Faith Christian Center co-founder and senior pastor Dr. Gene Lingerfelt explains more about the gender gap which currently exists within the American church.
With a gap of as much as 20 percent or more in the number of men and women who routinely attend church in the United States, Faith Christian Center co-founder and senior pastor Dr. Gene Lingerfelt takes a closer look at today’s so-called ‘gender gap’ within religion and explains more about his efforts to reach and pastor men in the community.
“In most churches, there are typically more women than men,” explains Dr. Lingerfelt. “And it would seem, at least anecdotally, that women are more religious or spiritual than men, particularly among Christians.” Dr. Lingerfelt, however, then explains why: “Men crave strong leadership. Men crave leaders like Joshua and Caleb in the Old Testament. Men are not drawn to weak leadership.”
“In any church with a strong male leader, and bold, Biblical values, you will have men,” according to Dr. Lingerfelt. “This goes against what is typical or common but it is possible.”
Pastor Gene Lingerfelt & American Pew Research Center
A study performed by the nonpartisan American ‘fact tank’ Pew Research Center found that, of those surveyed, 60 percent of women claimed that religion was ‘very important’ in their lives, while only 47 percent of men surveyed suggested the same.
“The same study also found that, in America, women are more likely to pray daily, at 64 percent versus less than 50 percent for men, and attend religious services on one or more occasions each week, with 40 percent of women surveyed suggesting that they did so, versus only 32 percent of men asked.”
The problem, however, is not men or that they are less spiritual. “The problem,” according to Dr. Lingerfelt, “is a lack of strong male leadership and role models in today’s churches.”
The Pew Center’s findings are also closely echoed by the United States Congregational Life Survey, America’s largest system of church surveys. “The United States Congregational Life Survey has, again, found that an average American congregation is less than 40 percent male,” points out Dr. Lingerfelt.
In contrast to what is typical in the American church and religious culture, since its inception, Faith Christian Center has drawn men due to Dr. Lingerfelt’s strong leadership and his example as a positive male role model. At any Sunday at Faith Christian Center, “You will see as many men as women,” explains Dr. Lingerfelt.
Dr. Lingerfelt also has a special ministry to men. Several times a year, he has men’s Power Lunches, and every year he has a Father’s Day Guys Night Out. Dr. Lingerfelt has also written books and workbooks specifically geared toward men, such as Mighty Men of God. Dr. Lingerfelt is known as a man’s pastor.
“Reaching and pastoring men isn’t hard. And men can be spiritual and can walk with God as mighty men of God in today’s world and culture. They just need strong male leadership and positive, Biblical role models and examples,” according to Dr. Lingerfelt.
Dr. Lingerfelt also specializes in teaching men how to be a success. There are many men at Faith Christian Center who had nothing and a net worth of less than $0 when they first started attending the church. Today, they are successful, many have their own businesses, and some have become millionaires and multi-millionaires. “With the help of God, all things are possible,” according to Pastor Lingerfelt.
Author and pastor Dr. Gene Lingerfelt of Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas, provides a closer look at his work.
From “Spiritual Authority” to “Mighty Men of God,” Dr. Gene Lingerfelt has written a wide range of workbooks, courses of study, and additional books on faith, spirituality, success, and marriage. Dr. Lingerfelt is both an accomplished author and a beloved pastor. Today, he offers a closer look at his workbooks, courses of study, and other publications.
“I’ve written many workbooks and courses of study, including ‘Discipleship,’ ‘Mighty Men of God,’ and ‘Spiritual Authority,’” reveals Dr. Lingerfelt, co-founder of Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas.
“‘Spiritual Authority’ focuses on themes of honor, duty, and loyalty, which are all solely lacking today’s culture,” explains Dr. Lingerfelt “To walk in the blessings of God, believers must understand authority, how it works, and how they can properly honor authority and authority figures in their every day lives.” “Dishonor and rebellion always hinder and block the blessings of God!”
Dr. Lingerfelt’s newest workbook is on Christian discipleship and it is simply entitled, “Discipleship.” Another new workbook entitled, “Bridges of Faith,” will be available later in 2019.
“Mighty Men of God” is one of Dr. Lingerfelt’s most popular workbooks. It teaches men how to be the men God has called them to be in today’s culture.
In addition to his many workbooks, Dr. Gene Lingerfelt has also authored numerous books including, “A Book of Prayer,” “80-10-10: Everyman’s Road to Riches,” “10 Words That Can Change Your Life,” and “The God Touch: The Power of Partnership in Faith, Family and Finances.” “Any of these books if studied and implemented will dramatically change anyone’s life for the better! The KEY,” according to Dr. Lingerfelt, “is ACTION!”
