Friday, July 22, 2016

Flexibility is the Key to Christian Maturity

Had to be away for a few days this week. Returned home late last night with the entire family to find the house at 90 degrees. The a/c unit went out and the house was a sauna! So what do we do? Just roll with the circumstances life provides. 

ERRIN and I just finished a conversation how nice it will be to be home and in our bed. The kids were ready as well. As we made our 11:30pm arrival at the house we opened the door to the new Hessinger Sauna. So how does my wife handle the situation? She tells the kids to pull out dirty laundry from the luggage, she handles our bags, and grabs some drinks for the kids all while on the phone to set up a reservation for a hotel. Unfortunately, I could get the a/c unit fixed.

The family responded just as I would hope. Even after a very long and tiring day on the road. We demonstrate who we are during surprisingly difficult situations. Last night Team Hessinger knocked it out of the park!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bigger Isn't Always Better

Errin and I just spent a week at youth camp. I'm used to creating, leading and speaking at big camps. A camp with 700-900 student is routine for me. Last week's camp had 60 students. It was one of the most most Spirit-filled, life-changing weeks I've experienced in over 30 years of ministry.

The recreation was crazy, fun, and drew the students together in unity as they were challenged to work together. The group Bible Studies addressed some of the hottest topics we are dealing with in our culture. The huddle times allowed young people to openly discuss what they were learning in a biblical environment with loving adults.

The worship services were powerful. The entire group turned their voices and praise loose! I've not been around much passionate worship as we experienced throughout the week. My invitations were simple yet demanding and students responded throughout the week. In all 19 students came to faith in Christ. Others renewed their commitment to the Lord while other went deeper by committing to be far more missional in their journey. What a great week. It's Monday and I'm ready to go again!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

On My Knees

When the Lord has your attention and everything is quiet spend time on your knees in conversation with the Father. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Church Revitalization

I'm so grateful to pastor Eastside Baptist church. This church in the Orlando area has had some glorious days in her past, however the recent years have been tough on her. The good news is that we have been privileged to get support from the Florida Baptist Convention and the Greater Orlando Baptist Associaition. The congregation is filled with hard working men and women who love God and work tirelessly making improvements to the church.

Last month the church unanimously agreed to take on a full revitalization effort. We agreed to change the name of the church, remodel the sanctuary platform, install stage lights, replace/remodel the church's street sign, and improve curb appeal by changing the color of the church and replace all the landscaping in front of the church. We have started the exciting journey of church revitalization. 

This week we removed the choir loft, plywood modesty walls, and replaced the platform with a beautiful wood floor. Our effort has been an expression of love for those who will soon step inside the church and find it a warm, welcoming, and a spirit-filled place where they can experience authentic worship.

Here are a couple of pictures from the week:

Its been a while since I've posted on the blog. It's amazing how busy life gets, nothing wrong with busy as long as it's the right kind of busy. Its been an great spring. I've seen God work in many ways. I'm such a blessed man in that I have such a loving family, a ministry that has God's favor upon it, and opportunities to to experience God's grace.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Just A Good Saturday

This morning Errin and I decided to take a couple of the kids down to the Jr. Rodeo in Arcadia, which meant a 2.5 hour drive. It was my first rodeo, and I thought it was amazing. I watch kids ride well, demonstrate sportsmanship, and I saw a couple young people experience a few character building moments. I guess sometimes when your 10 years old a 1200 pound horse just doesn't want to obey. I saw one mom run her child through the entire barrel course, her riding daughter was just 3 years old.

I saw HS young men ride some tough bulls. The amazing thing about the bull riding was watching the grown men help the young men prepare for their ride. They we teaching the boys how to become men. It's not that that a real man knows how to ride a bull, a real man passes along character traits that honor others. One of the men knelt with one young rider as they prayed together. There was so much more going on during the bull riding competition than bull riding and most of it will last a lifetime for the young men. 

To those real men who led by example today. You were amazing to watch in action. Keep investing your life into the young men around you demonstrate a character honor, loyalty, trust and love. 

Published on my mobile phone, pardon my mistakes.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Investing in others

It's been an amazing week here at Disney World. Errin and I have spent the past 4 days teaching and encouraging young leaders at the Youth Leaders Experience. We've made friends from across the country and from all walks of life. A cherished time and worth the investment. We also enjoyed a little time alone for some great meals at some fun Disney restaurant. Looking forward to some time in the parks and some good music at Night Of Joy.