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Shout by Jeff Carnie

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A church ran into difficulty when the elders decided that one man was shouting too much in church. They thought he might disturb the very distinguished guests the church was suddenly now having. So the elders called the pastor aside and notified him that this shouter must be refrained. The pastor told them “I won’t tell him to stop shouting, but I will go with you if you wish to tell him”. So, soon off they went to vist this farmer. 

As they drove down the dusty road to his house, they found him plowing his huge field with his mule near the fence line. One elder spoke for all of the others, stating how they had voted to ask him to hold the shouting down when in the worship service and the potential problem it would cause. 

The old farmer quickly stated, “See that beautiful wife standing over there? God gave her to me. See that beautiful farm house? God gave us that house. “See those beautiful children playing in the yard? God gave us those children. See all of this beautiful land? God gave me this land. Now, hold my mule while I shout!”

BE BLESSED!

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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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

God bumps!     

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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PRAYER AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Jeff Carnie

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There was a woman at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter.

She returned to her car to find that she had locked the keys inside the car when she went into the pharmacy and was now unable to get into her car to drive home.

She didn’t know what to do and started to panic, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do. The baby sitter told her to find a coat hanger and see if that would open the door.

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who also had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

In so doing, she obeyed the command to never stop praying. Do you think God would reward her for that?

Within five minutes a motorcycle roared up and pulled into the parking space next to her car. A rough, dirty-looking biker got off and saw her situation. He asked if he could help her. The woman thought, “This is what you sent to help me, God?”

She finally told him yes, as she needed to hurry and get home to her sick daughter. He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank you so much! You are such a nice man.”

The man replied; “No, I’m not, Lady. I just got out of prison for car theft.” The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out to God, “You even sent me a professional.”

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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Something Funny! The blog by Jeff Carnie

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A turtle family went on a picnic. They had prepared seven years for their outing. The family left home, searching for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey, they found it. For about six months they cleared the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangement. They discovered, however, that they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.
After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt at home. Although he was the fastest of the slow-moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on only with one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed, and the little turtle had not returned. Five years. Six years. Then in the seventh year of his absence, the eldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and began to unwrap a sandwich. At that point, the little turtle popped out from behind a tree shouting, “SEE! I knew that you wouldn’t wait! Now, I am not going to get the salt!”

Be Blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

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Celebration News by Jeff Carnie

New Spectrum Single “Come Down”CD-Cover_Come-Down_1400x1400 

Our worship team, Spectrum Is pleased to announce the release of their newest music project single, “Come Down.” I am pleased with the outcome and I pray that those of you who appreciate music will welcome this song to your “like list.” This song was written by a friend of mine and given to our team to perform, it’s an original. I encourage you to recommend this song to your family and friends if you like. Thanks in advance for your support of our efforts. Available now on itunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-down-single/id586355330

Senior Banquet

On November 8, 2012 “The Carnies” were given the privilege of singing for the annual Senior Banquet. When I was approached about providing music for the event, I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation; I felt honored to be asked to be part of the evening. I knew it would be a opportunity for Carole, Debra, and me to sing songs from our “Carnie” repertoire.

When we entered the auditorium, the entire group sensed the evening would be special because the room was so beautifully decorated; we were not disappointed. The evening was really sweet. When planning which songs “The Carnies,” Carole, Debra, and I would be performing, my objective was to select music which would have a broad appeal. From the response received after the program, those who attended the event were pleased with the musical choice. Carole, Deb, and I had so much fun, it allowed us the opportunity to sing songs we seldom do anymore; the time spent that evening was nostalgic! The Carnies have shared a long sweet association with First Baptist Church and its members, approximately twenty years; we were able to walk down memory lane musically. We sang one of our most requested songs, “HUSH.” My only concern for the evening was that “Baby Daniel Whalen may have been contemplating becoming a worship pastor.  Well good for me,  he won’t be ready for a few years.

Changes with the New Year! 

There are many changes that will be taking place in the “Celebration Service” area at the beginning of the year. As we prepare to say goodbye to one of our team members, we will be embracing additional members. Although it’s not always easy or pleasant to see people we have come to care about move on, I’ve come to understand it’s necessary. I realize God is in control, and with that been said I must be accepting and willing to adjust to all changes.

Join with me and our team in saying goodbye to George Rivera as he leaves to serve in the worship department at his home church. George has played on team Spectrum as a bassist for about two years. You’ll be missed man, blessings!

As I move our team forward to 2013, I am presently considering two individuals as bassists for the Spectrum team,  Larvin Prendhal and Russel Johnson. Please pray that God gives me clarity in who is best for the team both in skill, chemistry, and commitment. Welcome with me our new drummer, Brandon Harris; take the time to welcome him to our team and church. If you had the opportunity to hear him play with our team in November, you will agree with me that he is awesome.

I am really excited about the growth of our community choir, we have three additional members since our last newsletter. Please welcome Mikaela DeRose, soprano, and Crystal Finn and Myashra Hudson, both altos. 

Thanksgiving 2012 

Because of the generosity of so many of you, Loving Hands Ministry was able to be a blessing to so many families. Between the “Concert for Cans” effort and the can and dry good donations from many of you the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we were able to share your generosity with others. Again, we collaborated with Anna Kirchgater School to provide for families which were identified by them as in need of assistance. We served 33 families.

