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 enthusiastically." Romans 12:11 NIV
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!
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?
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!