We Didn’t Plan This – Poem

How can you understand

Cancer was never planned

How did this happen

Where is your compassion

People complaining about nothing

Always talking about something

Yet this pain is not leaving

Here I am grieving

The world constantly deceiving

Yet the sheep are still unbelieving

How can I move forward

The questions sound like a broken recorder

How is she doing

Questions sound like they are interviewing

We are waiting on a miracle

Something that is biblical

Not searching for “a” healer

Yet constantly checking for a fever

Looking for “The Healer”

To bind up the cancer like a concealer

Not just hide it

But transform it

Remove the cells that are attacking

While the doctors are tracking

So they can see

That God can do anything

Meanwhile I get inspired

Even when I am tired

God keeps speaking to my mind

Wanting me to reach out to the blind

I am just a man looking to share God’s plan

I reached out to this particular man

Where is the man that wanted to be

More than what the world said he could achieve

A man chasing after God

Instead of trying to avoid the rod

Common man don’t give me this or that

It is time to get back on track

What more are you waiting for

God is standing, knocking, on your front door❗️🚪

I can’t save you

But I can remind you

Jesus died to save you

He won’t run from you

No matter how long it takes

He waits patiently even when we try to be fake

Our feelings may be hurt

Put back on your shirt

Nobody wants to see that

It is time to fall flat

On our faces

And get back in God’s good graces. 🙏

I praise God for my pain

Because He allows me to see through the rain

It is just a storm

The prayers continue to transform

All my pain into a testimony

No I am not trying to be phony

My story is not over

It is hard to find like a 4 leaf clover

Buried among many chapters

I am praying for the rapture

Jesus I don’t know how much more I can take

Take a hold of my soul and shake

Cause me to remain strong

Continue to show me where I belong

Your power is stronger

And keeps me fighting longer

Hold me up

Fill my cup

Cause me to overflow

Pour out so others may grow

Closer to You Lord

It is You alone that I adore❗️
Copyright 2017 KNGMusic & Praise First Publishing

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Will You Stand Up For The Truth? – Poem

Will you stand up for the truth

Are you lost like the youth

When people attack

Do you want to hit back

Has life

Brought you nothing but strife

Are you ready to give up

Because of a breakup

This world can be cold

But when will you be bold

Will you be a witness before the judge

Or will you try to fudge

The rules

Like you did back in school

Nobody wants to take the blame

They would rather hide in their shame

Turn their backs

And cover their tracks

What happened to the righteous few

Who always knew

Whether to stand true

Or pass on through

You see, people don’t care

But they will complain “that’s not fair”

They will look at you with a blank stare

And complain about what you wear

Like that really matters anymore

Last night you slept on the floor

They don’t want to hear you are sore

Just complain about how loud you snore

Why can’t you get it right

I don’t have time to fight

No one left to give a kiss goodnight

All alone and full of fright

We need soldiers who are ready for battle

Who are not afraid of a rattle

The serpent has laid his trap

Many have fallen between the gap

The Church has lost their purpose today

Constantly trying to find a better way

To keep people that walk in the door

But who is really keeping the score

The bigger the building means what

Come inside and enjoy this donut

We want you to be comfortable here

Please don’t disappear

Do you have any friends to bring

5, now that is a beautiful ring

My ears can count the people

Listening to footsteps of the townspeople

1, 2, 3, four

They keep walking in the door

Is there really more to this process

Or are we just trying to get your adddress

Give us all your information

Invite in every nation

Fill you up like a gas station

And tell you about God’s creation

Can we do more

To fight this war

Christians are under attack

Should we fallback

Lay down on our backs

Pretend that the fake news is whack

Or maybe it is time to jump back

Get the Church back on track

Realize that the devil has been brewing

Using sin to continue wooing

The fleshly desires of man

This has always been his plan

Read your Bible and comprehend

That sin is not your friend

A sneaky snake tried to pretend

That a forbidden fruit would not offend

Never test the wrath of God

Mankind has since been flawed

In need of a Savior

Because of our behavior

Jesus took the weight of the cross

To cast our sins across

From as far as the East is to the West

Jesus gave you His best

Died and laid in a tomb

It must have been dark like your mother’s womb

Waiting for God to raise Him

The disciplines felt grim

But my Jesus could not be bound

He rose out of the grave and was crowned

Today we wait for His return

All of this you must learn

Time is short like a candle that has been lit

Eventually you will have to admit

When Jesus returns in all His glory

That this poem was not an empty story.
Copyright 2017 KNG Music and Praise First Publishing

