Friday, August 19, 2016

Love Blinds Skin Tones: One race, the human race

Had an awesome experience last spring, it was challenging and eye-opening, but still a huge blessing. I taught on a private school campus that was heavily populated with students from many walks of life. Many, if not most, were Hispanic ,others were AA, Caribbean, and more. I was usually the only Anglo in the classroom. 

I wasn't much of a teacher, I gave it my best effort in Economics, World History, and American History. What I did well, I also loved doing and miss it tremendously and that is loving the students. Finding ways to encourage them and help them find purpose and vision for their lives. I assisted them in finding ways to adjust an attitude or behavior. Helping boys understand what a godly man is like and helping girls desire not to settle with a guy just so they will be liked.They were open to having spiritual conversation about Christ, eternal significance and so much more. 

Today I was reminded again by my sweet wife that kids need leaders, not lawgivers though rules help us create healthy environments. Those kids saw way past my white skin and saw my heart filled with compassion for them. I think genuine Christ-centered love and compassion blinds us from seeing ethnicity. Be a shepherd, love those you lead.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pokémon Go

The Pokémon phenomenon, it's unbelievable. We have turned ourselves into digital Zombies spending a ton of time on something that matters so little. I was at the UCF campus last weekend and I saw the this crowd of people wondering in every direction starring down at their phone. It was bizarre and a bit creepy, looking like mindless zombies.
It seems like almost all of us have gotten into this new craze. I confess my family has participated in the P-mon activity. We've been doing it as a family. Honestly, it's been fun. Admittedly, I'm getting left behind while on level 14 since I'm the driver for my family of digital slayers. 

Culture is interesting isn't it? I hear there is something even bigger, better and more mesmerizing just around the corner....Harry Potter!!!

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.