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This week I'm going to post some thoughts on giving, here's part 1, "Urban Legends About Giving"

This week I'm going to post some thoughts on giving. Most of the thoughts will be borrowed from a great website called generousgiving and my personal stories will be of course, mine. (and true) Don't ever forget, you cannot out give God!


I’m Not Required to Give
It’s my money. I earned it.
It is a common idea (especially in America) that a person has absolute authority over his own stuff. But the reality is very different. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). Whatever we have has come from the Lord’s hand, and only indirectly by our earning (1 Chronicles 29:14). Our wealth belongs to us in the same way that a child’s bedroom belongs to the child. The room actually belongs to the parent, but the child is given temporary, accountable charge over it. This is even more so for Christians, who have been bought at the price of Jesus’ death (1 Corinthians 5:20). Our lives and all our stuff is utterly at the disposal of the God who bought us.


My giving is a privat…

Great song

My wife and I have enjoyed watching the celebrity apprentice these last few weeks and I heard a great song at the finale. The song is by Trace Adkins and it's called, "You're gonna miss this." Every time the song is purchased on iTunes in the next week or so the money goes to a deserving charity. It is a great song and it will really get you thinking. Check it out and Enjoy!

Tomorrow has me thinking about how to love my kids better...

Tomorrow morning is the weekend experience for our church family. It's an exciting weekend! We are coming off of Easter (which is our highest attended day of the year) and we are celebrating child dedication. (which is also highly attended) A few times each year we dedicate children from our church family to the Lord. It's a great moment and one of my favorite things to do as a Pastor. It's a special moment for the family and one that I have enjoyed with my own. I was thinking about the follow-through of that dedication process and how I can be more loving to my children. I found this good article on the five love languages and how to love your child. It's good stuff and I thought it could be helpful for all of you out there that have children like I do.

Five Love Languages
Do your children feel loved? Do they sense your unconditional affection and support as they school at home? Although we may think we’re showing love to our children, many times our children f…

Bunny time!

Some Easter pics from this weekend. My family is such a blessing. That is the whole clan minus my beautiful wife. I am a very blessed muchacho. The first pic is a pretty funny story. We had gotten each of our children a little chocolate bunny in their family Easter basket. Carter (2 years old) was playing with his bunny and he poked the face and it broke and fell inside the hollow bunny. It totally freaked him out. He was scared to death of the bunny and still will not go near it. You can see it in his face in the picture. The question is, "Would it be wrong for me to use it as a discipline tool?" To say things like, "do you want me to get the bunny if you don't listen?" I would never do that, I'm just teasing. It was a pretty funny moment and one that my wife and I will always remember. BEWARE OF THE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNY!

Easter-after

It's Easter-after and I'm feeling pretty good. We have a great team and everyone stepped up and did an awesome job. I'm spending some time early this week with some pastor friends of mine from out of town. We get together 2-3 times a year to make sure that we are not losing our minds. I value all of my friends but these guys are unique because they do what I do. They are all Pastors at churches in the North East. It's great to be able to download your heart with others. DO YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT YOU CAN DOWNLOAD WITH IN YOUR LIFE. I need people that I can be honest with. What's great about my friends is that they don't need anything from me. They don't need my money, time or influence. They have chosen to be my friend just because. It's easier to journey through life with friends. We need all kinds of friends to share life together with. If you don't have good friends that you can trust, pray and ask God to give you some ASAP. Trust me,…

Happy Resurrection Day!

We had a great day today at Freedom Life! Our church pulled together and we enjoyed an awesome weekend service. We had tons of visitors and God's presence was there in a powerful way. It was one of our largest attended services ever, right around 600 people, and it was a blast! It takes a lot of passionate volunteers and inviters to make a service happen each weekend, and this week was no different. From our parking attendants to our children workers, everyone gave of themselves sacrificially! It is an honor to be a part of a great church and to see everyone function in their gifts.
We launched our new series called, 'thread.' It's a series that I've wanted to adapt for the last few years from Fellowship church. I talked about how God desires to give us new threads and new life in Him. It is exciting to see people take steps in their spiritual journey towards Christ. When I get to pray with people that want their walk with God to be resurrected by the powe…

Easter Weekend

I can't believe that Easter weekend is here! I'm taking my family out to get our pictures taken and to buy some new threads. I love getting our kids pictures taken and dressing them up. I want to look back and see how much they changed and what 'threads' we had them in. It's something my family always did and my wife does a great job of planning all of those things with our family. Here is a pic from my archives as a kid.



Those are some serious threads and some serious ears! Hilarious!! Anyway, this years message series beginning Easter Sunday is called 'thread.' Join us this weekend at 10 a.m. as we look at the connection between our threads and the hope that we have in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Also, each year we try and do some special family activities during the holy week to help our kids understand the reality of Easter and the resurrection. I found a good link with lots of great ideas at christianity today's website, for more information…

Hope

I read a really good devotional today from Joel Osteen ministries and I wanted to share it with you.

Hope Comes from Him
Today's Scripture

“Find rest, o my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

God is constantly planting seeds of hope and victory in your life. He’s constantly trying to deposit His faith on the inside of you. Often times, when we’re anxious and worried, it’s difficult to hear His voice of hope and confidence. But when we stop and quiet ourselves, when we find rest in Him, we will recognize His voice of hope. You’ll hear Him saying to your heart, “Your best days are still in front of you, you are more than a conqueror, you’re the head and not the tail.” As you receive His hope, it creates a foundation for faith to rise inside your heart. The Bible says that faith gives substance to things hoped for. In other words, your hope gives your faith something to work toward. If the cares of this world have left you f…

What Kind Of Person Are You?

