God is truly amazing. I got a call yesterday saying that our venue was double booked by mistake. For a moment, it seemed as if Expression was not going to happen. After talking with one of the managers, we were able to secure the outdoor arts alley behind the facility! I then began to wonder if people would want to sit outside in the scorching heat. Later on, about one and a half hours before the event, it began raining cats and dogs…with lightning and thunder thrown in for some effect. I have to admit. I was a bit thrown off by the rain. Check this out! After awhile, the rain completely stopped and ended up cooling the temperature. The result? An amazing evening of Expression, outdoors, with tons of people. As I said earlier, God is truly amazing.
Archive for June, 2008
I have a ton of stuff to take care of before Sunday. As a result, I’ve decided to reach back to my undergraduate years and pull an all-nighter. Yep. It’s 1:52 a.m. This probably means I’ll be completely fried tomorrow…or should I say today.
I spent a chunk of my time yesterday preparing for Sunday’s message. Man, was I challanged by what God revealed to me about generosity! I’m looking forward to sharing with The Bridge folks on Sunday. Jesus said, “If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully.” It’s a pretty simple law, but I’m not sure how much we buy into it as Christians. We can always tell based on how much we sow. Giving is not loosing. It’s sowing. A farmer knows that he is cheating himself by being tight fisted with how many seeds he plants in the ground. Why don’t we get that? The farmer is at rest knowing that the seeds for the following harvest is in the coming harvest. Why don’t we get that?
I just got back from the dentist. I caught a gum infection a few weeks ago. He gave me a prescription that cleared it up, but I had to go back for some cleaning work. I sat down in the dentist chair and was pretty comfortable until he pulled out a big, huge needle. That was NOT part of the plan! He said, “You don’t want the novocain? I will need it to complete the work.” I didn’t want it, but I figured I didn’t have much of a choice. After he began working, I was glad that I agreed to cooperate. Didn’t hurt at all.
This Sunday marked the first week of our two-part Open House experiment. So far, so good. We’re trying out a new format for the Open House that I borrowed from Pine Ridge Church. I was contemplating teaching a session seperate from The Open Housebthat would focus on a person’s gifts and talents. However, we are trying to get individuals to understand how they are wired up front. Yesterday, was called Open House: The First Floor where we talked about how we are wired as a church. The second week will be Open House: The Second Floor, where we will talk about how we are wired as individuals. This will include a spiritual gifts tests, passion evaluation, Clifton Strength Finder, and volunteer staff team opportunities. This is going to be an intense week. I can feel it already.
I think I’ve been experiencing writers block lately. I’m preparing for tomorrow’s message. My wife and I went to Devin’s and Lenneil’s wedding today. I am so excited for them. They have an amazing testimony. Two more weeks to go for Prison Break. I’ve got a speaking engagement in the Virgin Islands next month. We are pretty excited about it! Can’t wait to see what God is going to do.
There was a storm watch in our area yesterday. My wife and mother called me yesterday to check on me due to the weather. After turning on the TV, I found it was actually it was a tornado watch for our county! I must admit. I didn’t take it very seriously until it got extremely dark, the lights starting dimming in and out (as if our electricity had dimmer control), and the weather man froze on the television. Yeah! Spooky stuff. This was followed by some of the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard. I said, “Woe!” Praise God, we made it through the storm. One of the trees in our yard fell down, but that was about it. Most importantly, my wife was O.K. I’m spending a some time in Joshua 1. I thought it would be a great idea to remind myself of the key to success: walking in God’s Word.