Archive for February, 2009

Cleaning House

February 27, 2009

We just sold our house this week. We found out that our closing date is on the 16th of March. We are so excited that in this down economy that God can still do miracles like selling your home.
Packing our home is another story, I don’t really enjoy going through all of the stuff that you acquire while living in your home. You don’t realize all the items that seem to just get stuffed in drawers, closets and your garage. It is a lot like our life, as we do life we just acquire things, needed or not they just get stuffed in corners and closets. We don’t need the majority of it, in fact when we start cleaning we ask ourselves “Why in the world would I keep this?” but yet we just keep packing the things away. In our walk with God it a lot like the same, we keep stuff we don’t need or doesn’t benefit us and actuality it hinders us from being all that God wants for us in life. The stuff that we hold onto is the stuff God wants to purge from our life but a lot of times we think we could never do without. But as we start to clean up the excess God brings the increase in our life.
What is God asking you to purge from your life in order to move you forward in life. Until we give up what we have we can’t experience where He wants to take us.

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Quiet time today with God

February 25, 2009

I have read the story of the sermon on the mount so many times in my life but this morning I couldn’t sleep and Matthew 6:33 just kept coming into my head. It tells us “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” This verse has had such a huge impact in my life personally. It was in December of 2007 when God challenged me with this verse asking me if I would seek His kingdom above all my wants and desires in life. If that was the case was I willing to leave a great job at a great church to go reach those who have not heard yet. This was such a hard decision, do I stay where I am comfortable and content or do I step out in faith and chase after the revelation and call in my life. Needless to say I chose to step out. Well this morning as I was reading this all over I found that in verses 7:28-8:3 what I missed then. Jesus got up and gave probably the greatest set of services and teaching the world has ever seen. He was preaching for a long time and it was good. At the end it says that the people where in awe and amazement because He taught as one who had authority. At the end of all this as people were leaving and Jesus was coming down the crowds followed, they didn’t respond. They had listened to a great message and their was revelation their but they did not hear. See they did not get or realize the chairos moment they were in, that this was a moment of wisdom and revelation knowledge. So many time we go through life translating the Bible as intellectual property, we listen and learn more but end up doing less and believe that we are growing spiritually.
But there was a man who didn’t just listen to the story but heard what Jesus was saying and came to Him. He didn’t just listen but heard and took action. He heard the revelation that God was opening up before him and stepped out in it. So many times we hear God telling us something but instead of acting we put off, but not this guy he pursued. If we want God to fulfill the vision that He has given us we have to pursue it. This man’s revelation was that God could and would heal him, so he pursued Jesus with great tenacity.
I believe that today we need to be a people who not just listen to the word but hear it and react to it and pursue it with everything we have.

Exciting weekend

February 22, 2009

This past weekend was fantastic. Pastor Billy Hornsby did a great job of talking about how we need to fulfill our mission in life and what are some of the steps we need to take in order to walk out our mission. The first service kind of gave me a scare when Pastor Billy started to tell the church that I was going to launch a church in Ft. Lauderdale in the future with the help of the ARC. You never know what is going to happen at a service at Bayside. I am pretty excited that on March 4th in our First Wednesday service that Pastor Randy is going to be announcing to the church that Shayla and I are going to be launching out to fulfill the call of God on our lives to plant a life-giving church in Ft. Lauderdale.

Thank you for following the adventure here on our blog of what God is doing in us and through us for His kingdom.

Potential Worship Leader

February 12, 2009

Here is my friend Drew who might come and be our worship leader.