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Tongues that Give Thanks

I have been a little late on my post from Sunday due to computer issues and the fact that I have been hauled upstairs writing straight for the last 48 hours.  Sorry it’s late, but here goes:

We worshiped (in a rather rowdy manner, I might add) to:

  • Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall
  • God of Wonders – City on a Hill
  • Knowing You – Passion Band
  • Be Thou My Vision – traditional
  • You are a Holy God – Vineyard UK
  • Everlasting God – Chris Tomlin
  • Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Jeff’s message was awesome.  If you didn’t get to hear it, go here.

One of his concluding comments was concerning a conversation we had prepping for his message.  He asked me what would happen if we took an entire year and didn’t preach on marriage, parenting, finances, etc and just preached on Jesus?  Each week, we would just focus on his personhood and his attributes.

I told him that within six months, we would lose some people who would be disinterested in the content and needing a fix in other areas of life.

The other group of people would not want to go back to anything else once they had heard that much about Jesus.  Everything else would just get pretty dim.

So the question is: which one would you be?  Self-evaluation time: go.

Dialogue That Devours

What a great Sunday!  Today we make our pledges for the Now campaign in all three services.  A group of our leaders have already made their pledges, and before the service today, we have had over 1 million dollars pledged to the campaign to date!  That small group of people showed up in a big way, and we are believing in faith that the pledges today are going to do something that only God can get the credit for.  We’ll announce it next Sunday.  If you were not able to pledge yet, bring it by the office during the week.  We serve an amazing God to do what he has done in such tough economic times – it just shows us again that Jesus still reigns supreme!

In the message today, Jeff mentioned that the church normally doesn’t talk about verbal abuse, but that changed today.  He talked with boldness about how our words hurt one another.  It seems like our hurtful words are on a smaller “scale” of sins for people.  Abuse, murder, sexual immorality, etc. are seen as serious sins, but our words don’t ever really come up.  But when we hurt others with our words, that is sin that Christ had to die for!  Read your Compass this week to continue this study – this emphasis is a great need in your life, your family, and this community.

Today, we worshiped to these songs:

  • Sing, Sing, Sing – Chris Tomlin
  • All Things New – Travis Agnew
  • Take My Life – Hymn with Tomlin arrangement
  • I Need You to Survive – Hezekiah Walker

I love singing with our church.  But I really love singing “I Need You to Survive” with you, because you get after it!  Now apply those words this week.  “I won’t harm you with words from my mouth, I love you, I need you to survive.”

Point of Grace and Phil Stacey tonight.  We sold out of tickets, so if you don’t have one, sorry.  But we do have David Phelps tickets available – get those before they sell out!

A Murmuring Mouth

We started a new series today at North Side entitled, “Sticks and Stones.”  I was pretty excited about this series starting.

Jeff did a great job talking about a murmuring mouth this morning.  When Jeff said this morning that we all know people we avoid due to their complaining mouth.  It made me wonder, “Am I that person for anybody?  Does anyone dread seeing my presence due to my mouth?”

How often do I complain?  How often do I murmur?  How often do my words display a distrust in God’s ability to take care of my needs?

Today, we worshiped to the following songs:

  • Everything that has Breath – All Together Separate version
  • Sing, Sing, Sing – Chris Tomlin
  • Nothing But the Blood – Matt Redman
  • Jesus Paid It All – Kristian Stanfill

I want to say a thanks to all of our volunteers.  Each Sunday, we couldn’t do it without you guys and gals – it takes a ton of you to pull off every Sunday.  Your efforts lead peple to the throne, and I appreciate all you do for our church and our God.

REMINDERS:

  • Pick up your new Compass and read it.
  • Get your Point of Grace tickets for next Sunday night.
  • Bring your pledge card to worship next week.
  • Try not to complain this week and see what a difference it can make.

Sticks and Stones This Sunday

This Sunday, we are starting a new series at North Side called, “Sticks and Stones.”

History behind the idea: Jeff and I had planned all of 2008’s teaching last year, but due to the campaign and other church events, we decided to scratch some of our series and leave them in a goodie bag for future use.  That meant that we had to redo some months of teaching.  We knew that the teaching for the campaign would take us through October, and we still felt that the December series would work.

That left us at November.  As I was trying to get ahead on planning, I went in and asked Jeff what he wanted to preach on in November.  We threw out a bunch of ideas when I finally told him a sermon series I always wanted somebody to preach – what the Bible says about our speech.

At first, he seemed a little hesitant, but then I asked him how many issues have come up because people don’t know how to control their mouths.  How many times do you wish you had a chance to take back something you said?  I know I have many times.  In fact, the Bible talks about our speech frequently.  Through November, we are going to talk about complaining, murmuring, deceitful words, using God’s name in vain, gratitude, and a whole bunch more.

We threw out a bunch of ideas for series’ titles when Jeff finally came up with “Sticks and Stones.”  We knew that was it, and I have been extremely excited about this series for a long time because I pray that I can get a better handle on my words.