Friday, December 23, 2011
Our FLOOD Christmas service was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I am still in awe of how awesome it was. The music was outstanding. The special music of, "O Holy Night" sung by Jarret Lemaster and Jessica Cabral was unbelievable!!! Jesus was exalted and worshipped. I am so thankful for what I was able to be a part of. Thank you for praying.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
|My Bible and notes for tonight.|
I FEEL LIKE PREACHING A BIT!!!
And even as I write that, there is one key thing that keeps coming to mind (which is actually the title of the message for tonight): "The Message in the Manger." Here are key words that I believe are found in the message in that manger: humble King, good news, great joy, for all the people, peace, hope, help, God's plan. It is amazing!!! I would love to see you join us in person at FLOOD tonight if you can make it (PFB Church - 601 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767), or you can join us live online at www.floodnow.com.
Please pray for me as I continue to prep, plan, and pray through this message for tonight. Then please pray as I preach it.
About what else to pray for, I am on vacation starting on Sunday for a week and a half. However, I will be speaking/teaching at a church retreat in the San Jose area December 30-January 1 while I'm gone. Please be praying for me for that trip. I'm pretty excited.
Thank you all for praying. Merry Christmas to each one of you.
Friday, December 16, 2011
I don't think I have ever had as big a response to a message as I did this one. If you watch, be blessed. If you don't, be blessed as well. :)
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thank you so much for praying for me last week. Here are a few of the updates from Wednesday night at FLOOD and Sunday morning at PFB Church:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT FLOOD:
We saw two girls get baptized.
At the 11:11 service we saw a woman stand up in front of everyone and surrender to Jesus. THAT NEVER GETS OLD!!!
Here's how you can pray for me this week:
This Wednesday night I am preaching at FLOOD out of Philippians 1:12-18. So far the topic that is popping out is the fact that perspective is the necessary ingredient in getting through difficult situations. We all face trials. God has a way to get us through those times every time. Join us in person if you can (7:00 pm @ PFB Church; 601 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767) or watch live online (www.floodnow.com).
Thank you so much for praying. God has been blowing me away lately with what he has been doing. The best is yet to come. I'm convinced of it.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thank you for praying.
Monday, December 5, 2011
According to this verse, there are two things that are necessary for hope to be a reality in the life of a Christian.
1). ENDURANCE. I'm not sure if you've noticed this, but being a Christian is tough. For those that say it takes no effort, I'm guessing that they've come to that conclusion for one of the following reasons:
- They aren't really a Christian.
- They aren't trying to live a life that is set apart for Christ, but rather have bought into a mindset that Christ came so that they could do whatever they wanted.
- They aren't being honest.
Here's how you can pray this week:
1). On Wednesday night I am teaching at FLOOD at PFB Church. We are continuing through the book of Philippians. Please pray as I prep, pray and preach this message.
2). This weekend we are having our huge Christmas outreach at PFB Church ("Come Celebrate Christmas" and "Bethlehem Marketplace"). We usually have around 10,000 people step on our campus for this event over the course of the weekend. This is a huge opportunity for us to reach people for Christ.
3). This Sunday morning I am preaching at all of the morning services at PFB Church. Please pray as I prep, pray and preach this message.
Thank you so much.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Here are the ways that you could pray for me this week. As I always say, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your faithfulness to pray for me.
1. This Wednesday night I am teaching at FLOOD out Philippians 1. We are continuing in our series in the book of Philippians (series called, "JOY").
2. On Thursday morning I am speaking at Crossroads Junior High in Corona. I always love my time hanging with those students.
3. On Thursday at noon I am speaking at Western Christian High School. This time at Western is always a joy for me (I graduated from Western in 1992). Plus we have some amazing high school students from FLOOD who go to Western.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Here is what I'm up to this week. Thank you for praying.
1). Tonight I am hanging out with a few graduate students for the Graduate Chapel at Azusa Pacific.
2). On Wednesday at 11am I am officiating the graveside service for a sister of a member here at PFB Church. I am meeting with him today at 3:30 to go over the details.
3). On Wednesday night at FLOOD I am teaching at our Thanksgiving Eve service here at PFB Church. I will be teaching from Luke 17:11-19. You are more than welcome to join us on Wednesday night at 7pm (601 N. Garey Ave, Pomona or live online at www.floodnow.com).
That's it for this week. But if you wouldn't mind, could you please pray for my health. I am battling the flu this week.
Thank you again.
