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I am praying for revival in the Carbon Valley Area of Colorado…. Why not today? What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for God? Are you waiting for someone else? What am I waiting for?
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
We read about revival. We have studied about revival. But sadly to say I have never seen or experienced a city wide or global revival. I have read in history about the great revivals of our world. Thousands coming to Christ, all because one person decided to stand up, to live right, and to be proactive with spreading the good news of Christ. All it takes is one! But this will never happen…why? Because we do not think it can happen. Well unless we change our mind! Unless we change our mindset. Unless we change the way we live, pray, study, and evangelize.
Really, I do not think people pray for revival and do not seek for revival? Why? Because they really do not want revival. They do not want to give up on the things that please them. They enjoy their pleasures and sins too much to allow Christ to influence their lives! This must stop! As a pastor I see the many faces of people that call themselves Christians. As I have opportunities to preach all over the US and even some in the world, many men, women, and children are consumed with…themselves.
We live in a very narcissistic society. We are more worried than ever before in history about our approval rate among peers. The world is obsessed with themselves! “Selfies” are wreaking havoc on society. I even read this last week, that a selfie was the cause of a plane crash that killed a few people. Companies are maximizing profits of our narcissistic mindset by introducing the “selfie stick.” It is a stick that you attach to your phone or camera that extends far out so that you have a better ability to take pictures of none other than yourself. These selfies are being plastered all over social media in droves. Young people and old people alike are falling to this selfie generation. Even worse is that they do not even understand what they are encouraging. What they are teaching others, what they are teaching their children, and what they are teaching future generations. Is a selfie inherently wrong? No, of course not! But is an obsession with it wrong?
I have had to ask myself…why should I or why would I post a selfie? I have spent some time on social media as I see a flood of these coming across my screen. One common factor in all of them, the comments the people receive for posting them to social media. This self obsession/narcissism is like a drug. If I have people tell me how cute, beautiful, or handsome I am, that cheers me up and makes me feel good inside! We thrive off of the many likes that we get and all the comments that people tell us. Selfies are a common day drug to fuel narcissism.
“Selfies are a common day drug to fuel narcissism.”
You might asking yourself now, is he going off on a tangent? I thought we were talking about revival. I promise you we are still very much on the same topic. See, ultimately revival is not happening because we are consumed with one thing…self. We have a hard time wanting revival because we cannot see past ourselves. We cannot see the greater righteousness and holiness of God. We see more of ourselves in view than we see how great our God is. John 3:30, says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This is a mindset. This is the act of living intentionally to be like Christ. It is on purpose. It is easy to be consumed with ones self. It is hard to be consumed with Christ.
Ultimately, Christ wants us to be consumed with Him. He wants us to be focused on Him. He wants us to have accurate “picture”, if you will, of Him. The more we know Christ, the less we will be consumed with ourselves. Narcissism will fade away, because we see God in His great glory. Psalm 23, a very familiar passage, gives us good insight of a godly focus.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
If you notice the very first verse it says if the Lord is shepherd. If He is your sustainer, guide, protector, and master; then you will not be wanting of anything. You will not be looking for extracurricular approval of man. When we allow God to be our focus, we then are led beside still waters. God restores or revives the Christian! King David after falling in his sin with Bathsheba wrote this Psalm.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Here David, because of his sin, was focused on himself. It was not until David realized, in verse 10, that he could experience the joy of Salvation if he repented of his selfish ways. Joy is a gift. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit that God gives to those who keep Christ at the center. Christians today sometimes seem to be the gloomiest people I know. They have no real joy. They fake happiness, and they have no true joy in their life, because they are saturated with circumstances and the glorification of self rather than the Spirit.
We make more problems as Christians than we do solve them. Our agendas on philosophy and movements are completely focused on who gets the lime light. Very rarely does God ever that light. We worship men more than God. We worship man’s approval more than we do God. We no longer keep the main thing the main thing.
The recipe for revival is rather a simple one, but it is a monumental choice for one person to get rid of self. They need to stop being self centered and start being God Focused. Is the “selfie” really the arch nemesis of revival? No, but the concept of the narcissism behind it is. We do not see revival and we will not see revival until we can admit and change our self centered, self pleasing lifestyle. Revival does not start with a multitude of people. Revival spreads when people decide that they are no longer worthy in the sight of God. Isaiah 6:8 gives a great example of Isaiah seeing himself for who he really was.
