Thursday, September 30, 2010

God Given Dreams

God-given Dreams

“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure”
(Proverbs 16:9, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Oftentimes as children, we have dreams for the future, dreams of being ball players and actresses, super heroes and firemen. But most of the time, they end up just being wishful thinking. As we get older, we grow out of them. It’s good to play and have dreams as children, but when we grow up, we have to know the difference between a God-given dream and a wish. I remember when I was a little boy, I dreamed of playing basketball for the Houston Rockets. That was definitely a fantasy! Beyond our wishes though, we all have dreams placed inside of us by the Creator of the universe. In fact, the Latin word for “desire” means “from the Father.” One way to tell if a dream is really from God is that the desire won’t go away. You may have had it for years, but you still can’t let it go. In fact, you may have tried to let it go, but it won’t let go of you.

Today, I encourage you to search your heart and allow those God-given dreams to surface. He placed those desires inside of you for a purpose, and He’s going to use them to direct you into the destiny He has in store for you!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Guest Speaker Big James Henderson

Wildmen and Woodland MEN’s NIGHT—Tue. Oct. 19

Guest Speaker Big James Henderson

We’re calling all men and friends to come together

Tuesday night, Oct. 19, for a time of worship, fellowship, a special

message from James Henderson to men. James holds the world

record for bench press (711 lbs!) and was an original member of

the Power Team. BBQ ribs and chicken dinner starting

at 6:15pm, Program 7pm.

Ticket’s $10 in advance. You will need to get your ticket in

advance. We will be selling them in a few weeks in the lobby and online

at Food, fellowship, high energy praise & worship, great speaker!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ground Zero Update and Pettition

Please take a look at what is being proposed for Ground Zero

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Personal Request


I don't ask for many personal prayers but today I am asking you to lift up my 8 year old son Dylan. He may have a problem with his ankles, we are seeing a specialist on Thursday to find out if he does.

Someone sent me this today and I wanted to share it:

Jesus prayed three time is the Garden before going to the cross for us. He asked "If it be your will..."

Pray and continue to pray, we will pray with you. I found a reminder yesterday I would like to share:

I asked God to take away my pride.
God said "No".
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said "No".
Her spirit is whole, her body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said "No".
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said "No".
I give you blessings, happiness is how you choose to receive them.
I asked God
to spare me pain.
God said "No".
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said "No".
You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said "No".
I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me love others, as much as he loves me.
God said... Ahhhh, finally you've discovered what is really important.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Motivational

"Those who wish to transform the world must be able to transform themselves."
-Konrad Heiden

"The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions."
-William Johnson

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Good News from John

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you who have sent a letter to Governor Crist in support of my appointment to the circuit court bench here in the Fifth Circuit, Hernando County. This morning I received a call from Mr. Eric Figlio, the Governor's counsel, advising I was one of three candidates up for final consideration. I will be meeting with the Governor, in the Capitol, next Thursday at noon. It is at that time Governor Crist will make his final selection as to who will fill the vacancy left by retiring judge Jack Springstead.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to send a letter to the Governor, now is the time.

Here's the short story:
On August 12, 2010, I was selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission as one of the finalists to be appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to fill a vacancy on the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Bench. Eighteen attorneys applied for this position. After the application and interview process the Commission, as requested, recommended six applicants to the Governor.

On September 15th, each of us was interviewed, at the Capitol, by the Governor's counsel. The field was further narrowed to three this morning.

On September 23rd, next Thursday, I, along with the other two up for consideration, will be meeting with the Governor. He will then decide whom to appoint as the next circuit judge in Hernando County.

Though life has thrown our family some real challenges this year, I know God has a plan for us and we are here for a reason. I cannot think of a better way to invest the balance of my career. It is an honor and a blessing to be one of the final three being considered for this position.

The Governor's office has asked for letters of recommendation. I would sincerely appreciate your support in the form of a letter, email or fax to Governor Crist. The contact information is:

The Honorable Charlie Crist
Office of the Governor, State of Florida
The Capitol, PL05400 South Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Fax (850) 487-0801

I believe I am uniquely qualified for this position in that I have been an actively practicing trial lawyer for 22 years working in both public and private practice in civil and criminal court. I have been an adjunct professor of law at NSU, Shepard Broad Law Center for the past ten years. Understanding the complexities that surround the practice of law, not just in theory but also in practice, I offer a breadth of experience that will allow me to serve with efficiency, wisdom and understanding. A brief curriculum vitae follows below.

A brief letter would be appreciated, letting Governor Crist know who you are, a note about how you know me and what qualifications, strengths and insights you believe I possess that would make me the best choice to fill this vacancy. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding my qualifications or background.

As the meeting is next week, please send this letter as soon as possible.

Be a blessing,

John E. Napolitano

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Guy's Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Maiden...

“Will you marry me?”
The Princess said “NO!”

And the Prince lived happily ever after and

* collected firearms and
* rode motorcycles and
* went fishing and hunting and
* played golf and
* had tons of money in the bank and
* left the toilet seat up and
* farted whenever he wanted.

