I heard Craig Groeschel said something that continues to resonate with me. He said, we have a tendency of overestimating what God wants to do short-term and underestimating what he wants to do long-term. Yet, they fail to plan for 5,000 long term. For instance, we get disappointed and disillusion when we don’t see things happen as fast as we would like to in the short-term. Yet, we fail to establish systems to accomodate long-term growth. In my short journey of church planting, there have been times when I was disappointed at not seeing things grow as quickly as I desired. In the midst of it, we still had to begin establishing systems to accomodate growth. Systems are like shoes. Sometimes, you outgrow them and it’s back to the drawing board.
Archive for April, 2009
We had a good time on Sunday for Extreme Makeover: Part 2. I spoke on the Art of Attraction: becoming the type of person God wants you to be so that you can attract and appreciate the type of person He wants you to have. I was so pumped, I went into overtime. I knew that would happen before I got up up to speak. I should have given our production folks a heads up. Oh, well. I think our people are willing to stay a little longer to hear about relationships. If I was speaking on the Gap Theory, then I would be in trouble. Major shout-outs to the men that stepped up to the plate by helping us break down equipment and be out of the theater on time. Great way to gain some brownie points with “her.” I don’t blame you. 🙂
I woke up early this morning and decided to take advantage of the incredibly warm weather. I went to a stream near our house to spend some time with God. Unsurprisingly, I decided to meditate on Psalm 42. God gave me some amazing ideas in regards to my marriage and future. Can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. For some strange reason, many believers think they are exempt from spending time with God on Sundays since they’ll be attending a church gathering anyway. Where did we get that from? I believe that God is willing and available to meet with us whenever we are willing to meet with Him; Sundays included. Believe me. God still speaks on Sundays.
This Sunday, we will be in the second week of our Extreme Makeover: Love Edition series. We are going through the Song of Solomon. The interested thing is I’ve taught on the Song of Solomon several times. I even did a workshop on it at my previous church multiple times. However, I wanted to approach the book as if I’ve never preached it before. I wanted the material to be fresh and not a rehash of material in my archives. I try to make this a practice: restudying what I’ve already studied. God always has something new and fresh to reveal. I still can’t believe He’s showing me things I’ve never seen before. That’s just how the Spirit of God works.
Tonight is going to be the first time I miss Expression, our monthly poetry, art, and music event. I’ll be hanging out with some graduating seniors at First Baptist Church of Highland Park. I’ll be giving them some tools that they can have under their belt as they leave home and go into the “real world.” I always enjoy speaking to young adults and teenagers. It’s been exciting to see the teen population increase at The Bridge over the past few months. A greater joy is seeing them come to Christ and beginning to serve. Can’t beat that with a stick!
Yesterday morning, I got a chance to connect with some great leaders over breakfast. Dhati Lewis, who is planting Blue Print Church in Atlanta, GA, D-Plum (Lead Pastor of Mosaic DC), James Roberson (Pastor of Church on the Rock in Raleigh, NC) and Bobby Manning (lead and founder of Crossroads at First Baptist Church of Glenarden). Bobby gave me a nice kick in the butt about my lack of blog updates :-). Thanks bro, I needed that.