The Savior of the World is Coming – Poem

We know

But do the lost know

If God really cared

Would you be spared?

How would you know?

Which way you should go?

Jesus died for YOU bro

Washed you white as snow

What does that really mean?

How can you believe if you have never seen?

By faith my son

Put down that gun

Your problems can be overcome

Because sin has been undone

Jesus is the key

To set you free

But freedom has a price

Don’t let that melt like ice

Hold onto that promise

Don’t let anyone dismiss

The word of God has power

Partake of it, His word is never sour

Now is the time to invite

Together we will excite

Ignite the lost like a forest fire

Together we will inspire

The Savior of the world is coming

I can hear the drummer drumming

Come now Lord

Deliver us from the sword

Save us from this place

Let us not be a disgrace

I pray for Your love

To shower us from above

Rain down like a monsoon

Fill me like a balloon

Holy Spirit pour out

Remove any & ALL doubt.

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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!

What Is Good Enough? – Sermon Notes

Glad to have you join us again for Faith Matters.  Another week has passed us by and we are almost half way through the year 2015.  This past week our youth group got together and did what is called a color clash.  I didn’t know what it was until they showed me but pretty much there are several different colors of paint, each one in their own 5 gallon bucket spread out, and the team that keeps their captain with the least amount of paint on them wins.  Does that sound interesting?  Let me tell you what, so glad I was the photographer for the event and not covered in paint but they had a blast.  I have a ton of pictures to prove it.  The best part was after the paint war Pastor Dan did a short sermon and 10 teenagers gave their lives to Christ.  Now that is what it is all about.

Before we go any further let us open up with prayer.  God you have been so good, You have provided for the things we need, You have closed the doors to protect us from disasters, and You have opened new doors to test our faith further.  God I am constantly in a state of awe at how you work.  I pray that You use me and the words that I speak to touch the hearts of those that are listening.  I am believing that the words spoken today are not just words, but a call to those that have questions, an answer to those that need to hear your words.  Lord, please use me, speak through me, and may you receive all the glory.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Recently for those of you that follow me on Twitter, you have had the chance of catching me broadcasting live video.  I sent one of those videos to my sister, she watched it and she said and I quote “pretty awesome.”  Now coming from little sister I was excited to hear that I did something that impressed her.  I wasn’t quite prepared for the conversation that followed.  Now before I quote what she sent me, let me give you some background on the video she saw so that it all makes sense.  I was talking about how we see ourselves versus how God see’s us and why we don’t go up to for the altar call.  Pretty much we compare ourselves to those around us and we feel we are better half than the guy next to us so no need to step forward.  Now if you listened to last week I went into a deeper discussion on how we are not supposed to compare ourselves to other Christians but to Christ and try to be more like Christ.  I will leave my summary there so that I can get into her questions, but if you missed last week please go back and listen to it so that you can listen to some of the treasures that I found in the word of God.

Back to my sister’s conversation and yes I did get permission to share this with everyone:

“So I don’t go for several of the reasons you mentioned: 1)  My life is going pretty well so I don’t have anything that would need prayer 2)  I have something that would need prayer but I’m too afraid of openly admitting that 3)  I think my relationship with God is just fine.  No need to work on that.  – Not the best attitude since we should always be working on ourselves.  Who was the prophet / disciple who continuously sought God despite being totally awesome?  There was someone I’m thinking of in particular.  Anyways, and, the biggest one 4)  FEAR.  My life is going well.  I’m doing middle of the road.  I long for that amazing love and relationship with God but I’m too afraid of what I’ll have to give up – my relationships, my “normal” habits that everyone does – what will I have to give up since I’m not a porn  addicted alcoholic?  Since I’m a normal person what will I have to give up?  And once I’m there, won’t I just be a big target for the devil?  What if I have to do 7 years of famine before the 7 years of plenty?  Can I make it 7 years?  Is it worth rocking the boat?  There really are so few people who walk hand in hand with God that you see the light in them.  Most of us will never get there.  So isn’t being a good person enough?”

That was a lot to cover all at once so I am going to break it down piece by piece because I know that my sister is not the only person that has these types of questions.  I am sure that we have all felt the same way at some point in our walk with God.

Let us start back at her first point.  My life is going well so why should I go up to the altar?  This really depends on your own personal definition of “well”.  Is your life just “well” or could it be swell or maybe even awesome.  Having been in a relationship that was spiritually dead and going through the motions before I met my wife I didn’t really know that my own life of “well” could be much better.  Sometimes we get to a point in life that we think oh well that is it, I am married, we have several kids, and our marriage is just blah, nothing else for us but to get old and gray.  No, no, no, God wants so much more for you, BUT you have to deny your flesh, you have to be ready to be changed from the inside, it all starts with your own heart.  Once God changes your heart, then He can begin to work on the heart of your spouse.  The great I AM is not okay with status quo.  Let me throw a scripture at you:

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

If you are living a life and your life does not capture what is mentioned in Galatians 5:22 then we have some work to do.  Don’t go out and try to change your spouse tomorrow, oh no, let God do that.  First we need to begin in our own lives.  A journey always begins with the first step; let’s make that step together to be closer to The Lord today.

