Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Movin' on over

Time to change out all your links.

I'm moving this blog to here.

Wordpress seems to have a lot more features than blogger and at the still-reasonable price on free.

Plus I'm consolidating this blog and my other one so it's all in one place and it's one less thing I have to keep up with.

Hope you'll make the move with me.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"And I got this!"

"And I got this!" - Colton excitedly holding up a large sheet of bubble wrap while ignoring the birthday presents he'd just unwrapped.

Is bubble wrap the single greatest invention ever?


I have an interesting opportunity that has opened up on Thursday. It's wasn't really a planned thing, but God moves in weird ways. I'm not discussing what it is, so don't even ask. Just pray that God would reveal his will to me in a clear and undeniable way and I would have the strength to follow that will and not my own.

Friday, April 06, 2007


Let's just say Easter plans are up in the air for now.

Here's the current plan. Immediately following the service, everyone will head out to the Olson's place for a family picnic and Easter egg hunt. Bring enough food for your family to eat.

Now, the problem is the weather. I've heard everything from rain to snow to earthquakes. Assuming we have bad weather, we may be hunting inside at the church and having our family picnic in the sanctuary. Just be ready for the unexpected.

Is it still unexpected if we expect it to happen?

Tonight we're stuffing 500 eggs with candy at my house if anyone is bored.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Gummy worm prayers

You remember when you were a kid and thought "I can't wait until I'm an adult so I can afford all the _______ I want"?

Well, I'm proud to tell you I've come to a place in life where I can afford all the gummy worms I could ever eat.

Pray for me. These little suckers are addicting.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Just two days

Just two more days until 1st Wednesday. As I said on Sunday, we all know someone who doesn't know Jesus. GET THEM HERE!

And don't forget we'll have a baptism as part of the service. Anyone interested, contact us or just show up at 7pm with a towel and dry clothes.

Tomorrow I'll post about our Easter plans for anyone who wasn't there on Sunday.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Headline of the day

Display of Controversial 'Chocolate Jesus' Sculpture Cancelled

The fact that someone was making a chocolate sculpture of Jesus titled "My Sweet Lord" makes me laugh really hard.

Thursday, March 29, 2007


Please pray that I get some sleep sometime this year. It would be nice. For some reason I'm not sleeping well and then have a lot of trouble waking up in the mornings. I even went to bed last night at 10 (that's early for me). I just tossed and turned until about 11:30. It's like I can't sleep until I'm just dead tired and then the sleep isn't very restful.

My stress level is high right now, so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. However, in my tossing and turning I did a ton of praying for our youth service that kicks off April 10th.

More on that later.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


God really worked on me tonight during the Fesser's Bible study. We have to be incredibly careful not to let bitterness towards people interfere with his work in us.

I'm just going to be honest and say that's especially true of people in ministry. We often get kicked in the gut by the very people we are trying to love and lead and that makes it hard to stay focused on his works. Confess anger and bitterness to God. Lay it on the alter and let him burn it up so we can move on and let him use us.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Vision Check

1st Wednesday is coming up in just 8 days according to my countdown clock. I'll be speaking on vision and we'll be having a baptism service in conjunction with it. If you are interested in being baptised, please contact us and bring dry clothes/towels.

This can be huge. I need everyone to invite your lost friends. If you have to bring more church folk, fine, but especially bring lost friends. We wrote down over two hundred names of people we knew who needed Jesus. BRING THEM. It's easy to just put the name in the bucket and pray. Now we have to get up and do something about it.

We'll be discussing Jesus' vision for every aspect of our lives and the daily obstacles we face to walking in God's will. What is God's will? How do we figure it all out? It's gonna be great. Plus I think I've got Indiana Jones worked in there so that fill's my movie quota for the sermon.

Also, Girl Band is tentatively scheduled to play for us the 1st Wednesday in May, so mark your calendars.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


I love this quote by Rick Warren:

"A lot of preaching today is what I call longhorn preaching, as in the longhorn cattle found in Texas. This style of preaching has a point here, a point there, and a lot of bull in between!" - Rick Warren

Very nice. Now our job is to make sure we're not filling out the middle with bull just to fill up our 45 minutes. Isn't there enough great material between the Bible and our culture to make our points impact people?

