I love to dream!
This morning as I prayed for our country, I went back and carefully read the words contained in The Pledge of Allegiance and The National Anthem. In re-reading these beautiful works of words, I have determined that these writings were never meant to be divisive. These compositions were written to unite us. This morning as a Citizen of the United States of America, I can rejoice knowing that I have a voice. As a Christ follower, I should recognize the responsibility that I have and always give an account for the hope that I have because of Jesus. I am to do this with gentleness and respect.
Today I finish up our acrostic for SERVE teams. Our fifth letter is the letter E. This E stands for EQUIP. My hope in writing these blog post is to help those who belong to the church that I lead to an understanding of the requirements needed to SERVE! I pray that each of our members takes on the challenge and finds a place of service. At the POINT, every member is a minister so applying these requirements is paramount in answering the needs of our guest. To recap the acrostic, we have the words Smile, Encourage, Reach out, Validate and today Equip.
Over the past couple of days, I have been listing qualifications that I believe we all possess. These same qualifications are those needed to serve on one of our SERVE teams. We pick up our requirements for a SERVE team member with the letter V. For our purposes is stands for Validate. I believe our guest at the Point wants to be validated. It takes so little effort to tell someone you are glad that they joined us for worship. We validate someone when we let them know that they add value to our lives. I am a better person because of those God puts on my path. I am thankful for the people that God loves. God loves all people, so the least that I can do is let them know how much I appreciate spending time with them.
Good morning, I am so thankful for each of you. What a week it has been! I am so ready for August 20 and our relaunch here at the Point. I am also praying that each of you is carefully thinking about who you are going to bring to the Point with you on this extraordinary day. I love each of you, and I am ready for God to do something big in our midst. We are ramping up, we are revving our engines, and we are ready to go.
Every day on planet earth our clocks keep ticking, and it seems as if humanity out does itself and we become more and more fractured from the society that we live, work and function within. Crazy things are taking place here on this third rock from the sun, and many times these events appear to go unnoticed. Perpetual motion seems to carry us onward with little or no attempt by ordinary people to gain control of this wackiness and wickedness the world produces. We live our lives not thinking about earth’s other inhabitants or the consequences of our actions.
Church Planting is probably one of the hardest jobs that I have tackled in my 25 years of ministry. I must be a real glutton for suffering because shortly after I planted the church that I currently lead, we merged with a dying legacy church in the heart of the demographic that God called us to serve. So the vibrant church plant turned into an ongoing revitalization project that is now approaching its fifth birthday.
Today is a special day…
I am resting…I am sitting in my favorite slightly worn out recliner listening to a news channel drone on and on as I drink great vessel of 8 o’clock coffee from my favorite cup, with no particular plans in mind for this beautiful North Florida spring day.
Distraction is the de-railer of forward progress.
So many times in ministry I have experienced forward progress being stymied by meaningless distractions. I personally believe that the devil is the engineer on the “City of distraction” train and he is looking for subtle ways to take the leader and the organization off task by cropping up with little ankle biting distractions.