It’s Hard to Talk About Money!

It can be really hard to talk about money!
It isn’t just the main reason for divorce in our country, it’s also one of the main reasons people choose to not follow God!
Jesus knew how powerful money’s hold on us all has been – from the beginning of time. “Where our money goes, our hearts will follow,” he said.
There are three simple steps we can all take to grow:
1. Know where it goes. Take your bank statement and look at what is spent and on what. Without emotion, just write down all your expenses, choices, and costs.
2. Determine the percentage you live on. Most people in the U.S. live paycheck to paycheck regardless of their income level.
3. Establish percentage giving. Transition to thinking of generosity in terms of its proper portion of the total finances God has given you to work with.
God has a simple plan for our finances. But ‘simple’ does not mean ‘easy’ when dealing with something that leads our hearts! However, just like everything from God, doing it His way gives more peace and power than anything the world has to offer!
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10

Time Really does Fly

Time really does fly by!
It is difficult to believe we have reached the half way point for this year, let alone the summer. Last month seems like it was still February and last week felt like Memorial Day Weekend. I have never really believed time flies. After this summer, I might have to reconsider.

I have spent a good amount of time lately considering time – what we do with it, how we make the most of it, and why we are so good at squandering it. This could just be my age, being a few weeks away from ANOTHER birthday. I am sure I am not the first to get philosophical regarding the unending drumbeat of time. Nonetheless, consider a few of these questions as we prepare to talking about what we pass on this week in worship:

1. Your life is simply what you do everyday. Do you like your routine? It is your life.

2. What did you think would be different right now? Do you have the courage to reflect on how your life became what it is? Healthy or unhealthy?

3. “Show me who you spent time with, and I will show you who you are becoming.” -Craig Groeschel. If someone spent forty hours a week with you for five years what would they become? We grow in the image of those we love and those with whom we spent time. What are you passing along?

This Sunday we will talk about an action plan for making the most of our time through passing our life on to others in an intentional way. For all of us who have wondered “where did all the time go?” or “How can I make a difference?” This message is for you.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 AM. Why not let this be the week you invite a friend or coworker to worship? You may never know the difference it makes in their life!
-Pastor Geoff

The Return to “Normal”

Over the last several weeks, people have asked how we are doing after the birth of our son. I will be honest, the first week I had no clue how to answer because I was barely awake! And that was nothing compared to how Marissa had to feel. While I am sure some things have leveled out and I know Marissa is feeling better, I realized something enlightening this week. The thing that has really changed is ME. I had to adjust to the new normal. Getting less sleep than I have since college seemed so destabilizing those first few days. Then I learned to adjust, respond, and keep going. This is the new normal for me. And all the wishing in the world will not grant us a ten hours of uninterrupted sleep.

People tell me frequently that their life will change to incorporate faith, that holy habits will be cultivated, once “life slows down” for them. When things “return to normal” the changes they desire will take finally be able to take root. But if we keep waiting, changes in us never will happen. We live with the myth of ‘normal,’ a life without deadlines, budgets, children and social obligations. In fact, normal is now; it is right in the middle of our over-extended, over-programed, and over-spent lives that God is ready to begin the process of restoration. If we wait until things are better, we will always be waiting. If we ask God now, He is more ready than we realize to build peace, joy, and contentment into our lives – right here and now. So let’s not keep waiting until all returns to ‘normal’. Let’s invite God to be with us here and now.