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...