Looking at her second point, I have something that I need prayer for but I am too afraid of openly admitting it.  Isn’t that every single Christian?  I am sure that if I had you write down the things you need prayer for on a piece of paper, you could easily come up with at least 10 different things.  But if I do the same exercise and ask you to come forward and let me pray for you if you need prayer, you would stay in your seat.

Prayer is such a powerful tool but instead of us using it to call upon The Lord, we use it like a life preserver when we are drowning in our storms.  God doesn’t say WAIT until you need my help and then call upon my name.  God says cry out to me, my children, I am The Lord Your God, I am Your Provider, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  I will sustain you, I will restore you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing,

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Luke 11:9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The problem today is that we don’t take the time to pray like we should.  We have all the excuses in the world why we don’t have time for God yet we spend hours upon hours wasting time watching TV, playing games online, surfing the internet, you name it, we can create things to waste our time so that we don’t have to give God any of our time.

Point number 3 was “I think my relationship with God is just fine”.  This particular statement is not one that I or any man can determine.  Your relationship with God is between you and God.  BUT and I do mean this is a big BUT…

Is fine good enough for you?  Are you okay with just knowing about God, that Jesus died on the cross for you and being saved?  Are your friends not worthy enough for you to share Jesus with them?  Are we so selfish that we don’t think about the millions of other people who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior?  I was there; I was completely content with my relationship with God.  I had no problem just being a Sunday Christian.

You know what happened?

God set me on fire for the lost, God put a burning desire in my heart to be used by Him, God showed me the pain that others are experiencing that don’t know Him.  God brought tears to my eyes every time I looked at others that were broken.
I prayed such a simple prayer and yet my life changed.  I opened up my heart to The Lord and He chose me, He took me in, He showed me how to make a difference in the lives of others.
I prayed, “Lord, I want to be used by you, I want to know you, I am willing to give up everything I have right now to follow you.  Please show me more, Lord don’t let anything in my life get in the way of Your purpose.  If I need to be sent overseas to reach more people I am willing.  Lord, I give you my heart, use me.”

After that prayer my human natural eyes began to see things differently.  I lost a lot of what this world had given me, but it was to remove the things that were holding me back.  If that is you, if you want to truly know God more, YOU have to be willing to stop accepting this world as your home and cry out to God for more.

To speak to her final point, FEAR.  I don’t want to give up what everyone else has.  Won’t I become a target for the devil?
Satan wants you to fear, he wants you to doubt your ability, he wants you to remain shy and not involved because the only way you win a war is to divide and conquer.  If he can keep you away from other Christians, if he can keep you out of Church, if he can convince you that your life is “good enough” that you don’t need Church then he has already won.
If you haven’t seen the movie God’s Not Dead then please do so.  I am going to paraphrase a pivotal scene from that movie.  Right now if you are okay with life as it is then you have willingly walked into a jail cell.  Picture yourself right now on a tour at Alcatraz.  The jail cell door is open; you are living the life that you want to live.  The devil is not going to attack you because he already has you where he wants you.  At some point, the door will instantly slam shut and there will be no escape.  Why would anyone attack if they already secretly have you trapped?

Let me key in on this phrase that I have heard countless times, “isn’t being a good person good enough?”  I want you to ask yourself, is a good person all you want to be?  Are you not starving to be fed the bread of life?  Do you want to be content and full because the word of God has fulfilled your life?  A good person is great; you can live your life, but then what?  What is the real point of life?  Are we just here taking up space until we die?  I think not, God created us with a purpose, to be pleasing unto Him.  When we realize that our life on this earth is temporary but living at the right hand of the Father is eternal, then your perspective of how you live your life and just being a good person begins to change.

Lord I thank you for allowing me to speak these words today.  I know as Christians we all have questions, we all have doubts, but Lord we know that in Christ Jesus we have been found, we have been made whole, we are made new.  Lord I pray for those out there living their lives to be “good enough” will catch the Holy Ghost fire and have that burning desire to seek Your face.  God I thank you for lifting me out of my slumber and opening my eyes.  Every day I have an unspeakable Joy and I want to share that with everyone else that I know.  Lord I pray that the burning desire I have becomes contagious and spreads to everyone that listens to this message.  Let them know You more.  In Your name I pray, Amen.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Faith Matters.  I hope that the words spoken today speak to your heart.  If you would like to contact me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com  If this sermon made a difference in your life please download it for free from our website and share it.  We want to spread the good news and in doing so always give God the glory for He is worthy.  Thanks and have a blessed day in The Lord.

