The day is winding down. I hear the low-frequency “thump/thump/thump” of a movie that Sarah is watching in the living room; Syd is working in the dining room, singing along with “Viva La Vida” and talking about the implications of Coldplay’s lyric and the Roman Empire. Shannon’s been working on some support letters for their upcoming mission trip. The boys are both asleep, after a long and busy day.
I read this today on Steven Furtick’s blog and I was blown away. I’m re-posting it here, with all credit to him. He was targeting aspiring ministers, but there’s a hard truth here for every person who is interested in spiritual growth.
The point is – think about this, willya? And think about where you’re at in the grand scheme of things.
I know I sure am….
“If my generation isn’t careful, we may fall into a Guitar Hero mentality toward ministry:
Everybody wants to be a rock star, but no one wants to learn the chords.
It’s hard work to study God’s Word. To pray for breakthrough. To do spiritual battle on behalf of those we lead. To charge forward in faith for the cause of Christ. To run a church with the highest standard of excellence.
Be willing to pay the price. Or please go do something else with your life.”
How willing are we?
I was glad to be back at PCC yesterday, though I was less than 100%. Still struggling with some sort of cold/head/respiratory thing, and I couldn’t sing at all. But we had some awesome vocalists on the stage and a killer set of music, so I enjoyed playing.
Sometimes I realize with profound clarity that the life of our church community is complex and far-reaching. I know that there are dynamic and fascinating small groups meeting every night of the week all over the county; folks are meeting for discipleship classes, connected at the Y, meeting for coffee, stopping by the office for appointments, working at the church house in Cartersville, planning events, etc. PCC folks are networking all over the place. And obviously we get together for our large celebration and worship experience on Sundays at PHS.
“God’s called every one of us to SOMETHING. Some of us are missing this.”
“Hallelujah to the God who savesI will never be the sameHallelujah to the God who savesI’ll stand and my world will be changed”
When our income tax refund comes in, I usually take a bit of it and buy something for the house. Curtains, a chair, cookware; there’s always something that we could use that seems like a reasonable splurge.
Here’s the link to the main teaching sessions from the Unleash Conference that we attended last week. Give yourself some time and watch it. It’s as important as your Sunday morning attendance.
Be forewarned: Perry Noble doesn’t pull any punches. But be advised: this man loves Jesus and has committed his life to serve him and lead others to the cross.
Enjoy – and let me know what you think.
You can see both sessions on Tony Morgan’s blog. Check it out!
Funniest thing I have seen all week.
Doing some reading this morning, I came across this interesting bit of research (via this blog):
“(Among young adolescents) high exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex in popular music was independently associated with higher levels of sexual behavior. In fact, exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex was one of the strongest associations with sexual activity…” – Science Daily
“Now take it off while I watch you perform.” (Suga Mama)
“Let’s get and make love on Venus.” (Gimme Whatcha Got)
“So maybe we can go to first base because I feel you.” (Teenage Love Affair)
“Spend the night with me and I’ll rock you.” (Rock You)
“I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it.” (I Kissed a Girl)
“I can get off when you ain’t around.” (I Don’t Need a Man)
“What you got up in them jeans? Put it on me, or get lonely.” (Lemme Get That)
“That little p**** l***** finger f***** h* a** c***.” (F*** U Blind)
“She was s***** on me. And I was l***** on her.” (69)
“We’re taking our eyes off of Jesus and putting them on the economy.” – Perry Noble
“The two biggest problems in this country are consumer debt and obesity. It’s not because we don’t have enough. It’s because we don’t manage what we have well.” – Perry Noble