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Archive for January, 2007

“Worship on the 1′s”

Launchlogo Our pastor blew my mind yesterday. He and I had been discussing our worship schedule times very frequently because it is on of the most pressing issues of LAUNCH! We know that we’re gonna be pressed to do a lot in a short period of time and we want to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible (so it won’t be a distraction to you and those you bring!)

We were thinking about tweaking the schedule by pushing the 1st service back < by a few minutes and the last service forward > by a few minutes to make sure the parking lot transition happened. Then yesterday, he walks in and says: "I know what we need to do about the worship times."

I’m like, "this sounds good – I see the smile on your face. What do you have?"

"We’re gonna do Worship on the 1′s." he replies. And I am blown away!

All I can do is smile because my pastor continues to suprise and stretch me with innovative ideas. I love it!

The new worship schedule (as of 03.04.07) will be:  8:21am – 9:51am – 11:11am. Way to go, Pastor!

Here is a great post about the coaches this weekend standing for JESUS. This Sunday night we will have service at 5:30 so those of you who wanna see the commercials game can. (If you were wondering – go Colts!)

By the way – 32 DAYS TO LAUNCH!

Sunday Nite Comments (on a Monday Morning)…

Today was a pretty unbelievable day. The morning services were ROCKIN’! And although it seemed to be a "baptist holiday" (our endearing term for those who "call-off" church attendance because of a little rain) we had great services.

If you missed today’s services for any reason please make sure you get the CD from GUEST SERVICES – everyone needs to hear pastors’ message!

The "Desperate Households" series has been unbelievable. Much props go to the teams of actors who have gone all out to communicate the reality of pastor’s weekly message. The skits that we’ve been using to kick-off the message really hit home with most in attendance. I have no idea how someone could watch them and not relate.

I have to say, the place was really alive musically – both services – even though I’m amazed at the way we change stuff up from service to service musically. I am so thankful for a band that can go wherever I lead them without complaint. The spontanaeity we share on stage is exciting and filled with God’s leadership. "Father, thank You for placing such wonderful musicians around me!" (by the way – we missed you, Regan!)

My thought for the week is that we are quickly becoming the kind of church that anyone can come to (regardless of their past OR their present, for that matter) and learn about JESUS – not religion, but the transforming power of JESUS

In the past i’ve had people (from my past) refer to me as "religious". I love JESUS; i love His Word; i love to worship with His people; it’s an honor to serve His church – but i am not a religious man.

DON’T CALL ME RELIGIOUS!

Religion to me is rules – Jesus to me is relationship. Religion to me is "I hope this will make me right with God." – Jesus to me is assurance of Salvation through His blood. Religion to me is going through certain rituals, in certain ways, over and over. JESUS to me is spontaneous and exciting – He keeps me always on the lookout for the next opportunity to be His hands and His feet.

Following is a description of JESUS interacting with the "non-religious" (from the message paraphrase) – note how the religious react -

9Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, "Come along with me." Matthew stood up and followed him.

10-11Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees (religious people of the day) saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. "What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?"

12-13Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders."

I am not religious – I have been transformed by the power of JESUS – I have been changed, I am different; but the difference is that He lives in me, He lives through me, and my life is not the same because I see it through His eyes (when i am "in tune" with Him). I hope you see Him in me and that it inspires you to also have Him live in You. And that’s all i’ve got to say about that…

I’m Going to this…

Unleash The Unleash 2007 Conference is being held @ NewSpring Church. They are "BLOWIN’ UP!!!" It’s on Thursday, March 15th, in Anderson, SC. Everyone who wants to be challenged like crazy (with me!) should consider going – especially those serious about being a part of going to the next level. It’s only $45 (the fee goes up on 3/1) and we’ll all ride together. We’ll have to leave @ 5am (seriously!) to get there on time – I think it will be worth it (you can sleep on the bus!). If you want to go POST IT ON HERE so others will know that you’re going (that way they don’t think it will be like them & me for, like, hours! Could you imagine having to hear me? blah, blah, blah, blah for hours….) Here’s the link.

This guy will be there! Tony really challenges me…

I Want to…

"…care about the things that YOU care about, Lord – the people, the situations; that the importance that YOU place upon them would be the importance that I place upon them. I want my mind & my heart to be so pure (to be pleasing in YOUR sight) – to have the "mind of Christ" (Phil 2:5), that YOUR attitude would be my attitude.

God, please help me to deeply love people, especially those whom YOU’VE placed in my inner circle – may I not only love them passionately but invest in their lives, the way that YOU’VE placed others in my life who have invested in me. May I be the leader that YOU desire me to be. May my priorities not just be "good" priorities – I pray that they would be "GOD" priorities. Lord, make me Holy (1Pet 1:15) because it’s the standard that YOU expect from me. Open my eyes that I don’t confuse my desire to be holy for YOU as a mandate to be self-righteous toward others.

Dad, help me to care more about those who don’t know YOU – show me those that YOU’VE opened the door for me to influence positively toward YOU (Give me eyes 2 see what YOU see). May my passion to see them rescued by YOU be white hot! Burn in me, Dad, that others may see that flame at work through me. You’ve released me to do for YOU, thus I believe – Help me to do the same toward others – In the powerful Name of JESUS. amen."

Hands and Feet

May the Spirit displayed in this great song infect us with purpose and passion – in Jesus’ Name!

Join us Sunday nite @ 6pm as I’ll be sharing & updating everyone about the great progress being made on LAUNCH! In this exciting meeting we’ll be talking extensively about:

  • "BFG’s" (bible fellowship groups), new classes, existing classes,
  • "F.I.T. Ministry" (first impressions team),
  • The New 9:45 Worship Experience
  • The "Rumba on the Lumba" (March 3rd, 10am – 3"ish") and how it works into LAUNCH!
  • VeggieKonnection – Our new Weekly Pre-Schoolers Service featuring the VeggieTales.
  • And whatever else is important to LAUNCH! I’ll do my best to make it all "crystal" clear for you. This will be in an informal format, so if you want to ask questions or even request clarification that would be even better (no doubt, whatever questions you have may be the same as someone else!).

The purpose of this evening inspiration, invitation and clarification. Make sure everyone (that means all that you have influence over – SS/Small group leaders please tell your classes) knows that they should attend.