Give Thanks In Faith

How do you beat anxiety, depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)? 

The attitude of gratitude is a powerful pill against viruses of all kinds.

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is more than a one-time holiday during the year. Biblically, we’re to give thanks consistently to the Lord. One verse that I repeatedly come back to is Psalm 107:1. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His faithful love endures forever!” You cannot go very far in Scripture without being reminded of the importance of being appreciative. Being grateful is seeing things from a heavenly perspective. And as we approach the holiday season, I want to encourage you to keep the heart of gratitude going strong into 2023 no matter what you’re facing. 

During Thanksgiving, we typically give thanks for what we have or what God has done for us throughout 2022. But the ultimate form of faith is thanking God in advance. Thank God for what you’re asking Him to do in the future! While it is necessary and appropriate to thank God for what He has done, faith is thanking God in advance, trusting that He’s working right now as you wait for the answer to your prayer.

Expect God To Move

In Romans 4:20-21 it says, “Yet Abraham did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Abraham thanked God before it happened!

Let me ask you, in the situation that you are in right now, what are you expecting God to do? We’re all in a situation of some kind. Some of us aren’t expecting God to do anything. The Bible says, “According to your faith let it be done for you” (Matthew 9:29). Maybe God gave you a dream and when you went after it, you experienced delays and difficulties. That’s to be expected. But now you’re at a dead-end and you’re discouraged. 

Keep The Faith

Your next step is to keep the faith … expect God to move because being grateful displays our trust in the Lord. He may have a different answer than the one you are expecting. Hebrews 11:39-40 tells us that, “…yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us …” sometimes the answer we thought we needed does not come because God has something better in mind.

Remember what God can do because He can do ANYTHING (Ephesians 3:20). Rely on Scripture. Memorize it! Here is one I’ve spent a considerable amount of time meditating on, 
“… but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

With a grateful heart, make your requests known to God and you can have a peace like no other that He WILL move. It’s a peace that cannot be explained, only experienced once you’ve stepped into that faith.

I have some God-sized dreams when I think of the future of Skyline Church.What is your God-sized dream? Dream big! And when you hit that dead-end, keep the faith and expect God to move mountains. 

Pray.com

Last month, I partnered with a new platform to reach more people for Christ. Over 13 million trusted users worldwide access Pray.com regularly in search of biblical content. For a limited time, we’re able to offer our church family premium access (normally a $96/year value) on their app. Click here for free premium access. 

You may be wondering if you need “Premium” access to see my content? No. Users across the globe can listen to all of my messages for FREE! However, with your premium access, you’ll be granted permission to listen to ALL of Pray’s original content from Christian leaders and Christian athletes like Drew Brees as well as authors and other Bible teachers and so much more from other incredible leaders in the industry.

Pray’s easy application is similar to Spotify or RightNow Media. You’ll enjoy the interface with ease. Make sure to follow my profile page to get notified when I release content like our Faith and Culture podcast or a new sermon series.

I’ve been in full-time ministry for over 24 years and my passion for equipping others to reach the lost continues to fuel me every day. Pray Radio is one more way to help people find and follow Jesus seven days a week! I’m excited to see what God has in store in this new partnership with Pray.com. 

Public School Disaster

Our Answer: Skyline Christian Academy
Why are we starting a Christian Academy at Skyline Church? 

Because we want to help people. 

The reason behind everything we do at Skyline Church is to help people find and follow Jesus seven days a week. One of the biggest areas of need in our community is in our education system. We want to raise kids that can stand up for their faith, their country, and know what is right and what is wrong. Yes, we believe in absolute truth. We believe God created them male and female. We believe that He has a plan for boys to become men and grow into their masculinity and a plan for girls to become women and grow into their femininity. We believe in the Constitution of the United States of America and we’re tired of people in political office trampling on it and indoctrinating our students against it. The insane ideas coming from politicians today didn’t just start happening. Where did they get these radicals ideas? These ideas were taught in the public school system and especially in our secular colleges and universities.

