So it’s finally happened. we’ve hit that 10 year mark. I graduated High School 10 years ago. I can’t believe it.
Well, now I feel old.
I’m part of the Reunion Planning team, and we’ve just set a date August 15th, 2009 at Wilde Rover in Kirkland. If you are finding this and you are a part of the LWHS class of 99, please join up our facebook group so you can stay up to date on all development.
If you are interested. As always I am open to feedback. leave a comment. Thanks.
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This morning in my reading I came across this in Joshua 13
“Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess. . . . (The LORD lists all the areas that still need to be conquered) . . . I myself will drive them out from before the people of Israel.”
Now I don’t want to get into the means of God driving the people out of the land. But yesterday at Creekside I was teaching on 1 Thess 5:12-28, Paul basically lists how the church should do life together, and it’s a big list of things to do, Be joyful, be patient, be thankful, etc. Just looking at the list, it could be overwhelming. Paul concludes this list by saying let God do it. Love that. All the stuff that we think we need to do we can trust that God will do it.
The Gospel is not a works based system, it’s a gift. And we simply receive the grace that God has provided and we allow him to work through our hearts to change and transform us. So great. Let God do it.
Read this this morning from the worship trench:
Our coporate worship encounters with God will rarely get further than the private, personal worship of our congregants (and especially leaders!). Many times I have seen Worship Pastors spend every ounce of energy on designing and fostering corporate worship only to be frustrated with the “results.” Perhaps if we spent more of our time on fostering personal worship times among our members, Sunday morning would be much easier to lead people into the presence of God.
So how do we do this?
It seems like I have been handed some of the more challenging passages of Scripture over the past four years. I love being a part of the teaching team at Creekside Church, but so far I have talked about Circumcision, Talking Donkeys, and the like. Last sunday was no different. I spoke on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 a large part of that section of scripture is about the Return of Christ and the rapture. Many people have said many things about the return of Christ, and growing up I was terrified of Jesus coming back. Paul wrote this passage to talk encourage the Thessalonians and to show that the return of Christ should inspire hope. So here is the sermon from last sunday morning:
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A very helpful resource on all this stuff was from Mars Hill, when Mark Driscoll did a series going through Revelation. This series was different than any other Revelation sermons I had heard before because it focused on Worship throughout the book of Revelation. Check it out.
I was listening to some CD’s that I just imported into my iTunes, and I heard this song from Lauryn Hill’s Unplugged Album. Everytime I hear this song I have to fight back tears. I wish our corporate worship times in church could be this authentic. Please watch this video, it’s worth 10 minutes of your day. Trust me.
I can’t vouch for everything Lauryn has said or done, but this song is so real. I thought I would share it with you all.
Mark Driscoll has a great post on St. Patrick. I would recommend everyone read it.
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Go ahead, read it.