True Worship – Sermon Notes

True Worship – Sermon Notes

Lets start off with the definition of worship:

the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”the worship of God”
synonyms: reverence, veneration, adoration, glorification, glory, exaltation;

Now when we talk about worship what comes to mind first?  For most people when they talk about worship they are talking about singing a song of worship unto the Lord in Church.  But the neat thing about worship is that it can take many different forms.  We can give God reverence in our tithes, in our speech, in our dress, in our attitudes, almost anything you can think of can be used as a form of worship and giving glory and exaltation to God.

Lets talk about speech as a form of worship first.  Are you using your mouth to give God praise, all the day long or are you using your mouth to speak evil like the rest of the world?  The scriptures talk about the tongue having the power of life and death.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

If your mouth is not speaking life then surely it must be speaking death.  Let not your words create more damage in a broken world, but instead use them to lift people up, speak life into the broken hearted.  Speak the word of God into the life of another person so that they can hear it, so that they can receive it, and so that their heart may be changed by the Lord.  There are plenty of people hurling words of hate, anger, and bitterness but if the people of God choose to remain behind their protected walls then who else will speak words of encouragement and grace?

Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Let us give worship to the Lord and in doing so bring healing by sharing God’s word.

Now when it comes to tithes I am sure you are wanting to ask “how can I worship the Lord with my giving?”  To be honest this one is rather simple.  The scriptures speak to giving with a grateful heart.

Deuteronomy 15:10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Can I be honest with you for a moment?  Giving with a joyful heart did not come easy.  Like any person that works hard for their money it is not easy to part with.  Everyone wants a piece of the pie and when you look at your finances after you have paid your bills then you become bitter and try to hold onto money with a closed fist.  This is why the Bible speaks to giving the first fruits.  If we give in an act of worship to the Lord the first 10% then we won’t have the worry at the end.  But like I just mentioned this was extremely difficult for me to do.  I have become faithful over the years in this area because I have seen how the more that I give, the more that the Lord has blessed me and provided.  I have seen this happen time and time again.  I have stopped trying to explain it and have chalked it up to a simple hashtag GodsMath.  In our world 2+2=4 but in when God gets a hold of something it is more like 2+2+God=8  I stopped doubting and just started believing.

What is your daily routine before you head out to Church? Do you start your day off with some Christian music at your house? Do you play some Christian music on your drive to Church? I am sure you are probably wondering why I am asking these questions. You see worship doesn’t just begin when the band starts up the music on Sunday morning, it begins when you wake up and roll out of bed. If you spent 30 minutes yelling at the kids to get dressed because you are running late for Church then how can you walk in and throw on a smile and start singing God’s praises? We don’t need fake Christians, we need people who are daily renewing their minds and coming to the foot of the cross for we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I struggle with this myself. Those are the days that I am pleading with the Lord to forgive me and bring peace back into my life. I pray that my lips are always bringing Him praise in all that I say. If we don’t give God praise then nature will.

You see as Jesus was coming down from the Mount of Olives this was His encounter

Luke 19:37-40 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Have you ever stopped to listen to nature after a rain storm when it is then a calm and quiet night. All of creation is making a joyful noise. What if they were crying out Holy, Holy, Holy is He! Don’t forsake the gift of speech that God has given you. Shout His name from the mountaintops.

I used to be afraid to let go in Church.  I would sing the songs every Sunday morning but it was more of just reading the words on the screen.  You see any person who knows how to read can read the words on the screen.  Being a man it is hard to show my emotions and feelings in front of others.  Trust me, men having feelings, but they have either been trained to hide them or they choose to ignore them because they don’t want their feelings to take over their thought process.  But God can change all that.  When you finally let God take control, your worship changes.  I remember a time singing praises in Church, my eyes closed because it didn’t matter who was watching, and my tears streaming down my face.  I had a wet shirt when I was done, but I felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit.  I praise God for changing my heart and my feelings of being afraid to let go.

