- Loving Jesus more
- Loving Tricia more
- Loving Davis more
- Loving all our family more
- Loving our church more...and loving seeing lives changed for Jesus!!
- Davis Turned 2
- The Launch of EntryPoint! What a success!!! 75 in EntryPoint and 40 new partners!
- Our staff grew by 3
- We miscarried...sad time. But, God is sovereign.
- Connection Power (our new church management software) gets cranking...
- Joshua Thomas Kaye was born!
- I went Mac...and I will never go back!
- Built a brick wall during a sermon...too cool!
- Corn Hole for Missions
- Took another Masters Class
- Preaching on Financial Peace in March
- Staying Connected Small Group Curriculum
- Tricia started blogging! So proud of my wife.
- Marrying Moe and Creshia in our living room!
- International Sunday....Why Diversity?
- My Niece, Graciella Lopez was born.
- Trip to Guyana...concluding our formal ministry there
- Starting Connection Cards
- Meeting Naylin and Anthony, our Foster Niece and Nephew
- Our trip to Miami to see Melyssa and Adam and visit Fellowship Church
- "Hope"- Easter Sunday
- Being Ordained on April 26th...what an honor!
- Pastor Dave's Book release
- The Drive Conference in Atlanta
- Married Life Live (x2)
- Our Sabbatical...the spiritual renewal
- Our Sabbatical...the family renewal
- Our Sabbatical...the life change
- Seeing the majesty of God out west
- Attending worship Services and the Ascent Conference at New Life Church
- Driving 9,500 miles over the summer!!
- China with the Kauffman's and Baptizing Austin in the South China Sea!
- Falling in love with the Word of God like I never have before!
- Reading over 25 books
- Facebook Ministry, Community and Connections!
- This Blog....year 3!
- Twittering the things that the Lord is doing and revealing and the memories we are making!
- Preaching the "Whispers" and "Pursuit" series
- Flapjack Friend Day
- Selling our van and getting our Scooters
- The "Nines" Conference 9.09.09
- Speaking at the Lanham Christian School Retreat
- The Homegoing of Lisa Savoy and Ralph McGill
- Navigating tough economic times as a church
- Church Retreat at Black Rock
- Announcing that Halftime is back for 2010!
- Blizzard of 2009! Good times!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
- 14:19-20- Giving thanks to God and thanks to man are both in order!
- 15:2- Abraham is basically saying, “Thanks, BUT…”! You are giving me nations. How about we start with one son of my own. Please?! Interesting.
- 16:1-8- this is one of those random things about the culture of scripture. I let my wife have sex with someone else and then we fight. This is a pretty pertinent account of a spousal spat right here in Genesis. Read it. You may be able to relate.
- 17:17- Abraham laughs at the idea of being a Dad at the ripe age of 100.
- 18:10- We have the first account of female eaves dropping!!
- 19:30-36 seems so unlikely, but it IS the word of God. How did these daughters get their Dad so drunk? How did he allow that? How did he have sex with them and not realize it even if he was intoxicated? How in the world did they pull this off 2 nights in a row? Did Lot like this? How did they both get pregnant in one attempt? Were they both ovulating at the same time? Just lots of questions come to my mind when I read this.
- 22:2-3 Abraham asks NO questions!! Are you serious?! He just proceeds toward killing his son? Wow! The entire story of 22: 1-19 is truly amazing and inspiring!!
- 24:12- Love this verse. Give me success on my mission, Lord.
- 24:25- a rationale for having a guest room!
- 24:52- it is powerful to me the way that Abraham’s servants have learned to worship like their master! People are watching us.
- 24:67- Spouses are a special comfort in the time of death or loss
- 25:1-3 amazes me that Abraham remarries and has more kids at 100+!!
- 26:6-7 we see Isaac lying and saying that Rebekah is his sister to protect her. Wait! Didn’t dad do this too? Like father like son!
- 26:30-33 we have a treaty ceremony. Good substantiation for some of the ceremonial things that we do in the church. Also, they name the place they are at. More on that later….
- 28:16- “Surely the Lord was in this place and I wasn’t even aware of it.” Lord, please forgive us for this. I am afraid we do it all the time.
**Everything throughout the book of Genesis seemed to revolve around what the Lord said. He appeared. He talked. He commanded. People acted. And then the drama ensued, the scene got eventful and the blessings came. How much of our stories revolve around us doing what the Lord is asking us to do? Do we hear him? If yes, do we obey? What does hearing him look like for us today?
- The heart of Christianity
- The soul of Christianity
- The mind of Christianity
- The strength of Christianity
- If I say what God wants me to say, then all the criticism in the world does not matter. And if I do not say what God wants, then all the compliments in the world do not matter.
