Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Andy and Kristen are part of the ministry team at Faith City, and are raising their family to love God with all their heart... Kathi and I am so proud of them.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
I love this time of year... colored lights, pretty sights, snow on heights... wow that rhymes. Christmas time for Christians can be a powerful time to share the message of God's love with friends, co-workers, and such... Don't miss the opportunity... The greatest gift was Jesus sent to save the world of sin... we can share that more openly during this season than any other... Take advantage of it... And by the way, don't get stressed out over the holidays... take it easy, don't let it pressure you... take a deep breathe and enjoy your family, friends, and neighbors... That's where your church family comes in...Go to church services and worship God together, enjoy God's presence. I am sharing more about this Sunday in our new series called,"How the Grinch steals Christmas". Come out and get blessed.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I was reading Psalm 107:1-9, and meditating on its significance… Then revelation came…
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”
God loves it when we recognize His goodness and rehearse it with our mouth, our heart and our soul…
These next verses really got to me… read them… “Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.”
In a minute as I read, it dropped in my heart that this is what God has done for me and many others… He saw we were looking for a place to settle, a city, and I thought of Faith City… as we cried out to God He gave us a place (Faith City) where we can be healed, fixed, and flourish. A place where we can find connection with others, find a family, find the love of God… We found our place to settle in and develop in our full purpose… A place where we feel acceptance, a place to grow and glow… our city…
“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Got a craving? Let Him fill it with good things. Good things like good friends; good brothers and sisters in Christ; good health; peace and joy and fellowship with God our Maker…
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tonite we celebrate the over 120 awesome volunteers of Faith City with a special banquet. I am excited because of the wonderful people that are a part of the team. Workers that serve week in and week out, making a difference in the excellence and quality of the ministry here. This is the backbone and heart of Faith City. Tonight we honor those who see the bigger picture, that we are called to serve with our gifts. Thank you team members, thank you for every child that is cared for, thanks for every family that is made to feel welcome, thanks for every heart that is made eternal because you serve at Faith City with your whole heart. Thank you for reaching out with the love of God throughout the prisons, nursing homes, jails, through over 350 extra services in the surrounding counties. And mostly, thank you for being Jesus in someones life. Faith City Volunteers, you rock. Can't wait to see you tonite.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
In God's presence is where the picture you see of yourself can change... Psalms tells us there is fullness and joy in His presence... Hey it's a good place, and I don't think most Christians go there often enough... If we did we would be different, be changed, be joyful, have less worry and fear, and would see a giant walking in our shoes and not a grasshopper. How do we get there? The Bible tells us to, Pray without ceasing, enter His courts with praise, His gates with thanksgiving. These are ways to go into His presence. Meditating His word also... Our God is the God of peace, so that's what you will experience also in His presence...
Come on, let's go in...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The morning of 9/11/2001 Kathi and I were drinking coffee, watching Fox news and talking. All of a sudden they went live as we watched in horror the second tower hit... To say we stared in disbelief would be an understatement... but then to have the story unravel over the next moments, hours, days, months... just like others we realized that not everybody is content to let us live our American dream... Well fudge to them... live how you want, but let those who choose to live American, or even live their Christian faith... let it be. There has not been another attack on American soil, such as 9-11 since, and I thank God... And by the way... we need to be praying daily for God's protection not just for our families, but our nation, our president and leaders, and yes even our enemies... for God to change their heart... impossible, you say? Nothing is impossible with God...
Friday, August 31, 2007
I am finishing up my study for the new Series we are starting on Sunday Sept 2, and I am truly excited about the impact it will have on our lives. It will run for two weeks.
This is what I know, that God is in the business of transforming life from bad to good, from good to great. In this two week series we will motivate you to allow God's transforming power to bring you to your full potential. Week one; " Becoming Transformed ". Week two; " Helping to Transform Others". You won't want to miss these two live transforming weeks, and bring someone with you to share the process. Bringing people into the safe environment of a Sunday service is a great way to see them transformed into the wonderful person that God has created them to be... So love your friends and family by bring them to church this Sunday.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I'm not sure if reading does that, but now that I have your attention, men especially, let me encourage you to read good books. Books will improve you in every area. A statement my wife and I have said for years is, " If you can read, you can reason, and if you can reason, you can rule." and isn't that what God wants us to do, have dominion? Here is a list of where reading can help improve life.
