Tuesday, January 26

CHURCH - ITS GROWING


I am so PUMPED UP about what THE LORD is going to do in and through HIS CHURCH in 2016! In case you haven't heard heres four of the things we will be stepping up and doing in 2016. GRANITE WILL BE...
Launching our GREAT LOWELL CAMPUS in February. 
Launching our iCampus by EASTER. 
Opening up our CHAMPIONS CLUB - Ministry to the special needs and medically fragile community.
Planting a NEW CHURCH - Paradox Church 
Thats just four of the many things we will see GOD do in and through us this year! I'm glad Christy and I can say "I KNOW"! 
We also know that nothing comes easy and its going to take a lot of prayer, work, and sacrifice to do what we are called to do. But at GRANITE we are ALL IN for JESUS and others! Lets keep the main thing the main thing, LOVE JESUS, LOVE OTHERS, COMPLETE OUR MISSION all the while PROTECTING and GUARDING THE VISION. Theres to much at stake! Im so glad we get to do this together. 
Im reminded of what PAUL told his pastors in Acts 20...
Acts 20:28-31, “28 “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. 29 I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. 30 Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. 31 Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.” NLT
Love you GRANITE the best it yet to come!

Monday, January 25

CHURCH - IT'S INTENTIONAL


GRANITE CHURCH FAMILY - We don't exsist to go through religious motions. We come together for a GREAT PURPOSE and MISSION. Our mission is not to fish in other churches ponds, our misison isn't to swap fish from one aquarium to another, our MISSION SIMPLY is to GLORIFY GOD by the lives we live with a focus on depopulating hell and populating heaven. 
Study the BIBLE and there are two things a CHRISTIAN can do here that we cant do on eternity. 1 - SIN, and thats not a good thing to do, but we can do it here. 2 - BRING PEOPLE TO JESUS - and that my family is a GREAT THING to do and purpose to live for. 
GRANITE is a church family that is focused WITHOUT APOLOGY on following the example of JESUS who came to seek and to save the lost. Our mission is not to sit and "be fed", we are on a rescue mission. We ahve been saved on purpose and for a purpose. 
The churches responsibility is not "to feed" it is to equip (eph. 4). Don't take that the wrong way, of course we called to GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS but it's so that we can be DOERS OF THE WORD. 
In case your new to GRANITE or even if you have been part of our family for a long time let me share with you our STUMP SPEECH. Our STUMP SPEECH is both the WHY and WHAT we do as a church family. See you need to know things like this because there will be people, situations, and circumstances that will do what they can to pull you away from giving your all to the DREAM OF JESUS and we must stand firm because what we do matters.
I love our church and am so grateful that we get to do this together.

Friday, January 22

CHURCH - IT'S PERSONAL



CHURCH - Its not a building iITS A FAMILY. Families are about commitment, truthfulness, growth, they stick together through the good and the bad, the thick and the thin. Their enduring, intentional relational and they believe the best and want the best for each other.
Family is about putting the needs of others first despite the personal sacrifice, being faithful to promises made, holding one another accountable, cheering each other along, and dig in because there's too much at stake. 
There's a number of reason I take my church family seriously. See "I KNOW" the stories of the people who sit in the chairs, I know the struggles they face, I know the victories they've expereinced, the pain they bear and the healing they've found. 
My church has a name and its not only granite UNITED church, its THE NAME of every child, every teenager, and every adult who calls GRANITE HOME. 
So if you wondering why I'm so passionate about the church its really not that complicated THESE PEOPLE ARE MY FAMILY! And you need to know I take my family seriously! I will protect my family, I will protect my families unity, and I will do everything I can to love her, grow her, and protect her from hurt. 
Our family will not be for everyone, and thats okay because they are other great church families in the area. If GRANITES not for you we are okay with that, and we will encourage you to find a church family you where you can serve JESUS and find community. A church where you can win the lost and make disciples thats GODS PLAN. 
Yep, its called family and I'm honored to be part of the GRANITE UNITED FAMILY. The stakes are way to high to play games!  ‪#‎nothere‬ ‪#‎notnow‬‪#‎notever‬