Via Tony McCollum.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

To onlookers

Rebecca (my wife) is incredibly wise. Looking at the posts over the past two days she finally made me see, what would someone think if they were considering NBCF?

So this post is to people watching this blog who might be considering visiting or joining NBCF.

First, to non-christians considering NBCF. Give us a shot. The number one complaint I hear from non-christians is they don't like church because it is full of judgmental hypocrites. I agree with you, church is full of hypocrites. Ours is not different, and I'm one of them. We all screw up, which makes us all hypocrites. The key is not thinking we are better than anyone else. We are in, what I would consider a time of transition for our church. We have hovered where we are at for a few years now and it's time to spur growth or we may begin to see a downward slide. Myself and Pastor James were brought on board as associate pastors a month ago. We've both been working in the church for several years, and now we are in charge of several aspects of our ministries. Mine is mainly geared toward outreach. My philosophy is I'm not reaching out to more church folk, I'm reaching out to you. I want you. I want people who have given up on church or who have never been. I want people that aren't Christians. Being in a church community and living with Jesus will change your life. It did mine. I'm not going to lie and say it'll be easy or you'll like everyone. If you're doing it right, being a Christian is the hardest thing you'll ever do. But the benefits are eternal. From my posts I tend to sound like I'm unhappy where we are at. I'm not unhappy so much as passionate. When you read me rant and rave, know that it is all geared toward spurring changes so that we can reach you. I want to create a place where you are comfortable coming for the first time and then plugging into the community.

To Christians considering NBCF. If you are willing to get your hands dirty and serve, come on in. A time like this is incredibly trying. There will be tension as we implement new things. Be ready for it. We need Christians with a heart to reach the world. If you are a church person, who is content to come on Sunday and Wednesday and not do anything to reach the world, there are a lot of churches out there who are about the same thing. Go find them. It isn't hard. We need people who can't sleep at night because they have friends who are going to Hell. We need people who are willing to do everything they can to reach others. And we need people who are ready to plug into a vision that is bigger than just us. God's vision for this church is to do things we don't think possible. But, he's not going to do it without us. Until we get up and put our hand to the plow, it's not going to move.

Everything I do is under Pastor Leon's vision to reach the world. I'm probably more abrasive than most (and sometimes more than I should be), but as Popeye says, "I is what I is." I love NBCF and I love the things God has called me to do here. Please don't mistake my passion for dislike. As I said earlier today, it's going to take some passion to get us going.

On righteous anger, intensity and friggin'

Sometimes I let my wife read my posts before posting them. She often has words of wisdom for me. Last night was not one of those times. She was a little...worried about last night's post after reading it this morning.

I'm not here to apologize, but to clarify.

Last night I experienced righteous anger. I was in no way in sin in my own heart. My anger was at our actions (or lack of) and at the brokeness of this world. It's ok to be angry at those things as long as it doesn't cause you to sin. When Jesus ran the money changers out in Matthew 21 and Mark 11, I don't think he did so nicely. I think he had righteous anger.

I also don't think the people he ran out were happy with him. My post yesterday was not to make anyone happy. It was to cause something to happen. ANYTHING. When you've been on high center so long as we have, we need some intensity to get us going. I don't apologize for anything I said and haven't edited it in any way. We need to hear these things, even when they hurt.

Even if I woke up this morning and thought it was a bad idea, I still wouldn't edit it. I would post something like this. I want this blog to serve as a picture of real-life ministry for young men thinking of going into full-time ministry. I want you to know the ups and downs. I want you to experience my mistakes with me, so hopefully you can avoid the same ones. What we are fighting here is a spirit of religiousness that has prevented us from reaching out to the world. It's what Jesus was here to fight, and I think it's still our main problem. That's going to require shaking things up and stepping on some toes. It's going to require saying things people don't want to hear, and honestly I'm more of a hammer in this respect. I'm going to make mistakes and I'm going to screw up, but I would rather try and mess up than sit back and tell the world to go to Hell. Which is exactly what we are doing if we aren't reaching out to them. And no, just having a Sunday service does not count as reaching out to them.

