Work in Progress: The Christian Walk
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Chris Fedorcek

Chris presently serves as Executive Pastor at City Light Church in Ocala, FL.

Posted 7/12/16 at 9:20 AM | Chris Fedorcek

Love Wins Every Time

This past week we have seen an explosion of confusion, disruption, lack of honor and unrest that we haven’t seen for some time in our peaceful little “model” country. We’ve seen people with agendas infiltrate communities and the mainstream media with no other agenda, but their own.

We’ve seen and experienced what it is to live in a country that doesn’t know the love and grace that is Christ Jesus. You see, I don't believe America has a racial issue. I believe America has a heart issue that is using race as an excuse to act out. There is a heart issue that is running rampant in America because there are so many lost, lonely people that have never heard the Gospel of Jesus. There are many that find their identity in a cause, a clique or their job and they’ve never felt the warm embrace of the Father.

For many years the Christian community has sought to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth, which isn’t a bad thing, as it’s biblical in instruction, but as we’ve sought to grow the Kingdom globally, we have failed to first live Jesus out in our homes, workplace and community. We’ve failed at loving those nearest and dearest to us in an effort to win the world. Although unintentional, we’ve turned our backs on our communities where we work, play and raise our children. FULL POST

Posted 6/28/16 at 11:38 AM | Chris Fedorcek

Change or Die

Change is one of the most difficult things in the world to face, accept and embrace. Often times it leads to feelings of confusion, insecurity and lack of control. This principal of change effects each of us at both a personal and professional level in some regards. I was recently reaching Thom Rainer’s book “Who Moved My Pulpit?” and came across these three words, CHANGE OR DIE.

At the end of the day we have a destination that God intends us to get to and in order for us to reach this destination it will require us to adjust our trajectory and path every now and again. Change is a healthy part of any individual or organization growing and maturing in to who or what God destined them to be. It's really simple, you can either choose to keep things status quo, be miserable and die a slow death or you can embrace change, drive forward and experience the fullness of what God has called you to!

So how do we practically walk this out and embrace change? How do we discern if it’s an emotional reaction or Holy Spirit clearly speaking to us? As with anything in the Christian walk, start with prayer. Rather than starting with a list or Pro’s and Con’s, which is not always a bad thing to do, we must start with truly seeking the Father’s desire for us. Second, we must be willing to listen. We can’t pray about it and then follow our own path. We must pray, release it to the Father and then listen. If we expect Him to respond, we must stop and open our ears with an expectation of a response. Third, we must be patient. God’s response can be immediate, but we must remember that His response will come in His timing, not ours. Last, we must seek wise council. What type of council? Wise council. Too often I see people running to others who have no business whatsoever speaking in to a situation seeking their advice. We must truly use our judgment and discernment when seeking the right individual or individuals that we seek advice from. FULL POST

Posted 6/2/16 at 8:18 AM | Chris Fedorcek

The Battle is Not Yours

Life has a funny way of throwing things at us when we least expect it. Maybe it’s a blown engine, the loss of a job, a death of someone close to us or a diagnosis that wasn’t expected. For many, especially men, our first response is, “What do I need to do to fix it?” There’s an obvious problem so therefore there must be a solution, something that I can do, to overcome whatever has been put in front of our path.

Too often we try to lean on our own strength or head knowledge to overcome something or provide a need that only a loving Father in heaven can provide. I love 2 Chronicles 20:15 when the Lord tells Jehoshaphat, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” He continues in verse 17 to say, “You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out and face them, for the Lord is with you.”

You see, regardless of the fight that is ahead of you, the posture of our heart must remain focused on and confident in the Lord that his provision will come through and that it will sustain us. One of the struggle points to remember is that His answer, His provision, may not always look like what we imagine in our mind, but His response is the perfect response based upon His will, not ours. FULL POST

Posted 5/16/16 at 9:59 PM | Chris Fedorcek

All In

"Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7 HCSB)

Let's be honest and take down the facade for just a few moments today...some days are hard! There are days that I don't feel like putting my best foot forward and days I wonder why God called me in to ministry. There are days I sincerely question if I am accurately reflecting the peace, love, grace and joy of Christ within me. I often feel as though for many followers of Christ we tend to run our "me and Jesus" relationship at about a 60/40 ratio, with the majority being a self-centered, convenient form of what we justify as the Christian life.I would say, for many, that on a good day we run about 90/10, which in theory sounds good right? I mean, that 90%, that's passing...that's an A!

Here's the thing, I don't recall reading anywhere in scripture that we are called to submit part of our life to Christ. Christ didn't give bits and pieces of Himself for us when it was convenient for Him. Christ fully submitted all of Himself to the Father so that we may walk in freedom and be covered by His grace. Just as Christ was called to be all in, we are called to be all in, one-hundred percent, one-hundred percent of the time. Living a life for Christ isn't a 50/50 relationship that involves mutual submission. Living for Christ is submitting all of you for all of Him. It's giving up complete control; our thoughts, our actions and our words and allowing the Spirit of God to reflect out of our hearts to the atmosphere and people around us. FULL POST

Posted 4/10/16 at 8:27 PM | Chris Fedorcek

Organizational Stewardship - 7 Keys to Success

When you hear the word “stewardship” what comes to mind? For many, whether in ministry or the secular marketplace, this word evokes the idea of using one’s talents wisely and effectively. For others, you may be thinking about money. Recently I began to look at this word in a different light and in relation to organizational leadership and development.

