Thoughts and Musings for Hope Connection Announcements

06
Aug

Purposeful Disciple #3

A strong follower or disciple is full of purpose. Make no mistake. When we follow right leadership, our individual purpose and design becomes clear.  At first, as we apply ourselves, we must sort through desires of our selfish nature and find the desires of the Lord for us.  This takes time and commitment to follow through when we are confused, hurt, pained, and problematic. Blame this on leaders and you fail in faith and fall in the path. Accept personal responsibility and community accountability and find growth and positive maturity.

Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
Proverbs 20:6 NIV

Have you been angry with a lease because they did not do life your way?  Are you mature enough to go back and ask forgiveness?

Mistaking Purpose for Judgement

Strong purpose may be intimidating. Out desire bumps the purpose of another. They continue the journey seemingly with no compassion for our thoughts and feelings.  Just because you think it does not make it true. Just because you feel it does not make it right.
As leaders, assume they have compassion. Compassion wants the best for another. The leader sees a path to positive growth and wants you to follow. The intensity with which they pursue God should challenge you to a higher life. You will find pain as you cast off personal desire and take on the image of Christ, ready to give up all position, accolades, and post to grow and achieve the focus of the Father.
You might ‘feel’ judged and ‘be’ experiencing sharpening of focus and purpose. Love believes the good of all things not the bad. Believe the good and you will grow.  Believe the bad and you fail both in the love of Christ and in His design for your life.

Where have you missed an opportunity to build a follower in kindness?  Look for the next opportunity.  Do no dwell on your mistakes. Learn and live.

Toxic Leaders

Toxic leaders exist. They are the exception, not the rule.  When you fail under many leaders, it is probably you that needs fixed. God believes in you. He sends you to learn, again and again. Settle and learn. Quit moving.

Real toxic leaders are dangerous and few. An abusive style that uses people to attain personal agenda is toxic. An ego trip leader will see success by world standards, but not life change in followers. A leader may carry a wound that wounds others. That leader is not necessarily toxic, just human. There are No Perfect People. Leaders need grace, too. Discern the difference. Drop your judgementalism of leaders if you want to grow.

Have you been wounded by a toxic leader? How have you allowed God to heal your soul so you can serve under a normal leader without being overly sensitive?

Welcome Leader, I Receive You

Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.  And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Matthew 10:41‭-‬42 NIV

A disciple of Christ is a good follower and gives respect while developing a sense of purpose and design.  It is a God process.  Engage with leaders. Learn and serve. Do not let yourself be abused, but remember much is not abuse but a sifting of the chaff from your life and a sharpening of the saw of your purpose and design.

Who is leading who needs your thanks?  How can you express gratitude in a tangible way this week?

Be a Good Disciple. Be blessed.
I love you because the Great Love loves me.

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06
Feb

The Tricky Part is Timing

There is nothing that can resist the power of an idea, whose time has come. Get the idea and the timing in sync and POW!
One of my mentors says it this way, “Nothing, nothing, nothing, POW!”
Incremental and intentional steps develop momentum that moves mountains.

Since locating to Gainesville, it is my firm opinion there is a need for an innovative, dynamic, and enterprising church. Radical. Idealistic. Founded on thousands of years of considered and revealed truth focused on today with a tenacious grasp of wisdom and well being, a prosperity of mind, heart, body, soul, relationships, and economic health and stability. That place where all cultures mix and intersect and develop mind share. That place where we all discover truth and apply it to life in practical moments. Live a Biblically sound, currently practical and authentic faith.

Que problema es (the problem is), the critical mass has not been present of the right number of people with the right heart. Those interested were much more interested in leaving Gainesville to find leadership, opportunity and social connection. Even those that live here look elsewhere. The angst of an area depressed over itself and lacking a defined hope for a self-fulfilled future is lifting. That is changing. That is a good change.

Otra problema es (another problem is), the church as a whole has been insensitive, stodgy, and disconnected from the deep issues of life this generation faces. The answers have been here all along. The delivery vehicle is antiquated. Some have reached back to 90’s mode flashing lights and entertainment and applied a name and face change to the same stuff. That is good for a season, but the face falls off eventually and real change is exchanged for religion with a new face.

