One of our phenomenal volunteers and future staff wife Allison took some pictures at The Element last week. This was the final week of our REBELLION series. Enjoy.
Today is apparently my "That's just not right" day on the blog. The video I posted earlier has created quite the reaction from some of you. Well, I came across the picture below and and video from the last post on a blog called Boing Boing. Most days I don't read every post they put out but today has been a gold mine. I understand the sentiment behind what the Christians photographed below were doing but man, have some common sense. YOU'RE PRAYING OVER A GIANT IDOL!!! It's people like this that lower the intellegence average for Christians at large.
This is disturbing or awesome or something else all together. I can’t decide. What are your thoughts?
Right now I'm…
Jeremiah in the Bible, Tribes by Seth Godin
listening too: Closer To the Start from Fellowship Church, Lecrae, We Are Alive from Elevation Church, Across the Universe soundtrack, Orthodoxy by Eddie Kirkland, Phil Whickam, Nichole Nordeman, Viva la Vida by Coldplay
watching: Heroes, Notre Dame football, The Office, Saturday Nigh Live, Dirty Sexy Money, Seinfeld reruns, NFL football, did I already mention Notre Dame football?
doing life with: Anita (wife), Savannah Grace and Rylee (daughters), 11th grade guys @ Northwood Church, NSM staff
surfing: typepad, sitemeter, facebook, google reader, steep and cheap.com, project playlist, youtube
looking forward to: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day, My birthday, 10th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!
Tonight as we gathered to pray before The Avenue, one of my high school students prayed and pointed out what many would consider a coincidence. She remarked at the fact that in Shift (she's a small group apprentice for our Middle School Ministry) and in our main service we taught on fear. There isn't any coordination between what we teach on main service and what we teach in student ministry on a regular basis. So you could say it is in fact a coincidence. But as Andy Stanley puts it, "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."
Little did I realize just how much I needed to hear that God is trying to get our attention. Tonight I felt a feeling I hadn't felt in a while. The way I explained it to our leaders is that I just felt disturbed or stirred up. I had a couple of conversations after The Avenue that helped me realize that I'm in the middle of some spiritual warfare. It's been a while since I've felt it this heavy. I believe the enemy is extremely mad that our church is advancing the kingdom. He's even more irritated at what we've been able to accomplish in the past few months at NSM.
So my response, as hard as it will be for me, is to trust in the promise I've received. I won't give the enemy a foothold. I'll press into God's Word. I will "make every effort to keep the spirity of unity." I will stand strong knowing that I do not have to be afraid. I thank God for the encouraging people God has placed in my life. I praise Him for the amazing team of staff and volunteers He has brought together. I'm eager to see the great things He will accomplish as we move forward because we will be bold and He will be faithful!