Changing Lives Through Our Giving

The first Sunday in December is always a very important day at New Season. It is the day that we will have our annual Kingdom Come offering.

We are asking every active member to take part and show generosity by contributing as we seek to raise $60.000 in addition to our regular budget giving. It will take generosity and it will take EVERYONE being involved to meet our goal!

Our Kingdom Come offering will be used to:

Start new campuses in Paulding County and other states

Continue to help church plants; Build a Training Center for pastors and leaders in Uganda; Put computers in schools in El Salvador

Hire additional staff for new opportunities

Update our equipment (most of it is 7 years old) – Children’s Dept.

There are ministries that we want to invest in, projects we want to be involved in, needs we need to meet, new campuses to start and new equipment that needs to be purchased. This special offering will put us in a position to be able to do these things.

It is proven that giving decreases in most churches during the holidays. Isn’t it sad to think that because we rush out to buy gifts that we fall short on being obedient to Jesus with our tithes and offerings?

I want to challenge you to put Kingdom Come offering at the top of your list. Be involved in something that has an eternal impact in THOUSANDS of lives!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to invest in people…that’s what it’s all about!

Mark your calendar for December 7th Kingdom Come! BE an active part of something that will change countless lives!

Every 37 Seconds

Every week, I receive a text, an e-mail or a Facebook message from someone who is experiencing difficulties in their marriage. Everything from marital infidelity to lack of communication to, “I just don’t love him/her anymore” to “I’m tired and need a change.”

People are giving up on the vows they made to God and to each other.

Every 37 seconds, someone gets divorced in America. 50% of marriages are ending in divorce with 75% of all second marriages calling it quits.

Families are taking the back seat on the list of priorities. Strong marriages and strong families don’t just happen by accident. It must be a priority – a priority of time. We must nurture, feed and work on our marriages.

Unfortunately, most people wait too long to do anything to help their marriage/family. The problems didn’t happen overnight, they have been developing and intensifying for awhile.

Most people choose to just ignore the issues, hoping they will disappear or they are waiting for the other person to “get their act together.”

Swallow your pride, seek help and work on your marriage! We all feel like quitting at times and we all go through different seasons. Surrender to Jesus as Lord of your life. Let HIM rule, put Him in first place, ask God to work on you and let Him change you.
Every 37 seconds…

I Stand Amazed!

This has been an amazing month at New Season! We have seen the glory of God!

In October alone, we saw over 180 decisions!! Over 100 of them were for salvations and the rest were rededications and people joining. Yesterday we baptized 70 people. It was an amazing time!

We have seen God do some incredible things.
The spirit of worship has been powerful and intense.
Our people have served and given above and beyond!
This isn’t normal and we won’t take this for granted!

I thank God for the privilege of being a part of a move of God in Hiram, Georgia! It is phenomenal to be part of a ministry that sees people’s lives changed on a regular basis. I come every week with an expectant heart, just waiting to see what God is going to do!

I am excited about our new series, “Connect the Dots” that begins this Sunday. (We will be in book of Nehemiah)

Let me continue you to be faithful in all areas and invite people to be a part of what is taking place at New Season.

Thank God for an amazing month, but the best is yet to come! I stand amazed!

Don’t Minimize What God Has Maximized

Last Sunday, there was an eruption in heaven and we experienced a celebration on earth as over 100 people accepted Christ or rededicated their lives to Jesus.

This Sunday, we are baptizing! If you accepted Christ last Sunday or any time in the past and you have not been baptized, I encourage you to follow through this Sunday.

Baptism is a very big deal. No, it doesn’t save you and it doesn’t wash away your sin. There is no Clorox in the water! It is just a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Don’t minimize what God has maximized!

There are 4 categories of people regarding the issue of baptism.

1. You know that you’ve been saved and you were baptized after your salvation experience. You followed through right away and took the first step of obedience as a believer.

2. You have never received Christ. You do not have a relationship with Jesus and have not been baptized. The greatest need in your life today is to realize that you are lost and separated from God. He loves you and wants to give you a new life in Christ. Jesus came and lived a perfect life on earth, died on the cross as a penalty for your sin and rose again to give you eternal life. You need to be saved and follow through in baptism.

