I know that we are halfway through the month but I knew that there are some of you out there that are using this as an opportunity to go even deeper personally. We always want to give people the tools to be able to grow on their own in their relationship with Christ.
15th – 1 John 4:19 (Why we love)
16th – Romans 5: 3- 5 (Dealing with Hurt)
17th - Psalm 145: 16
18th – 1 John 4:7
19th – John 13:34 (What we do)
20th – Psalm 133:1
21st – 1 Corinthians 13:8
22nd – Ephesians 5:15 – 16
23rd – 1 Peter 4:8
24th – Proverbs 16:6
25th – Ephesians 4:2
26th – Song of Songs 2:4
27th – James 1:19
28th – Hebrews 13:6 (You are not alone)
Take your time and read through these they apply if you plan to be married, are married, or want to be married again some day.
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After spending a week at Super Summer Montana, all I can say is WOW! We were so blessed by all of the churches that were there. The staff of the camp and the students that attended.
It was most of all awesome to see 46 students cross the line of faith for the first time. What an incredible week to watch the great “I AM” show up and do His thing.
Thank you for the time we were able to spend as a family and the encouragement that we took with us for the start of Elevation Christian Church.
The Bloyer Family
One of the things that I have always had to work at overcoming is that “I can’t finish”. I don’t know about you but there are those certain places in my life that have challenged me to the point where I just feel weak and beat up. I have had the privilege in my life to be involved in sports since I was six years old and I have experienced many times where I just wanted to quit. It was almost four years ago that I was able to run in the PF Chang’s Half Marathon. During that race at about mile eleven I just did not want to go on, my legs hurt, my chest hurt, my feet hurt, and all I wanted to do was stop. But I knew that at the finish line was my family and friends, I knew that at the end of the line I was going to be able to rest.
Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT) So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs.  Mark out a straight path for your feet. Then those who follow you, though they are weak and lame, will not stumble and fall but will become strong.
So this last week my son and daughter decided to make a funny video. I love being a dad and seeing my kids do some fun and creative things. You would have never thought that with a camera, a teddy bear, and two kids that you would get something like this. Check out the “Valentines Day Horror” starring Tyler and Morgan Bloyer.
Last week I felt God asking me to take a step and try something that I had not done before. I felt the need to fast for the whole week from Monday through Friday. I felt that this was an opportunity to really rely on Him as well as to see what it is like to live like most of the world that we inhabit.
Monday was no problem I thought to myself this is not gong to be that bad at all. By Tuesday afternoon I had such a raging headache that I thought that I was going to need to get rid of something, like my head. I have to be honest that Jesus and I were then beginning to have some serious conversations. I had now not had any food or coffee in at least 48 hours, I realized that I had much more of an addiction to coffee then I thought. Wednesday the headache went away but I could feel that I was beginning to get a cold. That was not what I was planning on. Thursday was even more fun I had the opportunity to go down to the 16th street mall and meet with someone at the Cheesecake Factory. THE CHEESE CAKE FACTORY! With all honesty it was not as hard as I thought not to eat that afternoon. It was that night while watching “Survivor” with my family that I proceeded to count eleven commercials that focused either on restaurants or food. Friday I was blessed to be able to spend some great time in extended prayer and I found myself focused on really being able to see some amazing things through the bible that applied to my life. Friday afternoon we went to the movie theater and we saw a movie, the popcorn smelled well let’s just say that it caused some stress. So late Friday night my wonderful wife made me some scrambled eggs and I eased my way into eating food again.
It was a great experience and it is one that I pray I will continue and even extend in the near future. It was an opportunity to seek Jesus in an amazing way and gave me some clarity like I had never had before. Let me ask you “What are you willing to give up to grow closer to Jesus?” ”What are you willing to sacrifice?” Because He sacrificed a lot to get closer to us.
It is my prayer that we as church team is the place where people feel like that they have a fighting chance in life. That they are able to know that they have the best corner man there is in Jesus and that they have the best team of people around them. That when they wake up every morning they know that they are able to fight every morning. Now I know there is going to be someone that says are we really to be followers of Jesus and think of life with the picture of fighting. If you ask that question then I want you to realize that you need to read the bible:
I have been really walking through the book of Acts and there is one story that time and time again just rocks my world. It is in Acts 10 that there is a Collision of Faith for two men. Each man in the story is challenged in area of faith. Cornelius is a man that is meeting a savior and Peter is a man that is being challenged about his traditional faith.
