Archive for August 18, 2008

John Adams Series

Posted: August 18, 2008 in Movies
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Kelly and I took a break from the Olympics last night to finish the last episode of the HBO mini-series John Adams.  WE LOVED IT!  Seriously good.  We love historical mini-series.  I would highly recommend it.  Paul Giamatti is my FAVORITE actor.

Conversation in the Gym

Posted: August 18, 2008 in Exercise

I went to the gym this morning and here is the conversation I had with one of the personal trainers:

Personal Trainer:  (after looking at his watch and back up at me) Where have you been?

Me:  I have no excuse.  Actually I have ten excuses but they are all lame.

Personal Trainer:  Honesty is the best policy.

Me:  I have no excuse.

You know…I believe honesty IS the best policy.  Only problem is that sometimes the honest truth is simply – “I suck!” 

Now…if you will excuse me I’m going to eat some cheese fries.

Yesterday was the first time we (Living Stones Church) had TWO identical Sunday morning worship services.  I was a lot more relaxed about it than I thought I would be.  I wanted to share some reflections on what happened, especially for Living Stoners who might have only experienced one service and was curious about the other:

  • When I got to the church in the morning there was a rabid possum going in circles and falling over in the parking lot.  I walked up to about 5 feet of it and it just kept going in circles.  Had to call Animal Control.  Had a delicious stew for lunch! 🙂
  • Weather:  GORGEOUS
  • We had almost 100 MORE people this Sunday compared to the Sunday before (of course school started this past week too).
  • We had almost a 50/50 split in term of attendance between the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. services.  I was very thankful for that.  After the 9:00 a.m. I was worried 25 people would show up at 11:00!!
  • We had a non-holiday (Easter) record in regards to overall attendance.
  • The worship band was just awesome.  And the church worshiped!!  Sometimes when you have major changes in dynamics that can throw off the ability to move into worship well as you are trying to get a hold on a new experience…but I didn’t think we lacked anything in either service.
  • Preaching two sermons wasn’t as bad as I thought…but I was pretty pumped and fired up for the morning so extra adrenaline I’m sure helped.
  • Last year this exact Sunday we had half the attendance we had on Sunday.  We had two services this past Sunday…both of which were larger than our one service last year at this time.  God is phenomenal!
  • Still had new guests.
  • Began a new message series (Echoes of the Garden…Genesis 1-11).  Very excited about it.
  • The number of volunteers who did so much to pull off two services yesterday was amazing.  HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!  I worried about the transition between services and when I turned around – everyone had taken care of everything.  Seriously.  It was amazing
  • We prayed for Tiffany Mason and family.  Tragedy in our church family right now as we lost an infant early Saturday morning.
  • We had 90 kids in the children’s ministry this morning!  90!!  That is crazy…especially if you have seen our building!  We’ll make it happen…and we’ll make it good.
  • Mentioned dinosaurs on the ark…and evolution…and the Big Bang theory…during the message.
  • Reminder that next week instead of starting the 5 minute countdown at 9:00 & 11:00 we will start the countdown truly five minutes before and start at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.!  *(Major shift in our church culture). 
  • Tried to do some things I normally wait and do on Sunday morning.  I can’t do that anymore.  Time is too crunched and leaves NO room for absolutely anything to go wrong or anything to interrupt. 

After church Doug Harsch, our worship leader, as we were talking about the morning commented that it felt to him like one of the reasons why the morning went so well was because the church wanted this to work.  As soon as he said it I thought, “That is exactly right!”  Living Stones Church wanted this to work.  No matter what they might have felt in the adjustment, no matter what little sadness they may have experienced wondering how those in the other service were doing, no matter how much they had to reshift their expectations…in the end…they knew something else was going on for the cause of Christ and they wanted this to work

That spirit is a gift from God.  And it doesn’t always exist in churches.  In years past (long before we were the Living Stones Church) such a spirit did not exist.  In fact, any change or anything new would have been met by many with a subconscious desire to see something fail (sometimes not even so subconsciously!!! 🙂 ).  And as a Pastor, when Doug said it, it was once again a reminder of how blessed I am and how grateful I am to be at Living Stones ChurchMan I love this place.