Thursday, January 26, 2012

CHILDREN ARE A GIFT!


No longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:14-16

Every child is a gift from God... and deserves to be trained up to serve God. Not the easiest thing to do, but every child can be motivated... just realize that not every child responds to the same stimuli. We must find ways to lift our child’s eyes from self to God. Unless we exert a stronger christian influence than the world with it's always changing cultural values, our kids will be pulled from the truth and ultimately cause them to fall away.

Our children need a firm foundation in God’s Word. They need help to grow into solid disciples of Jesus Christ. They need our help! We cannot lose them... to the counter culture. Parents we must reinforce the attitudes and behaviors that honor God. It's not just teaching them, it is training them, helping them to do it, and to do it right, that makes the difference. Show your child how faith is relevant to life. And always do these things; always encourage... always affirm... always model... always pray. With God's help our children will become all God has called them to be! You can do it parent; it's your destiny!

Blessings, Karl


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Grace in the Harbor!

Our Palm Harbor campus officially launched this last Sunday, Jan 8th... God was glorified in the whole thing... during our song time and in the preaching of the Word of God, in every room, through every team member, God rocked the house and our hearts! 

Our children's ministry called JAM City was also up and running... JAM stands for Jesus And Me City... Praise God!

This truly was a great start of what God wants to do through the Faith City team... We officially had 75 people total kids and adults. 8 people gave their lives to Jesus to become a Christ follower. 

Please pray for this new campus, we want to hear God and obey everything He has called us to do... 


I wanted to share our vision at Faith City with you, so whether you are new or been around since the beginning of the first campus, we would renew and remind ourselves of what God has called us to do...

WHAT IS THE VISION OF FAITH CITY?

Our vision: Reach Up, Reach Out, Reach In!

We Reach Up through... being a home for spiritually homeless people, a place where people can build a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, and a place where people do life together in genuine community. A place where God’s Word is honored as our highest authority on earth and as the source of real and abundant life.

We Reach Out through... making a visible, noticeable, and tangible difference on behalf of Christ in the real problems that exist and matter in our community. Helping people recover from hurts, habits, and hang-ups that prevent them from enjoying meaningful relationships with God and each other.

We Reach In through... Engaging people in serving one another according to the way that God has shaped them, where spiritual gifts, passion, talents, and experiences are a part of how we meet the needs of others inside and outside of our church family.

This is Faith City... nothing more nothing less... 


More later... Blessings for now friend and co-worker in the harvest, Karl