Just Between You and God – New Testament Thursday

263211085_47f6e7504c_z“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”
-Revelation 2:17

Revelation was initially written to seven churches that John cared for in present day Turkey. All these churches were about a days walk apart and this was probably the third in the circuit. A week ago I did the first in the loop Ephesus, where the promise was made to eat from the tree of life. I remember visiting Pergamum and a fact that stuck out was the librarian there came up with the idea of sewing together single page parchments and in turn making books. Before this longer works were on scrolls. This particular blessing is getting to taste manna, and a new name only between you and Jesus. [Read more…]

Loving Others in a Time of Need

Snap 2016-04-26 at 12.49.13Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
-Philippians 2:3-4

I saw a video the other day on Facebook.  A mother of a 4 month old was taking a class at Baylor University.  At the last minute, her babysitter cancelled on her.  In desperation, Katy Humphrey did the only thing she could think of…she took her baby, Millie, to class with her. [Read more…]

Holding Onto God – Old Testament Tuesday

3125789551_4cd345d029_zSo Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
-Genesis 32:24-28

One of my favorite people of the Old Testament is Jacob. You know he was a schemer. He tricked his father out of a special blessing pretending to be his brother Esau. His brother was then ready to kill him and so he ran away and yet he persevered under the most trying circumstances. What goes around comes around applies to Jacob because later he was the recipient of a similar great deception with his father in-law Laban and his daughters Rachel and Leah. [Read more…]

Unity and Forgiveness in the Church – Sermon Follow-Up

13177125354_3275889d1a_z“The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, ‘You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.’ Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:…When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.’”
-Acts 11:1-4,18

Yesterday at the North Campus we looked at Acts 11:1-18.  In this passage we see the Jewish Christians dealing with the transition from the old covenant established with Israel back in Exodus to the new covenant established in Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection.

One of the things I find quite interesting about this passage is how it starts and ends… [Read more…]

Following, But Never Catching – Free Day Friday

psalm23_6Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
-Psalm 23:6

I am sure you have all heard the expression, TGIF, Thank God it’s Friday. For most people this day brings rest and calm after the busy work week ends. It extends to the younger generations with no school and homework. I have to say for a Pastor this expression does not have the same meaning for me since Saturday and Sunday are busy work days with Church services. All too often now the business of the week is replaced with business of weekend sports, chores around the house, and work brought home. [Read more…]

Eat a Peach – New Testament Thursday

15147116356_308e205509_zHe who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
-Revelation 2:7

Revelation was initially written to seven churches that John cared for in present day Turkey. All these churches were about a days walk apart and this was probably the first circuit in the history of the church. I imagine John would make this loop every so often and spend a day at each site. The message is very particular to each place and John always ended with a different promise of good things from God. A few weeks ago I preached on Laodicea the last of the seven, and the final promised blessing was getting to sit on the throne of God with Jesus in Revelation 3:21. Here the promise is to eat from the Tree of Life that is in paradise, and to be with God. [Read more…]

Some Have Entertained Angels Unaware

hebrews13_2“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
-Hebrews 13:1-2

Look at that guy.  You can just tell by looking at him that he’s no good.

All too often we judge people based on nothing other than how they look.  Instead of taking the time to get to know them, but look, judge, and move on.  If you saw a bunch of Harley riding bikers coming down the road, what would you think?  Would you think they are were out to go protect a child who was abused?  Yet, that’s exactly what these bikers do on a regular basis: [Read more…]

Chili and Hot Dog Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, May 6

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Don’t cook, pick up a delicious chili and/or hot dog dinner instead.

 

On May 6th we are having a chili and hot dog dinner fundraiser.

We know that while a lot of people like chili, some kids (and some adults) would prefer to just have a delicious hot dog.  So, instead of a single, set meal, you can choose whether you want chili, hot dogs, or both. Each serving of chili is 12oz (the size of a large Wendy’s chili).  Each order will also come with cookies, chips, and cornbread.

We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal.

 

Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today!

 

The order page is our online donations page.  On that page…

  1. Look at the last option of the list, “North Campus Chili and Hot Dog Dinner:”
  2. Enter the amount you would like to donate.
  3. Then in the box to the right, enter your family name and how many servings of chili and how many hot dogs you are ordering.
  4. Then click “Continue” and complete the payment process.

All donations will go towards outreach and evangelism for the North Campus in Wesley Chapel.

Your generosity will help us to reach the people in the coming years with the Gospel!

Pick up of the meals with be from 3pm to 6pm on Friday, May 6, outside building 1 right at the main campus on Bruce B. Downs.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Kurt.

Thank you and God bless!

Self-Esteem vs Christ-Esteem – Old Testament Tuesday

psalm139_13-14“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
—Psalm 139 13-14

If you are feeling a bit down or rejected, if you feel worthless or useless, there is no shortage of books and videos out there to help you build up your self-esteem.  Whether it’s positive thinking, words of affirmation, or surrounding yourself with people who build you up, self-esteem building has become a huge industry.  “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gonnit people like me.” [Read more…]

My Sheep Hear My Voice – Sermon Follow Up

2993207507_743c5f110e_zMy sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
-John 10:27-28

Yesterday was Good Shepherd Sunday.  The Shepherd metaphor in the Bible was absolutely perfect for the people who were the original audience, but today shepherding isn’t so common and we can easily miss some of the meaning of certain aspects of the shepherd metaphor.  At the North Campus we examined Psalm 23 yesterday, digging deep into what each section meant, while also learning a lot about shepherding.

One thing that is amazing about shepherds and their sheep is the relationship that forms between them, at least when they are a good shepherd.  The shepherd watches out for the sheep. He provides for them.  He treats injuries and disease.  He guides them away from danger, even when the sheep seems intent on getting into danger.  He protects them, even with his own life.  A shepherd knows his sheep and they know him.  They trust him and they are completely reliant on their shepherd. [Read more…]

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