Changes…

Our family has made some major changes in the past few years.  As you can see my last post was in 2015.  Here is what has changed since 2015.  In May 2015, our family size took a huge jump in numbers.  We went from being a family of 6 to a family of 9.  It took 2 years, but we adopted 3 beautiful girls into the Logsdon family on July 2017!  We are forever changed and are learning “big” family rules on a whole new level.  God has been gracious, always provides.  More to come (news and thoughts, not children – lol)

Logsdon family

Money and Belief

I am amazed at the amount of mail “we” are getting (really my oldest son) from colleges. No one told me about this! NO ONE. The amount of money spent on all of this material seeking to lure my child to attend their college is incredible. Some colleges I have never knew existed. Others I have expected but we have received nothing from them. But one stands out in their pursuit of my son. Honestly, we received about 3 a week from this certain college that will go unnamed (but their colors are orange and black!) They are spending a lot of money to get my son’s attention and hopefully his desire to attend their college as well. Their flyers, letters and information “stuff” is not cheaply printed either. There is a certain level of pride in the way the operate even in their advertisement department. Of course if my son chooses them, it will be considered money well spent – right?

So what about the church? Where does it fit in on all of this? Do we give our best in every area to bring God the greatest glory possible showing pride in Who we believe in? This should not come as a shock, but it takes a lot of money to run a business. Every kind of business rely’s on some sort of income. And the church is much much different! That is not a typo! The church is MUCH MUCH different than every business in the world. How is it different you ask? Simple. The money is already there! The church does not rely on sales. The church does not rely on profits? The church does not rely emotional tugs on the heart? The church DOES rely on the One who holds all the money – God. Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, to world and all who live in it.” God in HIS great mercy gives us, HIS people all that we have and then says, if you love me, trust me. Give back to me ONLY 10%. Amazing. The Lord God my provider (Jehovah Jireh) provides for us. HE could ask for 90% and tell us to live on 10%. But HE does NOT. If you ask a child if someone gave you 100 pennies would you give them 10 pennies back. They would answer with a proud and loud “YES!” So why is it sometimes difficult for us as adults? Could it be that maybe we believe the money is ours? Statistically, out those in the world who claim to be “born again believers” on about 7% actually put their money where their mouth is!!! Can you imagine how well FC3 could passionately better what we do in every area of service to God and give HIM greater glory because 100% of the born-again believers who are a part of FC3 put their money where their mouth is. I don’t write this because we are desperate for money. I do write this because we could do so much more. So I will not end by asking “what’s in your wallet?”, but I will ask “Is your money where your mouth is?” Believe.

I have fallen (on to Twitter) and I don’t want to get up!

Years ago the there was a commercial of an older lady lying on the floor of her house and she pushed her “Life Alert” button and said, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” It became a joke even though the reality and need of it is very real. I must confess – I have fallen and I won’t get up! Of course I am specifically speaking in the area of social media (more specifically – Twitter!) Here’s my point…today, each individual has thousands and thousands of messages coming at them moment by moment MANY of which are negative and worldly! And I have a voice! God has allowed us in our time to have more opportunities to speak HIS Name and reach farther than any other time in history! Think about that again. Read that statement again. Okay, I know you won’t so I will type it again…God has allowed us in our time to have more opportunities to speak HIS Name and reach farther than any other time in history! GET THIS…God has placed you and I here, right here, right now – ALL FOR HIS PURPOSES AND HIS GLORY!!! (Sorry – soapbox!) So I have made a commitment to be a voice. My goal is to tweet every morning after my time in the Word. All for the purpose of accountability to myself (sharing what I am learning) and to others to speak the Name of Jesus and to do what HE calls us to do! Most people “follow” on Twitter people they like or are friends with. I try and do that plus “follow” other leaders and minsters. Most of the messages that I see on Twitter are futile for life. I have ONE life and I am not about to let it go by haphazardly. So I MUST be intentional! (Have you heard that on Sunday morning lately?) So maybe you want to join me in being a voice too! After all God has placed both of us here. I am tired of the negative and worldly messages. Join me in being a positive, godly voice in the world of social media (I don’t have time to rant about FACEBOOK messages! – ugh)

And if you want you can “follow” me on Twitter – @loggie495

Twitter advice for older folks:
1. Don’t just use it to read other people’s tweets. Tweet yourself – original thoughts.
2. Also favorite other people’s tweets.
3. Retweet other people’s tweets.
All this lets others know you are not just there to stalk or rant! Happy tweeting!!!

David

We Believe!

