Greg King

Five Stones

Compassion

This week God has been speaking to my heart on how His Spirit advances the Kingdom through us. That we are literally the hands and feet of Christ according to Galatians 2:20. Because Christ came to rescue the helpless I am now charged to do the same because the very heart of Christ resides inside of me. One easy way our family is making a difference is by sponsoring a child through Compassion International. We have been blessed to sponsor Panyin for the past two years. For the small cost of $32.00 per month or roughly a night at the movies our family is making an impact. Mother Teresa once said If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Where has God led you to make a difference in the life of the helpless? If you are looking for a great organization to support then please take a close look at Compassion International. Click on the logo on the left and begin to pray about sponsoring a child. If you decide to sponsor a child please post a comment with your child’s name.

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August 3, 2008 Posted by | Challenge, Church Life | 1 Comment

Day #19 of 21 Day Challenge

Read:  John 19 (the Message)

My Verse:  These things that happened confirmed the Scriptutre,”Not a bone in his body was broken.” and the other Scripture that reads, “They will stare at the one they pierced.” (v.36-37)

My Thoughts: From that moment till now the World still must come face to face with the one who was crucified on the Cross. For those of us who have accepted Him as Savior we now live our lives focused on the Cross of Christ. Everything in my life must have His Cross at the center of my perspective.

My Prayer:  Father thank-you that when I now look at the Cross I recognize the love that was poured out to me on that day. I am so thankful that I have said Yes to the One who said Yes to Cross because He loves me.

December 21, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #18 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 18 (the Message)

My Verse:  They led Jesus then from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early morning. They themselves didn’t enter the palace because they didn’t want to be disqualified from eating the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and spoke. “What charge do you bring against this man?” (v.28-29)

My Reflection:  Every once in awhile you read a verse in scripture that makes you do a double take and say did that really happen. The men who were trying to have Jesus “the Lamb of God” killed were more concerned about not being able to participate in the passover than they were on killing God’s Son. Little did they know that Jesus was the perfect Lamb that was without sin or blemish. We can be just like this in the church. Quick to keep up with our traditions without recognizing the bigger picture.

  • Being more concerned with saving our seats and at the same time saying we want people to visit our church.
  • Not wanting to change how we do things in the church but then quick to point out that numbers are dropping etc.
  • Saying that we value worship but yet fail to spend time with God during the week.

My Prayer:  God help me to see where I am holding on to strong to tradition and not holding on to what you desire. When change enters my world and the things that I love may I be quick to recognize that change is almost always for my growth.

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #17 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 17 (the Message)

My Verse:  And my life is on display in them For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world. They’ll continue in the world while I return to you. (v. 6-12)

My Reflection:  I remember once as a teenager getting ready to go out on a Friday night and as I was getting into my car (1969 Cutlass) my Dad passed by me and said: “Don’t forget that you wear my name.” While my Dad doesn’t remember saying those words  I have never forgotten them. Their was just something so powerful in them that resonated deep inside of me. Now that I have children of my own those words have dug themselves even deeper into my DNA. That wherever my children go and how they act represent who I am as their Father. Jesus understood this as He said that His life is on display for the world to see in His children. It is time for the church to drop a lot of it’s junk and remember that our Saviour is on display.

My Prayer:  Father thank-you for the words that you gave my Father that night. Those words help keep me from going down some wrong paths as a teenager. Now Lord help me as a Father communicate to my children how important it is that they wear your name. May they first see it in my life and then be able to match my actions up with the words that I say to them.

December 13, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #16 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 16 (the Message)

My Verse:  We’re convinced you came from God. Jesus answered them,”Do you finally believe? In fact you’re about to make a run for it – saving your own skins and abandoning me.” (v. 31)

My Reflection:  How many times in our spiritual lives do we get so excited about following Jesus that we fail to recognize that sin is crouching at our door. We begin to become a little too proud and forget how quickly we can turn on our Lord.

My Prayer:  Father may I not become so over confident in my walk with you that I run after  the first temptation that presents itself. Instead may I focus on remaining close to your side. Recognizing that you have given me the gift of faith and repentance and that it is not on my own.

