Thursday, November 26, 2009

Advent starts this Sunday. That's right, the countdown to Christmas is OFFICIALLY on! Just to make sure we're all prepared and have the facts straight, I've posted this video a friend of mine passed on. Enjoy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Current Read

The Silver Hand, Stephen Lawhead
"Heaven is full of forgiven people. Hell is full of forgiven people. Heaven is full of people God loves, whom Jesus died for. Hell is full of forgiven people God loves, whom Jesus died for. The difference is how we choose to live, which story we choose to live in, which version of reality we trust. Ours or God's."
- Rob Bell

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What would happen if all of us discovered our God-given dreams? To live our lives in such a way that everything we did – every choice, every act – was used to fulfill those dreams. If all of us began to live "wide awake," the world would never be the same.

Erwin McManus

Just think about that for a minute. What would it look like if every single God oriented person lived with the reality of God's best dreams for them in mind? If everyone was freed from their fears, insecurities and doubt to reach for His good purposes and plans, plans to prosper them and not to harm them, to give them hope and a future what kind of world would it be?

I've talked about it a lot, living in the sweet spot where you're living and doing exactly what you were created for. I know I'm not there yet. I've had moments, but I'm not consistently there. More often I feel restless and discontented, striving for something "more" without even really knowing what that "more" is. I wish I could somehow capture those quality moments and figure out just what it is that makes them so sweet. What is it that, if I could put my finger on it, I would be able to say with certainty is the dream God has put on my heart, the dream God dreams for me? What gifts and abilities do I possess that I MUST use in order to be feeling fully satisfied and freed to be me?

Somehow I need to capture that because I know that it's as I'm searching that out and living it out more completely that I will be able to help others around me find and live out what it is for them. I think it would be absolutely world changing to have a whole bunch of people living completely as they were intended and created to live, 100% true to their uniquenesses and purposes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I've been enjoying this song lately - for many reasons - so i thought I'd share. Love the lyrics. Enjoying his voice. Great harmony potential.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Missional church.

In 1995 Australian theologian Charles Ringma offered this description:

"The missional church vision is not a programmatic response to the crisis of relevance, purpose and identity that the church in the Western World is facing, but a recapturing of biblical views of the Church all too frequently abandoned, ignored, or obscured through long periods of church history. It is a renewed theological vision of the church in mission, which redefines the nature, the mission and the organization of the local church around Jesus' proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom. Missional Churches seek to respond to God's invitation to join Him in His mission in and for the world, as a sign, a servant and a foretaste of His Kingdom."

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Current Read

Deja Dead, Kathy Reichs

I picked it up because of Reichs. She's the author behind the TV show "Bones" which I've been enjoying recently. I have to either read it in small doses or finish it quick though I haven't decided yet which one is the solution. It's got me so wrapped up in the plot that it's freakin' me out a little bit...
Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
Chinese Proverb
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
-Dr. Seuss