Renew Me

Did you know your heart thinks?  Did you know faith reasons?  Our perspective can either limit or release our potential in Christ.  His word is true, His promises sure, His power available but our mind needs to be renewed in order to realize His will in our lives.  In the next message in “The Heart of the Matter” series, let God get to the heart of the matter in your life, transforming, healing, freeing you from the inside out by renewing your mind. Let God teach you to reason in faith and experience His supernatural power.

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Influence Me

The Lord is getting to the heart of the matter in our lives, to free, heal, and transform us from the inside out.  Proverbs 4:23 reveals that our heart is the source of our life.  The condition of our heart determines the outcome of our life.  What and who we allow to influence our hearts will shape our life.  Learning to cultivate and guard the truths of God’s word in our hearts is essential if we want to see the fruit of God’s word in our lives.  We must give attention and time to our hearts.  Listen and receive wisdom from the Lord; let Him get to the heart of the matter in your life.

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A Life Changing Prayer Life Part 2

Change your prayer life and it will change your life!  Anointed ministry and fruitful living flow from the Secret Place, from a life abiding and connected to Jesus.

In this message, we continue to allow Jesus to teach us to pray, because if we pray like Jesus prays, we will live like Jesus lives, and see the results that He sees.

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Breaking The Yoke of Debt Part 4

Diligence unlocks the blessing.  

In order for us to walk in freedom and experience abundance we need to embrace this truth.  In this message,  God is breaking the 3rd yoke in our hearts–the yoke of complacency. To free us God has to work in us before He works outside of us; the victory always begins on the inside.  He has to prepare us for the blessing.

This is not an easy yoke to address but it is so rewarding to confront head on once and for all.  Here is your opportunity.

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Words that Change Everything-Part 3

Words that Change Everything

God created us with the ability to speak words that truly affect our lives and those around us. As people made in God’s image, we can speak words of life or words of death–its our choice.  Jesus Himself modeled for us and taught us how to speak words of life.  In this series, you will discover how you can speak words that change everything.

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Part 3: Words of Life

He will direct your steps

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

None of us know the future.  When we are honest with ourselves, we need and long for guidance, wisdom, and direction.  If we will acknowledge the Lord with each decision, He promises to provide that needed direction.  When I look back at the past two decades of my life, I am amazed at how Jesus has kept his promise to direct my steps.

When I was 16 God brought a friend into my life to share the gospel with me.  Months later I began leading a bible club and started sensing a pull to give my life to full time ministry, being an agent of healing and empowerment in people’s lives. I was not excited about that pull.  I tried going in a different direction.  Then the Lord spoke, “Shepherd My people.”  I knew He was asking me to serve Him as a senior pastor.  I surrendered.

I never pursued a position but served–painting, cleaning toilets, folding bulletins.  My friends and I prayed a ton and went looking for people to share Jesus with.  The Lord directed me to Life Pacific College and to NewCommunity Church. He brought Dave Metsker into my life to mentor me.  I became a small group apprentice.  I later started leading small groups and outreach teams, and teaching evangelism classes.  I served as an admin, then a youth pastor, then as an assistant pastor, then as a professor at LPC, and then as the senior pastor…all while at the same church!

At each turning point, I acknowledged the Lord and He directed my steps.  Whether it was a question of staying or going to another church, a question of buying or selling a house, a question of accepting a new position or not, a question of starting a masters degree or not, I asked the Lord and He directed my steps.  I can think of dozens of times the Holy Spirit spoke to me or led me.

All the joy I have experienced in ministry, all the blessings in my life, and any impact I’ve made on other people boil down to one common factor: I acknowledge Him, He directed my steps.

As a young senior pastor, I asked the Lord for a certain kind of mentor.  A few weeks later, the Lord said, “Call Jerry Dirmann.”  I did not know who he was except that he pastored in Anaheim.  I did not consider God was answering my prayer.  I called any ways.  The short story is that Jerry and The Rock “just happened” to be the very mentor and ministry I was asking God for.  My heart and ministry have increased because I made that call.
A couple years ago, I was enjoying being a senior pastor; we were experiencing God’s blessings.  I had no desire to move on. Then one night I had a significant dream (rare for me but not the first). In the dream Jesus led Michele and I under the Arch in St. Louis and spoke to me, “This is your city.” Again, the short story is that now I am in St. Louis preparing to start a multiplying congregation of The Rock in the city if St. Louis.  Why!?  Because Jesus is directing my steps.

Years ago he saved me and called me to follow Him.  I have decided He is worth following.  Lord, what’s the next step?

Acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps.  Promised.