- It is fun to play dress up if you are a kid. Stretches the imagination and builds excitement. Why not?
- I like that generosity is expressed by so many on this day. Free candy! Win!
- What other time in the year do you get to walk up to 50+ of your neighbors doors, find them home, they open their door to you, and you get to make a connection in the name of kids? Powerful opportunity! This year, I plan to get some names, write them down in my iPhone as I walk away and call them by name next year.
- What other night of the year will 50+ kids come knocking on your door? We plan to make some connections and get to know our neighbors better tonight! Amazing opportunity! We are going to be giving every kid 2 nice pieces of candy taped to an invitation to CCF (our church)!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
- Loads of wisdom.
- Wealth of experience.
- Discretionary time.
- Depth of faith.
- Discretionary resources.
- Hunger for value.
- Desire to feel needed.
- Balance to youth.
- Mentoring possibilities out the ears!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
- 1 Year
- 5 Years
- 10 Years
- We plan to launch a Men's ministry within the next several years.
- We hope to get out of debt within 2 years.
- I want to lose 2 pounds a month for the next 3 years.
- I hope to gain more trust and relational equity at the church over the next 3-4 years.
- I long to disciple him/her over the next several years.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- You ever feel like you have had enough? God can and will replace your former misery with gladness. Wait on him. It's coming.
- And check this out: my favorite three words of this verse are, "...in proportion to..."!! Have you had lots of misery? God wants to give you lots of gladness. Hang in there. Maybe the rule is: the more your misery now, the more your gladness later.
- You ever feel like you wasted years on "evil"? Are you still living with any past regret? This verse is an encouragement that God has the power over your past. He can REPLACE the evil years with good ones. Trust him for that today.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
At the beginning of this year, the Lord gave this word to us through our Bishop, Glenn. The Lord reminded me to reflect on it again today. I am seeing it come to fruition more and more. I know more of the truth of this word TODAY than I did in January. Here it is...re-blogged:
- God is bringing an increased anointing onto us.
- God is developing increased character in us.
- The things that we see happening at CCF are merely a fractional sign of what is coming.
- We need to actively rest in what God is about to do. (Not passively rest.)
Monday, October 26, 2009
- First time in a restaurant in 7 years!
- First time to ever touch an iPod!
- First time to see the neighborhood and area that he has lived in for 7 years!
- First road trip in 7 years.
- First time that he will have walked the streets with full honesty and disclosure of who he is and what he has experienced. Something freeing about that.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- Rice spends the lion share of the book talking about the negative impact of Facebook on humanity, and vice versa.
- Contrary to the misleading title, he never discusses anything regarding how Facebook and the church can work together.
- The majority of the book is really about how Facebook makes the individual relationally inapt.
- Facebook is where people create false pictures of who they are, essentially deceiving others.
- We are hyper-connected making relationships very weak and meaningless.
- The rapid fire Facebook updates are negatively forming our communication approach.
- Friendship=private sharing and growth. Public friendship is an oxymoron.
- Facebook addiction is leading to CPA (continuous partial attention). This is different from multi-tasking. When we multi-task, we are motivated by a desire to be more efficient and productive. In the case of CPA, we are motivated by a desire not to miss anything.
- The mix of public and private stuff that is found on Facebook makes things blurry for people more often than they realize.
- Rice addressed how FB negatively impacts our privacy, authority, romances, jobs, peers, time management, personal identity, and future.
- The "tethered self" refers to people that are addicted to mobile technology and are "always on." (like me, if I am not careful)
- The "always on" tendencies prevent us from being fully present in the moment. We can ignore the here and now for the people "out there." Do not ignore "what's new" for "what's now"!
- The vision of Facebook: to turn Facebook into the planet's standardized communication (and marketing) platform...build one worldwide platform where you can just type in anyone's name, find the person you are looking for and communicate with them.
- In the first quarter of 2009, 5 million people joined Facebook ever week.
