This audio message was delivered to the people of Northeast Assembly of God Church in Fresno, CA on February 3rd, 2019 by Rev. Michael Whitford. Spoken from the main text of 2 Corinthians 2:1-5 as well as illustrated from the life story of the Bible character Joseph, we are reminded what it means that we can’t, but God can!
In a world meandering for meaning, it is up to us to reveal Who the meaning of life is, whatever it takes!
In Spring of 2019, Alberto Bello interviewed me regarding reaching and raising up godly leaders today in a university context. While there is no perfect answer to any spiritual question, except from Jesus Himself and Scripture, I do my best to address the issues of our time and the spiritual remedy that God through His Spirit and His Word, provides.
As most of you know, I am an avid Star Wars fan! Guilty as charged and I confess it! Depending on the place of affection it has in my heart, it is a matter of confession. Star Wars “canon” is not the Holy Canon of Scripture. There. You heard me say it, and it is not blasphemy to lower the importance of Star Wars. Rather, to say Star Wars is anything more, or infer by not saying what I’m saying now, could be blasphemy. So what exactly am I saying now? Glad you asked! I am saying, while I adore the adventures and life application narratives of Star Wars, and Luke Skywalker (Luke grew up on a the desert planet of Tatooine, and I grew up in the High Desert of San Bernardino County in So Cal; Luke’s dad left him at a young age, and my dad was rarely around from a young age; Luke went to Dagobah, TWICE to train as a Jedi. …
…it always has been, it always IS, and always will BE!
Long ago, God began a journey with humanity that has always been full of love, grace, truth, and care. In this 4th part to the Long Story Short Series at National Community Church, in Washington, DC, Campus Pastors unpack the life and meaning that is in the covenant that God has made with His people. God’s progressive covenant from Old Testament to New Testament to Eternal covenant, is full of God’s promise, His gracious protection, His presence, and Jesus’ payment on the cross for our failures. The long story short of covenant is that it always has been, always is, and always will be about Jesus.
For those of you who’ve kept up with the Whitford CA to DC to CA to DC to CA to DC journey, then you might also know I have a LIFE LONG vision to work for and hopefully see a national revival sweep across America in our generation. A Third Great Awakening if you will. This 9 minute vision cast, in preaching partnership with Pastor Mark Batterson, is a summary of my vision and heart for the Church in America. Its short and sweet and hopefully spiritually inspirational. Until Jesus returns, let’s keep working and praying for revival in America.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” -Jesus from Matthew 5:14
“The Greatest Story Ever Told” is still the greatest story ever told! Jesus, the Son of God and Creator of the universe, came to earth and as a result, the GLORY of God has been revealed to the world and fills those who believe in Jesus as the Messiah! In Luke Chapter 2:8-20, we explore this story from the perspective of the Shepherds. There are a few things we can learn and live out from what these shepherds experienced and how they responded. The true story begins a little something like this:
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord…”
“1Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives–especially the ability to prophesy. 2For if you have the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. 3But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. 4A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. 5I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.” I have counseled at, helped lead in the execution of, directed, and participated in well over 100+ youth and young adult camps over the past 20 years of ministry. As a result, a few observable …
Have you noticed any brokenness in America?
Not to mention the world? But let’s just focus here at home in America for now.
Nehemiah also noticed the brokenness of his spiritual home: Jerusalem. In this message, National Community Church Campus Pastors kick off a two part series called “My NCC” stemming from the book of Nehemiah. The text for this particular message is from Nehemiah chapters 1 and 2. If we look closely, Nehemiah’s life example exhorts us to RECOGNIZE the brokenness around us and in us, to REPENT of our own sin and the sins of those among us, to REQUEST the favor of the King as we seek to do good in our homes and cities, and to REBUILD the broken places in and around us with the gifts and grace that Jesus has given His Church!