Wednesday, December 31, 2008
MISTAKE OR SUCCESS = lesson learned = move forward
Both mistakes and successes draw us to dwell on them. They want us to stay focused on the immediate situation and live right there in the past. Just like on the course, that moment is over and we have to LEARN and move FORWARD.
I am not sure where you have been in 2008 but learn from the past and look forward. 2009 is here, well it is here in a few hours!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Hope you enjoy the rest of the Christmas WEEK...it is a week long thing for us!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here are my final thoughts before Christmas 2008...Merry Christmas, cannot wait for mom's pecan pie, Girls are gonna love what Santa brings, and GO TITANS, this has been an amazing season!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
If you have a blog or facebook account make a post about the 50,000 pairs in 50 days challenge! Join the movement!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Just a reminder for all of us not take this all for granted!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
For all of you out there serving teens in the local church...THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Am I the one that feels Christmas Card STRESS every year?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"Odds are that growth and success are inextricably linked to breaking the old rules and setting your organization's new rules loose in an industry afraid to change." - p.76
"In industry after industry, the market leader isn't the one who develops the innovation that turns the industry upside down. In organization after organization, real leadership rarely comes from the CEO or senior VP of leadership. Instead it happens out of the corner of your eye, in a place where you weren't looking." - 122
"Ideas that spread win. Boring ideas do not spread. Boring organizations do not grow." - 45
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thanks to all of you out there who have been a part of REMIX this year, 2009 is going to be exciting!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday morning we had the chance to help parents think through the idea of investing in their kids spiritually. We do a great job with academics and athletics but many times we miss the chance to help our kids discover the greatness of the God we serve. Parents, you are the greatest spiritual influence in your kids life and we want to partner with you at GCC and give you the tools you need to make a difference in your kids lives. We think your kid needs 5 basic things in their life...
- A REALLY BIG GOD THEY CAN TRUST NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS!
- SOMEONE ELSE WHO BELIEVES WHAT THEY BELIEVE!
- ANOTHER VOICE SAYING THE SAME THINGS AS THEIR PARENTS!
- UNCOMMON SENSE TO MAKE WISE CHOICES!
- NOSEY PARENTS WHO KNOW WHERE THEIR KIDS ARE SPIRITUALLY!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Remix is our weekly gathering we do with Relevant Student Ministry (www.relevantstudents.com) This week we finished up a series on dating and relationships with the old OPPOSITE sex and it was a great close. Chelsea and I talked about the service tonight when I got home and really processed if the series was effective. After processing it for a while we both landed on the idea, IF WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT WHO WILL? The Bible has tons to say about relationships even though dating is a "american" cultural phenomenon. Tonight we allowed teenagers to submit questions while we had a small panel answer them. They had some great questions and yes some that were really funny but we could not ask them but they were really funny! I just hope when teenagers leave our environment they know God does care about their lives and God loves them more than they will ever understand. God's way is the best and we have to allow the Bible to reveal that path. It has been a fun series. Thanks to all of ya who came the past three weeks and for all our leaders who invest in teens each week in our Lifegroups!
NEXT week at Remix we get to talk about 4 global issues we are going to address in 2009. Yes, this generation wants to make a difference. It is not enough to talk about a issue or problem, this generation wants to be the solution and they can be. It is going to be fun to see how each Lifegroup works to be a SOLUTION and not just a observer of injustice, poverty, sickness, and slavery in our world.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I have been watching Coach Fulmer lead Tennessee since I was 15 years old. I was thrilled when he took the job from Johnny Majors and he did what he said he would do . Coach Fulmer took Tennessee to the next level. I just want to say thanks. I watched his last game and was once again blown away by the class act that is Phil Fulmer. Just a few things I took from watching Coach Fulmer lead UT...
- Spend your life doing something you would do for free because you believe in it that much. Coach invested his life in a University and football program he was a part of at every level. He loved his job.
- Relationships matter...Phil was a great recruiter and always invested his life in his players and coaches.