Friday, November 18, 2011
1). The FLOOD family came in READY TO WORSHIP!!! Seriously. From the first note the people were in worship. It was beautiful to watch.
2). The message that came out of my mouth blew me away. When I finished preaching, I was absolutely and uncontrollable overwhelmed by what God just finished saying that I walked off to the side of the worship center and laid face-down on the carpet. I was utterly and completely humbled by the work that the Holy Spirit did as he pointed us to Jesus.
3). A woman stood up to surrender her life to Jesus (AND THIS NEVER GETS OLD).
4). The conversations that I had with people after the worship time were anointed times. I truly loved every conversation as God exhorted and comforted.
Jesus was exalted. He was praised and prized the whole evening. We studied his word (Philippians 1:1-2). I'm as excited as a little kid on Christmas Eve who can't wait to open his presents the next day. I am freaking out about what God is going to do through our journey through the book of Philippians.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Here are the ways that you can be praying for me this week:
1). Tonight I get to share about the wonders of ministry with a bunch of youth ministry grad students at Azusa Pacific University. I love getting to share with people that the longer I follow Jesus in ministry, the less I feel like I have a clue what I'm doing. :)
2). On Wednesday night I am continuing in our study through the book of Philippians at FLOOD. Last week we made it through the first half of verse one. That's right now. This week, we will be looking at Philippians 1:1-2. It was powerful last week as we looked at the role that we as Christians must embrace if we are to experience the joy of Christ and to be used in the work of his kingdom: the role of slave of Jesus.
3). On Thursday at noon I am speaking at the Glendora High School Christian Club.
4). On Thursday evening I am speaking to a gathering of graduate students at the LA Campus of Azusa Pacific University.
5). On Saturday morning I am speaking at a men's breakfast at Pasadena Nazarene Church.
6). On Saturday afternoon I have the honor of performing the wedding of Anna Lemus and Robert Lloyd.
7). And if you could please be praying for FLOOD. There is an event that the community outreach team of FLOOD is holding downtown in Pomona this Friday and Saturday nights called, "Consumed." You can read all about it by clicking here.
Thank you so much for praying.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Here's the problem: too often I see myself playing the role of Batman as I stroke the ego of my "savior-complex". As I live out the mission that Jesus has for me, I picture myself in the role of Batman. The one who always saves the day. The one that everyone calls on. But here's the reality: I'm not that guy who saves the day. I'm not the guy that people need to call on. I'm not Batman. In fact: do you know the role that I have realized belongs to me from the movie, "Batman"? Here it is. It's going to change your life. The answer: Alfred (the butler). That's it.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Well, I'm back. The wisdom teeth are out. Actually, I am doing fairly well with the healing process. Hardly any swelling and actually taught in the young adults life group today (TOGETHER). Still tender and sore but doing well nonetheless.
Here's how you can be praying for me this week:
1). On Monday night I will be sharing with graduate students who attend the graduate chapel at Azusa Pacific.
2). On Wednesday night at FLOOD I am starting a new series called, "Joy". It's a verse-by-verse look at the book of Philippians. I am SO excited about this. Please pray for my prep and preaching throughout this series. Join us for any part that you can either in person or online (www.floodnow.com; 7:00pm).
3). On Thursday morning I will be preaching to the high school students at Upland Christian Academy in Rancho Cucamonga. I LOVE GOING TO UCA to teach. It is always so much fun. Please pray as I pray through, prep, and preach.
Thank you so much. Love you all.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Here is the update for this week for prayer. This week I am actually not teaching at all. The reason: I have to get my wisdom teeth yanked out of my head tomorrow afternoon. I'm not looking forward to that but from what I was told, it is time.
So, that's it. :) Thanks for praying.
UPDATE FROM LAST WEEK...
I WILL FOLLOW event. It was EXPLOSIVE. I try to be very careful about updates, making sure that I don't sound like everything is always amazing and no challenges every hit our ministry. But last week was AWESOME! At the end of the evening I challenged everyone there to get involved in ministry. The response was outstanding as we saw a huge amount of people (I haven't heard the exact amount of cards that were handed in) turn in their cards stating that they wanted to get involved in ministry. It was amazing.
Click here and read a quote that I shared from the message from I WILL FOLLOW. I'm convinced that the best is yet to come.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here's how you can be praying for me this week.
Tomorrow night I am teaching at FLOOD out of 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 for our I WILL FOLLOW event. We are SO excited for this. Here's the purpose of the evening:
to challenge the FLOOD community to accept Christ's specific mission for our lives and to actively advance his kingdom according to the gift of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God.
