Great News! You can now listen to, or download the audio from the Conqueror’s Club meetings. Praise the Lord!
Just follow this link: http://www.calvarycathedral.org/archives/30
Well, if you have not yet heard, on April 14, 2013, Pastor Nichols introduced Miriam & me as the new leadership for the Conqueror’s Club Ministry here at Calvary Cathedral International. Miriam and I have been married for just over 24 years now, and we have 7 wonderful children. We are thankful for God’s blessings!
Conqueror’s Club is a ministry specifically designed to help, encourage, and build lasting and Godly marriages. God originally gave the vision of Conqueror’s Club to Pastor Nichols in 1992, and it continues to this day.
Needless to say, we are very excited about our new role, and look forward to the opportunity to help many people in the future. Pastor has also seen fit to introduce a great team of two other couples that will work hand in hand with us in this venture. We are very glad to serve along side of Susan and Phil Foster, and Jay and Lori West. This is a great team, all with a heart to really help people! We have known, and been close friends with these couples for a long, long time. They are good and Godly people!
There will be great meetings, great times of fellowship, and great times of encouraging and building marriages that go the distance.
We are workers together!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NASB)
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Be encouraged that God is looking out for you! He has great plans for you, your spouse, your children, your friends . . . everyone! He made the supreme sacrifice for the whole world. According to 1 Timothy 2:4, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” It’s time to make a new commitment to God, and really seek His face. It’s time to find out from Him, how He wants you to participate in this great end-time harvest.
This is the move of God that God has given us – it’s right now! I have read about the Azusa Street revival and the Welch revival and many others, but I don’t live on Azusa Street, I live right now! It’s one thing to remember the great things that God has already done for us, but it is also important to cooperate with Him right now. Make sure that you take time to be thankful to God for what He has done, but also make sure you look to Him to find out what He is doing right now.
God continues to have great plans for you and your family. Make every effort to jump in and actively participate with His plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I love visiting my Pastor’s house, because it filled with memories of faith, and I always seem to come away uplifted or encouraged by something I see there. There is a small plaque hanging on his wall between the kitchen and the living room that shows a picture of a long, cascading waterfall crashing upon the smooth boulders below, and the simple caption that reads “Things take time.” Every time I see that little picture, I realize all over again that God is not in a hurry. That most of things He does are not rushed at all. We seem to get things so turned around these days, thinking and really believing that if things don’t work out for me right away, that God is not in it. We think “Where was God this time?” or “Where was God when I needed Him most?” The truth is that we are just too hurried. Reading through the Old Testament, there are countless examples of how God helped great men of God like Abraham, Noah and Daniel overcome incredible obstacles, but things usually did not turn around for them overnight. So, I encourage you to slow down a little today. Think about the important things in life.
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
This has to be one of my favorite verses in the Bible! Paul was saying that if there was anything he didn’t want to happen to those in Corinth, it was that they would somehow be moved away from the simplicity in Christ. How could it possibly happen? Through the devil’s subtile, little, small pulls at our minds, to throw us off course. Just like he beguiled, or deceived Eve, he still makes the same attempts on us today. What this verse also tells us is that the reason Paul didn’t want this to happen, was because remaining in Christ’s simplicity is so powerful and so important. Friends, don’t listen to the enemy, but recognize the attack, put him down, and keep moving!
Proverbs 3:5 & 6 (NASB)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Sometimes it’s easier to just concentrate on the first part of this verse, and say we trust Him; and maybe even believe that He will make our paths straight. But, we must not skip over the middle part . . . learning not to lean on our understanding. So important! And secondly, to seriously take time to acknowledge Him – in everything. This is a powerful truth. I encourage you to take time throughout the day to read over this verse many times, and do your best to incorporate its different elements into your life.
Hebrews 10:24 & 25 (NASB)
“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”
The truth is, we can do more together than apart! Getting together at church is good for us, and good for others. We should always take the mindset that we could help someone, pray for someone, or just be there for someone who really needs it.
Coming together at church is one of the most powerful ways we can build ourselves up, as well as help and encourage others in the process.
We need each other! We’ve got to stick together!
Since I was going to speak briefly on the subject of advertising, and how we are plastered by it everyday, I decided to listen to the radio one day and write down all the advertisers I heard. Wow, it was more than I expected. I then took most of the advertisers and made up a funny (fictional) story including many of them, just to show how much we actually take in every day. Here you go:
“So, the other day, I was driving along in my Freeman Toyota that I picked up from AutoFlex Leasing, and I was listening to Hooked on Phonics with my children. We were on the way to the mall to look at a Sleep Number Bed and pick up some Grecian Formula to wash that grey right out of my hair. Once we got to the mall, I spotted the Ideal Feet store and decided to go take a look. As it turns out, the owner of the store was a neighbor friend of mine out at 7-R Ranch, in fact, we had both just had Amazing Siding and New Spray installed on our homes right after Powerjack Foundation Repair fixed the cracks in our walls. As we walked into the store, using our Dr. Scholls Gelling shoe inserts, he was finishing a Carbonite Online Backup of his computer, and had just started ordering Proflowers for his wife’s birthday, getting 18 assorted roses for the price of just 12. I said hello to him and he said “Man, you look great after completing that Medifast Weight Loss program.” I said “Thanks, the spray-on tan from Perfect Tan probably helps a little too!” As we were talking, I realized what a vast improvement Lasic surgery from Boothe Eye Care & Laser Vision Center had made for me. I could see everything so clearly! Including the ad across the hallway for the upcoming event at The Bass Performance Hall. I thought to myself, if I’m going to get tickets from Ticket Master for that, I should get going. I excused myself and told my friend that our families could get together soon for dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill and discuss building that Mueller Steel Building we always wanted. He thought we should just contact the General instead. ”Either way, ” he said, I’ve already got the number to Lending Tree programed into my latest technology 4G, 3D, LCD Touchscreen Cell Phone with Unlimited Calls, Texting and Data! I said “okay,” and we left. I asked the kids if they thought we had enough time to swing by Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal and pick up a gift card for someone. They said “Sure,” but then reminded me that it might make me late for my appointment at the Hair Club For Men. I told them that I had cancelled that appointment, and decided not to add hair, but just wash the grey out of what I had left. When we got back to the car, I used the Onstar Navigation System to get directions to Bass Hall, but was still sitting in the parking lot enjoying my Venti Vanilla Latte with an extra half shot – whip, only from Starbucks. Just then, there was a tap on the window I had just replaced from Safe Auto. It was another friend of mine, and he had an Excedrin Headache and was crying into a Kleenex Brand Tissue – the softer choice! He said that his recent marriage through eHarmony.com didn’t work out so well. He had spent more time shopping at the Bass Pro Shop than using the Oreck Vacuum at home, and she couldn’t handle it anymore. He said he even asked the pros at Legal Zoom.com for advice, but they just told him to contact The Litigation Firm of Cordell & Cordell, because they were “a partner that men could count on.” I told him I was sorry, but that I really had to go now. After all, I still had to make it to Batteries Plus, and Bed, Bath & Beyond and then get home, install our new Bella Hardwood Flooring from Lumber Liquidators and plan the next vacation using Hotwire.com, all before dinner time. I really needed to have a good meal and get some rest, because, after all, tomorrow is the beginning of Truck Month!”