You’d better call on me. If you are not hooked up to a church, how can you call? If I’m not hooked in, how can I call? We have got to call for the elders of the church, the spiritual leadership. I am so thankful that, for eleven years, we have had an intensive healing ministry right here at Fellowship Church. We don’t advertise it.
We don’t bring people on stage and whack them on the head. We do it in a biblical way. It is headed up by Owen Goff. If someone is sick, if someone is in trouble, they call Owen. He has a team of elders who come in, and we have healing services. We do the whole nine yards of laying hands on the person, anointing them with oil, and God has done some phenomenal things.
This man came to Christ at the right time. He also came to Christ with the right posture. He was doing the Donovan Bailey thing, he ran to him, knelt before him. He had the morals and manners but he knew that there was something out of whack. He knew that he had something that wasn’t fulfilling about his life, so he came with the right posture.
He also went to the right person, didn’t he? Us about Jesus. God, in flesh. The Messiah. The Son of God. The lifechanger. The one who could give him eternity. He came to the right person. He also was a man who lived the right lifestyle. He probably coached Israeli soccer, gave to the United Way, attended the temple as much as possible. He was a guy you would like. He was a guy you would like your daughter to date. He was rich, he was young, he was a ruler. Hey, hey, hey. He would be really popular in a singles area here in our church.
He also did something else right. He asked the right questions. You know, we have got to ask the right questions. He ran, he hit his knees and asked, “Jesus, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” It doesn’t get any better than that, does it? At the feet of Jesus, he asks a question. But, from this question, we can see that this young man had a superficial view of spiritual things. Here is where the wheels start to fall off. He thought that he could earn his way into heaven. That idea was very popular during that day, especially in the Jewish mind and in the Jewish culture. They thought that if they kept all the given rules and regulations, jumped through this hoop and that hoop, that one day such action would merit them eternity. People think the same thing today, don’t they? People believe that God is sitting up in heaven with His giant cosmic ledger sheet, checking off our good deeds and bad deeds. They think that at the end of our lives, if we are in the black instead of in the red, spiritually speaking, He will kind tussle our hair and say, “Welcome to eternity. You performed your way in. Come on in. Here are the streets of gold. There is your mansion.” Yet the Bible says that we are not saved by works. Defined religion is a do thing. Christianity is a done thing. I don’t deserve spending eternity with Christ, nor do you, nor does anyone on the planet. But, if we bow the knee and turn to Christ and receive Him, that is all that it takes.
Every great man or woman of God I have ever known has struggled before with the doubt issue, with the thought of quitting.
Dedo Mitchell: Well, our Home Team first found out that Pam had a need. We knew that she was ill. We just wanted to be able to do something. We found out that she wanted to have somebody just to come and visit her. So our Home Team decided that a great thing for us to do is to just take some women everyday of the week, one day a week, and just go over and read and just visit with her. We joke and laugh a lot, give facials, paint nails.
Debby Wade: I think God just spoke to my heart to be there. There is something to be gained in this but you can also do some giving. It was amazing how I would speak to the women and they would just talk about the way Pam had blessed their life. To see the desire and the pleasure on her face, it’s just a wonderful blessing, a real neat experience.
Dedo: Every time I call Mark, he is here in an instant. I mean, if we have ever needed him when I have been here, he talks to me, asks me if there is a problem, what he needs to do and then he is here.
Ed: I will never forget the time, Mark, when I was fortunate enough to participate in your son’s baptism. Pam could not come up to the church due to her physical limitations, so we baptized out in your swimming pool and they wheeled Pam out there.
Last night I met a friend of mine from this church who does extremely well financially. He is one of the most generous people I know.
August 3rd, 2012 | Category: Ed Young | Comments are closed
What the Bible says about itself in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching (that means what is right) for reproof (that means what is not right) or correction (that’s how to get right) and for training and righteousness (that’s how to stay right).)
Now, I want you to do a little exercise for me. On the count of three I want you to breathe out. Don’t turn to your neighbor because you probably have coffee breath, but I want you to do it for me. Are you ready? One, two, three, (exhale). The Bible says, I’ll read it again, 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is (exhaling) inspired by God.
The word inspired in the Greek is “theopneustos,” which means God breathed. Now sometimes I have bad breath. I’ll just confess it right here. And when I have bad breath and I’m not near a restroom where I can brush my teeth, do you know what I’ll do? I’ll just pop an Altoid. Every time I taste an Altoid, I say to myself, “Mmm, curiously strong.”
