Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome to 2010!

Happy New Year to you and may God’s Word help you rise to a new level in 2010. I have a word for you that can bring a difference in your outcome this year, and it’s the word, “Generous”! I believe when we understand how generous God is toward us, that it should wake up the same desire in us. In 2 Peter 1:3 we are told, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life”. Then verse 4 continues, “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These promises enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption.”

God’s big generosity toward us has totally liberated us, changed us, and blessed us, and to that I am so thankful it makes me want to be generous like my heavenly Father.

Meditate on these excellent verses on the generous person and make the decision that 2010 will be the year to be one…

A generous man himself will be blessed. Prov. 22:9

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Prov.11: 25

Good will come to him who is generous ... Ps. 112:5

Start 2010 remembering how generous God is…

Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth. Deut. 8:18

In His Grip, Karl

Friday, December 25, 2009

Peace of Christmas to You!


Kathi and I are asking God to pour out His wonderful grace on your life during this special time and for 2010... We have expectations of His glory and power resting mightily on His people... We call you blessed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Prayer for You...

Merry Christmas and May you live the reality that Jesus bought us through His birth, death, and resurrection. We are living in a time that trusting God and His Word will be the dividing line between those that are blessed and those that are not. I believe that 2010 will be a season of overflow; overflowing in favor, miracles, and in the glory of God. All of His covenant blessings will be accelerated into our lives, if we will obey His voice. Isaiah 1:19 confirms it; “If you are willing and obedient, you will experience the good of the land”.

Let me encourage you to make sure that God’s voice is the first voice you hear every morning… His voice is the one that really matters anyway. So many voices are vying for our attention, but can they really deliver the peace, the wisdom, or the answers that God’s voice can? After you hear His voice, the critical

words of others will have little affect on you… After you hear His voice, the fear-laden words of those around you will not influence you… After you hear God’s voice you will be able to face every evil report with faith and confidence.

“Great peace have they which love Your word, and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is settled on You, because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3

We know that God will cause all things to work together for our good in our lives. So let go of everything that slowed you down, and get a new perspective for 2010… Expect to hear His voice, trust Him, and don’t ever stop or give up. Your future is in His hands and it’s good!

Blessings and Peace, Pastor Karl.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

God's Appropriations Bill is Good News


With economies on the spiral downward, with bailouts compounding, with fear crippling like a drug, and with voices heralding crisis after crisis, there is one place that hasn’t bought in, one economy that hasn’t been affected at all... And that my friend is the kingdom of God. See, God has never participated in any local or global overwhelming crisis except one that loomed over the earth just after the beginning of time... It was a global crisis that literally stole the heart, soul, and resolve of man, but God decided to fix it, once and for all time by sending His son, Jesus Christ with a global bailout of mega proportions...

This is such a through and complete bailout nothing more is needed, except for each individual person that touches down on planet earth to accept this appropriations bill that Jesus paid for, and enter into the kingdom where all things are new, and all plans are good, and all things work together for our best...

I listed some scriptures that give us hope in this present hopeless culture...

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

“Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.” Eph 1:11 Amp

Not only does He have a plan; but He is working out – everything – that comes our way to conform to His plan. So if you are struggling today with lack, maybe it’s the lack that Hosea 4:6 talks about, “My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge.”

The truth is that you and I must know the Word to possess it. We must believe the Word to receive it. It is up to each of us how far and deep we will go in Christ.

It will be according to the degree of Word we know and act on. Don’t be caught up in all the fear claims made by those who don’t live in the Kingdom of God. Dig in the book today and make a lifestyle habit to daily read and study the scriptures.

Remember to “Seek the Kingdom first and these others things will be added”... There is no shortage in His Kingdom!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Cupcakes and Sprinkles Rule


Had Ethan and Aliyah (grand babies) over for the night, and the project was cupcake decorating... I heard that the more sprinkles one uses the higher the I.Q. As you can see these two are geniuses...


BTW, I had to use the camera in my mac computer because Tabitha borrowed my camera and my iphone was out of service... so pics a little grainy...




