(another) weekend update

has it been a week since i last posted?  wow.

well.  this last weekend was quite busy.  it started friday.  velocity decided to do the 30 Hour Famine that world vision hosts.  me and 35 other velocity staff and students started fasting around 7:00a on friday.  we got together, had some worship, played some games, slept at the church, served in detroit, then ended the fast at 1:00p saturday afternoon.  thanks to anne gardner we had a kickin’ “traditional” african meal.  overall we raised over $4,000 for world vision to help feed kids in africa.

then came velocity.

i gave the talk on “who do you say jesus is?” it was based off of peter’s confession in matthew 16:15 – “You are the Christ, son of the living God.”

for a creative element, we had two students spray paint both positive and negative views of jesus on to a large piece of muslin fabric (see pic) … after the talk, the band did three worship songs from behind the fabric…it was a powerful night of confession and worship of who jesus is.

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Weekend Update

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 cafeteriaimg_0063

this is the main auditorium [where the big people go to church]img_0068

*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.

velocity update – march 1, 2009

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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