1) Read the Bible for spiritual growth, along with answers to every area of life.
2) Read books on marriage, it will spark the fire...
3) Read books on leadership, everyone of us need to be a great leader, whether we are leading a fortune 500 company or leading a little child, both are very important, especially to that little child.
4) Read books on self improvement, maybe its on weight control or exercise.
5) Read books that have to do with your line of work, your occupation. Getting better at what you do, gets you in line for promotion and favour.
6) Read books on history, find great leaders and glean the characteristics that made them famous.
7) Read books to your children if you have them, or grandchildren... they will get a vision that reading is cool and carry it on.
8) Read books on your hobbies, have fun reading...
I believe in reading... I usually have three to seven books I'm reading to keep my mind in the game and focused... You really can't go wrong reading... It will stoke a fire of vision, passion, creativity, and take you on a journey that will stay with you for life... SO, READ, just make sure it's the good stuff... Finally I guess if you read reputable books on enjoying yourself in your marriage, reading could improve your sex life...cool
Monday, August 27, 2007
Wow, I am excited about next two Sundays when we will be sharing about the real life transformers. God has done a work in us when we come to Christ... We are transformed from the inside out... We are more than forgiven, we are changed... and now all things are possible to those who believe. This series will be worth getting people out... invite friends, family, work mates, and even your enemies, just kidding, I bet you don't have any... But we should start inviting them now, don't wait... the things we hear in this series has the potential to change,uh, transform our lives, oh yeah... Don't forget my wife, Kathi, will be completing her monthly teaching on the personalities this Wednesday night at 7;00, you don't want to miss this...
Sunday, August 26, 2007
That's what I talked about today in service, was risking it all and when to do it. There were several commitments to trust God, to tell others about what God has done in our lives, and to use our God given gifts and talents to help our brothers and sisters in Christ. It was awesome. New families coming every week, which is good... Some of our regular members and families are still out traveling and vacations, but should get back to our growth mode after Labor Day... Anyway we just completed our 4 week series on "The Games of Life". You can subscribe to our free podcast and listen to the series along with others that we have up by going to, faithcityusa.com and clicking on podcast button. It will take you through drill... One of faith city's associate pastors, Chris Blue, has started a blog. Check it out at, cgoblu.blogspot.com
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Last night more than one tornado hit our town of Fenton. The downtown area is out of power, much damage. Everyone of church family we talk to are fine. Houses not touched, only power out. Praise God, no one was killed. Please pray for those affected. If you know someone living in Fenton area give them a call, see if you can help. Update later.
Friday, August 24, 2007
I am blessed by the great work our outreach team is doing. Richard Blue has taken over 40 of our faith city folks and has lead them out to all kinds of ministry. I wanted to share what happens during the month with our Outreach team. Thanks team for making a difference in peoples lives with the gospel.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sundays — Ionia Michigan Reformatory Dorms
1st Sunday — Alterra 1 & 2 Assisted Living
2nd Sunday — The Pines on the Lake, Fenton
3rd Wednesday — Golden Oaks, Oakland County
Every Thursday — Genesee County Jail
1x/Week — Oakland County Jail
1x/Month —God’s House Ministry (Drug Rehab)
2nd Friday — Groveland Manor – Connect Group/every other week
Every Friday — Max Man 11-1pm
Every Sunday — Out to dinner with outreach team members
These teams reach into prisons, jails, and seniors homes reaching lives for Christ... so thank a outreach team member next time you see them in church... they are doing it right...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Dear Friends, Day 5
I would first like to thank all of you who have sent donations towards the relief work. We have been astounded by what has come through to help the earthquake victims. It has been your giving that has allowed us to get some of the first relief teams on the ground.
Today we sent three teams out to the areas of Canete, Chincha, and Pisco. One team spent the majority of the day at the local coliseum in the city of Chincha distributing massive amounts of food that the government could not get to the people due to a lack of manpower.
In Canete and Pisco we focused on the distribution of food and supplies, as well as forming contacts with local pastors in the communities. Our goal is to help the church get back on its feet so they can be a center of hope for the victims in their communities.
We have posted videos on YouTube of some of the work that we have been doing in these areas. Please follow the links below:
YouTube - camino de vida- Peru-Terremoto-Cañete
The report of what went out yesterday;
We sent a team of 30 people from our church to do the distribution in the cities below. They were also accompanied by Congressmen Belaunde.