Dr. Lingerfelt and his wife Sue Lingerfelt pioneered and co-founded Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas more than three decades ago in 1984. Both have degrees from Texas Christian University and Dr. Lingerfelt an earned doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Today, Dr. Lingerfelt has a reputation for his practical and relevant teaching. Today, the Lingerfelts continue faithfully teaching and preaching the Word of God every Sunday morning and Wednesday evening at Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas.
Faith Christian Center co-founder Dr. Gene Lingerfelt highlights the gender gap which exists within many of America’s churches.
Known for reaching—and for being a pastor to—men in the community, although rarely acknowledged, it is unusual, says Dr. Gene Lingerfelt, to have a church where there are as many men as women, as he reveals more about his success as a pastor to men.
“Regardless of age or background, it can be difficult, as a pastor, to reach men in the community,” explains Dr. Lingerfelt, co-founder of the Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas. “However, it’s vital that they understand—whether they’re a businessman or an outdoorsman, for example—that when they care about and embrace God, they become unstoppable in life, both in their personal and professional pursuits,” he adds.
According to Dr. Lingerfelt, across much of the United States, it’s highly unusual for a church to have as many men as women in attendance.
Indeed, the U.S. Congregational Life Survey—the nation’s largest system of church surveys whose mission is to help congregations understand themselves—has, in the past, found that an average American congregation is less than 40 percent male. “Average figures suggest that roughly 61 percent of congregations in the United States are female and just 39 percent male,” adds Dr. Gene Lingerfelt.
However, he points out, at the Faith Christian Center, things are rather different. “We have a fairly even split among our congregation,” Dr. Lingerfelt explains, “which is, as the U.S. Congregational Life Survey reveals, quite uncommon, and, as such, it’s something which I’m proud to have been able to achieve.”
Married life is also important to the church, according to the pastor, with Faith Christian Center actively supporting couples in strengthening their relationships at every step, whether they’re newlyweds or celebrating milestone, decades-long anniversaries.
In addition to his work as a pastor, Dr. Lingerfelt has also authored a number of successful books including ‘The God Touch: The Power of Partnership in Faith, Family and Finances,” “A Book of Prayer,” “10 Words That Can Change Your Life,” “’80-10-10: Everyman’s Road to Riches,” “Money: A Spiritual Force,” “Prayer and Confession for 2018,” and “When We Were Poor.”
Dr. Lingerfelt has also co-authored with his wife, Sue Lingerfelt, a successful book on marriage, entitled “You, Me and God: The Threefold Cord is Not Easily Broken.” Together, Dr. Gene and Sue founded Faith Christian Center in 1984 and St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in 1988. The pair have also traveled to Africa as missionaries, stationed at the East Africa School of Theology, as well as a further 40 plus nations, establishing almost 70 new churches in 9 different countries.
Today, Dr. Gene Lingerfelt and his wife Sue Lingerfelt have been married for more than 40 years. Both are graduates of Texas Christian University and Dr. Lingerfelt is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Together they happily reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and they co-pastor Faith Christian Center. As a pastor and author, Dr. Lingerfelt has a reputation for his practical and relevant teaching, and has further written numerous workbooks and courses of study, including “Mighty Men of God,” “Discipleship,” and “Spiritual Authority.”
Pastor and Writer Dr. Gene Lingerfelt reflects on the 1999 publication of “You, Me and God: The Threefold Cord is Not Easily Broken,” written by Dr. Lingerfelt and his wife, Sue Lingerfelt.
Dr. Gene Lingerfelt and his wife Sue have been happily married for more than four decades. Dr. Gene Lingerfelt is a successful author, highly-regarded pastor, and the founder of Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas.
In 1999, Dr. Lingerfelt and his wife Sue wrote and published, “You, Me and God,” to help married couples experience God’s best in their marriages and families.
Dr. Lingerfelt recently shared how “It’s hard to believe now that ‘You, Me and God’ was written two decades ago, back in 1999.”
“In the book, readers can learn how to enjoy a happy and loving marriage.” “They’ll also discover how every couple can achieve what God intended in marriage.” According to Dr. Gene and Sue Lingerfelt, “The marriage relationship can be happy, loving, and positive, not negative.” Today, when the divorce rate is at an all-time high, married couples can learn how to succeed in marriage based on relationship principles from the Bible. The key is not just to know those principles, but to implement and take action upon them. Dr. Lingerfelt shared recently, “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. Whether in marriage or any area of life, if you want things to change or improve, you must take action!”