Isaiah 6:8 “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” The several verses before that showed Isaiah seeing the true glory and holiness of God. It was only then that Isaiah really realized his position in Christ. This is when true revival happened. It was not in a church, it was not in a multitude of people, it was not at a conference, it was not in a revival meeting. It was an individual moment in Isaiah’s life that he realized he was not worthy. Then and only then can we experience true revival. Isaiah was a great prophet then used by God to see many mighty things. It was through Isaiah that he saw many of the prophecies of Christ the Messiah been given. He did not wait for anyone to have true revival. He was not waiting for a special circumstance.
I am praying for revival in the Carbon Valley area of Colorado. Their are people in the Firestone, Frederick, Dacono, and Erie areas that need the Lord. If we stay so consumed with ourselves we will forget why God has us here. I am praying that God uses me. I am praying that God uses Carbon Valley Bible Church. I am praying that I have the mindset of revival in myself first! I am praying that my own revival will spread to my church. I am praying that the church’s sincerity in serving will spread to the city and from their spread to the entire Carbon Valley Area. I am praying for Christians to step up and be Christi like. I am praying that they have deep consuming passion for God. I am praying that together we can reach the many depths and areas of the Carbon Valley area. I am praying that souls are saved. I am praying that people are discipled. I am praying for revival.
Why can’t revival happen? Why can’t we see great things from God? It is not His fault. He is waiting….
For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959.
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August 22, 2010 we started our church, Firestone Baptist Church. We have had several good years as the Lord has grown the church. In the beginning of 2014, our church decided that we wanted to move forward with looking for a new location. We have been renting a school on Sundays since virtually the beginning of the church. Though we have been very thankful for a place to meet and for reasonable rent, the location is one that people commonly have a hard time finding. It is also a place where we cannot put out permanent signs on the building or surrounding area letting people know about the church. Several other variables also make it a less than ideal location. Ultimately, it is not a place we could call home, so we as a church decided it was time to move.
After several months of searching and after several locations NOT being willing to work as a church location and others just being way too expensive, we finally found the location that we are now meeting in. We are extremely excited about this new location! Our church is now located right in the HEART of the Carbon Valley area. It is also right in the middle of downtown Frederick, CO. In order to have a space big enough for the “auditorium” and to meet the codes required for an assembly by the town of Frederick, the inside of the building has required much remodeling. God has been more than gracious to us with this new building and has already given innumerable blessings. We would love to share some of those here:
- Professional volunteers hanging the 2 hour firewall
- Professional volunteers hanging drywall and texturing
- Professionals installing all wiring
- 110 padded chairs donated
- Pulpit donated
- Sound Equipment donated
- Floor donated
- Drop ceiling donated.
- Countless hours of labor by many from both inside and outside the church
We have been amazed to see God’s people from near and far come to help our little church! We thank the Lord for the many blessings that have been given to us! Below are a few pictures that relate much of the process of the rebuild. The pictures are followed by an explanation of some changes and future plans for our church, so please keep reading!
Again we are so thankful for the Lord’s graciousness to us during this transition.
Since the move we have had to make several changes. However, there are a few things that have not changed: our philosophy, teaching, preaching, and service structure. We are still a Bible preaching/teaching church focusing on discipleship. We have the philosophy of “Churches Planting Churches.” Our goal is to continue to evangelize and build relationships within the Carbon Valley community and then beyond. We strive to continually base every single thing we do upon the Word of God!
We want to let you all be aware of a specific change we have made as a church and explain why we have made that change. We have a new church name!
Let me explain some background. The area where we meet is often called tri-town or the Carbon Valley area. There are several towns in the immediate vicinity and two of them–Firestone and Frederick–blend together in most areas of the city. In other words, the boundaries overlap often, and few people know where one town ends and where the next one begins. The location where we previously met is located in a portion of town that is really confusing as to whether or not it is in the town of Firestone or whether it is in the town of Frederick. Needless to say because of the confusion, we had no worries about what we called our church before now. For four years, although we met in Frederick, our church was called Firestone Baptist Church. Since we had originally planned to meet in Firestone and had already named our church before moving to that building, we just kept the name. However, now we have moved to downtown Frederick. In all reality a building could not get more into downtown Frederick than where we are located! Everyone knows that our location is for sure in Frederick. As this is my first church plant, one of the lessons I’ve learned is to never name a church after a street, person, or city! Now we have to change the name. It would be quite odd to have a Firestone Baptist Church in downtown Frederick!