How Do You See Yourself? – Sermon Notes

So glad you could join us again for Faith Matters.  This past week has been a blur, we have been going, going, and still going some more.  My wife had a performance at the Murray Hill Theatre here in Jacksonville Florida and we had a wonderful time getting to meet those that came out to the performance.  God is always working and doing things even when we don’t see them or understand what is going on.  I also had the privilege of taking my 3 year old with me to Publix to pick out a birthday cake for the wife.  I would say about 20 cakes later he finally picked out one and oh my gosh it was delicious.  For me, the best part of the process was seeing my son so excited to pick out the best cake for my wife.  Children can be so pure with their motives; we tend to lose that when we get older.

Let us open up in prayer, Heavenly Father we come before you as a people that are looking to know you more.  Lord please open our minds to understand and receive the words that are spoken today.  Although we may fail, You are always there to pick us up.  Lord I pray for anyone that is struggling to understand how good You are, I pray that You make Yourself known to them so that all doubt shall be removed.  All of this we pray, in Your name. Amen.

Today I want to talk with you about something that hit me last week.  I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to talk about it so bad that I actually did a live periscope of it.  I had several people tell me they loved it so I did something that I never do and posted it onto YouTube.  I don’t like to put videos out of myself because I don’t want to be a distraction from the word of God.  I don’t want to become famous for spreading the gospel, I really want to make Jesus famous because I am just a man with no power, but Jesus is the Son of God who can do all things and yes that is a scripture.

Last week Pastor Dan gave an altar call last week during church service and I watch how some of the youth responded.  The altar call wasn’t anything fancy; it was to know Jesus more, to be able to share Him more.  I sat there and started to ask myself, “Why isn’t everyone going forward?”  Before you say it or even think it, not in a judging way at all, but more of a logical way, why isn’t everyone jumping up to respond to what Jesus wants to do in their lives?  Right there in my seat it hit me, I went back to my own youth group and put myself in their shoes and asked myself, “Why didn’t I go forward when an altar call was given?”  Do you know why we might all struggle as this concept?  I was judging my own life at the time…

2 Corinthians 13:5  Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
Do I need to be prayed for?

Do I need to really go up front and take up someone’s time?

Well, the guy next to me needs this more than me, I am good.

Right then I completely understood what was happening and what held me back for so many years.

All those times that the Pastor would give an altar call, I didn’t go forward because I was examining my life with my own eyes and comparing myself to other Christians.  We are not called to compare ourselves to other Christians but to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God, trying to be more like Christ.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many years it was that I didn’t fully comprehend that an altar call was needed in my life.  Sometimes we just have to release all of our problems, worries, and concerns right there in Church.  Why would you keep it all, walk back out to your car, and drag that burden around with you further?  I wish I would have understood that when I feel the nudge in Church to step out and don’t delay.  It doesn’t matter who is staring at you or judging you, I can tell you that their issue and problems are probably far greater than yours.  The people that go to Church don’t have it all together; we are all still trying to put the pieces into place so that God can use us in a mighty way.  We are all sinners and fallen short of the glory of God.  The day that anyone of us put ourselves above an altar call is the day that we tell God we don’t really care.

How do you see yourself?  What do you compare yourself too?  The world today has the women comparing themselves to models in magazines and the men, well to be honest I don’t know who we are compared too right now since I am out of that loop, but you get the picture.  Society forces upon us the way we should look, the way we should dress, the way we should act, the new lingo and phrases we should communicate.  When you look at all of these standards which standards are you hitting and which ones are you missing?  Do you have the latest Jordans or maybe even the newest Coach purse?  Do you know what the problem with all of this is?  We are comparing ourselves to the world and not to Jesus.

Galatians 1:10  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

If you didn’t know, let me be the first person to be blunt with you and say you don’t need anything of this world to be happy.  The illusion of happiness is just that, an illusion.  Marketing has become so good that they create a need which is really just a want without you even realizing what just happened.  Don’t get me wrong, I love what marketing has done, but were you really ready to drive out to Red Lobster before you saw that succulent crab leg commercial?  Where you ready to go buy a brand new pair of shoes before you saw that Nike commercial?  The stuff that the world wants you to buy is really just stuff.  The moment that we step back and realize that the “name brand” is really just that and we don’t really need it is when you realize how free Jesus really has made you.

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Let us go ahead and take the analogy of deep sea diving and compare it with your walk with God.  When you first get saved, imagine yourself at the beach, you are not equipped to go diving so the best thing that you can do is hold your breath and take a look under the water.  Now, as a new Christian you are starting to see the things under the water for the first time and you want to know more but you can’t hold your breath long enough to remain under the water.  Because of this longing to see more of what God has to offer under the sea you go out and buy a Bible, which is like the equivalent of a snorkel and mask.  You are now able to swim across the top of the ocean and keep your head under the water to see all of the goodness that God has created beneath the ocean.  The more you begin to read your Bible the more you can see and understand what God has created, just like seeing what is hidden beneath the sea.  At this point you can only go so far with a mask and snorkel, you really need to invest yourself and figure out how to dive deeper.  So you give up some other things of this world and purchase an oxygen tank that allows you to dive down deeper.  The tank of oxygen represents the Holy Spirit which you have now received because you walk with God has become deeper and deeper.  Now that you have finally reached your destination of diving down deep the journey is not over, it is never over; there is always new oceans, beaches, coves, and treasures that need to be discovered.  So as you walk closer with God, as you dive down deeper with Him, know that your walk will reflect the light of Christ.  Every day live your life looking to see what new treasures that God wants you to discover.  There are millions of people on this Earth that have no clue how awesome God is, but you have now been equipped with the ability to dive down deep, snap a picture of what God has down, and then deliver it to them by means of testifying.  Don’t let a day go by that you don’t talk about God to someone.  If you are a new Christian start small, but definitely start because you can’t finish any race until you take the first step to begin it.

