Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions."
I thought about it for a few minutes and had to ask myself this question...
Which side better describes me?
Many times in life we are faced with chances to be bold in our beliefs or to be timid about being a Christ-follower. I have to admit, when I am asked what I do for a living by new people I meet, I find myself on the more timid nature. See, I can't stand it when people act normal around me until the find out that I'm a pastor. It seems that then they turn on this "religious" facade.
It's not that I'm embarrassed about what I do. It's not that I'm insecure in my gifting. I just HATE fake people. I have a hard time with ministers who talk in their "preacher voice" at the dinner table with their kids. I struggle with pastors that cut their grass in a suit and tie. That isn't REAL!
On the flip side, I can't stand it when someone is using profanity until they learn of my pastoral position and then starts throwing out "Hallelujah" and "Praise the Lord." In the same respect, that isn't REAL!
I can allow the boldness of the Holy Spirit to flow through my life without making others feel like the scum of the earth. I should be secure enough in who God is and who He created me to be that I don't have to prove my position by demanding others to stop being themselves.
Boldness: there have been a lot of weird and crazy things that have gone on in the name of boldness. Tell me your stories. Let's have a laugh together.
Also, how can we still be bold without becoming a flake? What are your thoughts?
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I tried to squash it by explaining that every bathroom stinks... To which Micah replies "It's the poopy bathroom dad!"
It wasn't but a few moments until they were done and out of the bathroom!
I LOVE parenthood!!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This weekend Restoration Ministries is hosting a Prophetic Weekend with Tracy Stewart. Now before you start having a cow and think that we are a bunch of freakish charismatics that get together so that we can "prophesy" to one another, hold on!
By "prophetic weekend" we mean that we long to press in and hear from the Father. We want to know what He is saying to us in this moment.
Tracy Stewart is a powerful prophetic voice with an incredible gift to be able to expound on the Word of God with humor and simplicity.
Service will be Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sunday at 10:30AM and will be held at Restoration Ministries at 338 Amy Drive Goose Creek, SC. Full service nursery will be available for all services as well.
If you are near the area, come by and let's hear what God is saying to us. It's going to be a powerful few days.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
We have been searching for ways to cherish our deep pentecostal heritage while at the same time presenting Christ in a relevant manner to those that don't know him and that may not be familiar with our pentecostal antics.
Now for those of you that think I am running off the deep end and going "seeker"... Well I AM! Shouldn't we do everything we can to reach the "seekers"? Isn't that what the Great Commission is all about? Didn't Jesus come to seek and save that which is lost?
However, I am not leaving my pentecostal roots or beliefs. I STILL pray in tongues. I STILL prophesy. I STILL confess the word. I STILL get lost in passionate praise & worship. I STILL follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. What I REFUSE to do is become one of those spooky kind of people!
I have a heart for SOULS! I want to see people become true followers of Christ. I want lives to be changed! And I don't want to freak them out in the process!!!
So come on folks, let's stop being super-freakishly spiritual and live out our faith in a REAL way. After all, that's what Jesus did.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence. For You maintained my right and my cause." (NKJV)
"The day my enemies turned tail and ran they stumbled on You and fell on their faces. You took over and set everything right; when I needed you, you were there, taking charge." (Message)
We all have enemies. We all face adversity. It is really how we handle it that determines our outcome.
Instead of fighting back or trying to defend ourselves from false accusations and the such, we should quietly continue to make sure we are right with God. When we maintain our relationship with Him and allow Him to deal with our issues, then HE will maintain our right and our cause. He will clear our name. He will right the wrongs!
When the Lord starts getting our back we will find that our enemies will turn tail and run. So today, determine to allow God to vindicate you and silently watch as He takes over and sets everything right. Be blessed!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Did you know that it says in Psalms that favor surrounds those who are in right relationship with God like a shield!
I don't know about you but I want the favor of God surrounding me everyday! Favor in my family. Favor in my finances. Favor with those in authority. FAVOR!!!
But what I really want is favor with those who don't know Jesus within my circle of influence. Then I want God to expand my circle of influence and give me favor with the new people as well. I want to give Jesus to those who are far from Him. How about you?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This should become our anthem, our confession, our cry!
When it seems like everything around us is failing - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When we are suffering with sickness and pain - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When our debts are getting larger and our income is steadily getting smaller - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When our marriage is hurting and our spouse doesn't even seem to care - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in ALL the earth! When we've been praying and praying for our children and they seems even further from God than they've ever been - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent... You get the point.
So the next time you feel as though the world is closing in around you and all you want to do is crawl in a hole and disappear, begin reminding yourself - O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in... My finances... My children... My job... My marriage...
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
When writing this psalm, David was in a time of such distress that he wept all night. He cried so much that his bed was actually wet. It became so damp from his tears that he likened it to a pool (vs. 6). But as he is cried out to the Lord in his anguish, pouring out his heart, he looked up and saw that his enemies had surrounded him. They gathered to watch, and probably gloat, in his hardship.
There will be times in our lives as well, that we will find ourselves crying out to the Lord in distress. There will be times of disappointment, betrayal, frustration. There will be times when we just begin to bare our hearts to heaven in all transparency.
And in those times, if you look around, there will be those who gather. They want to bask in your hardship. They long to see you fall.
We must learn to be like David. We must brush ourselves off, lift our head and turn to a faith-filled confidence in God that says
"The Lord HAS heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord HAS heard my supplication.
The Lord WILL receive my prayer."
Don't let those that would like to see you fail have the pleasure of seeing that. Turn your faith to the Lord and allow Him to vindicate you. Put your best foot forward and watch as God puts your enemy to shame.
"He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday."
Thursday, February 12, 2009
First, I am Chuck Barrineau. I am the Lead Pastor at the greatest church in the world, Restoration Ministries. We are a group of wild people that love Jesus and people who long to be a RELEVANT, PROPHETIC voice in our generation! RM is a place where race or social status doesn't matter. I am warning you, if you show up, you will get hugged!
Next, I am the father of Micah Elias Barrineau. Micah means "one who is like the Lord" and Elias means "mouthpiece of God." Cool huh? He will be 3 on July 31 but he acts like he is grown now! He trips me out!!! Around September, Micah will become a big brother. That is something that we are VERY excited about.
Finally, I am married to the most wonderful woman on the planet (not to mention, the most beautiful!), Stephanie. She is my best friend, my partner in ministry, the one I can just be silly with. We are incredibly happy and love to have fun. (If you think Pastors are supposed to just sit around and pray all day, you will NOT like us!)
Well, that about wraps it all up in a nutshell. I hope this helps you understand a little about me. Take care and check back because there's much more to come!