And on the use of the word friggin'. In the words of the great Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, "I do not sink that means what you sink it means."

Friggin' in my generations vocabulary is just an expression, similar to shoot or dang in older generations. I think it's become a word that is accepted in that way and not as a stand in for another popular "F" word. It's meant to show the intensity of the word it modifies and bring attention to it. So yeah, I'm gonna say it. It's stuck in my vocabulary no matter how hard I try not to say it, it happens. I write how I speak. So prepare to see more friggins than you can shake a stick at.

Monday, March 19, 2007


God was really on me today to and I've just been craving his word. Normally Mondays are slow for me, but I've been fired up all day about the things we have planned for church.

I couldn't figure out why. But then it happened.

I ran into an old friend at Wal-Mart and she began to tell me about all the things happening to her family. My heart broke. All I could do was pray for her and invite her back to church Sunday.

I walked out of Wal-Mart feeling like a failure and broken.

I have never been more bitter and angry at church than I am right now. All I could do was pray for her and invite her to Sunday morning. We have NOTHING at church for a situation like this where they can come as a family and connect with others who can help them. We have Sunday mornings and bible studies and individual mens/womens groups and THAT'S IT. We should have had something for them. A specific time and place where we can say "come here at this time and you WILL receive help.

You may argue that Sunday morning is the place for that. I'm sorry, but people are not comfortable walking down an aisle and spilling their business in front of a lot of strangers. This fear could prevent them from recieving help.

THIS IS WHY WE NEED SMALL GROUPS! I'll be praying for her family and working like crazy to get all the things we have planned for the church moving. I'm so friggin' irritated that we weren't ready for her family. We've been around seven years and we should have been ready. And if you're reading this and thinking "your right, the pastor should have been doing this" just shut up. I'm talking to everyone who has ever opposed his vision on small groups. This is why we need them. I'm not content to sit in the four walls of our church anymore and "go deeper." I'm not going to sit in a chair and learn the friggin' Hebrew meaning of words when people's lives are falling apart.

I'm not saying we don't need Bible studies, because they are essential. However, we can't let that stand in for actually living out Jesus' mission.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

"Too Busy for God"

This morning was great. I brought God's word, despite my own fears and I think God used it to work in people's lives. The last half of the sermon was incredibly heavy. As people left, I didn't receive too many happy hand shakes. A few, but not many. Honestly, I didn't expect many. It was heavy at the end, but I meant every word I said. If we don't get off our butts and start reaching new people, we will wither and die. It's now or never. I believe if we don't get after it, God's will will pass us by and we will be like the fig tree Jesus cursed because we won't bear any fruit.

I've uploaded the podcast here for anyone who wants to hear it.

Now that we've cast the vision for reaching the community, it's time to go make it happen.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Follow the leader

The Swerve Blog from has a great post about leaders staying close to their passion (or vision). If the leader of a small group drifts from the vision God has given him, the group will stray as well and begin to atrophy. The same thing can happen with entire churches. This is why God didn't set up a church to be led by committee. He gives the vision to the pastor who gives it to us.

Fired up

Early morning prayer this morning was HUGE. God is ready to do something in this church. If we don't get on board that train, it's going to pass us by and we'll be like the fig tree that Jesus caused to shrivel up and die.

I don't have words for what I'm feeling right now, but you better get ready.

My message Sunday hasn't changed too much, but God has called a little bit of an audible on the ending. He's placed some things on my heart that I pray I have the courage to say. I'm bringing it. I hope your ready.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

We don't need everyone?

This post by Gary has me fired and stalking around my office ready to get going. I'm tired of this idea that we have to try to keep everyone who ever attends the church. Satan uses PEOPLE to try to destroy ministries and we let it happen because we don't want to offend anyone. We need to offend some people.