Let me leave you with this – a true worshipper is not afraid of who is watching…
Thank you Lord for giving us this opportunity to share about worship.  Lord teach us to open our hearts, Lord teach us to give You our first fruits whether it is with my lips in speaking of You or whether it is from our lips in praise.  Lord we need you each and every day of our lives.  Help us to be strong when we are weak.  Help us to seek out a deeper relationship in our worship.  Let our lives be a testimony of Your power.  Use our testimonies Father to speak to those who are around us.  In Jesus name, Amen.
 

 

Whose Approval Are You Seeking? – Sermon Notes

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Welcome back to the next edition of Faith Matters.  I have had several people ask me when is the next sermon coming and I had to tell them soon and very soon.  I was recently asked to preach for the youth at a Church and this message is a live recorded version from that service.  God has continued to bless me and my family, so don’t think for a moment that anything bad has happened.  Exactly the opposite, God has been using my wife and me in many new ways to reach even more people.  So far now sit back and listen to this message via soundcloud or watch the live recorded version on YouTube.  God Bless.

Welcome to Relentless Student Ministries.  I am glad that each of you came out here tonight.  I have been praying that the message tonight will touch your heart and leave you wanting to do more for the Kingdom of God.  But before I go any further let us open up with prayer.  Heavenly Father I thank you for each of these teenagers.  Lord I pray that you give me the perfect words to break down the walls in their lives, to break down the barriers surrounding their heart, to open their eyes to how much Your love Lord wants to pour out all over them.  Lord be with us today as we dig into the word and teach us how to be stronger and more loving like You.  In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

What does the word “Approved” or “Approval” mean to you?

Merriam Websters says the word approve means:

to believe that something or someone is good or acceptable
to officially accept (an idea, action, plan, etc.)
Psalms 49:5-20

5 Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?
7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—
9 so that they should live on forever
and not see decay.
10 For all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
leaving their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses[b] forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had[c] named lands after themselves.

12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
they are like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]
14 They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
he will surely take me to himself.
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—
and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,
who will never again see the light of life.

20 People who have wealth but lack understanding
are like the beasts that perish.

Did you catch verse number 13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[d]

This is the fate of those who trust in themselves.  Are you trusting in yourself to get you through each and every day?  Are you relying on your friends to pick you up when you are down?

When I was a teenager going through High School I didn’t really fit into just one group.  Oh yeah if I haven’t mentioned this yet I went to the same High School as Pastor Chad.  I actually was there when his younger brother and sister were in school.  Such a small world that I knew Chad before he came to this Church yet God uprooted him and his family and placed him in my backyard.  God is always working and moving the puzzle pieces around, you just don’t always know what the end picture looks like.

 

Okay, so back to the everyday look of High School.  Normally you have your punk rockers, the country boys, the preppies, the gangsters, the jocks; well okay you get the point.  I didn’t fit into any one of those groups.  During lunch I would walk around to each of the groups say hello to the people I knew, make a joke and then walk to the next group.  I felt so out of place because I didn’t belong in any one particular group, yet I still wanted their approval.

Looking back at my past I would say that God gave me a gift that I didn’t even realize.  He gave me the ability to adapt to my surroundings in the moment, but not get caught up in acting like them.  Sometimes we try so hard to fit in that we will take it to the extremes to get others to like us.  For some of us we are willing to cut our hair, dye our hair, change our clothing styles, buy name brands, but in the end what are you really changing about the core you?

***Clothing Exercise***

I have brought some of my clothes for people to try on.  Now you may look cool like me, but are you really me?  Just because you look like me on the outside doesn’t mean that you can ever replicate me on the inside.

Why is this important?

You see we look to other people to get their approval when we should really be looking to God.  People look at the outer you that they can see with their eyes, but God looks at the inner you.  God looks at your heart.  Let me say that again, people look at the outer you that they can see with their eyes, but God looks at the inner you.  God looks at your heart.

