* The church water fountain would dispense Kool Aid.
* Hymns would have motions.
* Nursery duty would be mandatory for all choir members.
* Ushers would pass out animal crackers.
* Puppets would staff the church welcome center.
* People being baptized would be allowed to splash.
* Greeters would wear full body costumes and do balloon sculpting.
* Every Sunday you could poke your head into the adult service and bark out, “Keep it quiet!” and they would obey.
* Church staff meetings would be held at Chuck E. Cheese.
* Adults would raise their hands during the sermon and ask the Senior Pastor for permission to go to the bathroom.
* Church boards could only say one phrase: “Go ahead, we don’t care how much it costs.”
* Puppets would come up with their own skits.
* When people got saved in the adult service the Senior Pastor would fire off a confetti cannon.
* The adult service would have to use the sound system with the high-pitched hum.
* Children’s workers that didn’t show up would be fined. At the end of the year you could use the money to go to the
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
* The church water fountain would dispense Kool Aid.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A. It is important for us to know the truth about how God feels about us, particularly when we see areas of darkness in our lives. Our hearts must be anchored in the reality of His love. We cannot love Him unless we first have the revelation that His love is toward us. It is in knowing His desire for us that we are equipped in times of weakness.
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. (Song of Solomon 7:10)
1. The devil wants us to lose sight of God’s love because he wants us to shrink back from God. Without confidence in God’s love for us, we will run away from Him instead of to Him in our weakness and brokenness.
2. When we sin, God wants us to stand before Him, ask for forgiveness, repent (turn from) our sin, and declare war on it. We declare war on sin by purposing in our heart not to give ourselves to sin in any way. We may fall in an area of sin many times, but we can still declare war on it by hating it as our enemy and determining within ourselves to love God.
3. When we turn away from sin to God, He wants us to be confident that we stand before Him as a first-class citizen in His family. We must take confidence in the fact that He has given us the gift of righteousness in which we can now walk. He wants us to have the confidence that He loves us in the same way that He loves Jesus.
4. The only way we can mature is by having the confidence that God loves us while we are growing. If we do not know He loves us in the process of maturity, we will not continue coming to Him when we stumble.
B. Weak love is not false love. Weak love is sincere, and God desires us to be confident in His delight over us while we are maturing.
1. God sees the cry of our spirit to love Him. When our heart is reaching, making determination to obey, it moves God. The longing to obey is the beginning of victory over sin.
2. Spiritual immaturity is not the same thing as rebellion, though outwardly they may appear the same. The difference is that when a sincere believer sins, they are grieved over it. When a person in rebellion sins, they are unconcerned as long as they get away with it.
C. Condemnation, also called shame or accusation, does not originate with God. Condemnation sometimes remains after we repent and tells us that who we are as a person is wrong, that everything about us is bad.
1. Shame makes us want to give up. It leaves us without hope and prompts us to run away from God instead of to Him.
2. Satan accuses us night and day, wanting us to believe that we are hopeless hypocrites that struggle to love God while the truth is that we are lovers of God who struggle with sin.
…the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night… (Revelation 12:10)
For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord... (Rom. 7:22-25)
II. Jesus Leads us with a Cherishing Heart
...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish... For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. (Ephesians 5:27, 29)
A. An accusatory leader points out errors and writes people off as hopeless failures. Jesus has a cherishing leadership style that sees the cry of our hearts, values it and calls it forth. He does point out areas of deficiency through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but He does not define us primarily by our sin.
B. He washes us with the water of His word, washing our hearts from guilt and the desires to remain in sin. We are actually motivated to walk in the light when He reveals the way He feels about us. This is the way He is going to bring us to love holiness.
C. The way that God loves God is not even comprehensible. Yet, Jesus says that He loves us in the same way that the Father loves Him. Not only does Jesus love us, but the Father Himself loves us. Jesus calls us to abide, or rest in the reality of this love.
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. (John 15:9)
…the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me… (John 16:27)
Friday, June 6, 2008
Chazown (pronounced khaw-ZONE) from the Hebrew, meaning a dream, revelation, or vision.
Its been about year that God has been dealing with me about the purpose of my life and to what I am going to dedicate all my life to. During this Journey I have discovered the some of the deep things of God for example how deep is his love for us , how much he longs to just spend time with us and how much he want to fix us and love us.
