Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful... very Thankful...

I sit at my kitchen table writing this... my wife is upstairs helping our granddaughter take a nap... just finished getting potatoes ready for boiling up to make mashed taters to take to my son's Andrews house where all of the family will reside for fellowship, food, and football later today... so I take this quiet moment to reflect... I am SO BLESSED by my GOD... He has given me eternal life, a "all I could hope and ask for" wife, four wonderful children, son and daughter in loves(laws), four beautiful grandchildren(so far)... great health, 100's of excellent and friendly church friends, Ministry friends across this nation and world, a debt free lifestyle, a love for golf and Starbucks coffee, a mom who understands me somewhat, a hunger for understanding and sharing God's Word... WOW, I am a very blessed man, and that makes me very thankful... also a nation that still provides for the Gospel to be preached around the world and across the street, you and I can share Christ and His great Salvation to anyone that will listen... yes I am truly thankful today... OK the potatoes are ready to mash... got to go... have a very thankful day... I respect you and bless you, in Jesus name... Peace, Karl

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dallas was great visit.

Kathi and I was in Dallas Texas last weekend hanging with our pastor friends Mike and Brenda Williams... their church is actually in Wills Point about 30 miles east of Dallas. These two are wonderful people and have a great church family... We spoke in the service and their people are so good at receiving the Word... it was electric... and a privilege to minister in the pulpit for them. Then we spoke at an evening service for our pastor friends Bill and Beverly Early in Fort Worth, which was another great meeting... Great day altogether... Then last Monday we spent the day with the Williams at an outlet mall, bookstore, Starbucks, and lunch at Cheesecake Factory... where we ate healthy which means none of us ate... you guessed it, no cheesecake... oh well these two are sweet enough to make up for it... Both Kathi and Brenda are into couponing... Kathi has been doing it for a couple months, so she learned some more from Brenda.. so they clicked right away.. Mike and I talked about some good leadership and ministry books we have read... and all the church related stuff two pastors share about... it was really refreshing... and... the weather was fantastic... all in all it was real nice time with our friends and a great time for Kathi and me to spend together...

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's all about the Heart

Scriptures say... It's the Heart man, the heart... that is the subject we discussed last night in our men's group... When most guys want to operate strictly out of their mind... we must go for the heart first. Proverbs 4:20 tells us to Guard our heart, because that's where the issues of life flow from... If we don't guard what we let in, we can be taken down the wrong road in life... Doing what WE DO FROM THE HEART... is the matter we all need to deal with. Isaiah 29:13 goes like this,"These people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, BUT their heart is far from Me." the Bible also tells us that..."God looks at the heart"... Men miss so much in life because we are trying to listen TOO much with our mind, and miss what our heart is telling us... Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:35, "Good and evil come forth from the heart". That's why God gives us a new heart when we make Jesus Lord through the "Born Again" experience, a heart that receives and contains the Spirit of God...This heart that has become new in Christ is submitted to God's Word, and is empowered to obey that Word... so when we follow the New Heart we win over temptation, over tension, and over wrong thinking... Yeah... it's all about the Heart... Have you received yours yet? Peace, Karl

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New People Rock

We joined up 14 new members this last Sunday. these are top shelf folks that get it.. So exciting watching God's plan for people working...Becoming a member at Faith City means that you are becoming a part of our spiritual family and are joining us on the most important and exciting "journey" you will ever take. Over the years some have expressed to me that church membership isn't really important, but the Bible has some things to say about it. It is your spiritual family and we all need one. Here are some reasons why you need a spiritual family.
1. YOU NEED HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the one who falls and has no one to help him up!" - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
2. YOU NEED A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN USE YOUR GIFTS. "Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you..." - 1 Timothy 4:14
3. YOU NEED A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GROW. "They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, sharing in the breaking of bread and prayer." - Acts 2:42
4. YOU NEED TO BELONG TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." - Romans 12:4-5 "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…" - Hebrews 10:25
I believe you can see why church membership... now... how about you? Tell me what you think... Peace, Karl