We have had to come up with a new name. Having to come up with a new name brought up several considerations: What lessons have we learned about names? What name do we want to name the church? What do we want to communicate to the community?
A Good Name
Scripture teaches us in Proverbs 22:1,
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
Our ultimate goal is to choose a name that honors the Lord, one we can stand behind, that we can present without questions, and one that will allow people from our own community to consider without having preconceived notions.
I would like to present a few words on preconceived notions: I find that few people really know why they believe what they believe. Many people have a stigma about certain things, although they do not really understand why they have that stigma. Typically the stigma is there because of the interpretation of an experience or because of what other people such as parents, former teachers, or peers have said. In reality individuals often do not have solid reasons why they hold onto a stigma! They do not know why THEY believe what THEY believe, but they place a stigma based on an experience or another’s opinion.
In 2009 as we were praying about what the Lord would have us call the name of the church when we first planted/started it, the choice was not really simple. It was actually stressful! Many thoughts presented themselves for consideration, including but not limited to, our true beliefs and agreement with Baptist doctrine, the area of the country we are ministering to, existing Baptist churches and their reputation in our area, and the perspective of our supporting churches. After much discussion and prayer, we decided to call the church Firestone Baptist Church. Even though we were concerned about the Baptist reputation in the area, we wanted to try to change the stigma because we believe Baptist doctrine is truly Biblical. We hold to the Bible first and foremost, and we believe the Baptist DOCTRINE agrees with that. (As a side note, please understand if you are reading this, that I said Baptist DOCTRINE!!! That does not mean we agree with every Baptist church’s stance on personal standards or every Baptist school’s “rules.” There is a HUGE difference, and many equate the standards and rules to the doctrine…That is another discussion for another time.)
To fast forward the story, let me tell you what we have done over the course of the last 4 years. Often we have surveyed people of the Carbon Valley community about several church related things. One frequently asked question which typically generates the same response is “What do you think of when you hear the name ‘Baptist’?” At first, the answer shocked me, but I eventually got used to it! Why? Because almost every time a person answered, “You mean like Westboro Baptist?” Now if you know anything about Westboro Baptist of Topeka, Kansas, you know this is NOT an association that any True Believer would want to be associated with! This thought struck me: “So the stigma that has been going around here in the Carbon Valley area, and probably beyond in this part of the West is that all Baptists are like those of Westboro Baptist.” Immediately I thought, “I do not want to be a part of that, which means we have a LARGE uphill battle to ‘convince’ people that even though we are Baptist, we are not the same as the stigma behind Westboro Baptist, or that of some other Baptist churches.”
What we have learned is that people will not allow even a chance for educating, convincing, or changing their preconceived stigmas. They already have biased opinions and will simply STAY AWAY! Numerous times throughout the last 4 years, we had people tell us that they would not visit our church JUST because we had “Baptist” in our name. As a church we felt like these facts were very important to consider in renaming the church!
We have also learned, that even many people who call themselves Baptist do not really know why they call themselves Baptist. They do not really know the differences between Baptists: Southern, Northern, Freewill, Landmark, Conservative, American, Independent, etc. For more on the list of the 100’s of Baptist Denominations, please go to this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Baptist_denominations. To them the general denomination of Baptists is what that they have grown up with or around. They do not understand that there is a significant difference between each of those sub titles! Anyway, we wanted to make sure people knew where we stood, without having a misunderstanding of who we are! I know that sounds confusing, but that was a consideration.
We made several requirements for our new name.
- The name needed to Glorify God.
- The name needed to point people to a doctrinal standpoint.
- The name could not be one that already indicates a specific denominational agenda or fad moving through “church culture.”
Ultimately, after much prayer, consideration, and discussion, we chose the name Carbon Valley Bible Church. We do not apologize for this. May I go on further to say that we still have a strong Baptist distinctive. We love our Baptist Doctrine. We love the Historical Baptist Heritage. We love the roots of the Baptist History that span the last 2000 years. The history of the Baptists is rich. We do not however, really care for the direction of the modern Baptists. If we were to label ourselves, we would put ourselves more in the category of the Historical Baptists. Charles Spurgeon said the following:
“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome… and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect…” (From The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol.VII, Page 225) You can read that quote from our website at http://www.cvbiblechurch.com/wearebaptist.html.
