Saturday, October 29, 2011

Enjoy What You Have



How many times have you been struck by "if-only-itis?"

If only I had a convertible, then I'd be happy. If only I could get that job, I know I would feel fulfilled. If only he would love me, I would never need anything again.

Concentrating on what you want but don't have robs you of the joy you could be experiencing right now.

Part of God's purpose for your life is your learning to be content with what He has given you. It is okay to want to reach for something more, as long as that something more is more of Him.

Have a good Sunday, and have an even better week, and be thankful for what God has given you, and remember to give God all the glory!

Till next time

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Most-Forgotten Secret of Life

Ever have one of those days when 5pm finds you feeling worn out, stressed, and beat down?  Well it happens to me every once in a blue moon or so :)  And it happened Tuesday.  Tuesday also happened to be a day when I couldn't just go home and recover....our TG was scheduled to serve at Convoy of Hope that night.  To make matters even "better" our group was struck by the most ridiculous & inconceivable confluence of legitimate circumstances....people were getting sick, straining backs, attending funerals, leaving town at the last minute, etc.   So Julie and I were suddenly the only members of our group to be able to make it.  Fortunately, we did have some friends there with us: namely, Mike Sutton & Jerry Raby (in case you didn't know, they're our serving ministry leaders and they actually live what they lead!).

So there I am, after a very long day, about to work for no pay for a couple of hours.  Then they told us what our project for the night was: Pack 5,000 grocery bags full of food that would then be transported and given to the poor and needy at an event in Sacramento, CA.  And for the next hour and forty-five or so, Julie & I completed our task of stuffing about 7,500 packets of ramen noodles in about 2,500 grocery sacks.

And you know what's interesting? I can't remember the last time I smiled so much...or at least for that long!  Isn't that weird?  Isn't that so contrary to what we would expect in such circumstances? Our "human logic" would tell us that: after a long hard day, you'd be much better off reclining in your Lazy-Boy and flipping on the TV than standing on your feet for a couple hours of serving

On my way home that night, I remembered the most-forgotten secret of life.  In fact, even when we remember the secret, we scarcely believe it to be true.  It's a secret that's tucked away in the book of Acts.  And the writer of Acts got it from the apostle Paul.  And the apostle Paul said he got it from Jesus, himself: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35 NLT).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

YLQ.org Spotlight: Prayer Requests

From time-to-time I'd like to take a minute to kinda spotlight or highlight a particular feature of our church website at yourlifequest.org.  This week I'd like to tell you about a really cool feature that's been added here in just the last couple of months: it's our prayer request form.
Screen Shot of YourLifeQuest.org

As you may or may not know, our church has a ministry called the Prayer Connection.  It's made up of a big team of people who believe in the power of prayer and are willing to take time out in their life to actually talk to God about needs people face & want prayer for.  In the past, you had to fill out a form at our Welcome Center OR email/call one of our Prayer Connection coordinators to get the word out to the rest of the ministry.  But now our website provides an easy, accessible way for people to share their prayer requests...even if they don't have access to the contact info of one of those coordinators!

Check out this video to see just how easy it is:

One more thing: Perhaps you're someone who already has a preferred method of submitting your prayer request (i.e. for me, I often find it easiest to send mine via email).  Why should you begin to use the prayer request form on our website?  One reason I'll offer is this: Submitting your prayer request online helps our prayer ministry stay organized.  Our site actually automatically compiles a spreadsheet that tracks prayer requests and our Prayer Ministry Team can then use that info in a lot of great ways to improve the prayer ministry of our church.

So next time you have a prayer request, give our website's Prayer Request form a try!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Enemy is Scared of Real Men (and Women)