The HELPS fund and Loving Hands Ministry will together identify families in our community and church who are in need of assistance during the Christmas holiday. The privilege of serving individuals needing help is beyond fulfilling. It helps to keep things in perspective, it is a reminder of our purpose, “to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Atascadero

In September, “Spectrum” led the services for the First Assembly of God in Atascadero, CA. Because we have had the privilege of leading services for the First Assembly in Atascadero for the past three years, it was a reunion of sorts.  We were all thrilled to re-acquaint ourselves with individuals we had previously met, but it was just exciting meeting and praying with new acquaintances.

Carole shared a touching testimony which connected with many in the service. Her heartfelt message was, it’s not always easy to do what’s right, but as Christians we are required to make choices which clearly represent the God we stand for. The time we spent with our brothers and sisters in Atascadero was pleasant. We always look forward to our time with this church family, and can’t wait until next year.

Spectrum Community Choir

I couldn’t resist giving a shout out to our very own “Spectrum Community Choir,” who participated in all three services on December 2nd. They performed a song, “You Are Mercy” which was an original song written by a personal friend of mine. “You Are Mercy” is scheduled to be recorded on our next project. I could not have been prouder of our choir’s recent performance of the song “You Are Mercy,” and if the response from the FBCEG congregation after hearing “You Are Mercy” is any indication; they were just as pleased as I was of the performance. With that I say thank you to all my choir members.

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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THE SCARAB BEETLES! By Jeff Carnie (También en español)


Many people find beetles and bugs somewhat creepy, but if here’s one beetle in the world that could turn you into a beetle lover – the jewel scarab.

Jewel scarabs live in the jungles of Honduras and have the shape of your regular Christmas beetle. But their colours are so dazzling and beautiful that they can sell for up to $500 a beetle.

Beautiful flaming reds, bright golds, silvers that resemble bright, shiny chrome. Even the beetle hater finds jewel scarabs dazzling and beautiful!

But the jewel scarab’s beauty doesn’t come automatically. Every scarab has modest, even ugly beginnings.

The scarab starts life as a soft, mushy, grey-white grub growing inside a rotting tree stump.

They spend their life like this for around a year, until finally, when the rainy season arrives, the adult scarabs emerge soft bodied and pale.

Then within hours, their bodies harden and their splendid colours show.

They only live for another three months, but what a glorious existence it is.

People are just like scarabs. We may not feel terribly beautiful and attractive. In fact there may be parts of you that feel distinctly ugly – and I’m not talking just about your body, but about your spirit, your mind, your thought life, your character, your home.

But it’s the work of the Spirit of God to make us beautiful.

It may seem to take a lifetime, but as the Spirit works on us, we will emerge as beautiful, dazzling, shining creatures gloriously bearing the image of our Creator.

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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 Los escarabajos! Por Jeff Carnie   en español

Muchas personas encuentran escarabajos e insectos poco espeluznante, pero si esto es un escarabajo en el mundo que podría convertirse en un amante de escarabajo – el escarabajo joya.

Escarabajos joya viven en las selvas de Honduras y tienen la forma de su habitual escarabajo Navidad. Sin embargo, sus colores son tan deslumbrante y hermoso que se puede vender por hasta $ 500 al escarabajo.

Hermosas rojos llameantes, dorados brillantes y plateados que recuerdan cromo brillante, brillante. Incluso el enemigo escarabajo encuentra escarabajos joya deslumbrante y hermoso!

Pero la belleza del escarabajo joya no viene automáticamente. Cada escarabajo tiene orígenes modestos, incluso feos.

El escarabajo comienza su vida como un suave, blanda, de color blanco grisáceo gusano que crece dentro de un tronco podrido.

Pasan su vida de esta manera alrededor de un año, hasta que finalmente, cuando llega la temporada de lluvias, los escarabajos adultos emergen de cuerpo blando y pálido.

A continuación, en cuestión de horas, su cuerpo se endurecen y sus espléndidos colores muestran.

Sólo viven por otros tres meses, pero lo que una existencia gloriosa que es.

Las personas son como los escarabajos. Es posible que no se sienten terriblemente hermoso y atractivo. De hecho, puede haber partes de ustedes que se sienten claramente feo – y no estoy hablando sólo de su cuerpo, sino su espíritu, su mente, tus pensamientos, tu carácter, tu casa.

Pero es la obra del Espíritu de Dios que nos haga hermoso.

Puede parecer que tomar toda la vida, pero a medida que el Espíritu obra en nosotros, vamos a salir como criaturas hermosas y deslumbrantes, brillantes gloriosamente con la imagen de nuestro Creador.

Sean bendecidos

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Adoración Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd..

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

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The Right Side by Jeff Carnie

THE RIGHT SIDE

The story is told of a little girl who had lived her life in the city and was acclimated to the many street lights at night. She had opportunity to go to the country on a vacation. One starlit night, she and her mother stood gazing up into the sky without any street lights to conceal its aura.

The child was awestruck by its sparkling beauty. She exclaimed, “Mama, if heaven is so pretty on the wrong side, I wonder what it looks like on the right side!”

Imagine with me for a moment, what heaven might look like! Now, imagine being there!

Keep pushing toward the prize! I know I am!

 
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.     John 14:3 New International Version (NIV)

Be blessed

Pastor Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton, Blvd.

Elk Grove, CA. 95624

www.fbceg.org

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