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 | Use Your Schedule to Your Advantage

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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 we looked at was how to get a good night sleepTuesday, we talked about why you should take a break every 90 minutesWednesday, we looked at what electronics can do to our margin. Thursday we looked at what will probably be the most controversial or at least, the one you think is unattainable: Pay people to do what you hate and yesterday we looked at one of the most important things to making room for what matters most: Live the life you want, not the one others want you to live

As we wrap up this series today, I want to share something that we often don’t think about when it comes to our lives and schedules and it is crucial to finding breathing room and making room in life for what matters most. It’s this: Use your schedule to your advantage. 

Every job, career, has a schedule and a rhythm. If you have kids in school, you know this. If you are in school, you know this. No matter what you do, no matter what stage of life you are in, there is a schedule and a rhythm. There are times that are busy and times that are slow. You have days that are more stressful and hectic and tiring than others.

Use them to your advantage instead of letting them use you. 

Simple right?

Here’s what I mean.

For my rhythm as a pastor, the fall and spring are the busiest times of the year. The slowest times? From Christmas Eve until the first week of January and the middle of June to the middle of July. Because of this, I strategically take breaks then. During my week, Tuesday and Wednesday are my most stressful and intense days so I don’t plan much on those evenings.

I am also blessed with being able to make my own schedule so I can work on my sermon, plan meetings when I want.

Maybe you work in the evening and have the days free. How can you be more strategic with those days?

Can you make your own schedule and decide to take a break for your kids during the day? Some people can.

Can you start work earlier to get done earlier? Some people can. Most people can’t (not because their company won’t let them but because they haven’t asked).

When is your slow time? When is the busiest time of the year for you?

Plan accordingly.

The problem for most Americans is we never think about this. We simply roll from one day to the next, one season to the next without ever catching our breath.

When I begin preaching in January, I know it is a long time until summer. That’s okay because I took some downtime over the holidays.

It’s the same in the fall.

Sit down and look at your calendar for the year. If you don’t know when you are busiest, look back and see what you did and how it went. If you are a teacher, you know when it slow down. Use that to live the life you want to live.

Don’t let your schedule dictate your life.

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Making Room for What Matters | Take Strategic Breaks in Your Day

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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 we looked at was how to get a good night sleep

The second one: Take a break every 90 minutes. 

I came across this idea in the book The Power of Full EngagementThe point the authors tried to make is that 90 minutes is the length that your body and brain can handle anything. Once you go past 90 minutes, you are less engaged, less alert and ultimately, less useful at whatever you are doing.

So, take a break every 90 minutes.

Immediately, you are thinking, I can’t do that.

You already do this. You scroll through social media, go to the bathroom, stand and talk to someone at work. The amount of time we waste in our day is unbelievable.

The problem is: we aren’t proactive about taking breaks well. We don’t plan them.

Does this always work? Not always.

Here are some ways to do this:

  1. Plan your day and think through when you’ll take breaks.
  2. Don’t lead a meeting longer than 90 minutes.
  3. Check your email at lunch and before you leave work. This one thing will make an enormous impact.
  4. If you sit at a desk, get up and walk around every 90 minutes. We do this with our kids during homeschooling as well (they run around our culdesac every 90 minutes).

Tomorrow we’ll look at how to create margin when it comes to electronics.

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Managing Your Time to Find Breathing Room

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Last Sunday was great as we kicked off our brand new series this Sunday called Breathing RoomIn this series, we are looking at how to find breathing room in our schedules, work/life balance, and finances have the potential to be incredibly life changing and life giving.

This week we’ll look at:

We’re all busy. Our schedules are packed with career, family, friends, church, and other responsibilities. Sometimes our days are so full that we don’t enjoyanything because we’re trying to do everything. Our relationship with God and with others benefits when we create breathing room in our schedules. But where do we start?

If you or someone you know struggles to have breathing room in their schedule or how to manage time, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

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

Life is Better with Breathing Room

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I am so excited that we are kicking off a brand new series this Sunday called Breathing RoomI have been waiting for this series for months. I believe that the next 4 weeks as we look at how to find breathing room in our schedules, work/life balance, and finances have the potential to be incredibly life changing and life giving.

