Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Woooooo!!

Warning, if you came to today's post for spiritual inspiration please rewind to a previous post. I read something in the paper yesterday that I just can't let go.

Say it isn’t so!

Wrestler Ric Flair's wife charged with assaulting him
Published: February 23, 2010
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Police say the wife of pro wrestler Ric Flair has been charged with assaulting him in their North Carolina home.
In a statement, Flair called the incident an unfortunate disagreement and said he did nothing wrong.
Authorities say officers were called to Flair's home in south Charlotte on Sunday night. Flair said his wife attacked him after they went out for dinner. He had minor injuries, but refused treatment from paramedics.
Police charged 41-year-old Jacqueline Beems with simple assault. She was released from jail a few hours after her arrest
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WHAT? Ric Flair?
I’m a child of the 80’s. The Nature Boy was a part of our life like Hulk Hogan (before the “E” reality shows) and Hacksaw Jim Dugan and the Iron Sheik and Randy The Macho Man Savage and the Missing Link and Jake The Snake Roberts and I better stop now because I could go on for hours. They were in our living room every Saturday and Sunday night. They were…well…family. My mom would have to literally pry me away from the TV for Sunday night church.
Ric would hollar’ out his infamous Woooooooo and slap a figure four leg lock on you faster than you could say, “Why is there always a steel chair stored under the wrestling rink?”

Now he’s still making the papers. Not because he’s regained the championship belt at 60, but assaulted by his wife? Not that a woman isn’t capable, that’s not what I’m trying to say. This is The Nature Boy Ric Flair…an 80’s icon to boys everywhere. If he’s gonna be assaulted it should be Hulk Hogan hiding behind a trash can waiting to settle up the 1991 title showdown where the Hulkster lost the belt. Or Jimmy The Superfly Snuka, barefoot and on the roof waiting to pounce because Ric had worked him over with some brass knuckle he'd hid in his trunks in a match decades ago. He is Ric Flair…if he’s gonna make the papers it should be with FLAIR! Laid out in an alley wearing sequence robe and a royal blue feather boa!

Not like this. I guess when they were arguing over the last squirt of toothpaste he popped off his patented catchphrase, “To be the man you gotta beat the man!” and she did.

This breaks my heart.

Next thing you know they'll report that wrestling was all a fake. Huh, like that will ever happen.

Woooooo!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Do what?

Just wanted to say how fired up I am to be able to pastor a church with believers full of passion and willing to serve as quick as their next breath.

Since our beginning not so long ago the Spirit has done so much in breaking down the religious barriers and stereotypes in our lives and has set us down a path of passion for Christ and carrying out His mission.

To paraphrase Christine Caine in terms of what Fellowship of Believers has done; we have stopped defining our Christianity by what we don’t do, but instead have started defining ourselves by what we do.

When was the last time you went to a funeral or read on a headstone, “A good man who didn’t smoke, drink, cuss or cheat on his wife.”?

Uh, never!

So if Christians don’t define theirselves by that when we are dead then why in the world do they do it while they are living!?!?

I AM NOT SAYING that there aren't things that don't fall into living the life of a Christian or the Bible doesn't address as wrong. WHAT I AM saying is don't hang your hat on what you don't do. What you don't do hasn't brought a single soul to Christ. That's my only statement for the critics/modern day Pharisees, I'm done. P.S. The time you spend disproving this theory doesn't bring people to Christ either.

How fortunate am I?

Yes, I’m about to brag a little because God deserves this glory and the passion he puts in people deserves to be bragged about.

A friend of mine called because he knew we make one of our main missions is to serve others at Fellowship of Believers. He knew of a very young couple about to have a baby and they had nothing. Could we help? That’s all the information I had to present.

I broadcast it to our group, who made connections to other believers around town, and some out of town, and in three days they literally had an entire truck load of stuff to help these two bring this new baby into the world.

