Archive for August, 2010

Last Year of the Thirties

Posted: August 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today is my 39th birthday.  One more year until the big 4 – 0! Do you know what I’m doing today?…whatever I want.  Because that is how I roll (Kelly would say, “Why should today be any different from any other day?”) 🙂

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I’m Keeping My Day Job

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Brilliance of Jackie Chan…

Just a reminder that we are having a HUGE picnic this Sunday @ 4:00 p.m. at Rum Village Park.  We have reserved all three of the pavilions at the park and plan on having a BLAST!

We will have icebreaker games that are sure to make you laugh (like last year’s picnic where we discovered how many LSCers have been arrested), food, games, relays!!

Bring everyone you know!

In addition, bring either a main dish and a 2 liter or two side dishes and a 2 liter.  FOOD IS IMPORTANT AT PICNICS so bring enough in quantity that seems like it could feed your family and we will enjoy a great bounty of food!!!

Other things to bring:  bug spray, lawn chair/blankets, any recreational items you might want – bikes, frisbees, baseball glove, etc.

See you there!!

A few shots from last years picnic:

Greg Ranous just hooked the church’s internet up with Comcast Business.  Oh my goodness what a world of difference.  Our internet speed with AT&T was so bad we couldn’t upload messages without difficulty (and hours of time), it wouldn’t download images, videos…websites took forever.  We’ve had who knows how many AT&T tech people come out and tell us we need to do this and do that.  Nothing worked!

And just like that – switched to Comcast business and our computers are singing – “Hallelujah!!!

Thank you Greg!!!  Thank you Comcast business.

If you missed Sunday’s message STOP what you are doing and go right here right now and listen to it!!

This past Sunday we began a two-week message series entitled The End:  Exploring Life after Death.  I believe there are two great acts involved in the afterlife.  Week one was about Act 1 – what happens immediately after death (including a conversation about hell, purgatory, communicating with the dead, the confusion among religions…and especially the confusion that exists just among Bible-believing Christians).  This Sunday is Act 2 – Life…after life after death.  I’m excited!  I’m talking resurrection, glorification, new bodily existence, new heaven/new earth, and the affirmation that what we are doing HERE AND NOW for God is not in vain but will continue on for eternity!!

So…if you ever wanted to know what happens after death.  Listen to the podcast and show up Sunday and I’ll tell you!  All of your questions answered and the great mysteries of the afterlife solved!! Yea…I’m a genius like that! 🙂

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” – Matthew 6:33a

I’ve noticed in my life that what I allow to dominate my mind (thoughts), will also take over my passions.  I will get most excited about what it is that I’ve been thinking about.  For good or bad.  And my thoughts are often guided by things that I give space and time to – T.V., movies, podcasts, conversations, talk radio, books, etc.  And from these things I can get very passionate about different topics and issues.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It is a normal thing.  But what is difficult as a follower of Jesus is if my thoughts are dominated by everything BUT the things of Jesus.  And I see that all the time.

Throw out a topic or an issue in regards to Jesus, church, the Kingdom of God, the movement of the Holy Spirit…and it can elicit very little by way of response – even from followers of Jesus.  No passion.  No excitement.  No affection.  No enthusiasm.

BUT – if you throw out the following topics or issues – a mosque near ground zero, whether Obama is a Muslim or not, health care plans, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Republicans, Democrats, Rush Limbaugh, etc. you’ll see people light up and speak with such passion, conviction (sometimes it’s just anger disguised as conviction), and enthusiasm you can’t get them to calm down.  They write blog posts about it.  They post links to Facebook pages.  They share their passionate opinion with anyone who will listen, etc.

[this principle can also apply to things like – American Idol, Survivor, UFC, Outback cheese fries, Notre Dame football, Pawn Stars, Cubs baseball, Seinfeld, Apple computers, Lost, The Biggest Loser (I’m just sayin’) 🙂 Then again…I think these are some of Jesus’ favorite things.]

But talk about the things of Jesus.  Nothing.

If you listen to Rush Limbaugh for three hours every afternoon but listen to Jesus for just five minutes (if that) on your drive to work, Rush Limbaugh will probably dominate your thoughts.  Over time you will look more like Rush’s disciple than Jesus’.

If you read several books a week on the evils of the Obama administration (or Bush administration) but read nothing from the Bible (or other literature devoted to discipleship and spiritual growth) – it will be reflected in what it is you are most passionate and excited about.

What has captured your thoughts?  What are you giving your best energy and passion to?

“…if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8b

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2

Do not be conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2