“Marriage doesn’t have to be negative or destructive. Marriage can be like heaven on earth,” according to Pastors Gene and Sue.
In addition to “You, Me and God,” Dr. Gene Lingerfelt has written an array of further books on similar topics. These include “The God Touch: The Power of Partnership in Faith, Family and Finances,” “A Book of Prayer,” “10 Words That Can Change Your Life,” “80-10-10: Everyman’s Road to Riches,” “Money: A Spiritual Force,” “Prayer and Confession for 2018” and “When We Were Poor,” all of which are available online.
A reviewer of “You, Me and God” points out that in this book, “Whether a marriage is flourishing or floundering, fellow readers will benefit from the insights of Dr. Gene and Sue Lingerfelt as they share real and practical ideas for making every marriage better.”
You may not realize it and you may not even believe it (YET!), but your marriage can be better! According to Dr. Gene and Sue Lingerfelt, “Your marriage can become the marriage God intended! God wants you to have His best in every area of life, including in your marriage! Your marriage can be a joy and a blessing, not a burden!”
Published by Harrison House on behalf of Gene Lingerfelt and Sue Lingerfelt, ‘You, Me and God: The Threefold Cord is Not Easily Broken’ (EAN: 9781577941668) is now out of print but may be available to buy from selected local book stores or online from independent booksellers or collectors. Copies are also available by calling Faith Christian Center at 817-561-3400 and asking for the bookstore.
Today, Dr. Gene and Sue Lingerfelt have been married for more than 40 years. Both are graduates of Texas Christian University and Dr. Lingerfelt also has an earned doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Together, Dr. Gene and Sue founded Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas in 1984. They also founded St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in 1988. Dr. Gene and Sue currently reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. They have two grown children and many grandchildren. Dr. Gene and Sue Lingerfelt have a reputation for practical and relevant teachings from God’s Word that will teach anyone how to be a success in life.
Dr. Gene Lingerfelt Shares Insights Into a Successful Writing Career
Successful author Dr. Gene Lingerfelt offers a closer look at his most popular published works including “A Book of Prayer” and “80-10-10: Everyman’s Road to Riches.”
A well-respected pastor, having founded Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas over three decades ago, Dr. Gene Lingerfelt is also an accomplished writer and has published numerous books including “10 Words That Can Change Your Life” and “The God Touch.” Here, the popular author, having simultaneously enjoyed a higher calling as a much-loved pastor for more than 35 years, offers a closer look at his writing.
First published in 2013, Dr. Lingerfelt’s “Book of Prayer”’ is highly regarded, having achieved many five-star reviews in the years which have followed. “‘A Book of Prayer’ offers scriptures on prayer, healing, and prosperity,” explains author and pastor Dr. Lingerfelt, “in addition to personalized daily scriptures taken from my own life.” When it comes to prayer, many Christians don’t know how to pray or what to pray. According to Dr. Lingerfelt, “the most powerful thing any believer can pray is God’s Word.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, and theologian during World War II, taught his students that they could learn to pray by praying the Psalms. “A Book of Prayer” provides believers with key passages to pray on the subjects of prayer, healing and health, prosperity, marriage and family, and success in life.
In 2014, Dr. Lingerfelt published “10 Words That Can Change Your Life.” “This powerful volume tells readers how to apply ten specific life-changing words to build and strengthen their self-esteem and relationships while also fostering success through a combination of leadership and faith,” reveals the author.
Based on his own personal experiences, Dr. Lingerfelt provides what he calls “sure-fire strategies for exceptional levels of achievement” in “10 Words.” God wants His children to be a success in every area of life, but many believers don’t know the practical ingredients that will bring success. They can learn these practical ingredients in “10 Words.”
In “10 Words,” “readers can also learn the dynamic power of initiative while discovering the wellsprings of determination and commitment, and the keys to turning vision into reality,” explains Dr. Lingerfelt. “The book also reveals how personal resolve is able to produce amazing results and how apathy can be turned into action in any situation.”
Another of Dr. Lingerfelt’s five-star-rated books, “80-10-10: Everyman’s Road to Riches,” provides a Bible-based formula for handling the money which flows through your hands. In “80-10-10,” “Readers can discover a simple, yet profound strategy for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and financial success,” writes Dr. Lingerfelt. Any individual who chooses to make a “covenant with God to live the 80-10-10 life” will discover “the blessing, abundance, and favor God has promised.”
