Pastor G’s Introduction to the Daniel Fast Study

Let’s get it in CMBC virtual family!

Are you excited about the quickly approaching new year? Are you wanting 2016 to be your breakout year? If so, there’s only one way for believers to achieve such lofty expectations. Jesus said to his disciples that some miracles only happen through 1.) Fasting and 2.) Praying.

That’s why Pastor G and Christ Missionary Baptist Church and our TLC virtual ministry family are offering you an opportunity to learn more about our corporate Daniel Fast. Using our virtual platform we want to share this vital opportunity to renew, refresh and return to a closer walk with Christ as we head into 2016. Here’s how you can participate.

  • Watch the introductory video
  • Enter your email and signup for the regular video updates and free downloads
  • Join in the dialogue and discussion on Facebook, twitter, and on google+

It’s that simple!

Be sure to share this study with family and friends so together you can bring the new year in on a blessed note. I’ll see you during the study and pray you join the corporate fast on December 1st.

Pastor G, the CMBC and TLC Virtual Ministry Team

The Risk of Being Lost in Love

Lost in LoveMy wife and kids will tell you that I don’t have any problems driving off the beaten path. I love wandering back roads, alleys and side streets. Sometimes I even intentionally get lost in order to experience places, people and perspectives I’ve never seen before. I’ve found parks, stores, and golf courses I never knew existed on my detours. Some people may think I’m crazy. But, there can be benefits to being lost when your goal is a new perspective.

In the same way “lost” to God means nothing all by itself. To those who believe in the power of God’s will, lost to Him means finding newness all at the same time. I know to many of us lost means frustration, failure, fear, and stagnation. But to God lost can equal opportunity, growth, potential, and a new perspective on life.

Today’s blog post “Lost in Love” is my attempt to argue that a good place to be lost is in love. Losing oneself in love changes our focus from the things in life that are wrong to the things in our lives that are right. We have made it our routine to get lost in our issues and challenges rather than loving and being loved. In doing so we can only see life through paranoid and fearful lenses. Everything becomes interpreted from the angle of those things that keep us boxed in, frustrated and enslaved by our inability to control the negatives around us.

But, notice what happens when you change your perspective by viewing life through the lens of love? What’s important is no longer what’s wrong in your life like being unemployed, facing divorce or health related issues. What’s important is how you love others and how you express your love of God.

Notice how this works in real life. Say you’ve recently married and you have growing concerns about your spouse’s fidelity. You can worry about them cheating or being dishonest day and night. You can sneak behind their back and read their text messages and go through their emails and Facebook pages to check for signs of infidelity and convicting communication. But the truth is that you’re focusing too much attention on what your spouse could do wrong and not enough attention on worrying about the things your spouse can do right because if I can get you lost in love with me, then I don’t have to concern myself with cheating. Why, because I know you love me too much to cheat or lie.

Jesus helps us to understand the importance of love in Mathew 22:34-40. There he gives us the greatest commandments. Jesus helps us to see that if you get LOVE right, you get it all right.

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (NIV)

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john Girton square photoJohn E. Girton, Jr. (aka Pastor G) is a success coach and motivational speaker who brings empowerment and entrepreneurial expertise to every audience. Pastor G shares life lessons and biblical jewels to help people reach their full potential.

As a former instructor of Journalism and Telecommunications at Ball State University and Tennessee State University and a business owner for the past 20+ years, Pastor G remains on the cutting edge of technology and is seen weekly on his Ustream channel and at the virtual ministry he and his wife founded in 2008 www.thelovingchurch.org and johngirtonspeaks.com.

Pastor Girton Preaches “Finish the Process” :: John 5:1-15

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FINISH-the-processIt’s an awesome thing to know that when you go into a car wash you can expect that when you come out the other end your car will be clean. It’s also important to know that when you go to the dentist that the dentist doesn’t do half the job and then send you home. What I’m describing is a commitment by the car wash and the dentist to finish what they’ve started. And this message is designed to help us understand that all of us at one time or another find ourselves in the middle of a God-ordained process. And the bad news is that we’re not in control of the process. We’re not in control of the length of the process. What we are in control of is our willingness to never give up before God is done with us.

John 5:1-15 is a familiar healing that occurs at a pool called Bethesda. There are at least three phases of this scripture that are important to see. One is the trial. The second is the test. And the third important phase of the process is the testimony.

This video is 36 minutes long and can be watch over lunch, during down time at work or during your devotional time. Please share with me your thoughts and testimonies of how you were or were not able to keep coming back when you didn’t see results…. Always remember to Finish the Process!

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john Girton square photoJohn E. Girton, Jr. (aka Pastor G) is a success coach and motivational speaker who brings empowerment and entrepreneurial expertise to every audience. Pastor G shares life lessons and biblical jewels to help people reach their full potential.

As a former instructor of Journalism and Telecommunications at Ball State University and Tennessee State University and a business owner for the past 20+ years, Pastor G remains on the cutting edge of technology and is seen weekly on his Ustream channel and at the virtual ministry he and his wife founded in 2008 www.thelovingchurch.org and johngirtonspeaks.com.

Interruptions Part 2

life interruptedIn part 1 of my series on interruptions I asked the question, “How do you handle interruptions in the midst of living for a higher calling?” The bible helps us to understand how to approach seasons in our lives where people challenge our motivation and even challenge what we fell called to pursue. It’s especially difficult to navigate these moments when the people who are challenging us are those who we “think” love us.

So, I wanted to help those who are fighting these very voices right now. I want you to be able to see in Acts 4 how to answer the question, “What comes out of you when your motives are questioned and you’re encouraged to operate like everyone else?”

Note that the bible says in Acts 4 verse 5-7:
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

So, don’t get it twisted. It’s clear by the very words of Jesus Christ that you should expect interruptions. Don’t be amazed and stall thinking “Why is this happening to me?” There will undoubtedly be times in your life, when you feel most secure in God’s directions when people who you would think know better will make it their jobs to find reasons to shut down what God is doing through you. These are people who don’t understand how God is moving. Jesus himself said this in Luke 21:12-19:
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.”

[I LOVE THIS STUFF] Watch this folks, here’s the good news:
14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

In other words, Pastor G is trying to give you a reason to make up your mind TODAY not to worry TOMORROW about what people are going to do or say to try and interrupt where God is leading you. You don’t even have to wreck your brain over how to win the argument with ’em. You don’t have to construct a Facebook reply or a tweet. All you have to do is trust that when folks close to you seek to challenge God’s outcomes pray for them and STAND FIRM. Why, because in the end GOD WINS! And guess what, as long as you’re on His team you win too.

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john Girton square photoJohn E. Girton, Jr. (aka Pastor G) is a success coach and motivational speaker who brings empowerment and entrepreneurial expertise to every audience. Pastor G shares life lessons and biblical jewels to help people reach their full potential.

As a former instructor of Journalism and Telecommunications at Ball State University and Tennessee State University and a business owner for the past 20+ years, Pastor G remains on the cutting edge of technology and is seen weekly on his Ustream channel and at the virtual ministry he and his wife founded in 2008 www.thelovingchurch.org and johngirtonspeaks.com.