- It is way easier to act like a Christian than to react like one. Anyone can put on an act, but your reactions reveal what is really in your heart.
- Making money is the way you make a living. Giving it away is the way you make a life.
- Whether in getting or giving, it seems like enough is never enough. Listen, you will never have enough. You will never be enough. You will never do enough. But, don't let that keep you from giving what you have, being who you are or doing what you can.
- Awed silence in the presence of divine beauty is a form of worship that is often deeper and truer than sung words. Silence is one of the soul's love languages.
- One of the most common reasons that people leave churches is because "they are not being fed." Children feed themselves from the time they are toddlers. If you are not being fed, it's your fault! Stop letting Pastors study the Bible for you. If you are relying on a preacher to be fed, I fear for you.
- Regarding the importance of meditating on scripture: Meditation is the mechanism whereby one dimensional knowledge becomes two dimensional understanding. But it does not end there. Obedience is the mechanism whereby two dimensional understanding becomes three dimensional faith!
- Your life translates scripture into a language that those around you can read. He wants to write His-story through your life.
- It's taken thousands of years for billions of people to explore one tiny planet in one tiny galaxy. And we've barely scratched the surface. Wow, God!
- God does not just want you to worship him. He wants you to know why you worship him. And worship is not lip syncing words on a screen.
- We need to be less focused on getting out of situations and more focused on what we can get out of situations!
- It is far easier to find something wrong with something new, than to admit something wrong with the old way of doing things.
- We all need to get less afraid of making mistakes and more afraid of not making mistakes. Not making mistakes probably means that we are doing nothing.
- Christianity was never intended to be a noun. It was always intended to be a verb.
- Potential is God's gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
- "There Were Two Trees in the Garden" by Rick Joyner
- "Primal" by Mark Batterson
- "Waking the Dead" by John Eldridge
- "Genesis; an Introduction" by Claus Westermann
- "The Speed of Trust" by Steven M.R. Covey
- "The Heavenly Man" by Paul Hattaway
- "God's Pursuit of Man" by A.W. Tozer
- More that I cannot remember because they are on my shelf in MD and I am in NY...
Monday, December 28, 2009
- 2:6 always fascinates me. The flood happened because the water came up from the earth not down from the sky. SO many people get that twisted and think that the rain caused the flood. Not so. (See 7:11 and 8:2 as well)
- 2:19 is cool how Adam named every animal. How in the world did he come up with all these names? What amazing creativity and vocabulary. I am guessing there was dictionary in the library of Eden. God, huh?
- 3:11-13 is really telling. Just three chapters into the Bible and we have the blame game being played in full effect. And we are still playing it today!
- 3:17-19- it seems that as a result of sin, farming is hard work. What about other professions? Are they cursed as well? What about your job?
- 3:20- made me wonder if the word “Eve” and “EVErywhere” or “EVEryone” are connected?
- 3:24- what flaming swords has God put in place for me that I have not noticed?
- 4:21 – “Jubal” is the first musician. Love this name!! If I were a musician, I would name my son Jubal!
- 4:15- I did not know the name “Jared” was a Biblical name. Cool!
- 6:3- Is the end of people living for so darn long! And the reason that life span was shortened was that God was sick of putting up with people that long. He had enough!
- 6:5-13- God has regrets? Sure sounds like it? People disappoint him so bad….
- 9:5- how God really feels about murder. This must be the argument for Capital Punishment.
- 9:19- Nationalities of Noah’s Sons. We all come from them?
- 10:24 & 31- the beginning of languages, separation and nations.
- 11:1-9- Beware of universalism….one money, one world, together we can do it all mentality. This could lead to Godlessness. I think that this relates to the principles of Body life.
- 12:1- the first step to Abraham answering his call was leaving his familiarity. This may
- 13:7 & 11- Some good cases of Family Drama…
- Let your dreams match his teachings and plans.
- Submit everything you are and everything you have to him. Really.
- Plan your year based upon how HE can get the most glory and attention out of your life, not how YOU can get ahead!
- Plan to intentionally let the commands of the Word of God be the marching orders for your year. Forget everything else.
- Decide now that in the coming year(s), you want to know him more, hear him more, obey him more and love him more than you ever have before.
- Make the intentional decision that you are no longer living your life for you, but for God!
- Let your top new year's resolution be falling in love with Jesus like you never knew was possible!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
- What are some of the biggest changes that you have noticed in the last decade?
- What feelings do you have as you approach the start of a new decade in just 9 days?
- Do you have any goals for this decade?
- What do you think life will look like for you in 10 years?
- What predictions would you be willing to make about the advancement and changes that we will see in the coming decade?
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- Get away to a quiet place or a park and think.
- Read the word in an extended and reflective way.
