Heaven is for Real

With the movie Heaven is for Real coming out this week, I’ve gotten questions on whether I think this book and movie is worth seeing and reading and if it is true. This is the best thing I’ve found on it.

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All In Starts in 2 Weeks!

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Everyone wants their lives to matter, yet most people live in obscurity and rarely accomplish what God created them to accomplish.

Why?
The risk is great, but the payoff is even greater.
But what happens when a group of people go all in and put it all on the line for Jesus?
A world is changed.
Join us at Revolution Church as we spend 4 weeks leading up to Easter and look at how to go all in so that our lives matter and we see others live the life God created them to live.

March 23: Why Go All In

March 30: Giving All I’ve Got

April 6: Asking for it All

April 13: This is How we Change the World

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You Are One Choice Away from Wrecking Your Life

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Only 2 weeks left in our series Fight and you don’t want to miss either of them.

As we continue this week and look at Judges 16:1 – 22 we see how our choices matter. Most of us make decisions everyday: what to eat, who to spend time with, what to buy, what shows or movies to watch, what to read or what websites to visit. We make these decisions often with very little thought about how they will affect our lives.

Yet, every choice impacts another choice.

Which leads us to a simple truth that we will unpack this Sunday: you are one choice away from wrecking your life. 

The question is, how close are you to that choice?

If you or someone you know struggles with making right choices in their life or keeping boundaries in their life, this is a great week to bring them to Revolution.

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

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A Wife Worth Finding, A Woman Worth Being

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Beautiful is a word we’ve been talking about for 2 weeks now.

But what does it actually mean to be beautiful?

What does it look like to be a woman worth marrying, a daughter worth raising and a woman worth being?

That’s what we’ll be looking at this week as we wrap up our series Beautiful, we will look at Proverbs 31:10 – 31 and see the picture of a woman who in the eyes of God, is the goal of all women.

For single guys, these verses give you a picture of what you are looking for in a wife. For parents, these verses show you what kind of daughter you are to raise and what kind of woman you are to help your son find. For women, this is a picture of what God calls you to be and has designed you to become over the course of your life.

This is a talk that hits everyone in our church and is incredibly relevant in a culture that has no idea what a beautiful woman is like or what it means to find a wife worth finding. Because of that, it’s a great week to be at Revolution and bring someone with you. 

Don’t forget as well, we are one week away from kicking off our man series Fight

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

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Making Room for What Matters | Sleep

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On Sunday, I finished our Breathing Room series at Revolution by looking at how to find breathing room between work, life and everything that has to get done. This week, I want to share 6 simple ways I’ve done that and you can to. I’m going to share one each day so you have time to process them and hopefully put some things into practice.

The first one: Get a good night sleep. 

This might seem like a silly way to start. Everyone knows how important sleep is. We know how we feel in the afternoon if we don’t get a good night sleep. If you have kids, you know that you are a better parent when you get good sleep. You are a better student, boss, employee when you get a good night of sleep. You are more creative, lively and all around, more enjoyable when you get a good night sleep.

Yet, how often do you find yourself laying on the couch watching TV when you should be laying in bed? How often do you find yourself staring at a computer screen checking email, scrolling through Facebook when you should be in bed?

More than you want to admit?

Then you need better sleep.

What is fascinating to me in the Bible is how a day starts at night. When God creates things, when he establishes the Sabbath, talks about time, he starts at night. He starts at sleep.

What if you had the mindset that your day started when you went to sleep instead of when you get up?

It changes how you think about things. Talking about starting your day off right starts at 10pm.

Why 10pm?

That’s when your body begins to shut down.

When people talk about a second wind, they get that around 9:30-10pm. If you don’t go to bed then, you will struggle to fall asleep.

Don’t believe me?

Stay up past 10 tonight and see if it is hard to fall asleep. Go to bed by 10 tomorrow night and see how it goes.

Sleep matters. 

So, how do you get a good night sleep?

It isn’t taking sleeping pills (unless your doctor thinks you should, but even then it probably isn’t a good idea). Here are 5 things to do to get a restful night of sleep:

  1. Sleep in a dark room.
  2. Turn off the ringer on your phone.
  3. Don’t look at electronics before going to bed.
  4. Don’t eat after 8.
  5. Set your alarm to get up at the same time each day.

There are more things you can do, but this is a good start.

Tomorrow we’ll look at how to create margin in your day by staying alert and awake.

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Looking Back on 2013 & Anticipating 2014

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On a regular basis, I like to email our leaders at Revolution and remind them of where we were last month, last year or 5 years ago. For me, seeing where I’ve come from, where our church has come from, helps me to rely on God but also celebrate his grace towards us.

