Thursday, July 28, 2011

TGIF Today

Power of the Tongue
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Thursday, June 09 2011

"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18:21
Words have the power to motivate or destroy, energize or deflate, inspire or create despair. Many successful executives can remember the time their father failed to give affirmation to them as a child. The result was either overachievement to prove their worth, or underachievement to prove he was right.
Many a wife has lost her ability to love because of a critical husband. Many a husband has left a marriage because of words of disrespect and ungratefulness. Stories abound regarding the power of words. There are just as many stories of those who have been encouraged, challenged, and comforted with words that made a difference in their lives.
Jesus knew the power of words. He used parables to convey His principles of the Kingdom of God. He used words of forgiveness and mercy. He used words to challenge. He used words to inspire His disciples to miraculous faith.
Do your words give life? Do they inspire and challenge others to greatness? Who does God want you to encourage through your words today? Affirm someone close to you today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

God is good

Today, I am tired and worn out, the battle is on and I am struggling. I have been sitting here at my desk trying to get up enough strength to make some calls but with no luck. I opened my email to find this:

Being An Overcomer
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Tuesday, July 26 2011

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"Why does it seem that those involved in Christian enterprise find the way so hard? It seems as though it is harder for those who are committed Christians in business. Have you found this to be true?" This was the comment from a business associate recently. My answer was a definite yes. In fact, if you were not a Christian and sought to do a similar business without regard to maintaining a biblical philosophy, the way would be much smoother sailing. It makes us think of the prophet who asked, "Why do the wicked prosper?" (see Jer. 12:1)

It is a spiritual principle of which we speak. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan before they entered the Promised Land, they fought only two battles. Then after they entered the Promised Land, they fought 39 battles. The way of the cross is not paved with lilies; it is paved with grace. When we seek to honor God in our business life, we will be met with opposition from the spiritual forces of this world. This is why each of us must commit ourselves to walking in the power of the Holy Spirit and to be as gentle as doves but as wise as serpents.

Do not be surprised when you find the way harder as a believer than when you were a non-believer. You now have more at stake among the spiritual forces that desire you to be defeated and ineffective.

Stand firm against the evil forces that desire to keep you from walking in freedom in the Promised Land. Jesus is your victory for every battle you will encounter. Call on His name.

Dear Heavenly Father, I love you and I need you, please help me be the man that you want me to be and that you would expand my teritory and keep my hand from sin. Send me your Holy Spirt to help and guide me this day. In the name of Jesus I come against you Satin.

Monday, July 25, 2011

evening prayer


Begin with Praise and Thanksgiving
Then Continue…

Father, I ask You, in the Name of Jesus, to dispatch mighty warring angels right now to hold back the forces of Satan and his kingdom while I sleep.

I cover my body, mind, memories, thoughts, my conscious, unconscious and subconscious with the Blood of Jesus. I bind up any spirits of terror, fear, nightmares, or torment with the Blood of Jesus. I bind up any evil spirit that could be in or around our property with the Blood of Jesus.

Lord Jesus, protect our property, vehicles, families (wherever they are), and our pastor. Give us supernatural good rest, speak to us through our dreams and let us awaken refreshed.

I cover our home above, below and on all sides with the Blood of Jesus and I speak peace upon us all. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

“He (or she) who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust.’” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Keith Martin Funeral

It's not the possession that we accumulate but the hearts we touch that will determine our success in life. Making a difference in the lives of others is what life is all about. On Friday I attended the funeral of our Music Pastor who was also a friend, not a close friend but a friend indeed. He was a man that devoted his life to his family and to serving Jesus and sharing the good news. He did not have a fancy car or a big house, but it was a house full of love.

As I looked around to a packed church it was ever apparent to me that it is not what we have but the lives we touch that is important. That old saying: “he who dies with the most toys wins” is SO wrong because in the end it all goes back in the box and you cannot take it with you.

Keith Martin was a great man of God and he will be missed. I hope that when it is my time to go be with our Father that I will have touched half as many lives as he did.