December 8, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #15 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 15 (the Message)

My Verse:  I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love.  That’s what I’ve done-kept my father’s commands and made myself at home in His love. (v.9-10)

My Reflection:  Have you ever noticed that one of the best feelings in the world is when you are gone away for a period time and then you get to come home? Home has a feeling all to itself. That feeling of peace and love all wrapped together. I know that when I have chosen not to follow his commands I feel far away from home. During these times I can even sense the urge to stay away from home. I love how God breaks everything down so simply for us. If I would just simply follow His directions then I would remain intimately connected with Him my new home.

My Prayer:  Father help me make my new home address your love. May I be quick to follow after your commands. for the times that I do get off track may I be even quicker to recognize that I have wandered from home and to start my journey back.

December 8, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #14 of 21 Day Challenge

Read:John 14 (the Message)

My Verse:  But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail. (v.30)

My Reflection:  As you study the life of Christ you can see through the Scriptures that He did exactly what he said. From the arrival of Christ as a Babe in the Straw, we can see the fulfillment of more than a 100 prophecies. What a huge life changing question for His children to ask themselves. how does the world around me know how thoroughly I love the Father? If it’s only by my words than I am missing out on the life that God wants me to live.

My Prayer: Father may the world know the love that I have for you by my obedience to your Word. As a Dad whenever I’m disciplining my children I always ask them this question: “When do we obey?” The answer comes back first time. God may it be said in my life that I obey on the first time.

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #13 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 13 (the Message)

My Verse:  A servant i snot ranked above his master: an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you act like – and live a blessed life. (v.17)

My Reflection: Jesus doesn’t mix words here. It becomes pretty obvious that we are most like Jesus when we serve. I know that whenever I take a spiritual gift test that the gift of serving falls very low for me. I used to feel guilty about this but now I’ve come to believe that Jesus would rather me use the gifts He’s given me to serve. That just because my gift is more in the communication area I can use that gift to serve Him. I also believe that I need to make sure that my only time serving is not in the spotlight. To take those times to be the one who is cleaning up after the event and not just shaking hands etc. I know I have a long way to go in this area.

My Prayer:  Father please continue to take me outside of my comfort zone to serve others. May you strike me with your holy two by four across the head if I begin to walk past an opportunity to serve on your behalf. Help me not to be so tied to my schedule and timetable to take those opportunity that are all around me to be a servant.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #12 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 12 (the Message)

My Verse:  Sir, we want to see Jesus, Can you help us. (v.21)

My Reflection:  That verse has had such an impact on my life over the years. Just a few words, but words that have impacted my life ever time I”ve  stood in the pulpit. The first time I ever preached to a full congregation (not just students), I was only 20 years old. I was an intern at Parkway Baptist Church in Orlando, FL and completely petrified at standing before a congregation. I’ll never forget that slow walk to the pulpit and saying a silent prayer to myself and then opening my eyes and seeing those words on a plaque that rested on the pulpit. “Sir we want to see Jesus.” That completely took the pressure off and has continually reminded me just to be the mega phone that directs people to Jesus. My only job when preaching is to broadcast that He is God and that He is good.

My Prayer:  Father may it be said that whenever I preach that people were able to see Jesus. It doesn’t matter how funny, wise or anything else that I may be that day, the only thing that matter is that I help people see Jesus in the Word and moving in this world and in their life.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment

Day #11 of 21 Day Challenge

Read: John 11 (the Message)

My Verse:  Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God? (v. 40)

My Reflection:  I wonder how many times I’ve missed seeing the glory of God in my life or in a situation because I did not believe? It makes me sad to think of the all the opportunities that I have missed to see God’s glory.

  • In my finances have I believed?
  • In my relationship conflicts have I believed?
  • In my future hopes and dreams have I believed?
  • In my dealings with my children have I believed?
  • With my fears have I believed?

My Prayer:  God forgive me for the times in which I believed in other things besides you. When I’ve trusted in my knowledge, my resources, my ways instead of placing my belief in you working and moving. It’s obvious that if I beleived more I would see You move more in my life.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | Challenge | Leave a comment