Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • Having a hard time getting going this morning.
  • Most Monday’s feel like that, but Easter has a way of taking it out of you.
  • If you’re a pastor and struggling today, here are some ideas to help you.
  • Blown away by God’s grace to Revolution Church this weekend.
  • The Stations of the Cross on Friday were incredible.
  • Love exposing our church to a practice they haven’t done before.
  • I loved hearing from people who have done the stations with us before talk about how powerful they are doing them again.
  • