Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Blessings  from Karl and Kathi
 
I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior, yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born today... Glory to God in heaven, and peace on earth... Luke 2:10-11, 14
 

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and church family at both campuses in Fenton, MI and in Palm Harbor, FL. Kathi and I want you to experience God's greatest hope and help throughout this special season.
 
Christmas is a time to celebrate all that God has given us and done for us. Set aside your problems and pressures for a moment and focus on God. 
 
In all of our shopping, visiting, and family get togethers let us always remember that the motivation for all of this, is the love God gave as a Son for everyone in every generation... He really loves and cares for you and me. Let me encourage you to live the reality that Jesus brought us through His birth...
 
 
I believe that 2012 will be a season of overflow for those who trust Him; overflowing in favor, miracles, and in the glory of God. Expect it, love it, live it...
 
Peace, Dr Karl and Kathi Barancik 


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Faith City's "A TEAM" keeps hitting home runs!

I am always humbled by the great servant A Team God has called together at our Faith City campuses... These are some of the most dedicated people on earth... and it shows.

Let me describe the people you're going to meet at Faith City church.

You will meet some wonderful people who stand at manufacturing lines ten hours a day, five or six days a week. When they go home at night, they are not feeling wildly fulfilled from all the joy and meaning they experienced on that line.
And you're going to meet some people in real estate, insurance agents selling for years, and car dealers, car mechanics, some that work in a bank and some that work with bricks, law enforcement and home makers, and plumbers, painters, and public workers! And everyone of them work hard day in and day out... many of them are just trying to put food on the table.

Most of them are probably doing all they can to give God glory in their workplace, and many of them will have a significant Christian impact on their coworkers. But few of them derive ultimate satisfaction from their jobs.

Which brings me to my point; at Faith City we have this unspeakable privilege of inviting people just like these mentioned into what might be the only involvement in their lives that makes them feel like an instrument in the hands of God Almighty... that gives them the thrill of knowing that our Creator God is using them to touch a human life.

I am referring to our passionate, dedicated volunteers at Faith City

On a regular basis I am thanked for giving folks the opportunity to serve, which always tends to remind me how desperately people long to play a role in the redemptive work of God... 

Thank you Faith City A TEAM who serve passionately, unswervingly, and sacrificially, may you be rewarded accordingly and God be glorified! 

PEACE, GRACE, AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS, Karl


Friday, October 28, 2011

Failure is not FINAL!



Failure is something we have all experienced. Failure is part of the human experience. Whenever we dare to do something new, we risk failure. I think you would agree that the only way to avoid failure is to never try, and that is no way to live at all.

I am studying right now for a new series we will sharing in November... which we named CALL OF DUTY... One of the things I have discovered is how the U.S.Army deals with failure... they don't ignore it they deal with it. In their Warriors Ethos, one of their beliefs is; “I will never accept defeat!” To live this mantra, you must see failure as something different than the average joe... Let me explain what I mean.

We must redefine failure! Failure is not that you didn’t arrive at your goal; failure is not even making the effort!

The Apostle Paul defines this attitude in the following scripture; I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith... 2 Tim. 4:7

Are you fighting the good fight or stopped fighting... or maybe never even joined the fight?

Are you making your plans to finish it out, continue till the jobs done?

Are you reminding yourself that we walk by faith, not by sight?

God is not looking for people who just start, He's looking for the ones that resolve to be faithful to the end... and I believe this is your heart... so carry on, soldier! Blessings, Karl


Saturday, October 8, 2011

WISE UP!

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he should instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16

I’m wise with the mind of Christ! 

I think that sometimes we forget who we are in Christ to our detriment. We must not allow our minds to wonder about the Bible facts of who we are as Christ followers. Knowing what Jesus has done for us; has done in us; and will do through us is freeing to our own limitations... In Christ we are limitless!


It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God, and also our righteousness, holiness and redemption.1 Corinthians 1:30

I’m wise, righteous and holy! 


