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Church Planting Vision '08-

Our goal as a church is to help plant 25 churches over the next 5 years as we do our part in fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ! The first church that we have partnered with to help plant is Epic Church in Manayunk, Pa. My good friend Kent & Tiffany Jacobs (and the team from Epic) are doing an incredible job at beginning to impact their community with the message of Jesus Christ! Recently, we were able to give $5,000 to Epic to help them continue this vital ministry in the Philadelphia region. A special thanks to the whole church family at Freedom Life for their generosity and belief in the mission of Jesus Christ! We will continue to reach people in our back yard and around the world! Continue to pray for Epic church! To learn more about them, go to www.epicwired.net.




Merry '2nd Day After' Christmas!

Here is a picture from our Christmas morning! Christmas morning has always been a favorite time for me. I'm sure it started when I was a little kid and it was based upon the expectation of tearing into new gifts. I have always loved the way the presents looked underneath the Christmas tree when you would walk into the living room. It was always & still is a magical experience! Unfortunately, like the picture above, not all of Christmas day is magical. Kid's fighting getting their picture done, kid's fighting one another and so on... You get the picture! Even in the midst of a perfect day, all is not perfect. It reminds me of my life. I love my Jesus, my family and everything that I do, but all is not perfect. I guess a great reminder for us is that we can focus on moments that go wrong in our lives or we can take a snapshot of those that go right. We can choose what memories to replay in our minds and hearts. As we head full throttle into a new year, take …

Tolerance or Intolerant?

A read this great post from my former Pastor's son, whose name is Jon Decker. Jon leads a successful band called, 'The Mint,' and has a beautiful wife and baby. I could write pages of about this topic, but I thought Jon did a great job bringing it all together. For the complete post, visit www.jonathandecker.wordpress.com.

Tolerance: a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

Tolerance is a huge buzzword for my generation, especially used by limp wristed, politically correct young people when someone has an opinion different from their own.

For the new wave of social justice Christians tolerance is used to muddy doctrine, in the name of not offending someone with a different set of beliefs. For the generation Y liberal, tolerance is applied to a grab bag of behavior and preference choices that everyone should have to agree with. It seems right now there is a slight uproar over Rick Warren praying at the inaguratio…

First Service Is Cancelled

For everyone planning on making the trek over the hills and through the woods this morning to gather with the church family, you will need to wait. We have to cancel our 9 a.m. service and we will make the call in regards to the second service @ 8:30 a.m. so stay tuned!

How Do I Balance Work & Family?

This is a great article about an extremely important topic. My number 1 struggle is balancing family and work. Dr. Chapman offers some critical advice. Check it out!

Balancing Work and Family

Is it possible that we may be working so hard to support our families financially that we end up losing our families? Then money becomes empty compensation. This week we’ll talk about the issue of money and marriage.

What is most important in life? If we are given stark choices, the issue becomes clear. If someone offered you one million dollars for your child or your spouse, would you take it? Any sensible parent or spouse would say, “No”. But do we not sell our families for much less when we spend all of our energy working for money and have no time left to enjoy our relationships?.

Balanace
Work is a noble endeavor. In fact the Bible says that if a man will not work, neither should he eat. But can we work too much? Is vocational success worth losing a marriage? The Scriptures teach that life’s m…

The diff between Goliath & Bathsheba

I read a great blog today that I wanted to share with you. Here it is...

By Gina McClain (courtesy of www.swerve.lifechurch.tv)
The diff between Goliath and Bathsheba
Both of these stories are great examples of God’s deliverance in David’s life. But one was orchestrated by God, while the other was not.
We all have deliverance stories where Jesus got our attention, we responded and our lives were changed for eternity. But often I cringe when I listen to someone attempt to explain how God brought them to a point of desperation so they would finally say ‘Yes’ to Him. This doesn’t make sense to me.
Sometimes we can bring too much glory to the circumstances that brought about our obedience. We celebrate the trap we managed to get caught in, as opposed to the work God did to free us. You see, we were created to walk in freedom with God from the time we were young. He didn’t create us for bondage.
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from whic…

Miracles, Part 2- Love

What a great day we had today! Tony Bilotta rocked the house with some great Christmas jazz & many of people took steps to believe God for a miracle in their lives! We ended with a song from the Hillsong album, 'This Is Our God,' called, 'You Are Stronger,' and it was absolutely incredible. We made a declaration (to ourselves and) to God that His love is stronger than whatever we may be going through. What miracle do you need today? Do you feel separated from God because of your unanswered prayer? I sure have been there myself! Don't forget that God is stronger than whatever you may be facing and that nothing can separate you from His love!

"Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36... 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am co…

Great quote, Great reminder

"There will always be more people willing to do ‘great’ things for God than there are people willing to do the little things. The race to be a leader is crowded, but the field is wide open for those willing to be servants." - Rick Warren

On A Lighter Note

Politics are always crazy, whether it is the church or the government. I'm sure all of you have heard about the Governor of Illinois & his potentially criminal behavior. Everyone is talking about his ethics & criminal activities. But I would like to talk, for a moment, about something totally different. What's up with that head (or should I say forehead) of hair? Maybe I'm jealous because I don't have any? Either way, it does appear that it is either a comb over for the forehead or he is being attacked by a beaver. Maybe I am just jealous. Pray for me!

Miracles, Part 1- Peace

Yesterday we launched into our new series called, "Miracles." We talked about how Jesus has come to bring the miracle of peace into the world. He is the Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6-7) One of the areas that we often times lack peace is with ourselves. This morning I read a great devotional that talks about that very thing! If you missed the message on Sunday, it is available via download today! Go ahead & detox your mind today so that you can live at peace with yourself and in peace with others!

Detox Your Mind
Today's Scripture

“Above all else guard your heart for it affects everything you do” (Proverbs 4:23).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

These days, we hear a lot about detoxing our physical bodies. Bacteria can build up. Pesticides and chemicals can get into our system. Experts recommend that you go through a deep cleansing periodically and stay away from what is harmful so you can rid yourself of these toxins.

In the same way, there are all kinds of tox…

My Little Girl!

Here is a pic of my daughter (Mikayla) and 2 of her little brothers. Yesterday she had her big ballet recital and did a fantastic job. I was impressed with her ability to remember all of the necessary steps for a 30 minute program. Especially in light of the fact that she can't seem to ever remember to do the chores that I ask her to do every week... I digress, it was awesome and there is nothing like watching your child succeed. I understand why God declares over us that He has great plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). Doesn't every Father want their children to succeed and be blessed? I'm thankful for a great day & an amazing daughter!

A Very Special Night!

Tonight was a very special night! We had the privilege of investing into the first of 25 church plants over the next 5 years tonight! Our church family gave $5,000 to Kent Jacobs on behalf of Epic Church in Manayunk, Pa. We had the chance to pray over Him and make a great investment. We then went on to baptize 11 people tonight! It was awesome! One of those special people happened to be my daughter. Mikayla approached me a few weeks ago about getting baptized and I joyfully agreed! She is a special little girl with a heart for God. Life doesn't get any more fulfilling then on nights like these. God is good!

Questions About the Bible, Part 1- "Is The Bible Myth?"

This is a great article by CRI's Hank Hanegraaff (equip.org) touching on the topic of taking the Bible literally. Enjoy!

If I've heard it once I've heard it a million times, You can't take the Bible literally. You often hear people say that although it may be inspirational, its also full of myths and fables. Well, is this really true?
If the Bible is really full of myths and fables, it would certainly be appropriate to read it as such. However, the simple fact is that the Bible certainly doesnt fit that category.
For one thing, the biblical writers flatly denied teaching mythology. For example, Peter said, We didnt follow cleverly devised tales when we told you about the power and coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His Majesty (2 Pet. 1:16). In fact, the Apostle Paul urged Timothy to teach his congregation to disregard mythology (1 Tim. 1:4). He warned that a time was coming when people would turn away their ears from the truth and turn a…

Questions About the Bible, Part 1- "Is The Bible Reliable?"

The first question that I would like to hit this week is the question of reliability. We've all heard the skeptics question various aspects about the Bible and it has planted seeds of doubt in our hearts. There are lots of great questions, but don't forget that there are lots of great answers! To help unwrap the answers that we all have about the Bible, I will be linking to some great articles this week that will help establish your faith in God's word. Here is an article from the Christian Research Institute, enjoy!

Have you tried to show someone the historical reliability of the Scriptures, and not known where to start? A quick trip to your local well-stocked Christian bookstore likely will overwhelm you. Where among the dozens of impressive, comprehensive reference books should you start?

Fortunately, while there is a wealth of information available to support the reliability of Scripture, you don’t have to burn, the midnight oil to give a reasonable answer to those w…

Facebook, How to Read the Bible

Here are the raw facts that I threw at everyone this past week in my message about the Bible and a process that I use when reading the Bible.

