Craig Groeschel leads Lifechurch.tv, a church that is dedicated to being a reproducing, multi-site organization (“one church, multiple locations”). Craig spoke at the 2008 Leadership Summit and gave a stirring, exhilirating and truth-filled talk that continues to resonate in my heart.
I missed last week’s Sunday setlist post – it was a terrific service, but since it’s so late, I’ll refrain from the blow-by-blow description. However, I will say that we used A Thousand Questions, a video from Willow Creek Arts that premiered at the 2008 Leadership Summit. It was an incredible piece that moved people to tears, and generated more response than any element we’ve utilized in the past several months. Check it out, particularly to highlight missions or the challenge of dealing with finding God in the midst of turmoil. Terrific service element!
Found this on Mandy Thompson’s blog and was blown away.
Through much of my life as a Christ-follower, I have used daily devotional books as tools for spiritual growth. There’s some accountability, particularly in a book that also functions as a calendar. Oswald Chambers, Henri Nouwen, The Women’s Devotional Bible, Streams in the Desert, God Calling – all and more have been well-used and instrumental in the things I have learned about faith and obedience and grace and mercy.
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. – 2 Corinthians 12.8-10 The Message
…not that the number in and of itself is important, but the fact that it is not simply a number – it is PEOPLE. People whose lives are different today than they were before
Austin and David are two of those people.
“That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.” Romans 6.3-5 The Message
We were so incredibly blessed this past weekend; some of our favorite people came to visit! Dave and Diana were good friends during our time in Chagrin Falls; we were in church together, active in the youth ministry and involved in the lives’ of our children in various ways. Dave and Shannon were good buddies from a children’s small group, and their daughter Lisa and I became very close as she navigated her way through young adulthood. Lisa is now happily married and loving family life. Their son Andy grew up and became a youth minister.