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Archive for December, 2007

Treeless

nochristmastree.jpgMy wife and I decided not to do the Christmas tree thing this year.  For the past two years, we’ve bought real trees which has been quite different for me.  I grew up setting up artificial trees.  One of my wife’s co-workers decided to give her the tiniest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen.  I guess our treeless Christmas isn’t exactly treeless anymore.

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fruit-marked.jpgMost of us desire to see our churches and ministries grow.  I’m learning that in order to grow you will have to loose some people.  From a natural perspective, it doesn’t make sense.  Yet, it’s part of God’s pruning process.   There are three major times when God begins to cut:

1) When He wants to remove branches that don’t bear fruit.

2) When He wants to move you from bearing no fruit to bearing fruit.

3) When He wants to move your from bearing fruit to bearing more fruit.

The amazing thing is pruning and cutting must take place on a regular basis! Do you have individuals that are leaving the church? Do you have friends that walk out of your life despite attempts to reconcile? Do you find that there are things you no longer have time for? Get used to it.  It’s part of the process to make you more fruitful.

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I’m looking forward to the New Year. Can you believe 2008 is already approaching us? I’m still getting adjusted to 2007. I’m going to spend some time over the next few weeks continuing to forecast for the upcoming year. I have a few ideas, but I’m waiting to see what’s on God’s hard drive before moving forward. There are several new condo buildings that are opening in downtown Silver Spring next year. There are about 1,325 new apartments and condos under construction. The question is how do we reach them before they get here?

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spongebob_1.jpgI must admit.  I was NOT a fan of the SpongeBob craze a few years ago.  All the SpongeBob paraphernalia turned me off.  Never watched him. Well, I didn’t have cable so I didn’t have much of a choice. I wrote him off as another annoying Barney.  I used to make fun of him stating that he looked like swiss cheese. I hated him even more when I found out his last name was Squarepants! A few weeks ago, I decide to watch Spongebob out of curiosity.  Folks, I am now a fan.  SpongeBob is hilarious!!  I love the style of humor.  The show is just simply funny.   The next challenge is going to be getting my wife to buy-in to dedicating some of our TV viewing hours to the Spongester.

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Audio Blog

Elevation Church just launched an audio blog on their best ministry practices.  Looks like it’s going to be so great stuff!

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I am just getting around to reading The Volunteer Revolution by Bill Hybels.  It is causing me to reflect on the volunteers that work relentlessly every week at The Bridge.  We couldn’t do what we do without the sacrifice of our volunteers.  Volunteers, may God continue to bless you guys tremendously!

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According to Box Office Mojo, I Am Legend pulled in over $76.5 million this weekend.  I made sure I purchased our tickets early.  We kicked off our two-part I Am Legend series today.  Most of the people that came hadn’t seen the movie.  No one from our team had seen the movie.  After the message today, some people said that they were going to see the movie.  The message actually turned out to be good marketing tool for the movie!  I was hoping it would be the other way around! Oh, well.  That’s how life goes.  News of a possible snow and ice storm encouraged many of our attendees to stay indoors resulting in an attendance drop.  However, we still had a great time.

For those of you that have been wondering, we are talking about being courageous in times when we must stand alone.  This week, we looked at Daniel 3.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue even though all the other governing officials decided to.  What seemed like a suicidal decision turned into an opportunity for them to represent God to the fullest. At times, we have to go against the grain of the majority to accomplish God’s will.  This video explains it a bit more better. 🙂

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