The End

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Your Daily Bread, Proverbs 9

Wisdom has built her spacious house with seven pillars. 2 She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. 3 She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. 4 "Come home with me," she urges the simple. To those without good judgment, she says, 5 "Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your foolish ways behind, and begin to live; learn how to be wise." 7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get a smart retort. Anyone who rebukes the wicked will get hurt. 8 So don't bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more. 9 Teach the wise, and they will be wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn more. 10 Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding. 11 Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. 12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. 13 The woman named Folly is loud and brash. She is ignorant and doesn't even know it. 14 She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city. 15 She calls out to men going by who are minding their own business. 16 "Come home with me," she urges the simple. To those without good judgment, she says, 17 "Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret tastes the best!" 18 But the men don't realize that her former guests are now in the grave.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Next session in Sarasota


Starting next week we will be starting: "The Secrets of the Vine" a series that introduces viewers to the ongoing work and presence of God in their everyday lives.

In this eight-part tutorial, best-selling author Bruce Wilkinson guides viewers through the stages of spiritual growth. Along the way, he helps them understand how God communicates with them and provides them with the spiritual resolve that can lead them into the light of His kingdom.

Click here to see some related materials

This is going to be a great series that will expand on the last few messages we have heard.

School is back in session and summer is officially over and we are looking forward to seeing you.

Links Tonight in Sarasota

Tonight we will be doing a Link Ceremony and Billy will be sharing from his heart. Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Important Reminder

Reminder, if you have not already sent your letter please do so because the interview is scheduled for September 15th at 10:00 am. If you are concerned about what to write just send a short email to him saying something supportative of John the email address is:

John Napolitano has been nominated to be a judge and he has asked that we (his band of brothers) write a letter to Governor Crist endorsing him. John has positively impacted my life and many others and this is an opportunity to help him and say thank you and we love you bro...... He is a man that truly walks the walk and we need a man like him as a judge.

The address is:

Honorable Charlie Crist

Office of the Governor

State of Florida

The Capitol, PL05

400 South Monroe St.

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001

Telephone: (850) 488-7146

Fax: (850) 487-0801


God bless you my brothers,

Friday, September 3, 2010

Have a great weekend

I hope that you all have a great weekend. Mine is starting early, I am off to have lunch with my son and then we are taking him out of school early and heading to the lake with some friends for a weekend of boating and 4 wheeling. Had a wild week and looking forward to some quality time with the family.

God Bless,


Thursday, September 2, 2010

I have often wondered why it is that the conservatives are called the “right” and the liberals are called the “left.” By chance stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:

Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)

“The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left.”

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Your daily bread Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,

3 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.

9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.

12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,

13 who leave the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,

14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,

15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.

16 It will save you also from the adulteress,
from the wayward wife with her seductive words,

17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God. [a]

18 For her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.

20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

From Joel and Victoria

The Bible tells us that life and death are in the power of our words. We can use our words to build people up and encourage them, or we can just as easily bring destruction with our words.
When we use our words to bring healing, the Bible says that we are wise. Choose to be wise today and choose healing words. Look for the best in others and build them up. Choose healing words over gossip; choose words of freedom and peace over anger and judgment. Let your words encourage the people in your life by speaking strength, hope and victory.
Remember, words are seeds. When you use your words to bring healing, you'll reap a harvest of health, strength and life in return. As you are faithful with your words, God will increase your influence. He will increase His favor and blessing upon you and lead you in the good life He has prepared for you.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This is worth watching

Ah, those Italians!

Guaranteed to make you smile.

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Fathered By God

A True Father

Jesus kept coming back to this central issue, over and over, driving at it in his teachings, his parables, his penetrating questions. If you look again, through the lens that most of us feel fundamentally fatherless, I think you'll find it very close indeed to the center of Jesus' mission. "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?" (Matt. 7:9-10 NIV). Well? We rush ahead to the rest of the passage, but I think Jesus is asking us a real question and he wants a real answer. I expect he paused here, his penetrating, compassionate eyes scanning the listeners before him. Well? I hesitate. I guess you're right. I wouldn't, and apart from the exceptionally wicked man, I can't think of any decent father-even if he is self absorbed-who would do such a thing. Jesus continues, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (v. 11 NIV).

He is trying to speak to our deepest doubt about the universe.

Look at the birds of the air. Consider the lilies in the field. Are you not much more valuable to your true Father than they? (Matt 6:26, 28). Hmmm. I'm not sure how to answer. I mean, of course, there's the "right" answer. And then there is the wound in our hearts toward fatherhood, and there is also the way our lives have gone. "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?" (Matt. 18:12 NIV). Yet another question, pressing into the submerged fears in our hearts, another question wanting another answer. Well? Wouldn't he? "And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost" (vv. 13-14 NIV).

Wherever you are in your ability to believe it at this moment in your life, at least you can see what Jesus is driving at. You have a good Father. He is better than you thought. He cares. He really does. He's kind and generous. He's out for your best.