Thursday, December 10, 2009

Long time no see! (Christmas is almost here!)

As a children's Pastor I teach Launch Pad (Preschool age)on Sunday and I lead several chapels during the week for the children based on age. This month I'm teaching them about Our wonderful Saviors birth And the verse for this week is Isaiah 9:6a And This Sunday It's the rest of this verse part b.

Isaiah 9:6a For to us a child is born to us a son is given

Isaiah 9:6b His name shall be called Wonderful, The mighty God, The Prince of Peace.

Christmas has always been my favorite season of the year since both my bithday and my brothers birthday are this month. I love setting up the tree, drinking egg nog, eating all those Christmas goodies, singing Christmas carols, and giving and recieving gifts. But I've noticed if we're not careful we can let this wonderful season pass us by with all the hustle and bustle that surrounds it. Let's look at the verses above and think about what they mean. That a Child was born a Son was given He was born into this world to take our sins and give us a relationship with Him. With out Jesus we'd go to hell literally! His name is Wonderful, He's sooo wonderful isn't He? The Mighty God, Nothing is impossible for Him He is able to handle ALL of life problems! The Prince of Peace, He gives us peace not like the world talks about and hopes for but peace the surpasses understanding we can be calm in the midst of chaos! So I chalenge all who read this to look upon the one who was a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, the King of Kings Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ "The reason for the season!"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Seeing Jesus in the midst of your storm

I recently spoke at our Church's Men's Breakfast and was praying about what to share and God impressed this message on my heart. With our broken economy, and people struggling all around us, may this message breathe LIFE and HOPE in to you as you SEE JESUS IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM.

Seeing Jesus in the midst of your storm

Introduction- A seagoing captain commanded a passenger ship that was sailing from Liverpool, England, to New York. His family was on board with him. One night when everyone was asleep, a squall unexpectedly swept over the waters and tossed the ship violently, awakening the passengers. They were all terribly afraid because of the storm. The captain's little 8-year-old girl was also awakened. 'What's the matter?" cried the frightened child. Her mother told her that a sudden storm had struck the ship. 'Is Father on deck?" she asked. 'Yes, Father's on deck," came the encouraging answer. Hearing this, the little girl snuggled back into her bed and in a few moments was sound asleep. The winds still blew and the waves still rolled, but her fears were calmed because her father was at the helm.

We all go through storms in life in fact like Pastor Jeff has said your either going through a storm, coming out of a storm or going into a storm.
Mark 4:35-41
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
1. Jesus knows where you’re at

a. God has not forgot you

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Hebrews 13:5

"I will never leave you; I will never forget you." never walk off and leave you,"

b. He’s there in the midst of the storm

2. Jesus meets you where you are

a. Don’t freak out or worry!

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NKJV)But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

b. Rest in His peace

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

3. We need to see Jesus for who He is!

a. Jesus is bigger than your storm
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
b. Ask Jesus to increase your faith
-Faith speaks to the storm and says peace be still
-Faith speaks to the mountain and says go throw your self into the sea
-Faith speaks to the giant
1 Samuel 17:41-47
41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. 45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

Conclusion- Jesus is here this morning and He wants you to see Him in the midst of your storm no matter how big it is He will see you through. Jesus knows where you’re at, Jesus meets you where you are, and we need to see Jesus for who He is. Cry out to Him this morning!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings Sunday

1. For my wonderful wife Ruth whose as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!
2. For my kids they are a gift from above
3. For my friends at church who have become my family
4. For 10 years here!
5. For a house filled with love
6. For Jesus' love and grace I am nothing without Him
7. For an awesome job! Where I have sooo many oportunitys to share God's word
8. For the Source bookstore God's given me a big vision for it!
9. For facebook, no really I'm not playing I have been able to connect with people from my past that I probably never would have heard from again.
10. For Ice Cream on a hot day like today. It's the simple things in life sometimes that bring us the most joy.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hold on don't let go!

Hold on don’t let go!

Introduction- When I was a kid I loved wrestling I watched 2 hours of WCW every Saturday. Watching guys like Rick Flair, the Road Warriors, and Rockin’ Roll express. I also watched the WWF with all their guys like Hulk Hogan, and Jake the snake Roberts. I practiced and practiced until I could sound like one of my favorites “Oh ya brother!” Macho Man Randy Savage. What does any of this have to do with God you may be asking yourself? Good question! I’m glad you asked! Because I’m going to mention the very first wrestling match between Jesus and Jacob.

