Saturday, July 26, 2008
For all of you out there serving in hard places, HOLD ON. I man it, HOLD ON. You may know that God has not wired you to serve in the church you are at, but you need to serve with all your heart where you are at right now. I look back and see that one thing I was able to do at every church I was at was give it 100% and love the people God placed in my life. I am so glad God placed me in every church I served at even though my heart longed to be involved with a church plant. If you know change is coming do not underestimate the lessons God has for you in the present. You have to lead where to are at and dream about the future at the same time. God has you where you are a for a reason. HOLD ON!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Got to hit to golf course today! I played bad and it was still fun. You know you have not played in a long time when you can play bad and still have fun. It as great to get out and hit the ball. We went to a new restaurant called Mollies tonight. Slow service but good food. Getting ready for our last day on Saturday. We are gonna try to soak it all in!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Ok I love the place BUT It just reminded me that when you offer an experience that is amazing people will adapt to how you run your organization, church, or business. You can only ask people to step out of the norm if you are willing to offer an experience that is worth them going through the process that your organization, church, or business demands of the customer. When you encounter excellence and the product is amazing you will come back, you will adjust. I did!
Last thing...the new batman movie is amazing. Chelsea and I got to go on a little date today and saw the flick. Loved it!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The weather could not get any better than it was today. Just another great day here in Surf City. We moved our tent down a little today. Yesterday we set our tent up too close to a big family that had a beach front house. They did not like that we were in their space, we really did not care and need their attitude so we just moved on down. It was the first time we really have encountered anybody here that we had a problem with in the three years we have been here. Today Kelyn was ready to roll and all the kids were out in the water. The waves were so much better. It is vacation for sure because I grilled some burgers tonight, wow...homerun! Had my first fantasy football draft tonight and it went really well. It is way to early to draft but it was so much fun to get into football season and think about touchdowns. We are going to see the new batman movie Wed. afternoon, can not wait. Loaded more pics on facebook!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Yes we finally got to hit the beach...yes we are feeling much better. It is always hard getting sick but God really blessed Koz and I and helped us get better quick. It was a beautiful day today and all the kids had a great time. We have a house full of cousins here. We have 2 little girls and Chelsea's parents have adopted 4 wonderful kids, yea I know it is a long story but they are parenting again after raising 3 great girl. We also have Chelsea's sister Chayla and her husband here. Some big news here from the day! Koz was rescuing dead washed up jelly fish and throwing them back in the ocean. Kelyn is still getting used to the water, still kind of shy. I put the tent up this morning by myself and managed to hit homerun on the grill tonight cooking grouper and salmon. I was really proud of myself. I also go to take a nap with kelyn, we slept good. The mark of a good day at the beach is a nap! Will load some pics from the day on facebook. Good times, good time...
Here is a good God thought today...God made all of this, he thought up the beach, the mountains, the grand canyon, the Redwood Forrest, and anything else that just makes you think. God also made little girls who just live in the moment and dive into the ocean as soon as they hit the sand. This is the God of creation, the God that saved my soul. Amazing...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
In other news, looks like I got one person fired up because I posted some comments from a pastor I really respect www.perrynoble.com . Yes you guessed it, his name is Perry Noble so for some interesting reading go check out the little discussion a few of us had this week on my last post. For those of you out there leading in a church it will be a very interesting discussion! Just so it is clear, I hate Internet fights, whatever you want to call it when people comment and rant on specific people. Some people like to call it slander. My mom used to say, if you can not say something good about someone, say nothing at all. When it comes to blogging it is a good rule to have. This space we have should be used to encourage and dream together. It is cool to vent about and issue but please leave the names of people and locations of their church out of it. If you have a gripe about an organization, contact the leaders there and give feedback. I love where I serve because I get to create and innovate in a church and actually do something for the kingdom of God instead of typing words about it. If you are out there and God is giving you a vision for the local church then pray to ave the courage to gather some folks together and create that environment. For all that read this, feel free to hold me accountable if I do more griping rather than building up.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am COMPLETELY COMMITTED to doing whatever it takes to funding the next generation instead of fighting them. (Andy Stanley quote!) If we are going to be a church that is willing to go to unfamiliar places–we need to be willing to embrace what is unfamiliar!...
The previous generation has never worshiped Jesus the way their parents worshiped Him…what’s next for the church?
I want a church that causes hell to be less crowded!
Ok, go to www.perrynoble.com and check this guy out. He is an incredible leader and he allows others on his staff to lead out.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
There are so many places in our country where people have never heard the gospel. we served kids that lived next to several churches and had never heard the message of Jesus. it was so sweet to get to invest in those kids and see many of them pray for receive Christ.
You can never count out what OLDER kids will get when working in a city. We had several high school kids that plugged in all week, wow. They really got it.
Never underestimate what High School students can do, our team did an amazing job of leading and this was their first experience.
God has blessed us at GCC with a sweet spot for working with kids, we know this is where we need to go next year.
MissionLab was a great organization to partner with...go check it out at http://www.missionlab.org/.
Nick Fundora is going to be a very good guitar player - keep working on it man, you know three chords now...just wait!
Lawrence Roper was so good with kids, he showed up and helped this week in Cross Street, great job man!
Our team really hit a home run on our trip thanks to all of you who went on the journey with us, you were amazing.
Get ready to see a recap by video of this experience in our Sunday gathering next week...
It is going to be a wild week...hope to get some time to make some posts, we will see. GO NATIONAL LEAGUE in the all star game this week...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Will get a recap post up after we get back in town, pray for the team as we share the message of Jesus with the kids in the 7th ward on Friday.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
You can check out MissionLab at www.missionlab.com . It is an amazing organization and we are thrilled to get to partner with them for a week.
So ready for the 4th of July...our family is heading to the lake to hang out with my family. Nothing like cooking out, jet skis and the lake. It will be great to get to relax before we leave for an intense week of serving in New Orleans. So thankful for the freedom we have here in America and love this holiday to remind us of what a great place we live. Thanks to all who are on the front lines bringing democracy and freedom to the world. We have so many friends who serve in the military all over the world. Thanks! What you do is making a difference!