Friday, September 28, 2007

Countdown to Ignition

This post is in in response to another post on Pastor Rob's blog - AKA - Lead Pastor @ Southbrook

What Dee and I do is start the morning with a modified Ephesians 6:10-18 declaration like:

Today I put on the full armor of God, shoes of peace, belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword which is the Word. To top it all off we put on our crown of favor that has been given to us by the most high God.

We go on with our day, acting as Christ's personal representatives, we pray together, and then begin the task(s) before us. During the day we may read a devotional, listen to worship music,
(which will be the Return Worship CD after Saturday ; ) or meditate on a piece of the Word. No matter what comes at us we remember Who we belong to, Who we work for, and that He has everything in the palm of his hand. At the end of the day we have been reading our one year
bible, since January 1st (Yay!) and it has grown, strengthened, and deepened our relationship with the Father. I highly recommend getting a copy and starting immediately. It only takes fifteen minutes a day. Here is a link to the one we purchased -
NIV - One Year Bible

As I said, it only takes 15 minutes to read and you get a bit of the old and new testament as well as a psalm and a proverb. Consider it a spiritual value meal. It is quick, easy to read, and you cannot go wrong with the format of how the Word is presented in this one. It is great especially if you struggle with following, comprehending, or actually taking the time to read His Word.

I have heard it said that the most powerful prayer you can pray is “Father, use me to do your will”. If you dare to say it, and mean it with all your being, hold on for the ride of your life. Not saying it is going to be all roses and warm fuzzy puppy dogs, because you will come under attack, but you will be forever changed and His glorious light will shine through you. Rob, tell the staff that we pray with and for them every day, we are with you and the whole team. We can feel the coming explosion about to rock Weddington, Charlotte, the US, and the world. Looks like Southbrook is going to be at the epicenter and I cannot think of a better place to be at this time. Thank you Rob and a ginormous thank you to The Spirit that is moving in our church. We cannot hold it in anymore!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Re-Post / No More Trying

Ok, it's official, I am now a slacker. But let's be honest, in one way or another, we are all slack in one or more areas of our lives. I will explain further what I mean by that later in this post.

It is funny, our pastor @
Southbrook even called me out last week. Not really, but he noticed my disappearance from my regular postings on his site and he saw the entry on my blog titled "I Have Been Slack". So with that shame out of the way I will say this: I make no excuses, no apologies, and, to be honest, I am not even going to try anymore. Why am I not going to try any more you ask? I heard someone say a few weeks ago "trying is failing with honor" and it really stuck with me. Think about it, like a New Year’s resolution we often say we are going to try to do something but often lack the follow-through. We say things like I am going to try to spend more time with my wife or family, I am going to try to lose weight, quit smoking, or invite a co-worker to church but how often do we actually do those things. You can just about insert anything into the phrase "I am going to try to ....".

In the great words of the Jedi Master and Philosopher Yoda "Do, or do not. There is no try." If you saw Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke did not believe the Force could lift a massive object. He was proven wrong when Yoda telekinetically lifted the
X-wing fighter and placed it on dry land. Still Luke was unwilling to admit or accept the wisdom that was offered, and believe that what he saw was true - he did not believe that he could move the ginormous object ; that is why he failed.

After thinking about it I have taken the word "try" out of my vocabulary altogether, now I do. So with that being said I will do a post at least once a month. Seems like a good interval since it has been a month since my last post. If you want to hear more about the topic of "Do, or do not. There is no try", or as
Pastor Rob calls it "Facing the Giants" check out his podcast here.

Do have a good week!

Also check out
Rob's Blog "AKA"

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Me Church

I found this during my web adventures - Me Church.

Funny but kinda sad at the same time too.

Want to come to a church that is relevant and has a heart for Him and for you?

Then check out

See you there!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

What Was I Thinking?

Ok, so it has been more than month since my last post. No excuses but I lost my job, my car, and well actually just about everything you can think of has happened except my dog getting rund overed. (Borrowed that from a country song ; ) Anyway, through it all we still have a peace which passes all understanding. In fact every day we, wife, kids and I, do this from Ephesians 6:10-18.

We put on the full armor of God, shoes of peace, belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. To top it all off we put on our crown of favor that has been given to us by the most high God.

Do it every day and you will be ready for anything Satan throws your way!