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the surefire way to “Be Great”

Excerpts from Pastor Adam’s message at msny on Sunday, June 12, 2011: Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This verse asserts and promises us that God has a mission and a purpose for everyone’s life. Interesting fact: Only in the case of Christianity is it the case that the same gospel that saved before is saving today.  For example, Islam has remained in Arabia & Mecca.  Buddhism is still in the Far East.  Hinduism began and still is in India.  Christianity, however, began in Jerusalem and is now everywhere.  It jumped over seas, across the world, and seems to work for all people. Pastor Adam tells the story of a woman in the gym [as an ex-hockey player, “the gym” doubles as his missions field!] in which she garners the respect and interest of everyone around her, men & women alike, when she proved extremely successful at achieving her goals.  The takeaway?  Pastor Adam says: Be Great.  The Gospel should be producing amazing fruits in your life.  Let people see that and evangelism becomes much easier.  If you are not, ask yourself “Why not?!”  As per the parable of the sower [Matthew 13], could it be because you don’t have roots?  Let the Holy Spirit work in you. It’s ok to not be ok, but it’s not ok to be ok with not being ok. Being OK w/ just Jesus Jesus cannot be a means to an end.  ie: I will believe in Jesus so I can be blessed.  I will do this so that I can get that.  He is the end.  In the story of Job, he loses everything, but as long as he had God, he was ok! Paul wrote the book of Paul from within the confines of a Roman prison!  Let your roots run deep so you can understand the true gospel. Adam jokes that in a marriage: “mine” becomes “hers!” Un-jokingly, however, in the same way, our relationship to Christ is a marriage and we must give it up to Him.  Don’t let the pursuit of competing gods choke your relationship w/ God. The thief comes to steal, kill, & destroy. Jesus comes to give peace, joy, & abundance. John 15 says that if you obey his commands, He will give you abundance. As I was swimming last night, during the last 10 minutes, I hit my stride and realized to myself that being great for God is probably the most motivating reason to be great.  Doing it for myself, selfishly, starts to lose its luster after a while.  But doing it for God never gets old.  I realized that no matter what I’m doing, if I think about doing it for God, I can always find the wherewithal to press on.  And so, Pastor Adam’s call to us to allow the amazing fruits in our lives be the testimony that draws people to ask for “some of what what you’re having” is all that I need to “be great” and to do it “for God!”

Ready to Give It Up…

I usually use this blog as a platform for uplifting words, inspiring anecdotes, and exciting news.  Today, I’m experimenting with doing some unloading here on jeanetteeng.com, but even then, perhaps eventually to a greater end.  I feel overwhelmed right now.  I feel overwhelmed by the looming responsibility of aiding a family in emotional distress.  I feel spread thin by a host of invitations to an increasing number of causes and events and efforts.  I feel lonely without a family that I can seek asylum or rejuvenation in.  I feel offense in unreliable people, unexpected outcomes, and uncontrollable circumstances. This past week found me half-dressed in the back of a cab and calling my gym to request that my microphone be prepped and ready for me so as to shave off even more valuable seconds from my already tardy arrival.  In that moment, I cursed this lifestyle that I was living in which I’m often scheduled with appointments back-to-back, checking off a mental to-do list all day, and swirling with a head full of pending projects always.  I thought to myself, “Isn’t it time I’ve settled down a little bit more than this by now?!”  Why am I still running myself ragged like I was years ago?  This past weekend also found me juggling three social engagements with three different groups and executing not one of them fully successfully.  This situation left me vulnerable to one of my vices…emotional snacking.  And so I found myself popping dark chocolate covered cashews at 2am.  I’ve been doing remarkably well on my new diet plan with very controlled portions and I’m loving the outcome so far!  My first slippery night left me disappointed in myself, however.  Another thing on my mind came by way of an impromptu career assessment that left me wanting.  I need to revisit and master the hosting field, something that I have strayed from over the years.
In short, my life is very full and I am very grateful.  But with great power comes great responsibility and I am the type of person that takes responsibility seriously.  I am sensitive to needs and place it upon myself to answer to them.  And it is no coincidence that I pulled out my notes just now from a sermon two weeks ago and read this line.  “Your problems are big, but God is bigger.” “Recognize provision and that Jesus is enough.”  I just re-read the beginning of my notes where Pastor Adam speaks on “God’s hand in the midst of hardship.”  Adam came from a family of divorced parents and he resented having to be the caretaker for his brothers and sisters.  But this hardship, Adam eventually realized, was to prepare him for the ultimate task of pastoring two congregations and the New York Jets.  Hardships are part of God’s process.  And so I can re-visualize these trying times with my family, during which I have to turn the other cheek, bite my tongue, invest time, and give give give, as preparation for something far greater.
It seems that Spiderman and Jesus shared similar sentiments: “With great power comes great responsibility.” and “To whom much is given, much is required.” I can make peace with the idea that much is being required of me right now because so much has been given.  I can expect that more will be given to me and more will be required and I shall be that much more prepared.  I shall not worry on these things, for worry is synonymous with a lack of faith in God.  I will petition him with my requests and set my sights on the positive outcomes that I know he will provide.  With confidence and faith I will go about my responsibilities because I will better my family, settle down my schedule, conquer my diet, be a fabulous host, and be game for whatever else God has in store for me!  And so, to complete my subject heading, “I’m Ready to Give It Up”…”TO HIM!”