- Praise the TEAM when you win and take the heat when you loose! Coach Fulmer never played the blame game in a loss and never took all the credit in a win. it was about the team and the program.
- Empower leaders to LEAD. I loved that Coach Fulmer let his staff of coaches actually coach and make the big calls. Fulmer always had had a stable staff for that reason.
- Let your family be a part of your career! It was so cool to see Fulmer's daughters with him on the sidelines over the years. Coach Fulmer's family was a part of the University family.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
- I am so thankful for another year with my wife! I am married to the most amazing and beautiful woman in Clarksville TN...this will be our 13th year being married and it has been amazing!
- Kozbi and Kelyn, you are amazing little girls. I am so thankful for all the times I have got to walk in the door at night and have you run to give me a HUG, that rocks. Love you girls!
- Friendships...God has given my wife and I some amazing relationships here in Clarksville. Some of you go to GCC some of you do not, but you guys make our life better.
- Seeing Relevant Student Ministry make a difference in the lives of teenagers here in Clarksville.
- Grace Community Church...I could say so much. I love that I mis church when I am gone, love the team I serve with, love that my kids love church. Thanks Grace!
- Lilly, our Compassion International kid, our family can not wait to meet you face to face one day in Kenya!
- Our neighborhood FAMILY - we live next to some amazing people!!!
- Jesus...I know that sounds very churchy BUT I am thankful I am seeing the heart and mind of Christ a little more clearly. Thanks God...
- Another year of health for our family...we have a great extended family here in Shelbyville. Love all of them so much!
- Struggles...there have been many this past year but God has used them to make us who we are this year.
- Hate to say this...I am thankful for the YMCA...it has been a huge blessing to my family!
- Ok this is selfish..FOOTBALL, love my Vols even when they stink up the joint, and 10-1 Titan, it has been a fun year! Go Vols, Go Titans!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tons of us in church life are wrestling with multi-campus, multi-site, multi-venue ideas for the churches we lead. Many of you work in churches that have multiple locations. At First Norfolk we had 2 campuses and now they have three...working on four...VERY COOL. I was reminded today of a NAMING thing that bugs me about multiple campuses. Here is goes, get ready, this may not bug you but it does me>>>>CALLING YOUR ORIGINAL LOCATION THE MAIN CAMPUS>>>> I drove by a local church that had on their sign the time of the service at their MAIN CAMPUS and the time for the other location. BLAAAAAAAAAAAA nothing sounds worse to me than MAIN CAMPUS. At First Norfolk we had to fight the battle that the MAIN CAMPUS name brought with it. That name automatically made the original campus seem more important and nothing could be further from the truth. It took months of work and relationship building to get our team at our Chesapeake location to know we were FOR them and wanted to partner with them. The MAIN CAMPUS name hurt the kingdom work we wanted to do and it can hurt your effort in the church you lead.
So now that I have that out of my system, please empower your other locations and come up with another name for your original location besides MAIN CAMPUS. I promise it will help empower your teams leading in your other locations. PROMISE!
Monday, November 24, 2008
- new series at GCC was great! Go check out www.gcomchurch.com to see the logo...good job Ron, and creative team for leading us Sunday. It was great to see our team press on and launch a new series on a day when it is easy to mail it in for the usual thanksgiving talk. Good job!
- Cross Street Live (Dec. 7 at 5:30 / www.gcomkids.com) is coming together. The set is looking amazing. I am so thankful for the job Jim Wilcox is doing leading this effort. Our folks have really done a great job making this come together. CSL is going to be amazing!
- Got to lead in Cross Street this Sunday with Nate Edmondson, it is always cool to see kids connect with God. Church should be the best stop of a kids week. WHY DOES CHURCH HAVE TO BE BORING? It does not have to be, our God is amazing! I am thrilled to serve at an exciting church where adults, teens, and kids love coming to church!
