Life Lessons from a Pencil

Often times Jesus used common place things to teach great biblical truths.

In Luke 12, Jesus uses the Birds of the air to teach that God is in control and that he will take care of his children.
With that in mind I would like us to consider tonight the lessons that we can learn from an everyday object.

I want you to go and find a pencil…right now. At first glance it seems not important, but I believe that it has more to do with our Spiritual life than we may know.

(1)  The first thing that I notice is that it was designed for a purpose.
A. The purpose of the pencil is for writing down information.
B. We were also designed for a purpose. God has a purpose for me

Romans 12:1-2 says:                                                                                                                                                                                         “I urge you to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

(2)  The next thing I notice is that it was purchased with a price.
A. Just as I spent money to give this pencil to you A price was paid for you.
B. We were purchased through the blood of a sinless Savior

I Corinthians 6 19-20 says:                                                                                                                                                                            “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

(3)  Has a trademark that identifies it from all other Companies
A. Just like you can look at this pencil and know that it came from Office Depot,
B. There are things that mark us as Christians that show that we are possessions of our creator.

1. Love John 13:35 says:                                                                                                                                                                        “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

C. We impress people of the one whose mark we use.
1. Just like if we were to sharpen these pencils and try to write with them only to have the lead break every time we put it on the paper, or the pencil will not be sharpened we would get a bad impression of Office Depot and their products.
2. People will look at us, our actions and reactions and get an impression of our master.

(4)  As it performs its task it is used up.

2 Corinthians 12:15 says:                                                                                                                                                                                   “So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.”

(5)  It leaves a mark
A. As you move the pencil across your paper or your hand it will leave a mark.                                                                                   B. We do the same

The people we come in contact with on a daily basis weather casual or a prolonged meeting will leave us a different person.
They will either be upset or mad because we treated them unfairly or they will leave us better because we showed them the Love of God.

The question is the world a better place because of our lives?

(6)  It’s the inside of the pencil that is most important
A. No matter how attractive it is a pencil is useless unless it will write.
B. God tells us often that He is interested in our hearts, that is important.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 says:                                                                                                                                                                         “I may speak in different languages of people or even angels. But if I do not have love, I am only a noisy bell or a crashing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy. I may understand all the secret things of God and have all knowledge, and I may have faith so great I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing if I do not have love.”

(7)   It can only erase it’s mistakes by bowing it’s head low.

Luke 18: 14 says:                                                                                                                                                                                “All who make themselves great will be made humble, but all who make themselves humble will be made great.”

Conclusion:

There are many similarities but there is also a ONE great difference.

(1)         The pencil must do whatever the owner decided.
(2)          God has given us a choice

Romans 12:1-2 says:                                                                                                                                                                             I urge you to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 Difference is YOU have a SOUL…..The question is…. what will you do with your soul?

The importance of first impressions…

This past weekend, I attended a conference for the Deaf which I had missed out on in the past 6 years. I had prayed earnestly for this conference. After experiencing some heart-burdening situations, I feel more and more that I need to be deeper in prayer for all that are involved.

I do not have a doubt that I will go back to this conference again. It is “needed” for some of us. I only pray and wish it would become a priority for many others who choose not to come. It was not the conference costs that created a barrier. It was also not a conflict of schedules for many. It was simply a choice to come or not. What the reasons behind those who chose NOT to come, I am determined to research and find out.

But I do know one thing for sure may be a barrier. Because I always watch for it. Its two simple words: “first impressions.”

And not only just for pastors and leaders…this is a lesson for ANY person….when guests arrive…the first impression you make on them in the first few minutes are important. Are they good ones or not? Are the impressions good enough to make the guests want to come back again next year?

“making the most of every opportunity…” Ephesians 5:16 mentions to encourage us to make our “first impressions” last through a lifetime to help Christ’s love be remembered the way He wants it to be remembered.

is your “first impressions” solid? Do they need to be worked on? What would people say about your conference? Your church? Your home?  Something to think about….

May your “first impressions” be an image of Him…

 

God’s provisions – Reflecting on the last few months

I know its been awhile since I posted and I apologize for that. It seems when I get the motivation and time to do a blog post or two, something else pops up and God keeps me busy busy busy. I guess the Lord doesn’t want me to have “idle hands.”  God has been gracious to us and thats what I want to post about…His provisions.