3. You know for certain that you have received Christ at some point in your life but for whatever reason, you did not get baptized. You just never followed through. Do it Sunday!

4. You were baptized before your salvation. Maybe you were sprinkled as a child or “got dunked” and it really didn’t mean anything without the true salvation experience. My wife was baptized twice before she actually became a believer. Baptism follows true salvation. Do it Sunday!

What is the big deal with baptism? It certainly doesn’t save you. Baptism is a symbol, it’s fundamental. Baptism is Bible doctrine. God speaks a great deal in the Word of this powerful symbol of His son’s death, burial, and resurrection.

Don’t make light of what God makes a big deal out of. God thinks baptism is a big deal. Be a part of this movement in obeying Christ. Get baptized this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:15 am at New Season!

Don’t minimize what God has maximized!

It Has Happened Again!

Through the years, different people have told my wife and I how incredible it is to be a grandparent but I have to confess, I thought it was a bit of an exaggeration. I remember specifically when our friends, Johnny and Janet Hunt had their first grandchild, Katie, I thought they had lost their minds! They went crazy over that baby girl and talked about her non-stop! I have watched the same thing happen to other friends and just did not fully understand it.

Nothing could have prepared me for the love, excitement and intoxication that all come with being a grandparent. I really did not expect the powerful emotions that have been poured out on me through my now 5 grandbabies.

Raising your own children is a joy in itself and I love my kids more than life itself but grandchildren are a different ballgame. Grandkids come with “no strings attached” – you can enjoy them and not have to worry about performance and making sure you do every little thing right.

The patience that comes from nowhere is truly remarkable. You just want time to stand still, you don’t want these little boys and girls to grow up. I’m sure a lot of that comes from remembering how your own children seemed to be toddlers one day and then grew into men and women the next! Time passes much too quickly and grandparents have first-hand knowledge of that from watching their own children grow up.

Grandchildren bring joy in everything they do…watching them sleep, feeding them, their first smile, those first cooing sounds, the first laugh, first step, etc… It is deeply fulfilling and emotional to watch your child have their own child and be a parent.

Last night it happened again…My oldest son, Stevie and his wife had a baby girl – Isla Pearl Flockhart, weighing 7 lbs and 14 oz, 20 inches long with a head full of dark hair! We didn’t get to hold her because the Doctor wanted to observe her in the Special Care Nursery (she is fine!) but we did get to see her through the window.

When the nurse held her up it happened again! The flood of emotion and the tears. I am the biggest wimp when it comes to these grand-babies.I can’t wait to hold her today for the first time!

It has happened again!   Isla

Eruption in Heaven!

Yesterday there was an eruption in heaven! I mean heaven shook! Party favors were used and the streets of gold were full of angels doing a jig. There was a celebration over what was happening at New Season! Yesterday was off the chain and I am still celebrating with heaven!

Luke 15:7 and verse 10 says, – “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The only time that heaven rejoices is when someone who is lost gets found. I encourage you to read Luke chapter 15 in one sitting (it’s not long at all). It’s the only time in the Bible Jesus told 3 parables in a row about the same subject. In all 3 stories we see…
Something was lost.

An aggressive attitude was taken towards that which was lost: (we cannot afford to be passive about our lost family and friends.) We saw yesterday at church what happens when we invite our family and friends!

A celebration took place: When people pass from death unto life and experience forgiveness of sins a party erupts in heaven.

Over 80 people yesterday placed their faith in Jesus! Wow! I really can’t explain it but I join heaven and celebrate! I love an eruption!

Don’t Come Alone

When Matthew the tax collector was saved, he threw a party and invited all of his friends to attend with the hopes of introducing then to Jesus.

When Cornelius was getting ready to hear the gospel, he invited his family, friends and work associates.

When Andrew was saved, he went to go and tell his brother.

When you meet Jesus and have your sins forgiven, you can’t help but tell others about it!

Jesus said I will make you fishers of men….if you’re not fishing, you’re not following!

When is the last time you invited someone to church?                                                                  When is the last time you shared your story/shared the gospel?                                                          When is the last time you led someone to Christ?                                                                              When is the last time you tried?

The biggest day in our church history is this Sunday, two days from now – Friend Day! Who are you bringing? The gospel will be presented and lives will be changed!