Please be praying for this. We are praying and expecting the Holy Spirit to move in a great way. Thank you so much.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
As all of the kids sat on the carpet in their squares, I was sitting on a counter in the back of the room. My boy's teacher said, "Now we have some helpers here today that have never helped before." There was another woman who was volunteering as well. The teacher had this woman stand up and asked, "Now who does she belong to?" A little girl stood up and told everyone that she was her grandma. It was cute. And then it was my turn. There I was, all 6'5", 250 pounds of me standing before a group of kindergarteners. The thing is: I think I was more nervous of them than they were of me. She then asked the questions, "Now who does he belong to?" My boy, Dylan, shot up. She then asked him, "Well who is he"? Dylan, without any hesitation and with all confidence and excitement said, "That's my dad."
My heart melted. My boy was proud of me. My boy was proud that I was his dad. He was so proud that he told the whole classroom that he and I were together.
After finishing that morning, I walked to the car still thinking about what had happened. I was so touched by the fact that my boy wanted everyone else to know that I was his dad. And then it happened. As I walked I heard the Holy Spirit say, "That's what I feel like when you stand up for me."
Realize this: when we stand up for our Heavenly Father, uniting ourselves to him and saying that we belong to him in Christ, I am convinced that he is touched by the fact that his children are willing to stand and say, "That's my dad."
Be blessed today, and look for ways to be a blessing to Jesus.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Now notice two key things here: 1). The length of my legs when I bend over to put a ball on the tee. I'm 6'5" and I believe that 80% of my height is in my legs. 2). On the second swing I incorporated more power by adding a karate yell. Enjoy. :)
Monday, October 17, 2011
1). Tonight I will be teaching at the Graduate Chapel for Azusa Pacific University. This chapel is designed to create a spiritual connection with graduate students at APU and to make a difference in their lives spiritually.
2). This Wednesday morning I am speaking to the high school students at Ontario Christian. The topic is worshipping God in spirit and in truth: worship as a lifestyle. Please pray for me as I prep this one. I'm excited.
3). On Wednesday night at FLOOD we are finishing our UPGRADE series with the topic, "Second Chances." OH MY GOODNESS I'M EXCITED!!!
Thank you so much for praying.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
UPDATE FROM CANADA:
On Thursday night I preached through Ephesians 2:8-10 in detail. At the end of the message I called people to surrender to Jesus. It was silent for about 10 seconds, and then Victoria stood up to surrender to Jesus. After that, around 200 people stood up to proclaim to Christ that they were all-in for his mission. AWESOME!!!
1). On Wednesday night I will be preaching at FLOOD, continuing through the series called, "UPGRADE." The topic for Wednesday night: "The Right Lord." Please pray for me as I prep, pray through, and preach this message. God has been doing great things through this series. Last week we saw two young ladies proclaim their faith in Christ through believer's baptism.
2). On Thursday morning I am preaching to the high schoolers at Maranatha High School in Pasadena.
3). Thursday night I will be finishing up a series on the Holy Spirit for a small group of people from Pomona First Baptist. It has been a great time but, as always, I am still very overwhelmed by the topic.
Thank you for praying. I am looking forward to being home.
Friday, October 7, 2011
AT FLOOD ON WEDNESDAY...
This past Wednesday night was a wonderful time of unexpected celebration. It was unexpected for this reason: no one was on the docket to get baptized, but God had other things in mind. The first Wednesday of every month at FLOOD is baptism. Like I said, no one was scheduled to get baptized. But before the worship service started, two young ladies came up and told me that they wanted to get baptized. One of them had come to Christ at FLOOD a couple of weeks ago. Baptism was sweet!!!
Last night I spoke in a horse ring. That`s right. You heard correctly. A covered horse ring. That`s how they do worship nights up her in Abbotsford, Canada. :)
I spoke out of Ephesians 2:8-10. At the end of the message, I called people to two things:
1). Stand up if they wanted to surrender to Christ. It was silent for about 10 seconds until Victoria stood up in front of everyone and everyone cheered for her. Victoria surrendered to Christ and is now a daughter of the King.
2). Stand up if they were ``all in`` to follow and serve Christ in Abbotsford. Almost the whole place stood up. I can`t wait to hear about what God does through the 200 or so people that came out for this worship event.
So there you have it. Thank you so much for praying. I love getting to be a part of what God is doing. And actually my part: not that impressive. It really is all about Jesus.
Love you all.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Here is how you an be praying for me this week as God has me out teaching.