Not only is Christ our wisdom so we can think like He thinks, renewing our minds with the Word of God, but we are also righteous in Christ. Let this Bible fact get all over your mind and heart. Renewing your mind with this truth, will give you thr freedom and boldness to live your faith without apology or condemnation. His righteousness is now ours. It is our spiritual passport to live like He's called us to live... Free from fear, sin, and shame... Be the blessing you were created to be... Karl


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Faith City Palm Harbor Campus up and moving forward!

I am so excited about our newest Faith City campus being launched in Palm Harbor Florida... Our campus pastor Chris Blue is bloging about the journey. I wanted to share his last blog entry so here he goes...




"Octoberfest – Report from Campus Pastor Chris Blue


Well, we have made some great connections this week. Fall is in the air even in Sunny Florida. We joined the chamber of commerce and will begin meeting about 3 times a month with local businesses. The Palm Harbor Chamber is very excited about some upcoming events and our interest as Faith City Church to volunteer. We have made it clear to them that we want to serve our community. More to come on the upcoming Holiday Parade. We also met with the Community Center where we will be having our Sunday Services starting very soon and offered our team of volunteers. We were met with surprise and joy all in one expression. We are going to help them with their annual candy pass out for Halloween. We will get a table to advertise as we pass out candy. Also we get to help at the carnival, with hayride, trick-0-treating and lots of other fun things. It should prove to be a very impacting night to connect with local community friends and family. They expect between 600-800 people to come through in a couple hours. So pray with us for impact and opportunity to touch lives with God’s power.
We were also offered another volunteer opportunity to help with a student camp-out in November for children 13 and under. Matthew Fay is very excited to get involved. While on the subject… thank you so much Faith City Church for your continued generosity and faith in the Palm Harbor Campus. I understand that the Fenton Campus dug deep this past Sunday to help get our team in place. I personally want to thank you all for getting involved. This vision we are a part of is so much bigger than just one or two people. We need everyone to do their part. Standing on the sideline will no longer do. We need everyone to pray about the next step God wants them to take. til next time… Pastor Chris"
Isn't that a great report... filled with God's favor. I also commend all of the Faith City family for digging in deep to see this campus planted for the glory of God... Blessings friends, Karl



Thursday, September 1, 2011

I LOVE MY CHURCH!



Having a blast at Faith City teaching our series called “I Love My Church”! I have served the Lord for over 34 years and almost 30 of them as a pastor. The older I get and the more experiences I gain in the ministry, I am convinced that multitudes of Christ followers never comprehend how much God desires us to love His church. 

Pastors are told to "shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood." Acts 20:28 

Husbands are told to "love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her." Ephesians 5:25

If Christ loves the church this much, we also should value it highly. If to be Christlike, (which should be the goal of every believer) means to value what He values and to turn away from what He disdains, then loving the church should be high on our list! 
The church is refered to in the Bible as the Bride of Christ, the Building of God, and the Household of faith. To refer to the church in this way shows us the crucial role it plays in God's plan for man! Peace, Karl

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fight Club, Part 2


God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

Hey Guys, I have a question for you... How is your life lining up to this verse? God is commenting on how He can be counted on, and uses men as an example of how He doesn't do it! Men can be dishonest; can vacillate; can renege on their word; and not keep promises... wow, that's pretty heavy. But the good news is we were created in His Image so we can grow up to be like Him!

That is what our 4th Saturday IronMens meeting is all about! It's about growing up into the Image of Christ because as Christian men we are called men, destine to greatness men, purposeful men, and gallant men!

Can I just be bold and say - that you need other brothers to help you get from point A to point Z in your life... Listen, no one can attain greatness without the right key relationships in their life, why do we think we are any different! Do you have committed friendships in your life! We all need someone we can look up to and someone who looks up to you? We need these friendships if we are serious about attaining to what God has called us to.

