There is No Plan B

February 8, 2011


“Leaders are dealers in hope.” -Napoleon

Human nature always tries to have a back-up plan in case our original plan doesn’t work out. In the Kingdom of God, God never has a back up plan! God’s plan for redemption was to send Jesus. John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

No Plan “B” needed. There was never any back up plan in God’s mind.

II Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God’s purpose has not changed; He wants all mankind to win.

God’s plan is for the Church and His children to fulfill its destiny in our generation. We believe the Church is the Hope of the world. We also believe that those who are followers of Jesus Christ, sons and daughters of God, are here to share the plan of redemption and share the good news.

Champion Life Church’s purpose is to provide hope to people so they know they are winners and champions in God’s eyes. Our mission is to make victorious disciples of Christ who influence change with the love of God in our world.

As we are preparing to launch Champion Life Church on April 17, 2011, we are excited about the mission God has given us and to do our part in Beaver County. We see ourselves as “dealers of hope” to encourage individuals that with God all things are possible.

Remember, You are a winner and special to God. You are part of God’s plan. Even if you have gone off track or missed a step, God’s plan for you remains the same. Just ask God for help, get back on track, and know this, God doesn’t have a back up plan. ~Larry


SERVE

July 2, 2010

To serve is to live. (Frances Hesselbein)

Matthew 6:33 (nlt) “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Here’s a life changing equation: Servant leadership = Putting others first.

The key to a successful life is to serve one another. It’s the key to living a satisfied full life. When you make the conscious daily lifestyle decision to serve others, you are allowing the love of God to spread to the world. We add a little JOY to the world.

I remember learning from my youth pastor as a teenage many moons ago this simple expression that has stuck with me. The way to have J.O.Y. in your life is by living these three simple values: J=Jesus first, O=Others second, and Y=Yourself last.

It’s the little things we do that make a huge difference that can brighten up someone’s day. Hey, wash the dishes for you spouse, open the door for someone, ask someone how’s their day and listen, catch your kids doing something right and tell them, call a family member just to check in, and the ideas go on and on.

Go make a difference in someone’s life today- serve them!

To serve is to live and to live is to serve! -Larry


ETERNAL HEALTH CARE

March 27, 2010

ETERNAL HEALTH CARE YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO BE WITHOUT


With all the recent talk of the newly forced government run health care, it has made me focus more on GOD CARE. God’s eternal care for you and me. Life has enough thrown at us in our daily responsibilities that it can be overwhelming to add one more care at us. The cares of this world can tempt us to remove our eyes off of the One, who CARES for you.  1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He CARES about you.”

Whatever may be occupying your mind that causes you to carry these cares of your past, the future, your relationships, the bills to pay, the kids, the promotion, etc., you must remember: Jesus CARES for you!

Right now, Jesus cares about what you are going through. Jesus did not abandon Peter in the water, the Samaritan lady at the well, the outcasted lepers, the woman caught in adultery who was thrown at His feet, or YOU! You are enrolled in the heavenly “health care.”

Even if others or family forsake or forget me, The Lord will care for me and take me in. (Psalm 27:10)

Hey, it’s GOD CARE: God cares about what you care about! `Larry

PS- Eternal Health Care involves Eternal Heart Care which is knowing Jesus! (Romans 10:9-10)


KINGDOM DEPOSITS

November 13, 2009

Hands lifted upKingdom deposits make eternal investments.

Recently, I had a banking conversation with my daughter Bethany. We talked about making deposits into her account that will service her in the future. I was reminded that taking care of God’s kingdom is making life deposits into others lives. What we do now, definitely impacts the future!

What we do and what we say influences the kingdom of God. By showing the same love to those around you that God has shown and given you, you are making kingdom deposits. Never underestimate the act of a simple, loving decision. Simply lending a helping hand, speaking kindly to a sales attendant, or sharing your faith and experience of God’s love and grace to a coworker all makes a difference.

Live life on purpose.

In Matthew 6:33 (GWT), the Word says, “But first, be concerned about His kingdom and what has His approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.”

Let’s live kingdom minded, making deposits. Daily kingdom deposits make eternal investments.

–       Larry


FOR YOU

September 21, 2009

Pic-City-FOR YOU“If God is FOR YOU who can be against you?” (Romans 8:31)

We all need support. It’s encouraging to know that we have friends that will say, “Hey I’ll be right here FOR YOU if you need me.”  Everyone needs that type of friendship. However, you may feel sometimes that you’re all alone.

The truth is, “No matter what, God is FOR YOU even if you can’t find anyone who is.”

Know that God is FOR YOU, not based on your goodness, but His.

“For I know the plans I have FOR YOU,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

As important as it is to know that God is FOR YOU, it is equally important to realize that He has made YOU FOR greatness.

God has called you to make a difference. So walk in the assurance today that if God is FOR YOU, who can be against you, because He has ordained YOU FOR His purposes!     ~ Larry


TIME OUT TO TUNE IN

August 21, 2009

Call a TIME-OUT in order to TUNE IN!

Life is moving at craziness TimeOutspeed. It’s important to slow down. You must slow down on purpose. Regularly, what I do is call a “Time-Out Day.” REST TO REFRESH: A day to turn off the phone, don’t check email, turn off all the media; I just enjoy my family and enjoy my God. I may read or nap or go on a lunch-date with Kim. This helps me “tune in” to the important priorities and values of my life.

Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC, says, “When your routine, becomes routine, you need a change to your routine.”

Be careful of being blindsided by the “rush of routine.”  Upon recognizing that life is getting too routine or you have been getting in a rut, just go ahead and call “Time-out!”

In a sports game, coaches call time-outs for a few reasons: A) Sometimes, they just need to slow the game down so everyone can gain focus and composure. B) Sometimes, a time-out is called strategically, to plan a play. C) Other times, a coach calls a time-out and just gives an encouraging pep-talk.

In Psalm 46:10a (NIV) we read, “Be still and know that I am God.”

It’s in those times of stillness, when we carve out and stop the pace of life, that we are able to really hear, apart from all the noise and clutter around us, how much God is for us. We can hear the Spirit’s gentle whisper saying, “It’s going to be all right.”

Do you need to call a time-out in order to tune in today? Is it just to slow the pace of life down? Or to sit down and think about you’re next steps? Or is it just to hear an encouraging word or whisper from the Lord saying how much He loves you and how much He is for you? Hey, guess what, call that “TIME OUT” and win!   -Larry


MASTERPIECE

July 3, 2009

CreationYOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE!

Over the years, each of my girls have drawn and/or colored a picture of “Daddy and me”. I have simply cherished those art renditions by my children. They have become something special that I look at from time to time.

In Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) says, “For we are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

God highly values you. In God’s perspective, you are that valuable masterpiece, created and ordained by Him. It’s like when you go to the art museum to look at beautiful paintings and sculptures created by talented or historic artists. You admire their works and their creations. Well, our God looks at His work, you, with the same purpose.

Likewise, as Eph. 2:10 says, God values us as his rare, special, prized, invaluable, incalculable, cherished work of His genius. And our Loving Father doesn’t make mistakes.

“The Master always leaves His imprint on His creation.”

God has placed His imprint on our heart and His signature on our lives.  Let us rise to a higher standard in our belief in how much God loves, values and cherishes us.

Your value to God is not based on what you do or don’t do for God, but on who you are – His MASTERPIECE.    

~Larry