Reverse The Irreversible

Ever wonder how lives can be transformed? Hear 3 stories of change and how the transformative power of the Holy Spirit can inspire and give hope.

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The New Has Come…

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

People change.  When someone says “that’s just the way that I am” or “I can’t change who I am” it frustrates me because you can change who you are and often for the better.  A while back, I shared with you an e-mail I sent to my friends and my family talking about my how my faith in God was growing.  There was a point in my e-mail that I said, “What I don’t want is for all of you to think I’m going to completely change who I am and who you all have come to know me to be.”  Well, I’m COMPLETELY different from the person I was 5 years ago.  My priorities are different.  My outlook on my wife, my kids and my job is different.  The reason I’m different is because of a faith in Someone that has the transformative power to heal the sick, mend the broken and raise from the dead.

The same Someone impacted the life of Travis Gluckler.  A guy that lived the east coast lifestyle and moved that lifestyle to Las Vegas.  See how his life was transformed.  Who knows, maybe it will get you to think about your own life and the changes you need to make.

A Father’s Day Poem from John Wooden

Don Cousins spoke at Kensington yesterday.  If you don’t know him, he is the father of Michigan State University quarterback, Kirk Cousins who also gave an awesome message as he reflected on things he learned from his father.  This was a great example for dads everywhere to remember our kids are watching every move we make and every thing we say.  Dads, be a leader to your kids.  If you do, you’ll see the influence you had on them as they grow and mature.

A careful man I want to be,
A little fellow follows me;
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whate’er he sees me do he tries.
Like ME he says he’s going to be –
That little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer suns and winter snows,
I am building for the years to be –
That little chap who follows me.

Catholics Are People Too

There is a reason I go to Kensington Community Church.  It’s a church that focuses on people who don’t think God is relevant in their lives.  They create an atmosphere that speaks to people where they are at in life.  No expectations just invitations.

This past weekend was no exception.  How often will you find a Catholic priest speaking in a non-denominational church?  Well it happened this past weekend.  Father John Riccardo is the pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan.  He has spoken at Kensington before when he was at St. Anastasia Parish right down the road from Kensington’s Troy Campus.  I wish he was at St. Anastasia when I was growing up.  I probably would have paid more attention!

He’s a dynamic speaker and you can really feel his passion when he spoke last Sunday.  If you are Catholic or have a Catholic background, please spend the next 38 minutes watching this.  It’s not often a priest speaks for more than 10 minutes.  I could listen to this priest speak for hours.  Enjoy!

Can I Pray For You?

If a friend asked you this question, how would you feel?  How would you respond?

This thought popped into my head today and it was one that was confirmed after watching Steve Norman speak on Ephesians 6 on KensingtonChurch.tv tonight.  It’s this idea of praying for others.  I want to make this a weekly topic on this blog.  It’s an opportunity for me to do something for you on your terms and only if you want me to.  So here is how it’s going to work.  In the comments of this post each Wednesday, tell me what your prayer requests are.  If you want to keep it vague and just ask for prayer, perfect.  If there is something specific and you feel comfortable sharing, leave your request in the comments.  If you prefer to send it to me privately, send me a DM on Twitter (@patrickreyes).  Whatever way you choose and whatever it is you want me to pray for, just let me know.  The one thing I would ask (again, only if you feel comfortable doing so) is to let me and everyone here know if the prayer worked!

I have no idea if you will take me up on this but I hope you do.  I really want to do this because I feel like praying for others is something we are called to do.  Who knows, maybe even others that read your requests will pray for you too!  There is power in prayer and if we all join together I can only believe God will hear and answer according to His will.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:18 TNIV)

Are we in a spiritual battle?

By now you’ve heard the firestorm of controversy over Zack Follett calling Matt Stafford a “china doll” during a radio interview last week.  What made this story even more interesting was Follett’s response to the media attention by making the claim that he was in a spiritual battle with Satan attacking him.

http://vimeo.com/19189004

So we have a couple of things going on here.  First, choose your words carefully.  I think we can all agree on that.  Any time the words “china doll” and quarterback are used together, expect some controversy and expect the word to get out quickly especially the social media tools at EVERYONE’S disposal.

The second thing we have in this scenario is a little deeper for some and unbelievable for others.  Are we in a spiritual battle?  If you would have asked me back in December, I would have hesitated with a response.  Ask me now…I emphatically say yes.  I’m not likely to go about like Zack Follett did in the video above, however, I think the notion of a spiritual battle for your soul is worth merit and discussion.  I know for me, I’ve thought about it a lot since the beginning of 2011 helped along by the Paranormal Activity series that just finished up at Kensington Community Church.

http://vimeo.com/19295363

This is something I’m investigating for myself.  As someone that considers himself a follower of Jesus Christ, I truly believe I owe it to my faith to see how this applies to my life.  I believe the Bible is true and an accurate historical account of what happened in both the Old Testament and New Testament.  I believe that there are forces in this world that are trying daily to find the weaknesses in my life and turn me away from the faith that I’ve been growing over the last few years.  Things like exorcisms, demon possession, fortune tellers, etc. now scare the heck out of me and I want to stay as far away from them as possible.  I’m not going to see The Rite or stroll down memory lane and watch The Exorcist (I remember when I saw it the first time…couldn’t sleep soundly for a week!).

If you’re still skeptical…good.  If you’re at all curious as to why my thinking has changed, check out each of the messages from Kensington’s podcasts from this series.  I don’t recommend it all in one sitting!  It’s heavy stuff and I’m still thinking about it from yesterday!

Now I’m curious.  What are your thoughts?  Do you believe in the supernatural?  Do you believe in a spiritual battle?  I think Zack Follett is right on the money.

INVITATION: The Once and Future King

Christmas is nearly hear!  Can you believe it?

Like many of you, I’m sure you traditionally attended some type of church service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Well this year, if you don’t have that “place” to go to, I’d like to invite you to a unique Christmas experience from Kensington Community Church!  This week, Kensington will be streaming live one of its Christmas services ONLINE!

The birth of Jesus Christ is a celebration…one that can and should grow into a more than once a year event.  So if you haven’t been to church in a while, why not take this opportunity to reacquaint yourself with God and see what you’ve been missing!  For a sneak peak at what’s in store for you, check out the trailer below.

Here are the details:

We’d love to have you join us online!  If you have friends and family that would like to join you, then help spread the word!  RSVP to the Facebook event HERE and invite others!  If you’re on Twitter and chatting online, use #kccbackstage so you can see what other people are saying!

OK.  Why would you want to do this?

  1. You used to go to Kensington and you miss it so much!
  2. You don’t want your friends to know you went to church…this is a good way to hide it!
  3. No pressure from us!  Kensington is providing you with an opportunity to experience Christmas and Jesus Christ in a unique way.  I pray that you accept the invitation.

I think those are 3 pretty good reasons!  And honestly, why wouldn’t you want to watch?  Seriously though, if you don’t go to church, don’t believe in God, are skeptical…whatever the reason, I encourage you to just check this out this week.  It’s a worthwhile 90 minutes that could potentially impact you for a lifetime.

Merry Christmas everyone!  I’ll see you online!