Tonight at 8:30 PM (CST) our Television show goes national
on The Church Channel.This is
primarily carried by DirecTV as well as other national and international
markets.At the same time, our new
website is soon to be up!Be sure to check
out the new and improved BayAreaFellowship.com! Check out all the new features
and let us know what you think!This is an exciting time for the ministry with lots of opportunities to
touch people’s lives.Thanks for
all of your support and prayers.
“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.How then can anyone understand his own
way?” Proverbs 20:24 NIV
Lately, I have been busy making future plans for the ministry
as well as our family.Some of our
goals are very audacious, yet achievable.The way to achieve larger, more complex goals comes down to taking the
right steps.One of the reasons
many people do not achieve what they want in life is because they never get
started.The way to achieve larger
goals is to break them down into doable steps on a daily or week-by-week
basis.Have you ordered your steps
lately or are you simply avoiding getting started?Large goals should not intimidate you…they should challenge
you to become disciplined to put the right priorities and actions in place to
make your goals not only achievable, but virtually inevitable.Got big goals?Think “steps.”
This last Sunday night I watched my Houston Rockets take on
the Los Angeles Lakers.What made
the game unique is that the Rockets were expected to get beat by the Lakers when
they are healthy, yet the Rockets had to play the Lakers without their best two
players (Yao Ming and T-Mac), not to mention Dikembe Mutombo.These guys not only played with heart,
they hustled so hard they were up by 20 points on the Lakers just about the
entire game before winning!They
had secondary players containing Kobe Bryant!(tears are welling up in my eyes now!).Anyway, the point is not that I am an
obsessed Houston sports fan (that is simply a fact).The point is that when the odds are against you… just add some hustle.
Everyone wants to talk about leadership skills and
intelligence, but the truth is that the people, churches and organizations that
get ahead know how to hustle.Are
you working as hard as you can? The Bible puts is this way:
"Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord
Is your church not growing?Preach more services.Is your business not expanding?Increase your sales calls.Are you tired of feeling tired?Begin a regular aerobic exercise routine.Remember, God cannot bless your laziness.You have to work hard to give God something
to bless.Now quit reading blogs
all day and go hustle towards your goals!
We had an amazing weekend at Bay Area Fellowship. It was an honor to celebrate the heroic moms in our Church who have done so much to shape our lives. If you didn't get a chance to make it, watch it here.
Tonight we have the privilege of hearing Pastor Mac Richard speak at Bay Area Fellowship. Mac and his wife Julie are some of our closest friends, and Mac serves as a fellow board member at Bay Area. I cannot begin to put into words the difference Mac has made in our ministry. It is no wonder God is blessing our ministry with the kind of oversight, accountability, and wisdom Mac provides. I want to invite everyone at Bay Area to come out tonight to hear a truly gifted communicator. We will have worship, Mac will speak, along with baptisms and communion. It's going to be a night to remember. See you tonight at 6:30 PM.
Everyone can start something, but it takes s person of
discipline to finish something. This last week I committed to God that I
was going on a 10 Day "Daniel fast." Basically, all I consumed for
10 days was fruit, vegetables, or water. After the first few days, I was
doing just fine, but by day 6 I was ready to quit! It seems to me that we
always want to quit about half way in everything. The real test of
character is in becoming a finisher. Is there something you have started
over and over and have never completed? How many unfinished projects do
you have in your life? It's time to become a finisher.
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I
may FINISH the race and COMPLETE THE TASK the Lord Jesus has given me—the task
of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace." Acts 20:24 NIV
So you are in a slump. You had a bad day, week, maybe even year. You got hurt, betrayed, disappointed by another. You were criticized, talked about, belittled. You disappointed yourself. You messed up, you did something stupid that hurt you or those you love. So how do you move on?
The first step is to welcome yourself to the human race—to recognize that to err is to be human, to sin is to need grace, to suffer is to share in Jesus sufferings.
As David recognized in the Psalms, the pain will refine you…let it. Go over your past behavior, look over your regret, examine your betrayal and choose to learn from it. As John Maxwell says, “if you are going to fail, fail forward.” (not an exact quote, but close)
Then get up, and get moving: Literally… go for a walk, a jog, a good, hard workout. Get out your Bible, read of Gideon stepping up, or Moses seeing God use him after his failures, or David taking on Goliath. Then do the same. Make a new plan. Put yesterday behind you. “Take up your cross then follow me” as Jesus said.
Today is a new day. Your future is brighter than your past. So focus on your future, put your past behind you and remember… What you focus on, you get more of. Focus on the pain, you get more pain. Focus on the lesson, you get more future.
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
We just began a new series called "Ultimate Fighter"
where I talked about how all of us have a fight we are in.What is your battle?Maybe for you it's the fight of your
life with cancer, or maybe you are fighting to save your marriage, or maybe
your fight has less on the line than that but still matters greatly to
you.Your fight may be to keep a
positive attitude at work, or it could be as simple as getting that last
stubborn 5 or 10 pounds off your waistline.
We all have battles in life, and just like UFC fighters, we
have to walk in the octagon expecting to take a hit and prepared to give many
more.Are you determined to face your battle? The difference could be victory or defeat.
We are in celebration this week and in awe of how God worked through Bay Area this Easter. Our attendance reached over 9,100 people-the highest weekend turnout since our Grand Opening's record of over 10,000 two years ago. More importantly, 208 reported receiving Christ, and thus eternal salvation! Praise the Lord!