The question is will your family and friends be here to to experience it?

Invite a Friend

Do you remember High School dances? Do you remember trying to get up the nerve to ask that person to dance? What if they said no? What if they think you’re weird? What if they tell other people that you are a freak?

Many times we feel the same way when it comes to inviting people to church. We get nervous, we make excuses, we feel rejection and we don’t want to be labeled.

Let me give you four ways to help you invite someone to church for friend day this Sunday.
1. Be specific and clear
“We are in a series at church that is really helping me. I go to the ____ a.m. service. Join me this Sunday.”                                                                                                                                                    Do you notice how specific and clear that was? “You should come to church with me” sometimes is like, “let’s do lunch.” That’s not clear.
2. Invite them to lunch afterwards or breakfast before. Tell them that you will pay. I can’t think of a greater investment!
3. Tell them what your church has to offer. If they have children, tell them how safe and awesome the Children’s Ministry is. Tell them how much your kids love it!
4. Be persistent Don’t give up. Keep on inviting,Someone will show up at church eventually and their life will be changed for all eternity because of your concern and persistence in inviting them!

We shared stories of two different groups of people in our services the past couple of weeks who invited friends to church and they came and accepted Christ.

One was the story of how two of our guys, Zach Dutton and Justin Dills invited some of their co-workers from Applebees to attend a service with them. Those young ladies attended, accepted Christ and are now inviting others to New Season!

The other story was about a young lady named Libby who started attending New Season. She liked it so she invited her friend Sienna who came and accepted Christ. Sienna invited Regan who came and accepted Christ. They are all attending regularly and continuing to invite people!

There is power in a simple invitation. There are people just waiting for you to ask…It’s Friend Day this Sunday! Don’t come alone! It’s not too late. One invitation can change a life!

Walk Through the Door

Many times, opportunities present themselves but fear holds us back from going through the door.We ask ourselves, “how can I pull this off” or “do I have the resources to make this happen”? No doubt, sometimes the timing isn’t right but most of the time it is fear that hinders us from going through the door.

I Corinthians 16:9 says, “For a great door is opened to me and there are many adversaries.”

The Apostle Paul had great dreams. Paul was not content with resting on what he had already accomplished. He believed God had more for him. He knew that we serve a God of unlimited opportunities and unimaginable futures.

Paul was planning his third missionary journey. On Paul’s second journey, God had forbidden him to preach in Asia. When we read this text, God has opened that closed door.

Revelation 3:7 tells us that God opens and shuts doors. What door of opportunity is God opening for you right now? Are you excited or fearful?

Let me mention what an opportunity is:
1. Time that occurs once and if it is not taken, it may be lost forever.
2. Fixed point in time; a distinct time; a significant time; an advantage.
3. A golden opportunity to seize the moment and fulfill your God given dream.

Rest assured that there will be opportunities for you. Those doors that God has wonderfully opened are the same doors that Satan has woefully opposed. The enemy will always raise his ugly head when you are going through the door of opportunity.

The greater the door of opportunity, the greater the opposition. Make sure you are open and receptive to the opportunity. Take action when an opportunity presents itself.

I Struggle!

I have a problem. It’s a really big problem. As a matter of fact, it is the biggest problem that I have. Are you ready? It’s me!

Romans 7:15 says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Paul gives a distinction in this chapter between the flesh and the spirit.

The term “flesh” is used to refer to the part of a person that is not controlled by the Spirit of God. The old nature still raises its ugly head. I still deal with anger, selfishness and pride. Every day is a battle and every day I must remind myself – “I am crucified with Christ.” (Galatians 2:20) I struggle.

I am grateful that Paul said what He said. I too desire to be God’s man and to do God’s will but many times, I get caught up in me, my desires, and my agenda instead of God’s.

Paul is helping us identify with the constant struggle to do what is right and not do what is wrong.

I love how he ends chapter seven. He recognizes and acknowledges that nothing inside of him is any good except Christ. He goes on to say in verses 24 and 25, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! ”

I will continue to struggle but I grateful for Jesus who not only forgives but enables me by the Spirit of God to desire to live a life pleasing to him even in the midst of my struggle!

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