Friday, January 28, 2011

Messy Baby!



John 3:16 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible... even if you don't know what it says, if you have watched any football games it was one of the most famous signs hanging down from the stands. It's all about God's big love for everyone that has ever existed. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only son that whoever believes should not perish but receive eternal life". Let me help you understand this love a little better with a story. 


"On a short air flight we had a lady sitting across the aisle holding her little sweet baby girl. Every time the baby cried the young mom fed her a little fruit and a little orange juice. The flight was very turbulent and every thing that mommy had little baby put down came back up. It was all over mom, baby, carpet, seats, and even across the aisle... The baby looked awful. The plane landed and as everyone moved carefully off the plane, we see standing at the gate who could only be the baby's daddy... He was dressed in a white shirt and white slacks. I thought, "No way will he grab baby or hug mommy". Now mommy didn't throw the baby at him, but she did leave them quickly to go clean up in rest room... And all the way to luggage claim area, daddy never stopped hugging and kissing that baby, welcoming her home!"


What an expression of the Father God's love for us... No matter how messed up or unclean you are, if you come home, He will accept you with open hands, hugs, and heart... Today might be your day to come home... go ahead He's there! Blessings friends, Karl

Thursday, January 27, 2011

PERSECUTED

I wanted to share the latest report from Davis Shibley and his ministry called Global Advance... They are doing a great job bringing the Gospel to hostile areas of the globe... Read and pray, Karl





“With persecution of Christians growing worldwide it’s more important than ever that our persecuted brothers and sisters receive encouragement from believers in other nations. In the last several weeks, we’ve witnessed severe attacks on Christians in Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Nigeria, and even in Britain. Recently there has been a widespread imprisonment targeting evangelical Christians in Iran (where the church is experiencing colossal growth). Persecution and even killing of Christians is spiking in many parts of the world.
Yet interestingly this major story is glaringly underreported by most of America’s press and news outlets. Many, but certainly not all, of these hostile acts against Christians are inflicted by radical Islamists. Until recently, Christians in the United States have been insulated from assaults against them and their faith. That may be changing as America’s population becomes more diverse, as moremisguided young zealots become radicalized, and as atheists become increasingly vocal and antagonistic.
Still, here in America it’s easy to turn and look the other way – away from the suffering of our persecuted brothers and sisters, but that’s really not an option for a true follower of Jesus. God’s Word is abundantly clear that we are to stand in solidarity with the church worldwide, especially those who are experiencing injustice. We are to plead their cause...”

Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. Prov. 24:11

For the complete article and more from David and his ministry go to update@glo​baladvance.​org


Friday, January 21, 2011

Meet Businessman God!

Mike Murdock says, “Business is simply solving a problem for an agreed price”.

When you think about it, everyone of us are a business ourselves that God has invested His gifts into and expects His investment to produce a increase. That's only right, isn't it? But even more, God also gives us the Holy Spirit to be our business partner to help lead us to success in life. Wow, how could we possibly fail? Then on top of this, God has given us a surefire business manual for instructing in every aspect of business whether it's investing, projecting, sales, contract negotiations, leadership development, or hiring... The Bible has it covered.

Think about the aspect of Divine Investment that God made through Jesus Christ into His man... He exchanged up front costs (the death of the Son Jesus) for a projected return (all those that choose to follow) and the returns are still coming in! Praise God! That's what John 3:16 is all about!

Business works by exchanging what you have for something else that you need! You and I exchange our life (business) for the reward! It's the principle of sowing and reaping... If Business is, as Mr Murdock says, “solving a problem”; then sowing seed is a wise business proposition because sowing seed is the way to solve problems of need in your life. God's wisdom can be found in this wonderful business manual, we are acting as good stewards when we pay attention to it... 

Blessings friend, Karl

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"4 Guys On a Movie"!

"4 Guys" letft to right are Mike, Steve, Karl, and Bob!
I have 3 brothers and even though we all lead different lifestyles, we all love watching movies. Because we all felt the need to get together from time to time and hang out, because our day to day stuff takes us down different paths, we decided that every month or two we should take in a movie together and then get something to eat... We have done this on a few occasions and the last time we got together we thought about being 4 movie experts because we are already movie critics (in our own mind anyway)! We thought we could review here on my blog, so today is the start... enjoy or just laugh!
So this is our first entry on this blog titled "4 Guys On a Movie"!


The movie we saw and are grading is called "True Grit" a remake of a John Wayne flick. 
The story is about fourteen- year old Mattie Ross determined to bring her fathers killer to justice with the help of a U S Marshall and a Texas Ranger...
It looks like Mike is giving it a "1 thumb up" and said it was good! 
I give it a "two thumbs up" and liked it better that the original, also the part that Jeff Bridges plays reminds me of a real close friend that passed away a few years ago... 
Bob said "so, so, and likes the John Wayne version better... Gives it a half way mark, (whatever that means)...
and Steve gives it a "1 thumbs up", saying,' Its a great movie to take a date too"! Of course Steve says that about every movie we see... LOL!

Well there you have the first installment of, "4 Guys On a Movie"... now its all up to you! blessings friend, Karl


Monday, January 17, 2011

A tribute

I love these quotes made by the great man, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. 


"If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.




In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. 


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 



It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. 


Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' 


Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."  Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Have a great week friend, Karl

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday... In a Word!