Well, it's been a few weeks since I've bored you with my commentaries, so here we go, just in time for the weekend!
Did you know that we were called to be bold, and not meek? What I mean is, did you know that we are supposed to be fearless, bold soldiers of the Lord? We are not to back or otherwise cower down or compromise our faith under ANY circumstances? It's true, America. We are not to merely turn the other cheek when we witness any wrongdoing or transgression against God's law.
The enemy does not want you to know this, because the great deceiver (lower case) is afraid of bold men (and women) for GOD (UPPERCASE). God does not compromise, nor should we. We should use ANY and EVERY opportunity afforded to us to correct wrong and reveal God's love and plan for our lives (no matter the cost). Will it be easy? Absolutely not. Will we be persecuted? Absolutely. In fact, God promised us almost certain persecution by following him and doing what is right, not what is culturally accepted. Remember when Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back at the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? It is not always easy to press forward without looking back at our sins and transgressions, but that is EXACTLY what we are to do. Things like PRIDE and TRADITION can definitely trip us up.
Don't get mired down with comfortable sin. Look ahead to God with BOLD COURAGE that only the HOLY SPIRIT can supply! God Speed in all you attack, and perservere until the end! Remember, the enemy will flee if you resist!
Till Next Time,
Your Partner in War against Immorality
Dave Hodson, LifeQuest Church

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ACLU Says Prayer is OK...Muslim Prayer, that is...

Hi All! Sorry it has been so long since I've posted...September came and went! I don't want you to think that all I do is rant and rave, but here we go...
Carver Elementary school in San Diego is possibly going to allow Muslim students to pray in school. Would someone please explain to me why the ACLU, who has fought all-things Christian for decades, is not only okay with this but is calling everyone who doesn’t agree ‘intolerant’?According to a spokesperson for the ACLU, “Performing these prayers is widely—if not universally—recognized as one of the five essential ‘pillars’ of Islam. One of these prayer times will always fall during the school day at Carver when students are required by law to be at school.” Um, the Quran tells Muslims to do a LOT of things we don’t want them doing here in America. It isn’t a religion to them, it is a law. Oh and also, prayer for Christians is also a widely—if not universally—recognized essential of Christianity. If you want to talk about "ironic," this is the same ACLU that has been fighting freedom of religion in public schools for decades by banning prayer in schools completely. This is the same ACLU that has (wrongly) asserted that it is unconstitutional to allow any type of prayer and/or religion in schools. Yet they’re perfectly okay with children following whatever the violent Quran tells them to do? Hey, wait a minute...who gave the ACLU, or anyone else for that matter, the power to determine ‘right and wrong’ in public schools? So ACLU people out there, if you determine it is okay for Muslims to pray in schools are you going to change your stance on Christian prayer as well? But no, of course the ACLU isn’t looking at the irony in claiming everyone in the US is prejudice if they don’t think it’s fair for one “religious” group to be allowed to pray in public schools while other (real) religious groups may not. And of course, the Council on American-Islamic Relations supports the Carver program...go figure... so are they a prejudiced hate-group, or is that just a label for all non-muslims? I know what you're thinking..."This is in California, and it doesn't appy to me." Well, just wait. However unfortunate, if it can happen in these United States, then it will happen in these United States. Enough for now, but, in closing, let me remind you that Christ died for all people and he came especially for the lost...we should be praying for the ACLU as well as the muslims, as they seem pretty lost...so pray that the Holy Spirit shall fill you with wisdom on how to witness to the lost EVERY DAY! God bless you all!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ONE VOICE: Our God

The Song:
One thing I try to do as your worship pastor is to make sure we know most of the songs that are commonly sung in the Church today.  This is a hugely important part of making this “one voice” unity thing reach beyond the walls of our church's building.  When we sing a song like “How Great Is Our God” (currently the most commonly sung worship song according to CCLI who provides licensing services to churches like us) we can know that we are lifting our voices in a kind of unison with many other believers across the nation and globe.

Our God—written by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin, and Matt Redman—has been the fastest rising worship song I’ve ever seen! Now it’s been about a year since it came out on radio, and it is the 3rd most commonly sung worship song in America according to CCLI.  I can see why…it is POWERFUL in both lyric and music! We love songs that let us powerfully proclaim what we believe about God: “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, how great Thou art…”; “Savior, He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save!”; “Here I am to worship…Here I am to say that You’re my God”; “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come…” And now: “Our God is greater…stronger…higher…And if our God for us, then who could ever stop us?”  As we proclaim it, I hope you have a greater sense of unity knowing that we’re joining our song with so many other believers!

Hear It:
Our God - And If Our God Is for Us... (Deluxe Edition)



Lifting my voice with yours, Pastor Neil
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