But everything ends well, just like it's suppose to...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chuck prayed for a Preacher!


One of the most important lessons I have learned over the years is this... “We are God's plan for reaching and healing a broken world". He just needs a body to work through. Jesus gave God a body to work through. That's why we can have a relationship with God today, because of Jesus.
And then also the virgin Mary gave God a body to work through, a womb to birth through… Have you given God a body, a life, if you will, to work through?

I am reminded of a man named Charles, ordinary in every way… had a wife and two children, a little boy and girl. His wife was pregnant with her third child and the baby’s birth was hard on both the mom and baby. The little baby boy had one of his lungs collapsed, so the doctor said, “You better call your priest…he won’t last long.
Charles must of believed that God had a different idea… So he excused himself from his darling wives side… saying I’ll be back in a little bit… Charles found his way to the hospitals chapel room… knelt down and cried out to God… He said,” God please allow my son to live, and I will give him to you to preach the Gospel”. By praying for his son Charles gave God a body to work through.

Chuck is in heaven now, BUT the story continues because some years later that boy did become a preacher, and I thank God every day for my daddy, Charles J Barancik, that gave God a body to work through.

Karl A Barancik, Chuck’s son.

(Pic left to right; brother Steve; Me; Dad, Charles; son, Jason)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kathi telling on me publicly...




Kathi and I have started teaching a series on Marriage at our church Faith City... We are having fun doing it too!

I start it out with a couple points and Kathi adds icing to it...





Hearing a lot of good reports already from Faith City family along with emails and comments from others that are seeing it or hearing it online...
We will continue for the next two Sundays, by the way, there is a lot of things we are sharing for those that are single also, so this series is for everybody... we can all get a better perspective on what it takes to have a godly marriage...


Kathi and I are talking about doing more series together in 2010 on family and other subjects...

Let me know what teaching subjects would be good for us to tackle in 2010... Blessings, Karl

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Back in the Saddle...


Wow, can't believe over 4 weeks since last on... Just let it get side tracked for a brief moment of time to contemplate where it goes... will have some things coming...

Here is a photo of my grandson Jonathon... who graduated from boot camp and is on next leg of military service... Hes is a true hero to me.

enjoy life, Karl

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My eyes leaked on this...

This photo and story came across my desk and I had to share it... Thank you Jesus for all those who sacrifice for a cause they believe in... and their families... Please pray for God's grace and peace on all the families that have members in the military...

The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. 'I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,' she said. 'I think that's what he would have wanted'
"Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Honesty still best policy!

Our one main purpose in life is to be you. To be the person that God made you to be. Now I know, you and I are not perfect. You never will be, but we can be honest. We can love the truth. and want to know the truth, and want to tell the truth. The Bible reveals where true originates; “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17...

We need both God’s grace and His truth. Truth without grace turns into legalism and there’s no way we can live up to that kind of pressure. On the other hand, grace without truth becomes licentiousness – a deceptive live of shadows.

Proverbs 28:13 says, “If you hide your sins, you will not succeed. If you confess and reject them, you will receive mercy.” If we’ll confess, tell the truth, be honest, and be transparent - we’ll find compassion, forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and prosperity. What a deal! Also 1 John 1:9 declares, But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

Honesty builds relationships. Lies and deception destroy relationships. The quickest way to destroy a relationship is to lie or be deceptive.

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long... Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:1-3,5

Could Holy Spirit be speaking to you right now about something? I don’t have to list all of the possible things you could be hiding, He knows and you probably do... Give it up, do the scriptures, and get happy again! Become honest, walk in the light, live out in the open, and you will find the pressure will suddenly be gone. Yes, honesty is still the best policy...
Blessings, Karl

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cup of Tea

Came across this funny story... and then I started thinking about when my granddaughter, Aliyah served me pretend tea in the past... no she couldn't have, could she? OH well, enjoy this story...

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me I was maybe 2-1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift and it was one of my favorite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of 'tea,' which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!' My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watched him drink it up. Then she said (as only a mother would know), did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?