- We have a break at REMIX this week but we finish our LOVESICK series Dec. 3 with a talk back session where teens get to ask questions, YES they get to talk and we get to answer, could be dangerous!
- It was fun to speak at First Baptist Owensboro for D-Now. Matt mason has done a great job leading that student ministry.
- Got to go see Madagascar 2 with the family Sunday. It was great, I laughed out loud so many times.
- MTSU wins, Vols beat Vandy, Titans forget to show up. I forgot what losing on Sunday was like. it is no fun. The Jets looked really good...they have the Patriot offense working. Hope Titans get another shot.
- I am really ready for the break this week. I have had the chance to speak a ton this month and work on the CSL launch...mentally I am tried baby! TIRED!
- Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I am so thankful for so many things...will blog later!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"Just doing my job"
What a bogus excuse.
If you take a job, you've bought into what the company does. You're responsible.
If you work for a company headed off a cliff, hey, you're going too. The fact that you're just doing your job doesn't make unemployment any better. And if the company is hurting people or the world you operate in, it doesn't matter who told you to do it, you still did it.
It's not just your job. It's a big part of your life. And you're way smarter than you're giving yourself credit for. Speak up, change things or get out. Whining later is a low-return strategy.
Sorry for the rant. Been getting a lot of email this week from people explaining why they work for companies doing dumb things.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I know you can not change this overnight but you can start working toward being in an organization with people you love and respect. DO NOT SETTLE! Sure there will always be struggles with people you work with but you can have relationships of significance as you work, plan, build, tear down, TOGETHER. So, who do yo work with?
Grace Community team...love doing life with all of you!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Ok this is real...cross street LIVE is coming to Clarksville on Dec. 7. How do I know this? We start construction on the set in the morning. It is ON, and our team is so excited. We have been dreaming about launching a service where kids and parents could worship together since we began the journey here at Grace Community three years ago. We have been waiting for God to put the right people in place to make the jump and that time is now! It is really NOW since we have all this wood, paint, STUFF at Rossview High ready to be assembled. We are in promo mode now and we want to ask people to plan on being at CSL, to pray for CSL, and to spread the word about CSL. Cross Street Live is open to families all over Carksville. SPREAD the WORD! If you want more info about what we do each week in our Cross Street environment for kids go check out [www.gcomkids.com] for all the details.
This week we have a commercial ready to run about CSL but I wanted to post a video here on www.michaelbayne.net so you could see what we are about to tackle. This video is from our friends at North Point Community Church in Atlanta a few years back. This is where we are headed! I also want to thank Cross Point Community, New Work Fellowship and Reggie Joiner at RETHINK for helping our team dream about the possibility of having a service for families at GCC! Check this out...
Monday, November 17, 2008
One place I hope you will go check out is [ http://adventconspiracy.org/ ] and see what some friends of ours are doing to help people change their idea of the Holiday season. If you are on www.michaelbayne.net check out this video from the Advent Conspiracy...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
If you are on facebook you can check this video out at by clicking here. If you are on www.michaelbayne.net check this out...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It is so cool for me to read in the Bible where Jesus compares our love for our children to the extreme love God has for us. Jesus asks his followers if they know how to give good gifts to their children how much more will God do the same with His children? It is crazy that when we are spiritually sick we try to run from the very one that wants to help us get better. When we are stuck in the hurt of sin and its consequences we run away from the one place of healing. As I take of my little girl this week it just reminds me that my Heavenly Father is there to heal the sickness that traps me so often.
Are you spiritually sick? Are you hurting? Are you confused? Are you sacred? God is there! He is ready to help! Instead of running away run in His direction.
Monday, November 10, 2008
List three negative experiences that have shaped your life.
- my parents divorce
- the loss of some close friends to cancer
- dealing with the consequences of sin in my own life (this would take a BOOK)
- marrying chelsea parks NOW chelsea bayne
- getting to parent kozbi and kelyn!
- growing up with parents who love Jesus
- salvation and learning what it means to follow Christ!