In a world that is constantly changing, where the church seeks to continue to have a voice that does not change its message, but seeks to affect those who are in the middle of a changing culture, it is VERY important to know what We Believe. That’s why beginning September 13th FC3 will be looking at specifically 10 things that “We Believe”! We will be figuring our exactly where we should stand as Believers. The world’s influence has confused too many who are a part of this group known as Believers. But this shouldn’t surprise us… for Paul said days like these were coming. (2 Timothy 4:3 – “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”) This word “sound” from the greek means “healthy, be healthy, be sound, right accurate, to be correct in one’s views.” What I know is that everyone believes they are right in their beliefs! As Believers, we know what we believe is so important just by looking at James 2:19 alone! (James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder.” And their beliefs in God do not save them, but condemn them!) Belief is important, but what We Believe must be sound, accurate, right – it must be healthy for our soul! I hope you are looking forward to our 10 week series on “We Believe!”

To get us there: From now until September 13th we will spend 3 weeks in Titus over the topic of “Unfinished Business.” Then we will spend 3 weeks in 1 Timothy “Getting Busy” and then we will launch “Re-Do” a 3 weeks series reminding us of FC3 and our mission: Committing, Connecting, and Caring! We have plenty of moments to grow together in Christ Jesus and HIS Word. I hope you get a chance to be there for all of it.

Hail or Hell damage?

I don’t know if you have had to deal with hail damage from the storm, but I feel like I have had my fair share! Now I have had a new roof put on my house because of the hail storm. New skylights (4) that now after 3 attempts at repairing them finally do NOT leak – Praise the Lord. But unfortunately, I also get to deal with the church’s roof which needs a new roof even though it was just replaced in 2011! Of course we have taken bids but we haven’t had a chance as a board to get together yet to make a decision. But that doesn’t stop the phone calls!!! In fact, as I was preparing for this article I received such a call by a company that has given us a bid already! We have had several roofers stop in to ask (some more forcefully than others) to do our roof inspection, give an estimate and then do the job! These companies don’t realize that in the church the decision is not just one guys voice. But as I was thinking about this something began to bother me. What bothers me about all of this is not being interrupted, and it is not talking to people I don’t know or even who are pushy. It is much deeper than that! A couple of things bother me:

First,these roofing companies believe more in their company and in what they are “selling” than it appears Christians believe in our God and his “company” (the Church). I am not a salesman, but I am trying to convince others to take my “product” (JESUS) over the world’s “product” (godlessness.)
Secondly, preachers are disrespected just as much as salesman are. In fact, I notice when others see me coming and avoid me at all cost! It is just a fact of life. But I also have noticed that there are some others, who are very excited and convinced about the truth of Jesus, but they come across just like I do – another pushy salesman! But really what we are “selling” is so much more important than hail damage or insurance claims. It just seems that too many Church people would rather have insurance for the hail storms and avoid being a salesman even though it is a calling and command for us ALL to obey!
To top it all off, one particular roofing company wanted me to call other churches who had this company reroof their buildings. So I obliged. I couldn’t help but think about the great lengths this company was going to in order to get the church’s business. Then I compared that to our lax approach to sharing our “business” with other people. (Often we do it without excitement for our Jesus and with a constant worry that we are coming across like a pushy salesman. That same “business” that Jesus was all about even at a young age (see Luke 2:49) So I guess in all of this I have a question…a big question…an important question. A question that really is answered by your life, not your mouth. Do you believe that our company (the body of Jesus, The Church) has the best to offer the world? Too many people agree with their mouths, but as God says, their hearts are far from HIM! So how do you answer that question. Here are a few sub-questions to help find the true answer of your heart: How many people have you had a genuine talk with about Jesus? How many people do you regularly invite to church? Are you afraid of looking like a salesman for Jesus?

Grace abounds all the more…

In the book of Romans, Paul tells us that “where sin increases, grace increases all the more.” (Romans 5:20b) It seems to me that the church is the place where “grace” should be given to one another in greater doses more so than any place else in the world! After all, we should know better than anyone what grace looks like and what grace does for us. Then we should joyfully pass that grace on to others. But I am concerned. I wonder if we are doing more damage than healing. Hear me out on this. It seems as if we are more focused on coming to church to “do bible study” than we are focused on “going out” and sharing the Good news of Jesus. In fact, I wonder if we really believe that the Good news is really that good. If we did believe that it was good news for everyone, wouldn’t we be intentionally set on making more and more disciples as a body rather than relying on the church “leaders” and “employees” to do this. Isn’t this everyone’s job? In fact, we have busied ourselves with every thing but making disciples and converts so that now our excuse is excusable in our own minds – but that WON’T FLY WHEN WE ARE FACE TO FACE WITH OUR CREATOR! We labor in vain. All of this seems to make us more judgmental on other “sinners” deeming ourselves to be more righteous because we find ourselves in the four walls of places with the name “such and such church”. So we give less money. We have less patience for those who need the church to surround them. And to top it all off, we find ourselves wishing other-outside people “get what they deserve” for their disobedience to God’s way. How blind, arrogant and foolish we are becoming! When John the Baptist preceded Jesus the Messiah’s first coming his message was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 3:2). How appropriate if the church would grab this message for us rather than for “them.” And do a lot of repenting of our own self-righteousness. Preparing our hearts for the second coming of Jesus and help pointing others towards HIS love by extending grace more and more to all as we recognize the grace poured out on ourselves. Church, think about this…Why do you think repentance has decreased in today’s churches? Could it be that we see ourselves as perfectly whole without a need of a Savior anymore? Forgive me, Lord Jesus for I have sinned, I want to turn back to your ways. I repent. Who else needs to join me and repent with me?

