Here is a clip I have watched in speaking to my heart about the suffering of Christians today:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Here is a clip I have watched in speaking to my heart about the suffering of Christians today:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The first 3 chapters are about things that happened in and around the first century. The rest of the book, chapters 4-22, I believe are primarily future events. So in our time together, in this series, we are going to look at the messages to the 7 churches, because even thought they were written to these churches in the first century, their messages are valuable for us today. Valuable for NRN!
Sometimes people only want to look at the book of Revelation for end-times events and get into all of the imagery, and skip right over the early chapters.
The key to understanding Revelation, the key to understanding the Bible, is to understand that it is all about Jesus.
Mark our Miracle worker
Luke the Perfect Son of Man
John the Perfect Son of God
Acts He is the Ascended Lord
Romans He is our Righteousness
2 Corinthians Our Comforter
Galatians the One Who sets us free
Ephesians the Head of the Church
Colossians the Fullness of the Godhead
1, 2 Thessalonians our soon coming King
1,2 Timothy He is the Mediator between God and man
Titus our blessed hope
Philemon our friend who is closer than a brother
Hebrews the blood that washes away my sins
James the Great Physician
1, 2 our Chief Shepherd
1 John the Way
2 John the Truth
3 John the Life
Jude He is Our Security
Revelation the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God,
the Bright and Morning Star, the King of Kings and Lord of
So, as you are studying and reading Revelation, keep asking the question, “Who is Jesus?” “What does this teach me about Jesus?” “Where is Jesus in this book?”
Our conviction is that the whole Bible is about Jesus . . . that every book ultimately points to Jesus, because it’s all the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In fact if you want to know the difference between Christianity and other religions, here’s a big one. We believe that everything that needs to be known about God has been made known in Jesus. We don’t believe that we can know God apart from Jesus, but in Jesus we know everything that we need to know about God.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I enjoyed visits to two churches while away and posted about this earlier this week.
Tomorrow I plan to launch a new teaching series. Over the past two weeks God has been speaking to my heart about this series. I have made a major change on the emphasis of this series. Instead of a teaching series which is an in depth Bible study, I have decided to go deeper and apply the timeless truths to our church today. Here is the newly designed logo for the series:
We begin with a welcome and enter into the Lord's Presence in prayer and loud praise:
We continue in an attitude of thanksgiving as we bring our prayers to the Lord. God is so good. He is mighty and deserves our worship and adoration.
We pause for a few announcements about the ministry of our church and opportunities to serve the Lord.
I appreciate Pastor Jordan and the worship team working on this song for the time of offering our financial gifts to the Lord. It is a song that I believe is so powerful to remind us of the Love of God for each of us.
We draw our attention to the preaching of the Word of God.
Over the next several weeks we will attempt to unpack Revelation Chapters 2-3 and the messages of Jesus to the seven churches. These messages to the churches should be a wakeup call to our church today. Jesus commends the Ephesians for how they serve faithfully, endure hardship, have sound doctrine, and hate heretics, but his big criticism is that they are not very loving. Instead of merely criticizing the Ephesians, we must read Jesus’ words humbly and realize how we could become like them.
Friday, September 27, 2013
We had an awesome time at Topsail Island, NC as I rested and met my goal as becoming Pastor Beach Bum. We returned last Saturday as I made an appointment to meet a pastor and visit his church. I posted about this earlier this week but I really enjoyed my visit to Transformation Church near Ft. Mill, SC. You may remember Derwin Gray as I have used this clip at our church:
Derwin Gray is a man of great passion. For six seasons in the NFL he played with a contagious passion that led to two Pro Bowl nominations. For the last nine years, he has communicated the Gospel of Grace around America and abroad with an intense passion that is both contagious and inspiring. Dewey is a 2004 graduate of the Billy Graham Institute of Emerging Evangelists and a graduate (with honors) of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is being mentored by world-renowned theologian, philosopher, and apologist Norman L. Geisler. We are now good friends and sharing emails and insights about ministry.
Last Sunday morning I attended Elevation Church for a great time of worship. I am so honored that my daughter Stephanie provides us with awesome seats. We were on the second row of seat. Stephanie sat beside the pastor's mother. Pastor Steven gave one of the best messages I have ever heard on the sovereignty of God.
Last Monday was the first day of school for Alyse as she began First Grade. I posted about this yesterday. On Tuesday we joined the family for a trip to the mountains to Sky Top Orchards
From the beautiful beaches on North Carolina to the awesome mountains we travelled. Here are a few pictures of our day:
Our first trip with family to Sky Top Orchard. Here is Breeley:
Sharron and I departed with a peck of apples for Sharron to use for pies; a gallon of apple cider and a dozen of apple sauce doughnuts (which we watched them prepare) and are now consumed....
The last several days we have enjoyed some down time to prepare for re-entry into our normal routine. Sharron plans to be at the Women's ministry event tomorrow morning and I am teaching a class for Supervised Ministry for ministerial students in our district. My mind this evening is on the thought: "This is Friday - but Sunday's coming."
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The classroom was prepared and ready on Sunday evening:
|Papa got a big smile|
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
As a short primer for this evening I hope you will enjoy this version of a classic gospel song "Have a little talk with Jesus" This clip was posted on YouTube on July 16, 2012.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A wedding officiant left a couple visibly stunned when he scolded their photographer, saying: ”This is not about the photography, this is about God.”