There has been times when I looked into the Bible and read something and wonder what life would be like if I wasn’t involved in ministry at all. Even after my 15 years of ministry doing, this past year has been…bear with me…the “easiest at mind but burdened at heart”…does that even make sense? Knowing that there is much work to do but also knowing God will provide. One of my friends who I used to work with mentioned before that they “admired” me for my child-like faith. It is through that child-like faiith that has brought me from Point A to Point B over and over again.

In the past few months, I have traveled to several places and have seen the sheer will of God working endlessly in the hearts of people that He has brought into my path. You know that saying “God brings people into your life, sometimes they stay, sometimes they go, sometimes they cause trouble, sometimes they bring peace, but no matter the situation that they bring you…be an example so that they may remember the love of God”  I hold that quote close to my heart. It is one that I live with every day. It is the EXAMPLE that I work on myself to improve, so that the people can see the love of God daily.

So what if I am not preaching every week at a local church. I believe and KNOW God has other plans. So what if I am not recieving the 20+ calls on my videophone everyday, I believe and KNOW God made that happen so I can have more family time. So what if I am not leading any kind of Bible study with a group of believers at this time, I believe and KNOW God has held me back for some R&R. So what if you are reading this and rolling your eyes at what I just say, I believe and KNOW the best is yet to come. I know that in due time, God is going to unleash something that He wants me to be a part of. And that is where provisions come into the picture. I have thought long and hard about some of the things that has happened within my ministry experience that has been “stepping stones” and “life-lessons” for me. Alot of the lessons learned were preparing me to do what God wants me to do now.

What am I doing now? The local church now that I am attending is going through a slow process of building up relationships and spiritual development. Am I doing anything for the ones within the group? Up front, no…behind the scenes, yes. We just had our first Deaf Social event last night (March 16, 2012) and we had a great event. I was planned to be just the “tech-guy” for the event to control the lights, sound, computer, and music. I was determined to make sure that nothing went wrong. In the meetings beforehand, I had shared with our Deaf ministry leaders that I did not want to do any stage-work. No leading music, no speaking or quoting, no up front of the group at all. But that was “Steve” talking. And of course, God had to go out of the way and change things up. Don’t you hate that sometimes? 🙂 Two of our people were unable to come to the event to fulfill their duties and that left one song short….and whats sad….I tried to get others to take over that song slot. And apparently, God had other plans.

You gotta remember…its been since May 2011, since I have been up front preaching or singing or leading anything locally. But then I bowed my head behind that tech station while everyone was eating and fellowshipping and I said “God, is now the time?” and sure enough, I had found an old bulletin from a church that I had visited. On the front of it was a bold title that spoke to me. “REMEMBER YOUR CALLING” I froze and was almost tearing up.  Here I was in the back of the room, all alone, while everyone else was talking and eating….questioning God….and all along it was as if He was saying “Steve, remember your calling…GO!”

……..I caught my breath…..told the Deaf ministry leaders that I would close with the song if time permitted. When I got up on stage, all of those months of worrying…all those days of wondering if the rumors had died down enough……seeing all the people that had come up to me and asked me if I was okay and wondering and worried about me….it call came down to one simple solution….God’s provision….(sigh)….and I tell you what…God rocked it out! I had done that song before at concerts and worship services, but that one time…God did the song through me…not me.

So whenever you feel down…whenever you lose hope….whenever you feel like God isn’t listening….whenever you struggle….whenever you are frustrated….whenever temptation creeps into your mind….whenever you forget who the real Father is….whatever you are experiencing at this moment that is causing you to not think postive about church, pastors, God, etc…….I have one simple solution for you….PRAY… why? becasue God will always will provide….. may the Lord bless you today!

2012 – New Year, New Beginnings, New Challenges

Thanks to all my friends and family for the many prayers. I could not have asked for a better bunch of people for the year that God presented to me in 2011. 2011 was a learning experience for me and God made it as smooth as possible and we learned to trust Him more than ever.

For those of you who may not know, I had left a full-time pastoral position which I was serving for 5 years. Some things had happened that I could have controlled better and I learned of some things that I could have learned earlier. But overall, I keep in my mind, that everything happens for a reason and God obviously didn’t see me fit for it. So for half of 2011, I spent much time in prayer and immense drowning of myself in His Word. Throughout 2010, God had put on my heart to GO more into the world to preach His Word. This was not doable as I had a responsibility to my church first to preach. As 2011 came around, God was pulling MORE on my heart. In July 2011 – December 2011, God had me GOING somewhere at least once a month somewhere to preach His Word.

