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.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day

At this time in America there are so many cultural battle fronts that are shaping our culture. Cultural change is happening so rapidly that we will look different tomorrow than we do today. The idea of a Christianized culture is long gone. Regardless, I am grateful to be an American, and like you, my family is a hard working American family. So I reflect on a few things this Labor Day:

America, I cannot think of another place I'd rather live and raise my family. Errin and I have 5 kids. They are each unique and amazing in their own way. We have no other priority greater than loving our kids and raising them to bless others. Our children are our greatest joy.

Small Business Owners:
We are grateful we to have taken the  initiative to start our own business. This is how we make a living. Like you, we work a lot of hours. We are required to think creatively, and we seek to serve others to meet their needs through our business. Business ownership has challenges, but it's how we choose to eke out a lifestyle and care for our family, and we are grateful!

We have made our choice, "as for me and my household we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). For Errin and me, our faith flows into every aspect of our lives. It affects how we operate our home, our marriage, raise children, do business, and set our priorities. Ministry is a high priority for the Hessinger home. We speak of hope, faith, and love.

So we say thank you to all the brave men and women in American history who served our country to make it what it is today. To those who serve our military forces to make this a safe place to work and raise a family I am appreciative of your efforts.

God Bless America!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sometimes you just need to laugh

Sometimes I just need to laugh, you know the from the belly when it's really funny and you cannot wipe the grin off your face. It's that experience you enjoy because something is enjoyable, hilarious, and the humor gets right down into your soul. I know when to get serious and when not to, I often laugh at myself rarely taking myself seriously. I love to laugh.

This videos made me laugh and forget about all the crazy stuff of life. It was 6 minute of escape from the world around me and I enjoyed it! I hope you do to.