This is my opinion and mine only, let me make this clear because I know many in the church will disagree with me. However, it is the senior pastor's job to get the vision for the church from God. If you are not on board for that vision, it means you are not plugged in and involved with making God's vision happen. Which generally means you are causing problems. The thing is, there are a million churches out there, and one of them probably has a vision you can plug into and serve. Find it. Go to it.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. We need to be more concerned with who comes in our doors than who goes out them. We need to be concerned about reaching the unchurched, not keep every Christian happy. If we try to make everyone happy, we will stagnate and die. If you don't have laser focus on God's vision, people will distract you and get you off mission. Being off mission is the same thing as doing absolutely nothing for God.

And as pastors, we need to guard against becoming too comfortable. The next person to oppose our vision may be someone who is the largest giver, or someone who helped start the church. We need to be willing to let EVERYONE go for the vision of God. If we are willing to let go of problem makers, we can reach MORE people for Jesus and that is the ultimate vision.

Just look at what has happened to General Motors. They tried to make a different car for absolutely everyone. Before you know it they were producing so many different styles, they didn't do any of them very well at all. They need to scale back to two or three lines and focus on making those great. We don't need to offer everything people want. If we do that we are never good at anything. We need to focus on a few things God wants us to do and do them well. Everything should be geared toward creating a welcoming community for non-Christians and training Christians to reach others. That's it. Everything else is just fluff.

This is why we need to cast vision in everything we do. Every sermon, lesson, everything should be tied back to our need for Jesus and the church's vision for reaching people for him.

The catch up post

Besides the being sick thing (which is why I haven't blogged in a few days), we've got so much going over the next few days, it's not even funny.

The business is really picking up. Tomorrow I'm shooting bridal photos for my new sister-in-law. Saturday we have the work day for the children's church and Sunday I'm preaching. That's a lot for four days with a sick body.

Speaking of Saturday. We need your help. Whether you think you can contribute or not, please be there. This few hours of work is going to help bring kids to Christ and there isn't anything else on your schedule more important than that.

Sunday: GET PEOPLE HERE. Don't invite your church friends. Invite people you know that don't know Jesus. I'll be doing an incredibly practical message for our daily lives and how to walk with Christ. If you know someone that needs it, invite them. Most people are one invite away from accepting Christ. Everyone I talk to that doesn't go to church acknowledges that they need to. Invite, invite, invite.

We had our first pastors meeting last night. It was great. We all sat down and presented vision for our areas. Everyone had great input for each others areas. I was really stretched in the area of our youth. I want something great for them and I see everyone else does too. We've got a growing group 12-year-olds coming up who are going to be a good basis for a youth group. I appreciate Pastor James reminding me of that fact. Ministry is hard. If you ever want to know that, just sit in on a meeting with leaders discussing vision. It's hard. But it's worth every minute of it.

Send up a prayer for the guys at Newspring. Today is their Unleash Conference. I can't wait until I have the time/money to travel to some of these things. They did let me know that they are working on producing CDs/DVDs of the conference for anyone interested. I'll keep you updated on those.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Why we lose youth

Part of my new responsiblities will be coming up with something for the youth. We've attempted youth groups in the past but they've never worked out.

Knowing this I've been putting a ton of thought and prayer into what to do for our youth. We don't have that many and so it would be easy to proportionatley give them less time and effort. I'm not content with that because if you truly believe they are the "future of the church," then you can't short change them.

I think part of the problem is our youth don't know what it is truly like to walk with Jesus. That blame falls squarely on our shoulders. We bring in youth and tell them they have to listen Christian music and wear those stupid Christian t-shirts. But they look all around them and see people wearing crosses with an iPod full of Christian music and they see how these people truly live, and it turns them off.

Our youth don't need these things, they need Jesus. They need to be shown how to live with Jesus and that's it. If that means they still listen to hard rock, then fine let them listen to hard rock. The Bible says Jesus will change our hearts. Let him do it. All we need to do is demonstrate Jesus to them. No more, no less.