Genesis 32:24-31 24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 “What is your name?” the man asked. He replied, “Jacob.” 28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” 29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.

Three things are constantly trying to pull us away from God, the world, the flesh, and the devil. Hold on don’t let go!

1. The World

John 16:33 In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

a. Money/greed *sin is never satisfied

b. Power/being at the top

c. Fame/Every one will know you some day. Your sooo important!

John 17:6 My followers do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world.

Hold on don’t let go!

2. The Flesh

Romans 7:18 Yes, I know that nothing good lives in me - I mean nothing good lives in the part of me that is earthly and sinful. I want to do the things that are good, but I do not do them.

a. The old life- Sex/pleasure, Drugs/Alcohol

Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

b. The new life 2 corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

c. New plans new destiny! Jeremiah 29:11 I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity (hope) and not disaster (evil), plans to bring about the future you hope for.

Hold on don’t let go!

3. The devil

a. He is the Father of lies- John 8:44

b. He comes as an angel of light- 2 Corinthians 11:14

c. His Job is to kill, steal, and destroy

d. He is defeated!

1 John 3:8 The Son of God came for this purpose: to destroy the devil's work.

Hold on don’t let go!

Conclusion- The beautiful thing is Jesus didn’t leave us alone in this fight with the world, flesh, and the devil. He has given us weapons to fight with. The Armor of God which covers our whole body, the Belt of truth, breast plate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. and in Isaiah 59:19 it says When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. The word standard in Hebrew means- to flee, escape, to put to flight, to cause to disappear, and hide. I’m not letting anything pull me away from Jesus I’m holding on and not letting go!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm Counting My Blessings Again and Again!

Count Your Blessings Sunday
Hey there! It's been awhile since I have blogged I think I'm addicted to facebook! But I wanna continue to do this post especialy because it always helps me be thankful and grateful for what I have and for what Jesus is doing in my life. When the pharises told Jesus to rebule his disciples for praising him He said in Luke 19:40 "I tell you, if my followers didn't say these things, then the stones would cry out." And in the words of Petra- Somebody's gonna praise His name Somebody's gonna call Him Lord  It'll either be you and me Or it's gonna be a rock or tree Somebody, somewhere is gonna praise His name! And it's gonna be me It's gonna be me Somebody's gonna praise Him And it's gonna be me!
1. Thank you Jesus for My wife help me always to treasure her and never to take her for granted may we be together till death do us part!
2. Thank you Jesus for My children what a blessing thery are to my life! Help me Jesus to be a godly father so I can show them your love and lead them to you. May you use them to do great things for you!
3. Thank you Jesus for My many friends may I always be a friend they can depend on and count on.
4. Thank you Jesus for My Job I work full time at my church help me never take that for granted
5. Thank you Jesus for leading us to Concord Ca 10 years ago what a beautiful 10 years they have been!
6. Thank you Jesus for coffee and tea! No joke I appriciate them both each and every morning halelujah!
7. Thank you Jesus for My house may it alway be filled with the love of Jesus!
Now it's your turn what has Jesus blessed you with that maybe you have taken for granted and havn't thanked Him for. As long as you have breath to live you have an opportunity to thank and praise Him don't let another day slip by before you spend time reflecting and thanking Him for all the many many blessings in your life.






Count Your Blessings Hym

Count Your Blessings

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,

Do not be disheartened, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Count Your Blessings Sunday

Count Your Blessings Sunday

Here we are again at another Sunday. I remember when I was a kid I used to say time flys when your having fun. Now I know whether your having fun or not it flys. So my new saying is time must have a good pair of shoes cause it runs fast! Lord Jesus teach us to number our days, and bring you glory in each in every one we are granted. So I'm counting my blessings one by one and you'll be amazed at what the Lord has done for me, and you can know He'll do the same for you as you count your blessings.

1. For Jesus' saving and keeping power, may I always follow Him

2. For my wonderful wife without her I would be Ruthless! May she always be mine till death do us part.

3. For my son who has such a tender heart may he always love Jesus and others

4. For my daughter who is a ball of energy and has a way of lighting up a room when she enters it. May she always be herself and use her gifts for God.

5. For the Source bookstore. God has truly blessed me to be able to do something I absolutely love. Sharing great christian books, Bibles, being able to pray with people and speak into their lives never gets old.