He had me in Spicewood, Texas in July for a Deaf Teen Camp serving as a counselor and worship leader. He had me in Knoxville, Tennesse in August for a Deaf Revival & Concert. He had me inOak Grove, Kentucky in September for a Deaf Revival. He had me in Clarksville, Tennessee in October for a concert. He had me in Glen Rose, Texas in November consulting and pastoral support for many in attendance. He had me in Danville, Kentucky & Phoenix, Arizona in December for Deaf Revival. On top of all of that, God opened up opportunities for video projects and guest preaching opportunities locally and in state. Do I know the meaning of IDLE hands? Apparently not. God has had me busy ever since.

2012 will present me and my family with a newer beginning and new challenges. The challenges being where to go and what to do when I get there. Of every place that we have gone to serve, we have helped alot of married couples. Is God asking us to focus more on marriage mentoring? That is a challenge I am willing to pray upon. Every place that we have gone to serve, we have helped alot of parents with children disciplining. Is God asking us to focus more on this area as well? That is a challenge I am willing to pray upon. There are also times where I have had to sit with the pastor for mentoring, support, and listening to their issues. Is God telling me to focus MORE on this area too? I see this as a MUST because pastors nowadays are burning out, as I did from my previous church. It becomes hard when a deaf pastor seeks out another deaf pastor and it becomes hard to serve fervently. It also depends on the pastor’s CORE group, people to depend on for prayer and support. If that is not there, then the pastor will fall into burnout more effectively. But the pastor has to SEEK out support, not expect it to come to him.

2012 is going to become busy once again. Of the twelve months, I have 9 months secured that involves serving 9 concerts, attending 3 conferences, preaching 5 Deaf Revivals, performing 2 weddings, teaching 2 Leadership Retreats, and above all, seeing old friends again that I haven’t seen in a long time.  On top of all of that, there are still some pending which I will update as soon as I know some information. Whats more exciting is that I have several things planned for 2013 as well. God is opening doors that I never realized would open before.

So what does 2012 hold for me locally in Louisville, KY?  I am now attending my former church, Valley View Church. This church has ALWAYS been home to me, even when I was serving elsewhere as a Deaf pastor. I am thankful for the things I have learned along my journey and the people that I have met. At this time, I have no intention to do any kind of leadership role at my church. I am more relaxed to just be sitting and being fed spiritually. The worship there at Valley View is what first inspired me to get into worship leading. The leaders of the Deaf ministry now are wonderful people and they know they have my support and expertise to help in any way. We are hosting three Deaf social events this year which is exciting. I am loving what the Lord is doing for me and my family at Valley View where we can just come in, sit, relax, and not have to take care of any “dramas.”  There have been several who have come to me asking if I was going to start a Sunday School class but I have declined because I want it to be God’s time, not mine. Its hard to say NO, when you want to say YES. But the Lord will bless those who are patient. And I know He is blessing me with the rest time to focus on other things now.

Family wise, all three of my kid are in basketball now. I am assistant coaching both of my girls in their teams at church. The color of their team is HOT PINK, my favorite color! TJ, my son, is about 6 weeks away from his basketball season being over. They are currently 9-7 now. He has been a monster on the boards. Averaging about 14 rebounds a game. He also averages about 5 blocks per game too. Points wise, the most he has had is 18 but he focuses so much on finding the open man when defenders run to him. That happens when you are big and tall boy at 6 foot 9. I have enjoyed the freedom of being about to go to my kids games, coach them, and driving them around for practices. Its been a boost in my moral as a father.

Mandi and I are great. We are going on our 18th year married. Can’t beleive it. We have had 15 years in ministry together through DeafTeen Quest, Deaf Cafe, Valley View, Southeast, and now with 212jam. And we honestly can say, the best is yet to come. We have so MUCH enjoyed getting out, meeting people, traveling with or without the kids to different places, and just serving Him the best we know how. But overall, we take  care of each other first. We both know that if we can’t take care of each other, its impossible to take care of others.

So please continue to pray for us, the ministry, the traveling, and the places that we go. If you want to know where we are going in 2012, you can view my ministry’s website at www.212jam.org and check out the page called “Calender / Events”.  May the Lord bless you and keep watch over you always!

Notes from Deaf Men’s Conference 2011

Me and about 18 other guys traveled to Glen Rose, Texas on November 3-6th. I look forward to this conference every year and it always empowers me and challenges me every year that I go. It challenges me to better myself as a man, as a father, as a husband, and as a servant of God. I urge each and every Deaf man to go next year if you are able to.