Thank you for taking the time to listen today, I can’t express enough how much it means to me that people around the world are wanting to know more about God enough to stop and listen in to Faith Matters.  God has a big plan and it is bigger than you or me.  Don’t wait for God to shake up your world before you come to Him, come to Him today, and come to Him with arms wide open.  God doesn’t want put you in a corner because you have been bad, God wants to break away the chains of bondage that you don’t even realize you have been carrying around with you for years.

Lord I thank you for another beautiful day, I thank you for the people who listen, I thank you for the people that ask questions.  God I pray for those who are hurting today, Lord I pray that the pain whether emotional or physical will be removed from their lives.  You are a God of healing and restoration.  Lord please deliver the touch that they need today.  All of things we ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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 and how our ministry has blessed you.  Remember this, don’t look at yourself through your own eyes, but with the eyes of The Lord.  We are not perfect and are constantly working to improve ourselves.  Have a blessed and marvelous day.

Whose Voice Are You Listening To? – Sermon Notes

My oh my what another awesome week.   Oh wait before I forget, welcome to Faith Matters, sometimes I can get ahead of myself.  We had the honor of having Al Force at our church, he is the District Youth Director for Pen Florida.  I bring all of this up just to mention this one thing.  He talked about Moses and all of the bad things that happened in his life until one specific moment.  Now I have read the story of Moses plenty of times, but this one thing hit me like a ton of bricks.  Nothing REALLY happened in Moses’ life UNTIL he was at the burning bush and God spoke to Moses saying “remove your shoes for you are standing on Holy Ground.”  In that moment, when Moses was in the presence of God, EVERYTHING changed.  That same thing is true for you and me today, in the presence of God is when change happens.  Okay, now I am fired up, let me go ahead and open up with a word of prayer.

God you are so awesome, with your WORDS You spoke everything into existence.  Everything that has breath sings Your praises.  I want to thank you for constantly speaking into my life what is need and what direction I should go.  Lord, we come before you today to seek Your presence, to understand even more what it takes to be saved, to be in Your arms, and to never leave.  Lord please use me to speak Your words and open the hearts for Your people to hear.  In Jesus name, Amen.

One more quick side note, my dad is on week 6 or so of his cancer treatments.  There have been some very difficult days, but the good days that we have been able to spend together make it all worth it.  Every moment that I still have with my dad on this earth is treasured like it could be the last.

The other day I posted a picture on Instagram that showed a bunch of people all talking together and each one represented a different website, app, chat room, for social media.  On the picture it stated “if satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”  I saw this picture and I loved it because sometimes we can enjoy the good things that God has given us too much.  If you are spending hours upon hours on social media then it might be time to unplug.  Of course there is good and bad ways to use social media as a Christian.  I love to spread Bible verses and inspiration that God gives me with others.  But the key thing I want to point out is that sometimes satan can use the things that we perceive as good or positive as a snare or trap to keep you entertained and away from God.  It is very difficult to be surfing the web and talking to God at the same time, trust me I tried it.  Am I saying stop using social media sites?  Not at all, but ask your family or spouse if you spend more time on your phone  or computer than you do with them.  If the answer is yes, then it is a good time to unplug.

Now after explaining all of this I had someone comment on the picture and say “he cannot move me.  Nothing can pluck me from the Father’s hand.  Nothing.”  Now to some of you listening that might sound like a strong Christian who has a lot of faith, but is it?  Is he being too bold to think that really NOTHING can remove him from God’s hand?  I say that because God is good, God is merciful, and God forgives, but God is also a jealous God and shall have no other idols before Him.  If you spend all of your time on social media then that has become your idol.

I want to read from the King James Version for this verse John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

I believe that this is the verse this gentleman was referring too.  I keyed in on the word man, but the picture said satan.  We have to be very careful about how we live our lives because satan will come in with the truth and just slightly twist it to get you to believe him.  Don’t be deceived for he comes like a wolf in sheeps clothing.  Satan wants to see you fail, he wants you to have the same fate that he has to suffer in the lake of fire.  Never think that you are TOO saved that satan can’t take you away from God.  He won’t be able to do it overnight in most cases, but he will continue to chip away until he can convince you to give in.  He will tell you don’t worry, it is not a big deal, no one will find out, but God knows and that is all that matters.