All About The Bible
Through 66 separate books, 1,189 chapters, and hundreds of thousands of words, the Bible shares one extraordinary message: God Loves You!
The Bible was written:
• over a 1500 year span (from 1400 B.C to A.D. 100)
• over 40 generations
• over 40 authors from many walks of life (i.e. - kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars)
• in different places (i.e. - wilderness, dungeon, palaces)
• at different times (i.e. - war, peace)
• in different moods (i.e. - heights of joy, depths of despair)
• on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe)
• in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek)

Bible Facts – The Books of the Bible
The Old Testament has 17 Historical, 5 Poetical, and 17 Prophetic books in it.
• The 17 Historical Books are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 …

'tis the season!

I'm not anti-buying stuff, nor am I anti-Walmart, as most of you are aware. I even braved the throngs of people this morning at the local shopping malls with 4 kids in tow & my wife by my side. I am though bothered by tragedies like the one you may have heard about this morning. Check out this headline.

Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede, click here to read the story.


It's unfortunate that we as humans, not just Americans, get so excited about stuff. 'Tis the season I guess. I like stuff, I enjoy it and appreciate the comforts that come along with it. But I'm not in love with it & I don't have to have it. During this time of year, the monster of more seems to awaken within us. Don't let the monster within overshadow the real reason for this season, Jesus Christ! Jesus takes away our stuff and gives us what we really need, not the discounted flat screen at Walmart. Joy, Hope, Love & Forgiveness. …

He Still Opens Doors

Great devotional that is a reminder to each of us that our God still works miracles!

Today's Scripture

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close” (Revelation 3:8, NLT).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
God is ready to present you with new opportunities. He wants to open new doors before you. It doesn’t matter what’s happening in the world around you, in the economy, the housing industry, or with job reports; God’s Word still remains true. He rewards the people who seek after Him. He’s not the least bit concerned about how He’s going to supply your needs. There is no recession in heaven. He has His eye on you, and He still opens doors that no one can shut! In an instant, He can bring the right people into your life, the right opportunities, and the right resources to take you to a new level.

But in order to go to a higher level, you have to have a higher way of thinking. You can’t stay focused on what’s happening in the natural nor all…

What are you planting?

Are you planting the seeds of unforgiveness & bitterness or the seeds of grace & mercy? Here is a story that I shared at the close of today's message that will help you consider what to plant today!

The Daffodil Principle


Several times my daughter had telephoned, "Mother, you must come and see the daffodils before they are over." Finally, I promised, reluctantly. I’d driven only a few miles when the road was covered with wet, gray fog. As I slowly executed the hazardous mountain turns, I was praying to reach the turnoff. When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! There is nothing that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch in this weather!" "I’ll drive," Carolyn offered. In a few minutes, we were back on the Mountain road heading over the top. 
We parked in a small parking lot adjoining a little stone church. I saw a pine needle covered path, and an inconspicuous, hand lettered sign "Daf…

Potluck, Part 4- Baggage

Today was an awesome day in the life of our church! We witnessed hundreds of people in our church family take giant steps in their walk with Christ as they extended forgiveness to someone who has harmed them. We called today's message, "baggage." We all have it! It's is the sin of offense. It is when we carry unforgiveness towards someone that has wronged us. John Bevere calls it, "the bait of Satan." Today we made decisions to not take the bait, to shed the baggage and to walk in freedom & forgiveness. Here are the notes:

ARE YOU AWARE OF YOUR BAGGAGE.
"Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit…. Job 7:11

Give a name to your baggage: THE SIN OF OFFENSE
 “Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come...”
Luke 17:1 (NKJV)

The Greek word for offend in Luke 17:1 comes from the word skandalon. This word originally referred to the part of a trap to which the bait was attached. In …

Responding To The Silent Treatment

I just received this e-mail from Gary Chapman, the author of the book, "The Five Love Languages." He has some great resources online that you can check out at www.fivelovelanguages.com. Check out the article below!

Jill had told her husband that she wanted to spend a weekend at the beach with the girls who work in her office. Her husband Mike had responded with silence. No explosions, no loud words, no arguing, no nothing - just silence. He had been silent four days when Jill talked with me.

Reasons
When your spouse gives you the “silent treatment” there are always reasons; usually a historical reason, an emotional reason and a contemporary reason. The contemporary reason is that something has just happened that the spouse finds objectionable. For Mike, it was Jill’s announcement that she was going to spend the weekend at the beach with her girl friends.

