Why Do We Blitz?

My greatest joy is the one hour a week I spend in the GLOW Food Ministry Pantry. I have been serving with GLOW since September of 2014 and I cannot imagine my life without GLOW. Each week hungry families are served with food, books for kids, and so much love. I often say that GLOW stands for Giving Love Out Weekly.

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Parents Go First

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

If you’ve gone to church for some time or been around others who’ve been to church, you’ve probably heard this verse or some rendition of it. I’ve heard parents vent and seen them get so frustrated, wondering where they went wrong. They took their kids to church, they tried their best to raise them in the way they should go, but things are still out of control. I’ve heard parents quote this verse, hoping that their kids will come back to the Lord eventually. There is so much confusion surrounding this verse, but God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), the enemy is. I think we as parents genuinely want to raise our kids in the right way, we just don’t know practical, everyday steps to get there. I believe the bible is the best instruction book for life, so I want to take a look at this verse and some other verses, purely for what they says, not how I’ve heard others interpret it.

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Don’t Wait To Worship | Brad Faulkner

The Christmas season is a special time like no other. From the gathering of families, decorating the house, to the activities going on at your church, and getting gifts for the ones you love. This season is truly one of a kind.

But maybe your Christmas this year hasn’t been full of these things. Maybe you’re spending this Christmas alone, maybe you’re burnt out from work, maybe the busyness of the holiday activities has you feeling more like Ebenezer Scrooge instead of your usual self this year.

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It’s Not About Me | Blake Glover

Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord but let me first say farewell to those in my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” — Luke 9:61-62

Life. It isn’t mine. It doesn’t belong to me and it surely shouldn’t be made about me. When we choose to follow Jesus, we lose a life we once had in order to surrender and submit to the life He has for us.

If you have ever served alongside me, there is a chance you may have the words, “its not about you” come out of my mouth. While serving on mission trips in Honduras, it almost becomes the laughable punch line when someone wants to complain (and man, is it easy to find things to complain about.) Last year, we had access to a pool at the camp site where we were staying. When I say the water was cold, it truly is an understatement. This was like mountain water on crack. Its the type of cold that takes your breath away, makes your lips turn purple and your leg hair grow back instantly. Not going to lie- I wanted to stay as far away from that pool as possible but the orphans we took to camp that year- they wanted to spend HOURS in that pool, so guess what- we jumped in. It may seem silly or small, but those girls wanted US in the pool with them- and for the rest of the week as we jumped in we shouted “for the kids.” Our perspective shifted off of ourselves and our obligation to opportunity. This may be a story from last summer, but it happens within our lives on the daily.

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If you’re struggling with your circumstances… | Brad Faulkner

To me, one of the best feelings ever is the feeling I get when I can make something work. The feeling of accomplishment that I get when I fix or create something is awesome. If I fix something at my house by myself – automatic man card points. If I build something that is functional and actually looks good – instantly feeling like a champ. Your welcome, Ariel! But then there are times when things don’t work as planned and that inevitable feeling of failure is quick to follow.

A few months ago, the ignition broke in my car. For days I researched how to fix it, gathered all of the tools I needed, and got to work. I spent hours on that thing! After a couple of weeks of working on it in my spare time, I was finally done. Went to start it up – nothing. Same problem. Time = wasted. I’m not going to lie, I was frustrated. I was mad and ultimately felt like a failure. Then I had this recurring thought “I should have let an expert handle this”.

 

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A Minister

What does it mean to be a minister?  One of the definitions of the word minister is to attend to the needs of another.  We generally call our pastors ministers because they are looking out for our spiritual needs by bringing us the Word and visiting us when we are sick or in need.  A minister is the person that we look to as “the” leader in our church and is generally the guy responsible for just about everything that happens (or doesn’t happen).

Now what if I told you that you were a minister, that it was your responsibility to take care of the needy and tell the lost person about Jesus.  What if I told you that you had to give up some of your free time and go cut an old ladies grass or visit a sick person in the hospital?  I am sure that most of us would not mind doing this a few times now and then.  What if I told you it was your responsibility and burden to do this kind of thing all the time?

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I’m No Longer a Slave to Fear | Brittany Henderson

“I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God..” the lyrics to a Bethel worship song kept ringing in my ear.  My ears asking my heart to listen, my mind questioning how true freedom could really be obtained.  I’ve said it before, fear is paralyzing.  The enemy has a way of using your broken circumstances and dreams against you, filling you with insecurity and doubt, leading you to be completely paralyzed in fear.  It’s a feeling you all may be used to, in fact you may know it all too well, which is scary, especially for God’s children. So where does all of this come from, and what truth can we apply to break free from what’s been putting us into fear’s corner?

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AJ’s Story

Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 7 months since Heather and I moved to Gastonia for Revolution Church. I can’t begin to describe how thankful and grateful we are to Richard & Holly for giving Heather and I the opportunity to minister to the students here at Revolution.

Hopefully by now you guys know that Heather and I LOVE students. We love student ministry. And we love the students of this church specifically and deeply. But outside of that, you may not know too much about me, so I thought it would be cool for you guys to hear a little bit more about my story: my background, how I came to know the Lord, and where God has taken me since then.

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Seth + Brittany Oprea

When we got married we wanted to make it our goal to have a strong foundation of unity as our top priority along with maintaining a strong faith in God in our daily lives. Not surprisingly, having faith in God is sometimes easier than working daily to create a sense of “togetherness” in our marriage. That’s not to say that maintaining faith in God is a pushover because it is certainly not, but placing your security and trust in another human being is different than placing your security and trust in our God that oversaw creation and the sending of Jesus.

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Gary + Jo Anne Isom

As Richard talked about in the first week of Blood, Sweat, and Tears – “I do” is easy to say, but being committed is harder.With Gary, I was saying ‘I do” for the second time. And I knew our marriage was going to take more than those two words. It was going to take commitment.

When we were in marriage counseling with one of the elders from our church, he asked Gary, “ Do you understand when you marry Jo Anne, you are not only marrying her but her two children?”. When he answered, it was what I needed to hear. Without hesitation he said “Yes, I understand”. The counselor said it was not going to be easy, and it has been very difficult at times, but the good times have definitely outweighed the difficult ones.

What does being committed look like for us?

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