Just today I tweeted this, “sin is like cheese on a rat trap, it looks so good, you know the consequences, yet you try to do it and not get caught. #Temptations”

We know what happens when we do things that we shouldn’t yet we do them anyways.  Do you know why that cheese is so tempting to you?  Because you took your eyes off of Jesus and only focused on the cheese.  Did you catch that, it was quick and subtle.  Let me say it one more time.  The reason we great caught up in sin is because we take our eyes off of Jesus, we lose sight of Him and His plan, and instead try to please our own fleshly desires.

I can give you a quick example of that with KNGMusic when we first tried to get the music started.  We felt God leading us, we knew that God wanted us to create music but we got so caught up in the process and trying to achieve the end result that we turned our eyes off of Jesus.  I was trying to pull together a band for my wife.  I setup a jam session with two guitarists, we got together, played music, and had an awesome time.  My wife and I both thought everything was great, but we were trying to fulfill the need for a band before consulting with what God really wanted us to do.  God closed the door, my guitarists just stopped answering my calls.  We took our eyes off of the plan that God had and tried to step out ahead of Him.  I learned real quick to stop trying to do it my way and just be patient.

If you don’t know this by now, God’s way is the best way.  One more time, say it with me, God’s way is the best way.

We must continually read the word of God and store it in our heart.

Psalm 119:11  I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

When you constantly read the word of God, His words become second nature.  If we continue to eat of the bread of life then and only then can your hunger be extinguished.  God did not give us His words just to read them, but to learn, gather wisdom, be lifted up, be consumed, be changed, be restored, be renewed, and all in the name of Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

What are you putting into your mind?

If you don’t read your Bible, how can God speak to you?

If you are not a part of a small group at your Church then how can you learn from others?

Get plugged in!  Don’t wait for the storm to come before you cry out for HELP.

Thank you for listening today to this segment of Faith Matters.  I pray that the words spoken today were not just lip service but actually spoke to your heart.  Heavenly Father we thank you for constantly nudging us, for constantly reaching out to us, for constantly sending us someone to speak life into us.  Lord, You know what we need, You know when we need it, and You are the provider of everything good.  Lord I pray that you continue to guide us and lead us upon the path of righteous.  In Your name I pray, Amen.

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 and how our encouragement has changed your life.  Continue to live for The Lord and be patient as He continues to work in your life.  Have a blessed day.

It starts with you…

How Can I Do This? [Vision]

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In my last post, I talked about all of the things that God has placed on my plate for the Kingdom.  There is one thing that I haven’t shared yet and it was a vision that He gave me.  Looking at how big this is my first thought was “how can I do this?”  My next thought was “where would I get the money to fund something like that?”  I started to think that maybe my wife would write a hit record, sell lots of albums, and then we could fund it.  That is a long shot, but it could happen.  I then started to realize that I was putting limitations on God and what He could do.  I am not asking for money so please don’t think that.  I know that when it is a God thing then God opens the door for you.  I recently found a property downtown that had 4 buildings on it that need a lot of work, but could house 4 families and I started to ask myself, “is this it God?”

By now I am sure you are dying to know what my vision was.  Lets just say people have been telling me for years to open a restaurant.  I used to be a manager at a restaurant and everyone loves my cooking for dinner, but that wasn’t my calling.  Do you know that God trains you along the way for something that is bigger than you?

My next calling was for the young men in this world and God called me to teach Royal Rangers at my church for 8 years.  I loved teaching the boys about God, camping, tying knots, doing crafts, but God still put a burning desire for me to reach more people.

Then the KNGMusic ministry started out by doing one YouTube video that has turned into 10+.  God led us to start a Christian Record Label and publishing company.  We have written music that we felt people needed to hear because it touched our hearts.  We want to be able to draw people closer to God by producing music for others but God didn’t stop there.

Even better was when a radio station asked me to start doing a podcast / sermon / Bible study that they could play over the air waves.  Instantly I told myself that I wasn’t trained enough to do that, but God nudged me.  Today, He has me doing a weekly Bible study and it is reaching hundreds of people around the world.  Okay God, can you really top this?

Now to my vision…

God showed me like a clear day at the beach that I would create a loving atmosphere for families that have lost everything and hit rock bottom.  I would have almost like a hotel type setting where the families would live, help around the hotel, learn new trades, I would help them rebuild financially based upon God’s principles, and then 6 to 12 months send them back into the world rebuilt, restored, and armed with the promises of God.  The cooking that I learned would come into play because I would live there with them and cook a big meal like we are all family before the eyes of God.  The teaching Rangers would come into play because of the different crafts, techniques, Bible verses, and heart for the kids.  The music would be an option to help fund the vision as a non-profit.  I would pray that those who came through the program and then became successful again in the world would help to fund pieces of the vision to create a snow ball effect to reach more and more people.

I don’t know what God’s big plan is, but I wanted to share what He has placed on my heart.  I know that when the time is right everything will fall into place.  I only ask for your prayers as my family continues to seek out God’s will for our lives.