This year’s them was “REWIRED” from Romans 12:2 which had a lineup of four spectacular ministers. Chad Entinger (Iowa), Rick McClain (Alabama), Jeff Jackson (California), and Chip Penland (Tennessee). The worship leader this year was Josh Bonjour (Texas).

Below are the notes I took from the conference. It was mentioned that 5 people asked Jesus to be their personal Savior, and several rededicated themselves. One of the ones who rededicated themselves was my younger Deaf brother, Kevin. Praise the Lord!

Friday’s Notes by Chad Entinger:

Romans 12:2 says: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your  mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

When we think of the word “TRANSFORMED“  we think of the illustration of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

There is a Greek word that I want to teach you tonight, it is called “metamorphoo” which basically means “change

The most popular “changing” story in the Bible would be the transformation of Saul in Acts 9:1-22 (later called to be witness for Christ as Paul)

Later that evening, Chad presented a garbage can for us to write down our sins or struggles that are preventing us from “transforming” our minds and our lives. When we pray on those “sins or struggles”, we throw them away into the garbage can.

Saturday Morning’s Notes by Rick McClain:

Romans 12:2 says: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your  mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are two thingks that Paul wants us to do:  (1) Act a certain way (2) Live a certain life

How do we do those two things?  (1) Offer your body as a living sacrifice (2) Be transformed by renewing of you minds

Problem with the renewing of our minds is tough as a man! Why? Becasue we have “ELEVATOR EYES”

When a beautiful woman comes by, we tend to scope her body up and down with our eyes. Don’t tell me you don’t do it. All men do it!

1 Corinthians 6:20 mentions for us to do “transforming’ NOW!  “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

The problem is… many of us go to church as hyprocrites.  We cannot go to church and worship and then come out of church acting as a worldly person.

It all comes down to one simple challenge ” YOUR WORSHIP WITHIN THE CHURCH MUST MATCH YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH”

Later, Rick challenged us with an illustration of a nicely decorated plate of breakfast food which represented our worship, holy and acceptable. And then moved on to throw the plate of food into a garbage can lid which was dirty and stinky, which represented our life, which is NOT holy and acceptable.

Saturday evening notes by Jeff Jackson:

Want us to look back to Genesis 3:9-10 where Adam failed to do 4 things:

  1. He failed to provide for Eve
  2. He failed to protect Eve
  3. He failed to teach Eve (provide wisdom)
  4. He failed to connect (provide love)

I have been part of the prison ministry for many years. I visit often to the prision in our state of California in our area. Many Deaf people are there and do not have many visitors.

I found out that 80% of the crimes that Deaf people did in that California prison, are sex-related (rape, sexual abuse, molestiation, sodomy)

I also found out that of that number, 98% of them grew up WITHOUT a father role model. They learned from wrong people, copied the wrong model, and got into trouble.

Later, Jeff challenged us to pray for ourselves to become better fathers and husbands. We took the Lord’s Supper together and many people came forward for prayer.

Sunday morning notes from Chip Penland:

“Boys to Men” was the theme of his message

There are three groups that I want to talk about:  (1) BOYS  (2) MEN  (3) BANS

What is a BAN?  A BAN is a “so-called” man who is stuck between boyhood and manhood.

Video gaming companies use statistics for ages who purchase their games, play, etc. The ages of 12-18 there is 45% of gamers. The ages of 20-35, there is 55% of gamers.  Imagine that?

BANS are like modern men who are:

  1. less educated
  2. unemployed and trying to find a job
  3. fathering children OUTSIDE of marriage
  4. less religious
  5. video gamers, sports freak, sit w/ other men instead of with family, church, etc

BANS are like barbarians who are:

  1. worship sports more than God
  2. exercise addict. more focused on body than spirit
  3. dresses sloppy
  4. has a big EGO about himself
  5. does not respect women
  6. is always lazy, doesnt want to serve or help
  7. is not organized

BANS are like wimps who are:

  1. addicts to videogames
  2. loves to shop alone or with groups
  3. is more of a loner
  4. looks for pity and sympathy

BANS are in churches too, how?

  1. Churches have more women leaders than men
  2. Mothers and kids go to church, but the dad stays home
  3. leadership teams are led by women

Church cannot survive with wimps, barbarbians and BANS. We need more GODLY men!

We have too many men in the churches who are “extra-sensitive”  they use excuses to miss church or to not serve. God did not make you to be easily offended by others. God wants you to take it like a MAN!

