Now That Is Something I Can Applaud❗️ – Poem

Don’t be so raw that you’re hard

Words so sharp they cut like a chard

We need people that speak truth

Bring back that old phone booth

Super Man lost his cover

It’s time for us to rediscover

Jesus died for your heart

He took the shot like a fiery dart

Satan tried Him

God saved Him

Rose again like a boss

But you too busy shopping at Ross

Looking for a bargain

Meanwhile Jesus rose again

He wants to save you

Ring that up, that is true

Stop trying to blow money on worldly things

Salvation is better than a diamond ring

No matter how many times

I keep spitting the same rhyme

It falls on death ears

Too busy drinking them beers

Does the truth hurt

You to busy trying to flirt

Looking for love in all the wrong places

But even CSI can’t find any traces

Love is not found just anywhere

Love is it found at the fair

Love is not found in any pair

Jesus died to remove the despair

Jesus is love

He came from above

To take it all on the cross

To give you access to come across

There is only one way

Don’t let anyone lead you astray

Jesus is the only

Stop falling for the phony

The one true God

Now that is something I can applaud❗️

Copyright 2017 KNGMusic & Praise First Publishing
http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com

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Sometimes NO Means Not Yet – Sermon Notes

Can you believe it?  Another week has gone by and welcome back to Faith Matters.  I am so glad that you are here listening each and every week.  Our goal here at Faith Matters is to share some testimony with you and also some scriptures to support what God is doing, can do, and will do in your life.  Last week I talked about my personal testimony surrounding my baseball career and how dreams don’t always come true.  If you missed it you can catch up on any of the past episodes by visiting our website:

 http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com/ministry

But enough about last week, let’s look ahead to what God has coming down the line.  Recently, I mentioned that we are in the process of buying a house and so this week I am going to use that as my testimony to really show how good God is.  Before we go any deeper we need to open up in prayer.

Heavenly Father, today is your day.  I thank you for the many blessings that you continue to bestow upon my family.  It feels like every time I turn a corner that you have another blessing there just waiting for me.  Lord, I pray for those that are listening, that my personal testimony doesn’t say look at me, but instead speaks volumes to Your glory.  Lord for everything that I do, I seek to do it to be pleasing unto you.  Please bless this message and let it touch the hearts of those who hear it, in Your name I pray.  Amen.

What do you consider your home?  Is it just where you sleep at night or does it have certain attributes?  If you answered a home is where you sleep then I must ask you then how come it is always harder to sleep in a hotel than it is at home?  Home is definitely more than a place that you sleep.  The best part for me about being home is that I feel relaxed and at peace when I am at home.  Some of you might think, wait what are you talking about?  Don’t you have several kids?  Yes, I do, but when you are at home the craziness of the world outside stops at the front door.  You can control the pace of what is going on around you.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives us three simple examples of what a home is:

: the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives

: a family living together in one building, house, etc.

: a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located

But is that it, just a place where someone lives?  Do you know that God has prepared a home for you?

John 14:1-2  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? “

God has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him.  Have you ever stopped to think about what your home in Heaven would look like?  Would there be doors?  Would there be windows?  Will the walls be made of clear glass so that you can always see the sun shining?  So many thoughts, so many questions, and for me I am excited to see what God has prepared.
So for me and my family our home is where we live, where we raise our children, where we serve The Lord wholeheartedly.  Last year my wife and I were looking to move our home into a bigger place.  We had a 2 bedroom apartment and my teenager was getting tired of sharing a room with his little brother.  We had many discussions about this and felt it was finally time to move into a 3 bedroom place.  We looked around town for different places to rent, but the rent on a 3 bedroom was just as much as paying a mortgage on a house.

Now, have you ever gone out looking for a house before praying about it?  I know I did and maybe you have also.  My wife loves to pray so I am sure she prayed first, but we found this cute, perfect, condo that was 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths for about $55,000.  We thought we hit the jackpot, even with the HOA fees, insurance, and taxes we would be paying hundreds less a month on rent.  My hopes were high, the rent for this place would be about half of what I am paying now.
For those of you that live in California, Hawaii, or New England this type of place would cost you over $400,000 but in Florida the cost of houses are cheaper, for now.  My wife and I started praying about this condo, this is what we prayed, “Lord if this is Your will then please bless us with this home, but if it is not, please close the door.”

