Several years ago, my wife and I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of our lives – we moved to the other side of the country to start a church.

Starting a church in San Diego has been one of our greatest privileges and greatest challenges. San Diego is the number ten most post Christian city in America according to Barna Research.

We knew this was true when one of our kids was invited to a birthday party on Sunday morning of one of the biggest days of the year for Christians – Easter!

Being a Christian or going to church isn’t a part of the culture where we live. It can be difficult when reaching people or starting a church. We have found a joy in the midst of it. When people show up at church or become a Christ follower, it’s because they really want what Jesus offers.

It’s not what everyone else is doing or what’s popular but it is genuine. That is refreshing.

Here are three ways to do ministry in a post-Christian culture.

All throughout life we face things that make us say “Why Bother?”

– You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect.

– You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change.

– You spend a lot of time & effort seeking to help someone who turns against you.

– You do good to someone, & there is no return.

– You strive to keep a testimony before an unsaved mate who only grows more difficult as time goes by.

– Or even when it comes to daily tasks of emptying the dishwasher or washing clothes. It can get so exhausting that we begin to say – “why even bother any more?!”

In Luke 5, Peter had an instance where it seems that nothing made a difference and he was getting no where.

He fished all night and caught nothing! I’m sure he thought, “Why Bother?”

Luke 5:5 says, “Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night & haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. 

The phrase that makes all the difference – BECAUSE YOU SAY SO.

If I had fished all night & caught nothing, I would be selling my nets, not washing them to get ready to go out again!

True fishermen DON’T QUIT.

Doing this went against everything Peter had been trained to do. Jesus was asking him to do something that didn’t make sense and others thought was crazy but he did it any way.

Peter knew something that we forget. When our Master says to do something, the best response is – BECAUSE YOU SAY SO I will trust and obey.

You will NEVER regret putting God FIRST.

Luke 5:6 says, “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”

FAITH is the bridge between what is and what could be.

WHEN they had done so.” Not when they prayed so, or believed so, or thought so, or argued so.

The miracle didn’t happen until Peter took action!

Verse seven says, “So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come & help them, & they came & filled both boats so FULL that they began to sink.

God steps in when we step out.

Keep throwing the net out. Keep building what He’s called you to build.

God is in the net breaking, boat sinking, life transforming, and miracle working business!

Why Bother? BECAUSE HE SAID SO.

WHEN you do so, don’t be surprised when God steps in to do the impossible.

Nehemiah was sent to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem and he was hit with all kinds of distractions that could have kept him from his mission. In the midst of those distractions, He made a powerful statement, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” (Nehemiah 6:3) This resolve led him to finish the work in fifty-two days.

We must have resolve that we won’t let that which ultimately means nothing keep us from that which means everything! Some of the greatest “demonic” attacks aren’t with red horns and a pitchfork. They come in the form of everyday distractions.

Check out the THREE Distractions we must overcome to stay on the Wall and keep building what God has told us to build.

My wife and I married over fifteen years ago and we’ve had our share of ups and downs. Throw in having four kids and starting a church, and we’ve had many days we felt our marriage was surviving instead of thriving. Over the years, we’ve had to make many adjustments to reconnect and grow in our relationship together.

The enemy will do everything to destroy your marriage in hopes to stop your ministry. We all know that in theory; but in practice it’s easy to forsake or take for granted your relationship with your spouse.

Check out this post I had the privilege to do on LifeWay Pastors.

It will give you five practical ways for your marriage to survive AND thrive in ministry.

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Join us Saturday, December 24th at 5pm at Elevate Church as we celebrate our Savior’s birth with a candlelight Christmas Eve service.

Bring your family & friends to this special service as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Christmas is a GREAT time to invite family and friends to church. People are in search for hope and we have the answer!

Let’s share it with others this Christmas Season.
Luke 2:10 says, “I bring you GOOD NEWS that will bring great JOY for ALL people.”
Invite someone and give them the opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all this Christmas season! A NEW life on earth and an eternal home in heaven.
No one else on this planet can give a gift like that!
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(On The Campus of Carmel Valley Middle School)

Sundays at 10am. Christmas Eve at 5pm.