Yesterday Jenni and I went to our first Graduation of the season in Holcomb. We still have a few more to go before we are done. I think my favorite part of Graduation is seeing students that we have worked with and just how far they have come in four years. From being pimply faced freshman, to individuals who are ready for just about anything the world throws at them. I am confident in the Seniors who have been involved in our youth ministry this year that the God who began a good work in them will take it on to completion!
Last night I was reading the Revelation of John, I read these words Jesus spoke to the Church in Ephesus:
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.
I started thinking about how I lived life when I first came to know Jesus. I remember picking people up and giving them rides, I remember giving money because I had been given so much (through Jesus), I remember praying like everything depended on it and reading the scripture like it was a cool drink for a parched throat.
It has been funny how stepping out on faith has forced me back into that person again. It is like I had been looking through rose colored lenses and now I see things as … Read More »
Jenni and I have grown quite fond of the show “Eli Stone” on ABC. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show about a modern day prophet who is slowly growing into the fact that “God” is leading him to do certain things. The show does a pretty good job at not giving homage to any one specific “god”, they keep it very general. What I think is so interesting about the show is that a prime time television show is taking on overt spiritual themes. This is what the writers say about the spiritual overtones on ABC’s website:
“What was your inspiration for tackling spirituality on television, examining the idea of a modern-day prophet?Spirituality really seems to be in the zeitgeist these days, particularly with the popularity of The Secret. We think it’s a reaction … Read More »
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So Jenni & I woke up this morning to the sight of a large evergreen split in half and fallen on our double wide. This comes less than 12 hours after hitting the deer with our car. It looks like there wasn’t any damage to the house, praise God!
I’ll tell ya, since Jenni and I have decided to plant a church we have had all kinds of problems that we normally never experience. Our transmission went out on our 2003 Honda Pilot, we have had crazy financial issues, Jenni was hit in the Honda from behind, more financial problems, deers, & trees – all within maybe 4-5 months. We have both been talking about how we have felt under attack spiritually speaking. I read Paul’s words about “Making … Read More »
If you are a K-State fan or a sports fan at all, you surely know the name Michael Beasley. What an achievement to move from your freshman year in college straight to the NBA draft with the expectation that you will be the No. 1 pick!
I can’t imagine in a two year time period going from a pimply faced High Schooler to a NBA Pro where everyone knows your name (now I know that Michael has probably been in the lime light for a while, but this is different, the NBA comes with $$). What a phenomenal metamorphosis he is about to experience. All of his training up to this point has been for this moment in history. All of his past has been about this time in the future!
In a different spectrum of life I feel like I am … Read More »
1 Corinthians 9:21-23 (New International Version)
21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Boy, yesterday Bob Bates preached on the passion of Jesus for the Lost and did a great job bringing it to life!
You can hear in Paul’s words above the heart of Jesus beating strong. I love that Paul was willing to become whatever to whoever in order that he might save even just a … Read More »
Below is my letter to Bible Christian Church. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to write:
Dear Friends and Family,
It has been six years since I began working as the High School Youth Minister for Bible Christian Church. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with many of your teenage sons and daughters and seeing them through those tough adolescent years. I would not trade one minute from those years with your students. Both Jenni and I have counted it as a true privilege to serve at Bible Christian Church.
Over the past six years, God has been growing inside of me an overwhelming desire … Read More »
I have been mulling over the idea that any entrepreneurial entity in our society starts behind the 8 ball. What I mean is this: the level at which an entrepreneurs competition operates and the level of expectation from their prospective customers are at astronomically high levels.
The same is true for new Churches. Those expectation levels cross over – in ministry demands, level of quality, and personal attention.
In a perfect world a new Church would not need to start out at the same level as an established church. In the ideal world a new church could grow like a baby does – not being expected to take on adult roles until adulthood has been reached. Unfortunately, our culture has such high demands that new Churches must start out on a level that is equal to that of … Read More »
I was talking with a business friend today (he’s the kind of guy you want to learn from) about some of the practices they use to keep people satisfied and to encourage better business practices. One thing he said that got me really thinking was how they reward people who send business their way. His particular business gives out movie tickets to the current customers who recommend their service. I was shocked that in the church world we haven’t thought of this. I spend so much time encouraging people to bring folks to church and then don’t do anything to tell them how great it was that they followed through on that commitment to the mission of the Gospel. I want to be an encourager, someone who reinforces the positive in the body of Christ!
I’ll … Read More »
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