Ooh, OK lets move on, have a good day, and always check your tea...LOL

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I KNOW SOME ADDICTS

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship... Acts 2:42

The Greek phrase here for “continued steadfastly” is “intense addiction”. You could translate this verse, "And they addicted themselves to the apostles' doctrine and fellowship." The apostles' doctrine and fellowship became so important to the early believers that they could not live without it!

Wow, what a concept. We also see this spirit in 1 Corinthians 16:15 where it says, that Stephan’s household has addicted themselves to ministering to the saints. These guys were so committed to being there and helping a brother or sister make it through to victory; it became an addiction to them. Come on now, that’s real.

If you know anything about a drug addict you know that they cannot make it through a day without their drug of choice. Without taking the drug on a daily basis, the addict will go through incredible withdrawal pain and both mental and emotional trauma.

That is what developed among the saints in these verses. They were totally committed to each other. They were there for each other; facing adversity together; suffering together; experiencing persecution together; and rode it through to victory together. And as a result of their faithfulness and loyalty to each other, we are told that they “experienced miracles”. Look at verse 43, “Everyone keep feeling a sense of awe and many signs and wonders were taking place”.

Bottom line is; we need each other! When you are not sharing your life with other believers, you end up carrying all your pressures and problems on your own and in the process will just wear out. You need the passion of other believers to keep your own dreams fresh and alive!

So find ways to have contact with other believers on a daily basis. Encourage and support one another in whatever way you can. Find and join a home

group; get involved serving alongside others in your church; start looking for someone you can mentor. In no time at all you’ll create an addiction that can’t be stopped. You’ll be an addict that God approves of, and that’s a cool thing.

In His grip, Karl

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TOMBMAN!

Then they came to the other side of the sea... then Jesus got out of the boat, and immediately there met Him a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him with chains, because the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.

In Mark 5:1-6 we see Jesus crossing the stormy sea because a man had a need. The man looked one way, but wasn’t. He looked strong on the outside, but was crushed by what he had become, on the inside. Jesus didn’t come because of an unclean spirit, but because the man was “crying out”. The man of the tombs was crying out at what he had become; He didn’t want to be the man he was; He didn’t want his future to be the same as his past.

The man had a past, but Jesus was more concerned about his future. And it’s the same for us today.

Are you like Tomb Man? What is it that you don’t want to be anymore; that you don’t want to do anymore? Maybe you don’t want to be a drunk, a drug addict, a homosexual, hooked on porno anymore.

OR maybe you don’t want to be angry anymore; or critical; or lazy; or cold and aloft; or

destructive; jealous; suspicious; or condemning, OR maybe you don’t want to lie anymore; or steal anymore; or manipulate anymore.

Whatever it is God will hear us today when we cry out; He won’t condemn; He will come to us and deliver us today, yes, He will set us free. How much longer will you cry out? Receive your freedom now, in Jesus name.

And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ethan's Project

Grandson Ethan and I went to Home Depot and did a wood project together... Made a beanbag toss game...



He was awesome... Measuring, gluing, hammering, brought this project together... then we went home to custom paint that piece of brilliance...



Job well done, they even gave Ethan a certificate of completion... Whoo-hoo!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Please Pray for my Friend, Chuck

I am in my office here with Chuck and Becky Siglow about 6 weeks ago, we were having a meeting about our children's ministry... Chuck and Becky run our KWAM(Kids with a Mission) at Faith City... They have been a asset to our ministry for years... AND NOW, about 2 weeks ago Chuck was at his day job at a GM plant where a rack of parts fell off a fork lift truck and onto Chucks leg. It pinned him down for a few minutes, and when he was released from the load, he had some bone and skin damage. He has been recuperating ever since, and needs our prayer of agreement for a complete restoration of his bone and skin... He had to have some skin removed, and there was some shattering of bone. Without any more detail, the bottom line is, and Chuck will tell you also, that "By the stripes of Jesus, He is healed", and is standing on God's Word for total restoration... Thanks for listening... and if you know Chuck and Becky... let them know your praying... Peace, Karl

A Group Mentality!


