Daily Scripture — Faith

27 09 2009

I don’t know what trial or test your dealing with today, but I do know that our Creator & God is bigger than all of them put together. Our faith in Him is what will well up Hope within and carry us to the promises He has made for us. Don’t let your faith falter. Give glory to God and believe!

Romans 4:18-22

Against all odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.” His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead.
In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. This is why , you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

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Quote for the Day:

“There’s a power in hope that goes beyond explanation. It lifts us out of the rubble of our failures, our pain, and our fear to rise above what at one point seemed insurmountable. Our ability to endure, to persevere, to overcome is fueled by this in seemingly innocuous ingredient called HOPE.” — Erwin McManus from the book “Soul Cravings”

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Do It With Passion, Purpose & Humbleness

25 04 2009

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So I just spent the last two days at Catalyst West in California….in a word WOW! Totally next level in every way. The take away for me was the level of amazing speakers and staff at Catalyst. From Erwin McManus and Rick Warren to Perry Noble and Andy Stanley, and so many in between…they all came with passion, purpose and humbleness.

Check the Catalyst site for sessions, resources, and a ton of equipment for the cutting edge church. What I want to speak to is the atmosphere of humbleness that surrounded servitude. I believe without one you can’t have the other. I saw key leaders in the Catalyst organization serving snow cones to people in back of the long food line. Rick Warren walked into a packed green room and made a purpose to meet everyone in the room…asking their name, shaking hands, and hugging some (I was one of the lucky ones 🙂 In fact, before he went on to speak he stepped over to tell me and a small group of people on side of the stage that he had to cancel a meeting with the President (yes Pres Obama) to make this meeting…smiling as he commented “I’ll take a meeting with Pastors over Presidents everytime.”

It was refreshing to see a group of influencers and leaders who didn’t live in a tunnel of superiority. They looked for ways to connect and serve. It didn’t diminish their passion or purpose. In fact, in my eyes it only elevated it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris