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Serving Jesus

Luke 10:2

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

There is a sad statement that is common knowledge in the church world! It goes like this – 20% of the people do 80% of the work in the church. At times this might be because the 20% has a hard time sharing or delegating the workload. At times it might be a control issue on the part of the 20%. But most often it is because the 80% aren’t joining in the labors for Christ in the church. Are we part of the 20% or the 80%?

Think about this for a moment. Are we only attending worship in our church and doing nothing else? Are we only taking what the church offers – youth ministry – children’s ministry – family ministry – worship – etc. – and not giving anything back? In essence are we a taker without being a giver as well? Continue reading

January 25, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Christmas Praises 20

John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

christmas-1During the month of December I have asked some members and friends of our church to write a paragraph or so describing some of the things that bring them joy this Christmas season in their relationship with Jesus and First Church? They were asked where they see Jesus in their church family? They were asked what draws them to First Church. The reason for this is to stir up some joy and excitement this Christmas Season. I told them I would share their thoughts anonymously – but I am keeping their e-mails for sure. I will try to post a comment a day for December so obviously I need 31 comments. The posts will go up around noon each day.

All year long but especially during the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the coming New Year, I see our church committees wind down and then plan for the next year of self-less serving.   The tireless servanthood I see from our church family inspires me to be better and humbles me to reflect on the sincerity of my own service. When serving honestly and genuinely, its just such an honor to be part of something bigger than myself….thats what I love!! To see Jesus in the things we plan and in the faces of those serving then how the Holy Spirit makes it all work together! Just awesome! It’s what keeps us all strong, keeps us together and makes me feel the familyhood of our church. I pray others will join and breathe freshness into our committees and then they can feel the joy of being a good an faithful servant! Amen and Amen. 

I praise the Lord for the testimony. I hope that it brings those who read it great joy. Merry Christmas to one and all.

December 20, 2016 Posted by | Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Who Serves

Luke 22:27

I am among you as one who serves.

IMG_0301Would you rather serve or be served? Some would really rather serve than be served – some would rather be served. I know people who serve others all the time – and yet they have a hard time allowing others to serve them when they have a need. I imagine there are those who don’t have a preference for serving or being served.

As Christians – we are called to serve others – to even think of others above ourselves – to love others like Christ loves us. John 13:34-35 – 34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

The call for Christians is to serve others – to follow the example set by our Lord – Jesus – who came not to be served – but rather to serve others. Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Continue reading

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Commissioning Our Street Reach Team

This morning at both services – 8:45 & 10:30 am – we met our outreach team for StreetReach and commissioned them to serve our Lord this week.  It was a great feeling seeing so many young people and leaders ready to give a week to Jesus!

Jason told us to get a good look and a good smell this morning – because this morning was the cleanest they would be – lol.  Our team has given a week of their summer to serve Jesus.  Some are using their vacation time.  They are making a sacrifice to leave their AC at home – their video games – iPods – etc – to serve our Lord.

We talked this morning about Christ’s sacrifice at the cross and how many in the church today seem unwilling to be inconvenienced to serve God.  Many want to serve – as it fits into their schedule.  Here’s hoping that several from the church who have not already signed up to help this week will reach out to serve Christ this week – either during the yard work in the day time or during the evening programs.  Each evening they will be in inviting the community to activities as well.  Check them out here.  Events will include a water night – a family fun night – dinner and a movie night – pool night – family fun night at the park and more!  Come have some fun with our StreetReach team and the community!

More pictures and details as the week unfolds.

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , | Leave a comment


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