Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Growing Pains

I was reminded yesterday about growing pains from my oldest son who asked, "Dad, did you ever have pains in your knees when you were growing up" and I answered, "yes" and his next question, "How do you get rid of them?" and my answer, "You don't, they are a part of growing up and the pain comes with the territory". Our church is going through serious growing pains.There are changes in our worship team coming, growing out of our current facility, finances being tight, ministry on a shoestring budget and the list goes on. At points remembering back to my own growing pains as a kid I would give anything just to make them go away but now I realize that I would look much fatter at 4' than I do at 5'11". I'm thankful today for the growth even though I had to endure the pain.

We know that growing pains hurt and we also know that, for the most part they are worth it after we see the results. But what if we could see that in the midst of the pain. Could there really be joy in the midst of the journey? What would that look like? Well, I'll let you know so stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What's it like...

To have a place that you can call home and be so proud of that you would shout it from the mountain tops, telling everyone you know about how awesome your church is. That's what was happening in Thessalonians ch. 1. Paul is saying how wowed he is by all the stuff he his hearing about 3rd person. I love it when that happens. To this day I am still hearing about cool thing that are happening at my old church in Tampa and I think to myself, "How cool is that?" We need more people and more churches doing this. Churches that invite people into a place where they can meet God and have real transformation because of the cross and people who are so radically changed that they are telling everyone they see. Man, that is cool!

Knight Rider Rides Again

So I'm still on the fence with this one. I'm going to watch it but I'm a little skeptical. I mean, come on, who can replace Mr. Hasslehoff?! Okay any thoughts? Are you going to tune in?