saturday was a relaxing day. another one of those day that no work has to be done (on my part). I took some time to read crazy love (haven’t finished it yet). in MI it was a sunny 55 degrees (F) outside, so that made for a more cheerful attitude than usual. tony tice spoke at northridge church saturday night…i enjoyed being challenged on being a person of truth 100% of the time.
sunday was a long day. bill and i drove to the birmingham campus of kensington community church. it was a great experience. northridge is launching our first regional campus in saline, mi. so it was great to see how other churches are doing the whole multi-site gig.
this pic is of the junior high group [breakaway]. they meet right outside of the cafeteria
this is the main auditorium [where the big people go to church]
*all pics were taken with my iPhone*
sunday night we had velocity. it was a blast. bill brought the talk – the main point was god gives rest. whoa! did our students need to hear this one!! i guess if bill and i are honest though, the talk was designed for him and i. we have been going and going…we need to find rest in the God we’re serving!
i’m excited about teaching this next sunday. the topic? “who do you say jesus is?” gonna be sweet.
this past weekend in velocity we our opening talk for “red letters.” i have the talk, and i was pretty excited about it. i talked out of matthew 9:9-13. jesus walks up to matthew, an outcast in that society, and asks him to follow. so crazy. i took it from two angles
the disciples: no doubt the ones already following jesus were a little confused as to why a “tax collector” was joining their bunch. i asked, “who in your life are you denying the life-changing love of jesus?” we mainly do that because of decisions those people have made…we think jesus wouldn’t want them following him.
matthew: we’ve all been here, i’m sure. i know i’ve felt sometimes that i’m not good enough to follow jesus. oh boy does jesus shatter that thinking. anyone can change. this is jesus we’re talking about…the same dude who rose from the dead! wow, the power in believing that is immense. who do you know that is “too far gone?” even when everyone thinks a person is “lost” … he is still worth being found in God’s eyes.
next week bill is tackling some red letters. stay tuned for a recap
this weekend was a bit busy. I spoke in all 3 of our Junior High services…which went really great. Bill Holbrook did wonderful leading volunteers so I wouldn’t have to worry about any of that.
my talk was on boundaries in dating. great subject for jh kids.
then sunday night came. this time bill spoke in velocity, which was a nice break for me. we wrapped up our “goin’ all the way” series with a talk on loneliness. bill hit it out of the park.
our next series is called ‘red letters.’ watch the promo video here.
another key event this weekend: i was given a free iPhone. a volunteer decided to bless me with his 4G 1st generation iPhone. i am now an AT&T customer.
i’m still reading crazy love and tribes
what i’m excited about: like having an iPhone isn’t enough?!? i’m excited to solidify our summer trips, as well as plan for our EMERGE weekend experience.