Friday, April 29, 2011

FRIENDS HELP FRIENDS

Jesus called out, “Come follow me and I will show you how to fish for the souls of men”! Matt. 4:19

In today’s culture, we are much more likely to win people to Christ by becoming their friend and serving them. People are looking for other people who are authentic and real. They respond to people who are willing to do what it takes to build and retain a friendship.This is the fundamental secret of telling others about Christ.


3 ways I have found to share Christ with others... this may help you in your passion to tell others also!

1. Find common ground...

Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him. I do this to get the Gospel to them and also for the blessing I myself receive when I see them come to Christ. 1 Cor. 9:22-23

2. Use stories... People love personal stories. People can relate to them and it builds a bridge to the Gospel. Jesus used this principle often and expertly...

With many stories like these, Jesus presented his message to them, fitting his stories to their experience and maturity. Mark 4:33

3. Share your salvation experience... Your testimony is unique! You're the authority. Hard to argue with...

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15

4. Break your testimony down in parts...

What my life was like before I met Christ.
What common circumstances and/or your attitudes that someone would identify with? What was most important to you? What substitute for God did you use to find meaning in your life?

How I realized I needed Christ.
What steps led to your conversion? How did God get your attention? What motivated you?

How I committed my life to Christ.
What specifically did you do? Where did it happen? What did you say in your prayer? Be specific.

The difference Jesus Christ has made in my life.
What benefits have you experienced or felt? What problems have been resolved? How has Jesus helped you change for the better? How has it helped your relationships? Give a current example.

Jesus is calling you and me to see the need, have compassion and go into the harvest field, all by being friendly and a friend. Will we do it? I believe we will. 

Let’s make a difference, friend! Blessings, Karl


Thursday, April 28, 2011

ONE GENERATION AWAY!


God is having me reassess everything we do at Faith City to see if it needs to be dropped, retooled, or continued as is... Not an easy task but necessary for the future of duplicating at others campuses. We are "Narrowing the Focus through Simplifying". One area we have done some tweaking is our Student Ministry. Following is what we have narrowed down to fit the DNA of Faith City Church for our Junior and Senior High Students!


At Faith City, we are called to help young adults honor God with their lives! Here students receive encouragement, spiritual and emotional support, and direction. We help young adults grow securely; receive adult mentoring; find their purpose; and become confident, passionate disciples of Christ now! 3 ways Students get plugged in and take the next step in their life journey!

1. Weekly Worship
We encourage students to gather together with the adults in our worship experiences to celebrate life with family, friends, and encouragement from God’s Word. 

2. Student City Groups
Our Student City Groups help students connect to other young believers in significant relationships and develop strong hearts of faith and purpose!

3. Ministry Teams
God designed us for greatness, not sitting on the sidelines! Students find many opportunities to serve right alongside adults at Faith City. Through apprenticship and also intern projects as they develop!


This is one area of many that will be strategically positioned to fit Faith City's DNA... I do not believe that we are called to make good boys and girls, but we are called to make great men and women of God! I also believe that at any moment the church is one generation away from changing the world! Let me know what you think... Blessings, Karl



Friday, April 22, 2011

Fight Club and Easter!




Thought it good to share a couple things and it was easier to do on video, so here goes... Blessings and have a great, God filled Easter!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Got Plans? GOD does... because God is a PLANNER!

The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:10-11
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Pro 19:21

Lets talk about PLANNING... There are some key things you need to challenge yourself on if you want to make a difference with your life... Here are a few thoughts to think on.

1) Life severely punishes the LAZY, but lavishly rewards the DILIGENT!
I am constantly amazed at the gall of some folks that really think everybody owes them a living, a job, and a good life! Everyone can need help once in a while, but looking to government for answers for your blessings is a waste of time and effort... If a person can take all the energy to fuss at others to meet their needs and put it toward working hard and trusting God, they would be a lot happier and a lot better off!

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8

2) God is not AN ENABLER.
Do we think we can consistently make decisions that are not ethically, morally, or legally right and not reap the consequences? Doesn't work like that!

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7

3) Ask yourself... what really matters most to you?
Are you in sync with God and what He wants, or are you fighting Him and His will for your life? He has a plan for you, and you do yourself a favor when you get working on it!

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
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

4) Then ask, where do I stand right now and where do I want to be?
Do you need to work on your marriage? Then do it! Do you need to discipline your eating habits? Then do it! Do you need to find better employment? Then find it! Just take one step forward... and then another... and then another...

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalms 32:8-9

5) What am I willing to do?
We have all heard the definition for Insanity; “ to continue to do the same things and expect different results”... well that's true! To make a difference with your life you have got to first plan to make a difference! Quit doing the same thing and do something different!

To win the contest you must DENY YOURSELVES MANY THINGS THAT WOULD KEEP YOU FROM DOING YOUR BEST. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I'm not just shadow-boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

Meditate on these statements... and then get moving forward!

Blessings friends, Karl

Monday, April 4, 2011


Over the next few weeks I am teaching a series called, “Got Vision?” at my church Faith City. Here are a few things we have started to tackle...

I am sure you have heard the following phrase before... Everybody ends up somewhere in life; a few people end up somewhere ON PURPOSE! Now this statement carries some weight with it and I WANT YOU TO end up somewhere are purpose! The Bible is clear about the importance of having a vision and the tragedy of not having one!
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint and become discouraged, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18 ESV
  • Without clear VISION chances are, you end up missing out on what could be... and should be!
  • Without a clear VISION the power available to keep you on track will dissipate before you realize it!
  • Without a clear VISION discouragement will haunt you to where you can pick up unwanted or unneeded vices!
Getting a God VISION for your life will be a stimulus for great things to start falling into place, such as...

Vision brings a passion to keep moving forward.... and that passion will cause you to experience the emotions of your future reality now. When you turn it over in your mind, it will fuel your emotions and that will reinforce your commitment to your vision!

Vision will give you direction like a road map. When you can see where your going and how to get there, it will simplify making decisions! You will weed out the unnecessary, the wasteful, and the distractions giving the effort and time to your priorities. Without vision, good things hinder the best things!
If these thoughts stir you realize that God has a vision for your life, and the first step to find it is to make a genuine commitment to Christ with your life. He has a plan for everyone of us... but it's up to us to find it... 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”!