Monday Morning Mind Dump…

  • Yesterday was a weird day for me.
  • Last week, I had the opportunity to spend 2 days in California learning about preaching from Larry Osborne and Chris Brown.
  • Unreal. Still processing all that I learned.
  • The problem is that it totally threw off my routine for sermon prep.
  • I am a creature of habit, I like my routine.
  • Still, God was working yesterday, in spite of my feeling all over the place.
  • I loved hearing the conversations after the service about what people are giving up for Lent.
  • I talked to a guy (not a Christian) who is giving up porn and using that time to read his Bible to explore Jesus.
  • If you missed yesterday, you can listen here.
  • Had a great meeting yesterday about a summer missions trip we are taking to the Czech Republic.
  • Love the passion Chris Gillett has in leading this trip and the response from our church so far.
  • We also had a baptism yesterday.
  • Love that we continue to need to schedule baptisms.
  • Started a really fascinating book last night called The Power of Habit
  • The implications for leaders and pastors are huge.
  • Understanding why people do what they do can really change how you preach and help people apply Scripture.
  • I have 2 really important meetings with publishers this week about my books, so I’d appreciate your prayers.
  • I really believe these books will help a lot of people find freedom from things and find the life Jesus intends for them.
  • Made plans this week to take a short trip in the coming weeks up to Pinetop with Katie and the kids.
  • We’ve never been there, so I’m excited about it.
  • I mentioned last week that I’ve been gluten free for the last 30 days.
  • While it is challenging when you go out to eat, the lack of pain in my stomach has been awesome.
  • I don’t know about any other football fans, but yesterday was a sad day without football.
  • Kind of didn’t’ know what to do with my afternoon.

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This Weekend @ Revolution || Work, Money & Being Content in Life

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I don’t know about you, but I have been loving this series. Every week of this series has been incredibly powerful weeks. If you missed last week, you need to listen online. The response time at the end was incredibly powerful. The sound of people breaking the power of past hurts and pain through the power of Jesus was inspiring.

This week is going to be just as powerful. Here’s what is happening:

  • We are celebrating baptism. This is the ballgame for us, seeing lives changed by the power of Jesus. Don’t be late to the service or you might miss this.
  • We are continuing our series Meaning and I’ll be preaching from Ecclesiastes 5:1 – 6:12 and looking at the power of work and money in our lives and the search for contentment and being satisfied in those 2 areas of life.
  • If you are like most people, this is a huge struggle. So many of us find meaning in our work, money and what we have or don’t have that we fail to see how they run our lives. We’ll look at how work and money can be God glorifying instead of life destroying.
  • We are also having an informational meeting right after church on this sunday, February 10 about a summer missions trip through Revolution Church to the Czech Republic.
  • If you haven’t “Liked” the Revolution Fan Page on Facebook, do so now. It is one of the ways we communicate and pass on resources for sermons and other ways to help serve you in your spiritual growth.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

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

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

  • What a weekend at Revolution Church
  • Someone will email me this week and ask if I’m always this excited about what is happening at Revolution Church and how God is moving
  • The answer is, “yes”
  • After yesterday, Paul told me that in 4 years of working together the last 2 weeks were easily our best ever
  • If you missed last week or yesterday you can listen by clicking on the links
  • I talked yesterday about letting go of the people who have hurt us, betrayed us or caused us pain instead of being a victim to our past
  • We had one of the most powerful responses we’ve ever had
  • Check it out
  • Last night for the super bowl, we had our neighbors over and after 4 months of being friends they’ve started to ask questions about Jesus
  • So cool to see how that has happened and see our prayers being answered
  • I announced yesterday about a summer missions trip we are taking to the Czech Republic and some of what we’re praying about in terms of international church planting
  • We’re having a meeting next week after church to talk more about that and how you can be involved
  • I also got to share about a significant gift someone gave us for church planting that is really going to move us closer to planting a church in Midtown
  • Keep praying about that
  • Later this week I get to spend some time with Larry Osborne and 20 other pastors talking about preaching
  • So excited to get some time with other communicators and learn
  • For 2013, preaching is the area of my job that I am spending the most time trying to grow in and take the next step
  • Excited to apply some of what I learn next Sunday as we continue our series Meaning and look at Ecclesiastes 5
  • Speaking of communicating, I stared a great book over the weekend on leadership and communication
  • On Saturday night, I got to speak at the Rev Up retreat
  • It was so cool being with our students and talking with them about forgiving those who have hurt them
  • Really similar to what I talked about on Sunday morning, but with a twist for students
  • I am blown away by the hurt and brokenness among teenagers today
  • The baggage many of them carry is heartbreaking
  • Afterwards, Katie and I checked out a new restaurant near campus called Pasco Kitchen
  • The YELP reviews were correct: the food was great, atmosphere was awesome, it took forever for them to cook the great food
  • This was the weekend that my parents officially moved to Arizona
  • Really excited about having them with us after years of them living on the east coast
  • This is one of those seasons for me personally that is really good, one of those really fruitful seasons
  • I’ll share more on that later

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