Equipping Parents Conference

Posted: November 9, 2015 by mikehanafee in Uncategorized

Saturday we held our first in-house mini-conference at Restore on the topic of equipping parents as we taught 3 sessions.
Christ, not kids, at the center (Kimberly Williamson, Susan Hanafee, me)
Everyday Discipleship (Tyler & Elita St Clair)
Discipline like God (Clete & Ruth Bontrager)
We hope these messages will strengthen your families for the glory of Christ & the advance of the Gospel!


When Kingdoms Collide

Posted: November 4, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

Many of us have heard of the story about Daniel in the lion’s den, but more than just being a children’s Bible story, it is intensely practical and it answers the question: ‘When kingdoms collide, watcha gonna do?’  Yes, God is over all and he is not surprised by anything. However, there is the kingdom of God and then the kingdom of this world, and when we are in the kingdom of God, the collision with the kingdom of this world is inevitable. We are called to be in the world but not of the world. What is the world trying to do to us? It will pressure us to compromise. Daniel experienced that pressure, and in a similar way we live in a world where we outsource our depravity and we are pressured to embrace the world’s view points. In times like this, what should we do? We must remain faithful. Is it worth following God when it costs something?  It’s less likely that one will remain faithful when the pressure comes if the person is not faithful today. A pattern of faithfulness must be established now! What does God do? He will deliver us and glorify himself. Not only was Daniel kept safe in the lion’s den as God protected him, but as we see in Darius’ testimony, all the praise and worship is given to God. Then, how is it that we can do what were supposed to do? Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ! God never said that he was going to take us around the storm, but that he will be with us in the eye of the storm, that he would get through our trials and tribulations with us. Our faithfulness does not rest in us daring to be like Daniel, but to trust in the promises of the gospel! You can listen to this message on Daniel 6 by Pastor Mike HERE!

Growing tired of miscommunication that comes from interacting with people via social? We are having a dinner and dialogue to have a real conversation on gospel and race. As we normally do on the first Friday of the month, we will be praying and fasting from 6am to 6pm, and we will gather at the PO (2701 Joy Rd. Detroit Mi 48206) at 6pm to pray together. Then, we will break fast together and our panel dialogue will begin at 7pm. We are really looking forward to event! Please come join us! (This also means the all-women’s dinner will be rescheduled in the near future. Sorry ladies!)

As mentioned from the previous post, we are hosting a parenting seminar this upcoming Saturday (11/7) 10am to 12pm at the PO, & it’s not to late to register! Contact Heather at heatherfitzgerald@restore.org if you are interested. Don’t let this golden opportunity to learn more about parenting in a way that is honoring to God!

God has no grandchildren?

Posted: October 26, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

We like to think of ourselves as humble people. We can have humble moments in our life but are we truly humble? The feast of King Belshazzar, the grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar, went wrong when began to do things his way and sought self-control. He was physically shaken as he witnessed the human hand write on the wall, and there was no one to interpret the writing until Daniel was summoned. Daniel’s message was clear: the most high God is the one who is in charge and has ultimate authority. We are very prideful when we actually have no control over the circumstances. How many times has God brought us to our senses? What does God need to do to you so that he can have his perfect way in you? “Pride is spiritual cancer.” For Belshazzar, it was not a knowledge thing. He witnessed what happened to his grandfather. The issue is not memorizing enough Scripture and being well versed in doctrine. How many times have you had truth spoken to you,but lacking the power to receive? Without the work of the Holy Spirit, our hearts will be hard. We need new hearts of flesh, soften hearts towards God. We are no different from Belshazzar, and we all must fall at the feet of God. The creator will give an ultimate judgement to each and everyone of us, and all our works will not be enough to measure to the scale. But God sent his Son to be put on that scale on our behalf. The party was never the problem, it was a worship issue. Who are we worshiping instead of a what? We must put our faith in His work on the cross and live in His ways. He is the only way, truth, and life! You can listen to this message on Daniel 5 by Pastor Clete HERE!

Want to learn more about biblical parenting? We are having a parenting workshop to equip parents to become parents who are rooted in the gospel. It will take place at the PO (2701 Joy Rd. Detroit MI 48206) on November 7 (Sat) from 10:00 to 12:00. Check-in begins at 9:30 and child care will also be provided. If you have not yet registered, please email Heather at heatherfitzgerald@resdetroit.org!
Also, our fasting and prayer on the first Friday of the month is on November 6! This month we will be praying for holiness, that we may truly be the salt and light that God calls us to be in this broken world! Following the prayer meeting which ends at 7pm at the PO, the sisters will be breaking fast together and have a time of fellowship. This would be a great opportunity to get to know some of the sisters with whom you haven’t gotten the chance to spend much time. Don’t forget to mark it in your calendars and to ask Susan Hanafee for more information!