“MAN- UP!” is what we should do or tell each other!   (In Texas, the phrase is “COWBOY-UP!”)

A REAL MAN needs to be RUNNERS:

  1. run from temptation and sin
  2. run AFTER God’s righteouness, godliness, faithfulness, and love, patience (Proverbs 15:9)

If we do not RUN…we will become FAT. Same as training…we train for a marathon…if we do not train for church, we will become FAT and lazy and wont do anything for God at all.

A REAL MAN needs to be a FIGHTER:

  1. fight and wrestle and struggle and suffer for Christ
  2. we need to grab opportunities for God to witness to others

A REAL MEN nneds to be a GUARDIAN:

  1. to KEEP guard of the Gospel and for each other.
  2. to watch over, even if noone is watching over you, you STILL watch over others.

Problem is…too many men use excuses..”well he never calls me,he never checks on me”  Do you check on him? Do you call him?”

Is not about YOU…its about Jesus!  Did Jesus use excuses like that?  No, so you shut up and do what the Lord asks you to do!

How do we become a REAL MAN!

  1. Prayer (for your pastor, for your leaders, for those who are in need, and enemies too)
  2. Bible (read it, dont just have your reading time during the pastor’s preaching)
  3. Faithful Worship (get involved in a church and DO something for them)
  4. Mentor Other Men (Mentoring other men to be godly. Accept criticism and accept help. You are not always RIGHT!)

In closing, Chip challenged us to be a MAN when we go home. To be a real man and to do what God expects of us!

Guidelines to Hosting a Deaf Ministry Outreach event.

Several people saw pictures of some of the Deaf Ministry events that the church hosted back over the years. Many of them asked how we were able to pull so many people to come. Other questions such as: Which food preferences was more popular? How did you publicize the event? What was the outline of the program? What worked and what didn’t work? What did you do with the kids who came with their parents?

I am hoping in this post, I will be able to answer some of those questions. First of all, you must have a team of at least 5 of more people. Doing it alone is a NO-NO. I would never encourage doing things alone because it causes stress on yourself, your family, your time, etc. I have found it more efficient if you have a team of committed people. People to help come set up, people to help clean up. People to help do parts of the program, people to help prepare the food, serve the food, and people to do the spreading of the news for the event.

(1) What foods were popular? What was the deaf community’s preferences?

I have to say CHICKEN was the number one. We had Chik-fila, Zaxbys, KY Fried Chicken mostly. The most popular and cheapest was Chik-fila. This is also popular with the kids who come to the event with their parents. Any place the provides chicken nuggets or chicken strips was best. We also had hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, ham/turkey meat trays, BBQ pork & chicken, and crockpots of chili. When serving a meat, to make sure you had enough for everyone ONCE, I encourage to have one or two people SERVING the meat to make sure everyone gets a share. Many places provided catering and sometimes the church has an ongoing business relationship with the restaurant for discounts. Check with your church to make sure when you check around into prices.

(2) How did you publicize the event to the Deaf community?

Flyers were made, printed out, copied and handed out at Deaf events. Before the church social event, we had two other big events that would open opportunites to invite people. We also used email. One of the Deaf men in our group had access to all of the emails because he was also the host for another big deaf outreach event, Deaf Coffee Chat. I encourage you to get everyone’s email address when they attend your event to make sure they are informed of future outreach events. We also use Facebook too but that isn’t always the best thing. The top methods that I find effective are flyer handouts at Deaf events and emails mostly.

(3) What was the outline of the outreach event’s program?

There are many ways to have your program. Movie Nights, Game Nights, Fellowship Nights, etc. Those require very little preparation as all you need to do is do announcements, prayer, and then turn the movie on. Same for Game Nights and Fellowship Nights. The most effective and influential programs involve worship, drama, and devotional message. In my 13 years of ministry, I have seen people impacted MORE by a “worship-style” outreach event than a Movie Night. We usually allow 3 1/2 hours for the event. Below is the outline:

  • 6pm      =       Fellowship / Food preparation as people come in
  • 6:30      =       Open Prayer for Food and begin eating
  • 7:45      =       Break time to prepare for Worship
  • 8pm      =       Worship starts
  • 9pm      =       Worship ends / Cleanup
  • 9:30      =       Everyone leaves

Worship includes: Opening Prayer, One Biblical Drama or Modern Day Drama, 2 or 3 worship songs, and a devotional message. Its important to PRACTICE your dramas, and your music BEFORE the event. I also encourage people to pick guest speakers that are Deaf or know American Sign Language. The reason for this is because it is a true fact, Deaf people reach and communicate BEST to Deaf people. In my years of seeing outreach event, I have only seen 4 times where a hearing speaker with an interpreter spoke at a Deaf outreach event. Afterwards, the feedback was not so great. While I know people will have their own opinions about this, many Deaf leaders will say the same thing. We have to keep in mind, this is a DEAF outreach event used to draw DEAF people to Jesus. So therefore, outreach events are best kept with the focus on DEAF, to use DEAF people to the best that they can.