Winning in Life

Some gems from Pastor Adam Burt this A.M.  Thank you for speaking these “words of life!” NEVER RETIRE: You never retire in God’s Kingdom.  You just get a new job…your mission remains the same.  The statistics on the number of people who actually use their retirement plan is small because they’re pushin’ up daisies too soon after to do so.  It’s because we’re intrinsically wired to do things…too long without doing something and you’re disengaging from life.  In the same way, when we retire, we are still doing God’s work THE PURPLE AVENGER: At a laser tag game, Pastor Adam was on a team with a 14-year old kid who jumped up on a stage, strapped on a purple headband, and started taking control of the team.  He told everyone what they were going to be doing, whether they were his age or 36 and as comical as it was, it worked, and by the end of the night, everyone was frantically asking, “What do I do, Avenger?!”  In the same way, Paul, while in prison, was still leading the apostles who were outside of the prison walls.  He sent apostles to Ephesus and other cities, told them to take his Bible, and was just still in God’s game.  Paul never retired. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: While watching a certain MMA fight, Adam witnessed the pursuer became the pursued and the final win was sealed when one competitor ran up on the side of the cage and with a powerful kick, knocked his opponent out.  In the same way, we are told in I Peter that we are being hunted by Satan,  who is stalking us like a lion, hiding in the grass.  But we can overcome! THE NAVY SEALS: Pastor Adam goes to San Francisco to minister to the Navy Seals and realized that he would never want to do some of the things they do in training.  In one part of their training, they swim underwater until they pass out and then their dive partner will give them oxygen and when they come to consciousness, they’re on the boat.  In the same way, we have to do life with people like this.  We need “Lukes” who will be there when the times get tough. FACING YOUR FEARS: Once upon a time, a pre-pastor Adam asked Pastor Ron Lewis to be his mentor.  Adam expected that he was going to be following Ron around and soaking up great life lessons.  But Ron instead, forced Adam to do all this work he didn’t want to do.  Stricken with a fear for public speaking, Ron forced Adam to share his testimony before large groups of people!  And the one time Adam thought he was “off the hook,” Ron asked him to pray The Prayer for some new believers.  Adam said it was a sad display of the Sinner’s Prayer, but he’s so glad that he went through all of that.  And he’s an amazing speaker today! SPEAK LIFE & DESTINY: Someone (DL?) once told Pastor Adam that he was going to be an influencer and inspiration to masses.  As a young person, hearing this was life-changing and life-giving.  But it’s not just kids that need this.  Adults are hungry for words of life.  So speak life and destiny into people! WANTING HATERS: If you stand for God, you will have haters.  The Bible is offensive.  If you want everyone to love you, then just be the most agreeable person you can be.  But if you want to stand up for something, you will inevitably offend people.  And that’s a blessing…the concern exists when someone is too well-liked.  Adam had to choose to offend a very key player in his hockey career when he was told to put the Bible down to prevent offending someone.  As Adam looked around at some guys “reading” “picture magazines,” he realized that he would have to choose what he wanted to stand for.  Luckily Adam did not get traded for his conviction, and God traded that man instead! My recap does Pastor Adam’s messages no justice, as his strength is in his enthusiasm and talent of story-telling.  Please check this sermon out when it comes out on podcast or just come to an MSNY service to get a front row seat!

march madness…at church

At church yesterday, the message opened up with the opening song of a football game.  Of course, Pastor Adam had something up his sleeve again!  He had invited some of his “friends:” football players Kenyon Coleman of the Cowboys and Ryan Neill of the Rams, to come share their stories with our church.  I was captivated by these men standing just several hundred feet from me, who had succeeded against incredible odds, as they testified about God’s role in their life and victory. Kenyon Coleman towered at 6’10”, 310 lbs, and 31 years.  He boasted 9 years in the league, 7 years in his marriage, and 3 kids and a beautiful wife in his family.  He spoke about the “epidemic” plaguing our nation today: this obsession with “making a name for ourselves.”  Everyone from the reality stars of “Jersey Shore” to kid with no sort of musical legitimacy who wants to be a music producer, is chasing after making their names “known.”  But this epidemic is nothing new.  In Genesis 11, the Babylonians wanted to build a tower that reached the heavens and said, “Let us make a name for ourselves.”  Kenyon said, “God is more devoted to your dream than you are.  But he doesn’t want you to love the dream.  He wants you to love the Dreammaker.”