Are there Christian men with whom you are fully comfortable admitting your struggles? If not why not? God has never asked us to isolate our lives but connect with other brothers for the value added strength that it gives. It's the enemy that wants to divide us and isolate us, so he can pick us off... Together we are stronger, and that is just the way it is!

Don't allow anything to distract you from connecting with your “band of brothers”! See you at Fight Club this Saturday!

Peace, Karl

Friday, August 19, 2011

SAVED PEOPLE SERVE PEOPLE!


In the Gospel of Luke chapter 10,  Jesus is approached by a lawyer, an expert in Moses’s law. He asks, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asks him back what was written in the law. So the man replies, “Love the LORD your God...and your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus says, “Do this and you will live.” The lawyer then asks, “And who is my neighbor?” 

So now Jesus answers with a story involving a priest (a person who mediated between the people and God), a Levite (one who ministered in the sanctuary) and a Samaritan (a mixed Jew-Gentile despised by the Jews). 

Both the priest and Levite pass by a man who had been beaten, robbed and left half dead. Only the Samaritan had compassion, bandaged the man’s wounds, brought him to an inn and left money for his care. 

Finally Jesus asks the lawyer, “Which of these three ... was neighbor to the man?” The lawyer replies, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

I think Jesus' main point is that people who love others will serve others! If we care about people who are in trouble and away from God we will get involved helping them, sacrificing our spiritual, physical, and financial resources.

I don't know about you,but sometimes I feel like the priest in the story. It's like we know in our hearts that the LORD commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but how often do we let an opportunity to meet a need slip through our fingers? What is God calling you to do that you keep passing by?

Like the Samaritan, we must stop and help others by giving them our time, energy and money. 

Great things happen when people get involved helping others and serving! Ephesians 4:11-16 show us that when people use their gifts to serve the church, the members grow up in Christ, become mature, and the church is built up in love. 

But it's not enough to only know that we should be serving, but we really need to become personally involved...  James 2:14-16 explains to us that action speaks louder than just words...  We must act on our faith. If we see a brother or sister without clothes or food and simply wish them well, warm and fed, but do nothing about their physical needs, the Bible asks “what good is it?” We must be doers of the Word, not just hearers.


Every Christian has gifts and abilities from the Holy Spirit that are to bless others! They can  vary from serving to leading, and giving money to showing mercy. Yet, every gift is indispensable if we are serious about obeying Jesus' command to "go and do likewise!" 

I encourage you to find your gifts, find your neighbor, and do likewise... Blessings friend, Karl




Friday, August 12, 2011

Backpack to School!


Backpack to School is tomorrow, Saturday, August 13 from 10am until 2pm. We have over 90 Faith City volunteers showing up to serve... and I am so humbled at the great spirit that you are all showing in blessing our community of Fenton and surrounding area... Many community businesses have donated, along with our Faith City family to make this event happen. To date we will be giving out 525 fully loaded backpack to area kids... praise God for His greatness! See many of you there...


Dr Karl

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shift Happens!


God has great plans for us, plans for good! This wonderful verse comes to us from Jeremiah. 

Heres the deal; sometimes we can wonder when these great plans will come to pass. But what I have found in living as a passionate follower of Christ for over 30 years is; that we must work with God using our faith in His promises to see His plans manifest in our life. 

And in this process the enemy will throw us some curves!


But that is what the Bible calls the "good fight of faith"...  And it is winnable. 



Part of the fight we must win, is the fight for maximizing our time to it's greatest advantage. 

Sure there will be distractions and even valid ones to get us off of our goal, but it is up to us to minimize the detours and maximize the focus on to what is really important...

Apostle Paul says in 1 Thess 2:18"We wanted to come to you, time and time again, but Satan hindered us." Even the great Paul experienced times of the enemy trying to stop him... but couldn't do it! 

See, our enemy cannot stop you or defeat you. All he can do is hinder... The greek word used here means, "a road so deteriated it was almost impossible to use..." Listen, it is not uncommon for us to experience detours in life, but never let them become an excuse to stop, fall back, give up, or quit! 