With that, here are some celebrations at Revolution in 2013:

  • 20 people were baptized this year, many of them new Christians. This is the most we’ve ever baptized in one year.
  • Our average attendance grew by 21% in 2013, from just under 200 to a little over 250. Each of those numbers represents a story and a person that is impacted by the good news of Jesus.
  • Planet Rev has grown by 25% in the last 3 months under the leadership of Jennifer Ingram, Cat Hibble and Rachel Redman. I love the passion these women bring to this important ministry. Since the start of Revolution, our kids attendance has made up over 30% of Revolution Church.
  • Mike DeAlto leading Rev Up. Mike is young (although he’s the same age Paul and I were when we started working in student ministry) and is on his way to becoming the leader God has called him to be.
  • Jason Wood started providing leadership to our Missional Communities and the impact he has made is already obvious.
  • We had 10 newcomer’s lunches with an average attendance of 14 adults.
  • We have 75% of the finances we need to launch our second Revolution Church (not sure on the location yet). From day 1 of Revolution, our dream has been to plant churches around the city and we are closer than ever to realizing this dream.
  • We preached through Ecclesiastes and the gospel of John. This is the first time we went through an entire gospel and it was stretching for me and our church to look at Jesus so in such depth.
  • We helped to plant Central Church in Midtown. So excited to see how God continues to use Dave Goffeney and his team.
  • Over $5,000 was given to our Christmas offering and over 100 pajamas were given to Magee Middle School to give to kids in foster homes in Tucson. I love the generous heart of our church.
  • We had 20 people take the 90 day giving challenge and take the first step in trusting God with their finances and letting go of control in an important area.

Things to anticipate in 2014:

  • We are doing our first woman series called Beautiful and our first man series called FightThis is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this and I think it will challenge the men and women in our church to be who God created them to be.
  • Rev Up participating in a summer camp. The impact that happens in a student’s life when they go to camp is enormous. Lives, futures and destinies are changed by going away and hearing from God. I’m so excited that Mike DeAlto is doing this.
  • Begin preview services for our second Revolution Church location in the fall/winter and Lord willing launch sometime in 2015.
  • Adding a second service. As we continue to grow, this will become more of a reality and open up space for more guests and give people options of attendance on Sunday morning. I had a mentor tell me: the more options you give people, the more people opt in. 
  • Hiring a full-time children’s pastor. I’m not sure when this will happen, but we are getting closer and closer to this reality and need. Our families need someone dedicated to this ministry on a full-time basis.
  • Adding at least 5 more missional communities. We need more space for the people God is sending to us.

[Thanks to Luke Simmons for the Image & idea for this blog]

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • Hard to believe that Christmas is in only 2 days
  • Hard to believe I can stop listening to Christmas music in 3 days
  • Oh wait
  • I do love this week of the year though
  • The presents, the excitement of our kids, the lack of sleep I’ll get from wrapping things and putting things together after they go down
  • But most of all, I love the days off and the downtime with my family
  • I am glad that this year we basically did all our shopping online
  • So much better than braving the stores and the craziness of that
  • Yesterday was a great day at Revolution Church
  • We wrapped up our 9 months series on the book of John
  • So much in that book and I love how it ends in chapter 21 and the message that Jesus isn’t finished with us
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here 
  • I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the coming year at Revolution and what we’ll cover
  • This week though, we are kicking off a series I have been waiting for us to do for almost a year called Breathing Room
  • I really believe this series has the potential to change a lot of lives and families as we look at how to have breathing room in our finances, relationships, work and life
  • So many people want this, make resolutions about this but never get anywhere with it
  • I’ll also share some ideas on my blog this week about how to make resolutions that you will stick with
  • I tend to be a driven person, but have also learned some things on hitting goals
  • Well, I’m off to the race that is the next 2 days before Christmas
  • So excited to see my kids faces on Wednesday morning and celebrate our first Christmas with Judah!

Faith, Doubts & the Resurrection of Jesus

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We are nearing the end of our series in the book of John and I couldn’t be more excited about this week.

This week is all about faith and doubts.

Have you ever had a hard time believing something in the Bible? What about the resurrection? Is it hard for you to believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Did that literally happen? And, if Jesus rose from the dead, why do we still sin, have suffering and injustice in our world if Jesus “conquered sin and death?”

One of the things I love about the Bible is that the people you encounter in it are just like you and me. They have questions, are skeptical, have doubts and struggles with faith. It is never easy or clean, it is often messy and more of a crooked path instead of a straight line.

John 20 (which I’m preaching from this week) is a great example of that. In this chapter, we have the narrative of Jesus’ resurrection, how the most unlikely person discovered it first, how some believed immediately without a problem, how some took awhile and even doubted, and how some always stay skeptical.

Not only are we confronted with the reality of the resurrection, but we are also shown the difference it makes in our lives and death. 

If you or someone you know struggles with doubt, or struggles to find freedom from sins and live in the power of the gospel, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

Don’t forget about some things happening and coming up at Revolution:

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

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…

Why did Jesus Die?

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At the center of Christianity is a cross. One author said, “All roads lead to the cross and all roads come from the cross.”

What makes this so significant? How does Jesus’ death separate Christianity and the truth of the gospel from other religions? Did Jesus really need to die or could salvation be paid for another way?

Maybe you are like the guy I talked to the other who wondered what the cross actually did.

If the cross is real and Jesus really died in your place (which I believe he did), how does that change your life?

As we continue our series Made for Glory in John 19, and look at the death of Jesus we see that this is all we need. Jesus says in vs. 30 “It is finished.”  Finished what?

What about the bitterness you still have? What about the sin and addiction you still struggle with? Why are you so envious or always comparing your life to others? Why can’t you let go, forgive someone, believe that you are loved by God?

If you or someone you know, find yourself having a hard time believing that you can be free of something, forgiven for everything you’ve done, or have questions about why Jesus had to die, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

Don’t forget as well that we started our Christmas offeringClick here to get more information as to how we hope to fight sex trafficking in our city and plant more churches.

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