For the past several months, Michelle and I have been sensing God doing a new thing in our hearts. We have wrestled quite a bit to understand exactly what that is. We are constantly trying to follow His lead in our lives in all that we do — no matter what, no matter when, no matter where. It’s not always easy to step out into the unknown, and isn’t always easy to make a change. Yet, the one thing we have learned through the years, is that following Jesus and His leading is ALWAYS the right thing to do. One of our favorite songs over the past few years is called Your Promises (Elevation Worship). The lyrics in Verse 2 and the Chorus have always greatly resonated with us… “As I walk into the days to come I will not forget what You have done For You have supplied my every need And Your presence is enough for me Doesn’t matter what I feel, doesn’t matter what I see My hope will always be, In Your promises to me Now I’m casting out all fear, for Your love has set me free My hope will always be, in Your promises to me” We have felt God moving us into a new season and trusting in His promises for us. So we are stepping out in faith to follow His leading and guidance. So, with that being said…I will be stepping down from […]
Today I had the privilege of guest speaking at a Blogging Workshop we had at Prairie Lakes Church. Blogging is one of the major ways that we want to communicate with our church community here at Prairie Lakes Church. Here are the 3 simple things that I hit on today, to become a better blogger: 1. Content Determine what you are going to write about and be confident in it. Find out who your audience is, and write to them, tell them a story, and be yourself. Your readers will appreciate you being you. 2. Consistency Whether you post everyday, once a week, or once a month, do it consistently. If you don’t think you can post every day, maybe pick one day a week that you can post. The more consistent you are with your posts, the more likely it is that people will follow your blog and read it. People will anticipate seeing a new post from you. 3. Interaction One of the best ways to grow your blog readership is to interact with the people who stop by and comment. If someone leaves a comment on your blog, respond back to them. It’s a simple way to start a conversation. Also, if you are reading other blogs, comment on those as well. It’s amazing how something as simple as that, can grow into something large. Thanks to Patti Dykstra for inviting me to be a part of […]
One of the books that I’m currently re-reading is Velvet Elvis (Rob Bell), here are some thoughts from some of the reading I did this morning: As a Christian, I am simply trying to orient myself around living a particular kind of way, the kind of way that Jesus taught is possible. And I think that the way of Jesus is the best possible way to live. I’m convinced being generous is a better way to live. I’m convinced forgiving people and not carrying around bitterness is a better way to live. I’m convinced having compassion is a better way to live. I’m convinced pursuing peace in every situation is a better way to live. I’m convinced listening to the wisdom of others is a better way to live. I’m convinced being honest with people is a better way to live. Over time when you purposefully try to live the way of Jesus, you start noticing something deeper that is going on. You begin realizing the reason this is the best way to live is that it is rooted in profound truths about how the word is. You find your living more and more in tune with ultimate reality. You are more and more in sync with how the universe is at its deepest levels. Jesus’ intention was, and is, to call people to live in tune with reality. He said at one point that if you had seen Him, […]
Change is inevitable. Change is a part of life. Everybody at some point, has some type of change in their life. I myself tend to like change. I like new challenges, new places, new people. There’s something that ignites inside of me when it comes to things like this. At this point in my life I would love to settle for awhile. I would love to have some routine, maybe even some normalcy. Michelle and I are getting closer and closer to starting a family, and it would be nice to settle. Not forever, but for awhile. I was hoping that the change we made about a year ago would have been that. The point where we could exhale, stop, and breathe for several years. Well, change is on the horizon again. It’s like the sun peeking up just above the land. You can see it, feel it, but not quite make out where or even when, but soon. That’s where we are at. Jesus said, “You must follow me.” He didn’t always say where, or when, or even why. But He did say.. FOLLOW ME. That’s what we are doing. With every inch of our being. We follow and trust and hope.
A friend of mine had these thoughts on his blog. I wanted to share it… The following is from C.S. Lewis, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of our time, and probably of all time. I enjoy almost everything of his I read, and this little quote from him is no exception. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Saturday. Lewis said: “A man can no more diminish God’s glory be refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell.” No matter what, God gets the glory.
According to JesusManifesto.com, the first ever “emerging” Amish church launched recently just outside of Columbus, Ohio. The church, calling itself “Solomon’s Barn” blends cutting edge worship with Amish sensibilities. Its pastor, Jacob Yoder (who prefers to be called “Jay”) believes that the Amish can learn from emerging styles of worship. “We’re ready for something new…something fresh,” says Pastor Jay. When asked about his sources of inspiration, Pastor Jay (who wears a soul-patch instead of a traditional Amish beard) responded by saying: “I mean, there I was, settling with ‘church as usual’ when I stumbled upon the writings of Brian McLaren. I felt like his words were coming right from my own head, you know? I realized that I was a postmodern Amish person…I needed to reject pre-modernism for a more authentic faith.” Worship at Solomon’s Barn reflects Amish traditions…for example, the men and women are seated separately, but instead of pews, the congregation sits on couches in their worship space–a renovated barn. Women still wear head coverings, but many of the coverings have patches sown into them that say “another world is possible” or “jesus was homeless.” Many of the worship songs are simply contemporary Amish pop tunes with worshipful lyrics added. And while Amish worship services have always used candles–or lanterns–this new hip, Amish church drapes black cloth around their makeshift sanctuary. You can read more of this emerging amish church over at JesusManifesto.com. (ht: Monday Morning Insight)