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Blog: Reviews and Referrals

How often have you bought something solely on the recommendation of another person? A friend recommends a coffee machine or Insta-Pot, and your curiosity has peaked. Someone tells you how friendly and trustworthy a repair man was to them and you log their phone number away for when you need it.
And with social media, you are just one post away from requesting all your follower’s reviews and referrals on any number of things.

For many businesses, a personal and positive referral is the highest compliment a customer can give to a business. I have heard of one company that during their initial launch, would send you their product for free because they were confident you would love it so much that you’d tell your friends to buy one.

I almost never buy anything that I haven’t read reviews on or talked to a friend about. I like to be informed about a product I’m about the invest in, but I don’t want to make a decision based solely on the manufacturer’s description. I want to know from others what their experience was, the pros and cons, the truth behind the product. I want to read other people’s reviews and ratings of a product.

Here is the bottom line: Your enthusiasm leads to others’ engagement.
When it comes to your faith in Jesus, people are interested in your review and referrals — your experience. When you share your experience at church or story of all that God is doing in you personally, people take notice.

I’ve seen this through my kids. Two of the three are school age. At different times, their personal enthusiasm about church and God came out of them at school. As a result, both have seen their teachers and others come to church and have a life-giving experience.

Their mom and I didn’t coax them or tell them, it was just an authentic expression of their experience. They just loved their church and their God and wanted to share their enthusiasm.

I’ve seen this principle play out in worship times. The worship team shows no excitement about the songs their singing, and it looks passionate-less, no one really engages. Why? Because our their level of enthusiasm (or lack there-of) closes the lid on other’s engagement.

Real enthusiasm is not emotionalism, it comes from a place of deep conviction. A conviction that what you have is worth the effort to keep it around. While there may be emoting taking place, it’s not superficial, manufactured, nor self-indulgent. True enthusiasm comes from a life-giving source of joy. When you’ve experienced something so good, so transformative, so life-giving, you cannot fake that enthusiasm.

All it takes is one person to become enthused, and others will start to engage. I’ve seen it outside of the church, like at sporting events. One fan finally decides to step out of the silence and start cheering their team on, and others begin to engage too. Why? Enthusiasm is contagious, and it leads to other’s engagement.

On the flip side, no one wants to engage in something that is surrounded by dread and duty. If your personal approach to church and faith is more duty than delight, you’re not experiencing the life-giving faith God intended. I’m not saying it’s all sunshine and rainbows. I am saying that faith can be life-giving even amidst the down times. What I am saying is that if you have no enthusiasm about your relationship with God, those around you won’t either.

What has God done in your life? What does your church community mean to you? Decide to share that enthusiasm with those around you, and watch them begin to engage in it too. All because you chose to invite them into your experience.

“The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore— you’re the message!” 
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:8 ‭MSG


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Blog: Frequency

Frequency can be defined as the particular waveband at which a radio station or other system broadcasts or transmits signals. If you want to hear a certain broadcast, you have tune-in to that signal or frequency. With today’s technology, there are a variety of methods used to receive a signal.
 
Hearing God’s voice is a lot like that. There are many ways we hear God’s whispers. In a recent sermon entitled “Tiaras + Tears,” Pastor Matthew shared several means in which God speaks to us.
 
Today’s post illustrates some of the ways God whispers to us. It was written by Clayton Whitson, one of our Connect Group Leaders.
 
Learning to calibrate our receiving antennae to hear God’s voice can certainly be frustrating at times. That statement in itself may be an understatement. Then, if I feel as though I’m hearing God fairly well, some other area of my life goes sideways requiring attention and causing a distraction to my ‘hearing’ process. It seems I’m needed to pay constant attention to my hearing. I certainly haven’t figured it out but I want to share a bit of a story in how God used multiple ‘ways and means’ to speak to my wife and me.
 
We were considering a major decision in our lives and we had some hesitation about timing and a few other things. However, we felt God prompting us because at the same time, we both (separately), felt an urgency to pay attention to this matter. Immediately (like the next day), we received a text pointing to this exact thing we were giving our attention to, so we got the clue.
 
In our preparations which took some effort, my wife had another thought to consider another option. As it turns out, the second option was even better but had we not started the preparation to head in this direction, we would have never even known about the second, better option.
 
 
Often it seems when there is a long process of decision making and preparation, God will continue to encourage and send confirmations along the way. This may not be necessary for everyone, but sometimes if I meet the littlest of resistance, I’m out. Especially if there are areas of uncertainty and risk is involved.
 
 
This was one of those decisions. The next Sunday, we were getting ready for worship to begin and someone came up and said, “I think the Lord may want to speak an encouragement to you. Would that be okay?” Anytime someone starts off with this statement, I am very receptive, even if the encouragement is only partially true, it’s about learning to speak and receive from the Lord and I LOVE that others are stepping out in faith. Not only is the “word” encouraging, but the fact that others are trying to hear provokes me to step out and encourage others as well.
 
