Monday, May 29, 2017

men on a mission DAY 1


Psalm 100:2  NASB
Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.

It is the first day of the Men on a Mission team’s work at our new campus.  As we met the 60 plus men who have arrived so far it was awesome to meet guys from every age, several different backgrounds and different colors, too.  I am humbled to know that these men spent their own money, gave up a week of their time, many of them taking a week off work, to come and serve our church family.

To share the vision God has given us really is incredible, and each day this week I will get to share even more.

If you are close by, come and visit or even come and work.

Please pray for the team.  Pray for safety and the work to be completed in good ways.  Watch for pictures on Facebook.  Come worship with us Wednesday at 6:45pm.  Get ready to hear stories of what God is doing!

Friday, May 26, 2017

it's almost time ... 3 days till the work begins


So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

It is almost time.  At this time on Monday all the Men On A Mission team will he working hard moving toward the completion of our future campus.  This team is composed of men of all ages, many different backgrounds but all have the same goal.

They have come to our town to help us do what God called us to do.  Yes, we are working hard to complete a building, and we are working hard to complete the building so we can pour life in to the people of our community, and beyond.

Will you join the team?  You really, really can.

First, you can (and we beg you) pray.  Pray for the property, the safety of the team, the finishing of each piece of each part of the work and pray that God gets every bit of the glory while we tell the stories of changed lives and expect even more from our God.

Second, you can give (and we ask you to give).  Go to www.thecommunityfellowship.org and click “give online”.  As you go through the process choose “vision fund” as all those gifts go toward the work on our future campus.

Third, get your body over here and help with the work (and there is plenty of space and plenty of work for you to help with).  Whether you are close by or far away, there is still time for you to join us.  Let me know if you want more details.  We need men who will build walls, men who will work on the roof, men who clean us messes and more.  There is a place for everyone.

I cannot wait to share with you each piece of the work next week.  Follow me and the church on Facebook to see the process, and thank you for taking part of this important week at The Community Fellowship!

Nehemiah 5:16  NLT
I also devoted myself to working on the wall and refused to acquire any land. And I required all my servants to spend time working on the wall.

2 Corinthians 12:9  NLT
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

This is going to be one of the best weeks of our church’s life!  Thanks for joining in.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

they were here 3 years ago



By the end of that week there were walls.  Those walls were everywhere.  The children’s area had rooms.  The gym and bathrooms took shape.  The worship area had life and walls and even more of the stage.  This team took us in 4 days from 0 to 60 in record time.

3 years later we have come a very long way and have filled in lots of the gaps between the times that Men On a Mission was here then and now.  There are some huge pieces that this team is set to accomplish this coming week.  Some of these will make is look different.  Some of these will make it so much stronger.

Will you pray for the team?  Pray for safety and great work conditions.  Will you come work with us?  Yes, I will be working some.  If you live close by and have some time and are a man, you can come help.  Come on out.

The skylights are coming out, and there are lots and lots of those.  The roof is being strengthened.  The ceiling is getting some awesome insulation.  These pieces of insulation will make the place look way different and to help hold the temperature at the right spot.  There are some walls that will get insulation.  The front entry wall of the church is going to be built, and this is one of my favorite pieces that I cannot wait to see (a couple pieces of this need to come together just right).

So, why am I telling you more of the happenings for the coming week as Men On a Mission team will be working on our future campus?  I am telling you this because this is so awesome, but remember the church is really not about the building. 

The building is a tool to reach more people with the love of God.  We will be able to go further, serve more and seek to help people open their eyes to see Jesus.  I can see it.  You need to see it!

1 Corinthians 9:22  NASB
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

Meet people where they are.  Meet their needs and win the right to talk about the love of God.

Acts 2:43-45  NASB
Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.  And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

men on a mission


God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

There will be here before long.  Three years ago many of these same people were with us when we began working on our future campus.  That week was awesome as the men on a mission team accomplished more than any of us thought possible.

Now they return.  The list of items that they are going to try to complete is huge, and these projects will move us forward in excellent, big ways.  I am excited about the possibilities. 

Would you join me in praying for this team?  Pray for their safety and for the work that they will do.

Some will be skilled laborers.  Others will be willing workers.  Together they will accomplish more as each person employs their skill to complete our future campus. 

Isaiah 54:2  NLT
“Enlarge the place of your tent; Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords And strengthen your pegs.

We have owned what we refer to as our new campus for four years and have been working on it almost non-stop.  I believe we are moving toward the church and our ministries begin located in this special place.

Would you join the work team?  If you live close, come work with us next week.  Maybe you can spend Memorial Day with us or even more of the week.  Your help would be another amazing part of finishing the project. 

God’s call on our church and lives is to demonstrate His love to all we get to serve with no strings attached.  This new campus will allow us serve more people and in more ways.

I cannot wait to share more with you.  Next week and this team will be a gift from God to our church.  This is going to be awesome!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

God rescued you and me from darkness


Start at a place where you know there is truth or a great foundation.  Then whatever you build on it will be stronger and able to stand again the enemy or any attack that may come.

2 Timothy 1:7  NLT
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Fear is one of the greatest enemies.  Fear doesn’t come from God.

John 10:10  NLT
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

There is our enemy.  Plan and simple and true that Satan desires to make any follower of Jesus impotent and weak.  But if we believe what God says, we will be ready to seek and share truth, stand firm on faith, share our pain and our passion.

God gives us reason to live and to help others really live.  Something has changed in our lives, and it is time to share that change with others.  Hear well what God has done for you and for me.

Colossians 1:13-14  NLT
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Rescued.  That is a cool word and even more powerful reality. 

Rescued could refer to an animal that is brought home to a family that is going to love, care for and enjoy the companionship of a new family pet.

Rescued could refer to a toy lost by a child in a stream that a parent finds a stick or even gets in the water to get that toy back.

Rescued could refer to a young person that was stolen and passed in to the sex trade of some country far away or even right here in our own community.

God rescued us in similar ways.  Each of those situations were real.  Many have experienced them, but many of us have also experienced the fact that God rescued us from darkness.  It is time for us to live in the light and leave darkness behind.  That is a choice.  It is a big and important choice.

1 Peter 2:9  NLT
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

men on a mission DAY 1

Psalm 100:2   NASB Serve  the Lord with  glad ness; Come before Him with joyful singing. It is the first day of the Men on a Missi...