However, the significance of our life will be determined by the choices we make. We can choose positive over negative, smiles over frowns, giving over talking and love over hate. It is only when we take responsibility for our choices that we begin to realize we truly are the masters of our fate. Only then will our lives begin to change for the better.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

From Big Brian

At the heart of it all, there is a wound that screams to be healed. It molds and shapes who you have become. It shows itself when you negatively react to a difficult situation
In you, is there a "Father" wound?
There are some of us that can't answer this question with a, "Yes."
But, this is near and very dear to my core and many, many others who suffer, even today, from what their father did, didn't do, absently or passively allowing "things" to take place in their childhood.
I am here, today, to say, "With God, we can all "Let go", and let Him heal that/those wound(s)".
He promises, in Psalm 27:10;
"Even though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take care of me"
And in Joel 2:25;
"I promise (says the Lord) that I will restore all that the locusts, palmerworms and cankerworms have eaten..."
Read this great word for you and continue to walk in the blessing that is "Today".
"This is the day, the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!" Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
I remain in prayer for us all - "Life happens - Choose God

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Boot Camp Promo Video

Kapitan Jan is speaking in Czech. He's wondering why the German word for Boat (Boot) is being used in the flyer he's holding. So, he found a big boat. He thinks that his twin brother Jan has invited him to a "Boat Camp".

Wildmen Boot Camp, coming Sept 22-25, 2011.
More info at:

Monday, July 18, 2011

You can do it

Unlimited Potential
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Monday, July 18 2011

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

What might God want to accomplish through you in your lifetime? As a workplace believer, you may yet have your greatest contribution to society. Such was the case of Cyrus McCormick, born in 1809. Raised on a farm by an inventor father, Cyrus McCormick sought to invent a mechanical reaper to harvest wheat. His father's attempts at inventing a successful machine had failed until Cyrus, at 22, created one that worked. McCormick had to overcome many setbacks including the loss of his patent 14 years after his first invention. This opened up competition. Then, in 1837 he went bankrupt due to the bank panic of 1837. However, these setbacks did not prevent McCormick from achieving his goals.

He expanded his market by trying to sell his machine to European farmers in 1851. A long series of honors compensated for the lack of recognition and praise from his American compatriots. By 1856, he was not only a world figure but his factory produced more than 4,000 reapers a year.

McCormick was a committed believer. He lived during the time of D.L. Moody and gave $10,000 to Moody to start the Chicago YMCA in 1869. That building burned along with his Chicago factory in 1871. By this time, McCormick was over 60 and wealthy enough to retire. Before his death in 1884, he had given $100,000 to help open Moody Bible Institute. His son, Cyrus Jr., was to become the first chairman of the school's board. Cyrus McCormick was a devoted Christian who passed his faith on to his son who later met up with J. Pierpoint Morgan to become the first president of a combined reaper firm, the famed International Harvester Corporation. [John Woodbridge, ed., More Than Conquerors (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1992), 328-331.]

What might God want to accomplish through your life? Surely you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Keith Martin

At 1:06am this morning Keith went home to be with the Lord. His old body has been transformed and he is seeing our Lord without the veil of flesh and blood, and no doubt already enrolled in the praise team that will never end, singing God’s praises as always. The blog says that friends and family were with him and that he slipped from sleep into the arms of Jesus. You can read the latest from Lee Ann at

The funeral will be next Friday at church. Please pass this along and continue to lift up the Martin family and encourage them with your love.

Because He lives!

Banks Corl

Our Friend and Brother Keith Martin Passed Today

Keith Martin is now with the Lord and as we celebrate his life please keep his family in your prayers. Keith was our worshop leader at Woodlands and a Great Man of God and he will be greatly missed. I am proud to have known him and to be able to call him a friend. Below is a post from his wife:

Friday, July 15
Early this morning, my sweet Keith was ushered into the presence of Jesus. It happened faster than we had expected, but God was merciful. Yesterday evening, he was struggling so much to breathe. While he was trying to sleep, I told God, "Please go ahead and take him. He's fought so hard." I found out later that Paul had actually prayed the same thing when he was sitting with Keith. So, at 1:06 this morning that is what happened. Josh, Bethany and I were all with him. I am heartbroken but thankful, as he was really beginning to suffer.

As I sat by him and looked at his worn out earthly shell, I was in awe to know that he is now in the presence of Jesus. And without a doubt he is hearing the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

As I close I want to leave you with this passage of scripture:

Revelation 22:1-4
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

I miss him desperately already, but I am very envious of all he is experiencing right now. Thank you, dear friends for the way you poured out your love on him this past week.