If I attacked your idol here (Christian music, t-shirts, other stupid stuff) then you'll have to get over it. I'm sick and tired of seeing Christians run around with these symbols of faith and not live it out. To some, that cross they wear around their neck is the extent of their faith, and that's just sad. If I see one more guy where a t-shirt about how great Jesus is and then refuse to love his wife like he should, I'm likely to punch him in the throat. Walking with Jesus has nothing to do with the fact that you've read all 1,500 Left Behind books. These things cannot stand in for a true walk with God and I think churches today are filled with people who allow that to happen.

I'm not saying these things in and of themselves are bad. I don't personally listen to much Christian music because I think it's pretty crappy. That doesn't mean it doesn't have it's place. Just be careful not to let these things stand in for God.

Behind the scenes

Always remember God is working behind the scenes to take care of you.

Ever since we hooked up my Mac Mini to the sound board to record the sermons, we've had distortion to the sound. With my limited knowledge, I couldn't figure it out. The man who set up our sound board for us, moved to a different town recently and so he isn't around to advise us. Pastor Leon suggested I call him, but with everything going last week, I didn't have time to do it.

Out of the blue, he showed up to church today and was able to easily fix the problem. As hard as we work, God is always behind the scenes, moving and working for our good. He reminded me of that today.

Hanging up the clothes

Last night we were hanging up some clothes that had just been washed. Conner came bouncing into the room (he can only bounce or run, no walking) and asked if he could help.

Now, let's acknowledge that hanging up clothes is not that fun. That's why it's called a chore. However, to Conner it was great because he got to help out his dad. He loves me, and because of that he was willing to do something that wasn't that fun to spend time with me.

It's time that we as a church hung up the clothes. If we truly LOVE our father in Heaven, it's time that we started working for him. It's time that we were sold out for the MISSION of Jesus. Jesus is not about "forgive me father, be my savior" and that's it. That's the beginning. If you are content just learning about Jesus, then it's time you got off your butt and hung up some clothes.

Loving Jesus is about being sold out for his mission, not for knowledge of him and not for the "feel good" we get from attending church on Sunday. It's about having the mind of Christ, which is the mind of a servant. We should walk into church and say "what can I do for you Jesus?" Not, what can the church do for me. Who cares if you don't like the sermon. Who cares if you don't like the music. It's not about you. It's about Jesus and we HAVE to start reaching people for him. It's God's will that every person in this world have a chance to hear about him. If we are not willing to take on that mission, he will find someone that will. If that happens, we will sit back and stagnate as a church until we die. I won't stand for that because Jesus has changed my life. If that's not worth telling others about then I don't know what is.

So, are you willing to hang up clothes? Are you willing to serve God through the church? Are you willing to do things you think aren't your thing? Like maybe teaching kids? God called me to that as a first step. I told him he was nuts. Look where I'm at today because I was willing to do something I didn't want to do.

If we are willing to do this, then we become a church more concerned with the people that need Jesus than what the church is doing for me. When we serve others, we become closer to Jesus than we can otherwise.

It's time we got after it.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Blogfather

According to Gary and Scott, the fact that Terry Storch is back blogging is a very good thing.

I never read Terry's blog before, but I am in the middle of reading The Blogging Church, which Terry co-wrote. I'd recommend the book to anyone thinking of using a blog to communicate with their church.

This week

We've got a very busy week coming up. You can view a complete calendar here.

Some of the hightlights:

This Sunday, Pastor Leon will be speaking on staying the course.

Wednesday night at 7PM is Pastor James' Bible study.

Saturday at 10AM, we'll be having a work day to get the Children's Church redecorated. If you can volunteer for this, please call me or e-mail me at to let me know. We need to plan for the work to be done and how much food to have there.

Next Sunday, I'll be presenting the "Too Busy for God" message again. I did it in our 1st Wednesday service, and Pastor Leon asked me to present it to the entire church. We'll be doing that and using the time to cast some vision for exactly what we want the 1st Wednesday services to be. Believe it or not, I think they can be some of our most effective outreach.

See you tomorrow morning.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to set your clocks back (or forward, I can never remember).

Thursday, March 08, 2007


What a week. I'm dead tired and headed to bed, but I'll write some this weekend about 1st Wednesday and some new things God's doing.