He started off by saying, “I’m not exactly sure what the Lord wants to say, can we pray?” We started to pray and just postured ourselves to be receptive to ‘hearing’ what God had for us. As we were praying, he had an image of a lily pad and a frog come to mind. He shared that with me and didn’t offer further explanation and left. After a bit more worship, he came back and said, “I think you are supposed to leap.”
 
He had absolutely no idea what we had been considering for the past two weeks. I knew this had to do with the decision that was in front of us. I’m am always blown away by how God speaks, but it requires faith, both to speak and to hear. Had we not taken steps two weeks ago and listened to the small ‘inner witness’ to begin taking steps, I may not have had the context to ‘hear’ what God was saying through the leaping frog.
 
I think for major decisions, God will use multiple forms of communication to keep us focused. Our progressions on this decision was: agreement between my wife and I on an inner-witness (urgency); confirmed with a text message the next day; followed by a thought to my wife to “look around,” confirmed by a second, better option, followed by someone coming and sharing an “encouragement from the Lord” and … we are awaiting the final confirmation.
Of course, I think God is always speaking to us on a much small scale as well, even daily. He wants to encourage us, but until we recognize His voice, we often assume those nudgings are our own thoughts.
 

I think of Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I think this is a big part of ‘hearing.’ If we are delighting ourselves in the Lord, we position our hearts to receive from Him. Most of the time, it only takes my spending a brief time analyzing my thoughts and it often becomes clear from where they thought originated. In my experience, it’s not completely that my hearing needs adjusting, but rather correctly identifying which thoughts are from my Father and which are not.


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Blog: What’s Your Story?

Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

We want to hear from you.

We just wrapped up our series, The Problem of God.

During the series, we explored evidence around what Christianity has to say about some of the main objection people have to God.  

We would love to hear what God has been speaking to you. 

  • What subject covered in the series was most impacting for you?
  • How has God been transforming your life?
  • Where or how has God been answering your prayers?
 
Would you take 3 minutes to share your testimony or story with us?
We would love to hear how God has been using Faith Church to make a difference in your life!
 

Share how God is at work by leaving us a comment or send us an email (hello@faithchurchks.org).

 

Keep going, don’t stop learning.

While our series is over, there is more you can study and more information that can strengthen your faith.

We all have deep questions within us. Questions, when posed with humility, can lead us on a journey to learn instead start arguments.

One of my favorite communicators is Ravi Zacharias, who regularly speaks to the penetrating uncertainties we have about life and faith. I recently came across him speaking at a church in Atlanta, where he answers many questions. I believe you will find it helpful and thought-provoke. Take a look at it:

 
 


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Yes. You. Can.

It’s Friday.

Likely, your faith has been fighting and overcoming all week.
 
Perhaps you are just clock watching, anxiously waiting for the weekend to be here. Maybe you’ve been struggling with self-doubt or got some bad news. You may have had an uneventful week, but just feel drained.
 
Well, don’t just sit back and mail it in. Don’t let doubt keep you stagnant. Yes, you can overcome and thrive. 
 
I personally believe when we speak God’s Word and declare His Truth, something of His power rises within us. 
 
Here is a little Friday faith-boost for you. 
 
You can handle it because His strength is in You.
 
Much Love,
Pastor.
 


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Blog: Guatemala Mission Trip Fundraiser

Our Missions Team will be traveling to Guatemala in July to build a house and minister God’s love.
The team is doing a garage sale to raise funds to help offset the cost of flights and lodging. All the proceeds will go toward the trip.
 
The sale is on May 5, from 8 am – 1 pm, come see us 1201 S. National.  Items available for sale include seasonal decor, clothes, toys, furniture, and much more! We hope you can stop by and support this great cause (and share it with a few friends too!).

Want to do more than just buy something at the sale?

You can partner with us by donating gently used items for the sale. Contact Paul at 620-215-3177 to drop off your items or schedule a pickup.


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Event: Baby Dedication

Parenting. The days are long but the years are short.

We are so excited that you are interested in participating with us in Child Dedication. You have been entrusted with the precious gift of a child, and we look forward to partnering with you as you embark on this parenting journey. We hope the Child Dedication will be a memorable occasion for you and your family.
 
Dedicating yourself and a child to the Lord is a special time. It’s a time of prayer, commitment, and surrender to God – not only to raise your child in the ways of God and to be a Godly example but to surrender yourself to God’s plan for their life. This dedication is not a salvation experience for your child, but rather a time of blessing and personal consecration.
 

Our next Child Dedication Event will be May 13 during our service.

 
Before we get to the big day, we invite you to complete the following steps to prepare for the Child Dedication.
 
  • Step 1: Reserve your spot in the celebration, CLICK HERE. Spots are reserved first come, first serve!
  • Step 2: Complete the following homework assignments:
    • Make It Personal – where you, the parent, make a personal commitment in the area of your faith and your important relationships.
    • Imagine The End – Write a letter to your child, 18 years from now.