Oh, and one pastor, whose church was scheduled for tomorrow's prayer meeting, came today. When the the lead pastor asked him if his intention was to come today in lieu of tomorrow's meet-up he replied, "No, actually I wanted to pray for another church. I'll be back tomorrow."
A good friend challenged me a while back to spend 90 days in focused prayer. I must be honest, I find prayer difficult at times so I wasn't exactly "thrilled" when he encouraged me to do this. Prayer is hard work ... and sometimes its even boring. Yea, I said it. With that said I must also say that I believe its key to communion with God and I've seen prayer work in my life - over and over again.
I know MYSELF so well that I knew I would have to do little things to help me focus during the 90 days. One of the things I did was just changing my wallpaper to a simple nine-zero. You may recall this from a previous post. Ironically, it didn't help me much. Boy, the enemy is slick right? My eyes would blow right past it each and every time I would start up my computer, never seeing the nine-zero. Of course, this could explain it also. Perhaps its not the enemy's fault?
I'm not a person who neglects to ask God for things for myself, but sometimes I don't ask him as much as I probably should. Bottom line: I just don't pray enough. I truly believe God is the giver of all good things and wants to give us (his children) lots of things, sometimes we just need to simply ASK.
I have a good friend who has always been an inspiration to me. I believe he prays about EVERYTHING. One day he told me that he had been needing a pair of shoes for a few weeks. He went to the stores and perused through the stock, priced them and just ... prayed about it. He knew which pair he wanted but never bought them. One day within a matter of two weeks a knock came to his door and there were the shoes! The exact shoes he wanted. WOW. My faith has so increased just listening to him. I never believed I could experience the same things he did. Perhaps my faith was just too small?
Yesterday my faith rose.
I've been needing a washer & dryer for my new home and haven't had the extra money to buy a set. Sure, I've checked out Craigslist ... garage sales...etc., but nothing seemed right. In fact, I just felt like I didn't need to take action in this case (yes, I believe God wants us to put feet to our prayers in many cases). I really felt like he wanted to give me a washer & dryer. In fact, I put a post on Craigslist that read something like "I'm looking for a FREE? washer & dryer. Preferably one in great condition." Funny huh? Well, yesterday I was a little frustrated. I was at the point where I started to feel the desperation kick in. Know that feeling? For the first time I really voiced a simple prayer to God "Ok, God. I really need a washer & dryer. Could you please provide for me?" Within a few hours my phone rang. It was a family member of mine calling to say they were at a store picking out a new washer & dryer for me and needed my address for shipping. What a miracle! God is so good. (Editor's Note: I'll be smelling better before long.)
I'm anticipating another miracle. I want to take students to Charleston, South Carolina this summer to minister in urban communities and we need money. In fact, we really need to raise $3,000 in 3 weeks in order for this mission to even happen. Thats not all. Truth is, our entire church is anticipating a miracle. We've been meeting in an elementary school for years and our members feel God is calling us to build. Now. We are about to launch a fundraising campaign and need around one million dollars for this project. Gulp.
I'm not sure what you are taking away from this post. I just felt compelled to write it. Hopefully its offered a bit of encouragement for you... or perhaps made your faith rise. I sure hope so. Otherwise, maybe its to help us pray or support us in the area of our financial need. For now, here's to our faith... on the rise!
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In addition to some private coaching, the leadership program loads you up with resources, you get a private lunch with selected speakers and lots of opportunity to connect with these key leaders and ask them any questions your little heart desires. The next round starts in August, so you better sign up soon.
"I said to them, 'Whoever has any gold, let them tear it off.' So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf."
I immediately thought of the Cash 4 Gold commercials with MC Hammer... and laughed. In this case, Calf 4 Gold?
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I simply MUST see them when they come to Virginia Beach in June.
I determined that I wanted students to know four things by the time they graduate from our youth ministry: (1) know what they believe, (2) know why they believe it, (3) know how to share their faith, and (4) know how to defend their faith. I must admit, it was what I thought (and still do to some extent) a very lofty goal. We have six years with students (middle & high schoolers) in our youth ministry and that is a lot of time (and yet it passes like a vapor!); however, we've had to be very strategic in making the most of our time with them as we program, disciple and mentor. Quite honestly, I'm still not happy with my plan & approach but its something that is still a very strong conviction for me and what I feel is very important for all of us, as leaders, to consider.