Don't forget about early morning prayer, tomorrow morning at 6a.m.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

One of those days

I decided to be good an go to bed early last night because I wanted to be rested for tonight's service. That sort of worked out. I made it to bed earlier than usual. Unfortunately, we kept having the boys wake us up. At 1:30 in the morning I work up ready to rock and roll. I think I was preaching in my sleep. Anyway, today has been a very frustrating day on many fronts and I've had to struggle really hard to keep my focus.

But I'm ready. T-minus two hours to service start.

Please, please bring someone with you. I've been pretty focused on making this a big deal and praying for a ton of people to show up. Now I'm going to focus on delivering God's word to those who do show up (no matter how many it is), because they are the ones who are truly hungry. If we only have a few hungry people in the church, then we need to work on that. If we have a bunch, then yay God.

Throw up a prayer for us tonight. It's going to be great.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Mac users love Jesus

Just a random thought. Most of my visitors over the past few days have been Mac users. That's unusual. I haven't really talked about my love of Apple computers yet. I've found an increasing number of churches using them but I'm curious about you guys.

Do you use them in your church or just personal use?

Why are Mac users attracted to this blog?

I'll put up a post about some of the technology we use at NBCF. Part of the reason is to inform other churches of what we're doing. The other part is to get advice. We are about to be investing in some new technology and I'd like to hear what works and what doesn't.

I've done all I can

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
- Ephesians 6:13

I've done all I can. Now, I'm standing and waiting on God. Tomorrow night at 7PM is our first big 1st Wednesday service titled Too Busy for God. I've studied, prayed, prepared, practiced and marketed this night to best of my God-given abilities. I've done all I can. Now I'm standing and waiting to see what God does.

DO NOT forget to invite someone tomorrow night. What I'll be covering God has put on my heart as a first step to massive things at NBCF. If you miss the first step, you won't be able to take any steps after that.

Be there. Be early. Be ready.

Monday, March 05, 2007

I love

I really love getting boxes from Amazon. I'm like a kid at Christmas when the UPS truck pulls up to the house.

Today, they delivered my copy of The Blogging Church by Brian Bailey and Terry Storch.

I suspect it will tell me a lot of what I already know about blogging. However, it has interviews with some of my favorite church bloggers. Most of these are linked to the right. I'll let you know how the book turns out.


The ESV Journaling Bible. I really love this thing. It's got about two inch margins down the side with lines to write on. The type is a little small at 7.5pt, but it works. And I love the reading plan in the back. Most have a 1-year reading plan that will take you all the way through the bible. This has a plan where you read the Old Testament once, the New Testament and Psalms twice through the course of a year. It's a little more intensive, and you read a little of each every day so you don't get burned out around Leviticus. This will be my new personal study bible. I've still got the huge man-Bible for all my researching and preaching needs. I respect a preacher with a man-Bible.

Fasting Jack Bauer

I don't have a lot of time to get into it, but fasting is something the church in general doesn't talk about much. The power in it is extraordinary, though. The thing is, it doesn't always have to be food. I have a lot of trouble fasting food. I can do it for short periods of time and if I know ahead of time it's going to happen I pray about it a lot for God to help me. When I fast food I generally become irritable and about as un-Godly as I'll ever be. Not a good idea this week. I need to be focused and prepared for Wednesday night, and I don't think being mad is the way to accomplish that.

However, I'm going to be fasting TV and video games (yes, I love playing video games, get over it) for the next three days. I'm believing for something really special on Wednesday night. Whether we have 2 people show up or 200, I want to say I did everything in my power to make it happen and whoever is there it is truly God's will.

Yes, that means I'll be missing 24. No, I don't own a Tivo. Yes, I will be paying $2.00 to download it off iTunes so I can watch it as soon as we get home Wednesday night.

Be praying that God brings it Wednesday night, and heck, feel free to fast if you want.

Sunday, March 04, 2007


Today's sermon is now available here.

Due to technical difficulties, it starts about halfway through the tithe and ends about halfway through the sermon. I thought I'd put it up anyway for anyone interested.