Source: First reported by RNS
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Here is a little about this great church from the church website:
So that people far from God will be raised to life in Christ. That was the vision of Elevation Church when it began in 2006 with a group of eight families led by Pastor Steven Furtick. Over the past seven years, that vision has remained the same as our church has grown to seven locations in the Charlotte, NC area with multiple extension sites around the U.S. and Canada.
We are a church fueled by great faith and we’ve seen God do things that only He can do – thousands of lives changed, marriages restored, families healed and hearts made whole. And as God continues to increase the size of our platform, we are aggressively pursuing opportunities to reach more and more people with the life-saving message of the Gospel in both our city and our world.
Through the use of preaching, worship, and creativity, we strive to present the timeless message of Jesus Christ in a clear and fresh way. And although our approach to church is anything but traditional, we believe in and maintain a conservative theological position.
Click HERE to hear more about this move of God.
I attended a service at Transformation Church located near Ft. Mills, SC.
I posted earlier this week about the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church - Derwin Gray
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead Pastor of Transformation Church (TC), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recognized as the second-fastest-growing church in America by percentage for 2010 by Outreach Magazine. In 2011, TC was recognized again as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America.
Pastor Derwin and his wife, Vicki, have been married for 21 years and have two children: a daughter, Presley, and a son, Jeremiah.
After graduating from Brigham YoungUniversity, Pastor Derwin played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). During that time, he and Vicki began their journey with Christ and experienced God's faithfulness and direction as He moved their hearts to know Him and make Him known.
Pastor Derwin went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, with a concentration in Apologetics. He was and continues to be mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher, Dr. Norman Geisler.
In addition to his role at Transformation Church, Pastor Derwin speaks at conferences nationwide and is recognized by many as the "Evangelism Linebacker." He is the author of Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart, published in 2010, and Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, released September 3, 2013. I had the privilege to spend some time with Derwin following the service. We had a short discussion about our churches and then the laughter began as we compared barbecue spots near Fort Mill, SC compared to in Raleigh, NC. Derwin has an open invitation to visit Raleigh and enjoy a memorable meal at my favorite barbecue restaurant!
Here is a short clip I thought you would enjoy to hear the depth of Derwin's thoughts about the CHURCH:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I believe the ministry of Pastor Carlos will encourage your faith. I encourage you to invite friends and neighbors to hear the preaching ministry of this young man.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sharron and I are truly enjoying a time away on vacation this year. We enjoyed a time away this past June with Danielle and the Bolder family. This week we are with Stephanie and her family at a favorite get away - Dolphin View on Topsail Island, NC.
Sharron especially loves the time at the beach. She does work hard with Stephanie to prepare many of our meas and is on laundry duty every day.
Sharron does time time each day for her favorite activity at the beach:
I hope you will enjoy this picture I took today. It is a beautiful day to spend time at the beach.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
As we gather tonight - let us think of the power of prayer. Here is a short primer:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
This week I turned to a great resource. Church Leaders Live provided a free webinar. Here is the insights from the session:
Derwin Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, South Carolina. Transformation Church was recognized as one of the 19 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine.
Gray wrote Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future and is a highly sought-after communicator.
Monday, September 16, 2013
This year he begins his 50th year in pastoral ministry. He has recently returned to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to pastor a church.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
As we present our financial offering to the Lord I pray that the offering will meet the financial needs of the church in order to see our ministry and outreach reach beyond our current limits.
Friday, September 13, 2013
This coming Sunday will feature our youth ministry at we pray for students who are back at school. The youth worship team will lead us in worship. It is going to be an awesome day of worship and the Word.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
We celebrate our new partnership with the Unintentials and the new home of Comedy Café .
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A recent graph made me begin to cry out louder and with more passion:
Though the almanac calls for North Carolina to be chilly and wet - we are extremely close to the cold, wet and white area on the map. I am praying for a miracle of God in our midst!
Monday, September 9, 2013
I became aware that our youth pastor - Pastor Jordan was going to take this young man to college. The 12 hour trip from Raleigh to Quincy, Mass. is a large undertaking, especially the return trip home if you are alone. Late Monday evening I sensed God speaking to my heart that I should go on the road trip. We departed my home at 5:00am and arrived on campus at 5:15pm. The welcome on campus was awesome and the people were so gracious and helpful. It was a great trip. Here are a few pictures of the campus and our time there:
By Wednesday afternoon the registration process had concluded, the placement test taken and finally the class schedule established and the dorm room assigned. Time to move Esdras in:
As we prepared to depart for the journey home a few last pictures to mark the occasion:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Here is the prepared song list:
Now we quiet our heart before God to enter into a time of prayer:
We continue in our worship by bringing our financial gifts to God. God is so faithful and is preforming miracles before our very eyes. I will share of a miracle that took place this week and then we will thank God by presenting our gifts to him.
We will sing to the Lord as we present our offerings to Him:
Prepare yourself for worship tomorrow at church. Plan to come a little early to enjoy some refreshments and connect with others. Who will you call to invite to join you tomorrow at church? DO IT!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
On May 19th, 2013, Jim Standridge stood in the pulpit of Immanuel Baptist Church of Skiatook and did this.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Here is a summary: