Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Every Third Friday we will be downtown Wyandotte by the clock tower providing a family fun event.
This past Friday we had children make their own miniature ice creations with colored ice and different shapes. It was a huge success with 78 children making their own creations. Many parents thanked us for providing something for the kids.
Next Third Friday, March 19th we will be by the clock tower
from 5:30-8PM. We will have the Easter Bunny there and allow children the opportunity to decorate plastic Easter eggs with chocolate in them. Of course they will be able to keep them and take them home.
One of our core values is serving the community. We strive to be active and involved in what the city is doing. We don't simply go to church on Sundays...we are the church. God never intended the church to simply be a building or a hour service. The church is who we are...Christ in us the hope of Glory.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Our country often prides itself on being the smartest, fastest, strongest etc. That mindset is so ingrained in us we default to that way of living & thinking.
Even Jesus' disciple's struggled with that mindset. In Mark 9 the disciples & Jesus traveled to a house in Capernaum. Along the journey the disciples were arguing among them who was the greatest disciple. Jesus asked them, "What were you guys talking about along the way?" for He knew what they were talking about. They were silent, ashamed to admit their discussion.
Jesus proceeds to say the most profound and counter culture statement anyone can make. He said in Mark 9:39-37...
35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." 36He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
Jesus goes against our human nature and what we are taught and teaches us the one that is actually the greatest is the one who serves and puts others first. WOW! That is why we need God's power and Spirit in our lives. It isn't our natural nature to serve. But when we ask God to be in control of our lives, His Spirit lives in us and changes us.
As we plant this new church in Wyandotte, we are not competing with other churches. We are not trying to be the best. Jesus calls us to SERVE! One of our core values is serving the community. That is why we have and will continue to ask various departments in the city if they need volunteers. That is why we will partner with the city in events they are putting on. That is why we will continue to challenge and encourage every person at Wyandotte Family Church to have FUN and get involved in serving. When we stand before God one day, the first will be last and the last will be first.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Every single one of us know what it is like to be busy, stressed and frustrated that there never is enough time in the day. Yet, Sean and Leigh caught a principle that is life changing. It all happened when they ran into Michael Oher.
Michael repeated both first grade and second grade, and attended eleven different schools during his first nine years as a student. He also alternated between time spent in various foster homes and periods of homelessness, before he was sixteen years old.
When they met Michael and saw his behavior and situation they had a choice! They could continue on their busy “successful” lives or they could pause, and become inconvenienced by getting involved in someone else’s life. Allowing a teenage foster child into their home at their stage of life (having 2 biological children) wasn’t easy. It was very challenging and inconvenient. Yet because of their sacrifice…his life turned around and he was able to reach his life dreams and now give back to others.
Busyness causes us to miss the opportunities that are around us everyday. (Luke 10:25-37) There are miracles waiting to happen in you and through you if you are willing to be inconvenienced. There hasn’t been one person who has helped change another person’s life that was convenient.
As we plant this church in Wyandotte, I pray that we slow down and open our eyes to the needs around us. God wants to flow his love, grace, healing, strength and forgiveness through you to others. PAUSE…take a deep breath, slow down and become inconvenienced today.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
She was used greatly in battle to help lead the French army against England. Many say she was a strategist and knew how to organize an attack. She truly was brilliant.
In spite of her success she died at the stake at the age of 19. She was tried in court as a heretic for saying she had visions and heard voices. She was also tried because she wore men's clothing (even though the majority of people in that time had no problem with it because of her role).
As she was dying at the stake history records her saying, "Every man gives his life for what he believes & every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, we live it and its gone. But to live without belief is more terrible than dying, even dying young."
Are you living for something greater than yourself? Are you living your life to the fullest the way God created and designed you to or are you living for little or nothing? Many people are alive but they are not truly living. I believe that every person has purpose and destiny in Jesus Christ. That purpose and destiny cannot be fully unlocked until one enters into a relationship with Christ.
We can give our lives to many causes and many things that bring temporary satisfaction and pleasure. Let's give our lives to eternal things and live our lives for the glory of God! Let's dream big for Wyandotte and downriver. Let's believe God to use us to serve, live, give and reach thousands with the hope, love and forgiveness of Jesus!
Monday, February 8, 2010
However, sometimes if we aren't careful we can find ourselves sacrificing the wrong things. The reality is this..."we all sacrifice everyday. The question is, "what are we sacrificing?" Are we sacrificing our health, relationships, or destiny?
As I was reading Exodus 5:9 this morning these thoughts came to my mind. Here was Moses & Aaron obeying God and confronting Pharaoh to let Israel go and worship God for 3 days in the desert. Pharaoh responds by increasing their work load so they forget what Moses and Aaron are telling the people.
We all know that taking time to worship God every day is of utmost importance and value. It strengthens our relationship with Him, gives us direction for the day, sharpens our character and our ability to hear His voice and keeps our priorities straight. We all know our family is a gift from God and relationships are more important than material things. Yet, we often find ourselves enslaved to the "American dream and expectation," so we work hard to make more money, prove that we are important or good at what we do, try to impress others or just keep up with them. The harder we work and sacrifice what's truly important the more we become enslaved.
Pharaoh understood this so he increased the work load in order to make the people forget about what God was calling them to do.
Should we work hard? YES! Should we give our all everyday? YES! However, what is God calling you to do in your relationship with Him? With your family? How much quality time have you spent with God and with your family lately? We all sacrifice everyday...what are you sacrificing?
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Born in 1703 is most known for being the founder of the Methodist Church. However, as you look a little deeper into his life you see a lot more. He stood for many causes and beliefs that brought him great persecution and pain.
- He was the first preacher to publicly preach for slave rights. He was a huge supporter of the abolition of slavery which brought him much opposition.
- When his theological views caused him to pushed out of the church he began to speak in open air meetings outside with his friend George Whitfield"
- He began to gather and approve lay preachers to help with the ministry. The Anglican Church was furious for him letting people preach who weren't ordained. This was an outcry.
- Because of his generous spirit, when he died, he died a poor man in the eyes of the world. Yet, during his life he was used by God to see 541 lay preachers spread out all over and reach thousands for Jesus Christ
The one part of his sacrifice that challenges me the most is this one statement as he was having dinner with one of the most popular British authors of his time. He asked John to stay up late with him and keep talking to which John replied, "no, I can't I have an appointment in the morning." He was asked at what time? John replied, "I have an appointment at 4AM." With whom? John replied, "With God." That was a commitment he made everyday to be alone talking and listening to God.
As we plant this church, there will be plenty of opportunities to sacrifice time, money, energy and comfort. The one sacrifice I pray we all experience is the sacrifice of seeking God and believing Him to do the impossible. The more we know God the greater He will pour out of our lives. Maybe you start with just taking 10 minutes every morning to be with HIM! Let's sacrifice for the eternal!