Perhaps, the best-known of Dr. Lingerfelt’s books is “The God Touch: The Power of Partnership in Faith, Family, and Finances.” “The God Touch” challenges readers to enter into an eternal covenant with God for a rewarding, productive life.” True Biblical prosperity is the blessing and favor of God (the touch of God) in every area of life.
Dr. Lingerfelt believes that through reading “The God Touch,” readers will learn how to have the touch of God upon their marriage, personal relationships, financial investments, and more. “It’s a perfect read for Christians and anyone who wishes to get ahead in this life,” according to Dr. Lingerfelt.
Dr. Lingerfelt has also authored several other books including “Money: A Spiritual Force,” “Prayer and Confession,” and “When We Were Poor.”
Dr. Lingerfelt and wife Sue, have been married for more than 40 years. They have two grown, successful children, and they also have many grandchildren. Dr. Gene and Sue regularly teach on marriage and family, and they have also written a popular book for married couples entitled, “You, Me & God.”
Together, Dr. Gene Lingerfelt and wife Sue Lingerfelt founded Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas in 1984. Both are graduates of Texas Christian University and Dr. Lingerfelt is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Today, the couple happily reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a pastor and author, Dr. Gene Lingerfelt has a reputation for his practical and relevant teachings.
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Author and pastor Gene Lingerfelt reflects on a successful career history spanning more than three decades.
A published author, having written numerous books including “’10 Words That Can Change Your Life”
and “The God Touch,”’ Dr. Gene Lingerfelt has enjoyed a successful calling as a well-respected pastor spanning some 35 years, during which time the Texas Christian University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate founded Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas.
“My wife Sue and I founded Faith Christian Center in 1984 in a hotel ballroom in North Arlington,” shares Dr. Lingerfelt.
As Faith Christian Center grew, the church built its own facility along Interstate 30 in North Arlington. “From here, the church continued to grow until, in 2006, we moved to our current location at US HWY 287 and Eden Road in South Arlington,” explains the founder and senior pastor.
Dr. Gene Lingerfelt‘s story, however, really begins at the age of seventeen. “It was then that I answered God’s call to go into full-time ministry,” he explains. Not long after, Gene Lingerfelt would marry his high school sweetheart, with the pair subsequently each going on to earn degrees from Texas Christian University.
Six years after marrying, Dr. Lingerfelt and his wife Sue traveled to Africa as missionaries, stationed at the East Africa School of Theology from 1982 to 1983. In the years which have followed, the pair have together traveled to more than 40 nations of the earth, establishing almost 70 new churches in 9 different countries.
“It was upon returning to the United States from our first missionary trip to Africa that we pioneered Faith Christian Center in Arlington on January 1, 1984,” notes Dr. Lingerfelt.
Having earned a Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University and his doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Lingerfelt and wife Sue also started a private Christian school in 1988. “St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy was established as a ministry of the church,” explains author and pastor Dr. Lingerfelt.
In the 35 years since the church was first pioneered in Arlington, Faith Christian Center has grown to include its current campus which is located on more than 70 beautiful acres in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
“For almost four decades now,” Dr. Lingerfelt adds, wrapping up, “my wonderful wife Sue and I have taught people from around the world how to practically apply God’s Word to their every day lives.”
As a pastor and author, Dr. Gene Lingerfelt has a reputation for his practical and relevant teachings. His books include “The God Touch” and “10 Words That Can Change Your Life.” Married for more than 40 years and with two grown-up children, plus many grandchildren, Dr. Lingerfelt has also written on the subject of marriage and family with wife Sue, and has further written numerous workbooks and courses of study, including “Mighty Men of God,” “Spiritual Authority,” and “Discipleship.”
Pastor Gene Lingerfelt Discusses Grace
“God’s kindness leads…toward repentance.” (Romans 2:4)
God loves you and God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life. Jesus paid the price for your sins and because He paid the price that we deserved to pay, you can be forgiven of your sins, born again, and you can have a new life in Christ. Jesus came so that we might have LIFE, true-life–eternal life in the next life and abundant life in this life (John 10:10).
That may sound too good to be true but that is the grace of God. It is something that we cannot earn or merit. Jesus paid the price on our behalf. All you must do is receive God’s free gift of grace and salvation, which you can do by confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). When you do that, you will be born again. You will receive forgiveness for your sins and the grace and mercy of God.