Had the awesome opportunity to see the guys a couple of times. Great guys and I love the message of this song. May we all live a life of “I will GO!”
Today I get to share with you an amazing guy and an amazing opportunity. First I want to let you know about Carrington Fisk and his t-shirts at Divinitymma.com they are incredible. The companies motto is “Every day is a Fight”. I believe that this is a true statement especially for the men of our day, when it comes to porn, alcohol, drugs, sex, and being a follower of Jesus. There is an enemy and everyday he is going after the men and women of this world. I am so glad that we are going to be partnering with Carrington and Divinitymma to make shirts for Elevation. I think that there are great shirts that anyone would want to wear.
So here is the amazing opportunity. If you go and purchase any shirts or fight gear from Divinitymma and in the coupon code put the word elevation then you will receive 10% off your purchase and a percentage of that will go to Elevation Christian Church. What a great way to help support the church and get some kick butt t-shirts. I also would encourage you to send Carrington an encouraging word or two as he looks to reach the men and women that are in MMA with the gospel.
Have you ever noticed the feeling you get while you are in an empty house? Whether the house has just been moved out of or even if no one has ever moved in. That there is just a different feeling that comes with an empty.
The question is what kind of emotion do you get about being in the empty house? Maybe you are the person that has emotions of anticipation. Some people see an empty house and can envision the future parties that will happen there, they can see the family memories that will be created between Father and son or Mother and daughter. They can even see the life change that comes with being in that house.
Maybe you are the person that has emotions of devastation. That this house is a place that is void of life, that for some reason or another the family that once was there is now gone and never coming back. Maybe that the house is empty because of the lose of someone’s life.
Which person are you? Are you the person of anticipation of the person of devastation? I think that we bring these same emotions with us to the places that we call church. Now I want to be clear I use the church right now to refer to the building where many church bodies meet. But at no time do I want people to think that I see the building as the church, the church is the people that make up that place. But don’t you think people bring those emotions with them to church. That either they are involved in a service in the anticipation of God showing up and doing something amazing. OR They come with the emotion that God is there laying and waiting to just devastate them. Heard this statement; “If I were to show up at church God would strike me dead.” or “The building would probably cave in if I came to church.”
It is my prayer that we don’t see the devastation but the anticipation when it comes to the gathering of those that we call Elevation Christian Church their home. And what I want people to know whether the house is full or whether the house is empty God is always there and able to show up and do what He wants, that we will not rate the ability of God by the availability of people’s butts in seats. That we will always see that our time together will be held together with the emotion of ANTICIPATION.
Have you ever felt that you just couldn’t go on? Have you ever just thought it would be just easier to quit? Maybe that is what you feel like right now. I think that everyone of us has felt this way at one time or another. But there are some people around us that just seem to be able to fight through the battles with a little more strength then we do, why is that?
These people have found the people in their lives that are willing to lift their hands up in victory. No I am not talking about like after a fighter wins in the cage or if a wrestler wins a match. But people that are willing to support them as they walk through life, these are accountability partners, best friends, bible study leaders. These are the people that you can go to when life is getting to you. These are the people that you can tell your struggles too. These are the guys that will hold up your arms. Check this out:
My most favorite movie series is called “Band of Brothers: The men of Easy Company”. In this series of movies your truly get to experience what it was like for a group of young men that go from training to be soldiers to becoming battle hard veterans and heros to their country. I encourage you to take the next few moments to just share in the words that they share about their battles and their lives.
It is the statement that Dick Winters makes at the end of this clip that gets to me the most. ”I served in a company of heros!” Won’t it be great at the end of your life to be able to say that you served or you did life together in the company of men that you can call heros. Heros to their wives, heros to their children, and heros in their faith. I pray that you are able to find that “Band of Brothers” that you may walk through life’s battles together.
Who can you go to when the battle is on?
It amazes all the time to hear from so many men that they are not doing life with other guys that can speak into their lives. That men today feel that they are tough enough to be able to handle life on their own. One of the things that I have learned over the years is that I need to surround myself with men that are willing to fight. I need to surround myself with men that see that this life lived in a relationship with Christ needs the support of others that are see the need for a battle ready group. Here is a picture for us to look at when it comes to what kind of guys we need in our battle ready group:
Over the last couple of months I have really taken the time to think about the things in a church that I hope to see in Elevation Christian Church. One of those things is that we will have Godly older men leading in the church. I pray every day that the Lord will bring into this church a group of men that will be willing to get messy and be a part of the younger men’s lives in our church.