Now ask yourself this, why are you trying so hard to impress others on the outside, but leaving the garbage on the inside?  Don’t you realize that old garbage starts to smell and leave a foul odor?

Ponder that for a moment.  Why do we try so hard to look good and well put together when we are falling apart on the inside?

Who can change the inside?  Who can change the pain that I am feeling?  Who can change the sorrows of my past?  Who can change my future?  It is not me.

Only Jesus can, say it with me, Jesus.

Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
God isn’t checking on the outside appearance that we try to portray to those around us.
Jeremiah 17:10 “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

I know right now you are asking yourself, Mr. Nick what are you trying to tell me?  I am plainly telling you this; you don’t have to be a somebody for God to love you.  God has created you to be you and no one else.  Stop trying to fit in to be accepted and realize that God has called you to be the salt in this world.

Let me give you another example of how God has shown me when I mess up.  Some of you know I have been on Twitter for about 3 years now.  When I first started Twitter all I was talking about was my wife’s music and trying to get people to listen to it.  I wanted “man’s approval” of what my wife has done.  As her husband of course I am proud of her, but whether this person or that person likes her music wasn’t really important in the big picture.

God convicted me of this.  I joined a group that would do Bible Studies weekly on Twitter by using a hashtag.  I quickly learned that I had to stop trying to promote my wife’s music and start promoting God.  I let the music become a stumbling block (an idol) as I seeked out the approval of others.

God opened my eyes to the fact that I didn’t need the approval of others, but instead to live a life that is pleasing unto Him.  I stopped trying to share the music and instead started sharing God and what He has done in my life.  The number of people who started noticing my love for God started to grow.  First a few hundred and then a few thousand.  The exact number of people today following me doesn’t matter but the number that means the most to me is the number of people that I have shared Jesus with on a personal level.

A little over three years ago now I thought God was going to call me into the mission field to be a missionary.  I have since learned that God is using me as a missionary to reach people all over the world right here from Jacksonville Florida.  Social Media is an awesome way to reach people but if you are using it incorrectly then you are contributing to the downfall of your peers.

Let me share my biggest pet peeve when I read a profile. God first! Sexy B. DM me anytime, I love to talk and get to know you better.  How can someone say God first, but then the very next item be a contradiction of the word of God.  We are not “Sexy B’s” we are children of God.

**Stop trying to be the person you think people want you to be and start being the person that God has created you to be.

Another thing that I have noticed is people posting about God one moment but then sharing videos and vines of people fighting, smoking, and being cruel to each other.  Now do we really think this is what God wants from us?

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

In conclusion I say all of this to bring it back to the fact that God loves you.  Do not try to impress people because the same people you are trying to impress won’t be there when you need them, but God will.  If you want to seek out the approval of anyone seek out God’s approval in your life.  If you follow His word then He will light the path for your footsteps and then you will realize that God opens doors that no man could.

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Do You Believe? – Sermon Notes

 

Welcome back to the next edition of faith matters.  I am glad that you were able to join us today.  Time for a quick update, my brother in Christ Jimmy got his new job.  Now get this, he started the new job RIGHT BEFORE his finances were going to run out.  That is God’s hand at work.  I told Jimmy that he wouldn’t get his new job until the exact time that he needed it.  I have seen God do that in my own walk so many times.  God loves each and everyone one of us.  Now wouldn’t you know that my wife’s job is in jeopardy yet again?  It appears that each time that she is about to make a break through the enemy begins to attack her.  No matter what, our faith remains in Jesus.

Let’s open up in prayer, Heavenly Father I thank you for today, I thank you for the sun that is shining, I thank you for the birds that prove your love, I thank you for a roof over my head, Lord I thank you for the many blessings that you have given me in my life.  Lord, I pray right now for anyone who is not thankful for the smallest things that You provide, open their eyes and their hearts so that they can see Your hand in their life daily.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Let us start out with the definition of believe:

To accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.

Do you believe in Jesus?  Have you seen the recent movie “Do You Believe?”  I love the opening scene and how a man questions the faith of a person driving by.  The man of course responds “of course I believe I am a Pastor.”  I won’t go any deeper than that about the actual movie other than tell you that the movie is fantastic and helps challenge how deep are you taking your faith.

