Greg King

Five Stones

Perfect Storm-Impact

istock_000002236889largeSo many times in my life I can hear and be moved by a message but then a few days later I can lose focus of what I’ve learned. I hope these questions help you ad your family as you process all that God is doing in your life. Make sure you also implement the action items that are listed or come up with some of your own. I would love to hear your feedback on what you thought about this process at the end of the week.

Have you ever been in a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or really big storm? What happened?

What does it look like to “have a storm in your life”? Why is a “storm” a good description for those events?

The speaker said we are all in one of three places. Which one of these best describes you and your family right now?
a. You are currently in the middle of a storm.
b. A storm is coming and you don’t know about it.
c. Or you are just walking away from a storm that     has blown through.

Do you feel like God is in control even in the middle of your storm?

Read John 16:33. How can this help us remember God is in control—even in the storms of life?

What might God be showing you about Himself through the storm?

When everyone was afraid because of the storm and their bad situation, Paul was steady. Why do you think Paul had confidence in the storm? (Read Philippians 4:12-13.)

How might your relationship with God be changed by the storm?

Action Steps

If you are going through a storm right now, who are the people that may be watching you and your family as you go through this storm? Put these names on your fridge and take the time and pray for them.

Make an appointment this month with someone that you wrote down on your card to “TELL” them your story of how God is in control of your storm.

Print out the attached image below and display it in a prominent spot to remind yourself of this truth.

Get your Spade Work in: Read Acts 9-12

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February 16, 2009 Posted by | Preaching | 3 Comments

Perfect Storm Mind-Dump

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  • Preaching three service is always tiring but I’ve never felt so emotionally exhausted after a service. While I am exhausted I cannot get my brain to shut down.

I was honored to hear so many storm stories in between the services today.
Carmel has more people in the middle of a storm than I had anticipated.

I saw more tears today in the services than I have in all my years at Carmel.

I heard that I was 20 minutes late in the first service but yet was on time in the other two. How does that happen?

I so appreciate all of our volunteers that have to leave a little early to make it to their posts. Hope they know that I asked for the doors to stay closed  so that they could have a chance to respond in worship,.

One of the most vocal services today had to be the 11am traditional hour. I think I got a little to Old School Southern Baptist in there. I love preaching in that service.

God had his hand all over Derek McFarland today. Lem did a great job coordinating all three service. I missed worshiping with my family in the Edge today.

For the record my tie was orange and not pink.What happened to Ralph’s hair did anyone ever find out?

Heard that I made some people upset in the 11am service when I said don’t get your “panties in a wad.” Funny I have no idea when I said that or why I said that. Shouldn’t that statement be negated if you did get your panties in a wad after I said don’t?

Spoke to a lady today who has just lost her home, car, and all of her savings and yet with tears in her eyes she was praising God.

The end of the 9:30am worship blew me away. To say that our people engaged God in worship on the closing song would be an under statement. I hope we start worshiping with that type of intensity every Sunday.

Thanking God that people felt the freedom to do business with Him at the altar. Felt like God had His hand on me in all three services today. I love that feeling.

Had a hard time processing the images of the hurting people that God was flashing in my mind as I preached about the storms.

Praying for those who are in the middle of the storm. Praying for those who are watching us in the storm.

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Preaching | Leave a comment

Loving Father

Today was one of those days as a Speaker in which you just have to completely trust God to speak through you. The audio feed in our venue service failed and I was told that I had to deliver the message. Talk about getting your heart pumping. Fortunately I had about 10 minutes to look at my Pastor’s notes and then take the notes from a sermon I heard Reggie Joiner deliver on the prodigal. The one thing that separates churches from one another is what we called the Loving Father Approach.

The Loving Father mentality is preoccupied with who is missing. The older brother mentality is preoccupied with himself.

Loving Father’s throw parties. Older brothers throw fits.

Loving father’s operate from a context of forgiveness. Older brothers operate from a context of shame.

Loving Father’s confront older brother thinking. Older brother’s criticize Loving Father thinking.

Loving Father’s leave the lights on, no matter how long it takes. Older brothers shut the door and shut the lights off.