Titus 2:1-2 (NLT) But as for you, promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching.  Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have strong faith and be filled with love and patience.
As I have spent the last 16 years working with Middle school, High school, and College students I know that this is what most of the young of today hunger for in their lives. That because there is a void of men leading their homes in a way that is loving, caring, and Christ like we have a generation of boys and men that are walking through life with out any idea of what to do. May we the men of Jesus Christ first ask God to forgive us for not leading like we are suppose too. Second I pray that we ask the women our lives to forgive us for not loving and caring for them the way Jesus would want us too. Finally that we will stop walking in previous generations footsteps and make a change by trusting in Christ to make us the husbands, fathers, and sons that he wants for this world.
This last weekend while I was speaking at Northgate Christian Church I made the statement: “If you are husband and you are not loving your wife the way Christ loved the church then you are stupid.” Well I still believe it, the only problem is that I think that most men just don’t know what to do when it comes to being that kind of man. If you are a husband, father, or sons then what are you doing to lead your home like Christ would have you too? If you are an older believer then who are you investing your life into today?
Over the last couple of years I have been able to meet with some pretty extraordinary men in ministry. I have also met some that looked great on paper but once you spent some time with them well let’s just say the paper is what was worth keeping. But while we were living in Arizona I had the privilege to play gold with Sean Dunn. By the way if you want to find out what someone is really like take them golfing you can see there true colors. Sean shared with me the vision that he had for reaching people with the gospel through commercials on the radio and t.v. that was called Groundwire. He then shared with me how that would work with a website where people could go to get encouraged, counseled, loved on, and even connected with a church if they so desired. Well that was all I needed to hear and I want you to share in this vision as well. So make sure that you watch this video and find out how you can be a part of this amazing ministry that is reaching people for Jesus.
You can make the difference in some one’s life this week by spending time on your computer.
I am not a country music fan. But I am a fan of music that causes you to think, maybe even cry a tear. Not saying that I did but this song is a song that I gave to both of my girls when I left for a long trip. Just for fun I put together CD’s for the family for them to listen too while I was gone. All I have to say is that if you are a daddy with little girls and this song doesn’t get to you. Then let me put it this way, you need a royal butt kicking. Just keeping it real.
It was 16 years ago today that Tyler was born. Tyler was born exactly 10 months to the day after his sister Danielle and let’s just say it was not planned. So while Michelle and I were planning for the day that this child was to be born we made the choice to find what we were going to have. I mean we already had a baby and if we were going to have another girl we already had things in the house that we could use again. But if it was going to be a boy, then there needed to be some drastic changes. Out with the pink and frills in with the blue (Bronco blue) and football. I can still remember the day that as we were getting the ultrasound I waited with great anticipation and then the nurse said, “It’s a boy!” I asker her how she could tell. She immediately pointed things out for me. She even gave a us a picture so that we could show our family. I wanted everybody to know that we were going to have a boy.
Well today I give you a picture of Tyler and I want everyone to know that he is not a boy, he is a man. Tyler is a man of God and I can not share how proud I am to be his dad. I am not proud because he has great grades in school. I am not proud that he is a beast on the football field. I am not proud that he stands several inches taller then me. These are all awesome things and are just parts of who Tyler is in this life. I am proud of Tyler because of his heart for others. I am proud of Tyler for the way that he treats his sisters and his mother. I am proud of Tyler because he is not afraid to tell people who he is in Christ. As I sit here and write this and can not believe that I have been so blessed with all the kids that are in our home, that God would loan them to me. But I have to say with out any shame. I am proud to be Tyler’s dad. Thank you son for sharing time with me and for standing up with me in our Bronco jersey’s among the Raider Nation in Oakland.
There are some songs out there that I think that are really great at challenging me to think about who I am and how I live my life. This is one of those songs take some time to listen as well as watch, then think about how does your life reflect the lyrics. Have a great day.
Brandon Heath “Give me your Eyes” what a great song to cause us to think about how the way we live our life is a reflection of what we believe about Jesus and who He is to the people around us.