Can you guess what came next?  Probably not because God works in mysterious ways, but my wife was laid off from her job.  Not just in a normal fashion, but on the exact same day that we were supposed to find out if the mortgage was approved.  We also got a phone call from the mortgage company on the loan application and it was denied.  Can you believe this; we had two doors closed in our face on the same exact day?  Didn’t I mention that God works in mysterious ways?  God already knew that my wife would be laid off from her job; He already knew that this wasn’t the place, and He answered our prayers by closing that door.

Habakkuk 2:3  For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

We had a vision of what we wanted, but God didn’t just close the door and say no, He was really saying “not yet.”
For those of you that might be out there waiting for an answer to your prayer I want to read this next verse.
Psalm 27:14  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
The flesh tells us we have to have it now or else.  God in His infinite wisdom holds onto the blessings until we are ready to receive them.  Think about it this way, if God was to bless you and you were not ready, would you not squander it?  Be patient – God knows the desires of your heart.

Some more time has passed and my father in law came down to visit us from New Jersey.  He liked it here and started to look for a house here.  In case you didn’t know it is cold in New England for the winter and he was ready to thaw out.  We spent weeks upon weeks looking around town trying to find a house in the right location by a senior center and for the right price.  We finally found a 4 bedroom 2 bath house that was close to the senior center and had everything we were looking for.  This house even had a swing set in the backyard for the kids.  Lord, is this the house that we have been searching for?

We all went together to see the house, we opened each closet, opened each door, turned on each of the light switches, and we all fell in love.  We thought maybe this could finally be happening.  My father in law mentioned that he wanted to move in with us and we could all live together.  We all talked about the options that night and decided we would sleep on it.  My wife and I prayed that prayer again, “Lord if this is your will then please open the doors for us, but if this is not please close them.”
The next morning we awoke to a man that was not very happy.  He was supposed to be staying with us for about 6 weeks on vacation but in the morning hours he went to the Post Office to change his mail forwarding and even changed his plane flight to leave the next day.  To our shock we couldn’t understand how a man who was so excited about this house last night could be such a complete opposite in the morning.  He told us that he couldn’t sleep all night and that he had changed his mind.  Little did he know that my wife and I both prayed that “if this was not God’s will that He should shut the door on this opportunity.”

After this last disappoint my wife and I both decided that it was time to stop teasing ourselves and stop looking at houses.  When your heart is set on something, but God is still saying “not yet”, it is very difficult to not be discouraged.  But we know that God blesses His people when the time is ripe.

I want to go back to a scene from the movie “Facing the Giants”.  The preacher tells the man a parable about two farmers who prayed because they desperately needed rain, but only one of them went out into the fields to prepare them.  Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?  He responds well the one who prepared the fields.  Which one are you?
God will send the rain when He is ready; YOU need to prepare your fields to receive it.

We may be praying for God to bless us, but have we prepared our fields to receive those blessings.  I want to challenge you, if you have been praying and praying for God to answer your prayer, stop and look at your life; have you done everything within your control to prepare yourself to receive God’s answer to your prayer?

A couple months ago we went to a boys and girls home.  We met some great kids and it got my wife and I started to think about adoption.  Even my oldest son mentioned that we should adopt one of the kids.  This sparked the concern again about our home and would 3 bedrooms be big enough or should we get a 4 bedroom house.  So because of the spark of a child we decided to set out again to see what our options were.

We found about 10 different houses in the area, we wanted to move closer to church, and we recently found out that my job was moving downtown at the end of the year.  Now before I go any further with the house hunt, what is the possibility of my job moving downtown and selecting the building one block away from where my wife works?  Only God could do such a thing.  When you stop and look at how each piece of this puzzle is falling into place all you do is give God the glory.  If God would have given us the first condo we wanted we would have a much longer commute each day to work and still be far away from Church.  God’s plans are much better than our own, I promise you that.

One by one we made appointments to look at the houses and we found issues with each one of them until we came across this one house.   My wife and I both walked in and felt at home, like we already lived there.  We walked around, we observed the layout of the house, and we could picture ourselves in the house, entertaining, and even doing Bible studies.   How cool would that be, to be able to take what God has given us and use it for His purpose?

After we left this house we went around the block to another house that was much more grand.  It had almost 1,000 more sq ft but it was lacking that home feeling.  The house was beautiful, but we could tell that it was not for us.  Our hearts kept find their way back to the small brick house around the corner.  We put in our offer and like any time you buy a house you go back and forth between the buyer and the seller.  We finally settled on a price and then our only concern was the age of the roof.  Because of the pitch of the house it has what is called a rolled roof so we were concerned with how old the roof was and how many more years it would have in it’s life span.  God has been faithful through this whole process for us.