The emotional reason was that Mike did not feel secure in Jill’s love. He reasoned, “If she loved me she would want to be w…

Last Week's Message: Potluck, Part 3- BitterSweet

Last weekend we looked at a story found in Exodus 15. The context is that Moses had just led the Israelites out of Egypt and they were miraculously on their way to the promised land. They had traveled for 3 days without water and finally came upon some water which they could not drink because it was bitter. Here's the story...
Exodus 15:23, "Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for
they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. (which is the Hebrew word for bitterness) 24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the disease…

Offer Continually

I received this devotional in my inbox today and thought that it was great. It's a great reminder of how we need to live our lives everyday!

Today's Scripture
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name” (Hebrews 13:15, NLT).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
Praise is more than just singing songs in church on Sunday. In fact, praise isn’t even about singing songs! Praise is a heart attitude. Praise in your heart prompts singing songs, but it can also be manifest in many different ways. Your words, your actions, your daily life are all ways you give Him praise. Like the verse says, when your actions or words declare your allegiance to His Name, that’s giving God praise. How do your actions declare your allegiance to Him? By simply obeying His Word. When we continually follow His commands, even when it’s uncomfortable, even when we don’t feel like it, even when we are tired, that’s offering a sacrific…

Tomorrow's Message: Potluck, Part 2- Fearless

Tomorrow during our weekend services, we're going to tackle an issue that most of us deal with on a daily basis. That issue is the feeling that you are stuck. Maybe you are stuck in a bad relationship, bad job, bad habit, sin... the list goes on. The question is this, "If I'm stuck, how do I get unstuck?" Here are 3 things you must do!

YOU MUST WANT TO BE UNSTUCK
JOHN 5:1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b] 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
Jesus asked this guy a seemingly rude question. He was sick for almost 4 decades! Jesus did so because He knew that we all have a tendency to grow comfortable in our circumstance & c…

What I learned this weekend...

This weekend we had Robert Cameron from Wave Church in Virginia Beach, Va. Robert oversees wave network, an association of churches that connect in faith and vision with Wave Church. On Saturday he did our fall leadership summit for all of our awesome volunteers. He talked about building a church culture that is excellent and pleasing to God. Here are some of the thoughts that he shared with us.

Building a church culture of excellence.
1. Serve the Lord with Gladness- Not with madness.
2. Honor- Speak right to one another. Prefer one another. (Proverbs 15, Romans 12:10)
3. Favor- Wherever their is favor there is life. Jesus had favor with both God and man and we need the same. (Psalm 35)
4. We need to have a good report- No one remembers the names of the spies who came back with a negative report even though their names are listed. We do remember Joshua & Caleb as being the men who came back with the good report.
5. What you respect, you will attract- Respect positive …

Activate Strength

Here is a great devotional that I received from Joel Osteen ministries called, "Activate Strength." I challenge you to do that very thing today!

Today's Scripture
“But as for me, I am filled with power— with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength…” (Micah 3:8).

Micah knew how to encourage himself in the Lord. He understood how to draw courage and purpose into his life. He realized the power in His words and knew that speaking the truth is the most effective way to prepare him to accomplish all God has in store.

Did you know that we activate the blessing of God’s favor by speaking it over our own lives? Romans 10:9-10 tells us that salvation comes when we believe and then declare what we believe. God’s truth is established when we believe and declare it! (Job 22:28). When we declare God’s Word, we invite Him to do what He alone can in our lives.

Your tasks today may not be anything like Micah’s, but we all need God’s help. Activate His strength by dec…

How To Deal With A Dark, Rainy, Cold & All Around Cruddy day.

Unfortunately, everyday isn't like the picture of my son & his buddy above. Fun, exciting, warm!!! How do you deal with a dark, rainy, cold & all around cruddy day. Today is one of those kind of days. You know, the kind where you call out of work sick and crawl up beside a warm fireplace with an endless flow of hot chocolate. Sounds good doesn't it. What do you do when you can't call off work, you have no fireplace and are out of hot chocolate. So many times we allow the weather, the news or our circumstances to dictate our feelings. We just have bad days because we feel a certain way. Today I was reading the Psalms during my devotional time. One particular portion stuck out to me that I think will help us deal with our emerging emotions on days or in times like these.

Psalm 5:11-12, "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, …

Why Christianity Isn't Doing Well In America

by Dr. David Foster (www.davidfoster.tv)
Depending on what surveys you read or people you listen to, it becomes hard to assess the impact of Christianity in America.

