out of town this weekend

November 29, 2007

Tomorrow afternoon I will make the short trip to Wake Forest, NC.  On Friday and Saturday I will be attending The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches Conference.  You can check out more information here at http://www.visionforumministries.org/events/ucf/013/about.aspx

I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I am away.   I will update you as soon as I can get the chance. 

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recap of Wednesday evening

November 29, 2007

We had another great evening at the journey.  It is always a pleasure to see new and old faces coming in.  Thanks to John Poole, Jeremiah Stevens, and Kayley Graves for leading us in worship this evening.  The LORD has been growing all three of them so much over the past several months and it is a joy to see them mature in such a way.  Great job guys and gal!   

After worship we had some mingle time.  Basically, everyone was able to get up and move around and chat for several minutes.  It is quite a blessing to see both the youth and adults meeting and building new relationships.  I believe over time the LORD is growing us into more of a unified body.  To explain myself further, I can sit back and see God take all of these different people from different places that have different styles and personalities and putting them together to form a beautiful puzzle.  It’s amazing to see how everyone fits in together and how the whole would not be the same if all of the pieces were not apart of it. 

Finally

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announcements for December

November 29, 2007

First, kudos to Stephen Stonestreet for winning this years picture context.  For turning in the best picture, Stephen has one a Wisnewski family grilled cheese dinner. 

Second, for December there are a couple of things that everyone needs to be aware of.  We will be having a Christmas party on the 12th of December.  During this time we will have some time of hanging out, games, a short devotion, and an IPod giveaway.  So, everyone will recieve 1 ticket per can and/or box food item that they bring in.  Remember, no “perishable” items.  So, nothing that will spoil and go bad.

The journey will be canceled for the 19th and 26th of December.   Finally, D-Groups will be ending soon and starting back up again in the New Year.  More information will be presented on d-groups later. 


being thankful when things are bad continued

November 27, 2007

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to teach on “being thankful when things are bad” (actually, the title was “exulting in our tribulations).  As I said before, the lesson came from Romans 5.1-5 and emphasized verse 3.

Well, since I am fairly new to this “preaching” thing, I do well on content, but tend to struggle on delivery.  No excuse, just the reality.  What I am most excited about is that there will be plenty of more opportunties to learn and grow and really teach people and not lessons (I sometimes tend to do the first as if I was a professor). 

Isn’t it difficult to be thankful when things are bad?  I wonder if I am the only one that finds it hard to express joy and gratitude when things are not necessarily going the way that I intended them to?  For example, just the other night Read the rest of this entry »


“choking game” a deadly trend

November 26, 2007

Just a few moments ago I was running on the treadmill at the local YMCA.  While I was running, I had the luxury of watching a news program.  The title of the news program was, “Choking Game: A Deadly Trend.” 

Personally, this is the first time that I heard about the game.  Basically, the choking game is when someone personally chokes themselves or allows a friend to choke them.  The person is choked until they pass out and lose consciousness. 

After shaking my head in disbelief, I was curious to know why someone would do such a thing.  If anyone has ever choked before, such as I have, it doesn’t produce such a good feeling.  Also, I would not consider someone a good friend that would get a kick out of choking me. 

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“choking game” a deadly trend

November 26, 2007

Just a few moments ago I was running on the treadmill at the local YMCA.  While I was running, I had the luxury of watching a news program.  The title of the news program was, “Choking Game: A Deadly Trend.” 

Personally, this is the first time that I heard about the game.  Basically, the choking game is when someone personally chokes themselves or allows a friend to choke them.  The person is choked until they pass out and lose consciousness. 

After shaking my head in disbelief, I was curious to know why someone would do such a thing.  If anyone has ever choked before, such as I have, it doesn’t produce such a good feeling.  Also, I would not consider someone a good friend that would get a kick out of choking me. 

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being thankful when things are bad

November 24, 2007

It’s easy to be thankful for things when they are going good; however, the same cannot be said when things are not going as planned, or as well as we think they should.   

At the moment I am wrapping up my lesson for tomorrow morning.  Even though I do not have a title for the message yet, I will be teaching from Romans 5.1-5.  In a general gist within this passage, we discover that we are to “exult” (confidently boast; triumphantly rejoice) in the hope of God’s glory (being restored to the state of “God-like-ness” that were created for) and in our “tribulations” (both minor inconveniences and real hardships). 

Basically speaking, when the going get’s tough and we are facing a multitude of problems, pains, discomforts, doubts, and overall struggles, we are to see the big picture behind them all.  First off, if we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins then we are at peace with God (read Romans 5.1), even if we doubt our relationship with Him based upon what’s going on in our life.  Second, God will not, and does not, leave us hanging out to dry when things are bad.  He does not stand off in the distant looking down from heaven, but rahter is personally involved in our lives, even when we things are bleak. 

The point of everything is that there is a divine rationale behind everything that goes on (thank you John Piper).  But one may ask, “Why are we to ‘exult’ in our tribulations and how can one do that?”  Those are great questions and both of them are answered within Romans 5.1-5. 

I will share more about the answer to the two questions, but in the meantime, enjoy reading through the passage and finding hope for the day!