A Mutual Exchange of Encouragement

Happy Sunday!

We’re back home and real happy about church at Destiny Family Center this morning! Wow, I have really missed everyone! (photo: Mr. Peelz says goodbye to the beach) 

Todays message is sure to ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE… gonna continue the message I started a few weeks ago: I Still Have a Dream Today!   

More than the message, is the LOVE and FAITH I feel in my heart this morning… it’s so large! I just want to HUG everyone, and let them know how much I appreciate journeying with them!

Romans 1:10-12 One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to SEE YOU. For I long to VISIT YOU so I can BRING YOU some spiritual gift that will HELP YOU grow strong in the Lord. WHEN WE GET TOGETHER, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

This is how I feel today… like having a MUTUAL EXCHANGE of ENCOURAGEMENT! 

I LOVE the people I lead at church and over the internet. My family SINCERELY LOVES the people we do life with. We thank God for all the beautiful people here in our hometown and scattered throughout the world who value our leadership… for the people who admire and share our BIG DREAMS… for all the Joshua’s and Caleb’s who without hesitation, they run to the promises with FAITH in every step!

Numbers 13:30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”  

Yes we can! Yes we are! Yes we will! 

I hope todays blog rouses up some FAITH in you guys today! Maybe you’re down at the moment… but this is only TEMPORARY… because you and I were BORN TO TAST THE GRAPES OF PROMISE! We’re doing something historical with our lives… yes we are! 

Please click on to the 10am broadcast… leave your comments… and have a super duper Sunday!

Applauding Your Progress!

Happy Wednesday Friends!

We’ve been out of town at an amazing conference… coming home today. I’m planning to describe our beautiful encounter with Reinhart Bonnke tonight at DFC, seven pm! Hey, if you cant make it in person, catch the LIVE webcast

It was so nice meeting hundreds of Pastors who are facing obstacles similar to my own… and to see that I am not alone. It was nice realizing how badly this world NEEDS Emily and I to KEEP INSPIRING others no matter how challenging this can be at times.

It was sad to see how many Pastors are so bruised up inside due to the unprecedented attacks they’re undergoing these days. I was smitten with their pain… it overwhelmed me at times. So every time the opportunity arose, Emily and I gave away some hefty encouragement, while receiving a whole lot of the same back from these great people!  

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth…”

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world…”

We are beautiful people, even at our worse. Jesus said that we are the SALT OF THE EARTH… we are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. And far too often, we fall into the habit of BEATING OURSELVES and EACH OTHER UP, when we should be appreciating the SALT AND LIGHT we are bringing to a dark, sick world.

When I was a kid… my parents grounded me for drinking alcohol, vandalizing the community, or getting kicked out of school for fighting in the halls or cussing out a teacher. I was a mess and I needed help… I needed correction… lots and lots of correction! 

Now that Emily and I have an 18 year old and a 16 year old, we find ourselves grounding them for far lesser things. Sometimes, when we are talking to them about their behavior, I feel like we scold them aggressively just because that’s what parents are supposed to do. Since we cant find anything BIG to ground them over, we look until we find SOMETHING… ANYTHING… and we keep the same pressure on them our parents had to keep on us! They are FAR BETTER kids than Emily and I were at their age and yet, they are disciplined just as frequently. 

I think this is what we do to ourselves as well! We forget where we came from and how amazing we have become in Christ… and we keep on grounding ourselves for the littlest things. If we can’t find anything BIG, we just keep on looking until we find something to BEAT OURSELVES UP OVER.

Im not downplaying the humility that drives us to continual repentance and a desire to be more Christlike EVERY SINGLE DAY! I’m just wondering when we are going to APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD ALREADY BEAMING FROM OUR BORN AGAIN LIVES! 

What if started to celebrate our progress a HUNDRED TIMES MORE than we have been? Would we backslide if we stopped whaling on ourselves five times a day? I don’t think so! In fact, I believe that spending more of our lives in RIGHTEOUSNESS CONSCIOUSNESS rather than SIN CONSCIOUSNESS… we will find ourselves FAR MORE CHRISTLIKE!  

Face it you guys… you needed this encouragement! Face it you guys… you are way too hard on yourselves… and way to non-celebratory over the beautiful work God has already done in your lives! So, think about this today… appreciate your progress… because you are the SALT OF THIS EARTH! 

Leave your comments… see you tonight!

Struck Down But Not Destroyed :)

Good Morning Friends, 

I’m kind of taking off from blogging today… hope this inspirational clip brings you plenty of courage to face your day and make it great! You guys are champions… and champions can take the hits!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3wuXyOUKJw&feature=related

Here’s a text version of the video… Be inspired! 

“What is it you said to the kid…”

“The world aint always sunshine and rainbows…”

“It’s a very rough, mean place…”

“And no matter how tough you think you are…”

“It will always bring you to your knees and keep you there…”

“Permanently if you let it…”

“You or nobody aint never gonna hit as hard as life…”

“But it aint about how hard you hit…”

“It’s about how hard you can get hit…”

“And KEEP MOVING FORWARD!”

“How much you can take…”

“And KEEP MOVING FORWARD!”

“If you know what you’re worth…”

“Go out and get what you are worth…”

“But you gotta be willing to TAKE THE HIT!”

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED!”