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Are you in conversation with the Holy Spirit?

 

For the past few weeks I’ve been preaching about the Holy Spirit. It has been a great journey and I’ve truly enjoyed watching our church grow in our understanding. The video below is a great and even humorous look into a conversation that we ALL need to have with the Holy Spirit based on Psalm 139.

 

 

How would this conversation go for you? Are you growing in your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Take some time to read Psalm 139. Better yet, let Psalm 139 read you!

 

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This video has some great insights on how to lead and start a movement… Watch it and share your thoughts as well… Especially your thoughts about Gospel movements…

At Terra Nova Church as we go to the next level this is key… Imagine if each small group leader were willing to do this with those that God brings around them in their circle of influence…

This week during our Supper Six, I was asked how did Terra Nova become a church… Well, this is how…

This past weekend at Terra Nova Church the message was about walking in a God Size Dream. Too often we as believers sell God short and live way below what He truly desires and intends for us… thus, making less impact and not bearing much real fruit. Let me assure you that God wants to use YOU to change YOUR world… the only thing that will make that happen is ACTION and the only thing that will stop it is YOU… So, go ahead and dream a dream so big that if God doesn’t show up… it’s sure to fail.

During the invitation at the close of each worship service people were encouraged to simply write their GOD DREAM on an index card and drop it in a basket… to submit their dream to God. It was overwhelming to see the dreams of Terra Nova Church… it’s exciting to look ahead and watch God develop both people and their God dream! Be encouraged and join me in praying for the following dreams as we continually strive to point people to Jesus!

The following are actual dreams from the people of Terra Nova Church… My God dream is…

  • to start homeless shelters all over the world
  • to develop a local ministry for law enforcement
  • to raise thousands upon thousands of dollars for 3rd World Countries
  • to develop a home for troubled teens
  • to help girls who have been abandoned by their fathers
  • to adopt or find homes for kids who have no chance
  • to be a Christian artist
  • to start a group at school to help lead kids my age to Christ
  • to write Christian Fiction that reaches people with the message of Jesus
  • to help people in this city with drug addiction
  • to start a school for young people to become pastors
  • to own and operate a Christian Sports Camp
  • to proclaim God’s name to the nations through our coffee business
  • to open a hunting camp for kids with disabilities
  • to partner with overseas orphanages by providing workers
  • to sit with and comfort those who are terminally ill and have no family
  • to spend my life leading people in worship
  • to have worship available 24/7 at Terra Nova Church
  • to help hurt or abused women develop self-worth and self-confidence
  • to open a bakery that creates an environment for ministry
  • to create a free multi-media resource online that helps people grow in Jesus
  • to help people with jobs, housing, counseling, and long-term transition
  • to have a realistic ministry where I help people $20 at a time
  • to reach people in jail, prison, and rehabs
  • to make a difference in the lives of the students I teach
  • to develop “Cards for Kids” with proceeds going to ministry
  • to help married people who are having problems
  • to reach those that are overlooked because of their past or appearance
  • to start an after-school ministry for children

 

These are just a handful of examples… I’m excited to see how God uses these people and their dreams! At Terra Nova Church we do not do permission based ministry… Another words, you don’t need the church’s permission to make a difference or to change a life with the Gospel… In fact, we are ALL commanded to do so in Scripture! However, at the church level we would love to help and equip people to live out the Great Commission. Basically, it comes down to this… and this is a reminder to my Terra Nova Church family… You can NEVER use the excuse that the church just wouldn’t do anything in this area of ministry because YOU are the church and YOU have the command to ACTION… Go live the GOD DREAM!

On Sunday afternoon I drove on to the church parking lot for what I thought would be our regular leadership meeting… However, I would soon discover that it would NOT be a regular meeting… it would be a LIFE-CHANGING meeting! You see, when I arrived there was a lady standing in the lobby having a conversation with one of our church leaders and I thought very little about it… I spoke and continued on to prepare for our meeting. When it was time to start our meeting this lady was seated at the table with a Bible as if she were ready for something other than a leadership meeting about a church that she knew NOTHING about. I took my seat and just trusted that God was up to something.

Once we all sat down, Tim introduced us to our “guest” who had joined us… they had met earlier in the day following our morning worship… she pulled in the parking lot to inquire about evening services. Tim explained that we did not have evening worship, but that she was welcome to come back at 4pm to meet the pastor and our the leadership of the church. To his surprise… SHE CAME BACK!

Over the next few minutes we shared the Terra Nova vision and answered questions about our church. Then something happened… she began to cry… and this was her story…

She had gotten up to go to church… a friend had told her about Terra Nova Church, but she could not remember the name of the church… She went to another local church Sunday morning, but left with the same burden and lack of desire to even live… she left with the same hurt and same pain that she went in with.

I’m gonna stop here for a second to remind ALL OF US… be on guard… look for hurting people… don’t be so consumed with doing church that we forget to be the church… this lady showed obvious outward signs of struggle… she needed the body of Christ to minister LIFE to her… she was looking for healing and hope! The kind that ONLY comes from Jesus!

Realizing that she probably didn’t attend the church her friend recommended, she called her immediately following her Sunday morning worship experience. Her friend gave her the name, Terra Nova Church. It just so happened that she was driving through town on Malone heading to the store when she saw the Terra Nova Church sign. She pulled in just to see if she could find out about worship… it was then that she met Tim and he invited her to our meeting.