We abide by the Baptist distinctives. If you are not sure what the Baptist distinctives are you can also purchase the book listed on that webpage as well. Yes, we are Baptist…we just do not have the name Baptist in our church name.
In addition, we feel that the changing of the name allows us to have better conversation with the people in our community as we try to consistently outreach in this area where God has placed us. Unfortunately, some churches and organizations may think that this needs to be a point of separation from us. They may believe that we are becoming liberal. They may believe that we are becoming progressive. May I assure you . . . we are not! We are not changing our preaching. We are not changing our use and saturation of Scriptures throughout our preaching and teaching. We are not changing the course of our music. We are ONLY changing the name…and well, our building location.
We again make no apologies for changing the name. This is one of the beautiful things about being an independent church. We are able to act upon what we believe God wants us to do. We do not feel that changing the name is a point of separation. However, if other organizations, other churches, or other believers choose to do so, we will be saddened. I would ask them at what point does Scripture say the word “Baptist” has to be a part of our name? Often, people or organizations who separate over these types of issues make problems within the church and within Christianity anyway. They focus on minor standard and preference issues instead of the solid doctrines that God wants them to focus on. Those types of attitudes can ultimately allow Satan to get a foothold in Christianity and make a widespread problem where there should be no problem. I challenge you not to get hung up on minor issues! Don’t worry more about man and what man thinks; rather, put your thoughts on what is truly right and acceptable unto the Lord. Division over minor issues does not bring true Glory to God! We feel, if anything, we would rather be more grounded with a name of Bible than the name of Baptist. You can’t argue with the Bible! Yet, we are still Baptist…Independent Baptist, and have no apologies for that fact either.
From this point forward we will be Carbon Valley Bible Church. This name gives us the commitment to reaching the entire Carbon Valley Community. This area consists of Firestone, Frederick, Dacono, and Erie. We also have the ability to reach Fort Lupton and Longmont. This name also allows the community to see that our foundation is based solely on the Word of God, and not on the tradition of men.
You can see that there really has not been many changes to our church! Feel free to check out our new website CVBibleChurch.com. If you are in the Carbon Valley Area, we would love for you to drop in! We preach Christ Jesus Crucified and Resurrected. Our foundation is the Word of God. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 303-736-9959 or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Jason Kokenzie
Carbon Valley Bible Church
9:30AM Sunday School/Bible Study
10:00AM Morning Worship
7:00PM Wednesday Small Group Bible Study
*Programs for ALL Ages!
So you are looking for a new church? This is a common issue. So what do you look for in a church? As a pastor I am always shocked or surprised about how Christians go about looking for a church. Most of the time it is very self centered! I am sure I could write a whole blog on reasons why people join a church. Instead of looking at the negative side, I would like to focus on applicable ways to truly find a TRUE church in your area!
1. You Must Plan
When looking for a job, a wife, a source of entertainment there is always a plan! At your future job you may ask questions like how much money am I will to be paid minimum? What hours would I be willing to work? What are the benefits? Is there are retirement program? What is the insurance like?
These are all great questions to be asked. And probably MUST be asked. We would ask like questions in regards to our marriage and entertainment choices. We would study things out before we jump into a situation we do not want to be in. We make a diligent and disciplined effort to make sure we are making the right choice.
However, when it comes to make one of the MOST important choices of your life,we do not have a plan of action! So here are a few thoughts on how to make a plan.
- Know What You Believe
- Write a Formal Written Plan
- Make Sure You Know What the Non-Negotiables Are
Understanding these 3 points is really important to your success in finding a church. Make sure you keep the MAIN things the MAIN thing. Too often people make the main things the negotiable, and their own personal preferences the NON-negotiables! These people are plaguing themselves with churches that will falter on the True teaching of God’s Word. These churches often focus more on Man centered worship than Christ centered worship.
2. You Must Use Tools
Talk to your neighbors or get on the internet! These are VALUABLE resources and cannot be neglected. If you talk to your neighbors and they do not have a church, it makes it a GREAT transition to share with them the Gospel.
