Friday, June 29, 2007

Back in the USA

Our church team arrived back in Michigan this Wednesday morning after a day of travel... We are grateful for all God has done through us and with us, and mostly, in us... I will share more later on how it went... you can here the teams short testimonies by going to Faithcityusa.com and then clicking on podcast. it was Wednesday nights service June 27th... talk soon...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Healings in Honduras


Here are more pictures from Honduras. It has been a fantastic trip so far...
These two photos show our team handing out clothing to the needy...
Here we are enjoying a meal that was prepared for us... you can see by our expressions we are really digging it... um um good...
We then preached the Gospel and prayed for the sick. An elderly lady was deaf, we prayed and God healed her... Praise God...

Friday, June 22, 2007

more from honduras

This is our orientation at plan Escalon. Pastor Guy is showing our team all the new building projects.
These are new student bathrooms. What a blessing.

Here some of the team are painting the new dental clinic.
I am teaching in the pastors, staff meetings. Pastor Guy is interpreting.
We went up into mountain village, called Pila Deros, and had a toothbrush demonstration for 150 students. When asked if any of them had ever brushed their teeth none of the students raised their hand. All of them were given toothbrushes and toothpaste.
While in village went into house of family that this girl had a sleeping disorder. We prayed for her deliverance. She was cured.
While in mountain village we were invited into a small one room house, 12 feet by 14 feet. This elderly couple lived with their daughter. We prayed for the Lords blessing and health on them.
This is after we prayed for couple. God is good. I am humbled by His grace to use us and to use others like this couple to locate whats really important.

These are some of pictures that show where we have been and what we are doing. I will try to sent more tomorrow. We will be going into another mountain village tonight. Oh by the way we couldn't get pictures or video of preaching last night because after it got dark the electricity in village shut down, power outage... its so common here... oh well... more later.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

In Honduras and loving it

I am in Honduras with a team from our church, Faith City. We are doing work projects and training leaders from a ministry called Tree of Life. The director, who came out of Faith City is Guy Henry along with his wife Angie( girl on right). They are changing a nation with their program called Plan Escalon, which means to escalate up. They have over 400 full time students, living on campus 11 months of year, to get an education and a life trade, and then back into the culture to change it through the principles of the gospel. It is awesome.
Our team is painting the new dental clinic, and then going to the mountains for two days to deliver food and clothing, then in evening share Gospel in nightly meetings in the public square. Pastor Guy had me speak to his staff, leaders, and pastors both Tuesday and all day Wednesday... It was really a special blessing to me, any time we can encourage fellow pastors...Our team left to right, bottom row are Richard Blue, Bruce Haist,Chelsea Greenshields,Kristen Barancik, and Angie Henry, and the back row left to right are me then Chris Blue, Shaena Poehner, and Emily West. All of the team are really great to work with... real troopers... I will try to send more from Honduras, we will return next Tuesday... blessings.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Father's Day will Rock at Faith City

We are getting ready for Sundays service. It is going to be a blow out. I can sense that God is going to do amazing things in our dads and really everyone that shows up. The word from God will be life changing... The videos and music is prepared special to bring a hunger for God and His ways in our life... Do not miss this Sunday at 10:00am... you will never be the same...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

God is my source

Last night I shared the importance of Making God your source., because we can get caught up in what the economy says, or gas prices, etc... But none of that matters if we are trusting the God of the kingdom. We shared in Genesis where God appears to Abraham and tells him to obey and follow and God will be El Shaddi for Abraham. Now El Shaddi translates into Full breasty one, meaning that God will be everything Abraham will ever need for healthy growth the rest of his life... Just like a mothers breast milk will satisfy and complete everything a newborn can need, God wants to satisfy and complete us, we must just trust Him... well I ask you... can you trust Him? Will you trust Him? God is faithful...I pray you trust Him...

Dancing the night away

Kathi and I went to see our grand daughter last Friday night at her dance recital. Bianca just graduated from high school this year and she is sharp. She is a part of Fenton Dance School and she did awesome the other night... In the picture Bianca is in center, along with me and my daughter Tabitha...I love my family... I am a blessed man...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Single Parents Rock














Sunday we shared about the wonderful life of single parenting. God took us on a journey during the service. Lives were touched by God's Mercy and Grace. We revealed what I think is a single parents biggest test, and that is dealing with Guilt. At the end of the talk, almost all prayed to give God the Guilt and walk free from the past... Then a special prayer for our single parents brought us all closer to the Lord of our destiny... Kathi, my wife and Vickie Duff ( see pic) put together some special gift bags for our single moms, wow they were filled $100 worth of cool stuff including gas card, movie card, and Applebees card...
It was a total win for the kingdom... By the way attendance was one of the biggest... praise God... He gets all the glory... This coming Sunday we will be addressing fathers... It's fathers day too... how appropriate... Come and check it out and bring your Dad...

Friday, June 8, 2007

Get Busy, Buddy...