I am excited about our new Growth Groups starting up in a couple of weeks. Last Sunday we had a great start of sign ups... so don't be the last one... Go to Faithcity.tv and sign up now... Get a group mentality it does a body good... 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cousins

Ethan and Aliyah get together every now and then at Papas and Nanas home... it is always a joy...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Karl Vents!

Hey I just wanted to blow off a little steam... so here goes. Now don't judge me... I have a right to express... I was sent this note and thought I would pass on... Karl

"Now, let me get this straight ---
We're going to maybe have a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he does not understand it,
Passed by a Congress that has not read it but, exempts themselves from it,
Signed by a president who smokes (and who also has not read it),
With funding administered by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes,
Overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and Financed by a country that is broke.
Hey, what could possibly go wrong?"

OK, I'm done... Love ya and have a good day...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sailboats and Yachts

Kathi and I are walking around the boat slips in Charlevoix on a sunny afternoon...

Then we went over to the drawbridge to watch different craft make their way through the entrance to Lake Michigan...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Citar


Kathi and I went north to Charlevoix on Lake Michigan for a few days of vacation... so good... We stayed right next to the drawbridge that connects Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan...

Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. Go some distance away, because work will be in perspective and a lack of harmony is more readily seen. Leonardo DaVinci

"What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are." 
Ellen Goodman

“Babies don't need a vacation but I still see them at the beach. I'll go over to them and say, 'What are you doing here, you've never worked a day in your life!’” Steven Wright

“If you come home as happy as you leave, you have had a good vacation”

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

God's Purpose's Will Prevail

Came across a book in my library that I last read over 15 years ago. “The Light and the Glory” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, which gives the true history of America and answers the question, “ Did God have a plan for America”? They share this quote from a famous historical figure... see if you can figure out who...

“It was the Lord who put in my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures... For the execution of the journey to the Indies, I did not make use of natural intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied...

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice... Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day by day, moment-by-moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him.”

If you said Christopher Columbus you would be correct... The first time I read this I was blown away, because I never heard this in school... I was taught that Columbus discovered the New World by accident when he was looking for a trade route to the Indies... I never heard anyone mention about his faith, or that he felt it was his mission from God, and that he was being led by the Holy Spirit all the way...

My big question is... If God led a man to discover this land for a purpose, have we continued fulfilling God’s purposes for America? Have you discovered your purpose?

Karl

Thursday, August 6, 2009

STORM COMMANDER, TIME TO ROCK!

In Mark 4:35 Jesus tells His disciples, “ Let us go over to the other side.” God is always asking us to attempt what might seem normal, but  right in the middle it becomes a walk of faith. 

When Jesus said, “ Let's us go, …” He wasn’t asking them to do it alone, and He isn’t asking you to do it alone either. He is with us, and he has given us the greatest tools ever presented to man. We have the Word of God, Holy Spirit, and the power to command.

The storm came to stop God’s purposes from completion and they were not normal... These men were boatman who had conquered waves before, but they were fearful because these waves were not normal. You hang around Jesus things don’t always go normal, but they are never boring either. 

Listen friend, between the shore of promise and the shore of provision there will be storms trying to stop us fulfilling our destiny. But He will never leave us or forsake us. Greater is He that is in us than the storms of life that come to stop us. In this great adventure of faith we are living, God believes in us... and that we can make it... and that we will do everything we have been called to do...

If we will trust the Master and command our storms to, "Cease and be still, in Jesus name", we will see the promised end...The Word guarantees it! SO can you get in your boat and cross over?  In Jesus Name, “ Let’s go over to the other side! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Meet some swingers...


Jeremy and I got to play golf with Pastor Cox and his son in law Jeff King... it was a great day with great friends... and to do it with my son Jeremy was just over the top...

Here are our shots off the tee box... the course is Pierce Lake in Chelsea, MI