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God’s Healthcare Reform

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The other day when the President was signing into law the Healthcare Reform, I was with some of my staff eatting lunch and talking about the issue at hand. Our waiter kept coming by to make sure our drinks, chips and salsa were filled. I stopped him and asked, “Hey, how many tables are talking about the healthcare reform and he said almost all of them with a laugh.

I have seen an amazing amount of animosity and ill-will towards our nation’s leaders and government. Everyone is up in arms about the new Healthcare plan. Do I agree with the plan? Which side of the political spectrum am I on? The quick answer is, IT DOESN’T MATTER. What matters is that I obey the commands that God has laid out for me as a Christ Follower.

1 Timothy 2:2-3 (MSG) – Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

As a people of God, we are called to pray for our nation, its government and its leaders. Here’s the trick…we’re called to pray for them WHETHER WE AGREE WITH THEM OR NOT. When we speak curses over our leaders we do nothing but hurt our nation. What if we were to bless our President? What if we were to bless those that represent us in Congress? Imagine if the people of God truly began to demonstrate the love of God, the power of prayer, and the strength of the spoken word. Now THAT would be a national healthcare reform because God would heal our land.

I believe that we as Christ Followers NEED TO start following God’s WORD, ALL OF IT, not just the lines that are easy.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) – if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Play it Safe

As we get older, most of us have a tendency to play it safe. We have more to lose, so consequently we don’t want to rock the boat. As I think about the church, it’s obvious that the older a church gets we start playing it safe. The propensity to maintain becomes our first default. The sad part of this, is as we walk with Jesus, it’s everything except safe.

If you are a church leader and you are playing it safe you are missing out on SO much more that God wants to do through you. You have to get out on the edge where if God doesn’t show up, you are in BIG trouble. This situation has been repeated as we have grown as a church. As I grow as a leader, I am finding myself with the same struggle and when I step out and do BIG things that require BIG Faith produces opportunities for God to show up and help.

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Spring Forward Tonight

First let me say that I am back from a blogging fast. There are times where you have to take a break from things and get refreshed.

OK…so this Saturday night we “spring forward!” That means you set your clock forward 1 hour before you go to bed.

I love it because there is more daylight…that means more time outside with the family. I love spending time outside and just enjoying the spring like weather, well maybe not this week.
BUT…I am bitter because we lose an hour of sleep! :-)
Anyway, just wanted to remind everyone…SPRING FORWARD SATURDAY NIGHT…that means wind your clock FORWARD an hour! See you Sunday at one of our two campuses.
Northland Campus 11am
Belton Campus 9:15, 11, & 1pm
For directions click HERE!

Metamorphosis & Fasting

Starting this Sunday we as a church are starting a NEW series entitled, Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is typically marked by an abrupt developmental change. The result? A striking alteraton in appearance, character or circumstances. When God gets ahold of someone’s heart the result if a METAMORPHOSIS. Does He have your heart? If He does, get ready to be changed!

You will not want to miss it. In fact if you are still making New Years Resolutions, make one that will change your life for eternity. Make a resolution to start coming to church and learning more about how Jesus wants a relationship with YOU!

Also starting this Sunday we will be uniting together as a church on a 21 day Fast. If you want to read details about the fast go HERE!

Hope to see you at LifeQuest Church this Sunday!

Boomerang Express & Sports Camp!

Guest Blogger: Nick Cook, Children’s Director

Can I just say that I am just in awe of the Goodness of Christ. How about the fact that this week at Sports Camp and VBS God has just messed me up as a man running passionately after God’s heart. These kids, this is where it’s at. Building up a generation of young people sold out for Christ just consumes me, overwhelms me.
I am just brought to tears as I write this post reflecting on the fact that so many kids came out these past couple of days. 16 kids for the bball camp, and 38 kids came to the evening VBS.

Not only is there a team of committed believers here all the way from TEXAS, but the curriculum is excellent. BOOMERANG EXPRESS.

I have had a chance to meet these kids, and build a closer relationship with them. These kids are bright, and they are full of life and child-like faith. Yes, I think these songs are silly, and they are stuck in your head the whole week, but you know what, they are awesome! They work, and they communicate the Gospel in a pretty awesome way that is so simple. I like that. Sometimes we as Christians get so caught up in the deep doctrine of religiosity that we often stray from the child-like faith in which Jesus talks about in the Gospel. This camp makes me feel more alive. The simple way that the Gospel is shown is so pure, so easy to understand. We serve a great God who loves us and who wants us to follow Him with child-like faith.

I am just reminded of the Goodness of God, and the fact that He can use little Children to ruin me for His Glory. Our God is a God of Love. He loves these Children, they are His. We are His Children, and being able to serve these kids and serve God just blows me away.

These Children declare the beauty of the Lord.

I am just so blessed to be able to spend time with these Children and be reminded what Child Like Faith is! I love you Jesus!!

A child gave her life to Christ tonight. I don’t know about you, but all of the video stuff, the music, the props, the games, the skits, the stories…the money… was worth it. She came to know CHRIST!! I mean that is freakin awesome!!