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This has been a crazy week!  I know I’ve been behind in my blog entries.  Here’s what’s been going on thus far.

1.  Last Saturday, we handed out 200 free subway fare cards for our InsideOut outreach event.  Some people were skeptical, which is understandable.  Face it.  Many things that are “free” have a catch or end up costing you in the long run.  Right now, we are strangers to the community.  Trust can only be built be engaging the community consistently over time.  Some were excited and blown away that the church was actually giving something away, rather than asking for something.  Overall, it was awesome.

2.  Expression went well last night.  The attendance was staggering.  There were people standing up against the walls.  We are contemplating continuing the event after we launch.  I was planning to cast vision for our September 9th launch.  However…

3.  I caught laryngitis and couldn’t speak.  Yeah, I know.  Bummer.  Update: I still have laryngitis and still can’t speak.  I was scheduled to speak at our Test Drive at the AMC tomorrow…oh, well.  Dafnette said she will fill in for me.  Bless her heart.  She’s a great speaker and encourager.  As a result, I can focus on doing what all church planters do best:  graphics.

4.  I attended the Buzz Conference at National Community Church.  It was awesome!  I had a great time.  Mark Batterson, Craig Croeshel, and Tim Stevens were the main speakers.  God truly used them to challenge us as leaders.  One of my great friends, Chris, served at the conference.  It was exciting to see him involved.  I also met a guy named Ben from Florida, who has been reading my blog.  I was boosted!  I’ve never met someone that lives so far that reads the blog.  Speaking of blogging, I attended a bloggers breakfast with Tony Morgan.  During the session, he spoke a little bit about being consistent with your blog entries.  Oops!)

5.  I’m committing to praying like crazy over the next few months.  I pray that God will continue to bless and keep our family.  I also pray for his direction, leading, and favor for The Bridge.  If you remember, please pray for us as well.

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1993inaug.jpgWe are gearing up for our next InsideOut outreach event called iMetroiMetro will be a series of outreach events that will take place at metro stops throughout Washington D.C.  This Saturday, we plan on passing out 200 free fare cards.  The amazing thing is that there are two major festivals in DC on that day: National Barbecue Battle and the DC Caribbean Carnival.  We are hoping to take advantage of the traffic and connect with individuals that don’t know Christ. This outreach event is actually a second option to our proposed gas buy down.  After our gas buy down attempts went belly up, we migrated back to this idea that came from my wife.  It was obvious.  Our mission field is a subway culture.  Everyone in the DC area either rides the subway train or knows about it.  Today’s Thought: contextualize, contextualize, contextualize.  It’s easy to grab an idea from a book or website that worked in another context and duplicate it.  After all, it has proven success.  However, we always have to be sensitive to our own context.

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I grew up in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where everything was pretty laid back. Every once in awhile, something big happened (i.e. – Tim Duncan, hurricanes, etc.). I was a HUGE music fan growing up. I remember when the music videos for two major R&B/pop hits were shot in St. Thomas. Yeah. It was quite a big deal. Check them out. The first one was shot in 1982 when I was around nine years old. The second one was shot ten years later during my first year of college. As a matter of fact, I know the guy who’s playing the guitar. We were sort of in the same hip-hop crew. I know. Long story…

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Dafnette and I went to vist Grace Presbyterian Church in Washington DC this past Sunday afternoon. After service, we ran into a friend named Collette on the way to the subway station. Now how often does that happen? Right in the middle of the city! After talking with her, we headed to the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop. After entering the station, we were stopped by a young man named John who was at the church. He said, “You guys were at church, right?” We said, “Yeah!” We talked with him for a moment. He then asked us if we were looking for a church home. I told him that we were planting a church. He then inquired about the emphasis of the church. I quoted our mission statement and gave him a brief run down of our upcoming outreach initiatives. I also told him that we were doing a poetry event at Mayorga. He then said, “Wait! The Bridge?” I said, “YEAH!” I was blown away that he had even heard about the church! Apparently, he was invited to and attended the first Expression. I am excited to know that we are beginning to develop a presence in the community. I’m not sure where all of this is going to lead. My prayer is that God will take the little that we do and multiply them into something great for His kingdom and renown.

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This is a great video clip.  It’s a great reminder to moving beyond the status quo and becoming world changers.

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greatest_hits_300.jpgLast night, I came up with an interesting idea. I thought, “What if I put together a list of some of my most popular blog entries thus far?” Here it is! Limeade’s Greatest Hits Volume 1.  For some reason, these blog entries have been highly read or revisited by you over and over again. Interesting list… Enjoy!

1. Sanjaya: Safe or History

2. Sanjaya on a Roll

3. Jesus Take the Wheel

4. Relational Evangelism

5. Columbia Heights, Here I Come

6. KeepOn Dancing

7. Painting the Town Coffee Brown

8. Building Momentum

9. INC(RED)IBLE

10. Catalyst Reflection

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thesagor.jpgAs church planters, we usually have a model church that we admire.  It may include churches such as Willow Creek, Saddleback, North Point, Mosaic, Seacoast, Fellowship Church in Texas, the list goes on and on.  I too have a few churches that are under my radar.  One of those churches is the Church of the Thessalonians.  This verse has been blowing me away. “And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.  The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere (I Thess. 1:7-8).”  Everyone everywhere knew about this church.  They were known for their enormous faith in God.  This church made a tremendous impact on their community as people turned away from idols to serve the true and living God (1 Thess. 1:9).  My Lesson for Today: Be known for influence.  Sometimes there’s a deep longing within us to be known for being cool, slick, and charming.  We mask in spiritual jargon, but we want to be the next big thing.  We say we want to create disciples, but is that really our hearts desire?  Or is it a mission statement that we place on the bulletin because it’s the Christian thing to do?  Is our goal simply to gather people or create a movement that will raise up disciples that are known everywhere for their deep faith in God?  I hope it’s the latter.  That’s my goal.

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