Jul 272009

Big Idea:
Our tongue is a reflection of the condition of our heart.

Scripture Memory:
Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Action Step:
Be slow to speak this week.  Listen closely to everything that comes out of your mouth this week and measure it against what we have talked about today.  Filter out the bad, increase the encouragement and edification. 

Random Thoughts:

  • Here is what I love about CATG!  No frills, no big show, we get to the point and focus on glorifying God and exhorting and encouraging people in their faith journey.  We don’t do a lot of “big show”, “big event” stuff, but rather keep it simple and focused. 
  • I love our band!  I love our focus on Jesus!
  • Yesterday was awesome in the sense that God’s Word was made the focus.  I loved the children quoting scripture! 
  • Great crowd for the end of the summer! 
  • We have been having lots of guest all summer and yesterday we didn’t have very many and it was weird that we had a pretty large crowd.
  • Friday was a busy day.  We went to see Abigail do her horse camp demo and brought her home.  It is great to have all the kids here in the same house after last week having them gone. 
  • Saturday was a yard day.  Other than that it was relaxing.
  • I love our volunteers and all the people that put so much work in to making Sunday mornings happen.  Marty Carr’s setup team rocks!  That is a great group of men and women.
  • I am getting pumped about community groups.  I want maximum involvement in our groups this fall.  HUGE!
  • School starts this week.  I cannot believe it. 
  • I hurt for all the teachers being furloughed.  I know it must be tough to start the year this way. 
  • I am exited about seeing people back in church these next coming weeks after the summer.  I can’t wait. 
  • Keep praying, keep sharing, keep inviting. 

See you Sunday!

 Posted by at 10:09 am
Jul 202009

Big Idea:
While Faith is the basis for our justification, works is a barometer for our justification. 

Scripture Memory:
James 2:18 (ESV)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Action Step:
Plan now to take a step this fall serving somewhere on a weekly basis, making yourself accountable for living out your faith.  Where are you living out your faith?

 Random Thoughts:

  • I have got to be honest:  I am ready for summer to be over with!  I am ready for everyone to be back at home and to be back at church at CATG!  I enjoy summer and part of me hates having such a short summer but I feel so disconnected from people. 
  • Yesterday was a great day at CATG!  I love how Gabe Shababy is leading our worship team and I really enjoyed having Brian Hansen lead worship for us.  He did a great job. 
  • Most importantly:  I sense God working in and through our gatherings. 
  • I love the book of James!  It is so practical in how it challenges us to apply our faith in our daily lives. 
  • Where are you in relationship to applying your faith?  Do you have Dead Faith, Demonic Faith, or Dynamic Faith?
  • Let’s put our faith into Action as a community of Jesus followers!
  • I am looking forward to serving the teachers at YMS and WGHS this coming week!  We serve YMS on Friday morning and WGHS on Monday morning.  Come join us!
  • What a great sports weekend for Atlanta and Georgia people.  The Braves killed the Mets, Stewart Cink won The Open, and Matt Ryan wins an ESPY!  We also inch closer to Georgia Football!
  • I am about to begin my sixth week of P90x workouts.  I am enjoying it but they are intense! (Especially for an old guy)
  • We have so much to do as a church to continue to have impact on this community!
  • Community Groups will begin soon.  Are you ready to either host or facilitate a group? 

Keep praying, Keep worshiping, keep starting conversations!  See you this week!

 Posted by at 8:28 am
Jul 162009

Big Idea from Sunday:
Actions Speak, Words are Weak!

Scripture Memory:
Matthew 5:16 (ESV)
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Action Step:
Pray this prayer daily this week:  “Father, let my light shine before men in such a way that they may see my good works, and glorify my Father who is in heaven.”

Random Thoughts:

  • This has been a crazy week.  There is sometimes so much going on that everyone does not see.
  • We had  a great Sunday morning! Good crowd, great worship, great response.  We are having lots of guests each week.  That is why we need our Grovers there each and every Sunday!
  • I loved the Baptism in the park!  I love hanging out and eating “SKIP’S” great hotdogs and hamburgers!  It was a great time hanging out!
  • I am getting lots of questions about my P90x workout program.  That means I have to keep it up!  I just started week # 5.
  • We began ‘backyard Bible Club’ Sunday night in my neighborhood on Sunday night!  It was a blast.  I was so proud of our CATG students for investing into the life of the children in my neighborhood.  Great job telling Bible stories by John Parker and Kelsey Hardin.  Way to go ‘Sugar’ and ‘Biskit’!
  • We did backyard bible club through Tuesday night!  We had a blast with the kids in our neighborhood.  I have a vision of doing these in multiple neighborhoods in the future.
  • Last night (Wednesday) we had another great “United” service for our students at Loganville High School.  This has been a great summer with all the teenagers meeting together at the high school.  Afterwards the kids went bowling until midnight at Oasis bowl.  I now remember why I am not in youth ministry anymore:  SLEEP!
  • I like some things about summer, but from a pastor’s perspective, I am ready for summer to be OVER!  I miss seeing everybody every week! 
  • Save the date for August 14!  We are having a huge vision night dinner.  “The Orchard” church is allowing us to use their building!  Please plan to be there!

See you Sunday!


 Posted by at 7:04 am
Jul 062009

Big Idea:
The trials and circumstances in life do not make you who you are, they reveal who you are. 

Scripture Memory:
James 1:2-4 (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Action Step:
Thank God this week each time you encounter a trial and CHOOSE JOY rather than complain.

Random Thoughts:

  • This was a busy week coming back from vacation and I have to be honest, an extremely emotionally draining week.  It is all good!  God is sovereign and in control.  I can’t wait to see what He is up to in the midst of everything going on.
  • Yesterday was a good day at Church at the Grove.  It was a powerfully moving service!  We were expected to be  down in our attendance and I hate that so many people missed God’s working. 
  • I loved the worship set and the job Austin and the band did yesterday.  I especially loved Gabe giving the background history on the song “It is Well”.  I am so thankful for Gabe’s leadership. 
  • We celebrated my mom’s birthday and the 4th of July on Saturday at my brother’s home.  Great fun with the family. 
  • Thankful for the rain!
  • I had a great time meeting with our band on Friday at my house!  I am so thankful for those guys and the way they have rallied following Ric’s stepping down. 
  • I hate going through transitions like this but I am thankful for Ric taking the initiative and volunteering to step down during a tough time in his life.  We are supporting he and Alli with our prayers and thoughts.  They will have a new baby soon. 
  • God is doing some incredible things in the life of Church at the Grove and when He is working we will always face opposition and distractions.  We must stay focused on what God has called us to do.
  • I love the book of James and I am so excited about “Show and Tell”.  I can’t wait until this next Sunday!
  • Keep praying, keep starting discussions and anticipate God’s working in your life.  See you Sunday!


 Posted by at 8:40 am