- having the chance to mentor and invest in the lives of teenagers
- finally embracing the fact God called me to innovate and create as I serve the church
When I look back at all my experiences He has prepared me to be right where I am now. God has prepared me for this moment in my life. For the first time I am surrounded not just by people who go to my church but real people, living real life, in this city. It is very cool to be able to invest in those around me and learn with them what it means to follow Christ.
Really every situation, every problem, every relationship, every good and every bad is all to shape and mold my life for God. I look back at everything and understand God has had a plan and my choices have not surprised Him. It is amazing how God uses the past to get us ready for the next adventure we will face. I am so thankful God can use my good and bad.
Have fun if you want to do this short homework project. Ron, good job Sunday! Thanks for being open with us about your life and pointing us to follow after Jesus with our life.
Here is the idea... what if we could raise enough money to buy 50,000 pairs of shoes in 50 days? The goal is simple and you can be a part of the movement. Go to www.50000shoes.com and donate 5 bucks. 5 dollars buys 2 pair of shoes! Join the movement on facebook. Blog about it today on your blog. Tell your friends about what is going on. Many of you have already embraced this idea through Toms Shoes. This is just one more way we can meet a basic need for kids living in poverty all over the globe.
Go for it...this is an amazing charity and you can be a part of making a difference in the lives of people all over the globe. Here is some info about souls4shoes...
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Sunday, November 9, 2008
- Praying for Katrina Watts our director of grace acres here at GCC...she lost her grandmother this weekend. Praying for her and her family, Katrina is doing an amazing job with our preschool team!
- Ron and the worship team did an amazing job this morning in our gathering at GCC. Go get the podcast! I will post some more thoughts from Sunday later this week. Thanks guys for leading us this morning.
- This week we have a big meeting about launching the first KIDSTUF in Clarksville. Kidstuf is a worship experience where kids and parents worship together. We are really excited!
- Ready for a change in Knoxville with my Vols. How do you lose to Wyoming???
- Go Titans, we are that good!
- Got to go to homecoming at MTSU this weekend. MTSU has done an amazing job thinking like a BIG SCHOOL. The facilities are amazing and if they can ever string together a few winning seasons they are going to really build their fan base! Go Blue!
- My wife and kids are amazing! It was great to be with them all weekend. Since there is no school we are gonna hit the pool at the Y in the morning. Should be fun.
- Get to speak at a retreat for FBC Smyrna this coming weekend. I am really excited...
- Look for some big news on a ton of blogs in the morning, big announcement and big push coming all across the country.
- At Remix we start a new series on dating, go look at www.relevantstudents.com
- About to watch amazing race with my wife, YES! love that show!
Friday, November 7, 2008
15 My mouth will tell about your righteousness, about your salvation all day long. Even then, it is more than I can understand. Psalm 71:14-15 GWT
This summer I began to question, why do we need more worship songs? Why do we search out new artists singing new songs about this God we serve? No matter what style of music you like there is a desire for that new song, that new idea, that new melody. When we hear it we grab on to it and make that thought part of our lives. New worship music is needed and helps us to think new thoughts about a God we will never be able to contain.
From some people I hear this complaint about our consumption of worship music. It is almost like there is something wrong with the way we engage new music. It is like the enjoyment I have from a new song about God is bad! I keep coming back and questioning how desiring new ideas about God expressed through new music can be a bad thing. The real desire for new music flows from a desire within all of us that longs to connect with a God we have a hard time grasping. Art (music) helps us express how we feel about God and understand truth about God when we struggle to find ways to express it. Here are some places I have landed when it comes to music in the Christian faith...
- When it comes to music we need to strive to create rather than copy. Regardless of style make good art that honors and amazing God. (GOOD ART, not stuff that is "safe" enough to get played on Christian radio - HA)
- Embrace the new and the old. Can we ever say enough about the God who created the universe?
- We learn our theology from music. Yes we need lyrics that express truth, God's word, and solid doctrine in our music. We learn about God as we sing about God. This goes for every age group in the church.
