Category Archive: renewal

Fill Her Up???

 

Hey Friends,

Many of you have never heard these words. You are too young. Years ago there was no self-service gas station. You pulled up to the pump, rolled your window down and the attendant asked, “Fill her up?” “Check your oil and tires?” Washing your windshield was automatic. Ah…the good ol’ days!

How do you fill up your soul, spirit, and heart?  Just as your car has to have gas, your heart needs it also. You have to know how to fill her up.

I am writing this blog in Sydney @hillsongconf2012. This feeds my soul. It sparks vision and new dreams.  It revives me. I go to several conferences annually to keep my tank full.

What do you do?  If you do nothing then you’ll end up on the side of the road, burned out and empty. No one can keep giving out and not get filled. Even Jesus knew how to fill His tank after giving of Himself to the masses.

Some of the things I do:

  • Protect my quiet time daily
  • Read and continue to grow
  • Go to conferences
  • Listen to great preaching
  • Hang with positive visionaries
  • Protect the Sabbath
  • Not preach every weekend

These are some of my disciplines. What do you do? I would love to hear new ideas.

Let’s stay sharp for our Savior.

Here to help!

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

 

What Recharges Your Soul?

 

 Hey Friends,

This question matters more than most of us ever realize:

 WHAT RECHARGES YOUR SOUL?

Our soul is like a battery. We all know that a dead battery is of little use. Some of the things you do suck life and the charge out of your battery while other things you do add power to, or recharge, your battery. Knowing the difference and managing them is a vital key to victory in your life. This goes for both the natural and the spiritual realms. Jesus knew this truth well and managed His ministry and time to stay charged up and ready to give life to others. Do you?

In one more week we are going to start a new sermon series entitled,“Losing the Leaf,” which will deal with intimacy. This series will have a great deal to do with your quality of life. Your relationships are critical in determining your quality of life. Your relationships will also determine the level of charge in your battery. I believe God created relationships to charge our soul “battery.” This is not the only way to recharge but it is one of the major ways.

If the bulk of your relationships are negative they will suck away your life and you will be deplenished, rundown, and the crash will not be pleasant. If the majority of your relationships are life-giving then you will stay charged and life will be great. Where are yours?

I know there are many more ways to recharge your batteries, but this can not be overlooked. I spent this past weekend with my son, Zac, and some great friends at a car show. It recharges my batteries. We spent the weekend eating, laughing, and looking at cars. It recharges me and I love it. I have a list of things that recharge my soul. I make sure they are in my schedule. Do you? What are some of the things that do it for you? Your list could help others.

Many of you reading this are in some form of ministry. In ministry many of our relationships are about helping and giving life. If you’re not careful you will give to the point that your batteries are empty. Don’t you hate the sound when you try to crank the car and your hear, “click, click, click?” You know the noise – dead battery – you’re going nowhere without a boost or new battery. Many in ministry are clicking and running on empty.

Recharge! Jesus did!

Love ya and praying for a long and fruitful ministry for you.

Pastor Chris

P.S. See the red light flasing on the dashboard? It says, LOW BATTERY!

 

Have You Lost It? (Guest Blog from Michele Stephens, Worship and Creative Arts Director)

(Lessons From the Dross)

There is an old illustration about the silversmith that as the heat elevates, the dross (impurities) rise to the top at which time the silversmith scrapes it off the top. There is not a formulated time frame for how long this happens or how many times it will take; however the silversmith knows the silver is ready/refined when he can look into the silver and see his reflection. 

The last six months in the life of fpWorship have been just that. God revealed that we should begin interceding for the Spiritual Temperature to change.  At first I wasn’t sure what it all meant and as the heat was and continues to be turned up there sure is a lot of “dross” floating to the top.  Through God’s grace, wisdom and discernment we wait for Him to scrape.

I have to admit that I’ve wanted to scrape some things myself however it wasn’t ready; everything for that particular time had not surfaced fully. I also realized that I myself was in fact, particles of dross that needed to be drawn out and refined.

Through one particular scraping session the Lord reminded of a passage in Revelation 22:2-5 about losing your First Love: 

“2 ‘I know your deeds and your toil and [b]perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have [c]perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore, remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the [d]deeds you did at first…”

Here is the scraping point for this particular Dross Lesson:

Applying this scripture to one’s relationship with Christ are three steps to getting back your “First Love”:

1.  Remember Where You Have Fallen

2.  Repent (turn from)

3.  Go Back and Do the Things You Did At First

Here’s the scrape – have some people lost their “first love” (passion) in serving in fpWorship Ministry (or insert any ministry)?  I believe so – due to disillusion, stress, seasons of life, lies from the enemy, frustration, communication failure and the list could go on and on. I encourage you re-ignite the passion of your “first love” – the ministry area God gifted you in and called you to:

1.  Remember – ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what it is that caused you to “fall away” or caused the passion to dwindle.

2.  Turn Away – sometimes this is difficult when it has become emotionally attached or wrong perceptions have developed. Take the steps in faith knowing that God is going to re-kindle, refresh and revive your passion to do what He’s called and purposes for you to do. Keep “the people” whose lives will be changed in your focus.

3.  Go Back – remember when you first came to FPC (or insert where you are), how excited you were, what you were experiencing in worship and what drove you to want to be part of the fpWorship Ministry?  The drive and passion – that’s it – find it!

This is a journey that could be painful as we let the Master silversmith scrape the surface remember at some point He’s going to see His face in our reflection.   Endure the burn – until next time…