Grace abounds all the more…

In the book of Romans, Paul tells us that “where sin increases, grace increases all the more.” (Romans 5:20b) It seems to me that the church is the place where “grace” should be given to one another in greater doses more so than any place else in the world! After all, we should know better than anyone what grace looks like and what grace does for us. Then we should joyfully pass that grace on to others. But I am concerned. I wonder if we are doing more damage than healing. Hear me out on this. It seems as if we are more focused on coming to church to “do bible study” than we are focused on “going out” and sharing the Good news of Jesus. In fact, I wonder if we really believe that the Good news is really that good. If we did believe that it was good news for everyone, wouldn’t we be intentionally set on making more and more disciples as a body rather than relying on the church “leaders” and “employees” to do this. Isn’t this everyone’s job? In fact, we have busied ourselves with every thing but making disciples and converts so that now our excuse is excusable in our own minds – but that WON’T FLY WHEN WE ARE FACE TO FACE WITH OUR CREATOR! We labor in vain. All of this seems to make us more judgmental on other “sinners” deeming ourselves to be more righteous because we find ourselves in the four walls of places with the name “such and such church”. So we give less money. We have less patience for those who need the church to surround them. And to top it all off, we find ourselves wishing other-outside people “get what they deserve” for their disobedience to God’s way. How blind, arrogant and foolish we are becoming! When John the Baptist preceded Jesus the Messiah’s first coming his message was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 3:2). How appropriate if the church would grab this message for us rather than for “them.” And do a lot of repenting of our own self-righteousness. Preparing our hearts for the second coming of Jesus and help pointing others towards HIS love by extending grace more and more to all as we recognize the grace poured out on ourselves. Church, think about this…Why do you think repentance has decreased in today’s churches? Could it be that we see ourselves as perfectly whole without a need of a Savior anymore? Forgive me, Lord Jesus for I have sinned, I want to turn back to your ways. I repent. Who else needs to join me and repent with me?

Jesus died, so I could live.

I really struggle, do you? I struggle with that title. I mean, did God really come down in the form of HIS Son to die for me, taking my place? I think I have “heard” this and “believed” this for so long that I have come to take it for granted. If I am completely honest with myself and with you, I am too familiar with the old old story. And it fights to ruin me every day of my life. It hides itself as COMPLACENCY, but it convinces me that it is named “Not-being-pushy-with-Jesus.” It tells me not to care (which is really APATHY), but it convinces me that it is named “Those-people-deserve-it” or “They-made-their-bed-now-they-get-to-lie-in-it” or sometimes “That-is-somebody-else’s-problem.” I have been in the church most of my memorable life. Sunday after Sunday. Sunday school class after Sunday school class. Youth group meeting after youth group meeting. I have been on every trip in the book when it comes to being a child, teen and youth. I have heard sermon after sermon. I have sung the hymns week after week. I have sang new song after new song. I have taken communion close to 2000 different times (This is just an approximation!) Maybe you have heard the phrase “Been there, done that”. This has been the epitome of my Church life experience – I have been there, I have done that! And maybe that is just it! Maybe I have allowed my walk with Jesus to be too often about being there, being that, and buying a shirt to prove my point. But when I read the Bible, I don’t see this as the way I am to live. In fact, I NEVER see this as God’s call for me. It is so much more than religiosity. Yet, I am guilty of living in religion rather than in relation to my Savior. This is what we have been preaching and teaching, but I believe I have fallen prey to religion. When I am in religion, I can check in and out. When I am in religion, I can show up sometimes and sometimes not. When I am in religion, I can love people when it is easy and when it isn’t I don’t love. When I am in religion, I can serve or not serve, but expect others to serve me. When I am in relationship, my life is a continual pursuit of HIS love. When I am in relationship, I listen to HIM because I am in the relationship. When I am in relationship, I am always available because that is what a relationship is. When I am in relationship, I am constantly thinking about HIS thoughts never checking out! Sometimes, what I need is to get back to the basics. Remember and think upon the simple things and be amazed by them. Yes, Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so! And this is EXACTLY what we are doing for Easter. John 3:16 – why not bring someone to hear the simple message again for the first time!

Why is Love so difficult?

