What a GREAT, GREAT day here at Element Church today. Such an awesome sense of God’s presence the entire day. Pastor Kody leaned over to me during 2nd service worship and said “THIS is why we do what we do.” Not sure if anyone else felt the same way, but talking with several staff members, for us, it was SO good!
— 13 people acknowledged to us they accepted Christ as Savior and experienced LIFE in Him. WOO HOO! If only for the ONE!
— Keep bringing people, Element Church, we’ll keep presenting the Gospel. NOTHING like seeing people experience LIFE in Christ.
— CONSTRUCTION BEGINS MONDAY! That’s right! Construction on our remodel begins Monday, Nov. 5th. They are starting on replacing the roof. It is MUCH needed and needs to be done before we put things UNDER the roof. It’s a start to construction that isn’t as visible as the next phases but MAN, am I excited that the work is beginning.
— We announced the latest update on what was given and committed to Momentum today. Not gonna put on the blog, but God is SO good. Thank you for your generosity. You can still commit AND give to Momentum through November 11th. If you want to give online, go HERE! You can pick up commitment cards on Sunday or in the office.
— SO thankful to each person who took Momentum to heart, sought God on what to give, and are now following through. I am praying for you guys EVERY DAY! That it would be a JOY to give, and that God would BLESS your obedience.
— We did a song today called, “Jesus Be The Center” that was SO good! The team did a phenominal job of leading us in worship today. Like I said, the presence of God was SO real and SO strong today. During that song we cut out all the lights except for a cross that was lit in the center of the stage. “From our hearts to the heavens Jesus be the center!”
— It’s not Jesus BE the center, but Jesus IS the center. Whether you WANT Him to be or not…HE IS!
— I had a BLAST today starting our new sermon series called, “Jesus For President!” After 1st service, as I was praying in my office, I was thanking God for letting us have FUN in church! Asked the question, “Why Jesus for president?” and preached from 4 different Scriptures. Matthew 16:21-23; Matthew 26:50b-54; Luke 22:54-62 & Luke 24:33-34. Here are some excerpts from the day:
- Jesus is not for a political party, Jesus is for a person’s HEART!
- Politics can only create policies that are meant to CONTROL the world, only the Gospel of Jesus has the power to CHANGE the world.
- Your candidate is NOT the answer, JESUS is the answer.
- No matter WHO wins the election on Tuesday, God is STILL God, He’s STILL on the throne, He STILL reigns supreme and there is NO other hope in our life but HIM! We as Christians need to react that way.
- No matter who the president is, God can accomplish His plan, fulfill His purpose and use His people to do so. It’s all a matter of how we will respond.
- We SHOULD vote. We SHOULD pray for the elections AND pray for those who are elected. But for goodness sake, lets put our hope in ANOTHER kingdom besides this one. That is the focus of this series.
- (I spoke my peace about the election and politics this week. I am not talking politics the REST of the series)
- God’s plan is bigger than my perspective and His purpose is greater than my passion. We think too small.
- We think one step ahead, God is thinking CENTURIES ahead.
- How many times in our lives have we thought Jesus was MESSING everything up, when in reality He was SETTING everything up?
- Jesus was trying to save our SOULS and Peter was trying to save a SEAT in a kingdom that would never exist.
- God’s plan is bigger than my problems and His purpose is greater than my protection.
- Ultimately, God’s plan is not to protect all of us. His plan is to make His purpose known through us.
- Instead of asking God WHY we have problems, what if we asked Him, “What’s your purpose in this problem? How can my problem further your plan?”
- We’ve gotta stop telling God how big our problems are and start telling our problems how big our GOD is.
- God’s plan is bigger than my past and His purpose is greater than my pride.
- While Peter was STUCK in his sin, Jesus SOUGHT Him out. While Peter was trying to AVOID Jesus, Jesus INVADED his life.
- All we seem to remember is Jesus looking at us WHEN we sinned. It’s time to look at Jesus AS our Savior.
- JESUS LOVES YOU! Let that sink in.
— This message was SO comforting for me as I prepared for it. SO real to my heart. I hope and pray that it impacted you in the way that YOU needed it today!
— Justin Bieber, Tim Tebow and THE ROCK may be showing up on the platform with me this Sunday. Now you can’t miss that.
— I believe God’s gonna do HUGE things in this series. So excited to see what happens. THEN we are into our Christmas series. CANNOT BELIEVE we are on the doorstep of CHRISTMAS!!
— And we have some HUGE stuff planned for that series. The next 2 months are going to be AWESOME!
— That’s all I got today! LOVE seeing people experience LIFE. Thank you Element for being a GREAT group of people to lead. I love you guys.
Till the end,