Discouragement: we’ve all been there.  We’ve all faced it.  We know how it feels and how paralyzing it can be.  The only people who avoid discouragement are people who never attempt to do anything hard/great in this world.

So what happens when a kingdom builder gets discouraged?  Is that even allowed?  Aren’t the “spiritual” people always supposed to be upbeat and positive?  What happens when the “good guys” get down?

That’s this week’s topic in the Build Your Kingdom series.  Check out the video above and watch as I share how I personally went through some discouragement recently and how I dug my way out of it.  Trust me, if you’re feeling down or discouraged, you MUST watch this message.

And I pray that God uses it to pick you up as He did me as well.

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Living With Intention

September 26, 2014 — 4 Comments
This is a guest post from Joshua Williams – a proud member of St. Timothy & St. Athanasius church, a co-founder of the Perechrosis group at George Mason University and, above all else, “an aspiring revolutionist for the Kingdom of God.”  You can follow him on twitter, @PrestigiousJosh.  And if you too are interested in guest posting on my blog, please visit my Guest Post guidelines for more info.

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Imagine getting on a sailboat, sailing for 25 years and then stopping all of a sudden.  You’ve forgotten where you came from… you have no idea where you are… and you don’t have a clue where you’re going.  All this time you’ve sailed aimlessly with no clear direction and now it’s too late to do anything about it.

Unfortunately, that’s life for too many of us.  In a generation where distractions couldn’t be more numerous, this is where many of us find ourselves.

But that is NOT what God wants for us.  That’s because unlike us, God is intentional. Everything He does is intentional and done with purpose.  Everything.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)

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“The great people of the earth today are people who pray.  I do not mean people who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray.  They have not the time.  It must be taken from something else.  This something else is important.  Very important, pressing, but still less important and less pressing than prayer.”  — S.D. Gordon

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Which is harder – to pray or to work?  Be honest.  Which comes more natural when you have a problem that you can’t solve:  to get up and try to fix it?  Or to kneel down and spend some time praying about it?

For me, it’s a no-brainer.  The harder task is prayer…by far!  I know it seems counterintuitive, but it’s true.

For me, it takes less effort to spend hours preparing a sermon than it does to spend just minutes praying for that sermon.  Or if I knew someone had a problem and needed help, it would be easier for me to spend an hour and a half talking to him and counseling him through that problem, than it would be spend a quarter of that time sincerely praying for him in that problem.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:  you have a problem, something you want to change in your life.  How many times have we all done this after discovering a problem:  you think about it… discuss it with others… come up with a plan… put that plan on paper… and then get to working.

Oh… and then you spend a few quick seconds praying and asking God to bless your plan.  Kind of a “wish me luck” request of God.

It’s not just me, is it???

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“No praying man or woman accomplishes so much with so little expenditure of time as when he or she is praying.”
A.E. McAdam

Part 2 of the Build Your Kingdom series and this week we looked at our most important tool when it comes to building God’s Kingdom.  Not money, not manpower, not experience or intelligence… our most important tool is PRAYER.

Why?  Because “unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

In this week’s message, we look at Nehemiah – a man who led God’s people to accomplish an incredible feat – as a model of the kind of prayer that builds kingdoms.  We’ll see what was Nehemiah’s secret to success and see what four factors make up kingdom building prayer.

Check out the video above and see for yourself.  And don’t forget to check out Build Your Kingdom homepage for more details about the campaign and how you can be a part.

 

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Home is Where the Heart Is

September 19, 2014 — 2 Comments

Ready for my answer?  In my previous post, I posed the question “why does God care so much about having a home on earth?”

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Whether it was the Garden of Eden, or the tabernacle of Moses, or the temple of Solomon… God placed a lot of emphasis on having a physical building/place where His people would gather and worship Him.  Why is that?  Why would a spiritual God care so much about a physical building?

Why?  Because our God is an INCARNATIONAL GOD.

‘incarnation’ = being incarnate, taking flesh, assuming human form or nature

Being incarnational means that God speaks to us in our own language.  He comes to us in a form that we can understand.  He knows that we are flesh and blood so therefore He uses the same flesh and blood to communicate with us.

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same.”  Hebrews 2:14

[He] “…made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”  Philippians 2:7

When God wanted to save the world from sin, He didn’t just shout instructions from on high, or wait for us to be able to ascend up to His level.  He became like us.  He spoke our language.  He shared our nature.  He did that so we could relate to Him – not because He needed it, but because we needed it.

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Does God Really Need a Home?

September 17, 2014 — 9 Comments

You’re trying to build a “home” for God by buying a church building?  Are you serious?  Does God really need a physical building to have a home?  Isn’t the entire universe His home?  Why does He need a building?  And how does that building have anything to do with the Kingdom of God?

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Those are some of the questions you might be asking as you hear about the BUILD YOUR KINGDOM campaign which kicked off last weekend at STSA.

And those are all fair questions.  Does God really NEED a building?  Does He even want one?  Doesn’t God care about spiritual buildings more than physical ones?  Who cares if there’s a building or not?

I’ll be honest and say I struggled with those same questions myself for quite some time.  All summer long, I debated this issue back and forth in my mind and in my spirit.

But after months of searching the Scriptures and having God work clearly in my life, I’ve come to the conclusion that God absolutely, positively, without a shadow of a doubt cares about physical buildings/places.  They’re much more important to Him than you might think.

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“Consider now, for the Lord has chosen YOU to build a house for the sanctuary;
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strong, and do it.” 
1 Chronicles 28:10

The Build Your Kingdom series officially kicked off yesterday with a message titled “THE CALL TO BUILD.”  We looked at why having a visible building is so important to a invisible God (hint: it isn’t for His sake as much as it is for our sake).

- God built a home for He and Adam (the garden of Eden).  

- God commanded Moses to build a home for Him among the Israelites in the wilderness (the tabernacle).

- God put it on David’s heart to build him a permanent home in Jerusalem (the temple).

- And when that temple got destroyed, God moved in heart of the king and in the spirits of His people to rebuild that home and restore His sanctuary (see the book of Ezra).

And now God is putting it on our hearts at STSA to build Him a home as well – not for the purpose of building a building, but rather for the purpose of BUILDING HIS KINGDOM.

Check out part 1 of the series above and let’s get ready to build!

 

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