I read a great blog today from over at davidfoster.tv. The post is below. Take some time to answer this question, What kind of person are you?

There are four kinds of people, I’ve discovered. Here they are:

1. COULD DO PERSON.“I could do that” These are the people that make excuses why they didn’t do it. If all the stars aligned and all the resources were made available, they could do that.

2. LIKE TO DO PERSON.“I’d like to do that” That’s the person who says that if it’s simple, easy and fast, I wouldn’t mind having the reward.

3. SHOUD DO PERSON. “I should do that” That’s the person who lives by an inner sense of the moral rightness of a thing, but is never able to make the connection to move into action.

4. MUST DO PERSON.“I must do that” That’s the person who, in spite of lack of resources, opportunity, and skill, will go out and find all three.

Here is the question I have for you. WHAT IS YOUR MUST? There are not many. There are probably not more than three, certainly no more tha…

Time flies, do you know where yours is going?

We are gearing up for a series called, "One Month To Live," at the end of next month. I'm pretty excited about the effect that I believe it will have on our church family and on those who will be visiting during that time. As I've been thinking about the series, I've had some interesting things happen this week. First, I was talking with my 8 year old daughter about an American Girl book that she borrowed from a friend and was reading. The book teaches girls about their developmental stages during the pre-teen years. My daughter was explaining things to me that we did not even want to think about discussing with her yet. My wife and I are still shell-shocked. The only period that I want my daughter learning about is the one that goes at the end of a sentence! Time flies, I was rocking her to sleep in my arms just yesterday and now she's learning about growing up. The second memorable event that happened this week is that I had the chance to sit down …

W.W.G.D.

Did you see this headline? Mary Ann of 'Gilligan's Island' Caught With Marijuana in CarClick here to check out the story.
I guess the question we must ask ourselves is, "What would Gilligan do?" Crazy stuff!

This past weekend

I had a great time this past weekend as I enjoyed our churches marriage conference and some much needed time with my wife. My mother-in-law came into town and was a blessing as she watched our kids for a few days. It was weird to go out and not be interrupted in some way by one of our four children.
At our weekend service we had special guests, Greg & Kristie Hollis, who also were the speakers at our marriage retreat. They did a great job of investing into our church. Greg really challenged us on Sunday to develop our family portrait. Not based on the past, but on the future that God has for each of us. I guess the question is, "What will your family look like in the future based on the intentional choices that you make today?" It is a question that I'm really taking some time to consider. The stakes are huge and generations will be affected by my choices. I hope that you'll consider that question this week also.

LOVE AFFAIR SERIES

We are currently in a a great teaching series called, "Love Affair" during our weekend service. We are reading through the books of 1,2, & 3 John and asking God to teach us how to love. I invite you to join us as we read through these powerful books. This past weekend was a particularly challenging message as we talked about the reality that God commands us to love other Christ-followers, as well as our enemies. Who are you having a difficult time loving this week? Maybe it is a friend, a loved one, a co-worker, an enemy or maybe it's even yourself. Let God grow you this week as you make a decision to love God and love others regardless of the circumstance. Especially love those that don't deserve it. You can have everything in the world, but if you don't have love, you don't have anything. Remember, God is love! I'll talk more about this tomorrow...

Another great devotional, part 2

Here is another great devotional from one of my favorite preachers, Ed Young. (personal note, enjoy Buddy & check out Ed's video with Joel, pretty funny!)

Remember the words I spoke to you: "No servant is greater than his master." If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
John 15:20-21

Many people are surprised when they read these verses of Scripture for the first time. How can a loving, peaceful, gentle God allow people to hate you for being obedient to him? But many are surprised because one of biggest lies about the Christian faith is that obedience equals a comfortable life. But Jesus says in Matthew 10 that he did not come to bring peace. He came to bring a sword.

Jesus' message is so strong that it produces polarizing responses in your life and mine. God never promised that if we were obedient we would li…

Another great devotional!

Confidence in Him
This is another great devotional that I got this week. It is from Joel Osteen Ministries and I think it will be an encouragement to you! Enjoy!

Today's Scripture

“My soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You…” (Psalm 57:1).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Do you need more confidence for something specific in your life today? Confidence is strength in knowing that God has chosen you and equipped you for everything in life today. It doesn’t matter what you may be facing, you can find confidence in God. When you understand how much God loves you and that He desires to empower you, every obstacle will become smaller and smaller. Know this, for every challenge, God has a solution. He wants to turn your obstacle into opportunity. He wants to bring you out stronger than before. He wants to take you to higher places. Your soul can find refuge and shelter in Him. That means, you can rest, even in the midst of the storms of life. Take a step of faith t…

How Bad Do You Hate Your Job?

Officials: Man Asked Friend to Shoot Him So He Could Skip Work
Saturday, March 01, 2008

PASCO, Wash. — What happened to faking a cough?

Sheriff's detectives in Washington state say a man had his friend shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn't have to go to work.

When he first spoke with deputies, Daniel Kuch told them he'd been the victim of a drive-by shooting while he was jogging Thursday.

But detectives told KONA radio that Kuch later acknowledged that he asked his friend to shoot him so he could get some time off work and avoid a drug test.

The friend has been arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment. Kuch is expected to be charged with false reporting.

Detectives declined to say where Kuch works, or whether he still has a job. It wasn't known if he had obtained a lawyer.