Wednesday, March 23, 2011

THE FORCE OF A DREAM!

I shared last Sunday about the power in a Dream... To have a dream for your life clearly awakens a powerful force within you. And this FORCE will form your FUTURE if you capture and capitalize on it.!


I remember as a child I dreamed of what I would be and accomplish in life. But it came to a standstill when I allowed illegal drugs to captivate me. I became a slave of someones else's dream to eradicate the hearts and minds of a generation. Like many I thought I didn't have control over my future... but I was soon shaken from this mirage when I became a Christ follower. 

I found out that God had a plan for me all along. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God's plan for us is a great plan to; “prosper you, not harm you, to give you a hope and a future”! I have since learned that my future isn't all God's responsibility and it isn't all mine, it's a partnership! God gives us great plans for our future, but it is up to us to search them out and implement them for our success.

I love how Proverbs 29:18 brings out the power in a DREAM or VISION... "Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, become discouraged, but blessed is he who keeps disciplined by his dream." 

Without clear VISION chances are, you end up missing out on what could be... and should be! Someone has said, "Everybody ends up somewhere in life; a few people end up somewhere ON PURPOSE".  I pray you too find God's vision for your life and advance forward all of your days!

Blessings, Karl


Saturday, March 19, 2011

What Kind of People at Faith City?

I have been pastoring for over a quarter of a century, and I have seen some wonderful folks come through our church doors during that time... Please forgive me for bragging here, but I must!

Let me describe the people you will meet at Faith City, if you visit...

Let's see, 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! You might met doctors for both people and animals! 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 to all who serve passionately, unswervingly, and sacrificially, may you be rewarded accordingly and God be glorified! You make it a honor and privilege to serve along side in the trenches, Pastor Karl

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Helping our children have a Biblical Worldview.

I was looking over my notes for a message i taught at my church last summer and thought it would be good to share them here... Take them, teach them, use them share them, meditate them... lets help the next generation...

Train up a child in the way he should go,
 even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 NAS
A major need of our children is to help them form a Biblical Worldview!

Parents/ Spiritual leaders - we must be intentional and strategic in helping our children arrive at a Biblical worldview.
Worldview - The means we use to interpret and respond to reality. How we view the world!
  • Our worldview is how we make sense of the world...
  • Most people develop a worldview by default, and by junior high young adults have developed theirs.
  • War is on for our children's hearts, minds, and life.
Building a Biblical worldview starts by helping your child process the following seven questions.
1. Does God exist?
2. What is the character and nature of God?
3. How and why was the world created?
4. What is the nature and purpose of humanity?
5. What happens after we die on earth?
6. What spiritual authorities exist?
7. What is truth?

- These questions take us from the beginning of eternity to its end with what is important in between!

- The goal is to help our children learn how to think, and this should become an open ended dialogue.

Hope these notes and questions help you get started training your children in the way they should go... Blessings, Karl


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Urban Legends!



In my last Blog entry I shared about gas and where to buy... Most info came from internet information that I should of checked out better... turns out it might not be all solid fact, even though some truth in it. Here's why! I went to About.com for info. Here's what I found... 
" 1. It's a chain letter: Chain letters are notoriously untrustworthy as sources of news and information and completely ineffective as instruments of social change.
2. It's off-target: 
The boycott is based on the false assumption that all oil-producing countries in the Middle East fund or otherwise support terrorism. 
3. The facts and figures are mostly false: 
According to Department Of Energy statistics (and taking mergers/acquisitions into account), as of 2005 only three of the companies mentioned in these messages actually belong on the list of companies to support: Sinclair, Sunoco and Hess. 
All the other companies mentioned do, in fact, use varying amounts of petroleum imported from the Gulf region. 
The bottom line is that there is much misinformed and misguided info that it defeats its own purpose. "

So sorry about wrong info... just wanted to help, but it still is something to be aware of...PLUS, we have so much oil here in America that we should be going after this with a passion... OK all done, Karl 


Friday, March 4, 2011

WHERE TO BUY AMERICAN GASOLINE

Are you aware that the Saudis are boycotting American products? In addition, they are gouging us on oil prices. Can we take control of our own destiny and do something about it? How about leaving American Dollars in America and reduce the import/export deficit?

An appealing remedy might be to boycott their GAS. Just stop the purchase of gas from companies that import their oil from the Middle East! The following gas companies import Middle Eastern oil: DO NOT BUY FROM THESE ONES:

Shell..................................... 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco....................144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil........................ 130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway.............117,740,000 barrels
Amoco.................................. 62,231,000 barrels

And CITGO oil is imported from Venezuela who's Dictator Hugo Chavez hates America and openly avows our economic destruction! (We pay Chavez's regime nearly $10 Billion per year in oil revenues!)

The U.S. Currently imports 5,517,000 barrels of crude oil per day from OPEC. If you do the math at $100 per barrel, that's over $550 million PER DAY ($200 BILLION per year!) handed over to OPEC, many of whose members are our confirmed enemies!

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil... Buy from these below - and support the USA!!
Sunoco.........................0 barrels
Conoco........................ 0 barrels
Sinclair.........................0 barrels
BP/Phillips...................0 barrels
Hess.............................0 barrels
ARC0............................0 barrels
Maverick.......................0 barrels
Flying J........................0 barrels
Valero...........................0 barrels
Murphy Oil USA *.........0 barrels
*gas is from South Arkansas and fully USA owned and produced. Not only that but they give scholarships to all children in their town who finish high school and are legal US citizens.

All of this information is available from the U.S. Department of Energy and each company is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.

But to have a real impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. With the help of the Internet, it's really simple to do. Tell someone else now!