This week we’ll look at:

Our lives are busy and fast-paced. The lack of margin increases our stress and shortens our tempers. It can distract us from the most important things in our lives . . . and our relationships suffer. It can even affect our relationship with God because there’s a connection between our willingness to create margin and our faith.

If you or someone you know struggles to have breathing room in any area of their life, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

Don’t forget: We are wrapping up our Christmas offering soon and I want you to be a part of. This year we are using it to fight sex trafficking and plant churches in our city.  Click here to get more information and to give to it.

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

Putting the Pieces of Your Life Back Together

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When we get to the end of the year, it can feel like a blur. 

The parties, shopping, exchanging gifts, getting everything done in hopes of taking some time off. Then, you look back on your year. Did you do anything worthwhile?

You may feel a sense of loss or pain for how the year went. You wonder where the year went. You hope that 2014 will be better but are unsure how. 

What do you do with that hurt that won’t go away no matter what you do? What do you do with that dream that never seems to happen? How do you handle your life falling apart while everyone else seemingly gets an easy path?

Does God love you less?

As we wrap up our series Made for Glory we will look at John 21 and see how Jesus sees us. We often talk about how we see God, what we think about God, but we rarely talk about how Jesus sees us and what that truth means for us. 

If you or someone you know struggles with feeling and knowing God’s love, seeing how God can put their life back together or how they can move out of the mess they are in, this is a great week to be at Revolution.

Don’t forget:

  • We are in the middle of our Christmas offering and this year we are using it to fight sex trafficking and plant churches in our city.  Click here to get more information and to give to it.
  • Mark your calendar for December 29th as we kick off a brand new series called Breathing Room. We’ll look at how to find margin and breathing room in our finances, work, schedule, pace and choices we make to find sustainable life.

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

Help Revolution Church Fight Sex Trafficking this Christmas

Every year at Revolution Church we do a Christmas offering. This is a chance for our church to give above and beyond what it normally does and give it away to bless others and move the gospel forward in Tucson and beyond.

In years past, we’ve helped to build wells in Africa, fight homelessness and sex trafficking in our city, and plant churches in Tucson and around the world.

So far, we’ve given away over $20,000 away.

This year, we are hoping to raise over $10,000, which would be our largest Christmas offering ever.

One of the organizations we are partnering with is The A21 Campaign.

Here’s a video as to why we are partnering with them.

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • What a great thanksgiving weekend
  • We had a packed house on Thursday of family and friends
  • Love hosting a big party like that
  • Even though my Steelers lost, they played hard
  • Can’t believe we lost 4 starters in 4 plays at the end of the game to injuries
  • What our season has been like
  • Yesterday was a great day at Revolution Church as we had my friend Jack Schull from Elements City Church come to preach
  • He did a great job
  • Love the relationships we are building with other churches and the unity among pastors that is started to grow in Tucson
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here
  • I have been moved by the generosity I am seeing in our church during this season with our Christmas offering and our partnership with Magee middle school (where we meet)
  • If you haven’t given to our Christmas offering, you can do here 
  • We want to raise $10,000 to give away and fight sex trafficking in our city and plant churches and help bless Magee middle school
  • Read 2 incredible leadership books over the weekend: Leadership as an Identity and The Heart of Leadership
  • Excited to go and spend Wednesday with the other Acts 29 Pastors in Arizona
  • Love to be praying with them, sharpened by them and hear how God is moving in their churches
  • I’ve been reading John Stott’s book The Cross of Christ as I prepare to preach on the death of Jesus this week
  • Overwhelming when you consider all the angles of why Jesus died
  • And how I put Jesus on that cross and how clearly you can see my sin in the people who literally put Jesus on the cross in the gospels
  • We are not having a service on Christmas Eve this year
  • Instead, we will do a Christmas service on December 22nd about how to pick up the pieces of your year
  • You definitely don’t want to miss it as we wrap up the gospel of John that day
  • Not having a service on the 24th gives our volunteers a break and allows families to spend the time together
  • We will hand out materials to do the final advent reading as a family or individual on Dec. 22nd
  • On December 29th we are starting a brand new series that I am pumped about called Breathing Room
  • It is going to be an incredible 4 weeks as we talk about how to find breathing room in your life, schedule, work, money, with your family and health
  • Perfect way to start the new year
  • So many great things happening in the next month
  • Time to get at it

