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It’s a Wrap

shepherd-1.jpgWe ended 2007 with a bang at The Bridge. A lot of new things occurred this past Sunday:

1. Daryl did a great job with the welcome. It was his first time doing it. He is one of the most faithful and committed persons I know. He came that morning with the welcomed written up and rehearsed!

2. Jackson stepped in and did announcements. Thanks for holding down the fort, bro! This was his first time doing the announcements, as well.

3. Alex, our worship director, was sick last week and lost his voice in the process. Tre, one of the members of the praise team, stepped in and led worship. He handled it like a pro. God used him in a great way.

3. I did The King That Tried to Steal Christmas message in a home made shepherd costume. (Walking stick courtesy of the outdoors.) Yep! The old bearded dude in the picture is me! Some people didn’t even recognize me. People were saying, “Who’s that guy on stage?” Then they realized it was me! This was the first time I did anything like it at The Bridge. I was nervous to be honest, but God came through. You should have seen the looks on the face of movie goers as I stood in the hallway dressed like Moses! Trust me. I’m already dreaming of what next Christmas is going to look like next year. I’m pumped.

4. My sister did a dance to Come Oh Redeemer Come by Fernando Ortega. This was her first time doing a dance solo at The Bridge. She tore it up, as usual. She too was dressed like an ancient Israelite.

Well, I’m off to celebrate the New Year. See you next next year!

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Sneek Peek

I’m excited about our Holiday presentation this Sunday at The Bridge called, The King That Tried to Steal Christmas. I’m also a bit nervous as well. Last night, Patrice, our Connection Team leader, tried to get a sneak preview out of me. I stood my ground. She’s not the only one that has tried. I almost sympathized with her, seeing that she’ll be away this Sunday.

I decided to take a “less for more” approach on our Sunday morning promos. Here is one of them.

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90_03_36-christmas-decorations_web.jpgHere are a few things to remember this Holiday season.

1. It is better to give than to receive. Giving and exchanging are two different things.

2. The first six letters of Christmas spells Christ, not department store.

3. Giving gifts should be out of love, not to impress others.

4. Don’t feel pressured to spend what you don’t have. For those who want more, Satan Claus is always an option. Unfortunately, he doesn’t exist.

4. Think long-term. The fifty pounds you gain from a few hours of eating, can take years to get rid of. Trust me. One plate is enough.

5. Get some rest and have some fun.

6. Spend some time in God’s presence. Allow Him to refresh your soul. Plus, your friend who always spends time with God says He’s been asking about you (just kidding).

7. Don’t play this rendition of “O Holy Night“…at least not in public.

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There’s a homeless lady that has been attending The Bridge on a regular basis.  Our leadership team decided to purchase some items for her this Christmas.  I was amazed and touched by how they stepped up to the plate in showing kindness to her.  They got her clothes, gift cards, a bible, and other items.  I truly appreciated my Mom for helping to bring it all together.

People have started bringing their clothing donations for The BIG Giveaway.  My motto this season is a small donation for us can be a huge gift for someone else. 

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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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I wrestled with whether I should do a Christmas related message series or something else I’ve been thinking about.  After some prayer and deep thought, I decided to go with what was on my heart.  After all, as a teacher, you can only proclaim what you’ve been given by God.  As my friend Jeff Simmons used to say this in relation to teaching and preaching. “It’s one thing to have to say something.  It’s another thing to have something to say.”

I’ll be doing a two-part series called, “I Am Legend: The Message Series.”  It will be based on the movie “I Am Legend” which is being released on December 14th. The series will start the same weekend the movie comes out.  I haven’t seen the movie, so I’m taking a HUGE risk on this one!  We’re encouraging our regular attendees to go see the movie with someone and then bring them to church that Sunday.  There are people that we know that’s going to see the movie anyway.  Why not turn it into an evangelistic opportunity?  I am going to do a Christmas deal on December 30th.  I’ll unfold it later this week, so stay tuned.

Anyway, here are the promo “tickets” we gave out at The Bridge.

Promo Card Side 1: Version #1 

I Am Legend Promo Card

Promo Card Side 1: Version #2 

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Promo Card Side 2: Both Versions…with typo 🙂

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