-Conviction Of The Holy Spirit-
This short video clip of Pastor Peter Youngren is quite humorous, but is actually also very beneficial in helping Believers in how act, or not act, toward our unbelieving loved ones. I’m sure that many of us can relate to what he talks about here. Watch it and enjoy…you’ll be glad you did!
-GRACE LIFE KALAMAZOO-
In my last post, I stated that my Wife and I were starting our church, Grace Life Kalamazoo. Well…that’s exactly what we did! We have had our first 3 services, and couldn’t be more happy and excited with where God is taking us! I really do consider it a privilege to be preaching the Gospel of pure Grace and to be able to take people with me on this journey. My heart truly hurts for the masses of people that I know love God, serve God, want to be closer to God and who would do basically anything for God, yet they really have no idea how much God loves them. Unfortunately, they have been told repeatedly that God only accepts them to the degree that their performance is acceptable. Maybe those words weren’t used, but the idea was definitely there nonetheless. I meet people from many different places, all over the world in fact, and without fail there are always certain similarities.
1) People love God and are serving themselves nearly to death to try to please God.
2) They are born-again, but are walking well beneath their blood-bought means and for all practical purposes aren’t really excited about God or fulfilled in their day-to-day life.
3) I tell them about the true, pure Gospel of Grace…and everything changes.
And that’s how it goes. That’s how it went for Jesus. And that’s how it still goes for Jesus. It is impossible to find out how much He loves you without it radically altering your entire life and being. And that is our goal at Grace Life Kalamazoo. To introduce all people, saved or lost, to a Jesus who is better than they have ever imagined. If you aren’t completely ecstatic over your relationship with God, then you aren’t seeing Him for all that He really is. Acts 6 says that after Philip preached Christ in Samaria, that there was GREAT JOY in the city! There is always great joy when the real Jesus, the Jesus of unconditional love, is preached! So, that’s what we are in Kalamazoo to do. To let people know how perfectly loved they are. We aren’t here to lord over people, to try to run their lives, to put people into bondage with a never ending list of religious rules. We are here to let people know that Jesus loves them – period.
So, this blog is for my personal ministry (Jordan Orick Ministries). But, we have a different website for our church. The name of our church website is www.gracelifekalamazoo.com. I hope that you’ll check it out. That website is where I will have much of my ministry media content up at and where all updates will be, whether for upcoming church announcements or evyen for my personal ministry itinerary (although, my personal ministry itinerary will be on here as well). So once again, we are very excited to have the opportunity to bless our community and are looking forward to all that the Lord does! Check out our Grace Life Church site…God Bless!!!
-HAPPY NEW YEAR-
Hello Everyone! It is officially 2013 and I must say, I am excited! God is so good and He always has good thoughts toward us and good plans for us! His endless mercies and sweet lovingkindness never take days off! Well, at this time of the year, multitudes of ministers are declaring what they believe God has spoken to them concerning His plans for the Church at large for the year at hand. Personally, I have no problems with that whatsoever. I mean, it’s perfectly clear in the scriptures that the Lord does things in the earth in prophetic timelines and seasons. And I certainly believe that He informs us of His plans for us. Some people probably don’t like all of the ‘New Year Proclamations’ from preachers because, amongst other reasons, they are all saying so many different things. But, I have no problem with that. I think that many different preachers are hearing and declaring different things from the Lord is because they are all reaching different groups of people in the Church. So, as long as what they are saying lines up with the Goodness of God and His love for us, then I basically am OK with it. Above all, I like what Jesus had to say along similar lines in Luke 4:18-19. In these verses, He says (paraphrased) that He was anointed by the Spirit of God to preach the Acceptable Year of the Lord. I believe that every year (and day) is the Acceptable Year of the Lord. Or you could say it this way: The Year of the Lord’s Acceptance. That is, His acceptance of Humanity. Above all, our message should always strongly emphasize the fact that God accepts all of humanity because of Jesus’ sacrifice, and all they need do is simply accept and receive His acceptance of them.
Now, I do have some exciting news concerning my personal life for this upcoming year. I am very excited to announce that My Wife & I are starting our church! For years now, we have felt drawn to the Kalamazoo, MI area and knew that we would eventually start a church there, and that time has finally come! We will be having our very first service on Jan. 6, 2013. God is so good…we are just so excited! We know that the Lord is going to do awesome things to make His Son famous in Kalamazoo and to get His Gospel to the people there, Believer and Unbeliever alike. The name of our church is Grace Life Kalamazoo.
So, I will be updating you on here to let you know of the many wonderful things that are happening in our church. Once again, we are so excited to be apart of what the Lord is doing in Kalamazoo, and I am looking forward with great anticipation to see the Spirit of God do phenomenal things in the lives of the people! I will keep you guys updated on the many salvations, healings, miracles, blessings and other awesome things that the Lord does along the way! It’s gonna be fun!
-A true Servant Leader will invest into people by continually telling them what Jesus has done for them. A selfish leader will take away from people by continually telling them what they must do for Jesus.
-Most leaders think that you can’t have a successful church/ministry unless you continually pressure and guilt trip people into giving, serving, sacrificing, ect. The truth is, you don’t have a successful church/ministry in the first place if you have to do that in order to survive and maintain.
-Leading people from a servant’s heart will prevent one from being used and from “selling out” to things like money or peer pressure.
-A Servant Leader can’t be offended at people’s needs, sins or shortcomings.
-Jesus does not hate lukewarm Christians, and neither does a good leader.
-Do you serve your church, or does your church serve you?
Brennan Manning – Sermon Jam – “Compassion”