[VIDEO] : No Regrets

“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”  – John 10:10 (The Message)

Here’s a brief recap:

1. Understand the Difference

The priorities in the Kingdom of “Me” and the Kingdom of Heaven are worlds apart.  Understand the Difference!

2. Understand the Fight

There is an ongoing battle between Jesus and the Enemy for your life.  Understand the Fight!

3. Make the Decision

Knowing the difference and knowing the fight goes on … Make the Decision!

4. Fuel the Decision

Whether you pursue the priorities of the world or the Kingdom of Heaven, Fuel the Decision!  My prayer is you would fuel the decision to know Jesus more passionately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Confessions of an Associate Pastor : You v. Eminem

It’s taken a few weeks to get this entry to where I feel God wanted it to be but this morning while watching a special on Eminem’s top 20 videos, it all came together.

It’s been about 20 years now since I first started to listen to music out of the hip hop spectrum and one things for sure:  I’ve always been fascinated by Eminem’s lyrical giftedness.  I do not have a doctorate in how he compares to others in the hip hop game, but in my humble opinion, he tells quite the story.  In spite of such giftedness, he tells a super dark story that is both a reflection of his life and saddens the heart with his calculated hopelessness.  Anything he does, makes it big and much is to be said about his fan base.  People enjoy his music.

Saul was a king way back when and would get overwhelmed with life and called for someone to ease his stresses with none other than something musical.  I think we often do the same.  We find our escape in different things, sometimes even music.

So Saul finds a liking to this guy, David.  Through the musical capacity that David brought to the scene, he’s able to calm Saul down.  At the time, Saul doesn’t fully understand, but in a earlier moment the prophet Samuel anoints David to be King.

Saul isn’t being soothed by music.  Saul is being calmed by the Anointing.

“After that, whenever the bad depression from God tormented Saul, David got out his harp and played. That would calm Saul down, and he would feel better as the moodiness lifted.” – 1 Samuel 16:23 (The Message)

In my prayers last week, I went in with no particular agenda except, Holy Spirit help me to pray for what you put in my heart … and here drops a specific group of people:

The Christian Artist

It could be music, art, poetry, fashion, drama, or some other form of art, but my prayer is that you would truly understand the anointing.  It’s not in your ability, giftedness, or genius but in the anointing that I’m believing that people would find healing,  freedom, peace and above all else, Jesus.  Imagine a time, at some point in the future, when you do your thing … their ‘thing’ instantly being annihilated by the power of God.  Imagine.  Now believe.

My prayer is:

You would be the head and not the tail.

You would be the pioneer for both the Christian and secular industries.

You would set the tone on what direction things are heading in.

You would set the pace on what is shattering the former way of doing things.

You my friend, under the anointing, are a genius.

Eminem has got nothing on you.  Score one for what God is doing in and through you my friend.

You – 1
Eminem – 0

True Confessions of an Associate Pastor : Taken

In the last few months I’ve shared my story of God’s work in my life through my years of depression in High School with more and more people.  For those of you that don’t know it reached a tipping point when I reached the point of calling it quits on life.  I picked the day, the method and the moment.

I often tell people that God performed a miracle in my life that day and every waking moment I’ve seen since that time is something I never thought or imagined.  Never thought I’d graduate high school, get into and graduate college, find a job, find an amazing girl, marriage, kids, ministry, live in the 804, meet some amazing people in T.O, NY, MI, TX and the list goes on and on … never thought … never dreamed … never imagined.  I couldn’t get past a cold winter day in 1994.

When I had given up on my life and almost took it, God stepped in and took it for me.

I’ve always admired certain Bible people.  Enoch was one of them.  I’ve told people that I want to be like him.  I want to walk so close to God that He just takes me … I feel that He’s doing that in me now.

“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” – genesis 5:24

Some days are home runs, some days are full of foul balls, other days are strike outs … but I’ve just got one question for the enemy … how ya like me now?

Confessions of an Associate Pastor : True Confessions

No, this post won’t have any witty comments or humor … just true reflections.

Tomorrow I’ll get to travel to Toronto to be with family.  My aunt received her promotion late last week and is now in the presence of the Lord.  She is free from cancer and in a place far better than any moment here on Earth.

My heart is heavy tonight but at peace.

Tomorrow I don’t have to be a pastor and or a leader.  Although these are hats I will wear until Christ’s return, tomorrow I get to be a son and hug my mom.  I get to be a brother and hang out with my sisters.  I get to be an uncle and kiss my nephew and nieces.  I get to be a nephew and listen to my uncles and aunts tell stories of our stupidity.  I get to be a cousin and just be.  I’m sure we’ll laugh.  I’m sure we’ll cry.  I’m sure we’re going to get in trouble for something.  We always do.

It’s when we walk through difficult times that both Scripture and Prayer come to life and become our portion.  He is EXACTLY what I need and all that I want.  I’ve spoken these very words to people over and over and over and over and you know what?  It’s true.

Read Psalms 27:4 when you get a moment.  This week has given me fresh perspective on what’s important.

Tonight, I’ve spent hours on the phone with family.  My wife, my cousins, my friends have called to listen and then pray.  I’ve got some solid people in my life.  They’ve reminded me of God’s faithfulness.  They’ve reminded me of His peace.  They’ve reminded me that He’s in control.  They’ve reminded me sadness and grieving are normal.  I’ve not only got some solid people pouring into my life … they are praying people.

Who’s pouring into yours?