You’ve probably seen it on the news or know of people who have taken their kids out of the public school system. Enough is enough. What is going on in the public school system today is nothing less than indoctrination. In my recent blog, School Options, I shared how our public school system has been failing parents. This is what we get when we turn to our government for education–third graders celebrating Drag Queen Day and kids of all ages being exposed again and again to perverted sexualization. The curriculum has devolved into an anti-God, anti-Church, anti-male and female, anti-american, anti-human being system and most certainly an antinomianism system. It’s socialism indoctrination to say the least. 

Roll Call

Public school students are in need of a place they can go where the politicization of the LBGTQ agenda and the far left radical agenda is absent. Children need an education where indoctrination isn’t embedded into the curriculum. 

We know there are many public school teachers who are fighting the good fight. We have public school teachers at Skyline Church who are being light in the darkness of the public school system. Thank you for what you do! You are on the front lines. We need more people to fight for our next generation like you are and we want you to know we are praying for you! Every student matters to God and every student matters to us. 

Let’s Take That Hill

Skyline Church is taking a step forward in creating an academy that your kids will love.  At Skyline Christian Academy we are for both you and your kids. We’ll come alongside you and help teach them who God has called them to be and so much more. We have a robust curriculum for your children that will teach them about our country, founding fathers, the constitution, and most importantly Jesus. These subjects used to be a staple in the public school system but have been substituted for the sexualized and politicized curriculum they are fed today. The public school system is confusing our kids and even destroying them. We want to show kids and teens that Christ has a plan and purpose for their life. Skyline Christian Academy is ready to stand together with families and build up our kids to walk strongly in the plan God has for their life. 

All In 

We cannot sit on the sidelines and not take action in our community. Starting an academy is not easy, but it is worth it. If you’re a parent and you know it’s time to pull your kids out of the public school system, Skyline Christian Academy might be the place for you. If you’re interested, let us know and we’ll give you all the information you need to help make a decision. 

Monkeypox: Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

You’ve probably seen the news that the monkeypox virus is causing all kinds of problems across our country. However, the reality is that this virus is occurring mostly in men (98%) and in lesbian, gay, transgender communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles (95%). When this was pointed out to California State Governor Gavin Newsom, he shrugged off the majority of our state’s population by saying we shouldn’t stigmatize the LGBTQ community. His solution? A State of Emergency across all of California.  

San Diego

Additionally, San Diego’s Board of Supervisors chair Nathan Fletcher (who will do whatever Gavin Newsom says regardless of its impact on San Diegans ) has followed suit by calling a Public Health Emergency in San Diego County. In a county of over three million people, forty-six people have gone to the hospital with Monkeypox. This hardly sounds like an emergency to me. This begs the question … why?

The Reality of Monkeypox

Newsom's Second State of Emergency: Monkeypox

Here we go again. The vaccines.  Here we go again. A virus. Newsom wants total control over Californians because of a virus that doesn’t have incredibly harmful effects. Thus far, there have been zero deaths from this virus. The side effects include a rash and flu-like symptoms. So why a State of Emergency? If this virus is as serious as Newsom says it is, why isn’t he putting all the available resources into the very communities that need attention, namely the LGBTQ communities where this is clearly coming from? Instead, Newsom is using this micro issue as a way to exercise macro control over Californians. He hides behind the claim that declaring a state of emergency will “help produce vaccines quicker.” Here we go again, more vaccines… could we be seeing another vaccine mandate for the Monkeypox virus? I certainly wouldn’t be surprised, this is the road he’s on. And, who is in his pocket? Big Pharma. Why not? of course, the Covid vaccines are fading. Less and less people are getting the jab, especially after actual scientific reports show their complete lack of effectiveness and that they actually cause way more harm than good. 

