This month, March, will be the first time I have had the opportunity to preach God’s Word on a cruise. The topic is: F.I.T. Marriage. God has taken my heart toward helping couples identify their purpose as well as the core values that help them keep on track. I am trusting God to use enhance my marriage with Christa. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to see God work.
Check out James Macdonald’s message series on “Crossing the Finish Line”. Always challenged and transformed by his clear exposition of God’s Word.
I had rather be in hell with Christ, than be in heaven without Him. — Martin Luther
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Recently read this article on Albert Mohler’s blog. Mind blowing how current culture is aligning itself in complete opposition to moral, ethical, and spiritual truth. Check it out!
Make disciples everywhere! This is the mission given to us by Jesus Christ. This concept describes for us what the local church should be doing: Making Disciples. I am extremely excited to see how God is using Concord to make disciples. Sunday morning during our second service at Concord, God really moved. After baptizing one new believer, her fiance plus her sister both prayed to receive Christ. It is always exciting to see people come to know the Lord personally.
We are expecting God to work this weekend too! This week at Concord we will have D’Now. This weekend is designed to minister to students from the 6th grade to the 12th grade. I have been extremely pleased with our new Student Pastor’s leadership and heart. God is using Brandon Roney in a great way already at Concord. The last count I heard for this weekend was 155 students. Many in our church are praying for this weekend. I want to encourage you to join us in asking the Lord to transform hearts for His name sake.
Looking forward to this weekend. Lord, please enable us to make disciples this weekend!
Those whom God uses greatly, He wounds deeply. — A.W. Tozer
Just finished Sunday’s message and very excited about it. We continue in Luke’s Gospel this weekend and begin discussing the Beattitudes. The Beattitudes underscore the godly characteristics that genuine disciples possess. The blessed life comes not from getting and doing, but rather from being. The Jewish crowds were of the opinion that the ‘blessed life’ was one filled with long life, wealth, a large family, a full barn, and defeated enemies. Rightfully so, this is what Duet. 28 promises to those who are obedient to God. However, Christ begins His sermon with, “Blessed are the poor..the hungry..” This is quite a contrast from the blessed life described in Deut. 28, or is it? Come find out this Sunday as we continue to make disciples everywhere
That’s the term I like to give the Pharisees and Saducees of Jesus’ day. They had made up so many rules and regulations outside of God’s Word that they were strangling anyone’s ability to find joy in the Lord. Jesus, however, came to those who are tired and weary. Remember how He invited, “Come to me all who are weary and heavey-laden, I will give you rest.” The rest He was offerring was from man-made rules, regulations, and religion. His yoke is light.
Our joy can be strangled too! By who? By modern-day spiritual hall monitors. They have a list of rules and regulations that they have made up and they want you to follow them. Their main goal is to catch you breaking one of their rules so they can condemn you. In fact, they want to make themselves look more ‘holy’ than others. If we allow others to try and fit us into the mold of their made up religion, we will be zapped of our joy in the Lord.
Look, our relationship with God is just that, a relationship. We walk with Him and we talk with Him. He guides us by His Spirit and leads us into paths of righteousness. This is where genuine joy is experienced. Don’t try to find joy is a list of man-made do’s and don’t’s. Just enjoy God.
DON’T MISS THIS SUNDAY MORNING. I will actually be discussing this idea from Luke’s Gospel. You might be shocked to find out that you have a little bit of the hall monitor attitude yourself. See you Sunday!
Today is a day that the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it! Why not take a moment and thank God for how he has blessed you today or in the past?