Four services!?

Vision only God can fulfill. You've got to love it.

Throughout this week, Pastor Leon and I have had several meetings that invariably turned to a conversation about the future of the church and specifically growth. During one of these I said let's fill this building up four times. Can you imagine NBCF if we had enough people to fill up four services every Sunday? I truly believe we can do it. Imagine the people we could reach then.

That's God-sized vision. Let's fill it up four times and build a new building and fill it up four more times. That's God-sized vision. I think we often cast vision too small (I'm including myself in that we). We make plans and pray for God to bless it and I think sometimes he looks at it and says "that's it?" God is so much larger than we can ever imagine and so's his plans for us. I truly believe he is about to blow the roof off NBCF. God is moving right here, right now. Get ready.

After today's service I see that we have to rely totally on God for this vision to happen. I'm dead tired after today. We had just one service, I didn't even preach and I'm still beat. Can you imagine doing this three more times each Sunday? It's almost 8:00 PM right now and we'd probably still be working right now.

It's going to take God to bring people in and it's going to take God to energize our workers and leaders.

Get to praying. Pray that God's vision would sweep over this congregation. The people around us right now are going to be the ones who have to work and plan to bring it about. We can't just say it's God's vision and put the responsibility off on him. We have to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on us.

And don't forget to invite someone for Wednesday. Make it someone that doesn't attend NBCF. It's 1st Wednesday and God's got something great planned.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

This WILL work

What a week we've had. After last Sunday I jumped straight into my new duties at the church. It helped that I've known about it for about three weeks, so I was able to hit the ground running. God's really blessed that work too. On top of the church, I also run a business, which keeps me very busy. Despite that, I was able to get a ton of stuff done, including preparing for next Wednesday's service and getting our website completely redesigned.

Now, I'm not normally one to talk about what the Devil's done. I prefer to tell what Jesus has done. But this week I could definitely feel something going on. Things kept happening that normally wouldn't bother me, and I kept hearing "this won't work." I think the "this" is supposed my serving as associate pastor. However, I'm here to say IT WILL WORK. I acknowledge that it won't be easy, and in fact will test me greatly (it already has). This is why it's so important you pray for me, Pastor Leon, Pastor James and our families. We come under attack like you wouldn't believe sometimes.

And I'm here to tell you it's about to get a lot worse because we are about to blow the roof off this church. Some of the things God is about to do here are going to be amazing. This means the Devil has taken notice and he'll do everything he can to stop it. We just have to remember Jesus has already WON the fight. All we have to do is get through it to the other side.

It's late, I'm tired and we have a big day tomorrow. I'll see you there.

The little things

This week has been incredibly busy as we plan for next Wednesday night and get many other things going.

Through it all, God has really been showing me some great things.

The main one is to pray about the little things. Normally I would pray a general prayer about the upcoming service. "God, please bless this service and all the people coming, yada yada yada." You get the picture.

As I was working on the marketing for the service (you can see the logo above), God impressed upon me the importance of praying for every little part. So, I prayed for the flyers as I made them and the people that would see them. I prayed for the businesses that allowed me to put it up. I prayed for every person I sent and e-mail invite to. I prayed for the blog entry I wrote promoting it.

We need to pray about even the little things. What's that saying? God is in the details.

The joys of pastoring + Blogger

In case you didn't know, if you put your birthdate into your profile, it is kind enough to automatically inform people of your zodiac sign. This must be new feature because it wasn't like that when I signed on. In fact, there is absolutely no way to turn it off short of taking your birthdate out entirely, which I have done.

You see, someone read the blog and clicked on my profile to discover my zodiac sign on there.

So, let me put everyone's mind at ease and say I don't really care what my zodiac sign is. I don't look to the stars for my future. I serve God, and that's that.

Friday, March 02, 2007


Does everyone have their seatbelts securely fastened? You better.

God has some big stuff planned for this church. I'll write about some of it later today because I'm headed off to Warefare Friday (early morning prayer) right now, and believe me, I'm not a morning person. If God can get me up and going at 5 a.m., it means something's going on.

