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TRUST IN HIM

 Man:    God, can I ask you a question?hand-of-god - Copy

God:    Sure.
Man:    
Promise you won’t get mad…
God:    
I promise.
Man:    
Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?
God:    
What do you mean?
Man:    
Well, I woke up late.
God:    
Yes.
Man:    
My car took forever to start.
God:    
Okay.
Man:    
At lunch they made my sandwich wrong  and I had to wait.
God:    
Hmmm.
Man:    
On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call.
God:    
All right.

Man:    And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and  relax.  BUT it wouldn’t work!!!  Nothing went right today!  Why did you do that?

God:    Let me see… the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of my angels to battle him for your life.  I let you sleep through that.

Man:    (humbled): Oh.

GOD:   I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you   if you were on the road.


Man:    
(ashamed)
God:    
The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what  he has.  I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.


Man:
    (embarrassed) Okay.
God:    
Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call.  I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.


Man:
    (softly)  I see, God.
God:    
Oh, and that foot massager had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight.  I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.


Man:    
I’m, sorry, God.
God:    
Don’t be sorry; just learn to trust Me… in all things, the good and the bad.
Man:    
I will trust you.
God:    
And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Man:    
I won’t, God.  And let me just tell you, God, thank You for everything today.
God:    
You’re welcome, child.  It was just another day being your God and looking after my children…

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Who is Going to Win in the End?

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An old American Indian tale recounts the story of a chief who was telling a gathering of young braves about the struggle within. “It is like two dogs fighting inside of us,”the chief told them.

“There is one good dog who wants to do the right and the other dog always wants to do the wrong. Sometimes the good dog seems stronger and is winning the fight. But sometimes the bad dog is stronger and wrong is winning the fight.”

“Who is going to win in the end?” a young brave asks.

The chief answered “The one you feed.”

Don’t give into sin by feeding it! Be Blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com


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LET’S CELEBRATE!!

There is an energy that accompanies each New Year that creates the thrill of new beginnings. The gyms are full, new faces are spotted in the pews at church, Copy of imagesand commitments which are likely to be broken are made. Here is my challenge to each of you this New Year, “whatever you do, strive to do it to the fullest, be sold out for Jesus and fully committed! Be bold and strong in the Lord! Don’t look back, walk in faith and to your victory!

This is my soul’s desire as I lead the 9:30 service at FBCEG, I intend to put the pedal to the metal. I often say, “so much to do, and so little time to do it!” I plan to live this next year as if it’s my last.  With that being said, I vow to submit myself to be the vessel that God uses to unlock the doors to heaven with worship and praise!  Will you join me?

Will you allow God’s spirit to manifest itself in your life?  Will you share His message of truth, hope, love, and forgiveness?  Believe me when I say, it will be challenging to keep this “resolution” to give our absolute best, but I know in God we can do all things!  So let’s grow the kingdom, let’s grow the church, and let’s be vessels used to change lives! Together, let’s “celebrate” what God will do this coming New Year! I truly believe this is a commitment/resolution we can keep.

Pastor Jeff Carnie

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THE ANT, THE PRAYER, AND THE CONTACT LENS

Copy of leaf-cutter-ant_604_600x450A true story: Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens.

Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.”

Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, “Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it!

Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

We need to remember these words when we are asked to do something that we feel is too heavy for us to do and or carry. “God, I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will.”

(From a sermon by Maurice McCarthy, Ruth – My Redeemer Lives, series Intro, 5/9/2011)

Be Blessed!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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Jeff Carnie and Spectrum on the road!

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What an awesome experience Spectrum had fellowshipping with “Family Community Church” on Sunday, July 7th. From the moment our members began to arrive at the church, we were greeted with affection; some arrived as early as 6:45.  We were greeted at the door and taken to the sanctuary and introduced to the individual that would help us prepare for the morning services. Although everyone we met was extremely pleasant, one individual stood out, Randy Ward! His personality was so infectious that no one felt like a stranger in his presence. You sensed immediately that he had a “servant’s” heart and his sole purpose was to ensure that our entire group felt welcome. He exceeded himself, we felt as if we were with family and friends. His antics were hilarious; his love for serving others was evident, but even more apparent was his love for the Lord.

As Spectrum begin to prepare for leading the services by first having prayer, it’s accurate to say that there was a feeling among our group that we were going to have a spirit filled day, and that we had! When God is evident in the lives of His people in little things, (from greetings at the door to the sermon) God shows up! From the first word spoken, the first note sung, till the last spoken word, God dwelt amongst His people. I, Jeff Carnie speak on behalf of all the members of Spectrum when I say it was a privilege and honor to have worshiped with such gracious, humble, and blessed church family. I intentionally used the adjective “humble” in describing Family Community Church of Fresno, because it precisely describes the culture of this congregation. Everyone we encountered was warm and kind! It’s not surprising however, because when I was introduced to the Senior Pastor, my first impression was what a humble man. As Randy was giving me instructions on the flow of the services, the pastor waited patiently until he was formally introduced. It was clear he valued the/his team, and he viewed himself as an equal participant with a different calling. Ministry at its “best.”

God Has Our Backs!

On July 10th, Spectrum completed their first video shoot taken by Ryan Black Films. Several months before the scheduled filming, Ryan and I met and collaborated on the concept for the song, “Come Down.” A month before our scheduled filming, Ryan contacted me to say he had found the perfect shoot location. As the date neared I was excited for several reasons; this was my first video, and an agreement had already been secured with “West Coast Praize,” a subsidiary of WB (Warner Brothers), to air the “Come Down” video. From a marketing perspective, “if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.”

The day of the video shoot things were going smoothly until a security ranger informed us that the location we had selected was unauthorized. Ryan explained he had gotten authorization; the ranger expressed his apologies but said we were given inaccurate information. He then suggested another place for the filming, about five minutes away. All I can say is, “God is in the details”! The relocation was a much better site both safety wise, and visually. The original spot had an extremely steep decline which had to be navigated for the filming. We cringed at transporting our equipment down that slope.

Praise God for having our backs!

Spirit Festival

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On Sunday, August 31st Spectrum participated in an event, “Spirit Festival” held to serve the city of Stockton. The entire event was free to the public, food, music, health information, clothes, and more. I can’t help but believe this is exactly what Jesus meant when He commanded that we take the gospel everywhere. To look around and see homeless individuals, unbelievers, and believers alike praising our Lord and Savior together. A slice of heaven, when all God’s people can come together as one with no respect of persons.

The name of the event, “Spirit Festival” was fitting for the occasion. The spirit of God was evident as each group on the program led the festival goers in worship. By the time Spectrum took to the stage, the Holy Spirit was having its way in the crowd. With raised hands, dancing, laughing, and even crying, God’s people were showering Him with their uninhibited praise. What a joyous sight! As you are all aware from personal experience, it doesn’t take much to get our group going. With that being said, you can only imagine the worship we had that day. It was off the hook. We all left the stage with God bumps!


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“Come Down” the video performed by Jeff Carnie and Spectrum.

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Be Blessed!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

8:00 and 9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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Trust by Jeff Carnie

swimA young lady was sunbathing on the beach when a little boy in his swimming trunks, carrying a towel, came up to her and asked her, “Do you believe in God?”

She was surprised by the question but she replied, “Why, yes, I do.”

Then he asked her: “Do you go to church every Sunday?”

Again, her answer was “Yes!” He then asked: “Do you read your Bible and pray every day?” Again she said, “Yes!” By now her curiosity was very much aroused. The little lad sighed with relief and said, “Will you hold my money while I go swimming?”

Be Blessed!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

8:00 and 9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com

Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/jeffcarnie

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