I like adventures. I just got back from one with my 3 beautiful girls. God has me (us) on an adventure right now. I quit trying to guess what's next. At this point, I'm just enjoying the ride...and holding on for dear life!
In the last two weeks, I feel an emotional/spiritual explosion inside of me. I don't remember a time when I have had a greater passion for the Scriptures. It's like something snapped in my heart and things are connecting on a deep level.
When I was in seminary, I took my grandmothers Bible and a highlighter and literally highlighted every page I read (until my highlighters died). It helped me read through Scriptures. Now, I'm reading one passage and another seemingly unrelated passage is connecting and comes alive. These past few days have had some AHA moments for me. It is amazing how fresh an ancient text can be even in 2007.
If you are going to be at Life Pointe tomorrow, we are starting out in Judges 4 and looking at Deborah's life. Go ahead and read it ahead of time. Then, we'll look at other women who did great things in ministry and business. It should challenge you.
Make a home fashion statement and raise your property value by placing this bad boy in your front lawn. Then, during the week, go for the big ask... something like, "Remember how you broke my brand new garden weasel?!?! I'm going to let you pay me back by coming to church with me on Easter."
We've got a couple Sunday gigs in April. They'll be red hot.
First, my boy Jesse Santoyo from Chicago and the lead guy from The Saturn Project will be leading worship and playing a couple of his songs at the theater on April 15. I love this cat. I'll wait until later to share more about him. In the meantime, check out "Time" and "So Alive" on The Saturn Project MySpace.
Then, Michael John Stanleywill be doing the same thing on April 29th. Michael John can flat out play the guitar. Check him out and bring your crew. April is going to be a blast with these two guys cranking things up right after Easter.
Was taking care of church business yesterday with Matt Robinett and on the fly got to hang out with a couple great guys/pastors. Spent some time with Nathan Griffis, a church planter in Weston...wish he would start blogging. Spent some time with Rich Wilkerson, pastor of Trinity Church in Miami Gardens. I love pastors that are down to earth, real, and straight-forward. I don't know all of Rich's story here in Miami. But, he's been at Trinity for 8 years and they are in the community in a big way.
Over the last several months, we've been redesigning, rethinking, and buying materials for our theater setup- everything from the lobby, hospitality, coffee to children's environments, main auditorium, and street signage. I can't wait. The majority of the setup has arrived. But, we aren't rolling out the new setup until it is all totally ready...that will be Easter Sunday.
This passage came up over breakfast on Friday with Tom Sterbens, pastor at New Hope in Seveirville, TN. I've heard it a million times including at our breakfast. But, it never resonated in my soul like it did last night when I was reading James.
For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13
The power of God's mercy is elevated and the strength of his judgment is diminished when we express mercy to others. That is powerful.