I wanted to talk about believing and whether or not you believe because if we really believed that Jesus died for our sins then what are we doing about it?  You see this was the biggest question that I have been facing over the past three years.  I wanted to do more, I wanted to reach more, but I kept telling myself that I wasn’t qualified, I couldn’t do it, I didn’t have the time, but in reality I was just making excuses.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

You see, I thought sharing the Gospel was just for Missionaries and Pastors.  At the time I was neither one.  I have come to realized that each and every one of us is called to go out into the world and spread the Gospel.  I know you are probably thinking like I was yeah right, I can’t do that, but let’s be real and stop making the excuses and see what we can be doing.

I have challenged many people over the years to do something small.  You don’t have to sign up to preach at Churches, but you can start posting Bible verses on your Facebook page.  Oh wow, yes I just said that, post scriptures so that all of your friends, family, and co workers know you are Christian.  How many of them in your small circle don’t know you believe in Jesus?  And why is that?  Are you ashamed of your faith?  I kept quiet about my faith for far too long.  I could have been making a difference in the lives of others instead I was afraid of what people would think.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
If you accept this challenge you will lose some friends.  I have to be up front and honest with you, but would you rather lose some friends because you are speaking the truth and telling them about Jesus or would you rather remain silent and let them end up in a burning lake of fire?

I think I need to repeat that so it sinks in, would you rather lose some friends because you are speaking the truth and telling them about Jesus or would you rather remain silent and let them end up in a burning lake of fire?

You see, if we truly loved those around us, we would have a burning desire in our heart to share Jesus so others could be saved.  It is not by your power, but by the saving grace of Jesus Christ who died on a cross for us all.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
So…

What has God called you to do?  Have you listened?  Have you responded?  Have you taken that leap of faith?  Just recently someone on Twitter asked us to bring our music to South Florida.  Like most requests I didn’t think much of it so I responded that we would need a place to perform.  She said you can perform at our Church.  Little did I know that I was talking to one of the Pastors from the Church.  We exchanged information and began exchanging ideas.  She explained that she wants to start a revival with the youth there.  Our Youth Pastor has been preaching the same thing here in Jacksonville.  We need young people to get excited about God and what God is doing.  I took the leap of faith and said yes we can do this.  Now our team is working to write and produce music to perform in just two months from now.  I am excited to see what God is going to do.  I could have taken the easy way out and said that we can’t do it right now, it is too much work, or even my schedule is full, but instead I said yes because I want to see what God is going to do in and through us.  You see when you go out into the world to proclaim the name of Jesus, it is not just those who hear that are touched by the word of God, but also you as you minister to the lost.  We need to stop focusing on what we are going to get out of the encounter and just pour out our hearts.  God will bless us for being obedient.

I will give further updates in future podcasts as time approaches and this worship night to spark revival comes full circle.

Lord, I want to close us out today and just remind everyone listening that if You put the desire in our heart, then You will show us the way to accomplish the tasks.  There is no mountain too big that we can’t conquer with You on our side.  Lord, I pray that more people will learn to lean on You and trust that You always look out for our best interests.  Lord, keep us humble as You continue to use us to reach the lost.  All of this I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Thank you for taking the time to listen today.  I pray that I have challenged you to reexamine your walk with Jesus and that God will show you where He needs you to do more.  If you would like to reach out to me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicministry.com  Have a blessed day and live out loud for Christ.

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Changes – Sermon Notes

Welcome back to the next session of Faith Matters.  I know it has been awhile, but the ministry work never stops.  My wife and I love to minister with people on Twitter.  Between the two of us we get about 100 messages a day, but we labor in love to answer each of them.  Sometimes the ability to be anonymous online allows people to open up their hearts and share their true feelings.  In those moments we are able to listen with an attentive ear and offer the word of God for healing.  We both treasure these moments because it is a contact point where God is using us to be the hands and feet of His Church.