The internet is such a valuable tool…that is if the church has a website. You can often listen to sermons or music from their church, and get an overall feel of what they are like. However, in some cases this should not be your final decision maker. Often the websites are very basic in information. You may be able to get a general idea of doctrine, but the overall atmosphere is something that can ONLY be understood through walking through the front door.
3. You Must Be Diligent
Treat finding a church like you would finding a job. This church is going to be your spiritual influence! You need to make sure that you leave not stone left unturned. At the same time, make sure that you do not just visit one week and make that your church! Visit several churches, and visit them multiple times.
4. Make it a TOP Priority
Choosing a True church is NOT a small thing. And it is not necessarily easy! We must understand what the purpose of church is! It is for the strengthening of ourselves through the GENUINE preaching of the Gospel. The Word of God is something that needs to be the center of the church. If the Word of God is not being preaching, opened, or expounded than you are not going to be stretched like you should!
If you are more focused on programs than the preaching of the Word of God, you will end up in a church that is shallow and will not teach you to stretch yourself spiritually. The goal of a Christian and going to church is too stretch themselves to be more like Christ. It is not a social gathering and it is NOT about entertainment. Do not exchange TRUTH for entertainment.
For more information on Carbon Valley Bible Church please go to cvbiblechurch.com or call 303-736-9959
Would you like Vacation Bible School ALL Summer Long?? Well now you can!
Kids Ages 4-12 Years Old, YOU ARE INVITED!
Most Tuesdays throughout the summer we will be having a Kids Bible Club. We are excited to announce our WEEKLY Bible Kids Club! Starting Tuesday June 10 at 9:30AM. All children ages 4-12 are invited! It will be in the Raspberry Hill subdivision park. Just drive north on Miller Rd in Frederick and you will run right into the park!
Call for more information 303-736-9959.
If all of my Pastor/Assistant Pastor Friends would oblige me for 5 minutes with this survey, I would greatly appreciate it!
I have been doing some research for quite sometime now and would like your input on your current financial situation as a Pastor/Assistant Pastor. This is completely private survey and NO contact information will be revealed.
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I am an inventor. Well at least I would like to think I am. I have tried many attempts at many different creations. I constantly think in my mind how can I make something quicker, faster, better, smarter, sharper, or more user friendly. Ultimately, when it comes down to it, I realize that I am usually not creating something BRAND new, but rather improving on technology that already exists. I always get excited when I finally come up with that one idea that I feel like will really go well with the people I introduce the invention to. The problem comes in when they point out all the problems with my ideas. They knock many holes into to it, leaving me discouraged and maybe even slightly embarrassed. I often wonder, “Why didn’t I think of the thoughts that they gave me?”
Too often I believe we try to invent God the same way. We make God the god of our own choosing rather than the God of the Scriptures. In Matthew 21, Jesus was making His final entry into Jerusalem for His last week of His life! Christ orchestrated this week from the very beginning. This was Passover week and Christ orchestrated everything this week, from the week that it was, to the day that He rode into Jerusalem, to the people that would be there, to the very day that He would die.
What is interesting about this passage is that the Jews shouted from the mountain tops that indeed this Christ was not just a savior, but the Savior. He was the Messiah! In Matthew 21:9 the Bible says, “And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”’ What is interesting about this phrase is that Hosanna means “Save Now!” And to follow they called Him the “Son of David” This phrase is a Messianic Title for the Messiah, the Savior of Souls! This was not just any title, but the title of the Savior of the world. The Jews indeed knew that this truly was the True Messiah, the True Savior of the World. They just did understand this King and His Kingdom.
However, the Jews did not see Him as a Savior of their souls, but they were looking for a king or a savior of the city of Jerusalem. They were looking for a conqueror. They were looking for someone to conquer Rome. Further on this point, the palm branches that they put down symbolize a conqueror. Christ did not come to make war. He came to make peace. An eternal peace through an eternal Salvation.
Too often, just like these Jews, we make God the god of our liking rather than the God of the Bible. We invent what we think God should be. The only truth is that we need to make sure that our God, is the God of the Word. Not making God, the God of our fleshly desires and lusts. When we have the wrong view of God, everything else in our world will also have the wrong perspective.
For more information please go to http://FirestoneBaptist.com/