Christmas Music You Should Own

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I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, but thankfully, there is some really good Christmas music out there. Here are some of the ones our family is loving this year:

Enjoy!

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Links of the Week

  1. 10 Questions to increase volunteer engagement.
  2. Luke Simmons on How to start family worship.
  3. Indications of a thriving supernatural church plant.
  4. Mike Breen on How do you make missional disciples.
  5. Is your church too cool?
  6. Scott McClellan on A different kind of pew research. This is a great insight for pastors.
  7. How can God possibly use brokenness in a pastor’s life.
  8. Al Mohler on Should the scriptures be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age?
  9. Why young Christians aren’t waiting anymore.
  10. Brad Lomenick on Leading millenials.
  11. Stream the new Phil Wickham album. So good.

Saturday Night Mind Dump…

  • Great night tonight
  • Always fun talking about greed
  • We were supposed to have our baptism tonight, but had to postpone it on account that it was rainy and 40 degrees outside
  • Not normal for a Tucson winter
  • The turnout tonight was way above what I thought it would be for a rainy Tucson winter night
  • Definitely a great night
  • It is funny to me how uncomfortable many pastors are when it comes to talking about money, greed and generosity
  • I think people in our culture are dying to know what the Bible has to say about them
  • If you missed tonight, you can listen to it here
  • Love the conversations I have with people after talking about money
  • Most of them are raw and honest and they are just looking for answers
  • Makes me love my job
  • We are doing our baptism next Saturday night after the service, so if you want to be baptized, just email Christe LePeau
  • It was awesome seeing our first impressions team standing outside with umbrellas walking people to their cars after the service so they didn’t get wet
  • Way to go guys
  • Love how you are creating a “WOW experience”
  • Starting a new thing tomorrow on the blog where I will post a prayer from church history that has spoken to me in profound ways
  • Calling it “sunday’s prayer”
  • I know, creative
  • In 2 weeks Rev Up kicks off
  • If you are a student 6 – 12 or know of one, pass this on to them
  • The band nailed Phil Wickham’s song “Cannons” tonight
  • What a great song, the chorus is right on
  • Here is my week in pictures
  • Two challenges tonight:  Read The Treasure Principle and keep track of every cent you spend for the next 2 weeks
  • Really excited about our small group tomorrow night
  • We’re doing fondue and the conversation is always awesome
  • Had a great conversation this week in my coaching network about how to handle growth and what that means for a church and for a lead pastor
  • Lots of thoughts flying around in my head about how to prepare for what God is doing and will do and how to be better prepared for it
  • The good and the tough that goes along with a growing church
  • Exciting times
  • We paid off a huge piece of debt this week
  • Felt so, so good
  • Reading one of the most fascinating books on leadership I’ve ever read, The Painful Side of Leadership, every leader should read this book
  • Debating right now about whether or not to buy a kindle, any thoughts?
  • Did some thinking this week about the people who have spoken into my life as a leader, definitely a great exercise
  • I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m kind of Olympiced out
  • Is that word?
  • Even though I have speed skating on in the background
  • Having lunch this week with Craig Coulter, always leave our time with a lot of leadership ideas to chew on
  • Next week at Revolution is a week you do not want to miss
  • Not only are we doing a baptism
  • We are also talking about the one thing that keeps us from experiencing all that God has for us, the thing that keep us from doing everything that God wants to see us do

Radicalis Session 1: Radical Devotion (Rick Warren)

Session 1 of Radicalis was started off by worship led by Phil Wickham  (which was awesome) and then Rick Warren preached on Radical Devotion. He started off by asking if we want to be a mushroom or an oak tree? An oak tree takes 60 years to grow.

Here are a few thoughts:

  • A healthy church takes time, just like an oak tree
  • For every book of servanthood, there is a thousand on leadership
  • Everyone wants to be a leader, no one wants to be a servant
  • God isn’t looking for servant leaders, he is looking for servants
  • There are 2 visible symptons of rootlessness today:  Christians are lethargic, Non – Christians don’t want what we offer
  • Most Christians are spiritual zombies, they are the walking dead, mindlessly going through the motions of church without even thinking about it
  • Most Americans have a horrible opinion of Christians
  • Meaning, we have not done a very good job of representing Christ
  • The word Radical comes the Latin “Radicalis” which literally means “from the root”
  • Radical does not mean excessive
  • What you are in private, determines who you lead in public
  • No roots, no fruits
  • All the main sessions are about building spiritual roots in different areas of your church
  • Colossians 2:6 – 7 (obedience and roots are the key words)
  • A radical is rooted in Christ, rooted in his word, rooted in his love
  • Healthy is the goal, not size
  • Being a strong, healthy church is the goal of every church
  • Ephesians 3:17 – 19
  • Too many churches and leaders have no power
  • Most people don’t have productive lives or ministry because they don’t have deep roots
  • You don’t get credit for starting the race, you get credit to ending it well
  • Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
  • When you have deep roots…you are not bothered by the heat, you can handle pressure
  • When you have deep roots…they are not worried by the drought, when things dry up in your life
  • You know if a person or a church has root when you see fruit
  • If you get the great commandment and the great commission right, you’ll do alright in life
  • Radical devotion is loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength
  • You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving
  • The world is looking for an authoritative message through a humble messenger
  • Authority comes from humility
  • 2 Kings 19:30
  • Colossians 2:7
  • You have not because you ask not
  • Matthew 22:34 – 40
  • Radical devotion is giving everything to God for Him to use you
  • It’s all worship
  • Music is not a synonym for worship
  • Your music says more about your culture than your theology
  • Worship is far more than music, it’s radical devotion
  • Hosea 6:6 (Love and know are the two most important things in life, especially when it comes to God)
  • God’s love is unconditional, it is not based on what you do, but based on who He is and what He’s done
  • Everything is rooted in God’s love for you
  • If you are going to have God’s power in your ministry, you have to fall in love with Jesus again
  • Revelation 2:2 – 5
  • People fall out of love because they stop doing what they did at first
  • We stop loving God because we replace God with idols in our lives
  • There are 3 idols (lust of the flesh – passions/feelings, lust of the eyes – possessions, pride of life – position)
  • The church’s problem is we hate the people of the world and love the values of the world
  • Sex, salary and status are pastor’s biggest temtpations
  • You will be tempted as a pastor to use the abilities God has given you to feed yourself and self worth
  • We are more likely to be tempted in our area of strength instead of our area of weakness