April 22, 2016
Good Friday to You.
I hope you are well and I am looking forward to the new series we are starting on Sunday that is called Distinct. It is a series about how our relationships can and should be Distinct as followers of Jesus. I am praying that this 5-week series will help us all strenghten our relationships with others and also the Distinct love we share will lead people to Jesus.
I found a fun article you might like about this:
Also a video that might make you laugh:
if that doesn't work try this:
Keep Ricky and Yvette in your prayers as they minister in the prisons this weekend. I would love to hear how your 7-day Challenge went? Did you encounter someone who needed God's love? Let me know your story.
My favorite quote of my readings this week was from Spiritual Leadership by Blackaby:
If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them, the world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that's what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.
How can I pray for You?
April 15, 2016
Good Friday to You!
I hope you are having a great week and learning a lot. As I look at and pray about our church mission - '...to learn together and invite others to be committed followers of Jesus Christ...' I am encouraged by its simplicity and challenged by its importance.
After talking about heaven and hell, this Sunday we will talk about evangelism and sharing our faith. It is a natural response to thinking about eternal matters. Do you have someone you are praying for who is not a Christian? Keep praying, my grandfather accepted Christ as his personal savior in the final days of his life and we had prayed for him for a long, long time. Those types of prayers are important to God!
Our Connection Groups are kicking off and if you would like to joing one please let me know. We are in the process of adding 'seeker' groups where the entire focus will be on people who do not have faith in Jesus and at times are not interested. These groups are in the beginning stages of development, would you pray that they attract people who are not connected with God? This summer we will pause our sermon based Connect Groups and have classes and studies. Is there somethign you would like to learn about? Something you would like to teach? Again, let us know and we can get these scheduled and fulfill our mission of 'learning together...'
I recently ready Living Forward by Michael Hyatt, it is a book about creating a life-plan. I was sceptical at first, but I decided to dive in and follow the book to the letter. I have to say creating a life plan has changed my life and I would encourage you to take a look at this no matter what stage of life you are in. If you are breathing, God has a purpose for you to serve others!
I recently listend to a couple podcasts you might be interested in:
1. The best productivity ideas I have ever heard; http://michaelhyatt.com/season-7-episode-9-top-10-productivity-hacks-podcast.html
2. A podcast about worship trends in the church; http://thomrainer.com/2016/04/why-congregational-singing-is-waning-rainer-on-leadership-215/
I also watched an interesting TED Talk about how our bodies and minds are connected: http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
When I watched this I was amazed by how God created us and thought of Mark 12 - You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. There really is no other way than to be all in!
I pray you have a great weekend! Start one of your days with this Fernando Ortega video - I think you will be blessed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZ8k9m2hwo