Archive for November, 2008

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True Religion

November 29, 2008

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.

John 14:18
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

 

Pray and ask God how He might use you to affect the life of an orphan today.

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Compassion Art

November 26, 2008

Think about what would happen if you took Steven Curtis-Chapman,  Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes,  Matt Redman, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Darlene Zschech, Martin Smith, and a few others and put them in a room together for a few days. They would have a good time wouldn’t they? What would happen if you asked them to write an entire album of worship songs. The greatest part is that all the proceeds from this album would go to help those in need all across the world.  This project is called Compassion Art.  You can find more info at http://compassionart.tv/.  The project released this month in the UK and will launch in the US at the end of January. The album also includes several additional guest performers: Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant, Joel Houston, Christy Nockels, Leeland Mooring,  and tobyMac.

Here is just one of the songs from this album.

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God Puts the Super In Your Natural

November 25, 2008

Check out this video at http://vimeo.com/2324704.  Perry Noble preaches at his church about waiting on God. He shares how sometimes we use prayer and other spiritual disciplines as an excuse for not doing what God has told us to do.

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Choices We Make

November 23, 2008

“Experts say that in order to provide water, basic health and nutrition for everyone in the world, it would cost 20 billion dollars, which is how much Americans spend in one year on ice cream.” Rob Bell

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Can Your Grandma Rap Better than Mine?

November 20, 2008

Funniest thing I’ve seen since “Jesus is My Friend,” but it’s just wrong.

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Tips for a Young Pastor

November 20, 2008

Even though I am headed to Africa for the next few years, I feel called to be a Senior Pastor one day. In my free time, I have been reading books on leadership and pastoring. I am also reading a ton of blogs and listening to podcasts on those subjects as well.  I came across a blog by Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv.  He shares 40 leadership tips for young pastors. I am going to share some of my favorites.

  • Life is short. Make every day count for God’s glory.
  • God called you because He is good, not because you are.
  • If you blame yourself for bad results in ministry, you’ll likely also take credit for the good results.
  • Err on the side of generosity.
  • Hire staff members that you like.
  • Don’t just delegate responsibility, delegate authority.
  • Talk about Jesus every time you preach.
  • Always be caught speaking well of others.
  • Love your wife more than you love the church.
  • Don’t return emails angry.
  • When you suffer and hurt because of ministry, worship Jesus all the more.
  • Believe in people that others overlook.
  • If you’re going to reach people that others aren’t, you’ll have to do things that others won’t.

and my favorite one

  • Laugh frequently.
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Something Big

November 16, 2008

I stole this from this from another blog, (http://jodyrlanders.com/)  but I totally see myself in it.

“I have a savior complex, and since I fear my efforts won’t end in grandiosity, I’m tempted to not try at all. That’s pride. Jesus could of had a savior complex if anyone could, but he was humble enough to stop and heal one obscure man. Jesus was motivated by compassion, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless…” (Matthew. 9:36)

When Jesus looked at this world, he wasn’t thinking about influence, he was responding in compassion. I want my motivation to be compassion and love, not a desire to do something big” (Amber Van Schooneveld)