God will use the enemies detours to show us there is more than one way to get to our stated end. So get creative, get going, and stay on point! 

"My dear brothers, be strong and unmovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless!" 1 Corinthians 15:58

So decide right now that you will never give up going forward, in Jesus name! I commend you in the fight! 

Dr Karl


Friday, July 15, 2011

THE GENTLE WARRIOR!


The Bible calls Jesus a Warrior... He is both the strong warrior and the gentle shepherd. And Jesus is our example for manhood today. Every man has the responsibility to become the Gentle Warrior that God has called us to! The following scriptures shows this heart!

The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Exodus 15:3

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns…He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God…Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter…"On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Rev 19:11-13, 15-16

God created every man with this heart of a warrior. It might have been suppressed over the years or never recognized, but the warriors heart is in there! You might have crushed it or you might of used it to further wrong pursuits, but it is in there. This heart comes to move us forward in our purpose, to be the juice to motivate us to conquer our mountains.

Every warrior has a cause to fight for. Every man has to fight for his family... to stand against the unprincipled voices of culture that are diametrically opposed to what we believe as Christians. Our families are looking for their men to lead them...

Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14

Fight, and you may die. Run, and you'll live. At least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance—just one chance—to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, [raising his sword over his head] but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM!” William Wallace in Braveheart

A warrior without a cause to fight for will find the wrong thing to fight against.

But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Acts 8:3

Two ways the warrior fights!

Sometimes you throw a punch, YOU GO ON OFFENSE... You take the initiative to train your children; to love your wife... you stand up and let others know that, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”! You show the example, not just tell it! You lead your family in integrity; in honesty; in following Christ. Saul, later called Paul, became a Christ follower and then said to those he was interning, “Follow me as I follow the Lord”!

Sometimes you turn a cheek. absorb the pain. DEFENCE, DEFENCE!

Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:3-4

And then as you grow into the Gentle Warrior God has called all men to, keep your sons close enough to smell the action, see the battle, and taste the victory... They are our next generation of Gentle Warriors!

Fight right, fight strong, fight the good fight! Karl

Friday, July 8, 2011


When I was a child, I spoke and thought and 
reasoned as a child.
But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11

This is the third entry on the subject of Manhood and what it means to be a man in today's culture...

Today more than ever we need to answer this most important question. How does a boy become a man? A godly man with character, conviction, and purpose?

One thing I have discovered with my sons over the last almost 40 years is that it takes a clear, distinct, and intentional purpose and process... to get there! Hey dad, your sons will grow up regardless, but will they arrive at the place that they know how a man of God should act? Or understand his unique responsibilities as a husband or a father to his own children?

Culture is clueless when it comes to real manhood... there is no real answer because we are a fatherless generation! Fathers are absent, so there is no man to look to... and when the father is in the home, we have a difficult enough time as adult males to maintain our masculine outlook in this mixed up “gender neutral” culture, so imagine what it must be like for our young sons growing up! Most of our social problems such as rising crime, violence, abuse, and lack of morality come from a directionless and disconnected generation of sons. The best hope we have for this generation is in dads who are taking man rearing to heart and empowering their sons with a legacy of manhood...

I have to say that when I had my first son almost 40 years ago, I had no clue of how to grow him into a man... I could hardly be considered one myself. I was like many, a selfish boy in a man's body, a poser, looking grown on the outside, but all the characteristics of a boy on the inside. To make it worse, I didn't have a clue or even looked for one! My first glimpse of how far off track I was as a real man was when I became a Christian. As I started studying out the holy Scriptures, I found God's idea of manhood and the road map to get there... This last 36 years has been a journey of discovery that has brought me and my 3 sons into the rich rewarding christian life of manhood that continues now into a third generation of grandsons, praise God!

Fathers need two invaluable keys in raising godly sons. First is a clearly defined, biblical definition of manhood. Second we need a process that we follow that will get us there. Somehow we think our sons will just “get it”, but we need a directional process that we can monitor to know we are on right track.

