Quest

I am on a quest! This quest is very expensive! It will require everything I have and more! In fact, it will cost me everything including my life! But this quest is worth it all… So what is my quest?

I am on a quest to fulfill my God-given purpose in this life and to help others to do likewise!

During this journey so far, I have encountered many hardships but also many blessings. I have had to deal with loss, disappointments, fear, worry, doubt, imperfections, and insecurities. But none of these are able to dissuade me from the realization of how truly blessed I am!

One of the things I am truly blessed with is knowing what I am truly called to and that everything else is just “school” to prepare me for just such a purpose!

I plan to make the most of this year, 2011, by learning as many Principles I can that will better me and prepare me to be the leader and man that I know I have been called to be!

Look out world! This man is on a quest to make you better because he was there!

LOVE ON THE LINE:

Romans 5:6-8 (MSG)

6 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. 7 We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. 8 But God put his LOVE ON THE LINE for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

How many men and women in uniform have been inspired to sacrifice life and limb to save and support a inspirational cause? How many have been inspired and led into battle for a cause or ideal by their brave and courageous leader? We can understand people dying for FREEDOM or for COUNTRY, right? But to die for someone who is of no use to us or someone who is weak and rebellious, NO WAY!

Yet Christ did not wait for us to be ready or to be “worth” dying for! He died for us while we were yet sinners lost in our own hopelessness and despair. He arrived right on time to pull us up out of the pit we as humans had dug ourselves into.

This, my friends, is true love! Laying down your life for others. Giving up your freedom for the freedoms of others!

But then Christ tells us we must love others the same way He loved us! How are we supposed to do that?

By giving up our rights, desires, and wants for the needs of others!

This is observed when a husband is tired and does not feel like doing anything, but gets up and does the dishes. Or when a child’s friend asks to play with a favorite toy and that child lets the other play with it. This kind of love is present when a person chooses to serve others above theirselves!

So what will YOU do today to spread this kind of love throughout the world! For this is how people will know we are His disciples, if we love one another (John 13:34-35)!

A Message Of Hope!

 

   A message of HOPE Multimedia Easter presentation/rock opera is about an average person searching through the struggles of everyday life for purpose and their place in the world. This production features the music of:

  • Coldplay
  • Snow Patrol
  • Staind

   This will be a unique event for everyone. Witness the life changing event on: 

  • Saturday April 11th at 6pm
  • & Sunday April 12th at 9am, 11am, and 6pm.

   We’ll see you there! Share this and invite everyone you know!

Caleb Pics

Here are some Caleb Pics:

Secrets of the Vine

   So I have been reading this book called “The Secrets of the Vine“. I was talking with one of my mentors and he had recommended I read it. He had said that it was probably one of the top two books he had ever read besides the Bible. So I ventured out and read it. Was he totally right!

   In this book, Bruce Wilkinson, talks about different lessons from a Vineyard and how they apply to our walks with Christ. Although these lessons are good they are definitely not easy to learn. Here are the three “Secrets” of the Vine…

Secret #1: If your life consistently bears no fruit, God will intervene to discipline you.

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   God disciplines those He loves so that they will begin to bear fruit.

   Discipline comes because of major sin in our lives.

Secret #2: If your life bears some fruit, God will intervene to prune you.

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   If you are not careful, you can confuse God’s pruning with His discipline.

   Pruning is God correcting those minor issues (self not sin) in our lives so that we will bear more fruit.

Secret #3: If your life bears a lot of fruit, God will invite you to abide more deeply in life.

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* When you are accomplishing a lot for God it is easy to neglect the relationship you have with God, all in the name of service to Him.

   The interesting thing is we can be at an entirely different level of fruit bearing in one area of our life versus another.

Inauguration from God?

Swearing-In

   I just want to admit from the start that I did not whatsoever vote for Barack Husein Obama. I personally thought that he was not qualified nor was he the candidate God wanted in office. Even worse was Joseph Biden as Vice President.

   Although, I did not agree with everything John McCain and Sarah Palin stood for, I believed firmly that they were the right candidates for this country! The most important issue to me in the election was the abortion issue. I am 100% Pro-life! Sarah Palin was and is someone who has a proven record on this issue.  Barack Obama’s past record has not been very good on this issue.

   Before the election, I prayed continually for the right person to be placed in leadership. I even was asked by Pastor Steve to lead prayer for the election a couple of times during Sunday Night Prayer. During these prayer times, I prayed that whoever God intended to be President and Vice President would win! I also prayed that they would win by a majority (even a landslide). I prayed these with John McCain and Sarah Palin in mind.

   At the same time, I said some very negative things about Barack Obama and Joe Biden. I told many people about my opinions and very openly spoke positively about McCain/Palin.  

   But, ever since the election, I have been really convicted. The outcome was definitely not what I expected, so I first got very disappointed. Then came conviction that regardless of my opinions Barack Obama was going to be the 44th President of the United States. So I chose to start praying for him and believe the best of him.

   But today, as I watched History in the making, I was reminded of some things. I believe firmly that God ordains the leader of a country (especially one that is dedicated to God). Our church prayed corporately for the right person to be elected. I prayed that the man would be elected by a majority or landslide.

   So if I believe all these things, then Barack Obama must be the GOD ordained 44th President of the United States of America!!!

   So now it is our duty and privilege to pray for our new President and new Vice President! We must pray that they seek Godly Wisdom and Counsel! We must pray that the decisions they make are not dictated by a particular Political Party or agenda, but dictated by their hearts as they lead by God. We need to be very careful what we speak over our leaders. Mark 11:23-24 says that we have what we say! So what are we going to say about our new leaders?

Being a Dad

Wow! Being a Father is one of the most amazing feelings in the entire world!

There is a sense of tremendous love and of awe at how you actually got to be a part of creating such an amazing thing! But then there is the sense of tremendous responsibility for taking care of and raising this child to serve God all his days! I love all of it!

I had always heard about the love between parent and child but I never really knew it was possible to love a child you barely know so much!

Fatherhood is amazing when you have an amazing relationship with your wife! My Jennifer Rocks!

The picture is of me holding Caleb as I was writing this blog.

The Moment We All Have Been Waiting For!!!

Sorry it took so long…

Caleb Joshua Spinks
Born: 11/4/2008 at 6:33 pm.
Weight: 8 lbs 15 oz
Length: 21 inches

Healthy Baby and healthy Mommy!!!

10 Centimeters!

We are at 10 cm dillated, 100% Effaced, & + 1 Station!!! So very soon! Keep ya posted!

Good News from the Hospital

So we finally have reached a milestone! After being at the Hospital for 24 hours, 2 rounds of Cervidal, and alot of contractions we got some good news! Up until now, Jennifer’s cervix had not been very cooperative and was not even dillated. But a few minutes ago, the nurse finally could tell she was dillated! And instead of a measley 1 cm. She was at 3 cm dillated, 50% effaced, and – 2 Station!!!! Woohoo!

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