According to Merriam-Webster, stewardship is defined as “the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something.” Every team member, regardless of title or position on the org chart, is called to be organizational steward. Rather than defining ourselves by a title, we should simply look at ourselves as stewards. At the end of the day, you have been strategically and purposefully placed in the organization in which you serve. For some, this season may short in duration, for others it may be longer in duration. Either way, as stewards we are called to manage what has been entrusted to us, and each of us needs to take this perspective when looking at your organization. There should never be a situation where a team member is simply working for the paycheck. Every team member should serve with a passion to protect and grow the organization as if they birthed it themselves. FULL POST

Posted 4/10/16 at 7:44 PM | Chris Fedorcek

People Over Prestige

This past week I had the privilege of attending Student Leadership University’s Youth Pastor Summit in Orlando. One of the main speakers on Monday morning, Brent Crowe, made this statement that struck me, “We serve because we’ve been saved.” This simple statement spoke volumes to me when looking at the heart of many who serve in the local body in leadership positions.

As someone who blogs I often get asked, “Why do you write?” I find this question curious because my aim in writing isn’t to create a platform to boast from, or an attempt to create a sphere of influence in which I plan to earn anything from. I simply write because God has given me a passion for writing and a passion for people. My prayer is that by combining these two passions that one person will read one of theses blog posts and their lives will be positively impacted.

I often speak with ministry leaders who are often times more interested in developing their platform and influence rather than developing and pouring into the people that God has blessed him or her with. As disciples of Christ we are called to wisely steward what God has blessed us with. Most people tend to look at stewardship in regards to money or talents, but we must also take a perspective of stewardship in regards to the people that God has placed in our life. You see, we are called to foster these people and to develop them to their fullest potential. As church leaders we must steward these men and women effectively in order to help them reach their destiny. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/16 at 8:28 AM | Chris Fedorcek

The Time is Now

32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them,“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” 35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said,“Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” 37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. 40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” (Mark 14:32-42 NKJV) FULL POST

Posted 3/9/16 at 9:57 PM | Chris Fedorcek

Respect is Earned, Not Demanded

“But the high priest rose up, along with all of his associates, and they were filled with jealousy. They laid hands on the apostles and put them in the public jail.”

– Acts 5:17-18 (NASB)

Jealousy is a curious emotion that serve as an excuse for people to make bad decisions based on selfish feelings and pride. Looking back over my life I can tell you that many, if not all, of my bad decisions were in some way tied to this powerful emotion that was driven by my pride, selfishness and fear.

This is exactly what we see from the religious leaders in Acts. We read in verse 17 that the high priests “were filled with jealousy.” This jealously was driven by two things, pride and fear. They were prideful in that they had the head knowledge of the Torah, but the reality is that they had not yet experienced the power of the living God. They were fearful because they were seated in a position of power and with power comes particular perks and benefits they didn’t yet to give up.

At this point, Peter and the apostles were commanding more respect than what the religious leaders had ever experienced and yet they weren’t seeking out the respect or position for themselves, as the religious leaders were. The apostles simply wanted to do the work of the Father and bring respect and reverence to God. You see, the apostles were respected not because they demanded it, but because they deserved it. FULL POST

Posted 2/8/16 at 6:39 AM | Chris Fedorcek

The Battlefield

“A warrior putting on his sword for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won.”
(1 Kings 20:11 NLT)

So many times in the life of a “Christian” there is an expectation that attending a weekly corporate gathering is enough. The harsh reality is that this is simply the beginning. Someone who claims to be a follower, a disciple of Christ, must make a greater commitment than an hour to an hour and a half each week.

You see, to be a disciple of Christ means you are involved in not only the local body in a corporate setting and in a ministry area of service, but it means you are involved in discipleship relationships whether that be through small groups or one-on-one discipleship. Much like Ben-Hadad in 1 Kings, simply putting on your sword for battle isn’t enough to win the war.

As disciples of Christ we must be fully immersed in this thing called discipleship. We must be willing to sacrifice of our time so that we can become fully equipped for the spiritual battles that lay ahead of us. And much like Ahab we must be on the offensive, not waiting for the enemy to attack. We must prepare fully; we must pray, get equipped, read the Word and let Holy Spirit lead us to victory. FULL POST

Posted 2/2/16 at 9:42 AM | Chris Fedorcek

Live Fearless

“Punch your fears in the face!” These were the wise words that came out of the mouth of my five year old last night as he was talking to his older sister. As I heard the words come out of his mouth I was floored. I think what got me the most was that it was a moment of awakening for myself. Suddenly I was transported to different times and situations in my life that I should have taken this childlike boldness and faith to heart. I think about some of the opportunities I’ve missed because I let fear control the situation.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 27:3, “Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confident.” (HCSB) So often in life we let the armies of the enemy contain and control us. We let the war raging around us in the physical and the spiritual put us in a state of paralysis. We aren’t called to be controlled cowards, but to be bold warriors! Throughout scripture we read the words, “be bold and courageous” and yet we give in at the very first sign of adversity.

We must all get to a place that we recognize we have been “crowned with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5) and find that inner child that was fearless. We’ve got to find that inner child that would leap off couches and truly believed that nothing was impossible. My prayer for you today is that you will find this inner child, that you will find the boldness of Christ inside of you, that you will take your fears on face-to-face and when you get there that you will punch your fears in the face! FULL POST

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