The Antidote to Narcissism and Anxiety

Posted: October 22, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

We live in an intensely narcissistic era and age, the age of the selfie stick. Our struggles and failures are for others to blame and our success are ours to claim. The reality that only God is great is the antidote to narcissism and anxiety. In Daniel 4, we see that the haughty king is humbled. God had been very patient with Nebuchadnezzar, who was very much so fixated upon himself. Yes, he was the most powerful man in the known world, but he is instantaneously humbled by God, becoming animal-like. This is what our pride does to us. Whatever we revere we will come to resemble. Who are you looking more like today? And why does does God humble Nebuchadnezzar? Because he loves him. We find ourselves coming to God at times of crisis and God knows what it takes to bring his people back home. We see that the humbled king is ultimately saved. Not only does he give his testimony of how he was humbled, but he also acknowledges God’s greatness and gives God all the praise and glory. The heavenly king is truly glorified. As bad as things are personally, God is always on his throne. There was another king like Nebuchadnezzar that went from the heights to the depths, only this king did it willingly. Unlike Nebuchadnezzar, this king who was the creator of the universe did it humbly, taking up the form of a servant and led to the death of the cross, to bring his people home. This King of kings is with us today. You can listen to this message on Daniel 4 by Pastor Mike HERE!



Stand Tall

Posted: October 12, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

The road to following Christ is full of pot holes of adversity and valleys of opposition. People will see us and attack us when we stand for the gospel, sticking out like a sore thumb because people around us aren’t doing so. People will see that we’re different. Just like several Jews bowed down to the statue of Nebuchadnezzar many Christians today bow down to the idols of approval of men and comfort. We either stand with Christ or bow down to the culture. Are you willing to stand alone and stand out when everyone else bows? Are you afraid to declare gospel truth? What’s more important: cultural relevance or scriptural truth? Being mistreated, maligned, and misrepresented is in the very DNA of the body of Christ. It all comes with the territory of following Christ. But we should cherish these times of suffering because it gives us an open door to declare the gospel and give glory to God. The Lord Jesus is worthy of all of the black lash and the suffering. The uncertainty of not knowing whether or not God who is able to save will actually save them makes the boldness of the three friends even more amazing. Are we willing to be fools for Christ, dealing with the uncertainty? Despite not knowing what the future holds we need to be confident in knowing the One who does holds on to it, knowing that he’s in control. In the midst of persecution and suffering, you are never alone if you stand with Christ.. As a believer of Christ, suffering and persecution is not a negotiable, but he promises his presence, and there is no greater comfort than that. Jesus Christ saved us from the eternal fiery furnace and from the fiery flames of God’s wrath. Everything else will change but God the ultimate deliverer is with us! Are you rescued by this savior? You can listen to this message on Daniel 3 by Pastor Tyler HERE!

God’s Kingdom trumps all others

Posted: October 6, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

The most powerful man in the world wakes up in a cold sweat in the middle go the night because of a terrifying dream. This ancient king will learn what we must all learn, God’s Kingdom trumps all others. We also learn from the faithful servant of that pagan king, Daniel, how to stand against the unjust use of power – boldness regardless of the consequences, humility, and a prophetic edge where he unequivocally speaks the truth. There is a kingdom that is going to come and will never end, and that is what fueled Daniels faithfulness. In the midst of all of the chaos in this world, do we truly believe that God’s kingdom trumps all others? Because God’s kingdom trumps all others, we can stand against injustice, share the gospel, serve instead of hating or assimilating, turn our pain into power, lose knowing we really win, and be saved. You can listen to this message on Daniel 2 by Pastor Mike HERE!

Faithfulness in Uncertainty

Posted: October 1, 2015 by Nick in Uncategorized

Have you ever felt that you were out of place? That you didn’t belong? One of the most difficult aspects of the life of a Christian is that we navigate through a world in which we do not belong. Our time here is limited, and the book of Daniel shows how we can survive and thrive during this time of earthly exile. How did Daniel react to the adversity and life altering events? He did not seek to impose his faith. Instead he was faithful to the God who was faithful to him and he left the results up to God. Faithfulness belongs to us but the results are up to God.

Nebuchadnezzar was a blood thirsty dictator who was the most powerful man on earth and he wanted the Israelites to be like Babylonians in every aspect of their lives. This is what the system of the world tries to do to us. We are placed at a crossroads where one path leads to dishonoring God through assimilation and the other path leads to honoring God by going against the popular beliefs, even at the risk of personal danger. What is the last thing from which you were determined to stay away from to honor the king and to be faithful to Christ? Everyone loves Christ until it is time to declare it with their actions. Daniel and his three friends were determined to be faithful to their God while being in a godless place. The ultimate faithfulness is found in our Lord Jesus Christ who was led to the cross and took upon the full weight of God’s wrath. How is the Holy Spirit leading you to push some things away to serve the king better? Daniel had total dependence in God. It is easy to say you depend on God until you face opposition, until your faith is challenged, until He’s the only thing we have. The only thing we really need is Him. Jesus is not the copilot; He is THE pilot. During times of trials and uncertainties, the answer to all of the whys in our lives is who.  Who is in control? Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. You can listen to this message on Daniel 1 by Pastor Tyler HERE!

It’s the first week of the month of October, which means we will be praying and fasting this coming Friday (10/2) from 6am to 6pm, and this week, we will be focusing on family. At 6pm, we will gather at the PO (2701 Joy Rd. Detroit MI 48206) for an hour to be praying with our brothers and sisters. Yes, we had a great turn out last month and it truly was a blessing to have everyone gathered at the PO, but more importantly, we hope that our complete surrender and dependence on God regarding our family may be expressed through our dedication to prayer!