- Another really busy Sunday but an awesome one!
- I was up earlier than normal because we had to get all of our stuff done an hour early so we could participate in the congregational meeting about adding a new staff position.
- Right about now I’m really missing that extra hour of sleep…I hate mornings.
- All in all not a bad week in the set-up end. There were a few glitches…including some hang-ups getting the video message loaded up but once we worked it all out things ran smoothly from there.
- After practice it was over to the meeting.
- To be honest, I had no idea how this was going to turn out…I was really nervous because I know how bad this position is needed and wanted it to go well.
- I thought all in all the meeting was well presented and there were some great questions.
- Back over at United then, it was another one of those weeks were people just kept flooding in…great attendance day and great energy from the crowd.
- I really enjoyed the worship set…I thought it was a good mix of music and as always the team knocked it out of the park.
- I was serious…the story of Perry Noble and NewSpring Church so inspires me. They’re doing in their small town what I believe God wants us to do…that is turn it upside down for Jesus.
- I told you Perry is wild…”I like big biscuits and I can’t not lie.”…classic.
- Hey speaking of that song…here’s a cool spoof.
- Right before I was to go back on stage on couldn’t remember if the CAYA promo video had been loaded so I sprinted around the hallways and then back.
- I wasn’t planning on sitting during the prayer part but I was winded pretty good.
- Good thing I bought that Wii Fit last week to get in shape!
- It was great being able to honor Stan…I could see in he and Joanne’s eyes that your standing ovation for them was much appreciated.
- At the same time, I believe Vernon will carry on the great ministry that has been started…keep he and Doris in your prayers.
- It was great to be able to announce that the vote to add a Pastor of Creative Arts had been approved. I’m looking forward to seeing who God has planned for us and then getting to partner with them in making an eternal difference.
- Funniest line of the day occurred at the Pastor’s Reception. Two young ladies came an introduced themselves to me and said they’ve been coming the last 2 weeks. I explained that the last 2 weeks have been out of the ordinary and that I usually preach, but just not as good as those guys. She looks at me and says, “It’s OK you’ll get better.”
- I forgot to announce that we were doing a baptism right after the Experience so that you could come out and support those getting baptized. As always it’s a very special moment and then at the end we were able to anoint people with oil and pray for God to heal them…what an awesome experience.
- Afterwards we went to lunch with the entire Krull family at TGI Friday’s. Andy and Gayle’s son Dylan asked me to go with them to Target afterwards so he could pick out a new game for the Wii.
- As we’re standing in Target they brought out 2 new Wii’s to put on the shelf. For those of you who don’t know it, the odds of that happening are about as good as seeing me in a suit…in other words it can happen but it’s rare.
- So Andy bought an additional one for his downstairs game room and I bought another one for sale on EBAY. Looks like I’ll be able to get enough to pay for the Wii Fit I purchased last week for my birthday!
- Tonight is CAYA and it looks like it will be awesome!
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- I’m getting really excited about this weekend as we continue the One Prayer series. Perry Noble is such an awesome communicator and you’ll be inspired to do great things after hearing him speak about becoming dangerous.
- Make sure you invite someone.
- Also don’t forget that this Sunday morning at 9:30 is the vote for the hiring of a Creative Arts Pastor. Please come out and support this important next step in the future of CFCOG.
- I’m getting ready to go visit this afternoon with one of my spiritual mentors throughout the years. He’s my former boss and pastor at the church where I served in MD and its always good to get together to reminisce about the past and challenge each other to do great and mighty things in the future for the Kingdom.
- Hey speaking of, lookwhat I came across yesterday as I was catching up on some of the blogs that I read. It’s a tribute to Matt Orth, the son of our very own Larry and Judy Orth.
- Just looked over and saw the cover of this week’s Sports llustrated lying on my desk with a picture of Tiger Woods on the cover. In case you live on another planet and didn’t hear or see what Tiger did this past week, it was amazing. In fact it was so amazing that even Lisa watched it…and she hates sports. Having just recently had knee surgery, Tiger on a not quite rehabilitated leg, won the Open despite the fact that in the process he ripped his ACL and developed 2 stress fractures in his leg. Not only did he have to limp around the course for 4 straight days, the tournament went into a playoff where Tiger eventually won after an additional 19 holes were played on Monday. It was some of the most riveting drama you could ever watch on TV.
