We are so excited about all the increase that God has brought to our church as a result of our friendship with Ps Joel & Victoria Osteen. It has been nothing short of awesome. Seeing so many people walk into the doors of our church is the most rewarding thing we have seen at Point Church.
So we are re-airing our TV Commercial w/ Ps Joel beginning on Monday March 10 and running for 3 full weeks.
We are believing God for greater increase and a deeper impact! Mary and I are so humbled by the support of everyone at Lakewood Church. I am living proof that “God will put you in places you know you could not put yourself.” #BreakOut
This may be our last run of this commercial …….. our building is NOT big enough!!!
I am so excited about what God is going to do at our Point Church – Queens location. But I would not be that excited without the leg-work, hard-work and prayer-work that Jeremy & Christine Sweeten did as they planted Forest Hills Community Church 8 years ago. They laid a terrific foundation for the future.
Mary and I were so honored to be at the final service for The Sweeten’s and able to shower some blessings on them. They are a terrific family – we believe God has great things in store!
It’s not every day, in church life, where one pastor passes the torch to the next pastor. I will always remember this day as the foundation for our future!
In the story of Queen Esther you see that she was a little intimidated to approach the King. But Mordecai encouraged her to make the right decision and raise her voice for the underdogs.
Church, that mission is no different! God has given us a voice … lets use it to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves … to fight social injustice … to speak God’s Word whether popular or not … to be a voice of hope, help and healing … to stand for high morals in a world with lowered standards.
Mordecai said to Esther – if you don’t use your voice God will lose your voice!
Pop-culture does not determine right or wrong … it can’t be the standard because its standards are always changing. We need a standard that has not changed! And that standard is found in God’s unchanging, unflawed word – the Bible!
The Bible is the authority on marriage … romance … dating … and sexuality. God’s Word is our map for finances … integrity … character … and future. It directs our decisions, passions and dreams! We must use our voice to be the megaphone for God’s Word!
1 Peter 3:15: “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” In other words, speak up.
Esther was told if you don’t speak up it wont just affect you … listen again … “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die” (Esther 4:14). Our silence affects others … speak up for what is right!
Let’s not be silent.
Point Church – mark this date! We are adding another service in Hicksville and adjusting the other service times as well. These are GREAT problems to have! God is growing His Church.
I have heard so many people say, “Pastor, I can now come to church on Sunday at 9:30am because I have to work at 11:00am. Thank you.”
PLUS we are re-airing our TV Commercial leading up to the service time changes … so we are hoping to HAVE A FULL HOUSE right away! So thankful our church has a vision top GROW — we can never change!
KIDCITY will be available at the 11am & 12:30pm ONLY! If you are a parent and 9:30am is better for you … please volunteer … we would love to do it but we have a volunteer shortage!
Humbled and honored how God is doing this!
“… quite the opposite happened …”
Esther is leading the charge to empower her people. She is now Queen. The enemies of Esther hope to overpower the Jews, but the Bible declares, “but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies” (Esther 9:1). There will be times in our lives when it looks like its light out on our dreams, goals, health, occupation and so much more but God steps in and does the opposite!
I have learned that God is able to turn around any situation. It does not matter how difficult it is OR how bad it looks. Joseph after experiencing the challenges of betrayal, slavery, prison becomes a leader in Egypt – here’s what he said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph’s brothers wanted to silence him from their lives “but quite the opposite happened.”
Hang on. You may be going through a challenging season in your life, but the oppositte is about to take place … your season of challenge is about to become your season of conquest!
Have you ever felt like you had to move BACK in order to find your way FORWARD. There have been many times in my life that this has taken place. Most times you cannot see the potential when you are standing too close – you have to step back!
There will be times when it “feels” like you are moving backwards, but God is actually moving you forward! The cross of Jesus is the greatest example of this – on the outside the cross looked like Jesus had failed – at least to those who didn’t know the whole story like we do – but the backwards of the cross led to the forward of our salvation.
3 years ago we entered a partnership with a church in Babylon, NY. It was 3 years of feeling like we had been going backwards. But in God’s economy a set-back is often a set-up for something greater. Over the last few months we have experienced several breakthroughs! A few weeks ago we closed on a property that has been for sale for over a year and we took our first step toward becoming portable – we bought a trailer!
Point Church is going back to its humble beginnings by launching our Deer Park Campus in a movie theater in Deer Park, NY. Most new churches want to own their building right away … but we are selling 2 of our properties so we can be portable again!
But we know this backwards will propel us forward! We are so excited about this Campus and so honored to have Matt Bellomo leading the campus. We are moving FORWARD!
Look out Deer Park!
Yesterday, Mary and I had the privilege of attending Transformation Church in Middletown, NY – pastored by Joe & Ruth Nieves. All we can say is, “What a GREAT church!” They are growing rapidly and outgrowing their facility! It is incredible!!!
They have a vision to launch a new location in The Bronx. So when we heard the story – we had to plant a seed in this church. So during the services Mary and I presented a check to Transformation Church – Bronx with the simple memo line statement – “We Believe In You.”
Point Church is all about investing the Kingdom. We could hold on to things, but we have learned the more we give to God the more God gives to us. You can never out-give God!
Mary and I are so honored to pastor Point Church – a church that believes in helping others UNLEASH THEIR FULL REDEMPTIVE POTENTIAL! Here we GIVE again!!!