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


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