- Facebook's membership doubled in the last year, from 100 million to 200 million.
- Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg has a vision and not even $15 Billion dollars would deter him.
- The author makes a compelling case that we are made for connection! But, there is a difference between community and connection. We can find connection on Facebook. Community requires a whole lot of other dynamics that we cannot get on a computer screen.
- Older population is joining Facebook at massive rates.
- Beware to never live in response to a thousand imagined voices instead of your own heart.
- Home is where we keep all the stuff that matters most to us. (pictures, videos, beliefs, memories, friends, family, opinions, likes, dislikes...we can decorate our wall however we want)
- Home is wherever we find family. (instantly and globally get the family all on one page!)
- Home is where we feel safe because we can control the environment. (we can confirm and ignore our way to comfort)
- Home is where we can "just be ourselves."
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- The sidewalk
- Rocky ground with little soil
- Good soil (about to become bad because of thorns)
- Fertile soil
- Worries of this life
- Lure of wealth
- Desire for other things
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- Take time twice a day to pray and cast all your cares upon God in prayer.
- Read the Bible for 30 minutes each day.
- Connect to a Small Group.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Vision is found when 3 things intersect: The passions of the leaders, the gifts and passion of the congregation and the needs of the community.
- I feel that God is saying that we are in a preparation time. It is a parallel journey for CCF and it’s people. I am seeing it all over the place. A time of intense spiritual growth, calling and preparation for the powerful future he intends. This hard work will take discipleship and TIME!
- God is wanting to give me personal long term perspective that will allow me to lead incrementally and patiently.
- When dealing with difficult decisions, remember: closure, compassion and communication. Beat the lies of the rumor mill with the publicity of the truth.
- It is a lie to believe that we can just put some catchy slogan on the wall and people will follow it.
- I think that we should feel and know vision long before we write it. It is birthed out of the good work of the Holy Spirit in this community of faith!
- We need to create a culture of permission and a climate of openness.
- We are not reaching our potential. There is so much more.
- Do we discover vision? Or does vision discover us?
- Everything takes time! The kind of transition and call to anointed ministry that I am sensing the Lord has for CCF will not be grown into in a short time. It will take years!
- Everything we do needs to be for the church of JESUS and IT’S future. Considering the church and the community we are in, it needs to outlive us...what we plant may be reaped by the next generation.
- No more rushing!!! Beware of dates and deadlines right now. But seek passionately, and reject any scent of complacency.
- CCF: What do we do? Why do we do it? How do we do it?
- No church can ever carry out ALL the passions of its leaders.
- Vision is dynamic.
- It is better for a vision to be lived out and not written, then written and not lived out.
- Get up 3o minutes earlier than you normally do and go to a quiet comfortable chair in your house.
- Open up a version of the Bible that you can understand. (The Message or the New Living Translation are my favorite.)
- Read Psalms. Helps you deal with and relate to LIFE and GOD!
- Read Proverbs. Helps you relate to LIFE and PEOPLE!
- Read Mark. Helps you see what Jesus was up to and committed to in his time on earth!
- Underline things that speak to you and write questions in the margins or a journal.
- Repeat again.
- Repeat again.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
It is time for you to stop living your life to make everyone accept you.
It is time for you to stop trying to appease everyone’s feelings.
It is time for you to stop hiding behind the mask.
It is time for you to stop acting like you are happy when you know you need prayer.
It is time for you to stop playing games with the Lord and really approach His throne in sincerity.
It is time for you to be who God formed, created and called you to be.
It is time for you to walk in the promises of God.
It is time for you to stop allowing people to walk over you.
It is time for you to stand up and be responsible.
It is time for you to stop agonizing over things you cannot control or change.
It is time for you to stop crying over people you cannot change.
It is time for you to declare and decree your blessings.
It is time for you to go forth and stop waiting on people who do not want to go with you.
It is time for you to be who God wants you to be and not what everyone else desires to make you.
