What did you do in your Easter service? Pastels? Eggs? Cantatas? I did this. I’m in the middle. Most fun I’ve had in a long time.
Our family will be on the road today so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to update again today. Happy Easter everyone and to the 500 people who joined our Heavenly family yesterday at Elevation, welcome to a whole new life. Remember what was done for us.
I know that regurgitating blog posts is a no no but everyone who loves Christ and specifically has a heart for worship has to see this. Carlos Whittaker is the Service Programming Director at Buckhead Church. He was leading worship today and something amazing was happening on the floor in front of him. PLEASE READ HIS POST HERE. Click…why aren’t you there reading already? GO!
Easter was incredible. Today we started our sixth service time for Elevation Church making that four at Providence Campus and two at Butler. I’m officially wiped out. I don’t know how my volunteers do this week after week.
The big news was of the 4,800 people who attended this morning over 500 of them walked out of our doors filled with life in Christ. That’s right! Over 500 people today alone in our services made Jesus their own personal God. By the way, that’s a conservative estimate and I think it’s the number of people who actually indicated on a card and not just how many hands we think we counted.
We had around 560 children in our church today as well. I’m so proud and humbled by the hundreds of people who make EKIDZ happen each week. I especially want to thank the many people who adjusted their family Easter time to serve at our 11:30 or 1pm services. I know how precious family time is and I’m impressed by your example to serve God.
Anita, the girls and I are headed out tomorrow to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I’m speaking at the Submerge Camp. My old friend Travis Agnew puts this camp together and I can’t wait to spend some time with him and a bunch of teenagers. Please pray that God would speak through me to change the lives of these students and encourage the adults working in their churches. Please also pray for me as I’m away from Elevation for the first time since around Christmas. God is doing a lot in my heart and I feel like I need some time alone with Him.
I’m going to miss working in the office this week and hanging out with our Charlotte friends but I’m so thankful that my church allows me the opportunity to build up the Kingdom apart from the walls of our gatherings. Have a great Easter evening!
Here are the answers to the questions I got from my "Dry Spell" post. Thank you to the very few of you who submitted a question. What’s up with the rest of you? Come on chickens.
My niece Rachel asks…
Would you rather have dentures for the rest of your life or would you
rather have to wear a diaper for the rest of your life and why?
A: Dentures without a doubt. I have a big enough butt as is and finding pants to fit is hard. I don’t need a diaper making my selection even harder. Plus, I’d be that funny old man who pulls his teeth out and makes kids laugh or run away in horror.
This one is better. Would/could you give up all TV, movies, videogames, even YouTube, for five whole years if it meant that after the 5 years you would recieve millions of dollars and save 1000 starving kids?
A: Yes I would; I don’t know if I could; I’m glad I haven’t been asked to.
Michael Sanchez asks…
How about: If you could be a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be? Or perhaps, whats the hardest part of your job?
A #1: I would be a chocolate chip cookie. Faithful, hard to resist and sweet.
A #2: Details and administrative stuff. I feel like a fish out of water with that stuff.
Lindsay Gallagher asks…
If you could replace any LOST cast member or character, who would you choose and why?
A: I’d love to say Jack but I’m afraid I’d make a better Charlie. In my mind I think I’m Sayid.
Jake Miller asks…
how about 2 questions for you… what is the biggest difference you’ve experienced between atlanta and charlotte? and… how many times can you link to my blog in one post?
A #1: How much more time I spend in the office and how much less time I spend in traffic tie for first.
A #2: At least six Jake. Do you remember when you and I were in college together and I lost your hat?
Aunt Kathy asks…
Would you please put Robert on your prayer list at the church and continue to pray for his safety over the next 7 months?
Today we had a little 2 on 2 basketball tournament at a nearby basketball court. Joel Salter (our Finance Director) fell victim to bracketing. We played what was the most athletic game of the tournament but were forced to play the eventual winners Chunks Corbett (Executive Pastor) and John Bishop (Chief Ministries Officer) in the first round. Our game should have been the final. Oh well.
As the first round of brackets play themselves out today in the NCAA Tournament I am doing okay to significantly worse in the future. My "cinderella" final four team lost there first round game. And this is why (among other reasons) I am not a gambling man. For those who are interested my two brackets are below. Happy watching everyone!
(BTW, answers to your questions will be coming tomorrow.)
We’re set to close on our house in a little over a week. That’s right…next Monday!! Thank you God and Bev our agent along with all the family that has helped us over the last few months. Anyway, I saw a news story (thanks to Scott) today about a house nearby to my house in Georgia.
I’ve driven by this house countless times but I’ve never actually seen it. It’s pretty impressive. Maybe if God ever brings us back to Atlanta or allows us to retire we’ll be in the market for this 82 room, 17 bathroom, 47,000 square foot home. I mean it’s only $45 million. What a bargain. Click here for more on the story.