Saturday, March 31, 2018

From all of us at World Church Unites we want to wish you all a very Happy Easter!! Remember Christ CHOSE His death to save you, that's right YOU! He chose you...

All you have to do is accept Him. We love you lots!!! WCU

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Life Transformation - All things are possible with God

In my walk with God – I grow closer to Him everyday. I was thinking how very different my life is than just several years ago. I remember a sermon where my pastor was telling me about his early view of God. Basically he explained that when he was young he thought the whole idea of God was to make children behave and to comfort old people when they were dying. Now keep in mind that he grew up going in church - so it’s not like he didn't know God. He was just a bit cynical (like perhaps a lot of us are at times). He went on to say that once he saw a total life transformation of someone in his family, he easily could see God everywhere. The fact that life change IS possible and there IS any good in this world is proof God exists.

Now I would say that once you experience the Holy Spirit – you don’t need any more convincing. That’s where I am today. It’s been a long journey for me and I’ve surrendered my life to Christ. But let’s just say that you haven’t experienced the Holy Spirit and you are seeking after answers in your life. What would you think if you witnessed a total life transformation in someone in your life? What about a change in you? Would you wonder how it happened? Maybe.

But ponder this. God changes lives every day. If you pray for His purpose in your life – He will come forth. Don’t be afraid to try it. Surrender to God's will and tell Him that you want to surrender. Watch. God transforms lives! Old habits seem to disappear, struggles become less so, and there is a peace that surpasses all understanding. The creator of the universe knows you and He wants you to know Him. He loves you RIGHT where you are - but He doesn't want to leave you there. God wants you to live in the purpose that He created you for. Step out in faith today and ask Him into your life!

Look at the scripture Mark 10:27 and see what Jesus had to say about this.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Back To The Blog!

It's been a very busy time for me since June of 2012 and my last post - but I'm not making excuses - just getting back to the Help For It All blog. I am in the Spring semester at Liberty University getting my Master's Degree in Christian Ministry - Worship. I have a new video and single being released on April 1st - my new website has gone live (where you can get a sneak preview of the new single) - and lastly we are in a blizzard here in Western NC. So there you go . . . but blog back on!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Christ seeks you whether you seek Him or not

A lot of us grew up going to church – many of us didn’t. The whole Christ concept is easy for some to grasp because they have believed for a long time. Others can’t understand the paradox of God coming to earth in human form to reconcile with the world – and that faith is all you need. Seems farfetched to some. There are debates among all sorts of people - from pastors – to philosophers – to ordinary people like you and me, on how and why God seeks us. So for a moment we are going to assume that we all stand in the same place – and let’s say it is a place of “I don’t know what I believe.”

Well now we can look at what makes Jesus so awesome. The coolest thing about Jesus Christ is that He seeks a relationship with you whether you seek one with Him or not. In fact, he does with every human on earth. 
In Luke 19:10 the scripture says: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
And in Revelation 3:20 it says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

The reality of the situation is that God seeks ALL of us – good, bad and indifferent. Drug and alcohol abuse, crimes committed, terrible brokenness – no problem, because His love is beyond all understanding of what we know of love. Whether you believe, once believed, or never believed – you are precious and worthy in God’s eyes. I would make the argument that if you are a non-believer, He seeks you even more than anyone else – for He wants you to have an understanding of who He is, and that you can have a personal relationship with Him. In Matthew 18 we learn - “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

That is what amazes me the most! That the creator of the universe has time to deal with me and MY issues. Healing for MY brokenness and solutions for MY problems. Man I tell you – if you would have told me 5 years ago that I would be blogging about the love of Christ, I would have said YOU were nuts. But I can share this with you in all honesty and earnestness. Jesus has changed me. When I truly turned my life over and accepted His love and forgiveness – the game changed. And every day I grow in my faith and my walk with Christ - it just keeps getting better. I know sometimes it’s hard to believe what you don’t understand and what you can’t see. But if you make the decision to take that “mustard seed sized" step of faith – He WILL SHOW UP.  I guarantee you of that. I don’t stand on my own words and understanding – I stand on His.
“Heavenly Father I come to you in prayer. I just read this thing on the internet that was talking about Your love and forgiveness and I don’t know what to believe anymore God.  But I know that I need the peace and understanding that it talks about in the scriptures. I want to know You – I want to know the truth. Please show yourself to me Lord. I invite you into my heart and my life starting today. Thank you Jesus for dying so I can live - and in your precious name I pray – Amen”

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Is ambition and greed the same thing?

Having the drive to be successful is a good thing. Making good grades - excelling in sports - practicing a musical instrument to be a great player - making money - not a bad thing. Being ambitious is part of a lot of people’s make-up - and it should be! Where the gut check lies is in your priorities. When you become greedy - you will fall.

