Here's a powerful video on adoption. I like adoption too!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Here's an incredible video by Matt Papa. Get ready - this is powerful! The Story of the Bible in 10 minutes.
Written and Performed by Matt Papa
Filmed and Edited by Josh Sliffe
Musical score by Jordan Shababy
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Along with millions of other Americans I have become a big fan of the reality tv show Duck Dynasty. Today I came across some video footage of CEO Willie Roberton giving a speech at Harding Universtiy in which he discusses being an adoptive dad and his faith in Christ. Just more reasons for me to love and respect this family and their television show!
Willie discusses adoption
Willie discusses his faith in Christ and the importance of living it out
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Last week I interviewed two different people at Kirby Church and used the interviews in my message. I love how these guys get the fact that Jesus has called us all to be Ambassadors! Thank you Ron and Jeff!
How is God challenging you to live out your faith?
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Shortly after he passed away someone told me that it helped them through their loss by always remembering their loved one in the context of heaven. I have to admit it has helped me more than I thought. I have actually found myself wondering about dad walking and talking with Jesus - spending time with his friends and family - enjoying his first Thanksgiving in heaven - and more.
I love this song by Matthew West, "Save a Place for Me." I'm thankful for the promise of heaven and the gift of salvation. And, until the day my Jesus calls me home - I will strive to know and love Him more each day...and enjoy thinking of my dad loving his new home in heaven.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
This past Saturday, Kirby Church hosted a power lifting benefit for nine year old Austin Valentine who is facing the fight of his life - brain cancer.
Several families at Kirby and in one of the Life Groups had connections to Austin and his family through sports, the Children's Hospital, and school. So, when they heard about what this little guy was going through they begin to pray about ways to help. That's when Tommy Westhoff, one of our church members and a power lifter, approached them with the idea of hosting the power lifting competition as a way of raising financial support for the family and of providing encouragement to Austin.
The "Relentless" power lifting events have been around for several years and have raised thousands of dollars to help families facing difficult times.
I'm not sure if you have ever been around the power lifting tribe or not but these lifters are big - really big. Not just in stature but also in heart. Something more powerful than pressing hundreds of pounds in the air took place on Saturday. I've been in ministry for over 20 years and attended a lot of conferences, events, concerts, and services. But I have rarely seen anything as incredible as "Relentless Detroit" at Kirby Church!
I was blown away by the people of Kirby - their hearts for serving and loving others - the planning and hard work - their vision and faith - it took a lot to pull something like this off!
I was blown away by the power lifting community and creators of Relentless - their strength, huge hearts, and ability to inspire others to press on through difficulties and hardships.
I was blown away by the amount of money raised for the Valentine family - over $30,000!
But more than anything, I was once again blown away by how God showed up in a big way and touched peoples lives.
If you would like to help Austin Valentine please do one of of two things; 1.) pray for him and his family 2.) give. If you would like to make a donation please contact Kirby Church.
Posted by Joe Wilson at 6:16 AM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Six years ago today...
Klaire was passed from her dear nanny into our families arms.
The miracle of adoption became real to us.
Our family grew by one precious little girl and one great big adoption family.
God blessed our socks off!
Our experience that day is still hard to describe. And unless you have experienced the miracle of adoption for yourself you simply can't fully understand. I realize adoption is not for everyone but today I'm so thankful God chose our family to experience the miracle.
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
What rules would you add?
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Thursday, July 5, 2012
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
One of the great things about visiting other cultures is sampling the different foods. Well, while in France with our E-Team one of our host missionary families, the Price's, fixed Escargot for our team. Here's a video of their experience.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Our experience in leading E-Team France was truly unforgettable. We had an amazing team of 9 teens from around the world and visited some incredible missionaries, churches, and sites. The believers in France are amazing. And, the need to share the gospel is huge. Less than 1% of France are believers. Less than 1%! I hope you will let that sink in. Its a sobering statistic.
