Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • Hard to believe Christmas is only a couple weeks away
  • Crazy
  • Yesterday was one of the most intense days at Revolution
  • The response of people placing their sins on the cross was so powerful
  • Love the song the band played during that moment
  • Fit perfectly
  • Yesterday was a day when everything went together
  • I shared more about our Christmas offering and our partnership with The A21 Campaign
  • We did the second candle of Advent, which is Love
  • And I preached on the cross of Jesus from John 18-19
  • I talked about the sins that put Jesus on the cross and the sins in our lives that put Jesus on the cross
  • It was a powerful, powerful day
  • Tons of things went wrong technically, so you could tell Satan didn’t like us talking so much about the cross
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here
  • I’m excited for this Sunday as we are dedicating Judah
  • It will be awesome to take that step with him after all we’ve been through with him
  • If you would like to dedicate your child, you can go here to get details and sign up
  • We just started talking about the next series we are doing at Revolution that starts on December 29
  • It’s called Breathing Room
  • It will be perfect timing for the new year
  • Speaking of the end of the year, I will be posting my favorite albums and books of the year next week
  • Stay tuned…

Christmas Music You Should Own

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, but thankfully, there is some really good Christmas music out there. Here are some of the ones our family is loving this year:

Enjoy!

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Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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Thabiti Anyabwile on A round-up of the holy hip hop squabble.

It’s entirely possible you live in a twitter circle completely independent of my own. If that’s the case, you might have missed something of a internet-age equivalent of strong rebuke of several men participating in a National Center for Family Integrated Churches panel discussion. The segment making the rounds includes a question about holy hip hop and whether it’s appropriate. The panelists shared what can only be described as statements of escalating idiocy and implicit (at least) cultural superiority. Following the NCFIC panel segment on Christian/Reformed hip hop, a number of thoughtful brothers responded. If you missed any of it, here’s a round-up.

Cheryl Connor on The practices mentally strong people avoid.

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”

Ohio State Study finds Casual sex contributes to depression and declines in mental health.

Those who had casual sex in their late teens and early 20s were significantly more likely to have serious thoughts of suicide as young adults, results showed. In fact, each additional casual sex relationship increased the odds of suicidal thoughts by 18 percent.

Timothy Paul Jones on Why celebrate advent.

Once upon a time, there was a season in the church year known as “Advent.” The word comes to us from the Latin for “coming.” The purpose of the season was to look toward the coming of Christ to earth; it was a season that focused on waiting.

The God Who Steps into our Mess

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At some point you will find yourself in a mess. It might be a failure, a relationship falling apart or life just not going the way you planned it. 

What follows is often resentment, bitterness, hurt, loneliness and being cynical.

It is at this point that we either turn to God or turn away from Him. 

But, we we’ll see this Sunday, as we continue our series Made for Glory in John 18, when our life falls apart, God steps into our lives instead of walking out.

If you find yourself stuck, unsure of how to move forward in a situation, or you have an area of your life that is not what you’d like it to be, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

Don’t forget as well that we are started our Christmas offering last SundayClick here to get more information as to how we will be blessing others and moving the gospel forward here in Tucson.

Remember, we meet at 10am on Sunday mornings at 8300 E Speedway Blvd.

Links of the Week

  1. Listen to the new EP from Mar Hill worship band Ghost Ship. It’s a good one.
  2. Michael Patton on Why people love C.S. Lewis and hate Rob Bell.
  3. Free Advent resource for individuals and families from The Village Church.
  4. Leadership Network on New megachurch research.
  5. Michael Kelley on God will not give you more than you can handle.
  6. Mark Driscoll on 8 reasons single men should volunteer in the church nursery.
  7. Churches that embrace technology attract younger people.
  8. Grace Driscoll on Transitioning from the workplace to the workhome. Some practical insights that go with my sermon on Titus 2.
  9. Churches not canceling worship on Christmas Day.
  10. Bob Franquiz on Huge outreach results on a limited budget.
  11. Scott Williams on 5 reasons why organizations and individuals fail.
  12. The role of preaching in church planting.

Thanksgiving Weekend @ Revolution Church

I hope you got to spend Thursday with family and friends, that you are a few pounds heavier, but that your heart is fuller from this past week. We celebrated black Friday by sleeping in and going to a family movie, a great way to celebrate if you ask me.

Katie and I were reflecting on Thursday night after our kids were down, our house was empty and quiet, and we talked through all the things we have to be thankful for. God has provided for us personally in so many incredible ways, and for our church. Just 3 years ago when we celebrated Thanksgiving, Paul and Jennifer were just beginning the process to move out here, we were trying to break 40 as a church and just get off the ground. Today, God has moved in Tucson in some powerful ways. Our missional communities are up and running, with more to come in 2012, we are beginning plans to plant a Revolution Church in downtown Tucson in the next 18 months.

We are continuing our series in the book of Titus this week and looking at Titus 2:9 – 16. Here’s a snapshot at what we’ll look at this week: Tell someone they have a chest of gold buried in their back yard, or that they have a terminal disease and you can see how much what we know and believe changes us. For a Christian, the implications that spring from believing in the grace of God and the knowledge of what Jesus completed His death, burial and resurrection are radically transformational. Because of this, as Paul wrote to Titus he talked about how important it was to ground people in truth and to make sure they were sound in their faith. This week we will be finishing up Titus 2 and look at how “who God is” and ” what He has done” transforms our lives and equips every Christian to be used mightily for the gospel.

This is an incredibly important message for all of us because following Jesus is not something we earn, or keep up with, it is a gift we receive and follow in obedience. What a gift to be thankful for.

We will also be continuing our Christmas offering, with the money being split between our church plant in downtown Tucson and helping those in financial need in our community and city. I want to challenge you to be praying about how you can be a part of this as we move forward. Our goal this year is to raise $11,000 and we are on our way.

Also this week, we will be kicking off Advent. Each year as we enter the Christmas season, we pause in our gatherings to read Scripture, pray and light a candle as we focus on the birth of Jesus. It is always a powerful time as we prepare for the month ahead, the parties, the gifts, family, the speed we will live at and quiet our hearts to remember why this season is so powerful and important.

Also this week, because of the thanksgiving holiday and our desire to worship together as a church family, we will have one service at 5pm this Saturday only. So adjust your schedules accordingly and we will see you at 5pm as we kick off Advent, continue our journey through Titus and our Christmas offering.

So, do whatever you have to do to be at Revolution this week (and bring someone with you, you never know how a simple invite can make an eternal difference). An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.

Remember, we meet at 5pm (this Saturday only) at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

Christmas Eve Service

Really excited about our Christmas Eve Service tonight.

We’ll be wrapping up our journey through Advent. We’ll be wrapping up our seris through the sermon on the mount.

It’s going to be a really special night, doing some things a little different, but still celebrating a Revolutionary Christmas!

See you at 6pm tonight.

Links of the Week

  1. 16 Daddy christmas tips from Mark Driscoll.
  2. 7 tips for parenting the terrible threes. This is something we are gearing up for with two boys, but hopefully it will go as well as it did for Ava, which was great.
  3. The effects of pornography. This is a great report from the family research council. I preached on this back in October and the response was incredible. If you are addicted to porn, get some accountability and get out!
  4. Advent series recap.