Pastor Zac’s Blog


Jesus Is The One Who Can Calm Your Storm

 

“When they (Jesus & Peter) climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.” Matthew 14:33

 

Life throws a lot of storms our way doesn’t it? Our relationships face them, our finances face them and even our health faces them. There’s a high chance you’re facing one right now. Storms are part of life but they don’t have to ruin it.

 

Dealing with the storms of life can often feel like rowing your boat against a typhoon wind and only having one oar.  It seems impossible.

 

The Bible tells us that on one particular day the disciples of Jesus were rowing their boat in a storm all night long. It wasn’t until about 3:00 a.m. that Jesus showed up walking on the water.

 

In seeing Jesus one of the disciples thought it would be a good idea to get out of the boat and walk to Jesus. But that didn’t work so well. He began to sink!

 

Matthew 14:30 tells us that “When [Peter] saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted.”

 

The moment we take our eyes off Jesus we put them on our problem. Once our problem becomes our focus we start sinking.

 

What storm is sinking you right now? Have you taken your eyes off of Jesus? Are you questioning why God is allowing you to go through this storm?

 

He’s allowing you to go through the storm for exactly the same reason he allowed the disciples to face it. So that you will put your eyes back on him and invite him into your boat.

 

If you want to have some calm in your storm you have to get Jesus on the boat.

 

It wasn’t until Jesus got in the boat that the storm stopped. Matthew 14:33 says, “When they (Jesus & Peter) climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.”

 

Take a moment today and invite Jesus into your boat. He’s not only the one who walks on the storm he’s the one who calms it. Let him calm yours.

 

Live on purpose,

Pastor Zac

Fusion Christian Church

www.myfusionchurch.com

 

 


What’s Easter All About?

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

 

On Easter we will do a lot of giving. We will give out candy, Easter baskets full of goodies, and some of us, who are still a little weird, will give out hard boiled eggs because kids love those, right?

 

As good as our gifts will be this Easter they will never compare to what God gave us: the gift of his son. John 3:16 says, “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

 

So what’s Easter all about? It’s all about God loving you. Loving you so much that he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for you so that your sins would be forgiven and you would have a home in heaven.

 

What’s amazing about God’s love is that he loves us even when we’re messed up. Romans 5:8 says, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

 

Do you know what that means? It means God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. You don’t have to fix yourself before you come to Jesus. You can just come as you are because he loves you just like you are.

 

The only thing we have to do is receive the wonderful gift of Jesus. The Bible tells us how in Romans 10:9-10 when it says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” It’s that simple!

 

It doesn’t matter what you give or get in your Easter basket. Remember, the greatest gifts always come from God. He loves you that much!

 

 

Live on purpose,

Pastor Zac


How To Win The Confidence Of Others


“Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in a sweltering heat – refreshing!” (Proverbs 25:13 MSG)

 

If you want to have deep, meaningful friendships and win the confidence of others you’re going to have to be a person who keeps their promises.

 

Can you think of a time when you promised to attend a party for a friend, gave your word to a family member to be somewhere or do something on a special day only to cancel at the last minute? I know I can.

 

We’ve come to the point in our culture where our yes really means unless I get a better offer or I just decided I don’t want to do it anymore. But this mindset is ruining our relationships.

 

Jesus had to deal with this same issue when he was talking to the Jewish leaders. He told them, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”  (Matthew 5:37 NLT) The problem with the Jewish leaders was the same problem we face today, they kept going back on their word.

 

When you go back on your word you’re showing those around you that you can’t be trusted and you begin to lose their confidence. If you’re going to have meaningful relationships in life you’re going to have to win the confidence of those around you.

 

How do you win the confidence of others? You can start by keeping your word.

 

Proverbs 25:13 says, “Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in a sweltering heat – refreshing” (MSG)!

 

I don’t know about you but I love a cold drink on a hot day and I love it when a friend keeps their word and does what they say they are going to do. It’s refreshing!

 

This is key to every great relationship in life. People need to be able to trust you.

 

If you become a person who keeps their word, even when it’s a sacrifice, you will begin to win the confidence of those around you and you will never be lacking in great friendships.

 

 

Live on purpose,

Pastor Zac


Who’s On The Porch?

PorchWhat would you do if you looked outside and the most important person in the universe was standing on the front porch? Most of us won’t even answer the door if it’s an unexpected guest. But what if it was Jesus?

 

Jesus said in Revelation 23:20, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

 

You might not know it, you might not even like it, but Jesus has been standing at the front door of your heart for a long time. Why? Because he actually likes you. More importantly, he loves you and wants you to share your life with him.

 

The problem is we often treat him like and unwanted guest instead of an honored one. We tend to ignore him instead of inviting him in.

 

So what should we do now that we know the most important person in the universe is standing on the porch?

 

The first thing we should do is invite him in. Isn’t that what you would do with other honored guests? You wouldn’t want to be left on the porch of your friend’s house endlessly knocking, and neither does Jesus. So invite him in!

