So it’s 3:11am and I just got a chance to lay down on a couch that would comfortably fit a full grown three year old laying down or two very small lap dogs. My back hurts. My foot is swollen and bruised from an epic basketball fail two days ago. My body has taken in too much caffeine just to make it to this point and I’m pretty sure I’m sputtering out. There is a good chance that when I finally drift off to sleep they may just leave me here until it’s go time on Sunday morning. I’ve never preached with bed head but I’m not above it. 

I could talk about all the things that come standard with 143 kids in an enclosed room for 6+ active hours:

1. Kids sweat a lot

2. Getting three kids to eat a meal in a relatively formal fashion is rare so you can only imagine what 143 looks like. 

3. Kids have way more energy than I can remember having. 

4. From a Dad who has two daughters – a wall of seperation for nap time that includes threats, chairs, humans, and everything else you can think of…….is a must. 

Something I learned that seems to be atypical today is: 

1. When the gospel is taught in church it creates a church culture of adults who are willing to stay up way past their bedtimes, participate in foolish games, cheer til they have no voice, smell stinky feet, and get moved out of their comfort zone because they realize that it is more about serving others instead of serving themselves. 

2. The future of the Church looks bright. 

3. An event that statistically looks like it will fail can be a huge success because God’s love encourages us to work together and rely on him. 

4. I couldn’t be more proud of FFWC and the 30+ volunteers who made it happen tonight…….or last night……or whatever it’s 3 in the morning and you know what I mean. 

Signing off from the worlds tiniest couch with the most full and happy heart! 

#teamJesus

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“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭15-17‬ ESV)

From the time this verse was written to today there have been questions regarding the third party of the trinity. The Holy Spirit has been made out to be a “crazy maker” by some and completely forgotten by others. It seems that when it comes to understanding who the Holy Spirit is and what His function is in our lives the majority of people live on two extremes. Either they have embraced the phrase “holy roller” and frequently exercise all the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a highlight on anything that seems weird to a normal person. Or the other side of the spectrum simply stopped acknowledging the Holy Spirit in fear that they would be associated with the “holy rollers.”

I must say that neither of these two responses or outlooks regarding the Holy Spirit are correct or healthy. At the very basic concept of the Holy Spirit we see that Jesus recognizes him as a “helper.” First as believers in Jesus we must realize and admit that the Holy Spirit is real and part of the trinity yet uniquely different for our benefit. To have a cessation mindset in regards to the Holy Spirit is to only believe in part of God’s teaching. Secondly, we know that God is not the author of confusion therefore the Holy Spirit would not be the leader or initiator of things that could be deemed weird or confusing. When the Holy Spirit moves it is to help the believer!

To find out more about the Holy Spirit join us at FFWC in our new series entitled: “My Best Friend”

Aaron

Is Chivalry Biblical?

December 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

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In a generation of fatherless children chivalry seems to be growing extinct. One of the responsibilities of men who follow Christ is to teach the next generation of boys how to become men. According to fatherhoodfactor.com up to 43% of kids today live in fatherless homes, and this is just one alarming statistic they have found. Becoming the right father is what God desires from us.

As part of being a father it is our responsibility to teach our sons how to treat women and to teach our daughters how they should expect to be treated. Jesus gave the ultimate example of chivalry by giving his life for his bride (the church). From this one simple act Jesus teaches us that the act of being chivalrous comes from putting others before yourself.

Here are a few examples of how to teach your kids to be chivalrous.
1. You are the example your kids learn from the most. If you aren’t showing chivalry then they won’t either.
2. Teach them by example how to say “sir” and “ma’am”.
3. Teach your boys to open doors for women, carry their bags, pull out their seat for them, and give up their seat if there isn’t one for a lady.

These are just a few ways to teach someone how to be chivalrous. This is a trait that brings honor to God so it should be important to us. Make a decision today to take time with your children to teach them how to be chivalrous.

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Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭3-5‬ ESV)

Face it suffering happens. Broken relationships, flat tires, health problems, kids tantrums in the middle of Walmart and anything else that will make you want to cuss. However the bible tells us that suffering is a necessary part of growing. Every moment of suffering allows us a decision. We can gloat through our suffering or we can sprout through it.

Choosing to grow through suffering will help produce the endurance you will need in life to take on anything life has to throw at you. The endurance will produce a character that allow you to be influential to those around you.

Ask yourself a question. How influential are you as a Christian? Maybe you should try looking at the perceived suffering as an opportunity to grow in endurance, character, and the hope of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: God help me look at the moments in life that make me want to question why and draw me close to going crazy as times to grow! My hope is in you!

2 Things about Jesus

December 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ ESV)image

I love the fact that this scripture is the beginning of some shepherds relationships to Jesus. Talk about an introduction! A couple things that interest me about how the birth of Christ unfolds:

First, I love that Jesus chose to share one of the greatest moments in history with shepherds. Shepherds were the bottom of the working class and Jesus chose to share this moment with them! It’s like God was saying, “There is no “classes” of people when it comes to me. I want to spend time with people no matter who they are or how society classifies them.”

Secondly, I love that the joy associated with this new relationship eliminated fear! If you know Jesus you don’t have to fear! That’s great news! Live like it!

Often times our daily variables lead us to neglect how great God really is. Now, no one wants to admit this because who wants to neglect the creator right?!?! Let me be the voice of truth here. We all do it! Sometimes our busyness doesn’t allow us enough time to reflect on the one who hung the stars and knows them by name. Sometimes it’s a process that takes away from seeing his greatness. It’s easy to get into the habit of reading the bible just to read and fail to meditate on what it says. Sometimes our variables come in the form of ruined plans. These plans were created by us and we believe them to be the best possible scenario and when they fail we, at times, secretly question his motives and greatness.

We have all done this or something similar to this when things don’t go our way. However, all of our squandered plans, every full schedule that allows no time with God, and any variable that could be or ever has been conceived does not take away from God’s greatness! His great work on Calvary will always be more than enough for us to refer to him as a GREAT GOD!

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SOAP = scripture, observation, application, and prayer.

S : Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13, 14 ESV)

O : Paul counter culturally looks at salvation as the beginning of work. He views it as punching in. Why? Because he wasn’t looking to salvation as a get out of hell free card. The experience was so astounding that he immediately wanted to share it with as many people as possible.

One way in which Paul was able to stay so focused on the future was due to his ability to forget the past. Think about it! So many Christians find themselves paralyzed by the thought of talking to someone about Jesus who they knew before they met Jesus. Why? Because of the potential for that person to remember who they were before they submitted their life to Christ. No one wants to look like a hypocrite! But here is the thing, we don’t want people to look at us, we want people to look at Jesus!

If Paul focused his ministry on telling people about how he persecuted Christians rather than telling them about God’s grace and love his ministry wouldn’t have made it very far.

A : strive for the goal of knowing that when your last days come you have shared Jesus with as many people as you could have, using words when necessary.

P : God help me get over my past and focus on the future you require of me. Give me the strength and humility to share your love with as many people as I can. Thank you for your blessings! Amen