Tonight my family went to visit and spend time with some foster kids and all I could think was, “how much more could I be doing for The Lord?”

Be with me in prayer for I know that The Lord is working around the clock on this puzzle.

Who Shall Go? – Sermon Notes

This week has been awesome yet again. I went to a youth group and learned all about prayer and how prayer is always needed. I was also invited to assist with setting up the concert for Unspoken and the JJ Weeks band. The music was awesome but even better was the sermon that was given at the end. I love to hear about how God saves each person. We all have a unique story and the lead singer of Unspoken talked about how God called him to the mission field as a non-believer. He just made the phone call to the missionary and said he wanted to help and after two months of daily prayer, serving, and then The Lord spoke to Him. God can save anyone that is willing, seeking, and looking to find Him. If you are lost out there today and don’t know who or where to turn, please stop what you are doing, grab a Bible, and simply read the word of God. I promise that the word of God is living, it will speak to you, and your life will be forever changed.

Lord I thank you for giving me the opportunity to constantly be feed Your word. I have realized that the more of You I hear, the more of You I can share with others. I thank you for the opportunity of speaking Your word today. I pray that the words that I speak will not be of my own accord, but according to Your will. Lord use me, let me be the light that the lost need to see to find You. I pray that this message today touches the life of someone needing it. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Have you ever stopped to think about who should go out into the world and tell all of the people about Jesus? Your first response, if it is anything like mine was probably sounds like this, “well send out the missionaries of course.” What if the missionary well went dry and nobody else wanted to go out into the world? Who will tell the lost souls about how precious Jesus is and that He died for me and you? This is the part where I leave an intentional silence……

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

If nobody feels lead to preach the gospel then millions upon millions will be lost. Jesus shall return as He promised and we will have to see our loved ones, our friends, our coworkers perish in a lake of fire. How could we let anyone perish because of our own priorities? I use the word priorities for a specific reason.

      • The meaning of the word priorities is: a thing that is regarded as more important than another. / the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.

We don’t tell others about Jesus not because we don’t know, but because we are afraid. Fear sets in, you don’t know what to say, you don’t know how to start up the conversation. You don’t know all of the scriptures in the Bible. Does anybody know every scripture? Even Pastors that study the Bible constantly don’t know all of the scriptures. The problem is that we set ourselves up for failure. We tell ourselves that we can’t do it, we are strong enough, we tell God pick someone else that is much better than me. God doesn’t want His #2 draft pick, He is calling His #1 and that is you. You know it deep in your heart even though you try to fight it. Delaying relinquishing control to God is only slowing down the process. God just sits back and calls Your name, louder and then louder, until His voice is ringing in your head.

Proverbs 7:1-3 1My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Do you know how I know all of this? I was there, I tell you like it was yesterday. I kept finding new excuses to give God, but God kept calling me. God put a burning desire to reach more people for Him. I do this podcast every week for no other reason than to spread the gospel further and let my light shine. In doing so I am reaching people, I am challenging people, I am giving up, not because of me for I am just a man, but because of Jesus the Son of God. My job is to turn on the light in your dark room and then point to the One who can change it all. I am more like a compass than a life raft. I just point to The Lord for He is the one who can save you.

    1. Definition of excuses: a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.

Can I be honest with you? Almost every day I hear and see people who are lost. People that choose to ignore my light and live for themselves. It is the most disturbing thing in my life, but I realize that we can’t save them all. My job is to plant the seed and then let Jesus decide which one of those seeds will grow and when. Some people are confused with their own lives and what Christian is and what isn’t.

Matthew 5:13-16 13“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

When you feel yourself start to make excuses for the sins that you are living then it is time to wake up to the reality that the enemy has you trapped. Satan wants to put blinders on your eyes and keep you content with everything as it is. If you are happy living in your sin then you won’t try to escape. God wants to open your eyes, wake you from your slumber, and get you unplugged from the Matrix. People watch movies all the time and the Sci-Fi movies they think are fake yet if you are living a lift of complacency and do the same things day in and day out would not considered yourself trapped within the Matrix? God doesn’t just come up to and break the chains of bondage until you let Him in. You have to make the decision to be set free.

James 4:17 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

As Christians we are always judged by everything we do. I am constantly amazed that those who are lost choose to judge Christians when they make a mistake. I don’t know about you, but I have never claimed to be perfect as a Christian. I can be honest with you and say that I still fail regardless of my knowledge of the word of God. The mind is a wonderful thing that God has given us, but it also has its own downfalls. Do not let your thoughts control the rest of your flesh. We must work extra hard to keep our minds pure. For anything that has been seen cannot be unseen. Anything that has been spoken cannot be retracted. Any actions that have been done cannot be undone. Yet knowing all of this we serve a merciful God that understands we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone sinning knowingly and then asking for forgiveness. It is one thing to not know and then ask for forgiveness, but to know the word of God and sin openly is like mocking The Lord. Don’t let you sin be what is holding you back from a true relationship with The Lord. Continue daily to draw closer, take time to spend in prayer, take time to meditate upon the word of God, take time to share what God is doing, all of things working together brings in the atmosphere of worship. Everything you do in life should be a part of worship unto The Lord.