Get ready and get to praying.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Too busy for God

I'll be doing a special lesson on being too busy for God next Wednesday at NBCF at 7:00 p.m. We are located at 1745 West South Loop 377 in Stephenville across from the Hampton Inn.

If you're sitting there thinking "I'm to busy to make it," you probably need to hear it.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Fit for ministry

Tadd is running a "Biggest Loser" competition for the men in his launch team.

This brings up something we don't really like to talk about in the ministry. Staying in shape. I sound like a lot of guys on their staff. Certainly not grossly overweight, but I could definitely stand to slim down a little.

I'd like to say I'd lose weight for the chance to win an iPod video. However, the justification I gave myself for buying an iPod shuffle was that I would use it to work out. I use the iPod a lot. For working out? Not so much.

Considering ministry involves lots of hours, little sleep and massive amounts of stress, how do you cope with your health?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Guard your heart

Steven Furtick has a great post about guarding your heart.

The quote that got me was: "Be careful who you share your dreams with. Their negativity can contaminate the possibility before it ever has a chance to become a reality."

This is incredibly important. God's call on your life can often seem (even to you) like a crazy thing. God has called me to do some things in the ministry that most people around me would think are crazy. As a result, they will try to discourage me before I ever have a chance to work through it with God. When God gives you a vision for your life, it is your vision. Guard it fiercley. Because it is your vision and not the vision of other people, they won't all understand it and may try to stand in the way. They may even be convinced they are doing you a favor.

This is also why it's so important to stay close to God every day. As Perry put it so well today, "There is a fine line between faith and stupidity."

Make sure you're close to God so you know the crazy vision he's given you is, in fact, from him and not that burrito you ate last night.

Perry via Tony

The conference is going on right now. I really wish I could have made it. Not only is it affordable, it's supposed to be really great.

Tony Morgan provides a great breakdown of Perry Noble's sessions here and here.

Some of the highlights:

1. God does not give visions to committees. God never gave a vision to a committee in the Bible.

2. Some people will ask, "When are we going to go deeper." You can go deeper right now. Open your Bible. There's some deep stuff in there. Read it.

3. Sometimes you just need to let people leave your church. The space shuttle, as an example, has to lose some of its parts in order to make it into orbit.

4. "The worst thing that can happen to us is if we start to believe we're good."

5. "Church planting is not safe. It's not easy. God always calls us to things that are unsafe. If you want to be safe, get out of ministry."

6. "If your vision is to be like someone else, that's not a vision. That's an admonition."

Good stuff. Maybe I'll make it out there next year.

Spiritual impotence

Perry has a great post today about spiritual impotence. Yeah, I know it's not what you would expect when it comes to a topic about church, but man he makes a great point.

From TD Jakes (via Perry) “Impotence is when you posses the equipment but you lack the passion to perform.”

I think we have so many tools for ministry today, but we sometimes sit back and tell God we want new ways to reach people. Reach them with what you have in your hand now. God layed out very clearly that if you are faithful with the small things, he will give you bigger things. If you've ever had the thought of "I just wish we had new people in church," you need to look at the people you have. What are you doing for them? How are you ministering into their lives? God is not going to send new people your way if you can't or won't take care of the ones you have.

It all comes down to letting God guide your vision. If he is truly in control, then he will show you what to do and when to do it. Then it's up to us to make use of the tools and talents he's given us to make it happen. With passion.

Note: I'll probably be linking to Perry most days. He's got a lot to say and does it with passion.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Let's get it started

Yesterday, I was appointed to the position of associate pastor at New Beginnings. This blog is to keep everyone apprised of all the new things we'll have going and my views on church in general. I'll also feature links to the best stuff I can find around the internet. We've got a lot of work to do at church, and I'm looking forward to every bit of it.

My other blog for my business, Image Studios, can be found here. It's got everything else besides church stuff. I'm guessing there will be enough of that to fill this blog up.

Disclaimer: This blog in no way reflects the views of New Beginnings or any of it's staff or members. They are my opinions only and I am soley to blame for them.