I had a couple of thoughts in my spirit that I wanted to share with you. Let them encourage you to do the great commission, which is to make disciples. In 1 Thessalonians 2:8 it says, "Having a fond affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us." Then in John 12:24 it says, "Truly, truly, unless a grain of wheat goes into the earth and die, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." The truth is that the great commission of making disciples (Mt. 28:19) employs more than just preaching the Word but also includes imparting our lives into others. I've heard it said, "More is caught, than taught!" Making disciples means imparting or transferring yourself into someone else. Jesus didn't tell His disciples, "Okay, here is a teaching, now leave me alone until next week." No, Jesus lived with them where they were; saw them daily. They were able to learn from His life because His life was open to their inspection. They caught His spirit and attitude, not just His words. This is what God wants to see in you and me. An attitude that our lives are open to help others become all God wants them to be. Let them see how you pray, how you trust God; how you deal with hard situations. Don't just preach it to them, you show them how a real Christian does it. Show them how you overcome sickness and disease, how you train your children, you show them, not just tell them. If you truly love God's people you'll find the time and the ways to "give them your life".

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Team Building is a must

Our staff and dept. leaders met for one of our meetings this morning. It was all about team building. It was awesome, you could feel the group coming together as we discussed the importance of really becoming a team, not just calling ourselves one. We handed out a book to read and come back to discuss and implement. It's a book by Patrick Lencioni called, " Silos, Politics and Turf wars." It's a compelling book dedicated to destroying the barriers that turn colleagues into competitors. We all got excited about the potential it holds for our leadership team, and caused open dialogue today that everyone could sense was a great beginning to becoming a real team. Like every team whether business or church, we can have a tendency to build our own areas and not see the big picture of the whole church, even creating divisions and becoming competitive, whether purposefully or not. That's what Patrick calls Silos, the barriers that can exist between departments, that cause people that are supposed to be on the same team to work against one another. I believe this will take our leadership team and ultimately our whole congregation to a whole new level, I am pumped...By the way I heard of this book at the Fizz conference last month at Daybreak Church in Grand Rapids, MI area...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

We took home brownies…


On our continuing series “TV” my oldest son Andrew and his wife Kristen talked on Blended Families and their impact. They showed that God can help us no matter how we end up as a family. I was impressed to learn that Jesus belonged to a blended family, with a stepfather Joseph. Also every Christian was grafted into the body of Christ… meaning we are all part of a blended family. It got me to thinking about our local church family, Faith City… We are composed of Christ followers from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures… It is amazing to see people love, live, and work together no matter the color of skin, the amount of education, or size of bank account. Why? I believe it is because God is blending a family together.
We are learning to trust God together and trust the God in each other. Do we have issues? Does any family? Of course, but, we are looking for the higher good, which is to let our church family reflect God in our world. That is God’s reason for family anyway, no matter how it’s blended… You can hear the message online by going to Faithcityusa.com.
Side thought - Andrew always told me growing up, “ I’m not going to be in the ministry, like you Dad, never, so don’t even think about it”… Ha ha he preached so good Sunday… Proud of you son… ALSO… we took home brownies because all during the teaching Kristen was blending up a brownie mix, proving that things blended can end up very cool…ummm.

Time for Communion


This Wednesday June 6th (tonite), we will be having our worship and communion service. We will be worshiping in song and then experience the powerful healing factor that comes through receiving the elements of communion. Don’t miss; I’m sure it will prove to be a time of closeness to the Lord, and His presence… See you at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

If you knew Almeta


We celebrated Almeta Lampleys home coming today at Foss Ave Baptist Church. She was 33 years old.
If you knew Almeta you knew the Lord was very important and very real to her. She loved coming to church and loved working in the preschool dept with the children. She was a faithful member at Faith City for 3 years. She also went through the Virtuous Women’s program.
She fought the good fight against her heart condition, and in the process she caught a glimpse of heaven. I believe she transferred her faith from a healed body to her eternal home. God didn’t take her, HE received her. She is gone, but she is not forgotten.
I believe that God brings people into our lives for a purpose. God brought Almeta into each of our lives for a reason. Like Almeta, we can learn to truly and genuinely care for others. We can always look for the good in the situation and focus on the joy and the laughter. We can be bold about Christ whether in the hospital or in the neighborhood. We can always make new friends no matter what.
I will forever be grateful that Almeta was there at the right place and at the right time to have touched our lives at Faith City Church.

We had Sex in Church!

Wow, Chris and Tabitha Blue gave a great talk on God's healthy view of sexual purity. It was cool seeing them put it all together on a Sunday morning at church. It wasn't condemning, no it was refreshing to see that God invented the sexual act and made it good, in the context of marriage. When we can value our self then we can wait till our marriage covenant is established with one person. I am proud of Tabby, my daughter, and Chris, my son-in love...they are growing in the ministry, and are helping make an impact at Faith City...One important thing they said was; when they were dating they agreed to a line they would not cross over that was so strong that they did not give themselves the option to be tempted. Now as married they have no regrets... To hear their talk go to faithcityusa.com and listen for free. Be blessed...