Top Posts of January

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It was a great first month of 2014 on my blog. Tons of traffic and interactions. If you missed anything, not to worry, here are the top 10 posts for the month:

  1. When a Staff Member or Volunteer says, “I’m Done”
  2. The 3 Most Destructive Words a Man Hears Growing up Are: “Be a Man”
  3. Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
  4. What I Eat
  5. 10 Gospel Truths about Homosexuality
  6. Photoshop, Beauty & Women
  7. 6 Ways to Stay Motivated to be Healthy
  8. Leading Up
  9. The Weight of Pastoring
  10. Why do a Series on Men & Women?
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Beautiful Starts This Sunday!

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Beautiful. Strong. Worthwhile. Loved. Accepted. Needed.

These are words that describe how many people feel and want to be seen, it is the drive that pushes us to work hard, workout, watch what we eat, and often push ourselves over the edge.

Men and women struggle to feel like the men and women they imagine themselves to be, or hope to be.

Few people are comfortable in the skin God gave them. The voices of Hollywood in the latest fashions meet us daily in the grocery line bombarding us with messages of success and power telling us what we should be. Will we listen to those voices, or will we listen to our Father, who loves us, created us in His image, and gifted us with purpose. In him and him alone do we find approval and learn what it means to truly be beautiful.

As we kick off our brand new series Beautiful this sunday, we will look at a verse that many people know, Genesis 1:26 – 27, yet few actually believe is true about them. Yet, wrapped up in this amazing truth is the reality that you are who you are created to be, if you will just live into that.

If you or someone you know struggles to feel worthwhile, that they fit in, are beautiful or strong, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

One more thing, you may have noticed, we are growing as a church. You continue to bring friends and family, and God continues to send us new people. This is a good thing as more and more people hear the good news about who God created them to become.

Because of this, we want to make room in our parking lot for them by doing a couple of things:

  1. Carpool if you can.
  2. If you volunteer and arrive early, park on the east side of the school to open up more spots in the main parking lot.
  3. You can also park on Keesal Ave., east of the school.

You will also begin to notice a parking team that will help get people into spots and out of our parking lot smoothly. If you are interested in being a part of this team and welcoming people to Revolution by helping them get in and out quickly, please email Ciara Hull.

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

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In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity

bookJim Belcher’s book In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity (kindle version) is one of those special books. Part history book, part travel, part journal, part parenting and marriage book. It has it all.

The book follows the Belcher family on a yearlong journey through points in Europe.

What was meant to be a sabbatical, turned into a pilgrimage through many of the most important sites in Europe and most important people to the Christian faith. They spent time in Oxford and around England interacting with C.S. Lewis, William Wilberforce and others. Then time with Van Gogh, Le Chambon and finally Corrie ten Boom. They finished their time with Bonhoeffer, the von Trapp family and Heidelberg.

As soon as I finished, I passed it off to Katie because the heartbeat of this book is the heartbeat we have with our kids: we want them to have a faith that is alive, that is rooted in Scripture, but also rooted in history. We want them to know the great people of faith who have walked before them. The people who have willingly put their lives on the line to do what God called them to do. Who used their gifts of art to glorify God and point people to Jesus. We don’t want them to have a faith that is simply intellectual or regurgitating facts, but one that is alive. One that is rooted in the beauty, goodness and glory of Christianity. 

I can’t recommend this book high enough. It was so good. Bordering on being my book of the year.

Top Posts for the Month of October

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If you missed them, here are the top posts for the month of October:

  1. What our Family Does on Halloween
  2. What Now for our Family (And How You can Be a Part of our Lives Now)
  3. Beauty Comes out of Brokenness
  4. The Beginning of The End
  5. Sometimes, This is How Introverts Feel 🙂
  6. My Journey of Losing Weight
  7. When Eating Becomes a Sin
  8. 10 Gospel Truths about Homosexuality
  9. This is the End (Why Most Sermons Fail)
  10. A Simple Time-Management Principle

Links of the Week

  1. Mike Breen on Why the missional movement will fail part 1 and part 2. Mike has been instrumental in our change to missional communities and this is a huge reason why churches fail in this area. Great insight.
  2. Joe Thorn and (Fake) angry Calvinists.
  3. Ed Stetzer on Denominations.
  4. 12 questions to confirm your calling to plant a church.
  5. Jen Smidt on What is beautiful part 1 and part 2.
  6. Can megachurches be missional?
  7. Trevin Wax on 5 ways to redeem your ride to work.
  8. 10 suggestions to raising Godly children.
  9. Mark Driscoll on Women & ministry.
  10. Top 5 reasons why people don’t give to your church.