Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas and what God did

One thing: All that God is was revealed in Jesus. He is compassionate, just, kind, faithful, truthful, and much more. We can see it all in Jesus. This is why Christ followers can call Jesus God the Son. For as you see the Son you see the Father. In this Christmas season, I pray that many will come to see the real Jesus and be saved by the Father and filled with His Spirit. Looking to Jesus in this Christmas season.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Reason part 2

At Elevation today, we celebrated the Reason we worship God in Christ Jesus in His Spirit and Truth. It was a wonderful day of public of proclamation of the Gospel of Christ coming, and the saints at Elevation seemed grateful to have gathered. I wanted to include another quote I found by C.S.Lewis about the genuine and authoritative nature of worship to God; "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
C. S. Lewis
As sinners who have been saved by the Grace of God in Christ Jesus, we all have fallen short of God's glory, and yet the Son of God did not and makes way for bringing many sons and daughters to glory. Amen!

Friday, December 9, 2011

How To Talk To People About the Gospel by Pastor Harvey Turner

Pastor Harvey Turner is the lead teaching Pastor at Living Stones Church in Reno. www.livingstonesreno.com. He wrote a short and concise article on for help and discipleship in gospel growth about sharing the gospel with others with out the person being just a project to be converted, but a person whom God has made and can save.
Check it out: http://theresurgence.com/2011/12/05/how-to-talk-with-people-about-the-gospel

Elevation: Redeeming Santa (an article by Pastor Mark Driscol...

Elevation: Redeeming Santa (an article by Pastor Mark Driscol...: http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/mark_driscoll/ This was a helpful, practical, and balanced look into the cultural icon ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Minister of Death

3 Memorial services in the last 10 days. The tempo of death has been strong over the past 2 weeks in my ministry life. I have been in the homes and with the families of three separate individuals who have died of various causes.
The interesting common denominator is those who were left holding the bag of death is; they all have interest, love, and memories of those who died. They are all left with the present reality of knowing the deceased person is not coming back to them. They all have a genuine knowledge and feeling of loss.
What has been pronounced in my ministry of death to those who have remained alive is an absolute need of something or someone that can provide comfort, clarity, and conviction in light of death. I have presently been humbled by the power of the Gospel. It has been the very real truth, life, and way for myself in ministry and to these folks.
I can say with assurance that there are many empty philosophies to cope with death, and over the last couple weeks I have heard many. However, what comes to defeat these bandaid coping skills is the power of the Gospel. Romans 1:16, says "for I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes."
The salvation is both a present reality in Christ on the Cross, who is victorious over the sin and death, as well as, the future reality that Christ is upon the throne who will be Lord beyond the grave. It has given me comfort to minister to those who are dealing with loss, and courage to preach the gospel in the memorial services that will remember the loved ones.
Even though death has come so much to my ministry these past two weeks, I am still gratefully encouraged that God has taken the sting of death in Jesus, and presented an opportunity to comfort others with the assurance of the Gospel.
As I write this I am weary of preparation and presentation. In the flesh I am weary; however walking in the Spirit of Jesus I am encouraged to stay available to the Gospel of Jesus in the ministry of death.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summer Family Baptisms

The scriptures speak of a whole household being saved by Jesus and following him through believers baptism; Acts 16:32-34. What were amazing about this summer at Elevation Church are 15 people baptized within 7 families. Households turning to Jesus and publically showing the transforming work of the gospel. Kids as young as 9 to fathers in their forties. Various walks of life, knowledge of scripture, and length of time within the church with one common thread; Jesus is their Savior and Lord. He is God the Son and they didn’t want to be private about their faith in Him.

The nature of baptism is not to save you; rather it is evidence of your salvation from sin by Jesus who wants to be Lord over all your life. This was clear in the candidates who came forward this summer to be baptized at Elevation Church. It was an excited summer for our gospel minded church in the Sierra foothills above Sacramento CA. It was also a reflective time that we still have a gospel to proclaim and God’s will to serve. Thankfully, Elevation Church is focused on Jesus, and prayerfully hopes for many more lives transformed by Jesus and going public with the evidence of keeping the Gospel on top in believers’ baptism.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page by linking the address within this blog. All for the King! www.facebook.com/groups/elchurch/

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Heretical Teaching of Prosperity Gospel.

Today I would like to share Pastor Duane Smets blog on a post helping refute the dangerous and damaging doctrines of prosperity gospel. Please read and look toward the bottom of his blog site and pick up more helpful resources along with a super powerful video from Pastor John Piper. You might have to copy the site into your browser to link. Looking to the perfect word of God together. www.theresolved.com/7466/what-is-the-prosperity-gospel

Monday, July 25, 2011

He who finds a wife

The Proverbs of the Bible say that "he who finds a wife finds a good thing" and this is very true in my life and marriage to Lydia for over 21 years. The good Grace of God that not only saved me, but has blessed me with 10 beautiful kids and one amazing wife is a result in a good God who loves and shows His love by His grace.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spirit led...disciple walk

The weekend of April 29th 2011 was the annual Father and Son retreat at Jenness Park located in the beautiful Yosemite National Forest. The three-day retreat was focused on encouraging fathers and sons to walk in the Spirit of God. The theme came from the wonderful letter by the Apostle Paul to the first century followers of Jesus in Galatia.