God doesn’t need an Altoid. God does not have bad breath. The Bible is (exhale), God breathed. God used the personalities and the world views of 40 different authors, man and women, on four different continents, over fourteen hundred years to write the book. This book has been scrutinized, it’s been picked apart, and it’s still the best seller. The Bible is the word of God. It comes from God. It reflects his character and his nature. It’s his revelation to us.
Let’s say for example, hypothetical situation, let’s just say that you went to see the Dallas Stars play. And let’s just say that you had the best seat in the house. You’re sitting back, living large, watching this hockey team play. Let’s say that you decide to have a cheat day on your diet. You order an ice cold Coco-Cola.
I know some here who have a real heart for generosity. And I want to just stop here and thank the Fellowship Church for something.
July 17th, 2012 | Category: Ed Young | Comments are closed
Just your team. According to Ed Young Blog that you’ve got multiple weeks that you can invite someone in but do it alone. See we mess up; we try to double date all the time or bring other couples in to this spouse vacation; other families, come on, come on, come on into our family outing vacation. Do it alone. Do it alone. You reconnect and get to know. Well, man, I don’t know what to say to my spouse. I, I, don’t know what to say to my kids. Just try it! And don’t get hung up on the place. I don’t care if it’s in Corsicana or the Caribbean. In Plano or Paris. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter.
There’s some vacation vandals though out there. VOOOM! They’ll come up behind you and take you out. They’ll rob you of the stuff. Like the desperation vacation. A lot of people wait until they’re totally fried. Oh, I’m fried man. I can’t go another day at the office. I gotta have a vacation. Please, please I’m – don’t do that! It will take you three months and two years of counseling to get over where you are right now. (audience laughter) Plan it and stay with it. Another vacation vandal. The regimentation vacation. We wake up at 7:31 a.m. and we go down to the lobby, drink hot coco and cheerios; 8:10 we go on a tour (audience laughter); because at 11:15 we got a horseback ride. (audience laughter) (Ed Young gestures) Hi, Ho Silver! Away! Because at 4:00 we go parasailing. MOMMY! (Ed Young Ministries gesturing) UGH! The regimentation vacation! Talk about wearing you out! It’s fine to do stuff and to have activities, but lets just chill and have a balance. Then we have the perfection vacation. It’s gotta be perfect! It’s gotta be perfect man! Perfect place. Perfect combinations. Perfect trial. Perfect. It’s not going to be perfect. My family and I have had an incredible opportunity to travel to some cool places. Been to Hawaii several times. Been to the Bahamas. And California; and New York, and that stuff is cool and all that, but you talk to our kids about their favorite memories; you talk to them about the magical times; it’s not on the beach; on Green Turtle Key. It’s not in Maui; it’s not in, in, in, ugh, Pebble Beach. You know what their best trips are?
Sometimes the husband will try to coerce and even shame his morning spouse into flying into his time zone. “Come to my time zone. That is when I am alert. That is when I am hitting on all cylinders.”
June 21st, 2012 | Category: Ed Young | Comments are closed
And right before my senior year, my father walks in says, “Ed, Ben, JoBeth, we’re moving to Houston”. Well, I lived in South Carolina at the time, a thousand and three miles away from Houston, Texas and I’ll never forget driving with my parents that long journey to Houston, thinking, “Oh, it’s over, my love, Lisa, is back there at that high school”. One of those guys flirting with her. I began to cry. I was upset. There was no doubt about it. I had elevated Lisa, a person, to the number one priority in my life. And God gave me a wake-up call. And that was a crisis because God gives us a crisis too in the Christian’s life. He said, “Pastor Ed Young, not a person, not a possession, not a pleasure, should ever take top priority. That position is only for me because when I’m in that position, that’s when your life is going to click. It’s going to cruise”. Because Satan wants all of us here to snooze, but God wants us to cruise like a Lamborghini. So don’t ever sit back and say, “Well, the Christian life will make me into some kind of spiritual snoozer or just kind of calm me down”. Just the opposite is true. If you know the resurrection power, you’re talking about excitement, adventure, challenge, fun! You’re gonna be in on it! If your life is very predictable, blase, I want to tell you, you’re not living personally with Jesus like He wants you to. So God gives us a crisis even in a Christian’s life. But then also, He’ll use another Christian, like He does with the non-Christian. He’ll put something in your life to say, “This is what I want you to do”.
