Galatians 6:9

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Jeff gave a devotion on this passage in this morning’s staff meeting. It was much needed. I think it is hard sometimes to explain to people what goes on in the lives’ of people leading at a church. You …

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Singing Really Loud

I got to play bass at North Side yesterday morning, and I am beginning to notice something: you people sing really loud! I love it. Yesterday I felt like we all just had to tell God how much we loved him and how great he was, and just quiet voices couldn’t get it done. I love Fred Hammond. He’s a …

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10 Ways to Avoid Building Community

I read this blog today that I thought was very revealing. It is 10 ways to avoid building community at church. The first 5 are: 1. Keep conversations short. 2. Always sit in your “assigned” seat. 3. Avoid new people. 4. Come in late. 5. Leave immediately after the service (or early). If you want the whole article and the …

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Invest and Invite

We are in the middle of a Life Focus series at North Side entitled “Invest and Invite” focusing on relational evangelism. I was reading a book by Thom Rainer called Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and have read some…uh…surprising insights from the unchurched. In the area of reaching out to the unchurched, I came across a staggering statistic: “Only one …

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Podcasts up from 7 Things…

So we finished up the sermon series “7 Things to Do Before You Die” on Tuesday at Fusion with “Read the Bible from Cover to Cover” where we did a music/message approach to telling the one story of the Bible in one hour. OK, it was one hour and four minutes, I got unexpectedly emotional one time. Next week, we …

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Worship All Week Long

I have been reading a book on worship by A. W. Tozer lately and I came across a quote that really challenged me. He was talking about how consumer-oriented we tend to become concerning worship. If we like the songs or if the message really connected with us, we equate that with “good” worship. But worship is not an event. …

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Kingdom Focused

One reason why Submerge went so great was that it was about the Kingdom. There were churches there, but it was just one big family. No one was terratorial. No was defensive. We just all saw it like one big happy family. 230 people, over 9 churches together – just to go deeper in our relationship with Jesus. I love …

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Packing Up Submerge

It’s about 1:11 in the morning, and we are starting to pack up for Submerge. It has been an amazing week and God has done some incredible things! I will tell you some more soon – but thank you for all those who have prayed.

HE GOT UP!!!

I can’t wait to celebrate with the family tomorrow – HE GOT UP!!!

Lessons in Spirituality on “24”

This week, in my new favorite show, 24, there was a great lesson in postmodernism. If you don’t know, postmodernism is the favorite pattern of thought in America today. Its basic tenet is that there is no absolute truth. Your truth is truth. Mine is truth. Even if they absolutely contradict, they are both true. Brilliant, huh? On 24, Doyle, …

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