Suddenly. Again. One.

Over the past week there’s been a stirring in my heart about a great wave of revival hitting the church again. 

On Sunday I woke up so drenched in the presence of God. It was a sudden outpouring that hit me. As I was in this moment, I was reminded of Acts 2, when the disciples were gathered together when “suddenly” a mighty, rushing wind of the Spirit invaded the room they were in. Before I could actually think and dwell on this, a friend (Laura) from Nebraska sends me a song called “Holy Ghost”. Coincidence... I think not. 

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Saying No Now

Saying no can be the easiest thing to do or one of the most challenging. What if I told you by saying no now, you are in fact saying yes to something bigger. I want to shed light onto the perspective of saying no now and learning to say no to opportunities that seem so right in the moment.

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Jesus, Jesus.

Yesterday during our Preaching Team Meeting we were reflecting about a powerful alter call time we had this past Sunday. We were challenged to put the name of Jesus on our lips, and declare the name of Jesus over our circumstances. As we did this, we sung the chorus of the song Tremble by Mosaic MSC, "Jesus, Jesus, you make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus, you silence fear."

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Kingdom Come

Our Father who is in heaven,  Hallowed be Your name. 'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. [Matthew 6:9-10 NASB]

“Your Kingdom Come” was the prayer that Jesus himself prayed to the Father and left for us as a model to follow. Often times we either forget or don't take the time to process what this prayer really means, and the power it holds. I want us to look into the first two sentences of this prayer, and how we should apply it to our value system, but most importantly to our daily walk.

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"My Plans"

I just love when God changes "my plans".

Earlier I received a text asking if I could go play the drums at echo! Student Ministries because their drummer was not going to make it. So I texted back, asking for the song list, and didn't get a response. So I told my wife that I was going to go to the church, and see what's going on. So as I'm walking in I hear drums being playing along with the music, so I instantly had a bad attitude like why did you text me to come? And then when I ask about the song you didn't bother telling me you found someone else.

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Thankfulness

On November 6th 2010,  Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis, conducted a study of the science behind thankfulness. Statistics showed that being thankful everyday lowers blood pressure, improves immune functions and facilitates more efficient sleep. The University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine did their own study in 2014 and found that people who were more thankful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms. Studies have also shown that being thankful can reverse the cycle of depression on one's life. Yes, reverse it.

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Fasting Social Media

From Facebook to Instagram, Twitter, and etc. Social Media has become an essential part of our lives. It's scary to think but it's true. But I want to tell you how instead of you letting it control you, you can control it. 

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Don't Go To Chick-Fil-A

Don't go to Chick-Fil-A if you're not looking for quality service, and quality people. Don't go if you're not looking for a staff of people who genuinely care when they ask you about your day. These are things Chick-Fil-A does a great job at, and if that's not your thing, then Chick-Fil-A is not for you. 

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Challenge Your Marriage

One of my absolute favorite things I look forward to in the day is my wife coming home. I hear the door knob rattle, and hear the door open, as I am on the computer or watching a game on tv. I instantly turn the volume down to hear her say, "Hey boo, I'm home!" My response to her is usually something along these lines, "Thank God! I feel like I been waiting forever!" Yeah, we are pretty adorable. The best part about this story is she usually calls me as soon as she's off work to tell me that she's coming home. Minutes later we pretend as though it's been days without seeing each other. 

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What is Hope?

Today I would like to breakdown scripture and really dig deep and pull out of them a different perspective or understanding on the passage. My goal in my blogs is to keep them brief so that I may honor your time when reading.

Walk with me on this journey as we open up our bibles to Romans 5. Before I began with the unfolding of scripture I would like for you to do 3 things throughout this blog.

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Where’s your Nineveh?

The story of Jonah is a common story we all learned when we were little kids. As a child you probably remember the story like this; You knew there was a man named Jonah, God told him to go to the city of Nineveh to bring the good news because they were very bad people. Jonah disobeyed, and ran away from God. Jonah was on a boat with sailors, and a storm came, and the sailors threw Jonah into the sea. There Jonah was  swallowed by a big fish where he spent three days and three nights in the belly of the fish. The fish vomited Jonah, and then Jonah went to Nineveh. He preached the good news, and Nineveh was saved from destruction.

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No Earthly Good

You have heard it said, “Do not be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.” But I say, “Be so heavenly minded that you are earthly good.” Jesus was and is the ‘perfect’ representation of what ‘all’ of heaven looks like, meaning that he walked on earth he carried a heavenly (kingdom) mindset, releasing only what is good into the atmosphere of earth.

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Negativity Fast

Last Monday I decided to start a 21 Day Negativity Fast. I wanted to share what I have learned since I started, but before I’ll explain why I started this fast.

Last Sunday night my wife and I were watching a television show where two contestants had to go into the wild or a remote location where they had to compete to survive for 21 days without any resources. The contestants were one male and one female, each with different characteristics. The male was a former Marine who had experienced in these conditions set before him. The female, was a single woman who worked a normal job who’s only motive to compete was to ‘simply give it a try’. She did not have the experience like the male.

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