    Psalms 10:3 - "the greedy man curses and spurns God"
    Proverbs 11:6 - "the treacherous are caught by their own greed"
    Luke 12:15 - "be on guard against every form of greed; life is not in possessions"

So what's the difference? Ambition can be centered on using God given gifts to be good at something. Maybe even using that talent to further His kingdom. To use it to help others knowing that it is the right thing to do. To honor God with those very gifts. Greed is more about your 'stuff'. Keeping up with the Jones's so to speak. Some actually gain their total identity by what they do - what they have - what their title is. It's VERY easy to get caught up in worldly things - but it's a dangerous place to be. Especially for followers of Christ. If you want to lose something - make it your idol.

One of my all time favorite church sign messages is "if you really want to make God laugh - tell him about your retirement plans" Priceless...

True joy comes in wanting what you have. Not always wanting more. Taking what you are given with grace. Pure joy comes in giving or helping someone in need. If God has blessed you with the means to help others - make no mistake - it is expected of you to do so. In a world of Wall Street meltdowns - greed in this country has gotten out of control. A lot of folks are simply interested in what they have. Where their children go to school. What kind of house they live in. Guard yourself from that mind set.

If people in this country would follow God's principle in this area, we wouldn't need welfare - healthcare reform - bail outs or government redistribution of wealth. A country based on these principles would take care of itself. Truly loving your neighbor and caring for people in a real way. Given the opportunity I believe people with the means will always do the right thing. So as the Congress is battling over the debt ceiling and America is on the brink of default - think about that. Pray about it.

One Nation Under God doesn't sound bad to me.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Does your soul crave?

We are doing a series called Soul Cravings and I feel compelled to share some of what I’ve learned so far.

First of all – I believe every soul craves something. I’m not talking about food or even earthly companionship. I’m not talking about learning and knowledge – for I know some do crave those things. I truly believe that in every human being there is a true soul craving – a craving for something that will fill the void that we all have. And I believe we crave the same thing when it comes right down to it. God.

Even those who have had all the love in the world shown to them – I believe they crave love. Those who have more money than they could ever spend – I believe they are not fulfilled by it. Those who have perfect families with great parents and loving siblings – they still crave something. Those who have fame and fortune, privilege, with everything at their finger tips – they too crave. People with perfect health – great jobs – more opportunity than they can shake a stick at – crave. It doesn’t even matter where you stand with your personal religion. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindu, Shintoist, agnostic, and even with atheists – soul craving is just there.

It doesn’t take you being a broken person with a history of abuse, divorced parents, drug use, or even prison time to feel empty. There is that one spot that just seems to be void – even if you haven’t figured it out yet – it’s there. Welcome to the human condition.

I believe that God simply created us that way. With a yearning to know your maker – to know Him. Why? Because you can only achieve true joy and feel true completeness when you know God. He created us to WANT to know Him. No relationship, abundance of money, awesome family, or really ANY perfect situation can take the place of God. It just doesn’t work. It's broken!

But God will fill the void in every way. Seek Him through Christ to fill that place in your soul. You will be filled to the brim with peace and understanding. If you put God first – everything else just seems to fall into place. Relationships are better, families are closer, jobs are more fulfilling, and finances just seem to work.

Proverbs 3:
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
   but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
   and bring you peace and prosperity.
 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
   bind them around your neck,
   write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
   in the sight of God and man.
 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.[a]
 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
   fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
   and nourishment to your bones.
 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,
   with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
   and your vats will brim over with new wine.
 11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline,
   and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
   as a father the son he delights in.[b]
 13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
   those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
   and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
   nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
   in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
   and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
   those who hold her fast will be blessed.

That scripture is a great way to start. Fully trusting God with all aspects of your life. Listening to God - loving Him first - following the path He sets before you - trusting Him with your finances - accepting His discipline and seeking His wisdom - THAT can fill the void.
Know God and fill the void.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

When you're down - always look up

Sometimes when life seems to be going in the wrong direction - we clam up. It might be a family problem, a relationship problem, job (or lack of), or a tragedy looming on the horizon. When this happens to us - and it always does - prayer can be stifled. I know sometimes I find myself asking 'why?'. But in those very moments is when prayer is the most helpful. When things are good it's easy to sing praises to God. What about when we run out of rope? Are we the same cheerful people so ready to praise?

The scriptures tell us that we will suffer.

1 Peter 4:12–13
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

They also tell us that He will comfort those who seek Him.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
Even in the darkest times - seek God in prayer. He will comfort you. And even if everything is not immediately revealed to you - there is true comfort in knowing that someday you will understand why.
Always look up.