I need to save some for next weeks post so I'm done for now, but then again Jesus is always doing more and more for me. Are you thankful for what Jesus has done and is doing for you? Then I encourage you to join me and the others who have counted their blessings and you'll be amazed at what God has done!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I'm counting my blessings!

Count Your Blessings Sunday

I'm doing what an old hym says count your blessings one by one, count your blessings and see what God has done! Click on the picture above to join in!
1. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for saving me and keeping me.
2. My worderful wife Ruth as Proverbs 18:22 says The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. I am truely blessed to have her as my best friend and life long companion.
3. My children, my awesome Son Elisha and beautiful daughter Bethany for adding so much joy and excitement to my life they truely are a treasure.
4. My Parents for having me! With out me where would I be? Ha ha! No really I appreciate them doing the best they could when I was a kid, and now being wonderful Grandparents to my kids.
5. My inlaws what caring and love they show us when we visit, and also for being wonderful Grandparents, not many people can say they like thier inlaws I'm truely blessed.
5. For all my friends and church family I have, they provide so much support and love for me
As you can see I am truely blessed this list could go on and on but I don't want it to be 900 pages long as I will be doing this each sunday I have to save some for then! How bout you as you look at your live can you see where Jesus has blessed you I encourage you if your going through a hard time, or just need a little pick me up, or even if everything is going great right now it's always good to stop and see how much God has truely blessed each of us with!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chef Yon!

This is a character I do for the kids at my church! This clip is from a kids camp we did this last summer Enjoy! There is only five minutes here the clip is 13 minutes so once I figure out how to post the whole thing I replace this one for that one. If any one has any suggestions how to put a big video clip on a blog please comment! Thanks

Friday, August 21, 2009

Launch Pad-What is it?

Launch Pad is the ministry that me and my lovely wife run, at our church for preshoolers ages 3-5. We do puppet shows, sing bibles songs, and teach a lesson of a bible character or bible story, also we have a lot of fun doing crafts and playing games with them. We have been doing this since November of 2006. I must also say we would never be doing what we are now in this ministry without a strong foundation and am very grateful to have been raised up for this ministry by working with my spiritual father Pastor Gene Fend for 7 years in the other kids ministry at our church Master B.L.A.S.T for ages 5-12. Also I am very grateful to my other spiritual father and our head Pastor Jeff Kenny for hiring us on staff. Needless to say I have a lot of fun doing what I do God has truely blessed me!

Launch Pad-Puppet Show- If your kids are 3-5 they'll love this!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Yohn Dur's Ponder- James 4:8

Here's another one!

"Our prayers lay the track down which Gods power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails." Watchman Nee

All Time Favorite Quote!

I'm against sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, and I'll fight it as long as I've got a fist. I'll butt it as long as I've got a head. I'll bite it as long as I've got a tooth. And when I'm old and fistless and footless and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition! -Billy Sunday

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Testimony

I was born in the 70's and my parents were hippies and like most hippies they did drank and did drugs. Me and my older brother were named while my dad was high. My brother was named Raisan Cain, he now goes by Ray and I was named Yohn Dur, I now go by Yohn except my family still calls me Yohn Dur. I grew up like most kids in a dysfunctional family. I started smoking, drinking, and doing drugs at age 12. Which led me to juvenile hall a couple of times and was leading me on the road to destruction and hell. I remember looking at my future back then and thinking I would either be in prison, or dead because of an overdose. Then in January of 1993 everything changed I came home one day and my parents were mentioning Jesus not as a swear word but as Lord. I didn't want anything to do with Jesus at the time and told them I was gonna party and do drugs till I died. Thank God that wasn't true because my parents started having Bible study at the house and I started talking to the guy that led it like a punk kid with sarcastic questions like who made God?, and isn't Jesus a myth? He answered me each time with love and it was love that drew me before I knew it I was listening to the Bible stories he would share with us like David and Goliath. And in June of 1993 all alone in my bedroom I told Jesus I would be His if He would take the desire to get high on drugs out of me, you see I chased the high everyday had to have the high, the high, the high, would do anything for the high. But right then and there He took that desire away and replaced it with a desire for Him. You see Jesus has done soooo much for me not only saving me 16 years ago, but blessing me with a beautiful wife, and two beautiful children. My life is forever changed because of him!