If you judge our effectiveness by conferences held and churches planted, by sheer activity and money spent, then Christianity is doing very well in America. But here is the problem with measuring our effectiveness that way. We tend to be a small, closed-in industry. We talk to each other and listen to each other and want to be like one another. We judge effectiveness on how well we’re imitating the latest trend, rather than backing up and realizing that following Christ and being the church in the real world is not about forming a Christian ghetto; a Christian market where we write Christian books, Christian songs, and create Christian schools so Christian kids can be saved from the big, bad world.

Our real effectiveness is how we live in the glare of the public spotlight. And it’s not really that difficult to understan…

The Sweetness of Prayer

Great devotional by Ed Young. During your time with God today, take a moment to reflect and reconnect with the Creator!

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

When God gave Moses the instructions for building the tabernacle and for the various forms of worship, one of the things that he ordered was the burning of fragrant incense.
Each morning and evening the priest was to burn incense on an altar, so that "incense will burn regularly before the Lord for the generations to come" (Exodus 30:8).
The incense, which had a sweet-smelling fragrance, was representative of the prayers being lifted to God in worship.
Most of us, when we think of prayer, think that it's our way to communicate with God. And yes, that is part of it. But prayer is also a form of worship.
So as you turn to God through prayer, realize that you are offering that sweet-smelling incense to God. And as you lift your requests, joys…

Wave Conference Thoughts

Here are a few thoughts from the different speakers at the wave conference. Obviously there is a lot of great content from the messages but here are a few thoughts:

From Pastor Mark Crow (www.victorychurch.tv)- from the morning session yesterday.
Thought #1- The ruled of God, submit to the plan of God & become the leader's of God.
Thought #2- A.T.A.T.- Accumulated Time Alone Together. Grow your relationship with God, your spouse and others by spending time together.
From Joel Houston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Houston)- from last night.
Thought #1- When we forsake the lives of others, we forsake our own lives. (1 John 4:7)
Thought #2- God is not asking you to do it all, He's simply asking for you to give your all.
From Bayless Conley (www.cottonwood.org)- from the morning session today.
Thought #1- One wrong thought kept an entire generation out of the promised land & one wrong thought can keep you from your destiny.
Thought #2- Prosperity without an external …

Wave Conference, Day 1

This week I brought some of my team to Wave Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Last night we had an awesome night. Joel Houston (Hillsong United) led us in worship and it was fantastic. Also, Judah Smith (generationchurch.org) brought the house down and had a great message. He talked about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. (Psalm 24) Don't be simply an observer, get in and really experience a relationship with God. If you want to follow along with the conference, go online to wavechurch.com and check it out. Good stuff!

Rock The Vote!

Watch this message from the series, "Politicked." Ed's timely message will help you evaluate your walk with God and connect with the principles of God's word. When it comes to politics, many times we check our principles at the door. Ed does a great job unwrapping this difficult topic. Enjoy!

Politicked - Rock the Vote from Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Encourage Yourself

Great devotional that reminds us to focus on the Lord. Many times we look to people to be our resource. Whether it's finances, relationships, love or encouragement. I encourage you to look to God and rise up in the power that only He can give. God will do His part as our source and we need to do our part as well. Enjoy!

Encourage Yourself
Today's Scripture

“David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him…But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God”(I Samuel 30:6)

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.”
That’s what David had to do. He was facing a major setback. His family was killed, his cit…

PoliTicked?

One of my favorite pastor's in America is doing a political series called, 'PoliTicked?' As the political race heats up I hope that you will be engaged in the political process. I love politics, the philosophy of it and the questions behind the questions. I love hearing both sides of the story and I have passionate opinions about the entire process. I also think that it is most important to hear God's side of the story. As Christ-followers, we should filter every issue through the truth of God's word so that we can determine who and what we stand for. Here is the description of the series and the link to the message. I'd love to hear your thoughts! I haven't watched it yet but I'm excited to hear what he has to say!

Information about politics is coming to us faster, with more force and from more sources than ever before. And it’s all under the guise of bringing us the truth. But is this information overload really clearing the air? Or is it makin…

Teen Shot 3 Times During Toilet Paper Prank

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A toilet paper prank has led to the shooting of a 14-year-old by a southwestern Michigan man who believed strangers were trying to break into his home.

The Grand Rapids Press and WZZM-TV report the victim and four other teens were pulling the prank about 1 a.m. Sunday at a home in Solon Township, about 20 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

Kent County sheriff's Lt. Jerry Miedema said the teens were intent on draping the house in toilet paper, while the homeowner's "intent was to come out shooting."

