Sunday Rewind!

Today was a great day!  It should not amaze me, but it does!  Each Sunday God continues to show up at Northwood and do an amazing work!  I am excited about what God has done, but even more excited about what He is doing and I almost can’t wait to see what He is going to do in our future!  Below are a few of the highlights from this weeks new beginning!

-Kid’s Ministry had a great weekend during their “Overnighter!” and it was great seeing them sitting together this morning is worship!  Thanks to Sammy & Tyler for coming and sharing with them.  And thanks to Mr. David and all of our volunteers who helped to look out for them and helped them to have a great and memorable time!

-The Worship Team and choir did a great job leading us in worship and reminding us of the Power Of The Cross!  They plan at least a month ahead, but the music is spot-on week after week.  Thankful to have a team that listens to and obeys the leadership of the Holy Spirit!

-The message flowed freely as I had hoped and prayed for!  God continues to teach us some amazing things.  If we are getting it, then get ready, because God is going to do some incredible and amazing things through our lives!

-We really have a great opportunity to get this thing called church right.  Every now and then, I catch a glimpse of how God is building and growing this community of faith, so that we can work together to really make a difference and have an impact on this world!

-It was great seeing all of the new faces!  New people keep showing up!  Thanks to everyone who invites family, friends and co-workers.  Glad that God is bringing these folks and allowing them to experience what is so special to each one of us – a community of faith, a church called Northwood!

-I love you all and I am thankful that I get to be your Pastor!  Thanks for helping the dream that God has given us to become a reality!

Three Beliefs To Shape Your Life!

I think of myself as just an ordinary guy!  Nothing really special about me, other than my spiritual connection with my Creator and my desire to try to make life better!  Sometimes people will comment on my wisdom, which really makes me laugh on the inside.  Some people think I have an ego, which is also funny, because in a lot of ways, I sometimes have a very low self-esteem and don’t consider myself that important of a person.

I like to be real and put it all out there.  The reality about me, is that I am a screw-up.  If I have any wisdom at all, it is because God has blessed me with it, through my making and learning from my mistakes.  (By the way, I am still making them, so I guess that God still has a lot for me to learn!)  I do sometimes think that I am something special, but it really has nothing to do with me, it’s just that I know and believe that God lives in and through me!

I say all of that to say this:  Often times people will ask me:  How do you come up with your insights into life?  I was thinking about this a little last week and I’ve come up with three things I believe that help to shape who I am, how I see life and the way that I live and learn from it!  I hope they encourage, help and bless you!

1.)  Life’s Greatest Education And Growth Comes From A Willingness To Learn New Things! I don’t know it all and I never will.  Every person that I have ever met has something to teach me, if I am paying attention and am willing to learn!  I try to open myself up to learn new things, but must admit that this is easier said than done!  It takes hard and concentrated effort.  You can learn by accident, but the greatest lessons are learned on purpose and for a purpose!

2.)  It’s Not Having The Knowledge, It’s What You Do With The Knowledge You Do Have That Counts! Some say that “Knowledge Is Power!”  For knowledge to truly be powerful, you have to do more than have it, you have to use it and when we use it for good and blessing, it becomes even more powerful!  The great purpose of learning new things is sharing those things and the difference they can make with and for others!

3.) People Make The World Go Around – You Can’t Do Life Right Without Them! I like to remind myself that even the Lone Ranger was never really alone!  Our Creator created us for togetherness.  There are things that we can do and accomplish together that we could never accomplish apart!  Life is designed so that we get and give through one another!  The process just cannot work the way it is supposed to without each other!

Get your beliefs right and life will be amazing!  God Bless & G3!