As a quick note I wanted to say thank you for those that have been praying for my dad.  So far all of the tests for cancer have come back negative.  With cancer not everyone gets the “all clear” diagnosis and I know this from personal experience and losing so many that I know to this disease.  If you are listening to this right now and battling cancer, don’t give up, keep on fighting, and lay your life down in the hands of God because in the end it is all up to Him if you are to overcome it or if cancer overcomes you.

Over the past several weeks I have been connecting with more and more Pastors around the world.  I have been feeling this new desire to connect with more people around the world.  I don’t understand why God has placed this on my heart, but I know that He will reveal His plan and new journey for my life when the time is right.

Before we go any further let us go ahead and open up with prayer.  Heavenly Father I thank you today for all of the blessings that you have bestowed upon my family.  When I feel like there is no more time in my day Lord, I thank you for adding more minutes.  Lord, today I ask that you come upon me and let my words be your words and let me be able to reach the ears of those who need to hear.  All of this we pray in Your name, Amen.

The word that is on my heart today is the word “change”.  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary change is:

1.     1 a :  to make different in some particular :  alter <never bothered to change the will>b :  to make radically different :  transform <can’t change human nature>c :  to give a different position, course, or direction to

2.     2 a :  to replace with another <let’s change the subject>b :  to make a shift from one to another :  switch <always changes sides in an argument>c :  to exchange for an equivalent sum of money (as in smaller denominations or in a foreign currency) <change a 20-dollar bill>d :  to undergo a modification of <foliage changing color>e :  to put fresh clothes or covering on <change a bed>

Stop, take a moment and think about the last time that you were forced to “change”.

Maybe your boss told you that it was time for your attitude to change
Maybe your friend said if you don’t change then we can’t be friends
Maybe your spouse was brutally honest and told you about how you don’t listen
Maybe you have reached the breaking point and just need a change
Maybe you have changed on the inside but nobody can tell on the outside

Whatever your situation is, it is time today to reexamine your walk with God.  I have seen teenagers changed by a service at Church, changed at how they look at themselves, changed by how they see things in this world, changed by who they hang out with.  But then, just a few weeks later, that change has become undone.  Now the question you have to ask yourself is, was there ever really a change or was I just seeing something?

Change can occur in us when we let go of our desires and rely on God.  That is what happened to me.  For so many years I would change on that Sunday, but when Monday rolled around I went right back to my old self.  I never thought twice about it.  The brain has a way of justifying everything we do so that we feel like our way is the best way even if we know the truth and know that God’s way is better.

Do you know who doesn’t change?

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God wants us to change and trust Him.  This is the hardest part of becoming Christian because we don’t want to give up our own personal freedom to do things God’s way.

I have watched some of our teenagers fall head over heels for Jesus.  They thought wow this is amazing and everything is going to be better, but what they didn’t know was that the enemy was going to come against them even harder.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Right about this point when I was writing this sermon a distraction came in.  A situation arose from a relative that stopped me from continuing my sermon.  At the moment it happened, I didn’t realize that it was going to stop me from finishing, but after the situation was taken care of I realized that the enemy had just derailed me from completing what God wanted me to finish.

People today are in need of change.  We all need to examine our direction and make sure we are heading where we really want to go.

Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for allowing me to write out these thoughts.  Lord I pray that these words touch the hearts of those who listen.  Someone out there needs to examine their walk with God today.  Lord, I pray that you challenge each of us to constantly examine where we are today and where we are heading.  In your name Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Thank you for tuning in today for Faith Matters.  If you would like to reach out to me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com  Please continue to seek out God.  The world continues to point to the coming of The Lord, we all need to be prayed up and ready for His return.  God bless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Hanged Jesus & They Want ME Too!

I keep telling people I have changed,

They keep yelling that I need to be hanged,

Why can’t I get a break,

They just want to grab my trach,

Maybe you should hang me up,

Wrap around my neck so I yell like a pup,

How many times do I have to run,

Back to the same old drum,

That keeps beating my head in,

With the same old sin,

You see I am not who I once was,

God saved me just because,

He loved me like He loves you,

That is why I keep spitting the truth,

Maybe one day you will see,

Why Jesus wants to set you free,

I keep crying like there’s no tomorrow,

Because you keep thinking you can borrow,

More time like you own a Delorean, 

When really you aren’t even a historian,

It takes 1.21 gigawatts to make you think,

That’s why they call you chicken with all that pink,

So Doc I ask you,

How can I get back at you,

The future where Jesus has me,

Set to receive Him so I can see,

That there is no other option,

Come back to God like there’s an auction,

He paid that price,

So don’t make me tell you twice!

