Friday, December 16, 2011
A Dog's Life. Not So Bad After All
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
3 Things You Can Do to Exhale Every Night
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thankful for the Heart of Calvary
One thing I would like to do better is to end my days being thankful. So tonight, I want to give thanks for the heart of my brothers and sisters at Calvary. It is a blessing to be able to witness so many of my friends who are truly developing the heart of Jesus.
Over the past few years we have seen many wealthy and "important" people walk away from our church, but God has graciously sent people to replace them who may not be blessed financially, but who exhibit a rich love in their relationships with each other and a deep compassion for the world around them. After all, when he saw the widow give her two mites at the temple, Jesus reminded his followers that it was not the size of the offering that mattered, but rather it is the heart of the giver.
Over the past few days I have a great opportunity to repeatedly see people exhibiting the heart of a joyful giver.
Today, we had people coming to our building all day (as late as 8pm tonight) to pick up gifts for delivery to children as part of project angel tree.
Someone dropped off a coat today because they wanted to make a contribution to our teen's local warming project (which they are doing for the second year in a row).
I'm privileged to be part of a LIFEgroup which adopts several families every year to provide clothes, gifts, and food for the holidays.
I was approached yesterday after first service by a lady who desired information about getting involved in our monthly supper house ministry.
A recent new attenders at our church has been purchasing books for radio bible class and making them available for free. People are taking them all each week!
I can't remember the last Sunday I've been at Calvary when so many people have expressed love and gratitude to me as did this week.
Our church's children modeled intergenerational ministry as they spent their Sunday School hour having a bingo party with our Keenagers.
I was approached this weekend by two different people who have a heart for connecting people and want to launch new LIFEgroups.
To cap it off, on a day when our church united, despite a concerted effort to divide the congregation, to approve next year's budget; our people gave one of the largest offings of the year* (over $10,000 more than our average giving)!
I could go on. If you want to see more, check out our facebook page to see the rich love being shared there on a regular basis! I am truly thankful to be part of a church full of people with such big hearts!
*this is especially amazing because the second Sunday of the month is almost always one of our lowest offerings of the month.
Please Pray for a Dear Friend and a Great Man
Please pray for him, Dena Stevens McGoldrick, and their children Paige and Parker. Patrick posted this yesterday:
After a few months of strange symptoms, many doctor’s visits and tests, I need to share with you that I have recently been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The doctors are 100% convinced that this is what I have. There is no cure for ALS. ALS is a serious neurological disease that causes muscle weakness and eventually leads to complete deterioration. The speed and path varies from person to person, but the average life expectancy is two years.
Obviously, this is not what I had planned, nor what I would have ever dreamed would happen to me. But there is another side to the story. God is sovereign and in control. Isaiah 6 is a passage that I preached here many years ago and Bob preached it last month. I take that truth that “King Jesus” is seated on His throne as ruler and has authority of my life. He also will give us strength as we go through this journey.
A song that has blessed my soul in this past week is written ultimately by God, through Job and passed down to Matt Redman. That song is “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” I want to live that out!!
We love you so much and appreciate you so much. Our lives have been blessed because of you! Thank you for your prayers.
Control the Thing You Can Control
This morning I was reading in Psalm 119. I noticed across the page, I had scribbled some notes a while back so I looked to see what I had written. Psalm 116:10-11 were underlined. They read:
I believed in you, so I said
"I am deeply troubled, LORD"
In my anxiety I cried out to you,
"These people are all liars!"
In the margin, I wrote:
"I cannot control what others do, I can control whether or not I take it to God."
Friday, December 9, 2011
The Beatles, Mary, and When Peace Like a River...
Thursday, December 8, 2011
5 Lists of 3. Simplifying the Process of Spiritual Formation
- Teach Biblical Content
- Encourage Spiritual Disciplines
- Empower Christlike Mission
- Partnering for growth together
- Serving the church together
- Engaging the world together
- Be a disciple
- Be invitational
- Be missional
- Leave Life (for Christ's)
- Live Life (of obedience)
- Give Life (for others)
- Bear Fruit