Cray cray

Visalia First
June 9, 2018
06/10/2018 Visalia First: Cray Cray
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

Our Cray Cray

1. A prayer worth praying: “God, deliver me from BAD CHOICES.”
we have an innate ability to make decisions. Ability comes from God.
where we are today
is A result of the choices we make today.

3.Big choices –
1. following Jesus
2. your Career choice
3. who you marry?

other important decisions:
what church you attend.
ACTS 1:15-26. judas was one of us
There was other people With the disciples. cast lots


Our Cray Cray

2. It’s the VOIDS in life that we must learn to get comfortable with.
all 120people were full of the holy spirit.
Judas chose profit over purpose

Jesus knew who would betray him.
you serve the devil so long, you can’t repent.
Lord, amI letting the devil in? am I giving him a foothold in my life.

Be careful who you bring into your team.

an empty chair is better than the wrong person.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

when we want something we tend to manipulate.


Our Cray Cray

3. When we want our way, we can MANIPULATE anything into being the will of God.

God’s Cray Cray

1. God’s choices come with WARNING labels.
God chose me for vLCS
God.chose craig forme.
God chose me for Craig.

We may not always like Gods choices. God chose saul~ Paul.

Gods ways are not our ways.

God’s Cray Cray

2. One indicator of God making a MOVE; it will be crazier than you ever imagined.
often our time says don’t make sense.

God will always stretch you. what ever you are thinking it is too small.

Too many people choose places over purpose

unexpected blessing. come from unexpected places.
I didn’t want to live in Visalia

God’s Cray Cray

3. Unexpected BLESSINGS come from unexpected places.
1. Live in humility
2. find an older believer for Godly counsel
3. inspiration) experience. knowledge puffs you up. God gives inspiration. Thank you Jesus for the inspiration you have given, so freely.


Acts 1:15 MSG
15‭-‬17 During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said, “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry.

Acts 1:18 MSG
18‭-‬20 “As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. It’s exactly what we find written in the Psalms: Let his farm become haunted So no one can ever live there. “And also what was written later: Let someone else take over his post.

Acts 1:21 MSG
21‭-‬22 “Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.”

Acts 1:23 MSG
23‭-‬26 They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way.” They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles.

Runtastic PRO

3 min walk at start and finish. Intervals to music 5.5 and 6. One 5.5 was at 2%

Lori just finished a Runtastic run of 2.7 mi in 30m 00s

Runtastic PRO

10 min between 3. And 4 mph/ 20 min intervals 5.5 and 6 at 1%

Lori just finished a Runtastic run of 2.4 mi in 30m 00s

Hot sweaty mess… but it felt great. Keto may work after all

Season 7


Reading through Nehemiah has been a struggle. But today, as we close season 7, this is such a great reminder… As a leader, I need to remember that I can not create Utopia. Not everyone will like me, not everyone will follow the rules. I must stay in prayer, and be bold when I need too.

This has been a tough year, miscinceptions, down right lies…. but God has been good. In the last couple of weeks, God has been telling me that I need not defeand myself. Today’s verse, was that he would fight for me, I just need to be still. And in the midst of the action of one staff member, He has given me peace.

by Rebecca Faires

The Tower of London was built around the year 1000 AD, and it still stands on the banks of the Thames River today. But a castle that old needs tending to keep looking good, no matter how many famous ravens live there. The regular maintenance is never finished, and every task, once complete, needs to be done again every 75 years. The old castle is never really “finished.” It’s just going through its stages of the 75-year upkeep plan.

When Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem, the walls are still standing, but the people have fallen apart. They have forgotten who they are and what God has called them to do. It’s so discouraging after the celebration and commemoration ceremonies in the previous chapters. We all want a happy ending for these people who worked so hard and endured so much.

On this side of heaven, things will never be perfect. Because of the curse of sin, we will always struggle. But there are three things I think we can learn about the gospel from this passage.

First, notice what Nehemiah does before he lets his righteous anger fly. He gathers the whole community and reads the book of Moses. I think it’s safe to say that he read the Pentateuch—at the very least, the Ten Commandments, and at the most, he sat them down for hours and read the whole thing. Either way, before He brings them to justice for breaking God’s law, he reminds them of God’s law. He establishes their common ground. When we are struggling, we must return to God’s Word to remember who we are and to whom we belong.

Second, remember that Nehemiah is a man of prayer. He prayed before he even answered the king. He is a steady and continuous man of prayer. While he brings judgment to the people, he keeps stopping to pray. He cries out: “Remember me for this, my God, and don’t erase the deeds of faithful love I have done for the house of my God and for its services… look on me with compassion according to the abundance of your faithful love” (Nehemiah 13:14, 22). It’s clear that prayer is an integral part of Nehemiah’s actions. When we find that we are inadequate, when things have gone wrong, we must turn to God in prayer.

Finally, let’s notice that even Nehemiah, the guy who is known for prayer and Scripture reading, couldn’t get it perfectly right. He was a great leader and a true man of God, but he still wasn’t able to create a perfect city. He couldn’t totally stamp out corruption. He couldn’t get people to follow the rules. The people fell into the same sins that sent them into exile in the first place, and Nehemiah couldn’t fix them.

Christ is the only One who can complete the work. He changes hearts, He mends families, and He is making all things new. We are called to read His Word, submit ourselves to prayer, and realize that no matter how dedicated or good we think we are at self-maintenance, we cannot achieve a perfect utopia. We can barely keep the Tower of London from falling down! So we ought to do the work He has called to do, and rest in Christ who is the only One who can truly call a task finished.

List making

  • Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy.
  • Encourage those who are timid.
  • Take tender care of those who are weak.
  • Be patient with everyone.
  • See that no one pays back evil for evil,
  • but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
  • Always be joyful.
  • Never stop praying.
  • Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.
  • Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said.
  • Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:14‭-‬22 NLT

I like making lists and checking things off. This list is not one that can be checked off one time. It is one that I must return to over and over.

The last line, could be one bullet, or two. It can also be interpreted in more ways than one. The first interpretation, is an action, but the previous sentence doesn’t appear to be an action. “Hold onto good things”. Hold is a verb. However, It seems that “what is good” is not really something tangible. So, my interpretation is that “what is good”, are actions, people, thoughts…which leads to “stay away from every kind of evil”, evil actions, evil (toxic) people, negative thoughts.

My thoughts tend to gravitate towards the “evil” or in this case, the negative. But, I think that is because I don’t always implement the other instructions in this list.

My struggle these last few weeks have been with three or four employees. 4 out of almost 100. 4% the bottom 4%. Instead holding onto what is good…. 96%, I have allowed these 4 people to take up residence in my head. Because they have taken up so much space, I have neglected the other 96%, I have neglected taking care of the other items in the list. Forgive me Father. Thank you for your word. Thank you for the 96% of amazing people in my life. Thank you for yesterday, where I didnt have the time to deal with the 4%, even when one was pretty much in my face, but behind my back. Confirmation that your spirit has lead me to the right decision. Please continue to lead me.

When I am easily offended by the 4%, I need to spend more time in the word.

The Heb. Translation, is they shall have no stumblingblock. I have allowed these 4 to be a stumbling block to me, and to others…. Father forgive me.



Though this study is not as easy to read as the Psalm study, it does have some amazing truths.

In an earlier day, Nehemiah spoke of spending a quarter of the day praying, and a quarter of the day worshipping… I have a difficult time staying focused for a quarter of an hour, let alone 6 hours.

Maybe it is time to build my prayer and worship stamina?