I am continuing my talk about God's word about prosperity... 
 Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Psalm 35:27
What gives God pleasure?
Who does God want to prosper?
Are you a servant of God?
Imagine your prosperity blessing God!
Prosperity in Hebrew is “shalown” shalom; Meaning includes saftey, welfare, health, prosperity, peace and rest.
Talking about money and prosperity can have variety of responses because of our varied backgrounds, yet Jesus talked about money, wealth, and finances in over 3/4's of his parables. No matter where you stand today; whether a believer that gets excited hearing on the subject, or feel condemnation because you know you haven't been faithful with what you have been entrusted with, or one that has tithed and given offerings but just can't seem to see your harvest that you know is promised in the Word, this teaching is for you. 
Every person I have met over my years of living, I have found to have incredible potential, whether the individual has seen it or developed it or destroyed it. God has given everyone of us such amazing abilities and gifts to bless humanity with. I also believe that God wants to prosper us for two main reasons; 1) God loves you and wants you to be blessed abundantly; and 2) God loves others and He wants to use you to be a blessing to humanity for the Gospels sake!
The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life". God loves, so He gives! I hope this little talk helps you better see that God takes pleasure in your welfare, and you will learn to follow His example... Blessings friend, Karl


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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday... In a Word!

For 2011 I felt like sharing a special word with you on Sundays, being a pastor and all... so here goes. I'm calling it Sunday In a Word! It might not be every Sunday, but for awhile anyway. So if you don't go to church, or you do, either way this might touch you in your heart... hope so!

Someone has said, “If God puts His hand in your pocket, it's not to take something out; it's to put something in!” I like that. It explains Gods heart toward us. He wants to bless us and wants to use us to be a blessing to others.
Matt 6:38 tells us; “Give and it will be given back to us multiplied many times”. This is Gods way to prosper you. Any time God asks us to give it not to take something away from us; it's to get something to us. Giving is not for His sake, it is for ours. If God is asking you to give something, it's so He can use it, multiply it, and then put it back in your pocket with the increase! Sounds like a great deal to me.
Maybe you are one that thinks talking about God blessing folks financially is heresy, or you feel condemned because you have not done right things with your money... please at this moment listen to me. God loves you and wants to help you work through all your issues in life including your financial ones. He gave us a system of giving and receiving, or sowing and reaping. It works, and He wants it to work for you...
I pray that as you study God's Word on this subject you will receive the revelation in your heart concerning God's will for your prosperity... He has made a way for us... Blessings friend, Karl


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

As For Me...


Then Joshua said to the people, "Now respect the Lord and serve him fully and sincerely. Throw away the gods that your ancestors worshiped... Serve the Lord. But if you don't want to serve the Lord, you must choose for yourselves today whom you will serve. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:14-15 NCV
Life is made up of choices... everyday you will choose, either on purpose or by default... You will choose to do or not to do... obey God or not... follow through or not... eat or not... speed or not... everyday choices come everyday and we cannot allow others to make them for us, or pain to distract us from making the right ones! 
The greatest choice you can make today and everyday is: WHO will you CHOOSE to SERVE? Like Joshua, decide this year WHO you will serve is the Lord Jesus... and as you serve Him with unbridled passion, transparent heart, and unswerving obedience watch your family follow you! It's all good... 
In His grip, Karl

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 2- God Laughs!



"Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? Earth-leaders push for position, Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers say, "Let's get free of God! Cast loose from Messiah!" 
But our heaven-throned God breaks out laughing. He's amused at their presumption; 
Let me tell you what God says to all of that. He says, "You're my son, and today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you..." 


Psalms 2 has some exciting verses about how God sees man's futile effort to save ourselves from our own, self inflicted, doom and gloom dilemas. It is also amazing to me how much the God of the universe cares about us and has promised to never leave us or forsake those that will trust Him with their life... and always met our needs, so we can proclaim the great name of Jesus! 


Listen to me... "2011 will be a year of divine favor, grace, and power to rescue the helpless, the hopeless, and the Godless... Get ready believer, God is for you so who could be against you... Get your faith on! God Laughs! 


Blessings friend, Karl


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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day One of a new Decade!

I sat this morning listening to our new governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder speak after taking his oath of office... even as the nation feels unusually freezing weather; in Michigan we had almost 50 degrees and sunny! Maybe this was prophetic of the future outlook for our state. Governor Snyder spoke about the plan he calls; "Reinvent Michigan"! I'm including information from the website that inspired me, and hopefully will you also...


"Government's role is to create the best environment to allow citizens to succeed and enjoy their lives. In many cases, that means getting out of their way.
As Michiganders, we're often too negative about our own state.  It's hard not to be, given our economic condition and the national attention we're receiving... It's time to change our operating model to one of win-win. 




Rick's vision of a reinvented Michigan centers on what he calls Michigan 3.0, the Era of Innovation.  This vision has three key pillars. The first is a globally diverse economy that provides increasing prosperity to its citizens.  The second pillar is to provide a great quality of life, by protecting Michigan's natural resources and enhancing its central cities.  The third pillar is to create an environment in Michigan that will not only allow our youth to stay, but one in which they'll want to stay.
We've undergone fundamental transformations before, with great success.  The transition from a natural resource economy to an industrial economy a hundred years ago wasn't a fix – it was a paradigm shift.  It was a total reinvention.  The old ways didn't apply to the new reality.

We face the same situation today. We have to adapt to the new realities of a globally competitive, knowledge based economy.  Applying a band-aid here or there simply won't do.  Our citizens demand and deserve better.  With determination, candor, and a lot of hard work, we can reinvent Michigan and create a brighter future. We have a big job ahead of us.   Together we can and will Reinvent Michigan.  Let’s get started."
I agree with the Governor, let's get started... AND as Christians that means praying for those in office, continuing to be generous and loving to those around us, and walking by faith trusting our great Jehovah God, who is so willing to prosper us in everything we put our hand to! 
Blessings my dear friend, Karl