Monkeypox Virus Vaccine

The reality is that in a state of emergency, he can make up his own laws and completely ignore our legislature, implementing new laws for his own political benefit and not for the benefit of Californians. His agenda that, by the way,  has nothing to do with the communities in need of medical attention. It’s plain to see Newsom’s true intent. Let’s not forget how seriously he took his own COVID mandates.

If 95% of Monkeypox patients were from church-goers, I guarantee we’d have Cease and Desist notices on our windows as we saw during the Corona Virus. 

What do we do?

I want to give you some encouragement. Don’t believe the lie. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Stay rooted in truth. You’ll never go wrong by staying close to the Word of God. We know what Newsom is doing as he positions himself to run for President of the United States, despite the fact that multiple entities are currently suing him for his last power grab. Newsom’s so-called “effort” not to stigmatize the LBGTQ community conveniently creates a stigma against anyone that does not comply with the Monkeypox vaccine. He’s partnered with Big Pharma and the far left radical agenda. Newsom is relentless in his pursuit of creating issues in one hand so that he can wave a so-called solution in the other. Meanwhile, we see right through the entire magic act.  Here at Skyline Church, we’re relentless in teaching the truth and relevance of Scripture. 

We can not acquiesce to the nonsense. You can’t trust what comes out of Gavin Newsom’s mouth. But you CAN trust what comes out of the mouth of God. 

Don’t believe the lie, folks. Stand up. Stand out. And fight back. 

Summer Break-ing

No matter who you are or what city, state, or country you live in, you are allotted a maximum of 168 hours a week that comes in 24-hour segments called days which add up to 7 days in a week. Yet, if you’re like me, our to-do lists are never-ending, and rest always appears just out of reach. 

Maybe you feel this way too? Whether it’s your work, family, volunteering, finances, or even social media that make you feel like you always have to be “on,” you may be struggling to find rest. I’m not talking about a little break, I’m talking about true rest. 

I want to encourage you to take some real time off this summer … if you don’t take a break this summer, this summer will be breaking you!

Here are two simple tips to make sure you have a restful and rejuvenating summer.

How to Rejuvenate

 1. Schedule Rest and Recreation

Put your time off/breaks on the yearly calendar. If we don’t schedule it, it is hard to make it happen. Also, studies show that when we schedule a vacation weeks or even months out, endorphins and serotonin are released in our brain (the natural happy drugs) as we look forward to our time off. 

That’s the big picture, but what about the weekly grind?  On a weekly basis, it may be just a day or two a week where the phone is turned off and the email is not checked, and rest and recuperation are the main focus of that day. To get the rest we need, we need to have boundaries and not let people encroach or break down those boundaries. We cannot fall into the trap of thinking that we can or need to do and be everything for everybody. 

If you’re not sure what to do to get rejuvenated, I’d ask you this question, “What do you like to do?”  Go out and do it! The word recreation is the word re-create… what re-creates you, brings you joy, rejuvenates you … that means it’s the opposite of what drains you. Sounds simple but most people don’t take time to re-create.

2. Be around people you love

Take that trip and go visit your family or friends you haven’t seen in a while. That trip may be all you need to rejuvenate your life. Make sure it’s people who energize you, not drain you. It will be an encouraging time that you think back on throughout the rest of the year. 

3. Adventure to somewhere you’ve never been

One of the things that can really inspire and encourage you is by visiting a place you’ve never been. If you don’t like to travel, then it doesn’t have to be far away. There are probably places within a short drive that you’ve never been to that will amaze you. If you like to travel, then you already know this principle is true. Personally, discovering new places and new things brings me joy and excitement. I love learning about the different places where I may travel. The history, how the town was founded, what the main industry was or is and discovering if there are any trails where I can ride my dirt bike! 

Whatever causes you to feel rejuvenated this summer, I want to encourage you to get out there and do it! Because God created Re-creation and He created this beautiful planet to be explored and enjoyed!