Archive for May, 2009

What’s your stand?

May 12, 2009

lincoln_memorial_lincoln_contrastyI cannot get this out of my head so I guess that I am suppose to talk about it.  While in D.C. I got to see the Lincoln Memorial.  I am a huge fan of Lincoln and think that he had one of the greatest impacts on our country that any president has had.  While walking up the steps to get to the actual memorial I turned around to look out at the beauty and splendor of our nations capital.  I thought about the legacy of Lincoln and how he was willing to stand up against his fellow countrymen because of his “Holy Discontent” for slavery.  He was no longer able to stand the thought of people enslaving one another because of the color of their skin.

When I turned around, I happened to look down at the spot below me.  It was the very spot where Martin Luther King Jr. had stood and made his “I have a dream” speech.  I was in awe.  I was in the very place where one man was willing to say “enough is enough.”

It takes amazing courage to stand up for something, to step out and make a statement.  What is the thing that you want to stand up for that you haven’t made a stand on yet?  The thing that struck me about both of these men is that they were not just going to live for the moment but that they were willing to take a stand and now they live affecting others for a lifetime.

I believe that you and I must make a stand for whatever that thing is in life that you just can’t stand to see happen any longer.  Whether it be children dying of aids in Africa, food for the poor, homelessness in your community, child slavery, prostitution, human trafficing, or people not knowing Jesus, whatever it is, let’s not stay content but let’s become discontent with the situation and make a stand.

For Shayla and I, that stand is for those who are unchurched, uncommitted and undecided of Ft. Lauderdale and help them to become fully devoted followers of Christ.  We are committing our lives to loving and reaching those people.  We are moving this upcoming Friday, May 15th so that we can make our stand for Christ and those who do not yet know him.

What is your stand?

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Give Honor to where Honor is due

May 11, 2009

I was in Washington D.C. this past week.  While I was there I got the opportunity to walk around and see some of the sites of the city.  One that really caught my attention was the Washington Monument.

washmonument2I was reminded of how in Old Testament times that when God would do something significant in someones life they would build an altar there at that place to remind them of what took place.  The Washington Monument signifies what our first president George Washington meant to our country.  He was the general of the revolutionary army who led his troops in battle to victory over the British rule of the American people.  So in honor of his courage and leadership they constructed this monument to document and remember his legacy.  So many times we go through life and forget to honor those who have done significant things to help us have the things we have today.

I was thinking of a man who paved the way for me to really learn what ministry was all about.  He saw in me what no one including myself could see at the time, potential.  He was willing to help me work through my past, live in the now and fulfill my future.  He provided opportunities for me to grow immensely as well as allowing me to step out and fail.  I will always be grateful to him for helping me grow into the man I am today.  I am grateful for the being a spiritual son to a great pastor and friend, Randy Bezet of Bayside Community Church in Bradenton, Florida.

I wanted to be able to give honor where honor is due and Randy is definitely a man who deserves a ton of credit for my success in life.  I appreciate his willingness to take a chance on a young kid when everyone else had given up, to step out and believe that greater things were still to come in my life.  Thank you Randy Bezet for helping me to see and realize my potential to plant a church in Ft. Lauderdale and for believing in me.  I will do the thing you told me to do that would be the most honoring thing to you, “I will help build a great church that changes lives in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Who is someone you should honor that has been a part of your life.  Maybe it is a mom, dad, brother, professor, or boss but whoever it is for you I want to challenge you to express your gratitude for their contribution to your life.

Who are you listening to?

May 7, 2009

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Have you ever just had one of those “Ah Ha” moments when you are reading your Bible?  I was reading in the Book of Acts today and in chapter 18:9-10 the Lord spoke to Paul:

“Don’t be afraid!  Speak out!  Don’t be silent!  For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.”

I read this verse and was just blown away.  I was having one of those days where I was like “I am so afraid of stepping out and planting this church, is anyone going to want to be a part of this, and are people really open to the gospel of Christ?” Then God shows up.  I find myself so many times listening to my fears instead of listening to my God.

Why do we do that?  We get so caught up in our thoughts that we lose sight of vision and plan that God planted in our heart.  God is continually telling me to not be afraid, see fear is something that is based out of my strength and not God’s power.  I start looking to myself instead of relying on him and thinking this is something I have to do.  Not only do I not have to be afraid but at the same point I have to speak out.  I know that for me it is hard to step up and step out.  God called me to be a voice for my generation so that they can know him.  If I am silent then they miss out.  It says there in the verse that many people belong to him.  I want them all to belong to him but if you and I don’t speak out they will miss out.

What are you listening to, your fears or your God?

Who is this for?

May 5, 2009

I was recently at a conference in North Carolina called All Access.  It was a fantastic conference with a lot of great speakers and pastors.  As the conference was winding down on the last day a pastor named Stovall Weems said something profound that has been messing with me since.  He said:

“Are we leaders who serve or are we servants who get the opportunity to lead?”

This has been a quote that has kept me up at night.  I am constantly asking myself  “Which am I?”.  I know that for me, I find myself being a leader who serves because that is what I am suppose to do.  I want so bad to be a servant of Christ who because of my faithfulness as a servant I am presented the opportunity to lead.  Jesus said it best when he said “The son of man came not to be served but to serve by dying on the cross as a ransom for many.”

  • Why is this such an internal struggle?
  • Why is it so hard to serve instead of lead?
  • Why do I always want the top position?
  • Why do I want to be in charge?

I am continually challenging my motives for these questions today.  I want to be a servant who gets the opportunity to lead because it is not about me but all about HIM.

What about you?