- What a weekend at Revolution Church
- I love the first day of a series
- And yesterday did not disappoint
- As you can see here
- Katie and I taught together on what it means to be made in the image of God
- The implications of this is not just for women and how they see themselves, but also for men and how they see themselves and the world around them
- Lots of people getting prayed for after the sermon
- Love seeing that
- If you missed it, you can listen to it here
- We also celebrated baptism yesterday
- Love hearing the stories of life change and seeing the power of the gospel
- Nothing like it
- We also had one of our highest attendances ever
- Love seeing our volunteers jump into action and helping guests park and find seats
- We are getting ready to kick off our next FPU class
- If you want to change your finances, get out of debt, plan for the future, go here
- Friday, I got to perform the wedding of Joey and Bernadette Morrin
- So fun being a part of their wedding
- The weather was incredible for an outdoor wedding in Tucson
- I’m blown away the emails I’ve gotten about the Beautiful series so far
- It seems like it is definitely striking a chord
- It’s sad the bondage that many women live with
- I’m talking this Sunday about how to be free from your past as you move forward into your future
- So many people let their past be a compass for their future and it is heartbreaking
- All of this makes me really excited to kick Fight off in a few weeks and talk to men
- I’m sad that this Sunday is the last football game in a long time
- Love football season
- Thankfully the Olympics start soon afterward
- My kids can’t get over how excited they are for the Olympics
- Having lunch today with a new Revolutionary
- Love meeting new people at our church and helping them get better connected
- Say a prayer that this coming Sunday is even bigger than this past Sunday
- Lots of freedom waiting to happen as we apply 2 Corinthians 5:17 in our lives
In case you missed them today, here are all my notes from today’s online preaching conference, Preach Better Sermons:
The whole worship service is one thing, not separate parts, it is one thing. The service is won and lost in transitions. Preaching and a worship service communicate what your values are.
Louie’s 6 rules of preaching: (1) Have something to say, (2) Be faithful to the text, (3) Lead people to Jesus, (4) Don’t be boring, (5) Prepare, (6) Be led by the Holy Spirit.
You need to show up everyday because you don’t know when creativity will strike or when something will hit.
A great communicator moves people and inspire people.
If an audience doesn’t laugh every 7 minutes, you lose them.
Would you rather be a great preacher or a great pray-er?
Would your sermon work if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead?
The greatest way to ruin a speech is ego.
You’ll never preach any better than who you are. Effective ministry always comes out of the overflow of your heart and walk with God.
When you attach your identity to the success or failure of your message, you are in for a roller coaster ride and it is dangerous.
People should leave a sermon and feel unstuck.
The foundation of our faith is not Scripture, the foundation of our faith is Jesus.
Maximize your study by minimize your searching.
God’s people are on mission to see more people become God’s people.
Overall, tons of great content for preachers.
As we are going through this series and specifically the tithing challenge, I have gotten a lot of questions about giving back to God and what that means practically. The biggest question centers around what to do if you are barely making ends meet right now, how do you give back to God?
The conversation will go like this, “After we pay all of our bills, there is not 10% left to give back to God, so do we just tithe and not pay our bills?” This is a completely valid question and one that many people have, and one that I had for awhile. The answer to this question is actually not the answer to this question.
Here’s what I mean. It is coming at it from the wrong perspective.
Tithing like anything fits into a budget. As Dave Ramsey says, “Every dollar has a name on it.” We decide whose name goes on each dollar that comes in and out of our home. Tithing for the first time means you will have to think about your budget differently and probably redo your budget. Your current budget does not have it in there.
When Katie and I first started to see our money differently, we had to budget differently.
This means creating a budget where you give back to God first, before anything else. Then you fill in your budget with the rest of your bills and family’s needs. This means, you may not have some things in your budget that you do now. You may cut cable, not eat out as much, not buy as many clothes as you used to.
This is where many people get tripped up. For me, this has created a sense of freedom from stuff as well as a contentment I didn’t know existed. Some of the stuff “I couldn’t live without” are now things I can’t imagine having.
But you may ask (as many do) “If I sell something like my car, I may take a loss or not be able to afford the same kind of car. Would God want me to take a loss?” Again, this is a valid question but it looks at God incorrectly. Here is my follow-up question, “Does God want you to honor Him with your finances?” If you believe the answer is yes (as I do and I believe the Bible teaches this) then we need to do what we can to make that happen. If that means we sell some stuff and take a loss on it, I think that can honor God. Getting more and more into debt and not giving back to God does not honor Him with our finances.
- Love the first night of a new series
- My sermon started off a little slow tonight since I was off from preaching for the last 4 weeks
- The band picked up the slack for me in the 2nd set
- Hope nailed the song “Revelation Song”
- Challenged everyone tonight to do 10 + 10 and we had a lot of people take up the challenge, excited to see how God uses that
- If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
- Katie’s mom flew in to see us today, it’s always fun getting to preach to family
- If you want to learn more about the life of Elijah, check out Chuck Swindoll’s book Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility
- Had someone tell me tonight, “Every week I just expect for God to do something awesome”
- Yep, that’s how I feel every week
- Ava turned 4 yesterday, crazy that she is already 4
- She got a bike, but we have to exchange it tomorrow as the handlebars didn’t go on correctly
- The joy of stuff made in China
- Started a new way of doing set up this week, which will enable a lot more people to be involved
- Love seeing people step up and take the next steps with God and our church
- That does not get old
- Had an area pastor their tonight, love being able to serve other pastors in that way
- Tonight I got to share where we are financially as a church
- I am blown away every week by the generosity and faithfulness of our church
- There is a family in our church that who is having major surgery, be sure to remember them in your prayers on Thursday
- One of our leaders is stepping up and take on more administrative responsibilities, which will be a huge help
- Finally finished all of the partnership class stuff this week, it is going to be a huge help for our church as we move forward
- Going to the leadership summit this week with some of our team, really pumped about this event, I always get a truckload of thoughts out of it
- In case you missed them, here are the top posts from the last month
- Here are the videos from the last series of me as a TV evangelist
- After not preaching for a month, tonight reminded me why I love my job and our church
- I simply love what I do