Crestview Community Group Kick’s Off

I have been privileged be chosen as a co-leader of a community group at my church, North Village.  This Fall we will cover “The Gospel Centered Life,” a small group study that focuses on how the gospel shapes every aspect of our lives. We had our initial meeting this past week, and it was very exciting. I am blessed to have a wonderful co-leader, and an awesome group of people choosing to be a part of our group. It is awesome to see how God brings people together when you know their journey started at other times, and other places. I wait with anticipation to see what God does in lives of each person, our relationships, and the community we serve.

Although, I am sure that revelation will come through our lesson time I believe its about more than that. It is about us doing life together, breaking bread, being open, real and genuine with each other. It’s about having intimate prayer with our Heavenly Father, and praying for each others needs. It is going past the surface and going deeper in each others lives. It may not be pretty, and it may get messy at times. That is life! Thankfully, we have grace. Ultimately, this is not about me, how well I can lead or teach. This about Jesus, about glorifying Him, and loving others through the gospel. This is going to be a great season!

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” – Matthew 18:20

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Live for More!

I had the bittersweet experience of attending a memorial service for Todd Worthham on Friday August 19, 2011. Todd was the Pastor and church planter of Wells Branch Community Church in Austin, Texas. I did not personally know Todd but I felt compelled to attend the service due to his relationship with my pastor, and how Todd passed away.  Todd was serving on mission in Joplin, MO much the same as myself & others from Austin did last month, when he suffered a massive heart attack and died.

The memorial service was both a tribute to Todd’s life work for the kingdom of God, and beautiful reminder of the goodness and glory of God in times of pain & suffering. People gathered at Hill Country Bible Church NW to sing praises to the Lord, and told stories that made you laugh & stories that made you cry. We were also encouraged to reflect on our own life in light of Todd’s passing. How should we be living our lives? Todd used the phrase “Live for More”  based Matthew 22:33-40:

When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching. But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law ?” And He said to him, ” ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 ” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

In viewing Todd’s tribute video, and in hearing the testimonies of those who new him, it was obvious that Todd loved God with all his heart, mind & soul and that he loved others. He was genuine. It begs me to look at myself and ask if I see the same observation. If others were asked? If I passed away today would others say the same about myself? Would they say that Michael Flores lived for more? Although, I have come so far I can only see now how much farther I have to go in this area.

I know that God will finish the work that He has begun in me, but I see that I must be intentional in making the most of my remaining days.

  • To stand of the foundation that is Christ Jesus
  • To proclaim the Gospel
  • To love others in tangible ways
  • To “make the most of every opportunity”
  • To leave an eternal fingerprint behind after I am gone
  • To love God with all my mind, heart, and soul

Todd was blessed! He had a beautiful wife and children that loved him, a close group of friends that loved Todd,  and as someone put it “God had His hand on Todd.”  But it was obvious that Todd loved, and so he was loved in return. I can only pray that I will be so fortunate as he was during his time here. I pray for the family he has left behind, but I know that God will take care of them, and bring them through this for good and His glory.

So I reflect, I pray and ask God to help me “live for more” all the days of the rest of my life. In doing so I can only hope to eternally impact the lives of others for His glory, not mine.