 

The next thing we should do is honor him. No one wants to go to someone’s home and be disrespected, ignored or treated as a bother and neither does Jesus! We can honor him by listening to him. Ask Jesus to speak to you and teach you his ways. Find out what he’s all about.

 

You can simply invite Jesus in from the front porch by praying something like this, “Jesus, I invite you into my heart, my home, as my honored guest. Come in and let’s spend some time together. I want to know more about you.”

 

If you do these two simple steps your relationship with Jesus will grow stronger. Just like every relationship grows stronger when you invite people inside instead of leaving them outside. Today is the day to invite Jesus in.

 

Make it count,

Pastor Zac


How To Win People Over

Winover wrHave you ever wondered what to do with really difficult people? You know the people who are constantly in a bad mood are impossible to cheer up and seem to suck the life right out of you.

 

If you haven’t encountered these people yet I would guess you will before too long. Chances are you might even be that person a time or two in your life. It’s inevitable! So we better learn how to help the relationship move into a better place.

 

I find that one of the greatest weapons in our arsenal is a smile. Yes, that’s right showing your pearly whites can make all the difference in the world. You might be surprised to know that the Bible even tells us to smile when it says “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.” (Proverbs 15:30)

 

It’s a funny thing, the smile, because grumpy people don’t know what to do with it. A smile is the first strategy for winning difficult people over and that leads us to do the next best thing, which has to do with the tone of our voice.

 

Now this might surprise you but the Bible doesn’t just teach us to smile it also teaches us about the tone of our voice when dealing with difficult people. It says in Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

 

I’m sure you can remember a time or two when you responded with anger only to make the situation worse. I know I can. Too many times I’ve looked back on situations and relationships only to realize I didn’t handle it well at all. I forgot the power of a simple smile followed up by a gentle answer. Don’t make the same mistake.

 

Relationships are part of life therefore make them great. Smile at people and speak to them with kindness. If you do this you will always have friends and you will win some of the difficult ones over in the process.

 

Make it count,

Pastor Zac


The Key To Being A Great Neighbor

NeighborJesus told us the greatest thing we can ever do with our lives is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

 

But did you know that the second most important thing you can do with your life has to do with every relationship you will ever have. Jesus said “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

 

Do you know what that means? It means people matter! Your neighbor matters and your neighbor is everyone else on the planet but you.

 

What would happen in your marriage, friendships or any other relationship if every time you encountered your neighbor you told yourself “this person matters?”

 

You would begin to have less drama and conflict in your life. Not to mention you would begin to have some of the most meaningful relationships you’ve ever had.

 

The key to being a great neighbor to the people in your life is to love them! “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31) Show them their significance and stop putting yourself first. This is key!

 

If you treat people like dirt your relationships will keep getting buried in it. But if you love your neighbor as yourself like Jesus told us to then you will have a life full of rich & satisfying relationships.

 

Make it count,

 

Pastor Zac


You Are Gifted

YouaregiftedfbHave you ever felt like you didn’t have anything to offer, no talent to give? Or maybe you’ve felt like there’s nothing unique about you, nothing that makes you stand out?

 

If so you’re in good company. It’s a common feeling – especially in a culture that seems to only celebrate what they feel is beautiful, talented or successful – but nothing could be further from the truth.

 

1 Peter 4:10 says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”

 

Do you know what that means? You might not know it but it means you’re gifted. No one does that thing you do like you do.

 

Romans 12:6-8 saysIn his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well…If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

 

Think about it this way. If you’re gifted at accounting and you help someone in need with his budget, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at teaching and you help tutor children after school, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at cooking and you make a dinner for a hurting friend, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at encouraging others and you call a discouraged coworker and lift their spirits, you’re using your gift. The list can go on!

 

The truth is not everyone is good at leadership, generosity, kindness, etc. because not everyone is gifted in the same way. If we were all gifted in the same way we wouldn’t need each other.

 

God has gifted you in a very special way to display his glory to the world. So use your gift well and often to serve others. You are gifted. Never take that for granted.

 

 

Make it count,

 

Pastor Zac


Go To Church

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Have you ever been to church? Did you know that going to church is one of the most important and life changing decisions we make every week?

 

It’s important because Jesus said that whenever we get together as a church family he would be there. He said, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

 

In other words, when we get together for church Jesus is always at the party and he wants you there.

 

Maybe you’re reading this and you’ve never been to church. I invite you to go. Go and discover what Jesus was willing to give his life up for. Find out why millions upon millions of people around the world are part of God’s family.

 

The truth is you belong in a church family. It’s why God created you. His family is where you belong and there’s always a place for you.

 

The single greatest benefit to being part of a church is the presence of the Savior. He loves you so much he actually died on the cross so you could be part of his family, the church.

 

So here’s my thought on the matter, go to church! If it’s your first time don’t worry, it’s not as scary as you might think. If you haven’t been in a while stop putting it off. You need a church family!

 

By becoming faithfully involved in a church this year you will grow spiritually, you will find your purpose in life, you will have more friends, and you will be in the presence of Jesus. You need this!

 

Make it count,

Pastor Zac