- Pray extra long.
- Listen intently.
- Prayer walk.
- Read a book that boosts your faith.
- Rest in the Lord.
- Turn off phones and computers!
We are looking forward to a great Christmas Eve Service here at CCF on this Thursday, 12/24 at 6pm! We will have a one hour service ending in a candle lighting ceremony. We look forward to seeing you and your families here as we celebrate the birth of our King!
Monday, December 21, 2009
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
- A demographer with decades of commercial experience
- A wealth of information about the Washington-Baltimore Corridor
- A seminary grad
- A credentialled minister
- Knowledgeable about PG County
- Passionate about Jesus
- Was open to meet with me immediately
- Ready and willing to dive in and help us gain all the info we need to be more missional
- Hungry to use his training and experience for the kingdom of God
- Loaded with wisdom for ministry
Monday, December 14, 2009
- I am more and more convinced that the stories of life change that happens in healthy churches are the most underrated and ignored scorecard in ministry. They can often never be put into words, graphed or counted. So, they often fell by the way side. Honestly, they are why I keep doing what I am doing. I'm not in this for numbers, I'm in this for people. Just yesterday, more stories rose to the surface. GOD IS AT WORK!!!!!!!
- There is so much that I do NOT KNOW about the future. I am learning right now to focus on what I DO KNOW and seek and wait on the Lord. It is his future anyway.
- I cannot believe that Christmas is in 11 days. OMW!
- I would be lost and afraid if it were not for Jesus having found me and loved me.
- I feel my need for a savior more now than I did a week ago!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
- (referring to Babel) We are still trying to build towers to heaven and make names for ourselves. Regardless of how piously we attach the Lord's name to our works, everything motivated by selfish ambition will come to the same end as the original tower...confusion and scattering (James 3:15-16).
- It IS possible to understand all Christian doctrine accurately and yet not be a Christian.
- Babylon is not just a physical reality. Babylon is in the heart.
- There are some who have truth without life. And yet there are some who have life in Jesus but may not understand all doctrine correctly. As Thomas a Kempis reflected in his classic work Of the Imitation of Christ, "I would rather feel contrition than know the definition thereof...what does it avail a man to be able to discourse profoundly concerning the trinity if he is void of humility and thereby displeasing to Trinity?"
- Of course truth is important. Certain truth is essential and leads to life (Jesus). But there are many doctrines not in this category over which believers through the ages have separated. Christians, who are supposed to be recognized by their love, have demonstrated the uncanny ability to agree on 98% of their doctrine and separate over the 2% on which they disagree. Required agreement on non-essentials is almost always rooted in insecurity. Insecurity among the leadership of the body of Christ has been the source of as much division as any other single factor.
- Our unity is not based on our doctrines, it is based on Jesus! Focusing our attention on loving God and man is far more important than all of us having the same doctrine.
- Many Christians seem to have more faith in the Devil to deceive them, than they do in the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Anointing. What is that word? It has always sounded churchy to me. However, the more I walk with the Lord and the more I see the power of godly anointing in the scriptures, the more I want it! A few months back, I read a book ("God Chasers" by Tommy Tenney) that addressed it in a way I had never thought of. Check this out:
When the anointing of God rests on human flesh, it makes everything flow better. One of the clearest pictures of the anointing and its purpose in the Bible is provided in the Book of Esther. When Esther was being prepared for her presentation of the king of Persia, she was required to go through a year of purification during which she was repeatedly soaked in fragrant anointing oil (ironically using virtually the same ingredients of the Hebrew’s worship incense and anointing oil). One year in preparation for one night with the king!
A logical side benefit of all those soaking baths in perfumed oil is that every man who came near to Esther would think or say, “My, but you smell good.” Nevertheless, Esther wouldn't give them the time of day for the same reason that you and I should never be distracted by the pursuit of man’s approval!
The purpose of the anointing is not to make man like you, but to make the King like you. (Esther: Great Example)
It is far more important that the King approve of you than the people. David was anointed by God long before he was crowned by the people. He sought God’s approval over man’s!
Tenney writes: We have prostituted God’s anointing too many times. We prepare for Him and we soak in His precious, sweet-smelling anointing, but then all we do is parade it around for man! We end up flirting on the way to the chamber of the king and never make it. Seduced by other lower, lovers. We need to remember that our Kings is not going to have “soiled goods.” I’m saying that we prostitute the anointing in the sense that we say, “That was good preaching!” or “That song was really good!” and we give man the glory and the attention (or we seek man’s glory and attention). Even our services are structured to please man. The anointing really does do a lot of wonderful things in our lives, and it breaks the yoke of oppression. But that is only a by-product. It is much like when I splash cologne on for my wife. The by-product is that I smell good for everyone. But the purpose of the perfume was for her, not them! The problem comes when we use it to impress and flirt with one another, overlooking the primary purpose of the anointing, which is to camouflage the stench of our own flesh.