- The lesson I believe for us is that Tiger sacrificed his own body and mentally was tough, to do something as insignificant as win a silly golf tournament…in other words in the grand scheme of eternity it means nothing. We on the other hand have a chance to make an eternal difference in the lives of our families, churches, communities and all around the world, yet we often times shy away from anything that will cause us even the slightest discomfort.
- So what can you do, what can you sacrifice, who can you befriend, what could you give, that physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally might challenge you, but it would make an eternal difference?
- Don’t think I’ve thought to mention it, but we were finally able to purchase a Wii Fit last week as vacation was wrapping up! They just happened to have one in Best Buy when we walked in and so I grabbed it…made for a nice Birthday present.
- OK to be honest, they actually had 2. I started calling friends whom I know have a Wii to see if they wanted me to grab them one since they are so hard to find. I knew Andy had taken his kids to see a movie so I left a message and after talking to another friend I tried Andy again. He answered, I told him the situation and he said, “Yeah get it.” I was leaning against a shelf around the corner from it at the time and so as i turned the corner much to my horror, I saw a woman bend down and pick it up saying to her husband, “Oh look the have a Wii Fit in stock.” I’m still on the phone with Andy giving him the play by play commentary as this couple stands there and argues about whether to get one or not. Ultimately they decided yes, but I still waited around for about an additional 5 minuted in case they changed their mind.
- Needless to say, Andy is rubbing it in that I have one but he doesn’t.
- It’s awesome though…truth be told, I don’t get nearly the exercise that I should. So this makes exercise both fun and easy (well relatively speaking, I can work up a good sweat and I’m now chronically sore…but that’s a good thing).
- Gotta go…don’t forget to vote this weekend and invite someone to the Experience.
Last night during men’s group I reminded the guys of the phenomenon where when you buy a new car (or at least new to you), suddenly you see that make and model of car on the road everywhere else. The truth is, they were always there, you’re just now recognizing that they are there. In psychological terms this is called your reticular activating system.
We were discussing this in the terms of God opening doors everyday to share our faith either verbally or through acts of service, but that many times we miss them because we haven’t turned on our minds to be conscious of the opportunities the Spirit is presenting us.
In any case, let me encourage you to today become aware of how God is speaking to you through the various things going on in your life. I know for me personally I’m being challenged by Him in many ways and it’s been amazing hearing His voice through the words of others, through e-mails, through books, through even my devotional time this morning in my leadership bible where the topic was EXACTLY the issue I’m dealing with right now. It would be so easy to miss out on these things all together or think it’s just some strange coincidence but eventually even someone as thickheaded as me realizes that “Wait a second this is actually God.” So turn your RAS on, God is waiting on the other side.
Well I finally got my laptop back, but they forgot to ship the power cord. Luckily we have another computer just like mine at the church so I can use that cord in the meantime. I just fired it up to start downloading all the missed e-mails (uggg) and my new screen looks great…it’s awesome being able to use all 17″ of it again and also not to worry that the problem was going to keep getting worse (which it was). Ok, looks like the e-mails are just about done downloading…later.
I’ve been meaning to mention this for awhile but just now remembered it. Check out Jott. It allows you to call a toll-free number from your cell phone (or any phone for that matter) and leave yourself a message. What’s so special about that you might ask…well it’s going to leave you an e-mail message…not just a .wav file but an actual transcript of what you said.
I use this all the time. It used to be when I was in the car I either had to try to write something down, remember it, or call my home phone and leave myself a message. Now I just call Jott, say what I need to say and when I get home…lo and behold there is an e-mail transcript of what I said.
There are other features as well that I won’t get into, but check it out for yourself. If you sign-up…which is free, let me know and I’ll add you to my Jott contacts.