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If My Being A Christian…

If my being a Christian makes you upset because of how I live my life compared to you, then it is time to reevaluate your life. Jesus didn’t say follow me, He said follow Him. I try my best to live a life that is pleasing to God. I am a sinner saved by the grace of God. If my going to Church every week makes you upset because you only go on Holidays then change what you do and stop worrying about what I do. People love to examine the lives of others but it all boils down to each person living a life pleasing to God, not each other. I don’t force my beliefs on others yet the persecution is still there. People want to force me into their perception of how a Christian should behave and if I don’t meet their ideal, they get upset. We need to let go of the judging each other and focus back on that mirror and who we are each day. Be the light that God has called us to be.

Who You Are – Sermon Notes

Hello and welcome back to Faith Matters.  Time continues to fly by, tomorrow is the big day that I get to pick up the CD’s for my wife’s new album.  This weekend she will be performing at the fair in Charleston so she has been in preparation mode all week.  God is good and if you haven’t felt that way lately please stop and ask yourself if you are doing everything within your power to give God your best.

Let’s go ahead and open up in prayer.  Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this blessed day.  I am excited because I have been filled up with the Holy Spirit.  Lord let my words mean something to the hearts of those who are listening.  Lord let me be that light that draws them unto You.  In Your name I pray, Amen.

Who are you?  No no no, who are you really?  You see who we think we are isn’t always how we are living our life.  I met someone tonight, he came out to our youth group, he was quiet, just sat in the chair and watched everyone walking by.  He was early, the service hasn’t started yet, but my eyes were drawn to him.  Sure I knew this was his first time but more importantly I could tell that he felt uncomfortable and probably didn’t know anyone.

He looked over at me and decided to stand up and walk towards me.  We exchanged a couple of words, I asked him what school he went to.  He asked me how old I was and it made me laugh.  I told him if I looked young enough for him to ask me that then I am doing a good job.  I gave him my age and I am sure he was shocked.  I told him don’t worry the service will get started in about 7 more minutes.

The service for the youth kicked off with a bang like it always does, people were singing and worshipping The Lord.  I witnessed him get up from his chair and walk to the front and raise up his hands.  Let me tell you this, when God is moving there is NOTHING that can stand in His way.  Pastor Dan gave his sermon tonight and talked about our dreams and are we trying to live out our dreams or receive the dreams that God wants to do in and through us.  Pastor Dan asked if anyone in the audience didn’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  This young man raised his hand along with three other teens and invited Jesus into his life.Top of Form

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I watched him yet again rise up from his seat and go to the front to lift his hands and singing praises to The Lord.  This melted my heart; this is what it is all about.  The person that has never heard about Jesus coming into a building we call Church and finding Jesus who changes his life from the inside.

Luke 15:3-7 So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

I say all of this to quite simple say that Jesus loves each and every one of us.  There is not one lost sheep that He wouldn’t stop what He is doing to go search for.  Jesus is searching for you regardless if you want to believe it or not.  Your heart is longing for the love of Christ but your mind keeps trying to push Jesus away.  The flesh doesn’t want to be under control, it wants to be wild and satisfy all of its desires.  Don’t let any sin keep you from the glory of God.

Let’s close out in prayer.  Lord I thank you for the ability to be a part of such a beautiful sight of sinning a lost person find his way back to you.  Lord let us never take the glory but instead always give it back to You.  For it is because of You that this young man came in tonight in search of something more.  Thank you for blessing us to reach out and be the light to the lost.  Continue to use us to reach many more, in Your name I pray, Amen.

I want to thank you for taking the time to listen today.  If you would like to reach out to me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com We would love to hear from you.  It is because of your constant feedback and love that helps keep us motivated and moving forward with our ministry.  Let not one soul be lost because we didn’t feel like it or we didn’t have time.  Have a blessed day!