Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dream Takes Fight!

Last weekend I preached about how Dreams help form your future, and the importance of getting and keeping the dream God has put in your heart. One of the examples I used was the dream that Wilbur and Orvillr Wright had from little boys to fly. Today as I was looking over some of my notes I came across this note Chris Blue, our Faith City campus pastor in Palm Harbor, FL. sent me. It's concerning the Wright brothers. I thought you would like to read it, so here you go. 

"Wilbur and Orville had both received Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour during their youth. Throughout their lives, they refused to work on Sundays, and they did not drink, smoke, or gamble. The level of cooperation between Wilbur and Orville was truly remarkable, even during their somewhat loud debates over possible solutions to problems. They remained cheerful while experiencing danger and physical hardship. They were not dependent on praise and recognition for their motivation, and when fame and fortune finally came, they retained their humility.
The Christian character displayed by the Wright brothers was evident to those around them. Co-founder of the Rolls-Royce Motor Co., C.S. Rolls, gave the following description of Wilbur and Orville:
‘They have lived through continual accusations of bluff, through disbelief and ridicule and have been unaffected. Now they have seen the sudden turn of popular opinion and have sprung to fame; but they are still equally unaffected, pursuing their daily work with their own hands in their own quiet way.’
And what was their father’s explanation for these enviable characteristics displayed by Wilbur and Orville?
‘He never tired of relating the positive effect that the Bible had had on his children.’
The Wright brothers used intelligence, experience, and ingenuity to design their aircraft. They allowed chance to play no part. From studying God’s creation in the form of bird-flight, they were helped to develop their own creation of a better aircraft. If we marvel at how great their achievement was, how much more should we give glory to the Creator who designed flight in the first place."
Just remember that God has a definite purpose for you in this world... the more you get to know Him, the greater you will know yourself, and His dream for you... Blessings friend, Karl

Friday, May 18, 2012

Florida Breakthrough in Progress!

I just got my Partners Letter from pastor Chris Blue who pastors our Faith City Florida campus, and I was encouraged by the results they are having. I wanted you to share in the blessing, so I reprinted his note here... Enjoy!

"Greetings Connection Partners

It is hard to fathom that my family and I left Michigan 9 months ago. We miss everyone so much but God is really using us in Florida. It is sweet sorrow.

I wanted to update all of our partners on the first 4 months of Faith City's newest Campus. Every dollar you donate goes to change lives. We have experienced some real life change personally as well. Tabitha and I have really grown to love our community here in Palm Harbor.  Almost immediately we felt like we were home. When we opened the doors on January 8th, 2012. We began to meet new people in our community each week that were calling Faith City Church "An Answer to Prayer".  SInce that day we have continued to meet new people each week. People like you and I that God is speaking to about their spiritual condition. 

We are now averaging 45 total attendance weekly in the last month. We are consistantly leading the people to share this new Church and God with their friends and encouraging them to invite and bring people with them. We have a great story of a young man invited by his neighbor, then attending our BBQ and Baptism and then signing up for our Maximized Manhood Book Group. This man has no intention of turning back. He loves Faith City. He was not in church, raised out of church, hurting and looking for fulfilling relationships. He has found fulfillment and purpose at Faith City Palm Harbor along with many others. You helped make that happen. It is your support each month that helps us pay the rent to have church each and every week.

We have found a gracious young man to commit to our worship team as the drummer once per month. We are believing for a full time drummer. We have numerous families now that come early each Sunday and assist us in setting the church up and stay late to tear it down. We have more and more stories of people coming to Faith City and feeling welcomed and accepted when they did not at other churches in the area.  That is you and I. We are Faith City Church.

We can see the potential for growth and reaching more unchurched in our area. We see our congregation doubling in the next 4-5 months. God is really moving here. I want to invite you to follow us on twitter to keep a pulse on what we are doing here. twitter.com/FCpalmharbor

Also, friend us on Facebook if you haven't. www.facebook.com/fccpalmharbor We love to connect in every way possible. Keep checking your inbox for updates. I know I will be writing of many more testimonies in the near future. Thank you again for your support.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at Faith City Fenton Campus. Pastor Chris and Tabitha"

Please continue to pray for our Palm harbor campus and our great team that's growing daily to keep reaching out to the community with the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ... 
Blessings friends, Dr Karl 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A New Currency Available For You Today!

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9: 23
And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. Matt 9:20-22
Jesus told the diseased women that her faith made her whole. And it did too! Bible faith will work for whoever has it. Just like these Bible hero’s, you too can exchange faith as currency to see the promises of God manifest in your life.
But, I need more money, no more faith. I need good health; yes faith can help you get it. 

Why faith? Because there are no limits to faith, because there are no limits to the source of faith. The Word of God is our source of faith. There are no shortages, no minimums in the realm of faith and that is why we are told to stock up on faith. Faith can be exchanged for anything needed in this life.

Well how do we make deposits in our individual faith accounts, which the bible calls our heart?

Rom 10:17 gives us the answer… “Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.” In other words, deposits are made as we let the Word in our heart. And our account is open 24/7, however often you decide to get in the Word and get the Word of God in you! Praise God!

O.K. then how do I withdraw from my faith account?

Matt 17:20 gives us the answer for this one  Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

You withdraw your faith by speaking what the Word says! When you say it, Jesus said it will happen.

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” Matt 9:27-29
Do you realize this puts us back in control over our life issues? Now we have a fighting chance. Now we can see success in our life. What a way to live; to live by faith... My prayer for you is that you will live by faith and enjoy all the benefits of this powerful Covenant that Jesus made available to who ever believes!