I want to share a tweet I did the other day. “People who are full of themselves talk about themselves, but people that are full of God talk about God.” Let me repeat that one more time to make sure you grasp what I am trying to say. “People who are full of themselves talk about themselves, but people that are full of God talk about God.” Who do you talk about?

Ultimately I feel like if we truly, deeply, madly, are in love with The Lord then ALL things should be done in a way that glorifies Him. Your words, your actions, your thoughts, your job, your life, your health, your exercise, so many different things that we do every day where we can make slight changes to our daily routines in order to glorify God more. If you make the change, YOU will see how God can really work in your life. Yet again I am speaking from my own experience. The more I change from my old habits the more I have found God, the more I have found uncontrollable Joy, the more I have found a peace that can’t be explained. I tell you all of these things not to boast, but to share that there is SO much more to life than what the normal eye sees. I want you to find your place in the arms of God and live a happy fulfilled life.

Thank you for listening today, God is so awesome and I can’t stop talking about how awesome He is. Heavenly Father I want to thank you for blessing me with Your words. I have seen many things and you have delivered me from my past yet You continue to keep me and my family in Your loving arms. I pray that many more people can find that comfort. I pray that those who know about You will want to know You more. Lord continue to use me as Your light in this world until the day you bring me home. In Your name I pray, Amen.

If you would like to connect with me you can contact me via Twitter @KNGMusic or through our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com No matter where you are at in life God is still working and refining your life. Don’t ever think you have made it and God is done. May The Lord richly bless you and keep you. God bless.