Really, this is a day to strip back and get to original intent and engagement. The Christian church was established in the streets, market places, and homes of the community. Face up discussion and a faith that moved mountains interrupted life as usual and demanded attention from the community. That is progressive. That is radical. That is right.

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Dec

Christmas 2017

Dear family,

As we celebrate Christmas and New Years, I wish you above all things peace of heart and strength of mind.  Each of us has some item in life that seems to work against our joy in Christ.  Don’t let the evil and confusion of this world rob you of your joy.  I am fighting for you in prayer that this Christmas is a great joy to your heart.

Matthew 25:31-40 comes to my mind as we close the year.  Jesus said in verse 40 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

As many of you know over the last few weeks I spent Sunday morning at Tabitha Baptist and Fairview Baptist and spoke this last week at Tabernaculo De Fe.  The picture  is from that place of life and light, Tabernaculo De Fe.

Having returned from Mexico in five different neighborhoods and five churches that include a home for the homeless children, images bounce through my head of many that have nothing. Some live in an environment of pain daily.  We have so much and groan.  They have so little and rejoice.  They have a faith in God that transcends things.  I pray for this faith to erupt all around. May this faith erupt in me more every day. These are friends in Christ.  Hundreds of kids and parents rejoiced with the message of Christ, a celebration meal, and new toys.  You let them know the love of Christ.  It is because of you that this is possible.  Thank you.

This week I visited three of our family in jail.  They will be there for Christmas.  How hard that must be.  One has not had anyone else visit them since they were jailed a month ago.  When you send me, it goes to your account in heaven.  This is the promise of the Bible.

Some of the most precious offerings came to me and Hope Connection in this season.  Tabernaculo was able to give a gift from their heart.  A friend from Oklahoma gave extra in the holidays. One of our members came to me.  I know she has little, but she sent offering to share in the Mexico trip.  Then there was the elderly woman in Mexico.  She gave her widow’s mite.  With great greatfulness for the move of God’s presence she handed me $3.00.  In Mexico that is $18 pesos.  I am sure it was all she had at the moment.  Around her was plenty.  The people in this church looked well tended.  She was an elderly woman living on little, yet she gave all she had.  Her $3.00 is a precious gift, as valuable as the wise men.  I treasure that moment. Magdiel means ‘knowing God’.  In Templo Magdiel, this woman knows God.

Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

This Christmas make a decision to give grace to someone who needs it.

Who could use a word of encouragement, a visit in a hard place, a smile and a hug?

May the Lord remember all your sacrifices.  Dig deep into the wells of prosperity into which He has blessed you.  Remember the house of the Lord as you close your year that we may continue to reach out to the unreached.  They are not unreachable.  They need you. They need your support.

As Christmas and New Year’s fall on Sundays.  We will not meet on Christmas Day.  Spend it with your family. Settle in on that day and rejoice in your blessings.  Do the same on New Years.  This is not our tradition.  Both of these days are great days of celebrating as a church.  This year we are breaking our tradition and doing something different.  This is a time to prepare for the NEXT.

Get ready for a great year in 2017.  It is our “Age of Adventure”  Fixing Family Fracture is our heart at Hope.  We are here to build families into a better life forward.

Life Skills starts Jan 9th with a preenrollment of 30.

Parenting starts in February.

Teen Life Skills will be starting in February.

Pioneer Clubs for Kids starts Jan 15th

Trackers Camp for teens, singles, couples, parents and grandparents starts Jan 15th.

Dad’s University is under development.

Men’s Advance, Women’s Advance, Youth Camp, Kids Camp and more is all scheduled through the year.   Keep in touch with the calendar.  We hope to sponsor another Family Day Camp in June.  I’ll keep you update.

All of this is about taking from the well of wisdom and prosperity into which God has placed us and giving out what we have.  Hope Connection is a mission.  We are supported from others.  This year is our year to become self sufficient.  Would it not be a blessing to the heart of God to see those who are receiving the ministry to be the ones to support the ministry?  Surely, the ones that come to the workshops have been faithful to support the ministry.  Surely, the people, who have come for services have supported the ministry.  Yet, we still live on outside support.  I pray God raises you and others up to be the foundation of a fountain of great blessing, springs of waters in a dry and thirsty land.

