Archive for January, 2008

Hold me back!

I’m so sorry to all my blogging friends for the post delay.  After Wednesday night I had a crazy, busy day on Thursday!  SO much is happening at our campus, that’s it’s hard to put into words… Craig calls it the “it” factor… when a campus just has “it” everyone can fill it!  Come to Northwest sometime… you’ll see what I mean. 

 Wednesday night was Am-azing!  We split into two experiences, one for mid high (6-8th) and one for Sr. high (9th-12th) The feel on the campus was electric.  Adult leaders were connecting with students, students were jumping around during worship, others accepted Christ for the first time ever! There’s always kinks to work out when you make a change… but the way the adult leaders and the students are responding to the change is amazing.  Come check us out on a Wednesday night sometime! It’s the place to be!

On a personal note: another reason for the delay of writing is on Thursday night I got sick. Dog sick.  To spare you the grusome details let’s just say stuff was coming out of every hole in my body.  (Wow, that’s gross!) But really, I was half dead on Friday and some of Saturday, but today, I’m feeling much better and can’t wait to tackle another week of work and blogging!

Hold me back, baby!

How was the week for you?

Wednesdays…

Today is Wednesday… tonight we will have SWITCH, the student ministry of Lifechurch.tv.  I don’t know why tonight feels different than any other Wednesday night, but it does.  We’re splitting to two experiences, one for Mid-high one for Sr. high.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out…

We’re expecting around 350 students and 75 adult leaders… God is blowing this place up and I’m overwhelmed when I think about it all…

Please be praying for us today and tonight.  It’s going to be amazing.  I’ll fill you in tomorrow…

Give It Up!

Since entering the world of ministry a little over a year ago I’ve learned many valuable truths as it pertains to leadership.  Some I’ve learned the easy way, by listening to other’s advice and following direction.  Others I’ve learned the hard way… from failing, screwing up, making mistakes…

 

One of the greatest leadership truths I’ve learned presents itself in the graph below.

 

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The more I rise in responsibility and the more authority I gain, the narrower my freedom gets. 

I’ve seen this play out in real life.  My life.  As I’ve risen in leadership and realize more and more eyes look up to me for advice, direction, counsel and leadership, there are certain freedoms I’ve had to give up. 

Here are a few examples why:

  • To be above reproach (1 Thess. 4:7)

  • To avoid being hypocritical (Matt. 23:28)

  • To gain respect or trust (Heb. 12:14)

  • To not cause others to stumble (1 Cor. 8:9)

And if I want God to keep increasing my leadership I’ll have to continually sacrifice other freedoms as well. 

Is it fair?  I guess that depends on the way you look at it.  Leadership isn’t a right.  Leadership is a privilege, gained through trust, hard work and love. 

Is it worth it?  If it means I get to be a part of a bigger story, leading people to become who they were meant to be in Christ, than it really doesn’t matter what I have to give up. 

Jesus gave His life.

 

What do you think?  Is it fair?  Is it worth it?  How have you experienced the graph in your own life?

Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?

There is an entire web site dedicated to this question.  It came to my attention when a friend of mine forwarded me an e-mail her husband (who has yet to put his faith in Christ) sent her. 

 

He argued that if God could answer some medical conditions, like brain tumors, for example, by shrinking them or completely removing them, why wouldn’t he regenerate someone’s limbs? 

 

Are the prayers of an amputee not as faith-filled?

Is God limited somehow? 

“If God intervenes with cancer patients to remove cancerous tumors, then God should also intervene with amputees to regenerate lost limbs.” 

 

But He doesn’t.  He never has. 

 

At first, I rationalized the argument thinking, “this is just another man’s attempt to disprove the existence of the all-powerful God.”  And I still think that to a certain extent.  From what I know of this man, he’s grasping at everything he can to excuse God.  (I personally think He’s closer to surrendering his life than he’s ever been… and that excites me!)  But I also didn’t want to turn a blind eye to the questions raised.  I honestly don’t know what to think… or say in response.

 

I invite you to check out the web site and consider my friend’s questions above.  Share your thoughts and maybe I’ll have some valid arguments to share with my friend.  Help me out… what do you think?

 

Why won’t God heal amputees? 

