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


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