The majority of the distribution items were donated by members of our church.
A team went to the town of Cerro Azul (Canete) to bring aid to over 400 fishermen and their families. The earthquake destroyed not only their homes, but also their boats. They say it will be about 30 days before they can get back on the water.
Other areas visited by: Vinia de los Milagros, El Progreso, los Liberes, received much supplies.
Also in the city of Santa Cruz de los Flores, we distributed much goods.
Apart from distributing these donations in these areas, we also donated food and goods to two local pastors (Calvary Chapel church, and a local baptist church)
God Bless, Robert and Karyn Barriger
As you can see, Robert and his team is making a difference, if you can help contact Camino de vida
Av. El Buen Retiro 100 Monterrico-Surco Lima Peru
and let them know. Thanks
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
My wife, Kathi's teaching on the personalities continues tonight, you will want to be there, 7:00pm. It is eye and heart opening stuff, and she shares it in funny ways... see you there.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I have been in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this week and it was a blast. Meet with Pastor Jim Scalise, along with Jerry Cox, a pastor from Jackson MI and John Gwatney, a pastor from Iuka, Ms. We were there to help Jim with starting a gospel work there. Jim has moved to Steamboat from Houston three years ago and God has been doing supernatural things with and through Jim to get prepared for this new work. We toured the property that was given Jim for a ministry facility, had prayer meetings, and even had some time for golf. The balls fly father in the Colorado altitude than in Michigan, which was cool... Steamboat is a beautiful place, mountains surrounding the community in the valley. A skiing resort community. Please pray for Jim and the work God has given him to do there. Met some wonderful brothers there, like Ron and his son, Shad... Love you guys... keep it real... Thanks for your generous hospitality.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
By the way, Pastor Blue leads a team of over 40 believers from Faith City church every month and some areas weekly, such as 4 different nursing homes, 2 state prisons, 3 county jails, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ... We even have a weekly Men's program started with 20 men in a local county jail, using Ed Cole's "Maximized Manhood" curriculum... Dave Cody, one of our outreach leaders is heading that up... I want to say thank you to all our outreach team, your over the top, making a big difference in peoples lives...Your a big part of making the vision happen here at Faith City... Thanks again.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I am always so amazed at God's grace over our services at Faith City. I know other churches can say the same thing, but wow, it is just so awesome when God shows up and touches lives through the Word of God and through praise... Again Sunday I sensed God really challenging hearts to follow Him with our words, our actions, and our obedience... and again record attendance... We are confessing over our church, "No summer slump, but a summer jump"... it's working... I'm really enjoying pastoring. Of course there are challenges, but seeing God's promises working in so many families and individuals at Faith City is so rewarding... and doing life with my wife is just so great in itself... Kathi encourages my to keep growing, developing, and reaching for new heights... thanks babe... Like all pastors wives she helps me debrief after each service concerning my message... she inspires me to be a great communicator, which is one of my goals, to inspire people to grow up and go up into God's will for their life, to find the exciting satisfying God life that is available for everyone on this planet...
I must also say to all the members and attenders at Faith City, you are the best, you go with the flow of God and your leadership... Your reaching out to people, inviting to church, being loving to others... your doing the Jesus style and it's making a difference at Faith City... Thank you church family... Kathi and I are honored to serve Christ together with you to make a difference in our world...
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I'm studying this morning for Sundays service... excited about the Real Secret series... seems to be going full blast... more later on that. This afternoon is our granddaughters open house for high school graduating. We are so proud of her. Bianca is well grounded in her life and faith... she is working in a daycare now with plans for college to do something in medical field... Kathi and I have watched this girl grow over the years and can say that she is a dynamic, beautiful, fun, spirit filled young lady, who really will make a difference with her life for good... she already is... be blessed Bianca, grandpa and Nana love you...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I am sharing tonite at Faith City about the two kinds if unbelief the Bible refers to, and how to get it out of your life. No of us can go forward in the things of God if we give in to unbelief... so come out tonite at 7:00 pm for our service. It lasts about an hour, and there are classes for your children as well. Our services are very casual, so no dress up necessary, come as you are... You can even get a Starbucks coffee, and drink it during service... it's OK... For more info on our church go to Faithcityusa.com for your answers... See you tonite...