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One More Week.

I can’t believe it! One more week until we launch. My excitement is increasing by the minute. I’m looking forward to what God does. I’ve come to the realization that regardless of how many people attend, it’s a blessing to finally see the vision come to a reality. Keep us in your prayers!

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This weekend some of the members of our launch team is heading on another field trip.  We’ll be hanging out with Daniel Floyd and his crew at Lifepoint Church in Spotsylvania, VA.  God is using them to do some amazing things.  I look forward to what we will learn from them.

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I’ve been having flash backs lately. It could be because of the intensity of church planting. Who knows. Some of you probably remember, “Pass the Dutchie” by the Musical Youth. Many in America wrote them off as a one-hit wonder (or a two-hit wonder if you include their minor R&B his “She’s Trouble“), but they had a string of hits in other parts of the world such as the U.K. and Caribbean. This video brought back so many memories…and some good laughter as well.

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I was shocked when I discovered that Randy & Paula White announced that they were seeking a divorce.  I’m sure many people are stunned, especially after hearing the news about the Weeks.  A local newspaper article from the Tampa Tribune, stated that Randy White broke down in tears when he returned to the pulpit the following Sunday.  This proves that “success” in ministry cannot compensate for the turmoil at home.  Only God knows what will be the outcome of this.  This is yet another opportunity for God’s people to pray.

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fig1.gifO.K. folks!  I got a bit thrown off with my Ten Faces of Innovation series, but I’m back in the swing of it now.  Here it is!  The Experience Architects are people who focus relentlessly on creating remarkable customer experiences.  They not only create remarkable experiences for customers, but employees as well.  In the church world, we should strive to create remarkable experiences for our attendees, volunteers, and staff.  Remarkable experiences engages the senses and use creative elements to their advantage.  The Experience Architects fights to ward off the ordinary.  Man!  It is so easy to slip into the ordinary mold, even after you have been hitting a creative streak.  We can get caught up in the routine of simply completing assignments that we loose our creative edge.  Sermons, messages, lessons, music sets, and meetings come around so regularly and quickly, it’s easy to not focus on making them remarkable.  Here’s the million dollar question:  How can we turn something ordinary into something distinctive?  What is that one thing that you can add to make the experience unforgettable?

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We did a run through today in the theater. I’m confident now that we will be able to set-up and break down in time. We experienced some major sound kinks. It really was a high pressure time for me. Yet, I’m reminded that God is in complete control. After Friday’s high at Expression, a trial was destined to be around the corner. A guy by the name of Vitold came to our run through today. He said, “Sometimes our expectations aren’t God expectations.”

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I can’t believe our launch is two weeks away! We’re having a dry run-through tomorrow at the theater. We’ve received positive feedback concerning our video promos, as well. There are three versions of the promo floating around in cyberspace. For some reason, the one below is my favorite. The background song is “My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone.  The song doesn’t have anything to do with church, The Bridge, etc.  It just seemed to fit so nicely with the video, so I said, “Hey, why not!”  I also got a chance to meet with Jeff, our graphics guy, today. He’s been working super hard on the signs for our lobby environment. He does some amazing work. I think our attendees will be pleased!

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Here’s is a dump of some of the things I’ve learned this week:

1. Trust God, even when it doesn’t seem like things are working out.
2. You must sow before you can wreap. Don’t expect to wreap where you haven’t sow. However, don’t be surprise when you wreap where you have sown.
3. Extend grace to others. There will come a time when you will need grace too.
4. Empower others to serve. You may be the key to them discovering and unleashing potential they never thought they possessed.
5. Love others, even when it’s hard. Don’t hate others, even when it’s easy.
6. Remain faithful during times of difficulty. You’ll realize one day why it was all worth it.
7. Get some rest.

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Many of us have heard the news concerning Bishop Thomas Weeks III and Juanita Bynum.  Apparently, they got into a fight in a parking lot in Atlanta, GA.  Wow.  I remembered when they got married a few years ago.  The first reaction is to criticize and judge“What happened?  What went wrong? What did he do? What did she do? I thought they are supposed to be ministers of God! Yada, yada, yada.”  I think it would be more beneficial to pray for them.  My prayer is that God would work in their lives and bring restoration to their household.  Only God knows what’s truly happening behind the scenes and in their hearts.  The God who knows all can accomplish great and mighty things.

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jameka.jpgWe had our Bridge 1:12 meeting last, so I didn’t get a chance to see Big Brother 8.  However, I heard that Jameka didn’t go.  I’m glad to see that she’s get to stick around.  Apparently, God has her there for a purpose.  It’s amazing how life and God works.  Good stuff.  I can’t wait to see how things pan out.

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