1). This Wednesday night at FLOOD we are continuing through the series called, "UPGRADE". The topic this week: How To Be Successful. This is not a name-it-and-claim-it message, but Scripture does give us principles that lead us toward being successful. Of course there's a catch but I will be sharing that on Wednesday night. :) (Join us in person if you can [601 N. Garey Ave, Pomona] or watch live online [www.floodnow.com]).
2). On Thursday morning, I catch a flight out of LAX at 7am for Canada. I'm going to be spending time teaching up there on Thursday evening and on Sunday morning a buddy's church. I am very excited about this opportunity. Thursday night is a youth gathering/worship service and Sunday morning is their main worship service. Please pray for God's clarity as I seek him about what he wants me to teach.
UPDATE ABOUT IGNITE:
I prayed one thing for IGNITE: God, do something so amazing that the English language would fail in its ability to describe what happened. He answered my prayers. There were around 500-600 people who showed up for this and it was absolutely MIND-BLOWING!!! Three people surrendered to Jesus, receiving him as their Lord. And about 95% of the people that were there stood up proclaiming to Christ that they were all in for his mission and for his kingdom. AWESOME!!!
March 3rd is the next Ignite event.
Thank you all so much. You're unbelievable!!! So thankful for you.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
When we humble ourselves to seek God and to reveal the condition of our hearts, other people may be involved (confession, forgiveness, restoration, thanks). Take inventory of what God shows to you and what may be required. Write down these things and be prepared to repent and restore (Matthew 5:23-24).
ARE YOU IN?
This may be very difficult for some of you, but as I've preached so often lately: God wants you to be truly free. If you commit to "unpacking" this week and joining us for prayer this Friday night from 7-9pm in C101 of the worship center, write your name below on the comment section of this blog, or email Calli (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell her that you're committing to week three of the Assembled Challenge.
I am so thankful for you. Get ready for what God's about to do.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I spoke on the topic of weakness and strength out of 2 Corinthians 12:7–10. It is the passage where Paul talks about the fact that he will boast in his weakness so that Christ's power may rest on him. The humbling truth is that Paul would rather embrace pain and suffering in order that he could experience the power of Christ over not having any suffering but not experiencing Christ's power and strength. I sure do have a long way to go. :-)
I called people to a commitment to Jesus, inviting them to surrender to him and receive him as Lord. Devon stood up. She stood up and the place went nuts. Devon surrendered to Jesus last night, and her eternity is forever changed. We saw the greatest miracle that anyone could ever witness last night at FLOOD.
And what added to the blessing was when her cousin came up, excited beyond belief, because she was there to witness the salvation of her cousin. It brought joy to my heart.
Thank you so much for praying. God is on the move. Again, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for you.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Be aware of what we eat or drink (1 Corinthians 10:31). If our bodies are a temple, are we bringing our very best to the alter? God may call you to a fast during this time.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"Awww man this is sooooo good! It reminded me of our call at FLOOD and our purpose on earth."
— NICOLE PADILLA, FLOOD Owner —
"And when they could not come night unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they led down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay." — Mark 2:4
"Faith is full of inventions. The house was full, a crowd blocked up the door, but faith found a way of getting at the Lord and placing the palsied man before him. If we cannot get sinners where Jesus is by ordinary methods we must use extraordinary ones. It seems, according to Luke 5:19, that a tiling had to be removed, which would make dust and cause measure of danger to those below, but where the case is very urgent we must not mind running some risks and shocking some properties. Jesus was there to heal, and therefore fall what might, faith ventured all so that her poor paralyzed charge might have his sins forgiven. O that we had more daring faith among us! Cannot we, dear reader, seek it this morning for ourselves and for our fellow-workers, and will we not try to-day to perform some gallant act for the love of souls and the glory of the Lord. The world is constantly inventing; genius serves all the purposes of human desire: cannot faith invent too, and reach by some new means the outcasts who lie perishing around us? It was the presence of Jesus which excited victorious courage in the four bearers of the palsied man: is not the Lord among us now? Have we seen his face for ourselves this morning? Have we felt his healing power in our souls? If so, then through door, through window, or through roof, let us, breaking through all impediments, labour to bring poor souls to Jesus. All means are good and decorous when faith and love are truly set on winning souls. If hunger for bread can break through stone walls, surely hunger for souls is not to be hindered in its efforts. O Lord, make us quick to suggest methods of reaching thy poor sin-sick ones, and bold to carry them out at all hazards."