If you would like to know more please visit:

TGIF Today

Seeing Us for What We Will Become
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Friday, July 15 2011

..."The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." Judges 6:12

God always looks at His children for what they will be, not what they are now. The Lord already had seen Gideon as a leader of others, not just a laborer who threshed wheat.

Gideon was an Israelite who lived during a time of oppression from the Midianites. God had allowed Israel to be oppressed because of its rebellion. However, the Israelites cried out to God, and He heard their cry for help. He decided to free them from the oppression of their enemies. God chose a man with little experience in such matters to lead an army against Midian.

When God came to Gideon through a visit by an angel, the angel's first words to him were, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." God always looks at His children for what they will be, not what they are now. The Lord had already seen this man as a leader of others, not just a laborer who threshed wheat.

The apostle Paul said, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13). God has reserved an inheritance for you and me. He has foreordained that we should accomplish great things in His name-not so that we will be accepted or become more valued, but to experience the reality of a living relationship with a God who wants to demonstrate His power through each of us.

What does God want to accomplish through you today? He used Gideon, with only 300 men, to deliver Israel from an army of more than 100,000. He demonstrated His power through one man who was willing to let God use what little faith he had to free a nation from oppression and bring glory to the God of Israel. The Lord delights in showing Himself strong through those who will trust Him.

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Wild at Heart

Friday, July 15, 2011

What Is Your Image of Jesus AS A MAN?
Maybe it would be better to turn our search to the headwaters, to that mighty root from which these branches grow. Who is this One we allegedly come from, whose image every man bears? What is he like? In a man's search for his strength, telling him that he's made in the image of God may not sound like a whole lot of encouragement at first. To most men, God is either distant or he is weak-the very thing they'd report of their earthly fathers. Be honest now-what is your image of Jesus as a man? "Isn't he sort of meek and mild?" a friend remarked. "I mean, the pictures I have of him show a gentle guy with children all around. Kind of like Mother Teresa." Yes, those are the pictures I've seen myself in many churches. In fact, those are the only pictures I've seen of Jesus. As I've said before, they leave me with the impression that he was the world's nicest guy. Mister Rogers with a beard. Telling me to be like him feels like telling me to go limp and passive. Be nice. Be swell. Be like Mother Teresa.

I'd much rather be told to be like William Wallace.

(Wild at Heart , 22)

Upwards with Max Lucado

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Week of July 8

Judas, The Man Who Never Knew

I’ve wondered at times what kind of man this Judas was. What he looked like, how he acted, who his friends were.

I guess I’ve stereotyped him. I’ve always pictured him as a wiry, beady-eyed, sly, wormy fellow, pointed beard and all. I’ve pictured him as estranged from the other apostles.

Friendless. Distant. Undoubtedly he was a traitor and a quisling. Probably the result of a broken home. A juvenile delinquent in his youth.

Yet I wonder if that is so true. We have no evidence (save Judas’s silence) that would suggest that he was isolated. At the Last Supper, when Jesus said that his betrayer sat at the table, we don’t find the apostles immediately turning to Judas as the logical traitor.

No, I think we’ve got Judas pegged wrong. Perhaps he was just the opposite. Instead of sly and wiry, maybe he was robust and jovial. Rather than quiet and introverted, he could have been outgoing and well-meaning. I don’t know.

But for all the things we don’t know about Judas, there is one thing we know for sure: He had no relationship with the Master. He had seen Jesus, but he did not know him. He had heard Jesus, but he did not understand him. He had a religion but no relationship.

As Satan worked his way around the table in the upper room, he needed a special kind of man to betray our Lord. He needed a man who had seen Jesus but who did not know him. He needed a man who knew the actions of Jesus but had missed out on the mission of Jesus. Judas was this man. He knew the empire but had never known the Man.

Judas bore the cloak of religion, but he never knew the heart of Christ.

We learn this timeless lesson from the betrayer. Satan’s best tools of destruction are not from outside the church; they are within the church. A church will never die from the immorality in Hollywood or the corruption in Washington. But it will die from corrosion within—from those who bear the name of Jesus but have never met him and from those who have religion but no relationship.