This is some strong and vibrant language. I do not always agree with Tenney! However, this is a view of anointing that I have never thought of before. What do you think? Agree? Disagree?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
- 10 more AWANA workers
- 5 more Capi's Kids and Capi's Babies workers
- Club 56 leaders
- A drummer
- Other worship instrumentalists & vocalists
- Production Team members (cameras, sound, lights)
- Guest Welcome Team Members
- Greeters, Ushers, Welcome Center Workers
- More, but I will stop...
Monday, December 7, 2009
There are many 'good' causes being championed in the world today that frequently serve as distractions for Christians, because they draw our attention away from our true calling. In most cases, there is no question that the issues are just and right, but they only deal with the symptoms -- they leave the disease untouched. Homosexuality is a flagrant perversion, but it is only a symptom of a much deeper problem. Abortion is a horror, but it too is just a symptom. Even communism and fascism, in their most cruel and oppressive forms are but symptoms of the disease that afflicts the soul of a man. For centuries the church has been offering the world bandaids for a deep, mortal wound. What man needs is more than just behavioral changes. We must stop flailing at the branches and put an ax to the root of the tree......Man's nature must change. In every man and woman born, there is a nature which seeks to draw all attention and worship to itself...The good of the tree of knowledge has always been more effective in separating us from the Lord than the evil has been [just ask Adam and Eve]. The goodness of man can be the most ugly manifestation of his pride and rebellion against God. The entire tree of knowledge must be torn from our soul by the roots.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
- There were two trees in the garden of Eden. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. They are symbolic of two spiritual lineages or family trees. Genesis to Revelation traces these two lineages or themes. Spirit or flesh? Between them lies the focal point of the dichotomy between the kingdom of God and this present evil age.
- Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, not only as a test of obedience to God, but because of the power that this fruit had to kill and destroy. God did not say, "if you eat it I will kill you." He said, "if you eat it, you will die." There is a reason for the distinction.
- This is huge! Get this. Evil is evil. We all know that. But, GOOD IS EVIL as well!! And our "good" is what separates most of us from God. In fact, Jesus was much more tolerant of evil than good! Look at the Gospels. He dealt with demons more graciously than the self righteous!
- Joyner captures it like this: "The knowledge of good and evil kills us by distracting us from the one who is the source of life: the tree of life---JESUS! The tree of knowledge causes us to focus our attention on ourselves. Sin is empowered by the law; not just because the evil is revealed, but the good as well. It drives us to either corruption or self-righteousness, both of which lead to death!"
- It is no accident that the tree of knowledge was in the center of the garden (Gen 3:3). Self-centerdness is the main product of the this tree. After Adam and Eve ate its fruit, their response was self inspection. Before that time, they were focused on the Lord and his purposes for them. After eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they were focused on measuring themselves.
- There is no easier way to keep us from the tree of life (Jesus) than to focus our attention on ourselves.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
- Jesus traveled around from place to place. We stay put in one town and building. (unless we are on vacation)
- Jesus talked about the Father and ministered everywhere he went. We rarely talk about the Lord and minster practically nowhere but in the church building 90 minutes a week.
- Jesus said go! We say come!
- Jesus believed that sacred place was the heart of a man, where God dwells. We seem to believe that sacred space is our church for 90 minutes each Sunday morning, where God dwells.
- Jesus cast out demons left and right. Most of us wouldn't know a demon if we fell over one. Much less believe we can cast one out.
- Jesus healed with confident authority rooted in the Father. We pray with reserved doubt thinking that the results are somehow rooted in us!
- Jesus attracted massive crowds. We beg people to come and are disappointed in our attendance.
- Jesus spent his every day focused on the will of the Father. We spend our lives focused on us, our families, our jobs, our mortgages, our, our, our, our...
- Jesus took risks and did and said mind blowing things. We play it safe like pros.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We revealed a very special announcement at CCF this past Sunday!! About 2 years ago, we discontinued our Wednesday night "Halftime" ministry for some necessary reasons. However, after several improvements, redefinitions, and increase in commitment, we are pleased to announce that HALFTIME is BACK!! Reloaded!!
- Capi's Kids featuring AWANA (Bible Club Program) for kids 2 years old-6th grade- in Capiland
- REAL Teens with Pastor TC for the Youth 7th-12th grade- in the Upper Room
- Bible Study with Pastor Nelson - in Room 110
- Encore! Q & A forum about last Sunday's Message with Pastor Noah- in Lobby
- Women's Small Group- in Conference Room
- Perhaps some other Small Groups as well!