— CHARLES SPURGEON —
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thank you so much for praying. I know that I say it every week but it's true and really all that I know to say, so thank you. Here's how you can pray for me this week.
- This Wednesday night we are in week-2 of "UPGRADE". The topic: greed. Greed affects us in more ways than just money. I'm praying for freedom and an ability for us to do what Paul penned in Philippians: "...I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content" (Philippians 4:11, ESV).
- On Sunday morning I get the opportunity, once again, to hang with the people of TOGETHER!!! 9:45 at PFB Church in G102. If you're between the ages of 18 and 25, please come join us as we continue studying the book of Mark, and get to know each other even more.
- Also, please be praying for IGNITE (www.igniteusnow.com). It is coming up on October 1st. We are in the final phases of planning for it. I would love to invite you out to join us if you would like to join us. Here's the promo for Ignite to give you a quick glimpse of what to expect WHEN you come. :)
Minimize interactions and use of TV, internet and technology that may be a distraction from your focus on God (Matthew 6:22). When our eyes and minds are occupied with anything other than the things of God, his voice cannot be heard.
ARE YOU IN?
If you are accepting this challenge and committing to a week of fasting from technology that takes you away from time spent with Jesus, sign your name below in the comments section, or email Calli (email@example.com) and let her know that you are committing to week one of Assembled Challenge.
I love you guys. I'm getting so pumped about what is coming. Get ready!!! As I always say, I say again: the best is yet to come.
REMEMBER: Our SOLEMN ASSEMBLY (prayer) time is Friday, September 30th, from 7-9pm in C101 at PFB Church.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
This is for you from one of you. This is not something that I brought about on my own. This is one of you emailing this and challenging us to do this. And you know what: he's right. As God is beginning to do new and amazing things within FLOOD, we need to prepare ourselves by being people of PRAYER. Here's what he is challenging all of us with, and what I am agreeing and signing my own name to:
"'...if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.' — 2 Chronicles 7:14-16, ESV —
"As we come nearer to the day of IGNITE on Oct. 1, our expectation should be nothing less than a direct and personal encounter with the living God. This should terrify us. If it does not, I humbly submit that you do not yet grasp the truth and consequences of His Holiness.
We must be united in prayer and humbly submitted to completely turning over our hearts to Him who saved us from the pit of hell. We are at war for the souls of men. Divided hearts cannot claim the power, nor realize the promised victory we have in Christ Jesus to reach the lost.
"God cannot accept anything less than our complete submission. His Holiness and the work of Jesus on the cross will not accept the stained sacrifice of partial obedience. Make no mistake, such an offering is detestable in the eyes of God.
"Read Deuteronomy 17:1-5
"The truth of this passage will reveal the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). To those whose hearts are His, abundant thanks and fearful joy will fill your soul. Any sting of conviction should prayerfully considered and brought before the throne of Grace.
"On Friday night September 30 in the Main Sanctuary from 7-9 pm, we are calling a Solemn Assembly to prepare our hearts and clear the way for the Holy Spirit to baptize our service and sanctify our hearts with His presence on Saturday night. In the days leading up to our time together, we are issuing a challenge. It is intended to prepare us for what will be a time of Holy Communion with our Lord.I would like to apply this prayer time for IGNITE as well as for FLOOD. We must be people of prayer. We must be people who worry more about spending time with God in prayer than spending time with each other trying to think of the next clever sermon series title or graphic. This is a call. This is a challenge. On Monday, September 12th I will send out part one of this challenge. I will then send out another challenge on the next two Mondays leading up to IGNITE.
"PREPARE OUR HEARTS."
If you will join us for prayer on September 30th from 7-9pm in the worship center at PFB, please leave your name on the comment section of this blog. COME ON, FLOOD!!! This is the first step before God unleashes his FLOOD.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Be prepared for the challenge. I'll be posting it on here over the next few days and weeks. The FLOOD is coming, and it starts by us hitting our knees and calling out for God to revive. GET READY!!! The best is yet to come.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
That's how this update has to start off. Last night absolutely frickin' BLEW MY MIND!!! We started a new series called, "UPGRADE", with the first topic being forgiveness. We looked at how we need to receive God's forgiveness, but also how are called to forgive others. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Our attendance was back up. I don't know exactly how many but I would guess that we saw between 250 and 275 at worship last night. That's about 125-150 more than the week previous.
- I called people to come forward for one of the following: a). Come forward to surrender to Christ as their Lord and receive his salvation for the first time. b). Come forward and confess to God their need for his help in forgiving someone. Between 20 and 30 people came forward.