(4)  What worked and what didn’t work?

At any of the outreach events that we hosted, Worship-style socials work the best. Now, this goes without saying that you need to have a team. Obviously you cannot have a worship-style social with 1 or 2 people. Thats why I encourage teams of 5 or more for any outreach event. This is best for everyone involved AND the community that comes to your event. Like I said before, I have seen more people impacted by these kinds of socials than a Movie or Game Night. Also, socials that hosted CHILI-contests or Dessert-contests worked as well. Having people bring their best crockpot of chili to share was a great way to save money on providing the meat. We also had a prize for the 1st place winner. The people at the social event did the voting.

What didn’t work?  Obviously, you want to provide the best for the people that comes. I hadn’t experienced anything much that didn’t work, because almsot every event was a worship-style social event. Once or twice a year, we did a MOVIE Night which gave the team a couple of months off from doing anything. This is encouraged. Games Night didnt pull too many people, so i guess it depends on your focus group. Usually senior citizens are into games, very little do the younger folks take it up.

(5) What do we do with the kids that come with their parents?

We had a program focused on the kids too. We would have a movie for them, and a devotional time with them as well. They would have their own foods sometimes or usually the kids would go in line to get their foods first before the adults did. We always try to keep the kids apart from the parents so that the parents can focus on the message and the program. This turned out well because we were usually across the hall and had 2 or 3 people focusing on the kids. If there isn’t alot of kids, then you can always go in the back of the room and do coloring, drawing, or games with the kids to keep them busy.

(6) How often should we have Deaf outreach events?

here in Louisville, we have them once a month, on the third friday. There are four churches that we rotate the event with. This is encouraged because it does several things. One, it shows the community that the churches are working together rather than competing with each other. Two, it helps expose that church to the community of what they provide for the Deaf. There may be deaf people living in your area that don’t know about your Deaf ministry. This helps that exposure. And lastly, it creates fairness between all of the Deaf ministry. One church cannot do all of the witnessing and sharing of Jesus. In the eyes of man, we see different teams and different churches, but in the eyes of God…He sees ONE team and ONE church.

I pray this was helpful to most of the people who were asking about these. May God bless you and your work always!

 

Revival – Renewal – Results!

WOW! Thats mainly the only word to describe this past weekend. The Lord was REALLY, I mean, REALLLLLLLLY working on the hearts of many this weekend. I had several people come to me all weekend talking about things that I have been praying would happen among Deaf people.

This revival was different. It was the first one ever at this Deaf Church. It was a new ministry. New experience, and new territory for everyone involved. Thomas Cook, the Deaf pastor at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, said “Its finally happening!” Yes, its finally happening…and its not over yet. God is just getting started now with Thomas and his Deaf group.

While I will not go so much into details since I know I said I would share my revival notes afterwards. We just got home today and I am doggone tired! But God used every ounce of my energy this weekend from Friday afternoon with the Dotson Deaf Group with a team-building workshop….to the Friday evening Revival kickoff….to the Saturday morning with the Knoxville group represented by 5 different churches….to the Saturday evening Revival service….to the Sunday morning Revival service…and then ending with the Sunday evening 212jam Concert.  It was WELL worth it. It is my prayer now that the Knoxville community and its leaders will take what they learned and share with others and HONOR God in all that they do or say.

Until next time…..may the Lord bless you and your evening tonight….I am going to go hibernate for awhile. SMILE!

Heading out….

Next week, I will be heading out of town to my parents for a couple of days to meditate, study, and spend some time with the Lord as I prepare for traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee to preach a revival on August 5-7. I also will be practicing music for my upcoming 212jam concert on August 7 too. If you happen to be in the Knoxville area or know of some deaf people or interpreters who live in that area, please pass the word on to people about the 212jam concert. If you are not familiar with my ministry, please go look at the website www.212jam.org.

In the meantime, here is a small glimpse of what the revival theme will be. I will not reveal anything more about it until AFTER the revival weekend.