- Music can challenge the way we view God and view life! Controversy and be good when it makes us think. we ave to allow artists to stretch the way we view following Christ. THINK DEREK WEBB, that guys challenges the process. You do not have to agree with him but let him express his art and think?
- Great worship music leads us to this amazing God we serve and exalts Him. Worship music should be God centered.
- Lets give artists the freedom to create and quit being so FEARFUL that someone might say something wrong. Why ask artists to stop expressing thoughts about God and life???
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Steve Fee - Faithful
You were before time
and You'll be when it ends
for you have no beginning
and no end
Your word shall endure
without change it is sure
on Your promises
we will stand secure
You are ever faithful,
You are ever faithful
to us, God
You are crowned all-powerful
all the world will bow before
You, Oh God
Kristian Stanfill - Lord of All
There is none so High and Holy
King of Kings the One and Only
You are adored, You are the Lord of All
We are not defined by a party, denomination, government, or man made organization. We serve a God who Reigns on High! Live, Dream, Serve, and Love in and through Jesus Christ!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This weekend we pulled off our second CRAVE weekend of relevant student ministry history (that sounds official!). The band (Matt Blair led!) did great, Jay Strother did an amazing job speaking, but the real difference makers in the weekend were our lifegroup leaders. Yea, we call our adult group leaders lifegroup leaders. We love what happens in each session. We are passionate about the teaching and worship times at every retreat. We love havinf fun, but when I look back at last weekend the most important thing that happened was the relational bridges built between the teens and their lifegroup leaders. The group times that went down at CRAVE come back to Clarksville with each group. The crazy things that happened come home with each group. The ideas that God impressed on each kids heart come back with each group. What happened on retreat keeps SWIRLING back at our weekly gathering because our lifegroup leaders took the time to go with their kids to CRAVE. Thanks so much to our team for doing such a great job.
I think the most important thing every youth pastor can do is empower their adult volunteers to move from "youth worker" to youth minister. It has to be OK that students call their group leader when things go wrong. It has to be OK that our group leaders are at their ballgames and plays instead of us. It has to be OK that our group leaders have input into the direction of the student ministries we lead. Instead of trying to be "super minister" each of us responsible have to stop doing it ALL, taking all the credit, and empower the team we lead. Your team is there to serve, minister, and lead not just be bossed around doing all the junk you do not want to do! Empower your team, listen to them, serve them, pray for them, and then step back and watch God work as you multiply your ministries effectiveness! (Oh yea, your juniors and seniors can be great leaders also, we know because we have some of the best! Do not be scared to empower High school students!)
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Good is the enemy of great!
When you start compromising the quality people on your bus (your team) to gain fast growth you will fall.
Growth must not get ahead of the ability to have the right people on the bus. UNDISCIPLINED PURSUIT OF MORE!
If we get the right "WHOS” we get better WHATS! Life is people! Our lives are shaped by the people we surround ourselves with.
The only thing you can control is WHO you do life with! Who are you going with!
Many churches are dependent on a powerful personality this sets them up for failure. Personalities end, the measure is after the personality leaves.
If you build a great church doing great things we must help it be ENDURING with the right people in leadership!
Work is infinite, time is precious
Yes, Jim Collins is an amazing leader and thinker, go check out www.jimcollins.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
What is the most imporatant thing about a human soul? If it is that they have a relationship with God then move forward with confidence...
Is investing in the lives of kids and teens important? If you say yes then move forward with confidence...
Is spending your time, money, faith, and, career advancing the Kingdom of God worth it? If yes then move forward with confidence...
Do you believe in the mission and process of your organization (your school, church, young life group, fca, community group, business, or church)? If yes then move forward with confidence...
Jesus said in John 10:10 about Satan, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Choose life today and move forward with confidence.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I hope if you are out there doing ministry you have a place you go just to relax and have fun. I love sports. It is my distraction from the demands of leading and it gives me a mental BREAK. We all need it, get out there and take a break. Go fishing, hunting, play music, go to a game, hiking, running, WHATEVER. Serve God, invest in others, work hard, invest in your family with passion, and take time to rest. Life is way to short, take some time to enjoy it!
