- Great start to the New Year!
- Had quite a few people move over to the 9:15…which freed up seats at 10:45…and we were still packed at 10:45.
- One of our largest crowds ever…and oh boy did they pick a great day to come.
- The worship team was on fire today…especially at the 9:15.
- I think everyone was so pumped after that one that it was hard to top, but 10:45 was still really good.
- I loved the entire set the team did…one of our best ever.
- I wish every week went as smoothly as today…from a tech, musical and preaching standpoint everyone seemed to be on their game today and we had no technical glitches with computers like we’ve been having.
- Talked with a lot of people who were pumped up and ready to chase their own lions!
- Wow our church is full of band geeks!
- No we don’t want to hear your stories that begin with, “This one time at band camp…” 🙂
- Again I can’t wait to hear the stories of goals achieved or obstacles overcome in the coming weeks and months…God is so much bigger than us and His power is so much stronger…Pursue your dreams…Chase the Lion!
Archives for January 2009
Hope your new year is off to a great start so far. Lisa and I hung out with a group of friends last night eating lots of great food and then sitting down for a game of Chickyfeet (a dominio’s game). The game takes forever…in fact we never did finish…but the big lightbult moment came part way through when we realized that our big version of fun on New Year’s Eve was sitting playing dominio’s…man are we getting old.
This morning I did something that is becoming somewhat of a New Year’s tradition for me…I read through all of Jesus Sermon on the Mount…the greatest sermon ever preached. Everytime I read it, it is a great reminder of how far God has brought me, but also a sobering reminder of how far I have yet to go.
As has become my custom, I’ll read through the entire New Testament in the month of January. I do this for multiple reasons…number 1 it’s good for me. Number 2 I do it and let people know about it in the hopes that you’ll at least considering reading that (if not the entire bible) in 1 whole year. In other words, if I can do it in a month (in my free time), what’s your excsue for not being able to do it in a year?
Here’s the plan:
New Testament in a Year: Read 5 chapters per week. Come on that’s less than a chapter per day…you can do it! If you want something that actually breaks it down day-by-day, try this.
Entire Bible in a Year: Works out to be 3 chapters per day and then 5 on Sunday. If you prefer to have a mix of both Old and New Testament each day, try this one.
In this new year I pray that God’s Word would become more real to you than it ever has in the past. Remember though the goal is not just to get information but to be transformed by what you read. So as you read it, be praying and asking God, what does this mean to me and how can I apply this to my life? I believe that if you’ll do that consistently, 2009 will be your best year ever!
Everyone probably can look back to 2008 and recall a Sunday Experience that really changed their lives in some way. Some Experiences though speak so much that a buzz is created and people want to hear the message over and over again. To follow are the top 5 most downloaded and listened to messages of 2008:
- A Time to Run– No surprise here…this message about sexual temptation didn’t just top the list of 2008 Podcasts, but is now the #1 most downloaded sermon in the nearly two years we’ve been posting them.
- Speak No Evil– Guest Speaker, Cathy Pence hit us early, often and hard in this message on how to control the tongue.
- Live Like You Were Dying– If this one was on video, no doubt it would be #1. This is the message where I was brought in in a coffin and then gave 3 practical steps to carry out if you only had 30 days left to live.
- Tears of the Saints– What do you get when you cross a vision message with a healthy dose of convicting and challenging material and cap it off with Hannah singing an awesome version of Tears of the Saints? It’s our number 4 most downloaded message and it’s not even yet a week old.
- As Is– This message explored the topic of how when we are not authentic with others it will often lead to a life of loneliness.