Through the tears she told us that she was a believer and that she had faithfully attended church many years back. She actually worked in the church office and her husband was in leadership. There use to be joy. Then something happened at church (you know… when people take their eyes off Jesus) that created hurt, mistrust, and resentment. In the years that followed she not only stopped going to church, but sought to use alcohol to mask and hide pain. She said, “Today I’m an alcoholic, a raging alcoholic!”

This past weekend she hit rock bottom! She made it very clear that if she didn’t find help and hope she had every intention of taking her life. When she pulled in the parking lot at Terra Nova Church… that was her last-ditch effort. We explained that our church existed for people just like her… all the while she politely tried to let us get on with our meeting. Praise God for men on our team that are more concerned about people than business! For over an hour we encouraged her with the HOPE OF JESUS and just loved her and prayed over her.

Finally, I asked what she was doing on Tuesday evening and asked if she was seriously ready for LIFE-CHANGE… and invited her to attend Celebrate Recovery… I even committed to pick her up and go with her… Again, with tears in her eyes… she said, “YES! I’M READY… Pick me up!”

So, tonight I’m headed to Celebrate Recovery… pray for God to break the stronghold of addiction and to set my new friend FREE tonight! Also, keep your eyes open today… someone’s life may very well be counting on YOU!

BE WATCHING FOR A FUTURE POST — Celebrate Recovery is coming to Terra Nova Church!

As part of our “Night of Worship” at Terra Nova Church everyone received an index card and an envelope as they arrived. Then during worship they were given the opportunity to write a prayer or commitment of offering to bring as an act of worship. The response was so amazing that we included it as part of our Sunday morning worship too! It was pretty incredible to read some of the things that were written and offered to God. Be encouraged as we share these thoughts, commitments, and prayers! What can you bring as worship?

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. [Romans 12:1]

– I give my ENTIRE life to you to do with me your will… Whatever you have me do… I will follow your lead.

– I am ready to give up whatever is needed to please you and to live according to your will. I will go where you lead me!

– Lord to read and study your word more. To release all that you have given and put in my spirit. That my life will become selfless and ALL the rest of my life would be for your glory. Make me a vessel of honor unto you. Give me holy boldness to walk in YOUR truth. Purify me Lord.

– God I’m going to dedicate time for you. Please work on me! I’m turning it ALL over to you God. My faith is in you!!!

– I will give my time daily to witness. I will give my time once a week to help clean our worship center.

– Lord, I’m offering you my heart… I repent and ask that you prepare me for baptism when you’re ready!

– I commit to share AND show God’s love with everyone I meet.

– I’m ready and willing to sacrifice my friends.

– I give you what I’ve learned coming through addiction and commit to help and show others that there is a better way to deal with things… That God CAN and WILL conquer ALL.

– I commit to excercise the compassion you have given me for others.

– I’m going to start spending more time in your word and worshipping you. Not just trying to complete a reading plan on time, but to really hear from you, to learn your word, and to understand it more.

– I offer everything that I have… to give to you Lord… All my talents, skills, and wealth. Lord help me stop making everything about me and make it all about you. Help me put you first in my life instead of giving you what is left.

– I so want to become more dedicated to my life with Christ. To stop being selfish and prideful and caught up with the things of the world.

– I commit to spending more time daily in God’s word. I also will make a bigger effort to attend Bible study and stop making excuses.

– I want to live for YOU… NOT ME!

– Father God, I spend so much time thinking about other things like sports and females or whatever that I have really lost sight of giving you my time. Lord, I want you to dwell in my thoughts when I go to bed at night and when I get up in the morning and throughout the day.

– I will pour into others with your word God.

Feel free to keep the list going by adding your own commitments and prayers of offering to God… 

A Picture of Our City…

GREATER THINGS ARE YET TO COME!

Ready for the parade… It was a long wait!

Today was a great day! Several of us loaded up and rode in the Cotton Carnival Parade to distribute flyers for the upcoming Candy Carnival. The Candy Carnival is a Halloween event that Terra Nova Church and the YMCA is putting together for the families of our city on October 31, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm at the YMCA. Our goal is to collect and give away a TON of candy… that’s 2240 lbs. of candy! It’s going to be so much fun… make plans to join us!

As I was driving along the parade route today we had the stereo jamming to “God Of This City” by Chris Tomlin. It was such an appropriate song! I’ve included some of the lyrics below…
 
You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation 

 

You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

As I was listening to the words and observing THOUSANDS of people who live and work right here in Sikeston… I was emotionally overwhelmed by God’s presence! He truly wants to transform this city for His good and His glory! Today was just another reminder of why Terra Nova Church is here!

If you are part of the Terra Nova family… I want to remind you of the scripture that God gave me while I was wrestling about planting a church here.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Today I saw a complete picture of our city… people from all walks of life, multiple races, many social classes, young and old, people who are like me, and people who are very different… However, they ALL have one thing in common… Jesus died for each of them and desires for the Church to impact every single one!

I am confident that God will do His part if we are faithful to simply… GO and TELL… without any judgement or discrimination… seeing every person as a potential child of God. Are you with me?

Buckle up! Greater things are yet to come!