Archive for August, 2007

24/7 Prayer

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Living Stones Church, vision

In March of 2006 we, the Living Stones Church, led by Dena Counts and the Intercessory Team began a forty day time of prayer in which we asked everyone in our church to commit an hour to come to the prayer room in our church and pray for the vision God has given us, for the neighborhoods and schools around us, and for our church in general.  Every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for forty straight days we prayed.  In spite of my predictions, we didn’t miss a single hour time slot.  I would say that prayer journey is on my top three experiences I’ve had to date at the Living Stones ChurchIt was awesome!!  I will never forget the first Sunday after we began and the Sunday after we concluded…powerful!!

In preparation for our Ink’d series we want to initate another prayer journey next week.  For three straight days…beginning at noon on Wednesday, September 5th through noon, Saturday September 8th we will again be asking people to commit an hour to come to the prayer room to pray. 

I promise it will be an awesome experience!!  If you have never prayed for an hour before, I promise the time will fly.  Our prayer room has several “stations” in it that will guide and instruct you along the way if you need help.  There are journals that you can write in, maps that you can pray over, personal requests that people have left, and a wall that you can write your own thoughts and/or prayers!  So, if you haven’t already – sign up this Sunday to spend an hour (or more if you would like) in prayer over these three days!! 

Work Around the Building

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Living Stones Church

We have had an 8-inch crack in our front sidewalk for several weeks now.  I’m sure the neighbors have been thinking, “Hello!! What’s up with the crack?!”  We had it repaired today!  Unfortunately, the rest of our front walk and the entrance/steps/porch have served its 51 years and probably will be in need of replacing sometime soon.  Not to soon.  But it is an issue.  I’m going out to beat off any kids who try to write their names in the freshly poured concrete.

Jennae is also painting for our Ink’d series backdrops.  She keeps sticking her head in the paint can and breathing deeply.  I’m not sure what that is about.  The design is cool!  This message series is going to be a lot of fun.

Oh, and we ordered a new projector this morning to replace the dim projector that has lived its days.  Now you will be able to actually see video clips, the words on the screen, etc.!!!  Should be nice.  Hopefully it will be up by next Sunday!

It is Still My Birthday Month

Posted: August 31, 2007 in Family

Is anyone tired of hearing about my birthday yet?  Just curious.  Because really, I’ll play this card as long as I can until I get a, “Alright dude, happy birthday…blah, blah, blah…but your birthday is over…get over yourself!” response. 

Had a great birthday yesterday.  Thanks for all of your cards, gifts, e-mails, calls, and cash!  I left work early and me and the family went to see Mr. Bean on Holiday.  Very goofy, but funny movie.  The best was just watching the kids laugh.  Then, my family gave me two gifts (besides the awesome cake that was decorated by my little baby girl) – the movie Nacho Libre and Guitar Hero II 80’s Rocks!!  Loved it!

Here I am getting some birthday luvin’ from the family!

Sometime in the early morning Burkhart must have put up our sign!  If you are driving south on Miami St. and get to the corner of Ireland, look behind the Walgreens and take a look at our new billboard.  It is next to the McDonald’s billboard.  It will be there for a month.  In addition, we finished labeling almost 7000 postcards last night, a banner for the yard is here, and our website was updated…getting ready for Ink’d!

Happy birthday to me…happy birthday to me…happy birthday dear me…happy birthday to me!  There is a special table set up in the church lobby for you to put all the cards, gifts, cash, etc. that you had planned on giving me for my birthday.  Remember if you are writing a check there are two “r”s in Barrington. 🙂

The Treadmill

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Personal Reflections

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket So I’m at the gym running on the treadmill.  As usual it asks me to enter in some different data so in can calculate the number of calories I am burning.  It begins, “How many minutes?”  I type in my normal 240 🙂 .  Next, “Your weight?”  I tell it it is none of its business…and the same goes to you blog readers.  Then, “How old are you?”  I type in “35″ and it dawns on me, “This is the last time I’ll type in ’35’ on the treadmill because……TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! 🙂  (just in case you had not yet been informed).


Posted: August 29, 2007 in Church, Living Stones Church, vision

Dear Living Stones Church,

If you have time tonight, we have a “labeling” party to address about 6800 postcards for our Ink’d series tonight – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – including a potluck meal.  So bring a dish to share and prepare to label!

Also had a very exciting meeting last night with our Building & Grounds team ministry.  Great ideas poured out in regards to accomplishing some serious work in regards to our facility!

Crash of Faith Follow-Up

Posted: August 28, 2007 in Uncategorized

Sunday we finished our series on High Energy Faith.  The final lesson was on the “Crash of Faith.”  Based on response, it seems that it hit a chord with many.  Lindsey Peekin her myspace page posted an excellent auto-biographical account of struggling through the crash of faith (not to mention a few kind words towards me…thanks Lindsey…and of course I love linking to such kindnesses…oh…and yes, I do have a personal porthole 🙂 …oh…and it is my birthday in two days…no, that doesn’t have anything to do with Lindsey’s post…I just wanted to make sure everyone remembered 🙂 )  Check out Lindsey’s writing (very good I might say) here.

We had our end-of-the-summer picnic at Potato Creek State Park.  It was one of the best picnics in regards to weather…BEAUTIFUL!!  Here are some pictures:

I don’t know if anyone has heard about Time magazine’s article which describes some of Mother Teresa’s great faith struggles.  In spite of public face, it sounds like in private correspondence (that she requested be burned at her death but was overruled by her church after her death) with her superiors and other confidants that she actually struggled in a serious way with doubt, faith, abandonment by God, etc.

You can read the article here.

It is a great illustration and timely example of how all of God’s saints walk through crashes of faith.  Tomorrow morning we conclude our series on High Energy Faith with the fourth week where we talk about “Jolt:  The Crash of Faith.”  So, if you have ever felt some of Mother Teresa’s own struggles or find that you are living in what definitely could be described at best as a “low-energy faith” or at worst a “full on crash“…don’t miss tomorrow morning (even if in faith you don’t feel like it 🙂 )