Oct 302008
 

ClockTime Change is this Sunday!  Turn your clocks back one hour! 

I have been thinking about this phrase, “Time Change”.  Can we really change time?  You might think we can change time with Daylight savings time but in reality we cannot actually change time. 

We can only change how efficiently we use time.  I have been thinking about a few verses from Ephesians where we studied from last week.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

We can’t actually change time.  Only God can do that.  But we can change how efficiently we use time.  Let’s use our time wisely and in a way that will glorify HIM!

 Posted by at 11:48 am
Oct 272008
 

Big Idea:  A changed nature results in changed behavior!

Memory Verse:
Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise,

Action Step:
Ask 2 or 3 people closest to you to give you some insight on where your Christ-like character could use some development or improvement.  Avoid feeling defensive and be willing to receive it to grow in your character and conduct. 

Random Thoughts:

  • Going back to Thursday of this past week:  We had dinner with some of our closest friends in the neighborhood to celebrate our sweet friend Terri.  Terri has received a promotion and a great opportunity with her job and she will be moving soon.  I couldn’t help but think about the authentic community we shared with our friends.  It was great.
  • Friday, I was able to spend some time with Mike from our police department here.  It was great to hear how God is working in his life.  We did some things to get ready for “Shop With A Hero” that is coming in December.
  • Saturday I officiated a wedding ceremony for a sweet couple I have met through my friend Billy.  It was a beautiful wedding and Georgia beat LSU!  I enjoyed going to the wedding with my beautiful bride and without the kids. 
  • Yesterday at The Grove was great.  Good crowd and a great service.  In the early service, Ric stopped right in the middle of the second song and dismissed the band from the stage and exhorted the congregation about authentic and genuine worship.  It was off the cuff and extremely relevant.  It was powerful. 
  • We had a great community group last night.  I love the group.  God is doing some really cool stuff with this group and with Church at the Grove as a whole.
  • I am really excited about this upcoming series titled “STRETCH”.  It is very timely in light of what is going on in our country right now.  We will share how we can STRETCH a dollar in order to STRETCH the Kingdom of God and how this all results in STRETCHING our personal faith. 

 Posted by at 12:48 pm
Oct 202008
 

Key Passage and Point:

God must work on us and in us in order to Shine through us!

Mark 5:24-34

Memory Verse:

Malachi 4:2 (NIV)
2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Action Step:

Examine the one or two areas in your life where you struggle the most in exercising faith.  Prayerfully, by faith trust Jesus with those areas and take a practical step this week to exercise your faith.  Ask someone in our church to pray for you in these areas.

Reflections:

  • This weekend was an exceptionally encouraging weekend.  Jill and I had 24 people in our home Friday night to discuss the vision of the church and we had a blast.  Sunday morning was a great time of ministry.  I see God doing some incredible things in the life of our people.
  • WOW!  Everybody left town this weekend.  I can’t remember a weekend when so many people were out.  I guess that is expected when you combine Fall Break with opening day of deer season and add in a Georgia homecoming game. 
  • I loved having our children sing happy birthday to Church at the Grove yesterday!  It was fun seeing them on the stage.  They are always a blast!
  • There is so much hype about the economy!  The reality is that I just don’t see it impacting people in our community to the point of them making significant changes in their lives. It is totally weird. 
  • I am looking forward to taking one or two days off this week.  I mean real days off.  Usually on an off day, I am still having to answer calls, make visits, and prepare for a sermon.  I am hoping to take some time off this week that is long overdue. 
  • I enjoyed yesterday’s service and I am looking forward to this coming Sunday!
  • The thing I am excited about the most is the “anticipation” that I have about what God has in store for us in the near and long term future.  Good things are coming.

 Posted by at 11:05 am