Tuesday, December 24, 2013

GOODWILL TOWARD ALL!


Kathi and I pray that you and your family have a special season filled with His love and grace… Merry Christmas!
For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die.  But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Romans 5:6-8
In celebrating this wonderful Christmas season, I am reminded that this sinless babe in a manger was born for a higher purpose than what we can sometimes imagine. He was born to die!
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:13
This peace angels sing about is the connection that God will once again establish with His man through the magnificent death of one for the taking away of the desperate, sinful heart of the many!
For me, Christmas is, God gave us His best while we were at our worst. That is His gift of grace and we should relish in it everyday! As one has appropriately contextualized John 3:16, “God loves, God gives, I believe, I live”! Wow, that’s Good News!
Again, Merry Christmas and let us unwrap His special gift Jesus! May you you’re your family and friends closer in His love even more this season and into the year 2014!
From our heart to yours,
Dr Karl and Kathi Barancik

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Being Thankful Is Good For You!



What a wonderful time of year to be reminded that as Christians we have so much to give God thanks for! Thanksgiving can be an every day event!

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men! He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Psalm 107:8-9

So first, I am so thankful that God loves us, sent His Son to redeem us, has a plan to prosper us and gave us everything we need to fulfill that plan! What an awesome God we serve!

Secondly I along with my wife Kathi, our faithful campus pastors and staff, and their families we are especially thankful for you… our faithful Faith City members, attenders, partners, and friends! We could never do all that gets done daily to reach people with the Gospel and disciple believers without your faithful, continued participation.

Thirdly, I am so thankful for America that God has richly blessed. I pray for continued liberty and that we would shine as an example to the world of what can be done when people value righteousness and justice.

As a side note, I know that research has shown that thankfulness has a tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress. And let me point out that grateful people are not simply denying reality. To say that we feel grateful and thankful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great. It just means that we are aware of our blessings. So give thanks every day!

May you and your family be abundantly blessed this Thanksgiving, and remember to always “Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done.”

A truly thankful man of God, Karl

Friday, August 23, 2013

BROTHERS



Our monthly IRONMAN meeting that we call FIGHT CLUB is coming this Saturday August 25, 2013 and is sure to sharpen us up to be our best as men!
Our goal every month is “…that we may present every man mature in Christ.” Colossians 1:28
I wanted to share part of something I posted two years ago because it is so relevant for today… here it is…
I had the opportunity to ask some of the guys why they come to Fight Club... This is they said;

                      To build Godly relationships.
                      Stir my faith.
                      Help me become a better man now and when I have a family I will lead them right.
                      It's a spiritual checkup.
                      I need fellowship.
                      Opportunity for male bonding that's different than world's way.
                      My flesh tells me to stay home and sleep in on Saturday mornings, so I need to do opposite.
                      Helps me see that I'm not alone in this.
                      Accountability
                      I come ready to speak into other men's hearts, and ready to serve others.
                      I come to be an example to other guys, that this time is important.

I want to add another reason to this list, and it's this: If we don't give the time, energy, and discipline to find out just, “What is a man?” and “What kind of man should we train our sons to be?” then we are just as confused as the average guy that's out there.

Let me get to the point... If you are a man, you need to be at Fight Club!


But even more than that, you need to discover what a real man is, how he lives, how he treats women, and how we pass on the power of manhood to our sons and grandsons. None of us just wake up one day and are instant men! No, it takes a clear, distinct, and intentional purpose and process... to get there!

We both know our culture is in deep trouble... and a major factor for it is a loss of vision for manhood! But praise God there is good news... The Bible provides us with the map to real manhood... and many guys are finding it and living it... and training their sons with it!

This next Fight Club I will be helping us discover the power and freedom that comes from living in Brotherhood!
Men; come out to the Fenton Campus… We start at 9am. Bring another brother with you!

Keep fighting the good fight men... Karl


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Use Your Powers!


I thought it would be encouraging to remind us of who holds the power of death over our life. It might amaze you to know who really has charge of your life.
In Heb 2:14-15 we are given a clue. “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”  

Satan had the power of death until Jesus defeated him at Calvary. Satan now has no right to your life. Only through our own deception can he be allowed back in, so don’t.

We also see this revelation in Colossians 1: 13-14. “For He (Jesus) rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

We have been redeemed, bought back from the grip of darkness by the precious life of our wonderful Savior Jesus. Praise Him. So the power of death was taken away from Satan and Jesus had it, but who has it now?

When you read Luke 10:19 we see that Jesus gave over all the power to us.  "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you”. The word “authority” used here means, ability and strength.  Jesus gave us, the believer all power over the enemy of our soul. That’s awesome.

Jesus showed us how it worked – Luke 4:32 says, “… for His message and words were with authority.” This Greek word authority means; “privilege of superhuman control or influence.” Just like Jesus, you and I have the authority, the privilege of superhuman control or influence in every situation we encounter, through the power of our words. This is commanding power and we have been given the right to wield it through Jesus Christ. Sounds like it’s time to get busy using our delegated authority.

In Prov.18: 21 we are shown who has the power now. It says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue”. The word “power” here in the Hebrew is “ yad” and means direction. Think about it; you and I have the ability to direct our words toward life or death.

Matt.12: 37 confirms this Bible fact. "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."  

Our words bring life or death toward us. So… what are you saying? You and I have the power to change things by speaking the right words. 

Get in the Book and start saying what He says about you and watch things change for the better.

For the Victory, Karl