I cannot begin to describe how heavy God’s Spirit was in the room today. It was obvious to all that God had a message that He wanted us to hear. Thank-you Father for showing yourself strong in my life today.

The image posted is the picture that hangs in my office to remind me to have a Loving Father’s Mentality and Lifestyle. May we be known for our Love for Him and for others.

if God spoke to you today in a meaningful way, I would love for you to leave a comment about your experience.

August 24, 2008 Posted by | Preaching, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nehemiah is the Last Hero

Today I finished up my 4 week stint on Heroes with Nehemiah. Here are the main points from Nehemiah.

  1. A Hero recognizes the need for worship when God gives them a holy discontent.
  2. A Hero recognizes hat God uses our circumstances to place us exactly when He wants us to be.
  3. A Hero must learn to unlearn their fears.
  4. A Hero never focuses on the “How” but instead they focus on the “What.”

The Big Idea: A step of faith is what keeps most people from living the life that God wants for them.

At the close of each message I challenged folks to come to the altar to do business with God. The challenge was for them to take that first step that God wanted them to take. At each of the four services the people responded and God was lifted up. I know we had about 100 people at the 9:30am service at the altar and the traditional service surprised me when about 50 plus people came forward. God showed Himself strong today at Carmel. I am blessed that He uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

June 24, 2007 Posted by | Preaching | Leave a comment

Firealarm in the Service

Did some one pull the firealarm at the 11am service today? As soon as I finished the message about 75 people towards the back of the worship center took their weekly cue and decided it was better to beat traffic than to see what God did with the message. I know that their were some legitimate reasons for some people  having to leave early but after preaching for the past three weeks you begin to sense a pattern that has been in place for sometime. I hope I challenged the thinking of some of these folks as I encouraged them to stick around until we were done. I just don’t understand how you get yourself into this type of behavior pattern. That as the sermon is preached you are just counting the clock till it is time to go. The first chance you get after the message to leave you hop on it to beat the traffic and get ahead of schedule. I wonder why people even come if this is the mentality? And people wonder why God doesn’t speak to them anymore? Or maybe they don’t think about it at all. Sad!

June 18, 2007 Posted by | Church Life, Preaching | 3 Comments

Shamgar was the Man

Spoke on Shamgar today. The title of the message was an army of one. I thought it would be good to bring a message that our men could connect with. Shamgar became a Judge in Israel and killed 600 men with a farm tool. The Bible only records about 42 words on Shamgar’s life found in Judges 3:31 and Judges 5:6. The sticky point was: Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can. I can’t wait to see what Hero God leads me to speak on next week to conclude this series.

June 18, 2007 Posted by | Church Life, Preaching | Leave a comment

Sunday Night & Jones Soda

Sitting outside on my patio drinking a Jones Soda(Green Apple) and reflecting on the services today. Is there anything better than a Jones soda? I have been so challenged by the life of Noah this past week as I have studied to bring the message. The Big Idea was: “Drive the first nail and trust God with the rest.” So may people came up to me after the services to let me know the first step that they need to take to be obedient to God. The other part of the message that I thought God used was the phrase that God never promises us that we won’t go through storms but He promises to be with us during those storms. Several people asked for prayer as they are in the middle of a raging storm. I am already excited about about next weeks hero.

June 11, 2007 Posted by | Church Life, Preaching | Leave a comment

Pulpit Hangover and Pink Eye

Okay I have to admit I had a little bit of a pulpit hangover today. I was dragging around the office babbling like a fool. I just felt like I was in a fog until at least noon. I know if my Pastor is reading this, it just made his day. My hat is off to the guys that do it week in and week out for 20 plus years. So I drug myself to my first softball game this evening and I realized that I am getting old. I was much faster in my mind tonight than I was on the field. So anyways I thought I just had some dirt in my eye but you guessed it I picked up pink eye from one of my kids. Looks like tomorrow will be a study day from home since I will be pretty contagious for the first 24 hours.

June 5, 2007 Posted by | Church Life, Preaching | Leave a comment