Archive for November, 2012

When you can’t sleep, Praise God!

It’s way past when I should be asleep. Maybe you have nights like this. Here are a few thoughts:

1. Praise God.

Is there a time when we shouldn’t? I don’t know why I’m awake, but I trust God with it. He’s aware of it and He can use it.

2. Mind soak.

Often when I’m awake like this my mind is racing. It is so important to let Christ have our thoughts. I want Him to have mine, so I don’t let the thoughts of the enemy creep in. Search for ways to trust Him more. How does the hymn go? O for grace, to trust Him more.

3. Pray.

I am spending time praying – for our church, for those in need, for spiritual growth, for healing, for God’s direct intervention in someone’s life. If I’m going to be up, I might as well use the extra time to pray. Is there a better way to exhaust yourself in the early morning hours?

I hope you find this helpful. I also hope you find this – in the DAYTIME!!!

Have a great weekend!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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The Main Thing!

The Christmas season is upon us.  Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas trees are going up, and Christmas music is filling the airwaves.  Our schedules are already filling up for the month of December with celebrations, gatherings, and church activities. With all the busyness, how do we make sure we don’t lose the main reason for our celebration?  It has been said that “the main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”  Here are a few thoughts I had this morning for how we can do that this Christmas season.

1) Prioritize.  In order to worship fully during this season, we have to make it a priority.  Put events on your calendar.  Wake up early to pray.  Say no to things.  Make sure you make it to church events.  Make time to reflect, read scripture, and be thankful for God’s gift to us through His Son.

2) Be intentional.  Many of us will have time with our family and friends this season.  Lets not waste that time together!  Go into your family time with a plan to discuss spiritual things!  If we are not intentional with our time together, discussions about God can be overlooked.

3) Do SOMETHING counter cultural.  Something.  Anything.  Do something out of the ordinary, perhaps that you have never done before.  Show someone a glimpse into God’s love for them.  As true believers in Jesus Christ, lets celebrate Christmas differently than our culture. 

4) Set spiritual goals.  How do you want to grow spiritually this month?  Do you want to read a book?  Do you want to talk to unbelievers about the reason behind Christmas?  Setting a couple goals and telling others can help motivate us to grow in our relationship with Christ. 

5) Build something new into your routine.  Think outside of the box.  Do advent devotions with your family.  Set aside time to pray.  I’ll be watching daily advent videos at the 24-7 prayer blog.  The Christmas season can be a busy one, and if we aren’t intentional with our routines, growing in our relationship with Christ can get put on the back burner.  Lets not do that!

Above all, let us remember and reflect on the incredible gift given to us, this season and always.  Immanuel.  God is with us.  Always. 

Lets keep the main thing the main thing.

Blessings,

Josh

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11-25-12 Mark 11:12-19 NIV

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11-18-2012 Mark 11:1-11 NIV

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Discipleship Resources

We have launched a new page to our church’s website!  It is entitled Discipleship Resources.  The hope for this page is to encourage and equip us to grow in the four areas of discipleship (Prayer, The Word, Fellowship, and Witnessing).  As we grow together in our understanding and application of discipleship, we will add to our list of resources that are beneficial to our growth in these areas.  We encourage you to borrow these resources from our church office, and to find practical ways for you to make disciples.  After all, that was Jesus’ final instruction to us while He was on earth!

In addition to these resources, this past weekend several members of Goss participated in the Multiply Movement Conference.  I came away very affirmed that this is indeed where God is leading me personally as well as collectively as a church.  I would highly encourage you to take 3 hours and watch the Multiply Movement Conference.  You will see even deeper into where God is leading the leadership of our church.  Do it!  Replace this with the next Hollywood movie that you would watch.  You won’t regret it.

It is a joy to be on this journey with other brothers and sisters in Christ at Goss Church as well as all around the world.  May we be true followers of Christ who make disciples who make disciples.

Blessings,

Josh

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11-11-12 Mark 10:46-52

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Do you really believe in evil?

As I have been reflecting on our sermons from the Gospel of Mark, so many of them revolve around the presence of evil. It seemed as if in Bible times it was accepted.

In 2012, especially Western Christianity, is evil a part of the equation?  Let me wonder a few things aloud and challenge you to think:

  • The last time you had a bad day, could it have been Satan working against you so your focus was skewed?
  • The last time you fought with your spouse, was it just because you were tired or had a bad day?  Did you simply excuse it as the wrong set of circumstances, or could it have been spiritual warfare designed to weaken your marriage?
  • If you caught your children in some sinful activity and you thought “kids will be kids”, “boys will be boys”, or “that’s just what teens do”, is it anywhere on your radar to pray off the evil influences leading to those behaviors?  Further, did you look inside to see if there was any way in which you as a parent may have contributed to that behavior unknowingly?
  • Do you have “discipline issues” at ministry times, programs, or services?  Is it possible that these may be Satan’s attempts to influence, distract, and increase frustration so Jesus will be less magnified and worshiped?

These are only a few primers, but I hope they serve to challenge the way we think about evil.  Further, I hope they inspire us to pray with more fervency against evil – which clearly desires to destroy both individuals and the work of Christ as a whole.

Have a great Friday everyone.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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