Sunday, March 30, 2008
Great day at church, friends from Eastman came up to join us for worship. We got to hang out with more friends at lunch. Our kids brought home friends from church and so it was way too noisy for any kind of nap today :(
I've got to get some type of family trip planned soon, we need it! Anyone relate???
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
A life of faith is risky. Living by faith means taking risks - like...
quiting a 'perfectly good' job making a 'good living' to plant a church with no guarantee of income... or (as my sister's family did once) selling all you have to take your family to the mission field... or sharing your faith with a friend.
So, I want to raise Risk Taking Children.
I encourage them to take risks - to live a life of adventure... especially when it comes to their Christian walk.
I got home this afternoon and learned that our risk taking family is leading others to take risks as well! The picture below is AWESOME! That's Robby - my 10 year old, he's jumping (from right to left) Elijah, my 5 year old, Jack our neighbor, Caleb another neighbor, and Scott, Jack's brother. That's right - Robby JUMPED 4 neighbors on his bike today!!! Mom took the picture - way to go Amy!
Robby wanted to jump more children but Casey and Allie, our other neighbor kids said that their dad told them it was too dangerous.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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Monday, March 10, 2008
I haven't had many free moments lately to share what all God has been doing with New City Church, so I am taking a few minutes before bed to do just that. Frankly, I stay in continual awe at God's work in this ministry.
* HE has provided for every, EVERY bit that we have. Nothing has been done through our own meager tries or efforts.
* HE has arranged countless advertising medias for free.
* HE has brought people through our doors who have given over and over sacrificially of their talents, time and gifts. I am amazed at when we need a drummer, He provides two: when we need a guitarist, he provides numerous people. One Sunday a drummer didn't show up so the band posted a sign on the bongos "drummer needed" and one of the college guys jumped up and played spur of the moment! We have had different people playing and using talents that are just itching to be used, having fun PLUS getting to help lead worship. It looks like we will have 2 bands put together soon! We have a couple to three worship leaders who do a great job.
*HE has provided people every week who show up to set up our kids areas, nursery and coffee bar, plus the sound for band, etc... even the kids pitch in and help set up and tear down each Sunday. These people have grasped the vision,are tired of religion, love the Lord and they love our community.
*HE has provided a storefront for our New City Cafe which will open soon for coffee (Starbuck's has volunteered to help with that) music and arts...our hope is to engage the community and have opportunities to share our hero, Jesus, with them.
* Keith and I were just talking this past week about whether we needed a small full sized refrigerator or a dorm like frig.for the cafe, and we decided that the full size would be better in the long run. Well, the next day we received an email from a church family looking for someone in need of a refrigerator, so now we have that need met!!! I am still smiling about that! (Page, it's NOT gold though!)
This coming Sunday afternoon, we start a gospel Christianity study and have 40 signed up for the class!! I think everyone is ready to dig in!
I am overflowing with thanks to God for including us in this ministry. We really are just empty, broken vessels that for some crazy reason, He has chosen to use. Go figure! We truly stay in awe at His work, His provision, and His mighty ways.
Ephesians 3:20 -" Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us."