Judas bore the cloak of religion, but he never knew the heart of Christ. Let’s make it our goal to know … deeply.

From Shaped by God (original title: On the Anvil)
Copyright (Tyndale House, 1985, 2002) Max Lucado

Thursday, July 14, 2011

God is Great

Personal story today:

As many of my friends know Angie and I have been trying to adopt for the past 2 years and it is a long tough process. There is a little girl who we have met and are considering. She is in foster care and her birthday was last month and the foster home did not have a party or even a cake and she was sad about that. We decided to have a party for her and God showed up in a huge way.

I was VERY concened because it would be easy for me to get a bunch of Dylans (our son) friends but what littel girl wants a bunch of roudly boys at her party. We made some calls but the party had to be on Wednesday because of the Gardians so that was another challange.

God filled the house with little girls and presents and most of all love. To see this little girl smile was one of the greatest things I have ever experienced. I thank God and give him all the glory for yesterday because people showed up that made this little girls birthday a blast. I was so concerned about not having any kids there and it turned out that we had close to 20, it was unbelievable.


5th Tuesday

One of Wildmen's and Tampa Bay's own, RV Brown, Motivational Coach for previous years University of Florida National Champions Football Team and founder of Outreach To America's Youth will be speaking for our combined Wildmen 5th Tuesday Event on August 30th in New Port Richey (see attached flyer) at Calvary Chapel. Join the Wildmen from all over Tampa Bay to hear RV and yes he will motivate you to walk even closer with Jesus!
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Mark Woods

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wildmen History

In 2002, two men started meeting together
for bible study. This quickly grew to eight
people who got together to study “40 Days
of Purpose”. From this small group, Wildmen
was unleashed. Every week more and
more men came. Solely as a result of wordof-
mouth, the weekly gatherings quickly
outgrew even the largest home.
Designed to promote discipleship, fellowship,
worship, ministry and outreach, Wildmen
provides a safe place where men can
gather and be men as they grow in their
walk with Jesus Christ.
“As Iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17

Bootcamp update

The Florida Wildmen bootcamp is only 10 weeks away and there are still some spaces open. If you attended last year you experienced a life changing event. This even is modeled after the John Elderage Colorado bootcamps and the only difference is that we dont have the mountains, we traded that for the river.

This event is going to be something specials so click on the link to check it out.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

BootCamp update


We are just 11 weeks away from the Florida Wildmen Boot camp. We were at the location today and it is going to be life changing event. If you have not attended a boot camp in the past please click on the link to the left to learn more.

It is a time to grow and deal with life. No matter where you are or what you believe when you attend a boot camp you will come away changed. Have you ever had the opportunity to dis connect from the world and just spend time with your Father God and get to know him and build a relationship with him????

God wants a relationship with each and every one of us, boot camp is a time to learn and get closer to him.

There are still some spaces available so sign up today.

God is a warrior

The Lord Is a Warrior!
I think even a quick read of the Old Testament would be enough to convince you that war is a central theme of God's activity. There is the Exodus, where God goes to war to set his captive people free. Blood. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Death. Plague after plague descends on Egypt like a boxer's one-two punch, like the blows of some great ax. Pharaoh releases his grip, but only for a moment. The fleeing slaves are pinned against the Red Sea when Egypt makes a last charge, hurtling down on them in chariots. God drowns those soldiers in the sea, every last one of them. Standing in shock and joy on the opposite shore, the Hebrews proclaim, "The LORD is a warrior!" (Ex. 15:3). Yahweh is a warrior.

Then it's war to get to the Promised Land. Moses and company have to do battle against the Amalekites; again God comes through, and Moses shouts, "The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation" (Ex.17:16). Yahweh will be at war. Indeed. You ain't seen nothin' yet. Then it's war to get into the Promised Land-Joshua and the battle of Jericho, and all that. After the Jews gain the Promised Land, it's war after war to keep it. Israel battles the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Midianites, the Egyptians again, the Babylonians-and on and on it goes. Deborah goes to war; Gideon goes to war; King David goes to war. Elijah wars against the prophets of Baal; Jehoshaphat battles the Edomites. Are you getting the picture?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Today I will make a difference.

I Will Make a Difference

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It’s OK to stumble… . I will get up. It’s OK to fail… . I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.