Browsing articles from "June, 2011"

God is still God & God is Still Good

Jun 29, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Daily Living  //  2 Comments

This is the story of Zac Smith. This video testimony was taped while he was on staff at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. It’s a powerful story that teaches us that regardless of what happens in life God is still God, and God is still Good.

Please take a few moments to really think about life and the Goodness of God. Below is the Zac Smith story and a video follow-up from his wife, Mandy.

Courageous . . . the Movie

Jun 28, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Daily Living  //  No Comments

Save-the-Date! The producers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants will be releasing a new movie on September 30th. It is called Courageous! Check it out the trailer below and plan to go see it. And by the way, here’s the movies official website: http://CourageoustheMovie.com/

Fear Makes Us...

Jun 24, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Daily Living  //  No Comments

What is your biggest dream? If money wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing? If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do? What decision do you need to make, but you haven’t made it, yet?

The answer to all of these questions in a nutshell is fear. Fear is not only contagious and can lead to negativity in a lot of scenarios, but fear makes us incapable. Watch this video.

Fear cripples in this same manner. Do we fall over? Well, hopefully not, although it would be funny. Just kidding! However, fear does paralyze us on the inside and it hinders our relationship with Jesus. In the Bible God gives Joshua a direct command. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” – Joshua 1:9

God’s charge to us is the same as it was to Joshua. Be strong and courageous.
 
Do your biggest dream as if money wasn’t an issue, and as if you could not fail!

(Contributed by Jason Williams)

The Courage to Execute Judgment

Jun 22, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Daily Living  //  No Comments

In Numbers 25:1-9 there is an interesting story, and by interesting I mean a tragedy.

One of the saddest tragedies of my generation (30 and under) has been the attacks on September 11th. I can’t believe it has almost been 10 years. 3,000 people died that day and that is a tragedy.

In Numbers 25, there is a plague going on and 24,000 die, because of their disobedience against God. The Bible records a story in vs. 6-9 about how people were open with their sin. Nobody had the courage to stand up and address the issues at hand.

That is until someone named Phinehas addresses the issues. Phinehas in front of everyone got his spear walked up to the two who were in sin and speared them both with his spear!

The Bible in Psalm gives Phinehas a shout out in Psalm 106:30 – “Phinehas had the courage to intervene, stand up, execute judgment and the played was stopped.”

God is looking for people who will stand up and take care of the issues in their tent.

 

(Contributed by Jason Williams)

Honor

Jun 21, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Daily Living  //  No Comments

Psalm 12:7

7 You, LORD, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8 who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Just a quick thought.  In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us to think and dwell on anything that is “noble…right…pure…lovely…admirable…excellent…or praiseworthy.”  Seems straightforward enough.  Obviously, we want to spend time thinking about good things and interacting with situations and people that are going to build ourselves and other up.  That’s a good goal.  But what about the other side of the coin?  What if the verse said, “Whatever is NOT noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy, do NOT think about these things.”  What kind of implications would that have for your life?  I’m sure it would cut out a  LOT of the “gray” areas of our lives as Christians, seeing as we wouldn’t even be called to THINK about these less-than-excellent things.

You might say though that this verse doesn’t say that – it’s not that exclusive, it’s just prescriptive, directing our attention to several areas in which we might want especially to focus on.  However, refer to Psalm 12:7-8, referenced above.  David calls “wicked,” and his enemies, those who “freely strut about” and “honor what is vile.”  Do we not often do that as a culture, as individuals?

With an honest and objective heart, look at those you esteem, those you wish your life could be like.  Why do we hold others in high regard?  Because they have things we don’t have, because they have things we place a high value on (the very definition of “honor”).  Do we value sex, alcohol, greed, pride, or the “confident” attitude that comes with a disrespect for authority?  We consider others lucky, and are often jealous of those, who live a certain way – we often resent the restrictions of holiness.  But we have to ask ourselves…

If we give honor to that which God says is “vile,” have we not become “wicked” towards Him?

 

(Contributed by Chris Coultas)

 

Fathers Day at CATG

Jun 18, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Sunday Talks  //  No Comments

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming to Church At The GYM on Sunday…

You’ll have to join us on Sunday for the details on what this clip is all about.

(Contributed by Jonathan Williams)

Does It Really Matter What Time It Is?

Jun 8, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Daily Living  //  No Comments

“It doesn’t really matter what time it is, if you haven’t determined what to do with your time.” – Andy Stanley

Time is what makes the world spin round. Time also keeps us on a level playing field. Time cannot be stored up, but it can be invested.

We are all using our time at the same rate, but are we investing it for the same return?

 

 

(Contributed by Jason Williams)

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