In spite of this, there are some amazing things happening in the evangelical community of France. This video is such a short summation of our time in this incredible mission field. May God challenge you to support the work around the world by praying, giving, and going!
For more information on our missionaries in France or other parts of the world and how you can get involved please visit; Free Will Baptist International Missions
For more information about E-Team please visit; E-Team
Posted by Joe Wilson at 8:22 AM
Our family is super excited to be joining the staff at Kirby Church in Flat Rock, Michigan. Our first official Sunday will be July 15th. Here's a quick video Julie and I made for the church while in France.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Our time in France has been amazing! You can read updates from our team members on the FWBGO.COM website.
Our theme verse for E-Team is Matthew 7:20 "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."
My prayer for our team (including myself) is that we will grow in our relationship with Christ and in following Him we will produce fruit - much fruit. Our group has grown close. We have been amazed by France - the need, the believers, our missionaries, and so much more.
Please keep praying for us as we continue to dive deeper in our relationship with Jesus!
Posted by Joe Wilson at 1:21 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Our team enjoyed an incredible meal last night at Matt & Christina Price's home. One special treat was letting our team try escargot!
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Friday, June 15, 2012
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Our entire team made it to France today! Here's a quick video of our journey from Nashville to Nantes.
You can also read updates written by our team members HERE.
Many more pictures are posted on my Facebook Page.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Groups consist of seven to nine students led by an adult couple. Destinations have included Japan, France, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Panama, Brazil, and Cuba.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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Monday, June 4, 2012
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
The True Definition of Missional
This is the way I see it. I’m a very simple guy, therefore things have GOT TO BE simple. I never see God trying to make things hard to understand, or difficult to define. Jesus equipped a circle of “uneducated and untrained men.” He didn’t do that by making their mission hard to understand, or define!
I think we spend way to much time debating the what something means, and not measuring the outcome of what we are doing. Really…I care far less of what your definition is, or what you’re doing, the big question is…
What are you getting DONE?
1- How many people are you seeing come to know Jesus?
2- How many people are learning what it means to follow Jesus?
3- How many people are becoming LIKE Jesus, and bringing others in?
If those (3) questions are measured and are being DONE and growing. Then guess what, it doesn’t matter what others may say about how, why and where you are doing it, it only matters that you are getting it DONE!
When you give an account before the Father don’t want to hear, “Good system”, “Well executed definition.” What we want to hear is … “Well DONE!”
That is all…
Posted by Joe Wilson at 7:43 AM
Friday, May 25, 2012
I love Friday! So, just for fun here's a video someone shared at the office this morning from Hoops and Yoyo. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I love to plan. I love to create a list and mark things off as they are accomplished. I believe in vision casting and planning for the future. I think its biblical.
And yet, I've been reminded lately that as we plan we must hold those plans loosely realizing God may have other ideas. Sometimes the best thing we can do is determine our next step. Not our tenth or eleventh step but the next one.
I'm thankful that God promises to guide us and never leave our side. If we focus on Him instead of the unknown worry goes away. He steadies our heart.
I love this new song by Kari Jobe and the truth it conveys! This is a great reminder for me today.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I friend of mine posted this video on her facebook page and I simply had to share it!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I’ve been thinking some over the past several weeks about my New Years Resolutions but simply haven’t put anything down on paper. Then, on my drive in to work today, I heard Wally talking about resolutions on WayFM and how a lot of people just don’t like making them because they never stick to them.
I have always tried to take the time to sit down and write out some things that I would like to change or improve in the New Year. I think its important to set goals and to strive to better ourselves and the New Year seems to give us a perfect starting point.
This morning while working on my list I came across a great blog post by Pete Wilson about his resolutions. I love his and will use some of them myself! Especially this; "I want to live in 2012 with the awareness of LIFE GOES BY FAST and MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED." -Pete Wilson
How about you? What are some of your New Year Resolutions?
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