I am proud to say that I am called to be a children pastor to mentor and train kids to go into the ministry God has equip me to for the last 13 years for a time like now . I found a book during this journey that helped me .
The book was Chazown a book written by the pastor of lifechurch.tv
this would explain what the book is about :
Vision and Purpose: Dream It, Live It, Attain It
Do you wake up each day motivated by knowing exactly why you were created? Guided by intention in every step? Enter: Chazown. Hebrew for “vision,” God wants to give His for you, and this book will reveal it! Living God’s dream will rock your world and align every area of your life, from your relationships to your finances and health. Chazown is packed with storytelling graphics, in-your-face honesty, bite-sized chapterettes, step-by-step guidance, surprising self-assessments, and scarcely containable energy in a fast-paced style that will drive you forward with purpose! Craig Groeschel cowrote this book, but he’s waiting for his partner—you. Because only you can discover how the book ends and the rest of your life begins…
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
- I lost my phone number, could I have yours on this volunteer registration card?
- I hear you really enjoy Kool-Aid and Graham Crackers! Don't you want to be an example of a servant in front of your child?
- Let me get this mirror, so you can see yourself in our children's department.
- How do you spell your name? I want to make sure I have it spelled correctly on the class room door.
- Do you want YOUR children to be blessed? It's the Biblical principle of you reap what you sow.
- We would like you to come and evaluate you child's class next week.
- You look a lot like my next volunteer.
- Now that you are a new member I would like to give you the opportunity to get involved.
- Do you like piñata parties & getting caught in the rain?
- you ever considered making a difference in the life of a child?
- Is your name Rose? 'Cause you'd look great planted in our children's ministry.
- As I watch you I know you love kids and value them just like I do. I'd love to have you on my team.
- Check out this video its really cool
When I Grow Up... from Marty Taylor on Vimeo.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Everything I need to know about ministry I learned while hunting prairie chickens. Okay, that is a stretch but…I did learn a significant lesson.
We are not called to change society; we are called to convert individuals. Changing society is a worthy endeavor, just not worthy enough.
I spent my early ministry years in Kansas. Rural Kansas. I pastored a church in Reece, a tiny town of forty-seven residents so far from civilization that the locals would chase coyotes across the prairie on motorcycles for entertainment. I am not making this up. Wanting to connect with the natives I went on numerous hunting excursions. One of these adventures was hunting prairie chickens.
Come to find out, prairie chickens fly. That made the objective, shooting them, much more difficult than I had considered. Given a loaded shotgun, I was told to shoot a prairie chicken as it flew over. The moment came. A flock of birds flew over. I pointed and blasted away until the gun was empty. The smoke cleared. If I hit one, he handled it well because the entire flock kept flapping their wings as if nothing happened.
I was amazed. Several hundred of these fat birds flew over the field again. I blasted away with a shotgun. (Shotguns scatter pellets, theoretically making it easy to hit stuff.) Not only did no birds come crashing to the ground, not one bird even got flustered. That made me mad. I tried again with the same results. I blasted away into the flock thinking at least ten to fifteen birds would drop from the sky. Nothing. My hunting partners then told me the problem.
“Roger, you can’t shoot the whole flock,” they said. “Pick out one bird and shoot that one.” When they fired their shotguns into the air a prairie chicken always fell. When I shot, the flock kept going in the same direction. Targeting one worked better than blasting away at the whole flock.
Ministry is the same. I have been doing this long enough to say that you are not going to save the world or even change the world. The target is too big and in the end you won’t change anything or anybody. But you can have a significant impact in the world when you reach people one at a time. And the only way to do that is through the gospel’s message of God’s free gift of life through faith in Jesus.
The power of the gospel is for the “whosoever,” the individual, not society. Changing social structures can help people improve economically but will do nothing to bring life to a dead human heart. Jesus didn’t come to raise the minimum wage or even make society behave. He came to put His life inside of us, one person at a time.
For me, the parable of the lost sheep settles this (Luke 15:1-7). The shepherd left ninety-nine sheep and took off looking for one lost sheep. Jesus said that bringing one lost sheep home takes priority over caring for the rest of the flock. Bringing one person into the family of God is more important than raising the quality of life for the rest.
You can share the gospel to a group or one-on-one, but people respond as individuals, one at a time. Societies rarely change for the better, individuals can and do.
And that is how you hunt prairie chickens
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