Here’s the coolest thing though. No one asked, who are they, are they even trying to work, what kind of family are they from, are they living together unmarried, do they drink, do they smoke?? You know the checklist of a “Good Christian” today’s church has made to hold people to as their standard for whether or not they "deserve" help. No, instead this group knew someone had a need and they acted on it, without a single question or second thought. AWESOME!

Huh, funny thing, that’s kind of how Jesus worked wasn’t it? He didn’t ask what’s your home life like? How did you get in this condition? What do you do behind closed doors? Did I see you somewhere you shouldn’t have been last week?

NO, Matthew 4:23-25 (Message) says…He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives….People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all.

That’s what a Christian IS! It not a name you give yourself because of what you don’t do, NO, it’s a life you live based on what you do out of on unbridled passion for HIM because of what He’s done for you!

And today I’m cannot tell you how proud I am to be a part of group of believers on fire for God and changing lives! His kingdom gets bigger one life at a time!

To close here is the exact quote from Christine Caine, ponder it for a while. And if you ponder to long, well then, it may time to file away the "don'ts" and get to work on the "do's".

The church today has defined Christianity by what it doesn’t do. But what DO we do?
-Christine Caine

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stare fear in the face...or wear it around your neck??

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other of the wild animals the Lord God had made.

Either my kids don't remember Satan appeared as a snake OR they just don't care because God wears a size 13 pair of Red Wing steel toes and He can crush the head of that sucka when He wants too!! Or they thought this was just really cool. I like the faith thought best.







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Friday, February 5, 2010

Introducing Vince Antonucci and Guerrilla Lover

Thought this was really cool since we just got back from Vegas. I had heard about this book and actually ordered it earlier this week after hearing about it from another pastor. Then I was reading Craig Groeschel's (pastor of LifeChurch) blog today and he had this pastor/author as a guest writer. Enjoy the introduction to a new book, pastor and great story!

From the blog of Craig Groeschel http://swerve.lifechurch.tv/

Today our guest blogger is Vince Antonucci, author of “Guerrilla Lovers: How to Change the World with Revolutionary Compassion” and a great example of someone who is willing to do things that aren’t being done, to reach those who aren’t being reached. Vince is currently starting a church on the Vegas Strip, but I asked him to tell us a story from his book of when he started a church service in a bar. Here’s Vince:

When we started the service in the bar, one of our people, Samantha, couldn’t help but notice the pregnant bartender. It turns out that she was an ex-stripper. Apparently, there’s not much call for pregnant strippers, so she had to find a new job, which is why she started bartending at this pub. But feeling like a guerrilla lover, not only couldn’t Samantha help but notice her, she also couldn’t help but start talking to her each week, and she couldn’t help but begin praying about how she could ambush this lady with God’s love. The answer God gave her was… a party.

She began sharing her idea with some of the other Forefront women and everyone quickly jumped on board. They had to act fast, because the bartender was only a few weeks away from her due date. So Samantha and a few other ladies from our church went shopping and bought a boat load of baby-shower presents. Samantha called the bar manager and asked her to call the pregnant bartender in an hour early pretending it was really busy and they “needed extra help.”

The manager complied and the bartender came rushing in … to a nearly empty bar, except for five women and a table full of presents and food, and a huge, “Surprise!!!”

She stopped in her tracks and just stared, not quite able to comprehend what was happening. When she finally got it she was even more stunned. She couldn’t understand why people she didn’t know would throw her a party. And not only were these people virtually strangers, they were Christians. Aren’t Christians against strippers, against bartenders, against women who get pregnant outside of marriage, and against parties? She was confused, and grateful, and pretty much speechless. Samantha says, “I think she had that feeling you get when you don’t know God or that He loves you, but then you discover for the first time that maybe he does. I think she felt that.”

And, by the way, that’s a great example of a guerrilla lover ambush, and I’m convinced that it’s the way we can have a real impact on people and the world.