Monday, October 27, 2008
- use as many of your weekly leaders as you can - this is where relationships really grow. Give your volunteers the chance to invest and make memories with your kids!
- use youth pastors you trust to speak - there are tons of youth pastors you know who are good communicators. It will save you a ton of time and allow your kids to hear a fresh voice speak into their lives.
- make sure your retreat format supports your weekly ministry format - make sure what you on retreat looks much like your weekly experience. RETREATS should support and enhance what you do each week.
- make sure your teens have time to have fun - PLEASE MAKE ANY RETREAT YOU DO FUNNNNNNNNNNNN. Not sure who said fun was not holy. Fun softens hearts and builds relationships.
- think outside the box - go places and do things your kids will not expect. We go to major cities and stay in nice hotels, WHY because we are tired of teens getting second best. They need to know they are worth the investment. You do not have to do every retreat in the woods even thought roughing it can be great. One of my friends does a great retreat each year with house boats at a local lake, GREAT IDEA!
- partner with other youth ministries - any size church can hold a great retreat and numbers help bring momentum. If you lead a small church and have a small group, gather with five other churches and bring the momentum!
- focus on the kids who go - we are all terrible at worrying about why kids do not go on an event we plan. Invest in the kids that go, give them your total attention.
- pray, pray and pray some more - so many time we plan great things but forget the most important thing, TO PRAY! We need God to show up more than anything. Get people praying for your retreat.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Again today I ask where are you serving or giving that has no direct connection with your church? How are you involved in your community?
Friday, October 24, 2008
- We did the cake walk 4 times and did not win cake. SOLUTION the girls and I went to Food lion and got ice cream and a brownie mix. BAM, take that cake walk%^%^&%^&%
- The food at the festival, not that good but it was Kelyn's favorite meal. Pizza and Cheetos!
- The crowd, wow it was packed and got to see a ton of friends. Good times!
- The girls got to play a ton of games and the highlight of course were the TATTOOS, fake of course since it may be a little early for the real thing!
- Chelsea volunteered the final hour while I cooked the brownies. we had a sweet after festival party at home.
- KOZBI loves her school. Good job to the staff there, you guys and gals are amazing. We have great schools in Clarksville.
- OUR FAMILY had a great time!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
- I became a follower of Jesus Christ.
- I learned that my spiritual family (the local church) matters and a I met some amazing people who loved me and my family.
- I discovered that real manhood could be lived as a follower of Jesus out as we live daring lives in and for the Kingdom of God. I encountered many REAL men who loved God and loved others.
- I found truth and wisdom in the Bible. I learned I could meet God there in those pages.
- I understood eternity was real and that what we did in this life would matter in the next.
- I learned to stand up for what I believed in.
- I learned that people where made in God's image and every human has value.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The economy has generated a lot of concern among businesses, families and non-profit organizations. And understandably so.
At Buckhead, we want to lead very well during this season. Last week, I shared with our leadership team that I want us as a church to “respond but not retreat.”
This simply means that I want us to respond to the situation by continuing to use the financial systems we have in place allowing us to make wise stewardship decisions. At the same time, I do not want us retreating at all from the mission God has placed before us.
We will continue to do our very best to be wise stewards of the resources entrusted to us. And we will also move with confidence and faith that God is with us.
As your campus pastor, I greatly value your continued confidence and support which allows us to respond wisely to the current economic situation but not retreat one inch from leading people into a growing relationship with Christ.
Started reading this book last Thursday and just have not been able to put it down. Matthew Paul Turner ( http://www.matthewpaulturner.com) is a writer, blogger, thinker, follower of Christ. The book i simply his story of growing up in a fundamentalist church in the 80's. As I read I just could not stop laughing. The book is an honest on open look at life in his church growing up. I have not connected with a book like this since Blue Like Jazz, and I fully recommend it for all of you out there trying to get over your churched upbringing.