 

No Internet… No Fun

I don’t have internet at my apartment so it’s hard to get things posted on time.  I’m thinking about (as my Dad would say) “putting a crowbar in my wallet” and spending the bucks it takes to get the world wide web easily accessable.  That way I’ll be able to really put the energy and passion into this blog like I want to.  Stay tuned…

Can I get a woot woot?

Okay… I haven’t written anything today… I’ve been working on adding peeps to my blogroll… I COULD add tons of peeps to the roll and get lots of connections… but my thinking is this: I don’t want to put anyone on there that I don’t read personally.  So, I’m adding slowly, learning as I go…

 Check out some of the new blogs in the roll.

 What is your “criteria” or proccess for adding peeps to your roll?

Fat or Fit?

Here is a post I wrote for Swerve a couple months ago.  Thought I’d share it with some of you who didn’t get a chance to read it.   

 

Fat or Fit?

 

Recently I’ve lost around 60 pounds.  With a loss of this magnitude it’s inevitable that one gains a new way of thinking.  Since dropping the weight I’ve become less inwardly focused, and less concerned about what others think, because I am no longer insecure with the way I look.  It has freed me to be who I am, freed me to focus on others, freed me to engage in activities I would never have considered before. 

 

During this time of transformation I drew a parallel to ministry.  Before Lifechurch.tv came into my life I had a consumerist mindset.  I would have called myself a “fat” Christian.  I thought the church was here for me, looked to ministries to fill my needs, complained if the worship didn’t move me, or if the message wasn’t deep enough.  Since being a part of Lifechurch.tv I’ve learned the difference in being a fat Christian and a fit Christian. 

 

Fat Christians say…

“Why don’t you have this ministry at your church?”

 

Fit Christians say…

“Can I start a group that does this kind of ministry?  Maybe there are other people that would like to join…”

 

Fat Christians will…

sit in the same pew each week and rarely venture out of their circle of friends.

 

Fit Christians will…

find opportunities to change things up and try to involve those on the outskirts. 

 

Fat Christians focus…

on how to better themselves.

 

Fit Christians focus…

on those who don’t know Jesus.

 

Fat Christians do…

what’s easy and safe.

 

Fit Christians do…

what’s difficult and counterintuitive.

 

Fat Christians think…

it’s all about them.

 

Fit Christians know…

it’s all about HIM. 

 

I’m working everyday to be a fit Christian and to inspire those around me to this way of thinking.  What are your thoughts? 

An Hourly Prayer

Sometimes I come to a prayer that won’t let me go.  It becomes my daily prayer, sometimes my hourly prayer… 

 

For the past six months I’ve been praying these scriptures over my life.  The words are the very cry of my heart.

 

Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my spirit.”

 

Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you.”

 

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;”

 

“May your good spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalms 143:8-10)

 

Read it one more time, slower…

 

Do you find yourself praying the same prayer over and over?  What has been your daily prayer? 

Lessons from a three-year-old

Saturday my niece, Lily had a birthday at McDonalds.  She and about ten other three-year-olds traversed the bold-colored plastic playground before they dove into their hamburgers and French fries.  Always the participator, I ignored the sign that read “children 48 inches and smaller only,” and took my turn in the blue, static-filled, winding slide. 

 

It was a blast.  It was freedom at it’s finest.  (Except when I almost got stuck!) Entering into those plastic tubes was like entering into the carefree world of a child.  I learned a few things that I hope I will never forget. 

 

  • Everyone’s a friend, even strangers. 

  • Sometimes they laugh for no apparent reason. 

  • They’re always ready to be comforted when they hurt. 

  • And most importantly, they haven’t been taught to care what people think. 

 

Read those again and ask yourself, when was the last time you acted like a three-year-old? 

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Friday Quotes…

I absolutely love quotes.  I carry a journal devoted completely to quotes whereever I go.  You never know when you’ll run across something completely amazing!  Below is my all time favorite quote.  It basically says what I want to say, even though I had no idea I wanted to say it…

“Anyone can look holy if she’s killed her heart; the real test is to have ones heart burning within her and have the patience to enjoy what there is now to enjoy, while waiting with eager anticipation for the feast to come.”–The Sacred Romance. 

Read it again… slowly…

Is your heart buring within you, or have you killed it, not knowing what else to do?  What do you think is the “feast to come”?

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