Why is L-O-V-E so difficult? Have you ever stopped long enough to think about all of the difficulty there is in loving someone? For example look at the divorce rate and you will quickly see that the promise of “til death do us part” is more difficult than anyone ever thought. At the beginning, we are convinced that “our” relationship will be easy. Now, we tell everyone else that we know it will be hard and we will fight to keep our love alive, but deep down we believe “ours” will be easy, after all – we LOVE the other person and “our” LOVE is different than everybody else’s love for one another. Then trouble comes along and the next thing we know there is talk of divorce.
Or take dating relationships. Why is it so hard to find a “GOOD” guy? Why can’t my daughter find a guy who is just interested in her and her only? Why can’t my son find a girl who isn’t so self-centered? Why can’t there be someone out there who will be just right for me? (Or for my daughter? Or for my son? Or for my mom? Or for my _____? You get the idea!) The reason we can’t find Mr. Right or Mrs. Right is because we are not right! Somewhere we have bought in to the lie that we are good and there is no other good person out there left for me! If we just stop and think about this, we will realize just how silly we really are? Then we will see how narcissistic we have become? Since we can’t find Mr(s). Right, we start to look any and everywhere. We look in church. We look in bar, clubs and “low places” (thanks for that one Garth!) We still can’t find him/her, so we look on the website that promises total honesty and transparency and most importantly EXACTLY what you are looking for – LOVE! In fact 1/3 of all marriages begin online. Good or bad that is where we are at. The statistics of relationships that begin online say that these marriages are happier and last longer. But this study has only been over the last 10 years. Is that really what we are shooting for – ten years? All of this is not to cause so much controversy as it is to get us to thinking about the difficulty of LOVE. Why is marriage so hard? Why is love not easier? Why can’t we find what we are looking for in relationships?
I have a suggestion to what the reason may be behind the difficulty! The why? 1 John 4:8 tells us, “God is love.” Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Could it be that the forces of evil desire us not to love easily or even accurately? Could it be that those forces know that love is the one thing that sets us apart from everybody else? (Remember, we aren’t talking about flesh, but against the evil forces!) Maybe it is difficult because is it a battle ground for holiness. To get you thinking, I mentioned love in a romantic relationship, but we also are called: to love like a child, to love one another, to love our spouse, to love the church and to love Jesus (definitely not in that order!) That’s why this month on Sunday mornings we will be looking at love but defined as Unashamed and Uncomfortable Love. I hope you will be there to grow with us in HIS love!

Power from The Word!!!

God means what He says.  What He says goes.  His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.  Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word.  We can’t get away from it – no matter what.” [Hebrews 4:12 MESSAGE]

Would you answer some questions for me?  (I hear a faint – “maybe”!)  My prayer is that you will hear it from a heart of love and care.  What have you learned from the Bible in the last 7 days not including church lessons or sermons or small group discussion?  What have you learned on your own from the Bible lately?  You might be one who says, “Oh, I read the Bible before and I don’t need to again – I know what it says, I know what it is about, I know enough!”  There is a danger in thinking you don’t need to be in the Bible or worse that you know all you need to know about the Bible!  Especially since we hear and receive messages from outside of the Bible all throughout every day and every single moment.  These messages do not stop coming into our minds, so the message of the Bible should not stop coming in our minds regularly either.

Let’s look at this from a physical perspective:  You would not eat sugary foods without eating healthy foods.  Yes, I admit that I love, love, love sugar!!!  I rarely meet a cookie that is not worth eating or a donut for that matter.  However, I am wise enough to know that I cannot eat this all the time.  I know my body craves pure sustenance!   Proof of this came 2 years ago when FC3 did the Daniel Fast.  My body has NEVER felt better than when I spent those 21 days eating only fruits, vegetable, nuts and all whole grains and drinking only water.  But here is the thing:  The first 3-5 days were terrible.  I had sugar and caffeine withdrawals something terrible.  (I had a very bad headache)   But the blessings of strength and my overall body was felt wonderful and it was well worth the pain.

Similarly, when you try to get into a routine of spiritual feeding of the mind on pure sustenance (which is only found in the Bible) it is painful!  Not in headaches or withdrawals, but often with boredom and a feeling of apathy towards being in the Word of God. It is also painful because it often reveals things about ourselves that we need to change but we don’t want to change.  The point of that – it will be a fight!!!

I am convinced that most people do not read the Bible for a few reasons that I plan on addressing in January’s sermons, so for now here is what I want you to know.  December 28th, FC3 will be giving away “Life Journals”.  These journals have a reading plan geared toward your age group or spiritual maturity level!  We want to give you tools to help in this anemic epidemic the American church finds itself in.  If we run out of journals we will get more.  This is for the whole family – one for each member.  Pick one up on or after December 28th and begin on January 1st.  Get your POWER FROM THE WORD!