Thursday, July 26, 2012

My own field of dreams!

This past Sunday we continued our new series "At the movies" with "Field of Dreams"

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We looked at the life of Joseph in Genesis and talked about the reality, "The size of our dreams reveals the size of our God!" 

The harsh reality is that many of us are so busy and so consumed with temporal things, we don't take time to DREAM BIG!! When I say dream big it doesn't necessarily mean having to compare ourselves to the President or Mother Theresa. We all have the same opportunity to seek God and allow Him to birth dreams for our world and sphere of influence. 

What dreams do you have for your marriage? (I know my dream is to celebrate my 50th anniversary with my wife!! Hey, 12 down only 38 more to go :) 

What dreams do you have for your family? 

How could your community, city, neighborhood be better? 

How could God use you to mentor and be an example to children and teens?

Is there something that God could use you to create that would meet a current need in our society? 

How could God use your gifts and talents to make your church community more effective?
Allowing God to show us how things could and should be is a part of the process. God is the master and planting dreams in the hearts of his children and then providing the strength and even the miraculous provision of that dream.

May we not settle for small dreams that we can obtain in our small finite strength and limited wisdom. Let's allow God to birth God sized dreams in our hearts that cause us to rely only on Him and to take risks trusting He will be faithful and come through!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Incredible Life

This past Sunday we continued our new series "At the movies." We followed the life of "Bob" Mr. Incredible and the challenges he faced.

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Mr. Incredible was alive when he was a superhero. However, when he was placed in the Super's Relocation program and forced to work in an insurance office, he became an empty shell? How many of us today are really empty shells?

We all want to live a life full of purpose. Every single one of us has greatness etched in our DNA. Yet, how do we live a full life with purpose? How do we obtain what so often seems to be like catching steam in our hands...elusive. 

Ralph Barton (Famous Cartoonist in the 1920’s) left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life: "I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day."  
Many have looked to fame, money, success, drinking, relationships, parties and a whole more to find purpose. Yet, when the dust settles, we still feel empty and like we are not living life to the fullest. Why is that? 

No matter how hard we work, how popular in our sphere of influence we get or how many friends we have…OUR SOUL LONGS FOR REAL PURPOSE!! Why? Achievements are eventually surpassed and forgotten, records are broken and reputations fade. 

Many people are living but they are not alive. Many simply don’t realize the significance of which they were born for. Many people want to be significant and live a life of purpose but they look in the wrong areas. If you want to know WHY YOU WERE PLACED ON THIS PLANT, you MUST BEGIN WITH GOD!

We struggle to find purpose because we begin at the wrong starting point—ourselves. What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future.  You were made for God not vise versa—Rick Warren
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-10God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

True meaning and purpose is birthed from knowing God. You can disagree with me, think I'm crazy or even call me narrow minded. However, deep down in all of our souls, there is a longing for more, for something than bigger than ourselves. Why? God placed that inside of us and it can only be fulfilled in Him. 

May we all come to know God personally and discover the purpose that we were placed on this planet for!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Are you looking for the six fingered man?

This past Sunday was the kickoff of our new series "At the movies." We followed the life of Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Bride." 

You can listen to this message on forgiveness on our website at or you can listen on iTunes at 

A great book to read about forgiveness and redemption is "Through the Gates of Splendor" by Elizabeth Elliot. It's a true story and you will be sucked in right away. 

She went through a very challenging situation and was faced with a choice. Was she going to become bitter, angry or was she going to forgive and trust God. 

You can buy the book on amazon by clicking on this link...

You can watch the movie "The End of the Spear" as well even though I highly recommend the book :)