Today I spent most of my day at a network meeting in Richmond, VA listening to apologist Mike Licona. Mike is author of Peter Meets Muhammed and The Case for the Resurrection and is the apologetics coordinator for the North American Mission Board. In his role he spends a great deal of time speaking at colleges & universities debating people of other religions. NAMB has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars developing resources, specifically a website that you must check out, to help equip leaders in the area of apologetics.
This is only scratching the surface (and a small tease for what is to come here on the blog) but I hope to continue the conversation and even brainstorm with you leaders about who is really providing some great resources in this area and who is leading the way and could offer some insight in teaching & equipping our students in these different areas.
Milton: "I took my grandma car because I got mad at my mom. And then I suddenly had my friend come in. And he smokes with cigarettes."
Milton: "I wanna do it 'cause it's fun. It's fun to do bad things — and drive into a car."
Reporter:"Did you know that you could perhaps kill somebody?"
Milton:"Yes, but I wanted to do hoodrat stuff with my friend."
Reporter: "You don't think you should be punished for all of this?"
Milton: "Just a little bit — no video games for a whole weekend."
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I just finished watching the last round of American Idol, season 8. Last week GOKEY went home. Gokey was my pick to win from the beginning, so needless to say I was a little disappointed when he didn't make it through. I must say that these two finalists, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert have done extremely well this season. Adam is clearly a well-seasoned performer and Kris has been improving a little more each and every time he has performed and the grassroots effort (by his fans) to help him earn the title of American Idol is unprecedented.
I actually spent about 30 minutes on a Kris Allen fan site last week after the show went off-air and was nervous because I could hear the fan train literally pushing Allen ahead of Gokey. Then I noticed that only Lambert and Allen were mentioned on Twitter trends and I knew that Danny would be packing his bags.
I honestly don't know who will take this. I think its anybody's game. Adam has got an incredible vocal range but every song is starting to sound the same to me. Kris, on the other hand, has pulled a few performances (like last week's rendition of Kanye West's song Heartless) that has blown me away but his fate is totally in the hands of Danny Gokey's fans.
I have been ready to predict Adam Lambert as the winner here after Gokey left the show but I can see Danny Gokey's fans voting for Kris Allen over Adam Lambert. Ok... I'm signing off so I can cast my vote. Who will be the next American Idol? We'll find out tomorrow night. Drop me some comments and let me know your thoughts.
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This high-energy worship band based in Virginia Beach is made up of a group of guys who love to jump around, go crazy and shout at the top of their lungs. At least, that is what their Facebook profile says. I can tell you firsthand that these guys (Jon, Andrew, Nic, Logan & Cameron) are the real deal and are passionate about uniting this generation in worship!
A few months ago I asked them to do a weekend event for our students and they brought their A-game. I have done ministry with these guys on numerous occasions and have booked them for my student ministry many times and I cannot help but recommend them to you. Check out their music on MySpace, book them for an event, and tell them TC sent you. :=)
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Speakers include Donald Miller, Nancy Beach, Dave Gibbons, Ed Young, Stacy Spencer, Chris Seay and Mike Foster. A day of workshops will follow on October 29 at nearby Orchard Valley Community Church, featuring illustrators, designers, scholars, authors and communications experts. Register for the conference and enter to win 2 free trips to the Kilns - CS Lewis’ home in Oxford, England! Find out more at www.storychicago.com.
I spotted this on twitter and decided to let you know about it. You only have 24 hours to download the coupon (which is good for two weeks) and, again, you are limited to four downloads. Enjoy! and spread the word.
You must download before 11.59pm CDT on May 06, 2009
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Me: (looking at a mother) "Would your son like to write his name on this card?"
Woman: Sure! (gives card and crayon to child)
Little Boy: (scribbles one line on card)
Woman: (to me & our volunteers) That's his signature.
Me: (with excitement) Looks like he's gonna be a DOCTOR!
Woman: I'm a doctor.
Reaching one life at a time... and occasionally inserting foot into mouth.