IMAGINE IF…The Dream Becomes Reality!

October 26, 2010

Tuesday night is usually “Family Night” in the Bettencourt home. We have dinner with our 4 girls, turn off the TV, cell phones and the computers and just hangout and play a game. Last night we played the IMAGINE IF game and had lots of fun.

Have you ever imagined running a marathon? Well it starts with talking a walk around the park and setting a goal to run a 5K race. Have you ever imagined shedding 10 pounds? Well it starts with simple decisions to cut back on 100 calories a day. Whatever you can imagine, you can do.

Have you ever imagined finding a place that loves and accepts you for who you are, not for what you do or have done? Well, we have not only imagined it, but we will purpose to create an environment where God’s grace and love will overwhelm you.  We wholeheartedly believe that “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing you have done to make God love you less.”

Over 18 months ago, Kim and I started sensing the Call of the Lord to start a church in Chippewa Township of Beaver Falls, PA. This dream of planting a church and doing our part to reach and love people is now a reality. In about 6 months, on April 17, 2011, “the dream becomes reality.”

Our hope and desire is that CHAMPION LIFE CHURCH will fulfill its part along with other wonderful churches in our area to “tell the GOOD NEWS that God so loves the world and He sent Jesus Christ, His Son to be our Savior.” Another desire is that we want to see that others believe that their dream can become a reality, also.

If you are interested in finding more out about the vision of Champion Life Church, our launch team gatherings, our informational meetings times and dates, please email us at LB.CHAMPIONLIFE@GMAIL.COM or call the office at 724-473-2213. We would be so glad to serve you in any way.

Hey, don’t ever forget that God created you to love you and desires that you would believe that you are destined to win!                                                              ~Larry and Kim Bettencourt, lead pastors

 


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


NOTHING

June 11, 2009

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Romans 8:38-39 (msg) 

“None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that NOTHING—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”

You need to be convinced that there is nothing in your past, present or even your future that can hinder God’s plan for your life and His continual love for you.

Nothing means nothing!

Even thinkable or the unthinkable acts could never hinder the embrace of God. We must never underestimate the power of love. Not only the love that God has shown to us, but the compassion and love that we can show to one another. When we show and share God’s love, it can make an everlasting impact on another’s life.

I heard Pastor Allen Speegle say, “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing that you have done to make God love you less.”

The reality of this truth can set you free. If God doesn’t allow “nothing” to hinder his act of loving kindness toward us, lets not allow “nothing” to hinder us from serving him to our full potential. Put it Behind Ya: keep advancing!     ~Larry


FRESH START

May 28, 2009

iStock_DiveInIn Psalm 51:10 (The Message) it says, “God, make a fresh start in me, 
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.”

The great thing about our loving Father and His abundant grace for us is God gives us a FRESH START. As a matter of fact, every morning reminds us of a fresh start and it is renewed to us day by day (Lamentations 3).

Everyone likes it fresh. Subway says, “Eat Fresh!” I personally like fresh-baked bread. Fresh clean-smelling towels. Fresh-cut flowers.  Fresh-grown vegetables. Fresh ocean breezes. God is into giving us a fresh start. In Psalm 51, David has just been dealing with guilt. He comes to understand the grace of God as he recognizes that God allows him to make a fresh start. David also realizes that God can create a “Genesis,” a new beginning from the pain and from the mistakes of his life.

God is into do-overs. God gives mulligans. God gives second, third, and fourth chances… No matter what your day, your week, your month, or your year has been like just remember that you can “Put It Behind Ya.”

(Check out Larry’s new book “Put It Behind Ya.”)

Don’t always be focused on changing. But focus on improving.”

When you focus on changing it leads to frustration. When you focus on a consistent daily experience and encounter with God, you will end up improving your life! Taking one day at a time allows you to see God’s grace to erase the past and enjoy the present.”

Psalm 51:12 reveals how God will give you “fresh wind” for you sails. Keep sailing for a fresh start.

-Larry


PUT IT BEHIND YA

April 7, 2009

Put Behind Ya coverGod sees you as victorious–as a winner and a champion. However, circumstances in life don’t always make us feel that way.

