Monday, February 22, 2016

When Did Jesus Become Real?

Real. When did Jesus become real to you? This was a question posed in a book Im reading this week. The book is called the End of Me and it was written by Klye Idleman  It really got me thinking and I wanted to talk to you all about it.

So for me, as I’ve shared before Jesus became real when he answered a prayer said alone in the dark with no real expectation.  It wasn’t at a rock bottom moment. 
It was at a time of genuine confusion and introspection. It was a pleading from my soul to have the experience I had seen in others.  Psalms 37: 4 says Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I had asked God for things before, even to help me change but I was still holding something back. 
I think a lot of it was the fact that I was praying for God to help “me” change. God doesn’t need my help and that night He knew the desire of my heart was to be changed.
The day after I prayed that prayer I woke up feeling normal. I went to the conference, got some coffee and filed into the auditorium.  As the lights went down and the music came up Jesus became real to me. I remember the moment like it was yesterday.
  
So I want to know, when did Jesus become real to you?

I want your stories. I want your responses. You can comment here, you can email me personally at alanwaynemyers@gmail.com or Facebook message me. 

I’d like to post some of your responses next Monday.

Thanks for reading


Alan

Monday, February 15, 2016

What Keeps Me?

I got to sit in and listen recently to some great people from church have real honest dialogue about LifePoint.

I was thrilled, honored and challenged by what I heard.

as the evening passed the man in charge of the focus group, Mr Duane Deskins asked a couple  questions.

Well, he asked several but 2 stuck out.

The first was “What brought you to LifePoint?”

This is a question I have answered several times.  If you are unaware you can check out my story here..

The second question, “What keeps you here?” That was the question I had never asked myself or been asked.  This stymied me for a few minutes.  As time passed and I heard people’s reasons I couldn’t find the words to explain why I’m still here.  It’s been almost 5 years since I fist started.  However begrudgingly it was at the beginning. 

Why do I stay?

Because there is work to do.  That what kept sliding around in my mind.
Matthew 9:37 The harvest is plenty but the workers are few.

Not the art work that originally hooked me. Although that is plentiful as well.  It’s the Kingdom work.  

I’ve seen people come, burn bright then burn out.  I’ve seen people come and do the work just for the reward.  I’ve been guilty of pride in what I perceive was my part in Gods work.

I’m still here though because there is work to do and I know LifePoint will do it.  I know here I will get the equipment I need to pull my weight and to move the vision forward.

The spiritual calories I need to keep going when its’ rough and not always fun. When there are other things I’d rather do.

I’m here because there is work to do and I want to do what I can to make God happy.

I want to be a good and faithful servant.

Why are you here?  If you want to work find me and I’ll help you “clock in”

Thanks for Reading


Alan

Monday, February 8, 2016

We are Family

Mt 12:48  A long time ago, around my first real struggle with the faith I was raised in I had this verse quoted to me.
I had started seeking God outside the confines of forced church with mom every week.

We had a falling out and I was no longer living at home but with some friends.  I was worried that I had lost my mom completely.   She was no longer speaking to me at the time and I had no idea how that would work out.  
Along with that I was experiencing God for the first time as a result of my actively seeking Him.
My pastor at the time George Asnip saw me at church and he could tell something was wrong.  I kind of gave him a quick overview of the problems and he quoted that scripture.

Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.  Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!” Mt 12:48150 NLT

Over time my relationship with my mom was restored and I think its pretty healthy these days.  It was at that time though that I looked at the church for the first time as family.   Not that they could replace that bond between a child and his/her mother but family none the less.

It was then I realized that no matter where I found myself.  Thru thick or thin as long as I had a church family I had a family.

As with my biological family there will be rifts from time to time.  Heck there will be people I just don’t care for.  

As a family though I try desperately not to let that come between how I treat them. 

I’ve wrapped my mind around that as a pastor now.  I’ve realized that even if I don’t necessarily like to be around that crazy family member (we all have one) its still my responsibility to love them.  To treat them well and to minister and care for them. 

I put that to practice at church in the confines of LifePoint and I pray God helps me to broaden His love thru me to those that are families in a different house.  

Two parents get a divorce, unreconcilable differences being cited.  Their child lives with the mom in a house on one side of town.  The father on the other side of town.  
As time wears on both parents remarry and have more children.  
Still the child from that original union loves the father, brothers and sisters in that other house.

So I pray is my love for those in other churches.  To treat a stranger as a brother regardless.  To reflect the family dynamic to all I come in contact with as Christ has reflected it to us.  We are all children of one God in different houses.

 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!” 

Who is your brother and your sister? Here is a hint. They are in the pews next to you week in and week out. Get to know them. Serve with them. 
Most importantly understand that as a family it's ok to disagree and to have spats from time to time.  Love first though and the rest will fall into place

Thanks for reading

Alan




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Vision

Vision, what is vision?  Vision is that thing that leads us to the future.  Without a vision for the future of any endeavor we will remain stagnant.

In a church environment our vision come from our pastor who received that vision from God.

God passes vision to the pastor who passes it down to the next level they pass to the next and so on.  This vision is carried to us and we facilitate the vision.  

As the body of the church it is up to us to help carry out that vision.  Without our help the things that God wants to get done thru our church either don’t get done or get done so slowly that we miss the impact that it could have on our community.  

I love to help realize someones vision.  I love the satisfaction of knowing God had an idea and I helped make it happen.  He could have used someone else but I was there to answer that call.

Good healthy leadership doesn't just give you the vision they also help carry it. They are there in the trenches leading by example.  

Sometimes unfortunately that isn’t the case.  Every so often the vision is cast and we are the ones that make it happen.  Usually this is in singular ministries rather than the vision for the whole church.

Your direct ministry leader tells you of the amazing thing God has planned for the ministry and then intentionally or not they leave it up to you to carry out.  This causes us to move off center of the vision.  Then  as things take more time we may find ourselves at the edge of the vision making it harder to carry.

Every Wednesday night we have a community dinner at church.  Every Wednesday morning I carry all the tables out and set them up.  I go get all the chairs and set them at all the tables and it takes about an hour.

One thing I have noticed is if I grab just the edge of the table and drag it to the where I’m going to set it up my arm gets really tired.  It’s easier to carry the table if I lift it from the center.  It’s balanced and I don’t wear out as fast.  
I can carry more weight and carry it more efficiently by being centered.

The vision of the church is far larger than a table.  We are all expected to carry it though without regards to if anyone else is or not.  

If you aren't completely under the vision then its off balance and you are gonna either find it more difficult to lift off balance or drag it rather than carry it.  All that is going to do is wear you out and slowdown the progress.

We need to look to our leaders, find out the vision, define what a win looks like in that ministry and either get 100% under it or get out of the way.   In the world we live in just warming a pew won't cut it.  
God has something he wants to get done and He will find someone that will do it if we won’t. 

This goes for our everyday life too.  God has a vision for how He wants our lives to go and things He wants us to accomplish for Him.  It took me 33 years to get directly underneath it and begin to work smarter not harder.  I’m not promising you an easy life when it comes to shouldering the will of God in your life.  There is still a lot of pressure and things won’t always go right but you can carry more weight when you lift from the center

Thanks for Reading

Alan