[icegram messages="7405"]

Posts Tagged "love"

Confessions of a Christ-follower – No.584

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in My Life

I have baggage.

Most of us do.

I can remember in high school & college some of my friends joking about how much their parents played worship music or the equivalent to KLOVE constantly in their home.  In fact my friends weren’t allowed to listen to anything mainstream.  It was totally banned in their home.  From my perspective at that time, these parents were irrelevant and disconnected from the world around them.

I can remember internally vowing to not be that parent.

Fast forward a few decades…

Worship music keeps my stress level down.  In a season where there seems more to do than time will allow, my tension level can creep up faster than I realize.  Listening to songs that refocus my attention on God goes a long way toward keeping my head in the right place.  But I noticed something odd yesterday.  A familiar thought pattern that I’ve never taken note of before.

I started questioning whether I was playing my worship music too much.

Will this warp my kids?

Will I turn into one of those parents?

Will this lead to watching Gaither Reunion reruns on TBN?  (I’m not a hater… just not a fan.)

To be fair, I think the bigger issue with my college friends was that they grew up listening to stuff their parents connected with… but they didn’t.  Their impression of “Christian” music was poor because they’d never heard stuff they liked.  The snippets of music they heard from mainstream radio drew them in… what they heard constantly in their home did not.  So the draw for mainstream music increased while the love for worship music disappeared.

I don’t want my kids to grow up in a world of irrelevance.  I don’t want them to fear things in this world in an unhealthy way.

I want them to have an appropriate reverence for the things of God.  To value the things that focus their attention on Him.  To recognize the things that draw their attention away from God, and limit (if not eliminate) their influence.

Does this mean my kids will never be allowed to listen to mainstream radio?  No

It just means we’ll teach the value of what worship music does that mainstream music does not.

It means we’ll talk about the impact this music has on our personal relationship with our Savior.

It means we won’t assume our kids will love our music.  But instead we’ll need to explore together to discover the music they connect with best.

Thanks for the therapy session.  I can drop that baggage now.  🙂

Learn More

“If all I knew was the church of the bible…

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

…what would I expect if I walked into a church building today?” Francis Chan.

Acts 2: 42 – 47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Anyone can love their neighbor. Who can love their neighbor as yourself?

Learn More

Multi-Site – Portable Kidmin

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Ministry, Multi-Site

Okay.  I would love some feedback here.

Who in the webosphere does portable kids ministry?  What’s on your die-hard “Don’t Do!” list?  What’s on your “Do Do!” list?  (yes… she said do-do 🙂 )

In January FPC will launch our 3rd multi-site location and it will be a portable environment.  Here’s what we’re working with so far:

  • 6 dedicated rooms for kids ministry (nursery to 5th grade)
  • One male and one female multi-stall restroom for the entire church (no dedicated kids restroom)
  • No sink or plumbing in kids area
  • On-site storage (size not yet defined)
  • Sunday only – everything is set up and torn down same day
I’ve done portable in the past and learned a great deal.  However, it’s been years.  For those that live portable week in and week out, I’d love to hear from you.
  • What’s your common resource for durable, portable equipment?
  • How do you transform a neutral space into an environment inviting for kids?
  • How do you manage equipment cleaning/repair each week?
These questions only scratch the surface, but it’s a start.  I want to hear from you.
Learn More

Celebrating with Purpose

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Ministry, My Life

Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday.  Turning 9 years old and soon to enter the 4th grade, she is growing faster and faster every year.  I’m watching her mature and I’m amazed at how God has shaped her heart.

Yesterday’s purpose was singular.  To demonstrate to Josie how special she is and how much we are grateful for what God has done through Josie the past 9 years.

Now… not everything went perfectly yesterday.  I learned a lesson about Knox County schools and their nutritional policies (nix the cupcake celebration) and my youngest came down with the stomach bug in the middle of the day (nix the plan to pick her up early from school).  However, here is what went well:

  • When Josie arrived home from school she was met by her big brother and a couple of riddles to solve
  • Solving the riddles led her to the one thing she has asked for over and over and over and over again for the past 6 months… dwarf hamsters.  (Yes… we are now officially owners of 2 fish, 1 peppermint shrimp, some other various aquarium paraphernalia and two furry, cute, poop-wherever-they-want dwarf hamsters. *sigh*)
  • We ate Chic-fil-A for dinner  (Not sure why that was the restaurant of choice… but okay)
  • Sitting outside Maggie Moo’s we each took turns telling Josie the things we love most about her

Looking back on the day there is only one thing I want to add.  We do a good job of looking back and expressing gratitude for how she adds value to our lives.  But I’d love to build in a sense of purpose in her by looking ahead at how we envision her adding value to our family, to her friends, to her neighborhood and to her church in the coming year.

I want to set the bar in Josie’s mind.  To help her see how God has equipped her with gifts and talents.  And how she can use those gifts and talents for His glory and His honor.

Parents, celebrating our child’s birthday is an important event every year.  But let’s take advantage of the opportunity to build a sense of purpose in their lives.  Let’s be the one to paint a picture in their mind for how you we them growing.  Scripture states that Jesus grew in wisdom, maturity and favor with God and men (Luke 2:52) And God desires that we grow as Christ grew.  As parents, we play a key role in helping our kids grow in that direction.

We may have missed this opportunity yesterday.  But Kyle and I will find time this week to help focus her eyes ahead on how she can invest in God’s Kingdom as a 9 year old.

What an amazing gift to be parents.

Learn More

The Elephant in the Pew

Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Leadership, Ministry, Product Reviews

We’ve got a love-hate relationship with elephants.  Purple, pink, black-n-white striped… whatever the color we love to talk about the elephant, blog about the elephant, even compose whole sermon series on the elephant… but how many of us are prepared to face the elephant nose-to-trunk and take care of it?

I don’t know.  But Scott Williams is launching a movement that just might.

My friend, Scott Williams, has launched his new book Church Diversity.  You should get it.  You should read it.  You should pass it along.

You see, Scott has a driving passion to see the Church be a true reflection of God’s creation.  In fact, an early quote form the book,

“Church diversity on the surface may not initially seem like a felt need for everyone. If we dig down deep below the surface and get to the root of the matter, we should understand that ‘reaching all people for Christ’ must be a felt need for the Church, and it can be a beautiful reality.”

I’m honored to say I know Scott Williams.  Having the opportunity to work with him, he’s been personal encourager in my corner for a long time.  If there is one thing I’ve learned from Scott, it’s that life is all about taking risks.  Calculated risks.

And one thing Scott Williams is great at is calculated risks.  Stepping boldly into the ministry arena and bringing the conversation of diversity to the forefront is not surprising.  He’s that kind of leader.

If there is one book to read this summer it’s Church Diversity.  But beware… it will challenge you far beyond the point of  comfort.

Learn More