Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday Monday

- I'm still pretty much blown away by what God did yesterday at our services ... still trying to soak it all in ... still trying to believe it all really happened. I left amazed at God and, once again, thankful to be a part of this church ... a small part of His Church. I believe we had somewhere in the neighborhood of 235 decisions yesterday. Being a pastor here I get a front row seat to the eyes of people. Some were crying, some were smiling from ear to ear. Some, you could tell, were bringing a lot of weight to Jesus to carry. But, 235 people are now on a path to growing in a relationship with God. Jim spoke on the true cost of following Jesus ... what it means to sacrifice, what it means to "take up your cross," what it means to walk the "narrow road." It definately wasn't a cheery "you can go to heaven" message by any means ... but people still responded. And, I remember praying for all of those people that this day would truly be the day they entered in to a growing relationship with God. I can't wait to see how God "grows" them up.

- We started the message with the AC/DC song "Highway to Hell." OK, even as I typed that last sentence, I still had to look at it and laugh. Never thought I'd be saying "We started the message with the AC/DC song 'Highway to Hell.'" But, honestly, it was the perfect song to start this message. When Jim read the words and basically said, "Some of you are on the highway to hell" you could have heard a pin drop in the place. I'm reminded of the verse in Genesis (and, yes, I realize it's taken completely out of context) "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." I don't think AC/DC wrote that song so people would understand that there really is a hell ... but God used that song to make it perfectly clear to people here yesterday.

- We also had our Easter Egg Hunt/Helicopter drop. 25,000 eggs spread out all over our property ... 400 Old Navy flip flops dropped from a helicopter for teenagers ... it was AWESOME! As a church, we realized that an Easter Egg hunt with prize give-a-ways is a good way to reach children, but we also really wanted to do something to reach teenagers as well. So, we thought of dropping things from a helicopter. We had a few hundred teenagers alone jumping, scratching, clawing all in an effort to get some flip flops. We also attached other really cool prize coupons to some of the flip flops ... ipod Touch coupons, cash, gift cards, etc. It was a blast. We probably had over 5000 people on our property ... people from all different nationalities and all different walks of life. Something we really believe as a church is if we, as a church left, would we be missed? We're not planning on leaving, but if we did, we want there to be a HUGE void in the community. That's why we try to do everything we can to reach this town and to be a light to people who need Jesus. On a side note, it was Ezra's first Easter Egg hunt. He loved it! I had so much fun being on the 1-2 year old field and watching him go for eggs. Man, I love being a dad!

- Some personal stuff ... the basement project is well underway right now. We're getting a new floor due to some major water damage we had last month. It definately wasn't something we were planning on doing, but it needed to be done. So, I'm happy we have the opportunity to do it. Carol's dad and brother are out helping ... well, not really helping. They're basically doing all of the work! I'm the "grunt labor" and they're the "skilled labor." :) It should be finished by the end of the week.

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