At this point today when I am recording this, God has opened the doors with the inspection, the appraisal, and even the green light for the mortgage.  Now we haven’t closed on the house yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share how God works.  Do you remember me giving you a figure on the condo of $55,000 and being declined?  Now this house is more than double that amount yet we have received the green light because God has said it is time.

I really want anyone who listens to this if you get nothing else please listen to this part.  Just because God says “NO” does not mean “NO”, sometimes it just means “Not Yet”.  If you are waiting for God to answer your prayers continue to pray and believe that God will answer your prayers.  We are excited to see what God will do for our lives, please continue to pray with us that the rest of this process continues to move forward with no speed bumps.

I want to thank everyone for listening today.  I pray that our personal testimony of how God works has touched your or motivated you in some way.  What God has done for us could happen to you as well when you place your faith and trust in Him.  Heavenly Father I thank you for the goodness that you pour out for my family.  I pray that those who hear are hearing, seeing, and feeling your goodness and mercy.  Lord, please use this testimony to touch others that may have doubts, let it be an encouragement to them.  In your name I pray, Amen.

If you would like to contact me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or you can email us from our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com  We gladly love to serve and bring you testimony each week because God is good and He is greatly to be praised.  Have a blessed day.

Moments of Weakness

Is it okay for me to be weak today?  Lord, I have been listening to your voice, learning to watch for your signs, learning to be still instead of speaking.  In a moment, it feels like a dream has been taken away yet I know you are only protecting me from myself.  I want to be able to provide a stable household for my family, only You know my true desires in this world.  In the past, I have not listened and struck out to conqueror the world.  I have learned from my mistakes and instead turn to You for direction.

At this junction in my life, I felt it was time to obtain a larger home for my family that is growing.  You have shown me that the time is not ripe, You have turned me around and sent me in a new direction.  I am not questioning Your ability to provide, but my own human desires are not able to overlook the wants in my life.  I struggle just like any other man, there is no perfect person that walks this Earth, there was only Your Son Jesus Christ.  I long for Your return, waiting and preparing my life daily so that I may be ready when You return.

I know that this is a test of our Faith; I know that we will get through this storm and that You will be there to greet me with open arms.  I know that Kristeen’s job would not be there forever; I have always felt that You have had a higher calling upon her life.  Today is the first step as You prune her branches.  I know You will use Kristeen’s voice to touch thousands of people that are lost.  My struggle is not what I know but what I don’t know.  My ability to not see Your future plans is like opening my eyes in the Ocean, I can barely see what is in front of me to understand where I am going.  Lord, I place all my trust in You and that You will provide a new job for my wife that opens new doors for her.  I pray that this new opportunity bears more fruit for You.  Kristeen has struggled this year with many life changing events.  Lord, I thank you for our marriage that has been such a blessing for both of our lives.  Then, the loss of her mother was a difficult moment in time, but even in death You were able to allow Kristeen to write a masterpiece.  Lord, all of your people that listen to that song are deeply touched in their souls.  And now today, the loss of a job.  All of these changes in less than 6 months yet we will be Faithful!

I will daily, continually pray that You will guide us, lead us through the open doors, and show us how to be better vessels of Your LOVE.

This is my prayer…

Mourning The Loss of A Loved One

My day started out normal, nothing fancy just another Friday at work. I saw a post on Twitter to someone that said “my brother passed away yesterday” and my heart sank. I immediately thought to myself how much pain this young woman must be going through. I reached out to her and apologized for her loss. I asked her, “was your brother saved?” She said “yes he was” and said he has been struggling the past several years.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I didn’t feel lead to ask anymore details. I told her I was excited that he was saved because Christians mourn the loss, but can’t wait to be reunited in Heaven. I shared with her one of the songs that Kristeen and I wrote together called “Only You”. I told her that I felt this song will lift her up. I said “I pray that God will hold you close in your time of need”. She listened to the song and said, “thank you so much for the beautiful song”. 

Sometimes God will use us or something we have created as a tool to reach the soul of another. Because everything is done with God’s timing my next post was “the loss of a loved one is difficult to manage, but God has a big shoulder for you to cry on. Rejoice in the fact that one day, reunite in Heaven.” A completely different person messaged me and said “its funny that you Tweeted this my cousin just passed away yesterday.” Not by my design, but God’s own timing I wrote something for the pain of one person and it jumped out to the life of another. – Nick