- We baptized four people.
- We celebrated after the worship service with THE ENCORE - the party that we always have on baptism nights.
- The high school ministry brought in a ton of new people, and then had a luau after the worship service (and what luau would be complete without the roasted big).
|See "Babe" the pig at the bottom of the screen.|
This is a message just for you. We are needing some people who can come in to the church office on Wednesday afternoons and do some phone work. Yesterday, the legendary Matt Donahue came in and made a bunch of phone calls inviting people to FLOOD. Last night, we saw a whole lot of people. Part of that is because Wednesday nights over the years usually grow in attendance the Wednesday after Labor Day. However, I'm also convinced that a big part of that is because Matt worked the phones.
Can you help? Can you come in and make phone calls to people that are part of FLOOD, encouraging them to make it worship that night? If so, can you do me a favor and contact the following people:
YOUNG ADULTS: Calli Dye-Schmidt
p: 909-629-5277, ext. 3044
HIGH SCHOOL: Courtney Romero
p: 909-629-5277, ext. 3038
We need your help. We want to be all about our vision statement that God has given this ministry:
To reach and equip as many people as possible to change their world for Christ.
This is vital to that. Thanks. Love you guys. I can't believe that I get to partner with you all for Jesus.
What a ride,
Monday, September 5, 2011
|OCTOBER 1st, 2011; 5:00-8:00pm|
@ PFB Church (601 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA. 91768)
I just wanted to thank you for praying for me for last week while I was away at Hume Lake. In cast you didn't see the updates from my time there, here they are:
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
After the message, I sensed God leading me to ask if anyone wanted to surrender to Christ. I wasn't sure what was going to happen after what we saw happen on Tuesday night. But, God showed me once again that he is never done. I asked everyone to keep their heads up and their eyes open and called people to surrender to Jesus. It was silent for about 10 seconds. I think I could hear everyone's heartbeats until Aaron stood up to surrender to Jesus. The place went NUTS!
But the Holy Spirit had more to do. I closed in prayer and invited people to drop to their knees if they were confessing their brokenness and needed to cry out, "Holy Spirit: help me." As I closed in prayer I walked to the back of the stage and into the green room. I stayed back there about 10 minutes and then walked back out to the chapel to see about 30 students crying out to God for themselves and for each other. I was in AWE!
You would think that after 18 years of youth ministry, and about 11 years of preaching at camps that I would get used to it. I am nowhere close to used to it. This week at Hume has been absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!!
And yet I'm still convinced that as I leave tomorrow morning to get back to FLOOD that the best is yet to come. Get ready FLOOD! I believe the flood is coming.
"UNBELIEVABLE!! 130 kids 25-30 decisions. 30 to 40 kids I hadn't seen before!"
UNBELIEVABLE!!! I was so pumped up about this that I had to post it on here. God is moving. BOOM!!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY last night up here at Hume. Last night I preached on the crucifixion of Christ, explaining what Jesus endured for us physically, emotionally, and spiritually on the cross. I explained that Jesus completely paid in full the payment required for the sin of the world, and that we could receive forgiveness and right standing with God by his grace, surrendering to his Lordship. It was a powerful time in his word.
I then called everyone there (students, teachers, Hume Lake staff, people just visiting chapel who were at the camp, everyone) to do one of the following, if they needed to:
1. To surrender to Christ's Lordship and to receive his gift of salvation (i.e. to be saved).
2. To return to Jesus, after having wandered away as one of the prodigals of history.
3. To confess that they had been acting like a religious legalist (i.e. like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son) and to return to God's grace instead of living in legalistic religion.
I invited students to stay if they were making one of those three decisions. There are 90 students up here at this camp. If my count was right, there were 36 students that stayed behind making one of those decisions mentioned above. OVER ONE-THIRD of the school stayed back to make a decision for Jesus. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was blown away. The teachers were blown away. It was absolutely incredible!
And we are not done yet. It is only Wednesday afternoon. We leave on Friday. God is still on the move. And what's beautiful is this: I'm sitting at a picnic table writing this blog, and within earshot I am listening to a teacher explaining to Maddie (a young lady who surrendered to Jesus last night at the worship service) what this relationship with Jesus, that she entered into last night, really looks like. It is absolutely beautiful to listen to.
I am blown away. I am blessed. And I'm convinced that Jesus is not even close to being finished yet.
Tags: Salvation, Decision for Jesus, Hume, Hume Lake