I had the opportunity to take most of my sons along with me and as the Camp Pastor for the weekend, it was my responsibility to teach and preach 4 sessions during our three days. It is always a challenge to grab the attention of anyone especially men over a short amount of time over such a deep and often times misunderstood doctrine. However, this weekend, and in my observation it was certainly led by the Spirit of God.

I would like to share a few stories that came to me from disciples seeking to walk in the Spirit:

A young dad who is married for 5 years admitting he is sick and tired of lustfulness outside his marriage. The temptations were becoming difficult. He knew it was wrong in the marriage, however he came to realize how much God welcomes the death of his lust by way of the gospel of Christ, and the life of God’s love in his marriage. Freedom was what this man was able to receive.

Another father mentioned how hard it has been raising a rebellious teenager. He said he has “tried everything.” Yet, what he came to understand was how the gospel is longsuffering and patient. This called him to keep parenting his rebellious son by identifying with Jesus’ patience over his son.

Another father and son have both been hurt from church and enjoyed the weekend but didn’t find themselves in community in a local church back home. The Spirit of God led them to be under the conviction that they can’t live a disciple life in isolation from the local church. So they committed to look into being involved with a local Bible teaching, Christ honoring church. The Spirit confirmed there is joy they can have in community.

One more example of walking in the Spirit was a teenager who had no dad who came with him; but had a sponsor dad bring him along. He admitted his didn’t want to come, but by the end of the weekend he was being led to see that God is a forever Father, and a Father who will give him courage to live for Jesus among his non-Christian friends back home.

These are a few of many other stories I was blessed to hear, and be a part of while teaching/preaching at Jenness Park during the Father and Son retreat. As a closing story, God’s Sprit was also active in my relationship with my sons. We took some time to go over the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23 and openly sought each other’s feedback on fruit that was lacking in our lives as followers of Jesus. It was indeed humbling to listen, and consider how we could be more Spirit led in living out the fruit of the Spirit in our walk with Jesus. “For freedom Christ has set us free…walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh,” Galatians 5:1a & 16.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jesus @ the Cross

Lots of things matter to a person, but what matters to God? You matter to God. How you might ask? This and every Friday before Easter Sunday for over the last 2000 years has been evidence of why you matter to God. You see the Bible says, that God has been bringing many sons and daughters to glory. The Bible also says, that we fall short of God's glory.
What matters to God is the continuous mission of His glory. This Friday is the culmination of His glory in Jesus, who brings for you, by His death, all the glory necessary for you to be a son/daughter of glory to God. This alone makes Friday a "Good Friday." Not like any other Friday's of the year. It also makes what matters to God the most wonderful news in all the world.
Obviously you might still be a little reluctant about what I just said, but before you go ahead with bringing glory to yourself, or trying to bring God glory without Jesus; let me be tell you that all of us fall short in this attempt, and therefore we need Jesus to bridge the gap.
This weekend is very important because you matter to God. Jesus' death was a once and for all. Your separation of God's righteousness, and falling short of God's glory is dealt with by the death and resurrection of Jesus.. This death has been accomplished, and is not necessary for another "saviour" to die again; ever! You matter to God.
Not everyone will believe in this fact of faith, however, I want to let you know you matter to God this and every Good Friday for the rest of your life. I hope you will feel, know, and respond to the only successful attempt of bringing many sons and daughters to glory.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Man Up

Man Up is what we are calling it; however, what really matters is not another inspiration speech before the "big game" but an honest look at how men are doing in the areas of being accountable one to another, behaving with Biblical integrity, and committing their lives to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It does not happen all at once in a morning breakfast, teaching series, and song singing. What does happen is the Holy Spirit of God gets a hold of a man's heart to reform it for God's glory.
You see the Bible says we fall short of His glory and Man Up is about being reminded in Jesus that He brings many sons to Glory. In a season that has seen dudes fall because of sin, Elevation and it's Pastors are calling men to Man Up.
Join us on April 16th at 8am. For more information you can contact our office by going to Elevation's website @ el-church.com and clicking on the 'Elevation Church' page.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What You Don't Want to Hear About Heaven & Hell

Tough and truthful words. Not meant to scare you but to save you. Pastor Mark gives a reality check to eternal security or eternal suffering. Put your faith in Jesus.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jeff Vandersteldt on Leading People on Mission

Enjoy this practical vid on followers of Jesus being missionary disciples within community that is not program driven, but worked out in love and good deed; Hebrews 10:25