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Baggage Check

I taught in our series “Crazy Love”, at Faith City this last Sunday... I used the scripture in Matt 22:37-40; Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus summarized our whole responsibility into two tasks: Love God and Love people... I believe that Loving God with my everything means - to get my FOCUS on God first... and the sad truth is for most believers it’s not. Why? Because most of us focus our time and energy on our baggage... and everybody has baggage from the past that needs to be dealt with. Baggage can be emotional hang-ups, legalism, addictions, and unresolved offences, past hurts, past relationships...and even though it is painful to keep holding on to it... it can seem painful to give it up too... So we get really good at hanging on to it...
BUT here’s the problem... Whatever we keep as baggage keeps us living in the past, and affects our walk with God... So you and I must lose our baggage if we are going to walk free...
SO, HOW do I lose my baggage?
1) FORGET the past... Isaiah 43:18 says... Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
2) FORGIVE all offenses... 1 Peter 4:8 says...Love covers a multitude of sin (baggage)... And Col. 3:13 says...Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
3) FOCUS on Jesus... Hebrews 12:2 tells us... Let's focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...
I don’t know your story- but I know that no matter how much baggage has collected... we can check it all on God’s Love airlines where He promises to lose our entire luggage... So check it in or haul it around, it’s our choice...
The pics show me demonstrating how hard it is to follow God when we are lugging around all our baggage that has collected in our life... Many said it changed them forever...Peace, Karl

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday Gets Crazy at Church...

I am still buzzed about Sundays service... It was over the top. Attendance was packed... expectancy was high... the anointing was present... " God, You are awesome". We had 12 new members join the church body... which is encouraging, because these are folks that are taking seriously becoming a part of something and adding their gifting to make it a better place... We were into part two of series called, "Crazy Love" where we learned about checking our baggage we pickup in life on God's Love airlines where He guarantees to "lose our luggage"... had a lot of people respond to unloading all the baggage of the past... much healing was going on...
Then we had a lunch for all our Growth Group leaders and those that will be leading new groups this next semester... Got some new exciting Growth Groups coming up in Jan 09... It was a working lunch to revisit the vision for our small groups and get a basic rundown of what and whens on the next groups... it was exciting to see the support of the Faith City vision concerning small groups. January groups will be exceptional. More later...
The day was so charged for me that I forgot to eat until Kathi and I went to Walgreen's about 6:30 to get some coupon deals, (she is becoming my coupon Queen) and I expressed that, "Wow, I think I'm hungry, I should eat something..." which we went home and had this fabulous beef roast that Kathi had in the slow-cooker over night... and it was soo good. I realized that we have changed our eating habits this year. We eat less calories a day than we did a year ago... and slowly we have lost weight, gotten smaller in our sizes, and gained more energy... I have lost 32 lbs and Kathi... I can't tell you, but it's all good... anyway more also on this subject later... All in all Sunday was a great day... Peace, Karl

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hopeful future for all of us.

Congratulations to president elect Obama becoming the 44 president of the United States. What a great land we live in, full of differences, cultures , and backgrounds that we can use to divide or unite. I believe that no matter where you stand on the issues, and we don't all agree on all of them, we can work together on some, civilly disagree on others, and in everything ask God to give us wisdom that will continue to make America the great nation it has been. The scriptures tell us in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (MES), "The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live." I think this is the attitude to live in... Every day comes with it's own set of challenges, and that's why we're here to met them with God's love and grace and faith... Karl

Monday, November 3, 2008

Whose wealth are we spreadin' and why.

Here's the deal... I am a Christian, so I follow the Bible that tells me to help those that can't help themselves... no problem here... I do help others, give to others... without asking anything in return... But... I don't believe it should be legislated to steal what I have honestly earned and give to someone else... When the government gets involved in charity work it always becomes a tragic mistake. Redistribute the wealth will not work. It is legalized thievery... We have a generation raised on the welfare system that was to be a temporary fix but has become, sadly, a supposedly expected right... Listen... I want to see people helped... but to expect the government to be our source and supply is totally whacked thinking based on socialism at best, Communism at worst... please wake up and smell the insanity before it's to late... Agree or not, but it's my blog... and I needed to vent... Peace, Karl

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sometimes you must say NO!

The elections are around the corner. Two Proposals will be on our ballot in Michigan... I am voting  NO  on both of them.. I am saying NO to  Proposal  1 because I am opposed  to  legalizing  smoking  medical  marijuana  in  Michigan. Want more info, go to nopotshops.com. I am also voting  NO  on  Proposal  2 because I am opposed  to  unregulated research  on  human  embryos  in  Michigan.  I support  the  successful  adult  stem  cell  research  that  does  not  require  the killing  of  human  embryos.  Find  out  more on this  proposal at micause.com. Sometimes you just have to say NO... and this is one of those times... Please prayerfully vote this Tuesday... I also believe that God gave our forefathers the wisdom to make this country great with a Constitution that valued the rights of the citizenship by less government, not more... I know it can be tough for many right now, but do not buy in to a socialist mindset... that cannot be better for America