Friday, August 10, 2018

A Church Adventure: Restoring Hardware

Several months back I was restoring some old hardware that was in our house. Some portions of them had rust and others had several coats of paint on them. It is a tedious process of wire brushing and scraping, but with time and patience they all come completely clean and then are ready for a fresh coat of paint.  This reminded me of my faith walk with Jesus. I get through the day and inevitably I collect junk of this world, whether it be some cynicism, self doubt, or even the simple negative thought. I, as a follower and believer in Christ have to be willing to be stripped of all that junk and allow him to fill me with the Holy Spirit, let go of control and give it to Him. I struggle with many parts of this process, but often find that when I surround myself with fellow believers His will overcomes all of my struggles. I especially feel this balance when I am worshipping or in fellowship with our current group of congregants at our little Church in Mars.

We, as a congregation, are going through some pretty heavy stuff right now; decisions that will affect our community and our future of worship. But, I am looking up, along with my fellow followers and believers. In some of my previous Church Adventure posts I mentioned a few things, in short, to describe this campus. The building was mentioned in my description to set the story. But, the real part was that we felt comfortable and that comfort level had us returning for more. God led the four of us to be all in and to join this little Church in Mars. This was no accident. This was purposefully and perfectly orchestrated by God himself through God-led people. It had little to do with the "Building". Don't get me wrong, it has some great acoustics and great character for a worship setting. And yes, the Holy Spirit fills that space every Saturday night as we focus on Him through worship. But, it is still just a building. This wonderful event of worship, fellowship, and God-led relationships can happen anywhere. Our Church has no walls, it's built of people! He designed it this way. The great thing about the Holy Spirit, is that it has no limits. It will not be contained by walls.

As of August 25th, the parent church of our little church will no longer be supporting a multi-site ministry. Which means, that the Mars Campus will be closing. We, as a family, will be distancing ourselves from this particular Church as it has quite a different view on what a church should look and operate like. Its boards, and committees have unfortunately centered their focus on the wrong things, and have brought heartache in their wake. Please hear this; there are good people at the parent campus, and these fine people of God are not being listened to by leadership. Many of them, I fear, are just so busy checking their boxes on Sunday morning or just have their head so far stuck in the sand, that they can't hear the cries of their people.  I have been praying for the parent "Church"; that the leadership will someday hear the God-led people and stand up and make sure that God's agenda is pursued instead of man’s. Sunday mornings are not supposed to feel like a country club, and until they understand that and start listening and looking for God's lead, they will just be turning their wheels within their own walls.

Our group at the Mars Campus have had a few things to consider, as things have been winding down. We are now at a point of figuring out where we will go next. I do believe, that this adversity has strengthened our relationships as a worshiping body of Christ. It would be amazing if we could all end up in the same place, to worship again together. I also know that if we can't continue what we have been blessed with, I will never forget the relationships that we have developed with God's intentions. With God's direction, we have had several opportunities to visit some local churches, and even to discuss what we have gone through during this painful process. I know that we all have been very grateful. It is refreshing for me to just get things off of my chest when things are feeling negative.

These past months have been, at times, exhausting. But, at the same time, I think we have all come to the agreement that we may not know what the future holds for us, but if we strip off all of this junk that we have been collecting (especially through this process) and allow Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit once again, in His hands we will all prevail to come closer to Him, and to spread the Good News.

If you have not read our adventure follow this link or the links below:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Product Review Video: Jabra Elite Active 65t Bluetooth Headphones

I have to correct the price I mentioned in the video, they are $189.99 at BestBuy

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer*

Go grab your pair over at Best Buy

Monday, July 9, 2018

Product Review Video: Aluratek ABC53F Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver

Wow, so I have not done video editing work in a long time, so bear with me as I get back into the groove.

*I do have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer*

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Church Adventure: Challenge

An adventure is not always fun times. Recently our Church Adventure has been a challenge. It's in these times that I have to remind myself, that it's not about us, that I need to keep looking up to find His direction, to find His will, and ultimately to find peace in those two things, together with fellow believers. These times remind me that with human failings, our road may not be a smooth ride, but will contain rocky ways of ups and downs. But if we conquer these challenges together, with Him and His will in focus, we will prevail in sending out the Good News! With a bit of anxiety, I look forward to the next phases of our Church Adventure. I feel that when a "Church" is not focused on being lead by God, it is time to move on. Looking forward to what's ahead, with a renewed focus on Him and His will.

If you interested in the rest of our Church Adventure. Here are some links:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Music Review: Passion Whole Heart #PassionWholeHeart #FlyBy

I got an excellent opportunity to review the latest Passion Album called Whole Heart. Wow, I absolutely love the energy on this album. I would love to witness a Passion conference. Onto the album, I really love Ghost by Crowder. The lyrics, "Get Ready, there's an empty tomb, Get Ready, there's a ghost in the room, Get Ready, even mountains move, Get Ready, all the stories are True", are inspiring and the way he delivers it is amazing...
Another favorite is Great Are You Lord, by Matt Redman, I love to hear the gathered people singing along, all are there for one purpose, to Worship our Lord. It gives me goosebumps every time!

So all in all this particular album is great for myself as a re-centering or refocusing tool. During the week when I get bogged down or maybe experience a bit of negativity, I throw this album in my que on my phone, put my headphones in and in no time at all, I am re-centered and refocused on Jesus.

I would absolutely suggest this Album to family and friends. Thanks to FlyBy Promotions for the opportunity to review it.

Here is the list of songs and artists:
01. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
02. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
03. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
04. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
05. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
06. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
07. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
08. Ghost (feat. Crowder)
09. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)
10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)
11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)

* Material Connection Disclaimer: I received this music from FlyBy Promotions to provide a review on my blog. Stated above are my opinions and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”