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SPIRITUAL REALITY CHECK

Posted: August 5, 2012 in Personal Thoughts

I’ve been having some reality checks come into my life lately. You know, the kind that expose a fault or weakness that you have that you don’t want anybody else knows about. Shocking isn’t it? David has faults! Pastor D has weaknesses and dare I admit, even sins? Don’t you judge me! (Romans 3:23-24)

How about you, having any reality checks lately?

In my morning time of reading the Bible I came across an interesting story about King Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, after he became king. With all the wisdom Solomon had it seems his boy didn’t have a clue. When the young man finally got his act together and became strong he, and all Israel with him, abandoned the law of the Lord. Not a smart move! The prophet of God came to him with a reality check, “This is what the LORD says, ‘You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandon you…'” (2 Chronicles 12:5b)

OUCH! That’s gotta hurt! But these guys did something that most people today very seldom do… They admitted they messed up. Rehoboam and the leaders were sorry for what they had done and admitted, “The LORD is right. We have deserted him.” 2 Chronicles 12:6 (CEV)

I feel that most people today are more interested in finding fault and blame than admitting our struggles. I know one thing; it sure seems easier to find fault in others than to see faults in ourselves (maybe its that log in my eye that’s blocking my vision). Okay, back to the Bible story…

When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves and admitted their sin God gave them grace. But He also taught them a valuable lesson we all need to learn, 2 Chronicles 12:7-8 (TEV) …”Because they admit their sin, I will not destroy them. But when Shishak attacks, they will barely survive. Jerusalem will not feel the full force of my anger, but Shishak will conquer them, and they will learn the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers.”

Have you ever thought that serving God was too hard? I’ve seen too much in my 30+ years of ministry to ever think that. Not serving God and serving the world is much harder. Me and “PAIN” don’t get along, but me and “GRACE” are tight! Serving God at first may seem difficult while doing your own thing will start out easy, the end result is where you see the difference. Let me paraphrase the Apostle Paul, if you keep doing what you want apart from God it will kill you. But if you let the Spirit of God lead your life you get blessings and glory. That’s why I welcome the spiritual realty checks in my life because the end result will be life to the fullest!

PEACE

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Retired?? NOT A CHANCE!

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Personal Thoughts

I want to thank all the loving family and friends that have congratulated me on my retirement from Clovis Unified, leaving my career of 32 years in teaching. But retired? NOT A CHANCE! I have entered into a new journey, an adventure of faith and purpose.
On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 I officially joined the awesome team at Northeast Assembly of God as Associate Pastor. As many of you know I have been bi-vocational for over 19 years, being the Lead Pastor of Family Joy Community Church (FJCC). Not many people enjoy the jobs they have but I can honestly tell you that I had 2 jobs that I LOVED, teaching children through music (I don’t teach music; I teach children) and pastoring all the wonderful people of FJCC. Now that FJCC has partnered with Northeast a new adventure has begun, an adventure filled with potential, vision and hope for the future.
Coming to this place was a long and, at times, stressful process. But the benefits and blessings that we are experiencing make it all worthwhile. Several years ago I prayed a very dangerous prayer (a prayer I think everyone should pray). I said to God in prayer, “Lord, I will do whatever you tell me to do, and I will go wherever you want me to go.” God took on that challenge and sent me to Lindsay CA. to be their high school band director. I loved my students at Lindsay High School (still do) but God had other plans for us. As I look back I needed to get out of Fresno for a while so I could focus on my new life in Christ.
After 2 years at Lindsay HS God moved us back to Fresno and opened a door at Tranquillity High School and for 6 wonderful years I directed an awesome group of musicians and Color Guard!! On our final Spring Concert we received a standing ovation! I will never forget my family from TUHS. I still have contact with some of my students. GO TIGERS!! I love you so much.
But being a high school band director is too demanding for the next journey God had for me and Michelle.
I left TUHS for Clovis Unified and Jefferson Elementary School. There is a miracle involved in this move but I will share it at another time. Being at the elementary school level gave me the opportunity to begin our greatest journey, starting a new church in Fresno called, “Family Joy Community Church.” Maybe one day Michelle and I will write a book about our experiences as lead pastors of an amazing ministry, filled with many miracles and too many heartbreaks, but not enough to make us give up on our vision. I LOVE YOU FAMILY JOY!
Now God has us on another new journey, a journey of power and blessings. We’ve already seen God do miracles, healings, restoration, and empowerment. For over 6 months we have been in the planning stages with Pastor Mike Bruton and his awesome leadership team to bring together two groups of people to become one Church, one in purpose, power, and peace. Because of this partnership I was able to retire from teaching and go on as a full-time pastor with Northeast Assembly of God. Praise the Lord!
If you are not currently attending a church I strongly encourage you to come on by. Every Sunday there is awesome worship, a powerful message from God’s Word, and a lot of love to go around. By the way, I Still Got Jokes! I hope we see each other soon. Much Love!
PEACE