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Are We Married to the Mission or the Methods?

Some great thought’s from Tony. It sure got me thinking… We operate in denominations and congregations, while the rest of the world is open source. We listen to worship music, while the rest of the world listens to rock and pop. We talk about history, while the rest of the world talks about reality. We are local, while the rest of the world is global. We need the church to connect us in groups, while the rest of the world finds their own friends. We share our message at specified times on Sunday morning, while the rest of the world uses video on demand. We use bulletins, while the rest of the world is on Facebook. We are concerned about the structure and the rules, while the rest of the world is focused on the content. We create everything, while the rest of the world lets everyone create. We are centralized, while the rest of the world is organic. We think the web is for sharing information, while the rest of the world thinks it’s for community. We send direct mail, while the rest of the world is using text messages. What do you think? Are we married to the mission or the methods?

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Top 10

Here’s the 10 most used songs (in no particular order) that we did at Journey Church in 2008… 1. Mighty to Save – Hillsong United 2. Salvation is Here – Hillsong United 3. The Highest & The Greatest – Tim Hughes 4. Your Grace is Enough – Chris Tomlin 5. Beautiful Jesus – Kristian Stanfill 6. Everlasting God – Chris Tomlin 7. Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall 8. All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee 9. Glorious One – Steve Fee 10. Came to Save – Jon Lloyd

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Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…

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Caged Christians

(take from the book, Wild Goose Chase – Mark Batterson) Situated five hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos chain is one of the most primitive places on the planet.  While many of the islands in the forty-nine-island archipelago are inhabited, most of them are absolutely undomesticated.  When I was there, I felt as if I were as far from civilization as I could get.  It was Edenic. Somehow I felt a new affinity with Adam in the Galapagos environment.  It helped me imagine what life must have been like before the Fall.  Scripture tells us that one of the first jobs God gave Adam was naming the animals.  And we read right past it.  But it must have taken years of research and exploration to complete the project.  I don’t think God paraded the animals past Adam in a single-file line; I’m guessing God let Adam discover them in their natural habitats.  Imagine how thrilling is must have been for Adam to catch his first glimpse of wildebeests stampeding, mountain goats climbing, or rhinos charging. That’s how I felt when I was in the Galapagos.  And it was there that I discovered the difference between seeing a caged animal at a local zoo and getting within an arm’s length of a mammouth marine iguana or walking a beach with hundreds of barking sea lions or floating above manta rays as they glide along the ocean floor.  It’s […]

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No Greater Love Than…

to lay down your life.  Wow… Phoenix firefighters say a man sacrificed his own life to save his son, when a half ton of wood came crashing down on them at their job this morning. Investigators say the men worked together at Suncrest, a custom woodworking company near 31st Avenue and Clarendon. The men were standing side by side when wood on pallets above them began falling.  That’s when the man pushed his son out of the way, to save his life. Sadly, authorities say, the father was crushed. (read the article here.)

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7 Qualities I Believe a Leader Must Have = Pt. 2

Continuing from this post (thanks again Perry)… #5 – Humility This is a tough one because…well…one cannot actually brag that they are humble! Too many times in the past I know that this was a quality that was NOT in me! I wanted the credit for all of “my ideas!” If something went right and I was involved–I wanted people to know about it. If an element of service programming went well and it was my idea…I took the credit. And then one day I had a conversation with John Maxwell that ROCKED MY WORLD…he said to me, “Perry, you are where you are for two reasons. The first is the favor of God. The second is the giftedness of God. And Perry, please understand that God didn’t owe you either of these. You are where you are because of Him!” DANG! When it comes right down to it…I don’t have good ideas–God gives them to me. I don’t have the ability to think or act…OR LEAD…unless HE leads me! John 15:5 is SO true…and I have no right to boast in anything that I feel like I accomplish! If a leader doesn’t care who gets the credit…but is obsessed with God getting the glory–awesome things can happen! #6 – Honesty One of the things the corporate world has seen lately is a lack of integrity…and the lie that “this is my life and how I live it doesn’t really […]

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