Police say three shots were fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, striking the 14-year-old in the chest, stomach and leg. He is recovering at a local hospital. The homeowner was not arrested, but a prosecutor is looking into possible charges.

I'm glad that I didn't get shot for all of the pranks I pulled as a teen and young adult. I'm sure the teens needed that toilet paper when the guy came out with a shotgun. Craziness!!!

Seemingly Impossible

I received a great e-mail from Ed Young ministries with the devotional below. During these challenging times that we are in, it is a great reminder to look to the one who makes the impossible become possible!

Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. Daniel 2:17-19

King Nebuchadnezzar had a strange and troubling dream, one that he desperately wanted interpreted. The only problem was that he didn't know who he could trust to interpret it accurately. So he gathered all the wise men and counselors throughout the land. And one by one, they failed to tell the king his dream and what it would mean. Then it was Daniel's turn.

As Daniel stepped up to th…

Politics & Money- Mortgaging Our Future

I rarely talk about politics and even rarer do I post about them. Until today. Most of you have probably never heard of the
x-U.S. Comptroller, David Walker. Basically, he was the financial overseer or the certified public accountant for the United States under President Clinton and Bush. Mr. Walker recently came out and shared his views on the current crisis. His views are particularly interesting and non-partisan. WARNING! His perspective is not comforting, but it is at least genuine and steeped in reality.

: Candidates' Fiscal Plans 'Zip' Friday, October 10, 2008 8:40 PM
By: Dave Eberhart

WASHINGTON — David Walker, the outspoken former U.S. comptroller general, gives failing marks to both presidential candidates so far on their proposals to drag the country out of its economic abyss.

Before an intent crowd at the National Press Club, Walker, the no-nonsense one-time certified public accountant for the nation reviewed the various proposals of Sens. John McCain and …

Cool trip on Monday

This past monday night we had the opportunity to take our kids to see the home of the local medical helicopters that service our area. Some friends of ours that work there invited us to come and take the tour. We had the chance to see how they track the copters on radar and meet one of the pilots for some show-n-tell. We learned some pretty cool facts and the kids had a blast! It's hard to believe that a new medical helicopter costs about 11 million dollars or so. Crazy! Here is a pic...

We launch in just a few hours!

In just a few hours we launch back to 2 services!!!!!! Two services means twice the opportunity to bring people, to serve and to connect with others. I'm stoked about what is happening and what is about to happen this fall in the life of our church! If you live in the area, come on out to one of our weekend experiences at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m.! The week we start a new series that we have adapted from Life Church called, "Mind Your Own Business." I will be talking about the 2 things that lurk deep in our hearts that can bankrupt our lives and our finances and how you can defeat them! I hope to see you there!

Value Less

Great devotional that I received today! It is from one of my favorite pastors, Ed Young.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ... Philippians 3:7-8

Value is defined as worth and usefulness. And in today's world, we place value on so many things—possessions, prestige, education, relationships. These are the kinds of things that we want to hold onto. And when someone, anyone, challenges them or their value in our lives, we immediately go on the defensive. We are willing to stand up and fight for them.

Yet, none of these come close to the value of a personal relationship with Christ. In fact, Paul tells us in this passage that these things are actually considered a loss. Not because they are worthless, but because they can distract us from focusing on J…

Thought of the day

Chad, one of our staff pastors, gave me this quote that he found today. Here is the quote, "There are 5 cent problems and $50,000 problems. Don’t ever spend $50,000 (of money, people,time or energy) on a 5 cent problem. Likewise, don’t apply 5 cents worth of effort to a problem that needs $50,000."
What are the top three problems you're facing? What “size” problem are they? How much woul each solution “cost” you? If you could only solve one problem, which one would move you light years forward?

Pretty Excited About Tomorrow!

We are concluding our series called, "Simple," with an emphasis on healing. Our key thought for the morning will be that God never wastes a hurt or a pain. It's an extra- special morning because I have some special guests. John & Theresa Decker, our former Pastors here at Freedom Life, are joining us and will be dedicating my son, Colby. They have dedicated each of my children and are truly wonderful people. My other guest is a great friend by the name of Kent Jacobs. Kent is an awesome man of God and is getting ready to plant a church in Manayunk (Philadelphia), Pa. He will be sharing about his new church and how God is using his past to reach others with the healing power of Jesus Christ. It's going to be a great day and I know God is going to do some great stuff!