This free gift of grace and salvation is available to everyone. The Bible is clear that ALL who call upon the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13), and God wants everyone–every man and every woman–to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).
Once you receive God’s free gift of grace, you will be a child of God, a son or daughter of God, adopted into the family of God. Again, you might say, “This sounds too good to be true,” but this is what the grace of God is all about.
We didn’t earn it!
We don’t deserve it! But this is what God has done for us!
What Jesus did for us is not just about the next life but also this life. On a regular basis, Pastor Gene Lingerfelt teaches that God has a wonderful plan and purpose for you in this life, in the here and now. The blessings of God are not just for eternity! God wants you to have an abundant life in this life! Biblical prosperity means total well-being in every area of your life–in your spirit (being born again), in your soul (mind, will, and emotions), in your physical body, in your family and marriage, with your children, and in your finances.
God’s plan for us is more wonderful than any of us could ever imagine!
When you receive the grace of God and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are born again. You are a new creation. You are a new person, a new creation, in Christ. As the Apostle Paul writes, the old you–the old man or woman–is gone, dead, crucified with Christ. You are now a new person in Christ and we are to live this life as that new man or woman. And we can do that with the help of God!
When you are forgiven, God separates your sins from you as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and God no longer remembers your sins (Hebrews 8:12). You may still remember them and others may remind you of your past sins, but God no longer remembers them. He literally blows them out! It is as if they never happened! This is the grace of God.
If you would like to receive God’s grace and the free gift of salvation today, pray this simple prayer:
Father God, I repent of my sins. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that you raised Him from the dead. Thank you for saving me and welcoming me into your family. In Jesus’ name, amen!
If you pray that prayer, today will be the start of a new beginning, a new life in God. God’s plan for you is abundant life in this life and eternal life in the next life.
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Forgiveness with Pastor Gene Lingerfelt
One of the most important and challenging aspects of the Bible is forgiveness. In your life, it’s important that you not only forgive others but also yourself.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” -Colossians 3:13
At Faith Christian Center we are constantly focusing on living in light of the work that Jesus did on our behalf on the cross. The Bible offers a lot of Biblical guidance on forgiveness and just how important it is to forgive others as we all have been forgiven by Christ.
With the grace and mercy that Christ has shown to us, we are all able to start new with God. When we repent of our sins, we are given the full assurance of Christ’s forgiveness because His death and His resurrection have covered all of our sins. Our sins are separated from us as far as the east is from the west, and God remembers them no more. (Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 8:12)
“Now that we have a new beginning, Jesus Christ commands that we also will learn to forgive others and extend the grace that He has shown us,” explained Pastor Gene Lingerfelt. Learning to forgive others can be one of the toughest challenges in life, but through the power of Christ, all things are possible. It may seem hard to forgive and walk in love, but with the help of God, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
The pain that we experience can cause real bitterness, and living with this without forgiveness can poison your life and take away from God’s true plan for your life while on earth. Studies show that a failure to walk in love, unkindness, bitterness, anger, resentment, and unforgiveness all negatively impact a person’s physical health. When people fail to walk in love and forgive, they not only pay a physical price; they also pay a spiritual price. When we forgive others, we are not condoning their behavior, rather we are releasing them to God and letting go of the pain that would otherwise hold us back.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” –
At Faith Christian Center, Pastor Gene Lingerfelt often reminds the congregation that although forgiving someone that has wronged you can sometimes seem impossible, we can do all things with the help of God. We also have the ultimate example of forgiveness–Jesus Christ. Even though He was innocent, when He was put to death by wicked men, He prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Letting go of the pain you have experienced because of what others have done and forgiving them and moving on will free you to experience the abundant life God has for you. Although forgiveness can be incredibly difficult, with the help of God and a community of other believers, all things are possible.
Pastor Gene Lingerfelt and Faith Christian Center encourage you to spend time studying God’s promises and His guidance in order to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
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As Christians we are to grow up and mature in our walk with God, and every day of our lives we should be drawing closer to God. Pastor Gene Lingerfelt frequently says that it is possible for any believer to develop a closer relationship with God. This is in fact one of the goals of the Christian life.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” – 2 Peter -3:18
What exactly does the Word of God have to say about a personal relationship with Jesus? In the Bible we have the very Word of God that has been given to us. Through reading the Bible, we can come to know God and we can develop a close, personal relationship with Him.
