Archive for December, 2007

Powerful Thought

“If you believed what God says about you there would be nothing that you couldn’t do.”

Francis Chan said this at this years Catalyst Conference. We had Pastor Jack Hayford here in Pembroke for our Fall Leaders Conference so I was not able to attend this time around. I have found over the past few years that this is by far the best conference around for young leaders. The office is closed up for the week so I am taking some to catch up by watching the conference DVD’s.

I make a list every year of goals for the upcoming year. I have made this a practice for the 3 years now and I am looking forward to this next year. As I begin to set some goals for 2008 for my life I will keep this thought in the forefront of my mind. What is it that I can accomplish knowing what God says about me? What does God say about you?

  • All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
  • I will give you rest (Mathew 11:28-30)
  • I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
  • My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
  • I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • I can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
  • I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
  • It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
  • I FORGIVE YOU (1 John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
  • I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
  • I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
  • Cast ALL your cares on ME (1 Peter 5:7)
  • I’ve given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
  • I give you wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

With this in mind, what is it that you should set out to do?

Reconciled Living

As Christmas is just 2 1/2 hours away right now I am in a mood of reflecting. Over the past week or so I have been thinking more on the reconciliation that comes through the birth of Jesus. We celebrate Christmas and enjoy unwrapping presents and spending time with family during this season but what is it all for?

The birth of Jesus made it possible for us to be brought back into relationship with God. He was, is, and will always be the reason why we are in fellowship with God. Once separated from God because of sin, now brought back and reconciled with Him. This all brings me to one main thought.

It’s time we start living reconciled lives. What does that look like? We start acting like sons and daughters of God. We start representing the Father to all around us. If Jesus, the Savior, was sent for all it’s time we start treating all with that same love. Jesus came and was ultimately crucified and resurrected for our sins. He was the final and perfect sacrifice that once and for all offered forgiveness for us.

Lord, thank you for coming to save us all. Thank you for reconciling us all with You. May we all live our lives in a way that glorifies You. May we live lives of worship for You as we help others connect with You. AMEN

Stories of Grace

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Last night we finished out our series on Grace at Impact.  I have to say with all the feedback I am getting from people that it was probably one of the best connecting messages that I have preached in a long time.  There are many weeks where I don’t feel like I am connecting with everyone and I can see that evidenced by some talking and playing with their phones.  Last night was different.  There wasn’t one eye that didn’t stay glued to me as I spoke.

If you want to tune in you can click this link here for the Impact Podcast.  I pray that you are moved to live a life of grace…

Kelly Is A Boys Name Too

I start out by saying this is not an endorsement for JC Penney.  Just a funny commercial that may give comfort to guys with names like Kelly, Sandy, and Marion.

More Grace Needed

I was at the post office today mailing out all the district youth camp promo materials.  There were 27 packets in all and they all had different weights.  Now, I waited 15 minutes in the line that was now full behind me again.  I stood there as the postal worker began weighing the packets and scolding me for mailing so many packets out at one time.  I became the problem and the reason for such a long line.

Excuse me, I believe I am the customer.  I believe I waited in that long line just like the people that were currently in line.  When did mailing stuff at the post office become a nuisance for a postal worker?

So I left the post office after successfully annoying a postal worker (dangerous hobby this time of year, I know).  I began driving down the road only to watch a man in the lane beside me cursing at the car in front of him that  needed to make a left hand turn.  Obviously he was either running late or just very busy because you would think he was ready to pull a shotgun out of his back seat and start firing at the guy keeping him from his important plans.

I get to the next intersection and a young high school kid with a sweet VW decides he wants to cut off everyone in the left hand turning lane.  Horns begin blaring, fingers are flying out windows, and one driver even flew off to chase him down.

Lord, give us more grace.  People seem stressed beyond their threshold of tolerance.  Help us remember what this season is all about.  Give us peace in our busy lives.  Return to us so that we may extend grace, mercy and love to others.

Looking Forward

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I am so excited about the results of our Elders Retreat this past weekend.  The spirit of unity that exists with our elders is amazing.  I believe that is part of the reason why God is pouring out so many blessings on GCC – our leadership team is unified.

I truly believe the vision for 2008 is Holy Spirit Led and that is what makes this so exciting. I can’t wait for our annual members meeting this January to be able to see the reactions of everyone as the vision is set out for all to run with.

I think that is part of the reason that I am so excited about this vision; it is something that each person at GCC will have a part in. It is all-encompassing and at the same time simple.

Please continue to be in prayer as this vision now helps me set the plans for Impact.

This is going to be an incredible year.  Mark your calendar for January 26, 2008 from 9am – noon.  You don’t want to miss this chance to hear what God has in store for us!

Elder’s Retreat this weekend

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Kim and I are headed off to Meredith for our annual Elders Retreat. I look forward to this time each year as we gather together with Pastor Peter & Lisa and all of the elders from GCC. This is a fantastic time together as we pray about the spiritual direction for the coming year. Last year we met in January and it was about 65 degrees with not a hint of ice on Lake Winnipesaukee. I don’t think we’ll be as lucky this year… but the snow all around will make the trip to the hot tub that much more adventurous tonight!

I have been spending the past few weeks pouring over journal entries from the past year and reflecting on what He has been showing me. I love this time together as elders for GCC but it also helps me get my head around what God is calling us to with the Impact Student Ministry. We’ve done quite a bit of planning and praying already for 2008 at Impact but this is where it all comes together for me.

If you think about it tonight and tomorrow please be praying for us all as we seek God’s direction for 2008.

Tomorrow…

is my birthday!  I still can’t believe I am going to be 36.
Just so you don’t feel clueless on what to get for me I love Starbucks cards…

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and I’ve been checking on a French Press (Jeff is making me a coffee snob!)  So if you’ve got $35.00 (that’s less than a dollar for every year of my existence) just sitting around I can point you in the right direction…

My Kid?

We awoke to a fresh blanket of snow covering NH this morning.  Nothing big, just a couple inches, but enough to cause a 2 hour delay for Megan’s school.  As I was driving her to school this morning she was talking about how she wished they would run the school day until 5:oopm to make up for the lost time they had in class today.

Seriously, sometimes I wonder if this girl has any of my DNA in her…

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Whatever You Do

In my journaling this morning I was struck by something that I have read many times before:

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

“Whatever you do”.  It’s so simple.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing.  Cleaning your house, working your job at the restaurant, delivering a package to a friend, serving in your community, whatever.  We do it all as a way to serve the Lord.  Because of this truth I need to whole-heartedly do everything that I set out to do and finish each project well.  If something is worth doing it is worth doing well.

It doesn’t matter if we ever get a “thank you” or a pat on the back from someone.  Our reward comes from Him and only Him.  Others may benefit and be impacted by what I do but it is Jesus who is my motivation for all that I do.  It is Jesus who I am serving.  In that light it doesn’t matter who notices what I do or if my work is ever recognized.    If I am only working for peoples gratitude I am missing the mark.  I need to always hold onto His purpose for my life knowing that it is His purpose that truly brings fulfillment in my life.