Oregon Hospital Tells 71-Year-Old Grandfather: 'We Know You Are Pregnant'

Headline of the day, very funny!

courtesy of FOXNEWS.COM
Oregon Hospital Tells 71-Year-Old Grandfather: 'We Know You Are Pregnant'
Friday, September 26, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. — John Grady Pippen of Gold Beach doesn't look pregnant. And he's not. But after a hospital visit earlier this month, the staff gave the 71-year-old grandfather pain pills and paperwork explaining his delicate condition. "Based on your visit today," the paperwork told him, "we know you are pregnant."The retired mechanic and logger had sought help for agonizing abdominal pain at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach. Hospital administrator William McMillan says an errant keystroke caused the hospital's computer to spit out the wrong discharge instructions.

A Big Week! (again)

This past week was a big week again with my kids! My wife and I continued the belief that Colby has special power with his long hair (ala samson), or maybe I'm compensating for my lack of hair vicariously. Anyway, Carter is potty training once again. We are hoping by the time he hits Jr. High that everything will be figured out. We wrote on his last diaper (cleverly), "my last diaper." We celebrated his big moment and then realized that pull-ups are more expensive. It may not be his last diaper but the symbolic gesture was meaningful nonetheless. A big week, again.



Detox Your Mind

Great devotional that I received this week. I personally practice confessing (agreeing with) God's word over my life each day. My favorite verses that I have memorized & that I remind myself of daily are: Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Cor. 10:4-5 and a few others. I would encourage you continue to meditate on and confess God's living Word over your heart and mind so that you can keep the toxic thoughts from the enemy from poisoning your life.

Detoxing Your Mind
Today's Scripture

“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23 AMP).
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

When something is toxic, it’s poisonous; it can destroy you. When we go around dwelling on the wrong thoughts, thinking about what we can’t do or how we’ll never get ahead, those thoughts are toxic thoughts. Toxic thoughts left alone become like toxic waste that sinks into your heart. It will eventually contamina…

Renovations have begun...

Renovations have begun at Freedom Life. As we head back to 2 service on October 5th we are busy updating our facility. Painting will begin on the exterior of our building and on the interior next week. We donated our pews to a growing hispanic church in Connecticut that were in need of seating. They were very gracious and thankful. The picture above is me with the Pastor. The second picture shows the work that we have gotten done so far this week on the drop ceiling. New drop ceiling, lighting, sound, video, paint and chairs will be in the sanctuary by late October when we move back upstairs. Lots of great stuff going on this fall and I'm excited about what God has for the future of our church!

Simple Series, Part 2- Simple Life- "God's Antidote To Busyness"

Here is the notes from Part 2 of our series, "Simple."

Week 2- Simple Life (God’s answer to busyness)

“28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you (learn from me), because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Take these steps

REALIZE MY WORTH
“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” James 1:18 (NLT)

ENJOY WHAT I ALREADY HAVE
“...every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” Eccl. 3:13 (NKJ)

LIMIT MY WORK
“Only someone too stupid to find his way home would wear himself out with work!” Eccl. 10:15

The Bible calls it the Sabbath. Sabbath means a day of rest.
What do you do on the Sabbath? - It may look a little different f…

Hope That Never Lets You Down

Here is a great devo that I got today!

Today's Scripture

“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Even Christians can sometimes feel hopeless and powerless to overcome adversities. Maybe you feel trapped in your job, or your marriage is in trouble and there doesn’t seem to be an answer. You may have a child who is on the wrong path. Or maybe you are single and have given up any hope of ever meeting the right person. But no matter where you are, God can turn your situation around—and it could start happening today! If you believe with all your heart that God has something great around the corner for you, then hope will take over.
God’s hope is such a powerful thing that it can keep you going when practically nothing else can. That’s because God’s hope will never fail or let you down, even if everything else does.

A Prayer for Today

A Praye…

Facebook is awesome!

I recently began to pay attention to my facebook for the first time. I've had it for about 6 months or so. I"ve had a ton of connections with old friends and that has been a blast. There are some pictures that friends have posted from college. Here is one that proves that I had hair!

Giving Is The Way

Great devotional that I read today from Joel Osteen Ministries.

Giving is the Way
Today's Scripture

“Be easy on people; you'll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity" (Luke 6:38 Message).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

God has set up a system to bless you abundantly. He loves you and longs to pour out His favor upon you and increase your resources. In the natural, it’s easy to think that the way to increase is to keep what you have, but in God’s system, it isn’t about what you keep, it’s about what you give. We read about the example that God set for us in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave…” He gave His Son and received many sons and daughters as a result!

