Archive for July, 2008

Leviticus

Posted: July 24, 2008 in Discipleship, faith

In my daily Bible reading…que trumpets 🙂  (which isn’t as daily as I would like) I finally finished the book of Leviticus.  I love the Word of God.  But can I say, I’m glad I’m out of Leviticus?!  No other book of the Bible poses as many questions for me as Leviticus.  I will at least tell you this…I will not be boiling a baby goat in its mother’s milk (what?!?!).

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Podcast Update

Posted: July 23, 2008 in Living Stones Church, Preaching

Just a quick note to those who have been asking.  The podcasts of the past three weeks have been a little off.

July 6th – we only got half of the message (it is at www.livingstoneschurch.podbean.com)

July 13th – we only got the last seven minutes of the message.

July 20th – we didn’t record at all.

I’m not naming names…yet…but it appears to be an insider job 🙂 .  Could be software problems, could be human resource problems…but…we have problems.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  We’ll be back online soon!

So, to my Chinese listeners…I’m sorry.  You’d be surprised at home many people in China are listening to the messages.  Seriously…I can’t figure it out.  But the host site of the podcast gives me the statistics of what countries are listening to the messages (or at least downloading them).  China, India, Hong Kong, Canada, France, Germany…kind of weird!

Traffic Nightmares

Posted: July 23, 2008 in South Bend

Driving to work this morning and I’m passing through the worst intersection in the world (slight exaggeration 🙂 ) right now – Miami & Ireland and there is a gaping hole in the middle of the street (apparently washed away and caved in on Sunday morning during the rain) and water is just spewing out.  That doesn’t look right!

How much longer on this construction?!  It is miserable.  We (Living Stones Church) even paid for a billboard to go up on Miami and Ireland and if everyone is in their right mind from the south side of South Bend they would avoid this intersection like the plague

It feels like there is more construction going on in our streets than at any time I can remember.  Didn’t the city just say it was going to layoff/fire 200 employees in the next two years including firefighters, police officers, and closing of major parks and recreation centers?

My dad sent this article to me from the Kokomo Tribune.  I’ve actually been to this church…great church.  Reminded (and warned me as a Pastor) that creativity for the sake of making a point has its limitations.

Ouch.

Church service ends on crash

Crossroads pastor recovering after losing control of motorcycle

Tribune Staff Reports

A Kokomo pastor is recovering after crashing a motorcycle during a Sunday church service.

Jeff Harlow, senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, 4254 S. 00 East-West, was beginning the service around 11 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of a motocross dirt bike and inadvertently drove it off the church stage into the first row of seating.

Harlow suffered a broken wrist, a laceration on his head that required staples and various bruises. There were no other injuries reported.

Harlow was treated and released for his injuries Sunday afternoon, but his broken wrist required additional surgery Monday afternoon.

Harlow had successfully completed the same service Saturday night and earlier Sunday.

The service centered around an upcoming church series which focuses on “becoming one.”

According to his wife, Becky Harlow, Jeff had recently attended a motocross race at Red Bud, a motocross racetrack located in Buchanan, Mich., and was inspired by how the bikers became one with their bikes.

“He had this idea that he would bring this bike out on stage and show people how the rider would become one with the bike,” she said from a local hospital Monday afternoon while her husband underwent surgery to repair his broken wrist. “He was going to just sit on it and drive it out. He was just walking the dirt bike out on stage and somehow it got away from him. It was not intended. It went fine Saturday night and the second service was absolutely perfect. We’re still not sure what happened.”

The church stage is approximately 5 feet above the main level.

“I was sitting in the front row,” Becky said. “He came off of the platform just pretty much headed right at me. As he came off the platform we locked eyes, he leaned to the right, I leaned to the right, and he landed the bike not in the seat next to me, but the next seat over.

The seats where the bike crashed were empty.

“I think there were three doctors in that service and I don’t know how many RNs. They took charge and wouldn’t let him get up until the rescue workers arrived.”

The bike did not shut off immediately following the crash.

“It was still on and stuck on full throttle,” Becky Harlow said. “It was spinning.”

Jeff Harlow is expected to make a full recovery, and services at Crossroads Community Church will continue as scheduled.

“Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he’s OK. I think his pride was bruised,” Becky Harlow admitted.

“It was scary. Nine times out of 10, there are people sitting right there where he hit, but there was not [Sunday]. It was a miracle. That was God looking out for us.”

VBS 2008 Video

Posted: July 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

Here is the Vacation Bible School Video we showed yesterday morning at church.  Thanks to Doug Harsch for all of his hard work in putting it together.

One more statistic to share…66% of the kids who attended our VBS were non-Living Stones Church children.  I thought that was phenomenal!

Last night of our VBS.

Great year of VBS.

Thank you to our VBS Director, Ann Lynn.  Great job Ann!  And to ALL of the crew leaders, station leaders, assistants, helpers, sound technicians, check-in leaders, snack preparers, etc. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

Once again…another GREAT night.

I’m always amazed at the level of sacrifice that people are willing to make.  It just amazes me as I think through those who are sacrificing so much to make this VBS awesome.  There isn’t a pool of people who are sitting around at home watching TV eating bon-bons waiting for 6:00 p.m. to hit so they can finally have something to do in the day.  NO…I’m watching people who have worked ALL day at their job…and I mean worked hard ALL day at their job and run to the church as soon as they could get off work to continue to serve.  I’m seeing people manage large households, dealing with children ALL day, only to bring those children and manage larger groups of children!  I’m seeing people stay up late to prepare for the next day’s lessons.  I’m seeing people tack on extra responsibility than normal around the church to make sure everything is cleaned up and ready to go for another night of VBS.  I’m seeing people engage with kids, learn their story, have their heart break…and also envision a greater future.  I’m seeing parents make great efforts to bring their kids to VBS.  I’M SEEING A TON!!  And it boils down to this – sacrifice for the sake of children.  And it is beautiful to behold.  I love this church.