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Stolen


Todd had a post this morning you absolutely have to check out.  There was a church in North Carolina that had their trailer stolen, and they’ve launched a campaign to find out who stole it… but it’s not what you think.  Rather than looking for justice, this church is looking to connect with and forgive these people, and even offers to buy them lunch.  They are doing it through a website, a YouTube video directed towards the new trailer owners :), and through some pretty radical billboards.

I’m absolutely blown away by this guy’s humility and grace.  Click here to go to their website for the scoop.
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Posted by on April 3, 2008 in church stuff, random stuff

 

Big Weekend

Just got back from the gym.  It’s all quiet in my house, everyone is asleep.  I’m thinking about this weekend, and now I’m getting pretty excited!

The band has been rehearsing, Dennis has been working on his talk, we’ve scheduled volunteers, planned, prayed, invited.  Now it’s a matter of waiting until tonight at 7pm when we officially kick off the Easter Weekend and it’s 6 services.  I’m so excited to see what this weekend will bring.  Our people will bring their friends.  Many who never attend church will attend for the first time.  I hope they meet Christ this weekend.
If you live near Sherman, Texas, I’d love it if you’d be my guest this weekend!  Here are the service times:
  • Friday at 7:00pm
  • Saturday at 7:00pm
  • Sunday at 8:45am
  • Sunday at 10:10am
  • Sunday at 11:30am
  • Sunday night at 6pm at our Joshua’s Crossing location
What a time to consider Christ, His sacrifice and resurrection, and join with the community of believers to celebrate a great Savior who is Mighty to Save.
What is your church doing for Easter?
 
 

Selling my whole life…

How many of you have ever wished you could trade your entire life for another?

I saw this story yesterday about a guy who, after a divorce, is selling his entire life- including his house and everything in it (including his car, motorcycle, etc), his job, and even his friends.  He plans to walk away, hop on a plane, and see where it takes him.
I know so  many people are broken, wounded, empty, and they’d give anything to trade their life in on a new one.  They try every way they can think of to do that… every Friday night they are at the local bar attempting to use a drink to trade their life… a girl sleeps with a guy she knows doesn’t love her attempting to reach that other life… a middle-aged man leaves his wife and kids who love him dearly for a young gal he met at the office- trying to be happy, to find his place in life…
Easter is this weekend.  It’s the weekend of the year people far from God are most likely to come to your church.  Are you ready?  Can you handle the broken, the wounded, the needy? Will you do a “nice Easter service” and pat each other on the back that you pulled off “another Easter” or will you be prepared to engage everyone, to make sure they don’t get lost in the cracks?  Remember Jesus’ words when He said “I didn’t come to save the righteous but to save that which is lost.”  
People far from God often would give anything to trade their life for something better.  There’s only one life that’s better than any other- the life as a Christ-follower.  Will you do your part to help them make that trade this week?
 
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Posted by on March 19, 2008 in easter, ministry, random stuff

 

Wow, it’s been awhile!

Hey friends!

I’ve gotten some e-mails asking where in the world I’ve been the last few weeks. 
Well, I’ve been super busy and have just not had time for the blogosphere.  I’m sorry about that, and will try to be back on now.  
Busy times, but great times!
 
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Posted by on March 13, 2008 in random stuff

 

I’m tired and going to bed!

4 chapters of a Hermeneutics textbook, 1.5 on another, a newcomer’s dinner, still reading.  

Mid-term tomorrow night.  3 services at church.  Sunday night prayer/worship gathering.
I’m tired and going to bed… 🙂
 
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Posted by on February 10, 2008 in random stuff

 

Starbucks can get you thrown in jail.

I read this article today, and found out that you can get thrown in jail for sitting in Starbucks with someone of the opposite sex you aren’t married to.

apparently an American woman was sitting in a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia (who would have thought there was a Starbucks in Saudi???) with a co-worker when their office electricity went out. Some religious police (apparently there are thousands who wander looking for violations of dress code, conduct, etc) confronted and arrested her for it. She was released the next day.

Sometimes I feel in a very minor sense like she must have felt. That there are thousands of religious police out there (misguided believers) who are judging me and everyone else for what we wear, say, listen to, do, etc. Thank God that Jesus accepts us for who we are. He shows us grace by the very act of paving the way for us to have a relationship with God. I was one of those religious police once, always looking for what people were doing wrong, rather than what they were doing right. It saddens me to think that, had I left the convicting part to the Holy Spirit, and focused on building the Kingdom of God, I could have had much more influence. Now, before you e-mail me or comment saying “we should point out truth”, I say, I agree. But that can ONLY be done in community. Only when I’ve invested enough in someone’s life to earn credibility to speak God’s truth to them, not my own opinionated garble.

I can tell you this: I will be a little nervous the next few times I go to Starbucks! And if by some freak chance I ever find myself sitting in a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia, I will erect a small fence around my table so that no woman other than my wife can sit next to me!!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2008 in random stuff, starbucks

 

What Chance Do You Have of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse?

Give it a shot and see how well you’d do!

32%

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2008 in random stuff