Are You Listening? – Sermon Notes

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Are you Listening?
Hello welcome back to Faith Matters, I am your host and I am super excited to be able to bring this next message to you.  Before we dive in I would like to open up in prayer.  Heavenly Father I appreciate the out pouring of your Holy Spirit in my life over this past week.  I have been a part of a major move of God within my church and I thank You for answering our prayers to You.  Today I ask that the words spoken speak the heart of those who hear.  I never asked to be a messenger, but You oh Lord knew the plan for my life.  I had no idea how You would take control, but yet in relinquishing my control to You, You have blessed me more abundantly.  Let those who have ears to hear be open to Your word, in Your name I pray, Amen.
Earlier this week my wife posted something on twitter that said “God is listening.  Are you talking?” #WhyWait  I personally read this tweet and was caught off guard.  How profound is it that we frequently say “God is not talking to me” but have we stopped to think that maybe He is not talking because He is listening?  Did you catch what I am throwing at you?  God not talking is not ignoring you but instead waiting for you to speak to Him.  This hit me like a ton of bricks because I have received many inquiries recently from people saying that they can’t hear God anymore in their life.
To take this even a step further Rita who is a follower of my wife on twitter responded back by saying “Many years ago I told the Lord, I’m doing all the talking & He said, “and I’m doing all the listening.”  Yet again, another conformation that when we don’t hear God speaking in our lives then we should be lifting up our voice in prayer to Him.  I am a firm believer that God wants more for our lives then we can even being to comprehend.
After all of this transpired I was inspired to tweet my own spin on this and I posted “what if God has a perfect plan for your life but He can’t reveal it because YOU aren’t ready to receive it yet? #Speechless” God is moving, God is working, God is listening, God is speaking, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION!!
I am not talking about Sunday morning in the pew but each and every moment of your life.  As you are driving to work God is there.  When you are at work and your coworker is depressed, God wants to use you to reach out to them.  When you go out to dinner and the server looks hung over, God wants you to speak life into them.  When you are in a meeting and the important topics have all been discussed yet someone wants to talk about explicit TV shows, God wants you to speak up.  So many times God is nudging and again nudging us to get us to speak up!  We must speak up, we can’t back down, we can’t hide in a corner, the gospel should mean more to you than anything of this world.  If we aren’t living for Christ then why are we living?  What is your purpose.
John 8:47   Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
  • The word of God itself clearly states that whoever is of God can hear the word of God
  • If you can’t hear Him today stop everything you are doing, before you go to bed, and give God some of your time
  • Don’t tell me “I’ll just do it tomorrow”, I am declaring this right now “Tomorrow is guaranteed to now man”
  • We keep trying to steal time from the future because we don’t want to face the tasks at hand
Mark 4:24  And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
·        Are the people that you surround yourself with positive and uplifting or negative and drag you down?
·        Can I be open & honest with you today?
·        My brother came to visit
How much weight to we put upon the words of other people?  Don’t let the opinions of others be what drives you forward.  The words that come out of people who are negative are list a vapor that disappears.  Did you catch that?  The words they say vanish once they speak them unless you capture them and bring them into your life.  The only words that should mean anything to you are the words of God.  His words should be lifted to utmost peak of reception and kept at the highest regard.  God speaks truth & love, He embraces His people with loving tenderness.
With that being said I have to share this next verse. I want you to know that I love this next verse.  Are you ready?
Revelation 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
·        I want to serve you up a picture of what this looks like
·        Imagine Jesus standing outside your front door.  He has to knock, do you know why?
·        There is no handle on the door for Him to open it, He has to wait for you to answer the door and invite Him in
·        Picture Jesus being trapped outside in the brutal cold, patiently waiting for YOU to realize how much you are hurting Him by continuing in your ways
God is calling us back to Him.  The reason most people can’t hear His call is so simple.  Everything of this world is keeping them too busy to hear The Lord knocking on the door.  The TV, the Radio, the DVR, Sports, Bar, Parties, you name it, it is probably causing a stumbling block for someone.  God is ready, He wants to help you.  Are you ready to make the change and begin a new journey today?
Psalm 25:4-5   Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
·        I love reading the Bible because the scriptures are not just words but there are so many illustrations to help paint the picture
·        How do you know which path to take?  For example a new job opportunity, do you take it or stay where you are?
·        God has planted you and you should grow where He plants you, but He can unless lift you up and replant you someplace new
·        I have found that the best way to hear God’s direction for our lives is to PRAY for His will
·        This was extremely difficult in the beginning, I wanted to pray for what I wanted yet I would get upset if I didn’t get what I prayed for
·        Sound familiar?  I want a oompa loompa now?
·        God doesn’t need your laundry list or in better terms shopping list of your wants, He already knows your hearts desires
·        Pray for direction, pray for wisdom, pray that the Lord shall lead your path and that your feet shall never grow weary
How many of you listening know that the path God sets us on isn’t always straight?  I bet some of you are laughing right now because that is so true.  I am speaking from personal experience of course.  All I wanted was to find one woman, get married, and then live happy ever after like a Disney Movie ending.  If you have been listening to my testimonies then you definitely know by now that my life didn’t end up like that at all.  God had to bring me back to reality, I thought I knew the path and I ran ahead of Him.  Have you done that?  Only to find out that the path I took had a sharp cliff at the end of it.  I still have to give God all the glory for pulling me out of the traps that I set for myself.
Where are you at today?  Is life going great, are you excited about God, do you talk about God daily, do others know you are a Christian?  If your answers are NO to any of these questions then ask yourself what else can you do to make a slight change back to the lighted path that The Lord has for you.  In terms of movement, the Bible says take up your cross and follow Him.  Picture Jesus walking the path, that means He is constantly moving in a direction.  If you are not following Him then you are falling away from Him.  Let me repeat that one more time.  If you are not following Him then you are falling away from Him.  If you are standing still in your walk with God then you are lagging behind The Lord as He continues to move.  Don’t be left behind, don’t put other things before your own salvation.  Get right with God, nothing else is more important than where you will spend eternity.  You may think there is more time, but when the heat is on and fire is clipping your heals, you will wish there was one more day to cry out to The Lord.
I greatly want to thank everyone for listening.  God has been so good to me, He was opened my eyes to see what He is showing me.  I want the same for each of you.  If you don’t have a ministry that you are involved in please take a few minutes and volunteer your time at your church or create a nitche on Social Media.  A few minutes a day, post a Bible verse a day, it could make all the difference for those that are within your circles.  God started me out on making a simple music video and then it has turned into so much more.
Lord I pray for those that are lost, I pray for those that say they can’t hear your voice, I pray that today they will pull out their Bible and being to read the word of God.  Lord fill them with the Holy Spirit as they begin to sacrifice the things of this world in order to make time for you.  Every second with you is worth it.  I pray that those who listened today were blessed and decided to seek your face.  In your name we pray, Amen.
If you would like to reach out to me, you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website www.KNGMusicMinistry.com If you liked this message or want to hear others please check our website.  We update it weekly and you can download the content for free. Don’t wait, God is listening, are you speaking to Him.  Have a wonderful day, until next time, be blessed.

Growing Up In The Lord

Growing With God

What if people actually tried to build each other up as much as they tried to tear you down?  People see me doing well, getting things accomplished, and for some reason it makes them upset.  I have tried to share the secret of my success which is God, but they tell me they don’t need Church or don’t have time for that.  I have finally learned that in order to have peace in my own life, that I have to let God lead my way.  I tried doing it my way and I kept falling and stumbling over myself.  I have stopped putting myself first and decided to give God my all.  It sounds so simple but really it isn’t.  We have to put God first in all aspects of our lives not just on Sunday.  That is when it gets tricky.  God first in the music I listen to, the TV shows I watch, the after work activities that I choose to attend, the events on the weekends that I am invited out to, and even down to my wife and her needs.  The more that I have given up of this world (aka stuff), the closer my walk has become with The Lord.  I always thought I was a good Christian, but for many years I was just fooling myself.  I still did whatever my own flesh wanted to satisfy my needs.  The people at Church didn’t know, but God did and that is what matters.  Today I strive to be changed.  My flesh still tries to fight against me, but as for me and my house we will serve The Lord.