Friday, July 31, 2009

New Experience

Tomorrow morning, I, Dave Kidd, will try something new. I will attempt to play paintball with Brandon and Alex along with GF's new YP and his son. In the immortal words of Larry the Cucumber's therapist. "Well, this should be interesting."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Leading Your Heart - Beyond Feelings

"The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I know! I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."
Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT

Feelings! We hear about them often. How many sentences do we begin with, "I feel" or "I don't feel"? There is some cause for concern when relationships, especially marriages are based on feelings.

One of my favorite lines from the movie Fireproof, says that, "you have to lead your heart." Wow, that is powerful. The heart is the wellspring of our affective lives- our feelings. Our hearts will deceive us. Because the heart-our self, will try to focus our minds on "what I want" and miss important and even obvious aspects. The heart will see a beautiful gold ring but fail to see the green skin of the finger that the fake ring is on. That is the danger on living and loving by feelings. But, a mind fixed on serving Christ and others will lead our hearts to pure love, pure joy and ultimate fulfillment. Think about this! What does it mean to surrender our heart to Christ? It is laying down our self, saying life isn't about me and my feelings.

Perhaps we need to rethink some things. Maybe loving God and our spouse with our hearts isn't near enough. Consider this...

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31NIV (emphasis mine)

Love involves far more than our heart. It includes everything we are. Lead your heart by deciding to love your spouse unconditionally like God loves us. God is watching.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Are You In?

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing , but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 NIV

As iron sharpens iron ,so one man sharpens another. Prov 27:177 NIV

Across the road from our house is a corn field. I've been watching it grow and have noticed that the outside row of corn is only about one-half as tall as the rows in the field.

There is a simple explanation for this. The outside row of corn doesn't get pollinated like the rows that are in the field. The rows of corn that are surrounded by corn, grow best. Not only do those stalks grow best, but they bear fruit - corn!

That got me thinking, maybe that corn field is kind of like the body of Christ - the church. Could it be that we grow best when we are surrounded by other Christians? I think so. Being in a community of believers establishes a level of support, accountability and resources that pollinates our lives as Christians.

So, where are you in the church? Are you surrounded or are you standing on the edges? Are you growing like you should? Are you bearing fruit?

Are you in?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sunday's Coming!

Grace Fellowship launches it's new service times, a second (contemporary) service and a new children's ministry this Sunday. We've been busy praying and prepping. We're doing our part and God will always do His. GF will impact Perry Township!

9:00AM - Traditional (Southern Gospel) Service
10:10AM - Discipleship Classes
11:00AM - Contemporary Service
6:00PM - Evening Service/Strive Youth

Lovin' The Ride!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

True Freedom

‘Cause I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
On my own I'm so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I'm free to be me
- Francesca Battistelli

"Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you'll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you. " (Romans 14:18 - The Message)

If I do everything in service to Christ, I am completely free.