When we love others and give out of the overflow of our hearts, God promises that He will repay us; and Luke 6:38 in the Message Bible t…

great night, busy week

We had a few hundred people come out to our comedy night and we collected a lot of food for our community food bank on Sunday. Bob was hilarious and it was just a great time all around. This week is pretty packed. Lots of meetings and planning. I guess it is a good week to write a message on God's antidote to busyness. Funny that the 2 coincide this week. I must stop typing, lots to do and I must get busy.

Comedy Show Location!

The evening comedy show with Bob Smiley is at Freedom Life Christian Center @ 6 p.m. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The address is:
447 Noble Rd.
Christiana, Pa 17509
or you can follow the directions on our website at www.freedomlife.tv!
The event is free but we are asking everyone to give a donation to our community food bank of one non-perishable item per person. For more information about Bob, go online to our www.comedynight.tv website. I hope to see everyone there and don't forget to bring a friend!

What are you wearing?

A great devotional that I received today. Take a moment and let God speak to you!

Clothed in Righteousness
Today's Scripture

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Have you thought much about what you are wearing today? You probably took time this morning to select the right clothes and shoes in the natural, but have you thought about what are you wearing spiritually and emotionally? Just like wearing a coat, we can take off wrong attitudes, emotional heaviness, guilt and shame. We can exchange our garments of sin and failure for His garments of salvation and righteousness. Notice that this verse doesn’t say you have to make the robe of righteousness before you put it on. It doesn’t say you have to work really hard in order to earn righteousness. No, it’s His righteousness that He gives as a gift t…

Don't miss this weekend!

Join us this Sunday morning for our annual fall kick-off at 10 a.m.! We are launching our new series, "Simple, a simple guide to surviving your stressed out life." Our special guest that will be doing a short segment on Sunday morning is Christian comedian, Bob Smiley. (www.bobsmiley.com)
In the evening we are having a special comedy night with Bob that is free and open to the general public. It all begins at 6 p.m. and we are asking each person to bring a donation of one non-perishable item for our community food bank. Childcare will be provided and it's going to be a fun night to de-stress for this fall!

A Great Day...VICTORY!!

Yesterday's service was awesome! A bunch of people made decisions to follow Christ or to recommit themselves to living a life of worship! It was a rock'in day! Today was a blast as well. I loaded up the fam to visit my sister Cheryl in the Pottstown area. It started with loading up the kids and it ended with a very special moment. I CAPTURED THE RESIDENT GROUND HOG THAT HAS BEEN IN MY BACK YARD. CADDYSHACK IS OVER (UNLESS HE HAS FAMILY) AND I HAVE FINALLY TASTED VICTORY!! IT HAS TAKEN ONE YEAR. That was not a typo. I know I'm not a very good trapper but... We ended with eating chocolate cake and putting the kids to bed all sugared up. I am now watching prison break and chill'in out. Lots of details in between, but today was a great day.




Sweatin' To The Oldies

Today was my first day of gym class with my kid's. Mikayla and Caleb are being home schooled this year and I am the P.E. teacher every friday. My wife and I are really looking forward to taking an active role in our children's education this year and have some great plans for them. I hate to admit it this, but because of the rain I was forced to try something inside for gym class. We pulled out "sweatin' to the oldies' and had a blast. I grew up making fun of Richard Simmons and could never have imagined myself using his product to teach my kids how to exercise. Times change (although he is still weird) & we had a great time dancing around and getting wild to oldies. I'm sure it is a memory that my kids will tell to their friends when they are older and get a good laugh. I'm sure if you can picture it in your mind you'll get a good laugh as well.

Great devotional, "Without Wavering"

Today's Scripture

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJ).
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

God knew there would be times when we would be tempted to waver in our confession of hope. Maybe you are believing for something and you’re starting to think, “Is this really for me? Will this really ever happen?” If that’s you today, remember, He who promised is faithful! And His faithfulness doesn’t depend on your ability to figure it all out. His faithfulness doesn’t depend on the plans we can make or the scenarios we can come up with; He’s faithfulness depends on His Word which never changes! Declare His Word and hold on to your confession of hope today. Be confident that God can make a way when there seems to be no way. Even when your mind may waver, don’t allow your confession to waver. Declare that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Declare that He Who began a good work in you is faithful t…