(I got this in an email this week and I thought it was pretty inspiring.)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- The closer you get to God, the more joy you have.
- The closer you get to God, the more clarity you have.
- The closer you get to God, the more confidence you have.
- The closer you get to God, the more humility you have.
- The closer you get to God, the stronger you become.
- The closer you get to God, the more anointing you have.
- The closer you get to God, the more honest you become.
- The closer you get to God, the better parent you become.
- The closer you get to God, the better spouse you become.
- The closer you get to God, the better friend you become.
- The closer you get to God, the more peace you attain.
- The closer you get to God, the more he expects of you.
- The closer you get to God, the more you realize how messed you are.
- The closer you get to God, the more you realize how far you still have to go.
- The closer you get to God, the easier it is to handle attacks.
- The closer you get to God, the more clear your future becomes.
- The closer you get to God, the more you obey him.
- The closer you get to God, the more you hear him.
- The closer you get to God, the more you love him.
- The closer you get to God, the more you realize how much more HE LOVES YOU than you ever knew before!
- Read the Bible every day!! Start with a version you like and a book that makes sense! I recommend the New Living or the Message. And Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Mark, and John! Hang out there for a year or something.
- Pray. Talk to God. Tell Him what you think, feel wonder, and worry about. And tell him what you appreciate and love about him!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- Would you be willing to pray for CCF and for it's partners and attendees to see the biblical importance of giving? There are many people in our church who give nominally or not at all. If that changed, we would likely never be in this place again.
- Would you be willing to pray for financial blessing and outpouring for this ministry?
- Would you be willing to pray for me, the Staff and the Board of CCF to lead with God's wisdom, grace and confidence in the days ahead? This is a discipleship issue. And in many cases, people do not give because we do not disciple! We just assume stuff. As a young Pastor, I need to hear from God on how to disciple people best in Biblical giving...regardless of this economy. If anything, this is the time TO do it. Not, the time to avoid it.
- Might you pray for our Executive Board that meets all day long this Saturday to tackle these issues and likely make some tough decisions? We need the Lord!
- If you consider CCF your church, we hope that you will ask the Lord whether you are doing what HE is calling you to do as it relates to your financial commitment to your church. And then act.
- If you are doing your part, would you be willing to encourage and disciple at least one other person toward doing theirs? If half the givers, reached one giver, things would drastically change.
- If you wish to give NOW, you can hop on the homepage of our website, click the blue E-giving link and make a donation or set up recurring donations. JUST CLICK HERE!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Some people have the gift of discernment. Or at the very least, they are incredibly intuitive. They are a gift to the church. But, this is no easy gift to steward.
Some people are really courageous and willing to say hard things and do tough things. We need them too…especially in leadership in the church! Willingness to do and say what is right is not easy, especially when you look up and realize how alone you are afterwards.
But, here is a rare but powerful combination:
....People who hear from God and see intuitively and spiritually into people and situations.
....And THEN, have the courage to share what they are hearing.
THAT, my friends is a powerful combination. We need people like this in the church.
Are you seeing yourself here anywhere?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
1. It's lonely to lead
2. It's dangerous to succeed
3. It's hardest at home
4. It's essential to be real
5. It's painful to obey
6. Brokenness and failure are necessary
7. My attitude is more important than my actions
8. Integrity eclipse image
9. God's way is always better than my way
10. Christlikeness begins and ends with humility
God is eternal. He antedates time and is wholly independent of it. Time began in Him and will end in Him. To it He pays no tribute and from it He suffers no change.
God is immutable. He has never changed and can never change in any smallest measure. To change, He would need to go from better to worse or from worse to better. He cannot do either, for being perfect He cannot become more perfect, and if He were to become less perfect, He would be less than God.
God is omniscient; He knows in one free and effortless act all matter, all spirit, all relationships, all events. He has no past and He has no future. He is….and none of the limiting and qualifying terms used of creatures can apply to Him.
