HIGHPOINT FORECAST

TONIGHT:
The Fall Festival of Funness. Should be a packed house at TRC from 6-10pm.

SATURDAY:
Evergreen Speedway Awards banquet at Tulalip Casino.

SUNDAY:
Kick off to Random Questions 2. Week 1 questions…plus a few others.

TUESDAY:
The final 4 days until the election. In reality, this is a historic election for the President of the United States.

PRINCIPLES OVER POLITICS

My Pastor, Dr. Wendell Smith, wrote a well thought and excellent blog post regarding a “Christian perspective” for the upcoming election. Now, for many like myself who have already cast the vote, it is imperative that we do not put our guard down, but follow these principles Pastor Wendell laid out. For those of you yet to vote, read the whole post.

Here is an excerpt of Principles of Politics:

“As Christians we are citizens of heaven. We are part of the kingdom of God. We are not Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green or Orange. Nor is any political party platform sacrosanct. The two dominant political parties in the USA have both good and bad, and strong and weak planks in their party’s platforms. It is only the Kingdom of God and its abiding principles that can guide the believer.

For the entire posting click here.

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

A lot of highlights from this weekend…

  • Saturday morning at the Prosperity With a Purpose Conference was terrific. Being able to hear sound preaching on finances in times like these is critical. My perspective was adjusted, I and our church are no longer participating in the recession!
  • Having Dave Martin in town is fun. We laugh a lot about a lot of ridiculous stuff. Thanks Dave for being you.
  • It was a blast having so many people at the Lake Stevens Campus. God is clarifying the vision and I’m excited about the future.
  • I want to tell the world how amazing my wife is. As you know Seven Addison was added to our life last March. My wife hasn’t missed a beat! She continues to be an amazing woman of prayer, praise and taking care of me. She is the best. I am continually amazed at the woman she is. I really believe God is going to take her places in the next years. Many don’t know the depth she has. This is her year!!!
  • OK, so someone asked me what it meant to be a parent. My answer: I had no idea I could love someone so much! That little girl is the closest second to my amazing wife!!!
  • I was thinking the other day, It’s been a year since Melinda and I sold our dream home on Lake Stevens. At times I miss the amazing views and sounds of voices across the water, but what we’ve been able to do for others has blessed us more than having a big house.
  • Only 5 months until race season!
  • This Saturday night is the Evergreen Speedway Awards banquet. Looking forward to seeing teams awarded for their effort. People have no idea how hard these people work to race at Evergreen. I’ve never been to the Tulalip Casino before, so I’ll see it for the first time as that’s where the banquet is held.

Make a great week!

PROSPERITY WITH A PURPOSE CONFERENCE

Last night the Prosperity With a Purpose Conference kicked off. In my opinion this is probably the most important conference I will attend this year. With the continued reports of the economy slipping into a real recession it is critical to have a God perspective on finances. Here are a few phrases that have impacted me thus far from the speakers..

  • “Faith comes by hearing. So does fear.” At some point we have to choose between the news and the word of God being the biggest influence over our life.”
  • It is impossible to give and give and give to the Lord and say, “God hasn’t blessed me.” If God hasn’t blessed you then you can’t give and give and give.
  • The word prosperity is very misunderstood in the body of Christ, people think it is only about money. Prosperity means “to travel well,” “to journey well,” and “to walk the road well.”
  • Our body is fed and clings to the Earth Realm; likewise, our spirit is fed and clings to the spirit realm. Our body is consumed with facts; our spirit is consumed with truth. Our soul is the fulcrum where the choice is made to follow facts or follow truth. check this: The fact is we are headed for a recession; the truth is, my God shall supply all my needs. The fact is we have less then before, the truth is God will supply seed to the sower.
  • We have to choose with our soul whether we will follow the facts or the truth. The facts are circumstantial, but the truth is the Word of God and is beyond circumstance.
  • Ecclesiastes 10:10, the ax is the gift God has given you.
  • Sharpen your gift.
  • Take the time to sharpen your ax.
  • What your willing to walk away from you have mastered; what you are unwilling to walk away from has mastered you.
  • Choosing to learn from mistakes or mentors. We can either take a long time to make mistakes and learn, or we can learn from mentors.
  • Mentors are not friends. Your friends are satisfied with who you are, your mentors are satisfied with who you want to become. We often want to make our mentors friends, go to the movies together, but mentors are not in our life to hang out, they are in our life to perfect. Think about that the next time your pastor speaks with you, I did.

Well, those are a few of the items I remember closely. This conference is very timely. It’s at The City Church in Kirkland, come out if you get a chance. It goes again tonight and tomorrow morning. Especially if you are feeling the effects of the economic downturn this it the place to be…

I’ve said, “There is one thing worse than famine, going through a famine without a Word from the Lord.” This conference has a timely word for our life.

MINISTRY- THE EARLY YEARS part 2

It was a rainy weekend. I had to travel alone because at the time there was not enough money in the church to send my wife and myself. Melinda was working full-time, like a lot of Pastor’s wives, but it was well beyond our means to afford two plane tickets. Ron Luce was preaching Friday night on “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” About 4500 young people were in attendance.

I had never seen such a radical presentation of the gospel before.; The lights, sound, pyrotechnics, drama team and worship was amazing. I had VIP privileges so I sat at the sound-board because I liked the technical side of production. As Ron preached, my mind was captivated by the Holy Spirit. I began clenching my Bible with extreme force because something was erupting inside of me. Something I couldn’t explain was happening inside my spirit. God was speaking and He was calling me out.

Suddenly the altar call came and I witnessed nearly 80% of the room move towards the front to get their lives right with God. At the same time my emotions began to well up inside me. I began to see my home church and all the faces of the young people that served there. I began to see them being radically challenged to new things. As tears rolled from my eyes I stood on top of a chair to see what God was doing. The Holy Spirit was changing and challenging lives. Young people were laying their lives down at the altar. Drugs, alcohol, boyfriends, girlfriends, cars, cd’s, music, priorities were being left as they were turning their heart toward Jesus. It was awesome.

I left that night with all the free stuff I could muster. Ron had told Rich Franzen (now leader of Impact Africa) the production head to give me whatever I wanted, so I took advantage of it. I had every single book or tape that Ron had produced. As the weekend wore on I talked on the phone in to the early hours of the morning with my Pastor, some of the youth and my wife. When I wasn’t on the phone, I was reading or listening to tapes. Later, on the flight home I realized I hadn’t slept in 53 hours. God had so rocked my paradigm that my physical needs became unimportant as the vision for my city and our youth began to erupt.

There you have it, one of the most impactful weekends with God in my life…more to come later.