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Hitting the Books

Today is study day for me.  We have our statewide church planting convention meeting tomorrow, so that only leaves today and Friday for prep time.  I wanted to get ahead of the game so that the message can marinate in my mind for a bit.  I’m excited about iPower Part 2 already.  Some good stuff.  Very convicting.  I’ll be coming from Daniel 4; speaking on iPride.  In actuality, pride would make us write it as “Ipride.”  As I was studying, God revealed to me that pride never identifies itself.  Pride must be revealed.  It takes God and humility for us to see how prideful we really are.  If you are proud, don’t expect to admit it. 🙂

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ipower-1.jpgOur first Easter morning gathering was amazing!  We truly experienced an encounter with God.  Our praise team truly did a great job of ushering us into God’s presence.  It was even more exciting to see people come to know Christ.  We had quite a number of people that traveled for the Easter holidays.  I’m learning that’s the norm for our fluid urban setting.  Yet, we still had quite a number of first time guest.  Overall, we experienced our highest Sunday morning attendance.   I handed out Panera gift cards to our volunteers to let them know how much they are appreciated.  It was great to see the surprised look on their faces.

I came from John 19, as we launched our new series iPower.  The message was heavily influenced by one I heard from Andy Stanley in a series he did called Power Play.  I’m still blown away by the gigantic iPod that our creative team built.  I thank God constantly for placing me on a winning team.

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Back!

My wife and I are back from a much needed time of rest in Ocean City. We spent three days relaxing and recuperating. As soon as we got back, I hit the ground running. We had some screws that needed to be tightened before Eggsville. What can I say. God showed himself strong at Eggsville today. We had over 300 people that came to our first Easter egg hunt. We were completely blown away and thankful to God. We didn’t quite know what to expect. We just held our hands out to receive whatever God did. Stay tuned for pictures!

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1.  Darren spoke at The Bridge.  He is not only a great friend of mine, but our first guest speaker in history!  He challenged us to be followers of Christ.  By following Christ, we fish for men as a result.  Wow!  What a great message to have before Easter.  This weekend is all about invest and invite.rush-hour-bunny.jpg

2.  Our Easter Bunny was in rare form this weekend.  The kids loved it!  The buzz has definitely built up for Eggsville.  It’s all God.  Shout outs to Lenny and JT for being the bunny this weekend.  I was dead set against using an Easter Bunny for anything, until I realized that God created rabbits.

3.  My friend, James Marshall, dressed up as the bunny this morning.  We went to the Silver Spring metro station and gave out the rest of the Eggsville promo cards.  Many of the adults loved him.  Imagine rushing to work only to have an encounter with a giant rabbit.

4.  I’ll be checking out of the blog world for a few days.  I’m going to get some much needed rest and relaxation…by the ocean.

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much-more.jpgOn Wednesday, I picked up the bunny costume  that we plan on using to promote Eggsville in the community this weekend.  I am so pumped.  Two guys from our men’s Life Group, Lenny and J.T., have volunteered to be the Eggsville Bunny.  When I got home, I realized that we ended up getting the same exact bunny costume as the one in our promo video!  I’m not one to jump at signs, but this one got me big time!  I was like, “Wooo, God!”

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eggsville-for-constant-contact.jpgO.K. Very eventful week. We have been hitting the ground running this week. At the end of last week, I came to the conclusion that we were not going to be able to pull of an Easter egg hunt this year. It seems as if all the doors were closed. Then, on Friday evening, I received an e-mail saying that we have been approved to use a junior high school ball field in our community. My initial reaction was a mixture of “Yeah, God” and “Oh, well. Too Late.” I knew of a church that was able to pull off an egg hunt in two and a half weeks.  But two weeks?  No way. After seeking God, talking with members of the team, and seeking counsel from colleagues, I felt God still wanted us to do it; not to mention that the Children’s Team was still pumped. One of the Children’s Team members, Angela said, “Well, I knew that God was going to open the door.” The passage that has spoken to me during this time is Habbakuk 2:3-43 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. 4 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith. A delay is not a denial. A delay is simply a delay. Though it may not seem as if God is moving, He is. We must wait patiently for God. It’s His vision. He will bring it to pass. When it finally comes, it moves quickly…like we are right now 🙂  Please pray that God would use this event to reach others and touch lives in our community.

With all that said, we present to you Eggsville.

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I had the opportunity to listen to my friends Eric Mason and William Branch give the State of the Address at their church, Epiphany Fellowship.  Epiphany is a little over a year old and impacting Philadelphia in a major way.

What started out as an attempt to see what they were up to turned into the most compelling vision casting message I have ever heard in relation to urban ministry.  If you are in an urban setting or have a desire to minister in one, you’ve got to check it out.  The message is posted in their website’s online message section.  Check it out.  It is 90 minutes long, but it’s worth every minute.

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