A couple of years ago, God placed a gentleman in my life. His name was Ortis Gideon. He died recently of a heart attack.. .one of my spiritual mentors. And God miraculously brought us together and God used him in my life to wake me up to what it means to pray and what it means to really get into God’s Word. Before that you know, I was kind of floating around, going through he motions. I’d been to seminary, I was a pastor. But this man challenged me and I say, “God, I thank you for that wake-up call in my life”. Ed Young asks, can I be your wake-up call this morning? Could the person seated beside you be your wake-up call? Could Al Densen be your wake-up call? Could Russ Kidwell be your wake-up call? Could the choir be your wake-up call? God will use anything, anything to get our attention because God painfully perfects who He royally elects. He does and He’ll use everything to say “I want you to know”.
So before the service, we meet together and they say, “After the solo, the organ will play softly and you walk up to the pulpit, take your Bible with you and you begin to pray”.
It is a one order. Kids. Now, children are a gift from God. He have done whole series on this subject. IT’S APPARENT was a six-week series I did on child rearing. This year I am going to do another series just on the value and beauty of children. But, kids can and will bust up your sex. You know what KIDS stands for? Keeping Intimacy at a Distance Successfully. That is why I encourage couples to have a regular date night. I encourage you to have certain bed times for the children and certain areas of the house that are off limits during certain hours.
The sex builder is get on board the B52. B stands for a break. 52 stands for 52 weeks out of the year. Husbands and wives, I challenge you to take two breaks a year just for the two of you. Go away a night or two twice a year, every six months. Go away for romance. Go away for intimacy. Go away for sex. “Ed, you just don’t know our finances. We can’t afford that.”
It is better to pay the price now, take out a loan if you have to, than to end up relationally bankrupt later on down the road. Ed Young Blog states that you don’t want to neglect the B52 and one day have the B52 carpet bomb your covenant. Take them. It is worth it. It will reap huge benefits in your marriage.
Number seven is sharing sacred stuff. Do not share those tidbits regarding what goes on in the bedroom with your golfing buddies, your tennis gal pals, with the person next to you at work. Don’t go there. Hebrews 13:4. “Let marriage be held in honor among all and let the marriage bed be undefiled.” Ed Young Ministries states that if you want to talk to a Christian counselor, cool, but no one else. If you blab this stuff it will take away trust from your spouse and it can fan the flames of adultery.
And you will get raises and you will be able to climb the corporate ladder and you will be able to really be someone.” The marketplace screams for our attention.
Yet, sometimes I meet people around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and they will say, “Yes, I am a Christian.” I’ll say, “Really? That’s great.” Then I will say, “Where do you go to church? Where are you serving? Where are you involved?”
They will respond, “Well, um, you know, I’m single and I am kind of floating around. They have beautiful girls at Fellowship Church and I’ll go there some. I’ll sometimes go over there and listen to that preacher and then I’ll go to this other church sometimes because I like the music over there.”
Then I will say, “Wait a minute. If you are not hooked into a local church, you are disobeying thirty commands right up front in the New Testament.”
Now, all of us are going to get sick one day. I’m going to be sick one day. I’m going to call on you. You are going to be sick one day.
Look at James 5:14 again, “Is anyone among you sick?” He should do what? “He should call the elders of the church.” He, the sick man, the sick woman, has the ball in their court. They should call for the spiritual leadership of the church, for the elders of the church. This implies church membership. I’ll say it once again, church membership is commanded, I believe, in Scripture. The Apostle Paul, when he was in Damascus, hooked up with a church in Damascus. When Paul was in Jerusalem, he hooked up with a church in J-town.
What if I told you this, “I don’t know if you realize it or not, but I play in the National Hockey League.” What if I said that? Your next question would be, “What team?” I would said, “No, you don’t get it. I don’t play for a team. I just play in the National Hockey League.” You would say, “Ed, if you play for the National Hockey League, then you have got to play for a team. You have got to be on a roster.”
Then I thought about how we treat our Heavenly Father. God says that He wants us to give some money, that He will bless us for it. But we say no to God, that we don’t lend money. We tell Him that we have made it, we can spend it, and we can save it. It is ours. Who are you trying to kid? If God wanted to, He could take it all at once.
We fail to understand that. We also, like LeeBeth, don’t understand that God is the one who gave it to us anyway. All we are doing is giving back what is His. Have you said yes to giving?
I have heard a lot of people say that they will say yes to giving when the deal comes through, when everything is A-OK, next year when they begin to really make it.