Love and mercy and righteousness are His, and holiness so ineffable that no comparisons or figures will avail to express it.
-A.W. Tozer, Pursuit of God
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
- I CANNOT believe how Facebook has enhanced the relationships in our church (among those on it). There is so much less catch-up to play on Sunday. We know about the exam, the doctor's appointment and the sick kid, and we can check in and pick up from there. I would love to know how many times the words "hey, I saw that on facebook this week" are stated around here on a Sunday morning. (Approx. 1/3 of our Sunday attendance is on Facebook.)
- Relationally speaking ... I think that social networking networks need to always be seen as "in addition to" not "instead of". God intends that people engage their senses in relationship. Need some touch! In addition, if body language is such a huge part of communication, we are missing loads of the message online.
- Also, no one can be "friends" (in life) with everyone, but you sure can be "friends" (online) with a lot of people. There just are not enough hours in the day. In those cases, it is either be FB friends, or have no connection at all. I choose the former most of the time. You never know what the Lord may be preparing.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Church retreats have been something that CCF has done and valued through the years. Anticipating that we would have one this year, we reserved our place at Black Rock Retreat for this October 23-25. However, it has become increasingly apparent that many cannot afford it. As a result, we decided to make it an unofficial getaway weekend as opposed to an official retreat.
The weekend is available to any persons, couples or families that wish to go and have the time and resources available to go. There ARE rooms available and Lancaster County is a beautiful place to spend a fall weekend.
The dates are Friday, October 23rd-Sunday, October 25th.
If you and your family wish to go spend that weekend at the retreat center in Quarryville, PA and the surrounding area, please submit your full payment (which reserves your room) to CCF by Sunday, October 18th. You may place it in the offering or offering box in the lobby. Please attach a note with the names and ages of those you are paying for.
The cost is: $150 per adults (13-up), $75 for children 5-12, and $0 for ages 0-4 (which includes 2 nights, 5 meals and the use of the entire facility). Make the check payable to Capital Christian Fellowship.
Tricia, Davis and I and several other families still plan to go and I think that we will all really enjoy the relationship building that will happen.
Wanna Join Us?
(You can find out more about Black Rock Retreat Center at www.brr.org. )
I just went potty. Who cares? How much personal stuff should people (maybe even specifically leaders) throw out into cyberspace? How do you balance personal and public? Figuring this out is a lifelong journey for most leaders (at the pulpit and the computer). Some err on the side of being very private (not me). Others share too much (could be me). But, I think that there can and should be a healthy balance (where I try and want to be).
Rick Warren and John Piper ascribe to this philosophy. There are 2 main responses to all this...
One says: These media tend to shorten attention spans, weaken discursive reasoning, lure people away from Scripture and prayer, disembody relationships, feed the fires of narcissism, cater to the craving for attention, fill the world with drivel, shrink the soul’s capacity for greatness, and make us second-handers who comment on life when we ought to be living it. So boycott them and write books (not blogs) about the problem.
The other response says: Yes, there is truth in all of that, but instead of boycotting, try to fill these media with as much provocative, reasonable, Bible-saturated, prayerful, relational, Christ-exalting, truth-driven, serious, creative pointers to true greatness as you can.
Read more by CLICKING HERE!
I mostly agree with this. But, I think that sharing nothing personal strongly limits the chance that I will listen to what you have to say spiritually. In short, here's my very intentional philosophy:
- Share something personal.
- Share several things that are spiritual.
- Share something funny.
- Share several things that are inspiring.
- Be real and human.
- Be deep and provoking.
- Open a window into your humanity.
- Then, point them to your savior!
I have sufficient evidence that people listen when they think they can relate. If they see you as real, they may really listen to and respond to your spiritual direction and encouragement.
I am not sure what people are hiding. We are all human. We all like a good joke. We all crave General Tso Chicken from time to time. If we are going to do life together online, then let's!
The question, then, is....where and how do we cross the line. What and where is "the line"? Thoughts? Do share.