“Through the bible, we establish a direct line to God,” explained Pastor Gene Lingerfelt. “Knowing God can be the greatest experience a human will ever have this side of heaven, and it’s important to learn how to get to know God from His Word.”
In order to draw near to God, you have to understand exactly who He is, and this starts with daily communion with the Lord through reading His Word and by spending time in prayer and fellowship with Him.
“Spending time in the Bible will help you to grow in your understanding of who God is. You will also learn His will and plan for your life,” according to Dr. Gene Lingerfelt. The Bible is literally a lamp or light unto our feet. (Psalm 119:105) When we live in the light of the Word in our daily lives in every area of life we will be less likely to stumble. People stumble and experience trouble when they walk in the darkness, doing their own thing, living life their own way.
Life can throw many obstacles at us and it’s easy to forget about God’s Word and the promises of God in the midst of life’s busyness. That’s why it’s so important to set aside the time to study God’s Word every day. By meditating on God’s Word and by pushing yourself to learn and memorize Scripture, you can lift up your eyes, believe God, live by faith, and walk in the light. This will enable you to be a success in living for God and in your daily life.
This is in fact the success formula that God gave Joshua.
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1:8
Set aside the time to spend time in God’s Word every day. Meditate on it and memorize it. Speak and declare the promises of God’s Word in your every day life. And work to line your life up with the Word. God’s way is always the best way and that is true in every area of life. God told Joshua, “Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Success is not automatic but God has given us a formula for success in His Word and we can apply it to our lives if we will TAKE ACTION.
Some may wonder about this or that issue in light of what the Bible says, but that’s why Paul reminds us in Romans to renew our minds to God’s Word.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
The culture may say that what’s wrong is right or what’s right is wrong. And every day things seem to become more crazy and wicked in the world we live in. But God’s ways are higher than our ways. If God says something is wrong, then it is wrong. If God says something is sinful, then it is sinful. And one of the best decisions you will ever make is this–If there is something in God’s Word that you should be doing that you aren’t, start doing it right way; and, if there are things in your life that you should NOT be doing, then stop doing them right away. Pastor Gene has shared many times that this was a decision he and Pastor Sue made many years ago that forever changed their lives for the better.
As you read your Bible daily, implement what you learn and put the Word into practice. Become a DOER of God’s Word. As you obey God, you will be amazed at what God will do in your life. You will be BLESSED and INCREASED and you will experience the goodness of God in your life.
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Tips on Forgiveness with Pastor Gene Lingerfelt
In the four Gospels, Jesus only mentioned one hindrance to faith–unforgiveness. To walk in God’s blessings in 2019, you must walk in love and that requires living a life of forgiveness.
Forgiving isn’t always easy but it’s something we must do if we want to be forgiven.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” –Colossians 3:13
For years, Pastor Gene Lingerfelt has desired to help others understand the importance of forgiveness. Walking in love and living a life of forgiveness provides amazing benefits. The key is to live a life of forgiveness every day.
At Faith Christian Center, forgiveness is first and foremost a constant reminder of what God has done for us, something that none of us could do for ourselves. Christ, born in the flesh, sacrificed His life so that we could have eternal life. Christ forgave us when we had no other hope, and that is good news. We can forgive because Christ has first forgiven us. It may seem hard but we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength!
“The Gospel is a powerful motivator to love others well, and to forgive those who have wronged us,” explained Pastor Gene Lingerfelt. “When you tap into the power of the Gospel, anything becomes possible.”
Experiencing God’s Best with Gene Lingerfelt
Forgiving others as Christ has forgiven you will free you to live your best life here in the present. When you aren’t busy holding grudges and resentments, your life will blossom and you will experience God’s best.
When you understand the magnitude of God’s love for you, it will also help you lead a more grateful and more gracious life. God is gracious and merciful, and we are to be gracious and merciful to others, forgiving as we have been forgiven. The gospel means we can be forgiven and have a new life. And the Gospel means we can forgive others. God is a God of second chances! And there are times in life when we must give others second-chances.
Pastor Gene Lingerfelt believes that when you lead a life of love and forgiveness that you will live a more fulfilled life. When your life is filled with worry, resentment, and unforgiveness, you will limit your own life and you will not experience God’s best. Instead, if you will give up past hurts and wrongs, you can live the life God has for you while experiencing His best in every area of life.
You might say forgiving and letting go of the past is too hard, but with God all things are possible. Pastor Gene wants to help you to experience God’s goodness in every area of life today.
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