God is building.  The Age of Adventure is with us.

 

I love each of you and all of you.

 

Pastor Phil

 

02
May

Feedback

mayday3Sunday was a great day on May 1st.  Thank you to everyone for being here, fellowship, and pitching in.  I’d like your feedback.  Just a few minutes.  Fill out the form and it will email directly and privately back to me.  I value you and your opinion.

28
Nov

Why Let This Year Pass Without Taking Care of Your Family?

What makes Hope Church a different kind of family church? 

 

Members of the Gainesville community tell me there are 116 churches in the area.  Why do we need another church? Making the right decision for the future of your family is important. Is something missing? You judge.

  • Interdenominational:  That means your background is accepted. No matter if you grew up Methodist, Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, or have never been affiliated with any church, you are welcome and wanted at Hope Church. John 3: 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  • Full Gospel:  Salvation in Jesus applies to your physical health, mental health, spiritual health, and relational health. Jesus came to restore us to connected peace with God, the Creator. All that came with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the beginning years of the church of Jesus Christ is still available. Nothing goes away until He returns. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
  • Power Prayer:  When we pray, we expect answers. We do see miracles and physical healing along with spiritual and mental and relational. We do experience a tangible presence of God in services. God shifted His entire being to do good on behalf of those that accept forgiveness in Jesus and join His forever family.  Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory;No good thing will He withhold from those who walk His path.
  • Balance:  Fellowship with other members and other churches, friendships that are healthy and fun, family with joy and strength,faith in Jesus that is eternal in consequence. We need all four. No one should spend their life at church. No one should spend their life without a church family in which they participate. Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the coming together of ourselves, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
  • Expression: Dedication to God and His design for life means loving Him and loving others in belief and action. We mean it and we do it. Though we are tiny in number, we have supported Community Transformation Initiative in graduating 105 Cooke County citizens on probation from Life Skills and Parenting,we have hosted hundreds at free community family events from concerts to Easter Egg hunts to cookouts, we have given hundreds of toys and school supplies to kids in Mexico, and we are developing an open Celebrate Recovery so people in pain of grief, loss, abuse, addiction, and other hurts, habits, and hang-ups can live a better life forward. We are an action church. Matthew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
  • Opportunity:  All are welcome to come. How can you understand unless you come and hear and experience. No matter how many times you have failed to live up to His plan, no matter how long you have lived apart from God’s perfect plan, you are welcome and wanted at Hope Church. God’s eternal offer of joining His family is open to you. Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
  • Sacrifice: Yes,sacrifice. When you receive the free gift of forgiveness from wrong living and accept the free gift of eternal life in Christ, you are now His. You have surrendered your life for His life. I tis an exchange. In that exchange, He calls you to a higher and better life. He empowers and expects you to grow out of the old and into the new. Faith understands and finds it easy to obey and give of time, talent, and treasure to see the family grow. We are a family. Every member does their part that none would be overburdened. 1 John 2: 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
  • Solid:  The faith we offer is over 2000 years in the making. God created mankind. Mankind rebels and chooses their own path. The choice separates us from God. Separation from God is a spiritual death that mankind cannot solve. Unresolved, it results in eternal separation from God, Hell. God loves us so much, He sent His Son, Jesus, to live in full obedience and take our punishment for us. Jesus lived,died, rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and will come again. If we admit we can’t do it and receive Jesus gift of forgiveness and eternal life, we become members of God’s family forever. He offers full empowerment of His Holy Spirit to equip us to live free from mistaken living (sin) and enter into a life of miracles, signs, and wonders. Obedience means living as a disciple of Christ inside a local church body where you can grow and be mentored (discipled). Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever

 

Is that what you want for you and your family?  Whether you are a family of one or many, come on Sunday at 11am or Sunday at 5pm and get started. I want to meet you and welcome you into Hope Church. Pastor Phil

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