Life is not fair. It is filled with ups and downs, wins and losses, good and bad. Yet in these life experiences, God can mold you and prepare you to be a vital help to others. You cannot erase the past, but you can PUT IT BEHIND YA.

In my new book, I share three easy steps to getting beyond your mistakes and moving forward. These steps are

1.     Endure it…

2.     Survive it…

3.     Go on!

God’s Word says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

In Put It Behind Ya, I show how the principles and illustrations of God’s love and grace will help any person no matter what season of life your in. Remember, Jesus Loves You!

To purchase a copy of Put It Behind Ya click here.

 


REBOOT

February 20, 2009

restart-screen1You’re sitting at your desk, looking at your computer screen, and trying to view a news clip or movie preview. After what seems like hours of waiting, it suddenly dawns on you that maybe, just maybe, there are too many applications open. There are so many applications open that everything is simply overloaded. Maybe, it’s time to reboot.

Are you “ON” all the time? Are you always available 24/7? Do you always say, “Yes”? Sometimes we get so busy building “OUR” kingdom and forget its all for “HIS” kingdom.  We are here on this earth to build the kingdom of God. Amazingly, we are “HEIRS” to the Kingdom of God! 

 

What you maintain in your own ability, you have to sustain in your own ability. 

 

Take time to “REBOOT.”  When you reboot you restart: restarting is refreshing.  God wants you refreshed.  Live in grace in the ability of God.  Relying on my ability cause me to end up short. By tapping into His grace / ablity, you will accomplish more than you can imagine.

Lamentations 3:22-23 The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Sometimes, we need to interrupt our “routines” in order to gain proper perspective.  Sleep in. Take a nature walk.  Do a lunch-date with your spouse instead with the work gang. Pick your son or daughter early from school and go get some ice cream. Read something just for fun and not information. Take a new route. Mundane routines lead to mundane lives.

Today is a new day, go and enjoy it!  – Larry 


EPCOT & EXCELLENCE

December 27, 2008

epcot-disneyJust recently, my daughter Anna and I were in Disney’s EPCOT.  I love Disney.  My family and I have had to joy of going to Disney numerous times.  It’s awesome because my N’Awlins childhood friend/brother, Joe Saragusa’s is a pastor of an awesome church in Celebration, FL (free housing), and his wife; Carol works at Disney (free tickets).  Epcot decorated for Christmas, the warm Florida night air, the magical closing fireworks, and being with Anna and the Sargusa’s made for an awesome evening.

At Disney, you always are taken back by the care and quality of the parks attention to detail to provide you with the ultimate experience.  It’s the way they go about things.  Disney never closes… they just let you know the park is open to this _x_ time. 

What separates Disney from the rest of the parks in the world is its EXCELLENCE.  Excellence in appearance, service, and experience. Their approach to making you feel valuable and important is top notch.  As a matter of fact, our Father God is more than that. God is a God of excellence and so are you to God.  Genesis 1:31, after God made man, he stopped and looked over His most precious creation and said, “It is VERY good.”  You matter to God.

Look an excellence from another view.  In 1 Corinthians 12:31 “And now I will show you the most excellent way.”   

Just before this verse, it tells us about the gifts, talents, and callings we have for the Kingdom of God, however without love our service ends up being in vain. Love must come before your gifting. Try being excellent in the way you love people. 

Your calling is limited without LOVE. 

Excellence is a habit! It’s intentional. Loving others as the way that God loves and sees them is a habit. It’s intentional. Take excellence a step further by loving people and seeing people the way our Father God loves and sees you.

  • See people’s HEART not just their habits.
  • See people’s DESTINY not just their deficits.
  • See people’s POTENTIAL not just their problems.
  • See what people CAN DO not just what they can’t do.

Just think if you intentionally onetime each week for one year make a decision to show love to someone, you will have made a difference in lives of over 50 people- this is a New Year resolution.  Become excellent in the way you love.  By this you will model to others a more excellent way.  Live strong by loving strong!  -Larry