I am so thankful that my parents were Christ followers but the with my church experience it was difficult to connect church and the teachings of Jesus. It was almost like we believed we could never be like Jesus because He was perfect so we need all these rules and this institution to keep us all on track. The amazing thing is that I became a follower of Jesus at a young age but even then I wondered why church had to be so boring and non- Jesus like. Jesus was amazing, the churches in our town really were not.
I think I connected with the book because it is my story. So many of the stories in the book were situations I lived out and experienced. The difference for me was that my Dad as the pastor. I was able to see God change my Dad's view of FAITH as He changed me personally. By the time I was in college I began to see the possibility of church. I felt called to the movement of church not the institution. Now I serve at a church where we are striving to recreate church as a movement and not an institution. We are striving to create a place where we can remove distractions and allow people to gather, commit to community, and serve each other each week. We hope to create a space where people can be honest about their broken lives and the pastors do not have to pretend to be spiritual superheroes that have it all together. We are just a group of people trying to think, live, parent, work, and serve like Jesus Christ. So I thought today I would just make a list of some of the funny things I learned in my days of being a kid and teen in church. Yes these are funny but sad at the same time, this is what I had to GET OVER...
- Revelation movies about the rapture are VERY SCARY! I had many nightmares!
- You should always dress up for church because God expects that we give our best. We need to look, PROPER, at church. (in middle school my parents started to let us wear Air Jordans to church, I told my Sunday School teachers when they complained that my shoes cost more than their whole outfit!)
- Southern Gospel is God's kind of music.
- Rock and Roll is devil music. (this one ticked me off then BAD, I remember hiding my tapes of ACDC and early rap music, NWA, go Easy E)
- Only sinners go see movies rated other than G.
- It is ok to call out from the "pulpit" people who smoke, gamble, drink alcohol,lie, steal, are homosexual, or have had any moral failure.
- If you are not a Christian then you are "stupid".
- Christians are Republicans.
- When you are at camp you have to wear pants to the worship service at night because that is what God wants and the best way to be respectful and NO GIRLS can ever go swimming with a 2 piece bathing suit.
- Handing our tracks and carrying your Bible to school or work are the best way to tell people about Jesus. If they do not accept Christ, then oh well, they are going to Hell and they deserve it.
- You cannot be friends with people who are not Christians because they will WRECK your life and THEY ARE DANGEROUS.
- The goal for kids it to get them saved so they will not burn in Hell. After salvation we can make them good "church" people.
- You always have to go to church 3 times a week on Sunday morning, night and Wed night!
- Revivals that last 7 days are awesome. The longer it goes the better it is!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
- Grace Acres and Cross Street (our kids ministry www.gcomkids.com) were both amazing this morning. I got to hear both groups in their music time and those kids were singing to God.
- In Cross Street the kids are singing Broadcast by Steve Fee! Man I wish I had music like that when i was a kid. Broadcast is an amazing song for kids to grab hold of. Go check that song out.
- Dr. Kent Hughes (Kent as I like to call him) spoke today in our gathering about communication in marriage. It was a great talk, go get the podcast. In tough time Satan attacks marriages. we just want to everything we ca do to help families thrive.
- Grateful for my wife today, she is amazing! Love ya baby! (got to get that in after that talk on communication)
- In our gathering the band led Everlasting God, love that verse saying that "strength will rise when we wait upon the Lord", WOW...just a reminder that I am always in process and always in need of His strength!
- With the end of fall break we had an amazing crowd, I was just reminded how much I love the people God is bringing to GCC. There is an amazing vibe and it is great to see people connect before and after service.
- Got to have lunch with a group of high school and college students who feel called to ministry. What a blessing, God is calling out incredible people to serve Him.
- I am a better person when the Vols win! Now I am going to watch the Titan game on DVR and spend the evening with my family. Go Titans!