to see it! This power is incomparable, it is unmatched! Imagine how this would change our homes, our churches, our cities, our world if we all started living this out and opened our eyes to the truth that God's power is available right now, the power that raised Jesus from the dead! I am really wanting to have such an increased awareness of His presence throughout my day. He is with me as much as the skin on my bones. May I have the eyes to see Him and commune with Him throughout the day!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
~ If you are looking for a family atmosphere to settle into, a place to connect with other believers, and an opportunity to study and discuss God’s Word…then you need to check out one of Gateway Fellowship’s Connect Groups that meet throughout the week. Along with experiencing God through worship on Sunday morning, you can share your experiences in a close knit community setting in one of our Connect Groups. These groups currently meet:
@ The Hopmans
@ The Snow's
Wednesday Night: (YOUTH MINISTRY)
@ The King's
@ The Finch's
Monday, May 25, 2009
It was good to back with my GFC peeps on Sunday Morning. Scott Finch did an outstanding job leading worship this past Sunday. He is doing a great job with the band and leading the team. Our children's ministry continues to do awesome things. This coming Sunday evening, May 31,2009, we will be ending the "Bright Knight" series, which was created by Aaron Ott during our regularly scheduled SNL (Sunday Night Live) and we are looking forward to a great crowd as we invite parents to experience what their children have for the past 15 weeks.
I love our church
I love our people
I love what God is doing in us
I love what God is doing through us
I love that He is not done with us
I love that He has a plan for us
I love that we have a team that is willing to take risks
I love our elders
I love that we are "Doing Life Together"
This past Sunday, I spoke on the fact that we were Created For Community. In Genesis 1 we see that the Lord created all things and said that it was good. We continue to read that even in the midst of man being in the beauty of God's creation, the Lord said "it is not good for man to be alone". You see we were created to be in community with others. I am praying that the Lord will continue to strengthen in us the idea of what "true biblical community" looks like and that we will step in obedience to what He asks of us.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
John 14: 13-14
2 great truths:
-Everything is for the Glory of God.
......ask whatever you want in my name and I will do it so that the
Father may be glorified in the Son
-He must be the center.
.......we have to hide behind the cross. It is not about us, it is all
.......get out of the way
How often do you go from one thing to the next asking Him to take care
of a problem without thanking Him for what He is doing in and through it
Everything is for God
Everything is from God
Trent Brown, Lead Pastor
Sent from my iPhone
Saturday, May 16, 2009
only thing I could get a picture of. There were no cameras allowed
inside. I will say this is a must see exhibit and I wish I could have
pictures to tell the story. After walking through this exhibition, I
can tell you that can not be the same person you were when you walked
in. An exhibit such as this will change a person's perspective on life
Friday, May 15, 2009
We spent some time this evening in devotion talking about what everybody saw today that reminded them of who Gos is. Many things were brought up. One student said that as they were beginning to complain to themselves about having to walk so much that they saw a young girl just a few minutes later who was walking the same path they were but she only had one leg. The student shared how it made her really thankful for her health. One of the Adults talked about the fact that there is scripture all over many of the monuments and exhibits that we have seen.
God is God! He is still on HIS throne!