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • Yesterday was one of those days as a pastor that you love
  • For me, everything was flowing
  • We got to highlight a church plant that we have been supporting and helping to get off the ground in Tucson
  • I love seeing more churches planted and churches working together to move the gospel forward in our city
  • I got to preach on prayer yesterday
  • It has been awhile since we tackled that topic in a sermon
  • I talked about how to pray
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here
  • Next week, we’ll look at what prayer does and when prayer works, what it changes
  • Definitely don’t want to miss that
  • It was also cool because I had my in-laws at church visiting from Missouri
  • It was the first time they heard me preach so that was fun
  • We also kicked off our Christmas offering yesterday
  • Praying we reach our goal of $10,000 to bless others and move the gospel forward in our city
  • We’re planning to plant churches, fight sex trafficking in our city and nation, and bless the school that we meet in
  • This past weekend, we past one month of having Judah home
  • Hard to believe he has been here for a month already
  • It’s been so awesome
  • We’ve nailed down the topics we are covering as a church next year for sermons
  • Can’t wait
  • We are doing some things we have never attempted before and I think it is going to be off the charts
  • On Wednesday, my other mother-in-law is coming out to visit
  • We are in the full swing of family and holidays for sure in our house
  • I’m going on a field trip with kids this week to the Air and Space museum
  • The boys were so excited when I told them that Transformers used one of the planes their in one of the Transformers movie
  • Even though they haven’t seen any of the Transformers movies, they can’t believe how excited they are about it
  • Yesterday, my Steelers decided to start playing like the Steelers of old
  • Finally
  • Not sure how long that will last but I’ll take it right now
  • Although I fear we’ll be good enough to get the 20th draft pick and miss the playoffs
  • Which is the worst place for your football team to be

Links of the Week

  1. The Role of Vision Casting in Preaching. I was talking with D.J. about this the other day. Very few pastors understand the power they have when they preach in terms of leadership and vision casting. Their preaching sets the tone for the church.
  2. “Sexual Detox” is now available. This is a great little book on porn, sexuality from a man’s perspective. If you are struggling with porn, this is definitely worth picking up.
  3. Collide Magazine on Who do you create for. This is a great question that many worship leaders and pastors never ask, let alone answer. If you don’t know who will be in your audience this weekend, how do you know who you are speaking to, what their needs are and what and how you will need to communicate.
  4. Justin Holcomb on 12 ways to make your teaching and writing anti-Christian. Sadly many pastors and churches these.
  5. C.J. Mahaney on The humbling power of cross-centered thinking.
  6. Al Mohler on Christianity and Yoga. This was a really helpful and thorough article. I practice yoga, but don’t meditate or pray or look for energy when I do it, for me it is about stretching and staying limber as I grow older. According to Mohler, “I don’t do yoga, I do stretching.” It is a helpful distinction and I think Christians need to be aware of where yoga came from and what it is really all about and be careful, but I also don’t think that it is wrong for a Christian to practice yoga.
  7. Steven Furticks book Sun Stand Still is only $6.99 on amazon. This was one of the best books I read all year and easily one of the best on the topics of faith and prayer. If you want a book to challenge to have big faith, pray big prayers and believe in a big God, this is the book.
  8. I’m hoping that Apple will block the new iPhone “pimp” app. Read more about it here and how to tell Apple to block it. This would be disastrous for the fight against sex trafficking if they allowed this app to be put on the iPhone.
  9. Ben Roethlisberger is back at practice. This makes me so happy.
  10. Men’s Health 20 Best Weight loss tips. Many of these have helped me over the last 2 years lose over 100 pounds.