Every son deserves a father that is loving, affirming, and there; but they also need a father that gives vision, direction, and instruction in becoming a man.

I continue on our next blog entry, so stay turned... Stay fearless and faithful men,Karl

Friday, July 1, 2011

I'M NOT AN ALARMIST, BUT...








My last entry I shared some info about our men's ministry at Faith City Church... I wanted to continue here...

I had the opportunity to ask some of the guys why they come to Fight Club... This is what some of the men said;
    • Builds Godly relationships.
    • Stirs my faith.
    • Helps me become a better man now and when I have a family I will lead them right. (a young man said this)
    • Make connections with other guys.
    • It's a spiritual checkup.
    • Allows us to see other church men active.
    • I need fellowship.
    • Opportunity for male bonding that's different than world's way.
    • My flesh tells me to stay home and sleep in on Saturday mornings, so I need to do opposite.
    • Helps me see that I'm not alone in this.
    • Accountability
    • I come ready to speak into other men's hearts, and ready to serve others.
    • I come to be an example to other guys, that this time is important.

I thank God for all the guys that not only make Fight Club a priority in their schedule, but really work at walking out what it is to be a godly man of character!

I want to add another reason to this list, if I may, and it's this: If we don't give the time, energy, and discipline to find out just, “What is a man?” and “What kind of man should we train our sons to be?” then we are just as confused as the average guy that's out there.

Let me get to the point... If you are a man, you need to be at Fight Club... and if you have a son, then you REALLY need to be at Fight Club! And if your son is around 8 years old and up you need to bring him with you, they can handle it!

But even more than that, you need to discover what a real man is, how he lives, how he treats women, and how we pass on the power of manhood to our sons and grandsons. None of us just wake up one day and are instant men! No, it takes a clear, distinct, and intentional purpose and process... to get there!

I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but our culture is in deep trouble... and I believe that a major factor of the trouble is a loss of vision for manhood! It's difficult enough for us as adult males to maintain our masculine outlook in this mixed up “gender neutral” culture, so imagine what it must be like for our young sons growing up!

Praise God there is good news... The Bible provides us with the map to real manhood... and many guys are finding it and living it... and training their sons with it!

In my next blog entry I want to help us discover, What is a man? We will find the process to produce one! How does a boy become a man, because it doesn't just happen on it's own... And, how do you know when you've become a man? It's not about hair growing either!


Keep fighting the good fight men; for you, your families, and your world... Karl

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fight Club, Part 1


At Faith City we call our men's ministry, Iron Men Ministries. Among the things that we do during the year, is our major monthly meeting every 4th Saturday which we call “Fight Club!”

Fight Club is the place that men of God come together to encourage each other to live the “good Fight of Faith”! We are fighting with spiritual and ethical bravery to lead our families, church, and community!

This year in Fight Club we have been working out the question; “What does integrity look like in the life of a man of God?”

Every month we take one key personal commitment that describes a man’s life when he lives with biblical integrity. Here are 6 commitments we are discovering and working on as Iron Men!
  1. An IRON MAN aspires to honor Jesus Christ by obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An IRON MAN will pursue vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him stay solid in his walk.
  3. An IRON MAN strives to practice spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity.
  4. An IRON MAN aspires to build a strong marriage and family through love, protection & biblical values.
  5. An IRON MAN willingly supports the mission of his church by honoring and praying for his pastor and leaders and by actively giving his time and resources.
  6. An IRON MAN strives to influence his world, by living a consistent Christian testimony and sharing the Gospel when and where the opportunity presents itself.
Any man serious about becoming a man of integrity could use these six commitments to start his journey of self discovery... locating where you are right now, where you want to end up, and the road to get there.

I had the opportunity to ask some of the guys why they come to Fight Club... 
I will be sharing what they said in my next post...

Keep fighting the good fight men... Karl