Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Can you believe it? We're almost there. Begin preparing for what day 22 looks like. Do we take a day off and dive back in? Do we change a few things and start all over? It's up to you, but be purposeful. Don't just let things happen, make things happen!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
For some reason, I did one more day in John 11. You have to give me a break though, it was new year's eve when I recorded this one! Tomorrow is John 13, so you are on your own for the triumphal entry (john 12). Keep up the good work. It's down hill from here!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is the first video in our series called 21. I showed this at church last night. We invite you to join with us for 21 days being the person you want to be. This video was shot 23 days ago when I started my 21 days. Also, and not in the video, let me encourage you to join me in a chapter a day in the book of John. Each day I'll post a video blog and talk about my day and make a few comments on that day's John Chapter. This vid is a few minutes long (I can get kinda preachy), but it should clear everything up! Today is DAY ONE! Here we go.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
First some good news. We had our highest attendance ever this weekend. We had two first time families that some of our core team members invited. Fresh faces recharge me. I'm proud of our regulars for reaching out and inviting others. We keep track of where everyone came from in a family tree type format, and some of our regulars are starting to have their own tree!
Secondly, some good news. This week one of my neighbors, Josh, asked how he could get more involved, so he's taking over all of set up and lock up. What a blessing! We have 3 teams of 2 guys that rotate every week for set up and with Josh at the helm, I no longer have to worry about it.
Thirdly, more good news. We bought a couple more pieces of equipment this week. That doesn't seem like a big deal to most of us, but it really is. We want things to be excellent when our guests show up for our launch. First impressions are very important. With the type of creative, young ministry that we're doing, we want our sound and video and lighting to be great.
Fourth(ly), next weekend we're starting a new series called, "21." I'm convinced this will be a life changing series for many of our people. The goal is to live the life you want to live for a full 21 days. Do you wish you prayed more? Do you wish you exercised more? Do you wish you lived on a budget? We all have our list of things we wish we did more. My wife is practicing piano for 20 minutes a day for her 21. Everyone's list is different, but we're challenging people to be who they want to be, not who their spouse wants them to be or their kids or friends, not even the church. Who does your spirit (meaning opposite of flesh) want you to be?
I'm going through my 21 days first before I ask the church to join me. I'm on day 16 today. For the past 15 days, I have prayed on my knees everyday. I have read a chapter in John every day. I've limited caffeinated beverages to once a week. We are living on a budget, which means no CC's and rarely eating out (unless the grandparents are paying!). So far it's been incredible. Everyday I do a video blog talking about the journey and making some comments on that days chapter of John. When we start 21 with the church, I'll be posting one video everyday so that people feel like someone is going through it with them. Let me challenge you, wherever you may be to dive in with me. They say 21 days makes a habit, let's make some great new habits for the new year!
Lastly, the good news. We're having a cook out this coming weekend. We have a goal of having at least 65 people there. IF we do, we're setting a date to launch connections publicly. Yesterday I handed out cards promoting our 21 series, some "ivebeenserved.com" cards and cash to our people to bless someone with. Pray that people are responsive to the invites. I'm excited about what God is going to do!!!