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Implied Promise

Whenever you see a command from God in scripture, it contains an implied promise. Why? Because God would never command you to do something he wouldn't give you the power to do. Many people think that God is sitting in Heaven thinking of ways to ruin our day and mess with us. Nothing can be father from the truth. 2 Timothy 1:7... "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self discipline." Paul boldly claims in Philippians 4:13... "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me."

We have two different ways we can live. 1) A "I think I can" life. or 2) "I know I can't, but I know God can." There is only so much I can do on my own. But with God, the possibilities are endless.

Weak Guardrails

So we started our "Guardrails" series and last sunday I talked about weak guardrails that our culture tries to set up. Sayings that we all can agree with, we might even agree that they are good things, but when it comes right down to it, they serve as poor boundaries. The examples I used in the sermon were the following...

"Drink Responsibly." Well we all might agree with this, none of us would dare to say "Drink Irresponsibly." Because of the nature of alcohol, this is too vague to be a guardrail.

"Wait till your ready to have sex." This is specifically for teenagers. Our culture tells them to wait till their ready. How does a teenager know when they're ready? Most teenagers can barely dress themselves. How do they know? That's not a guardrail, that's something you say when your too scared or too weak to say, "WAIT TILL YOUR MARRIED!"

"Talk to your kids about drugs." Parents, this isn't a guardrail for your kids…

Place for Grace and NECC

I have been praying for a few years now for the opportunity to serve the homeless in the St. Cloud area. Now I don't just believe in praying that God drops things in my lap. I believe that we pray like it depends solely on God and we work like it solely depends on us (think about that for a second, powerful combinations). I have called numerous people over and over again with no call back. I have email organization after organization with no response. I have straight up been told "no" by different groups. I even had another minister tell me that the "homeless" isn't even a relevant problem in St. Cloud. The exact words were, "look around, I don't see any homeless."

Some time in November of last year, while working out a Gold's Gym I ran into my friend Ken Gilbert. I knew that he worked with FCA at Harmony High School and has done some amazing things for God in the school system. To my amazement, I learned that he also helped start a group …

Nothing Is More Important

This past week we launched our first Core Group session of 2012 along with our new series "Guardrails."   Last Core Group session my wife and I took a break from Core Groups to take Financial Peace and get our finances in order. This semester I have the great privilege to teach the Financial Peace class along with Larry Stolzfus (I really hope I spelled his name right, if not, sorry Larry). I also get to start a brand new Core Group with my good friends Donald and Keli Prickett (they lead the group, Fay and I just host).

While this week  has been very exhausting (two kids sick as well), it's also been very rewarding. The new Financial Peace class started Monday and I have to say that after one night I am very excited to be apart of this group. FPU helped me and my family so much. The openness that I saw on Monday tells me that God is going to do a great thing with this wonderful group of people. To be honest and open about such a tough subject like money is extremely dif…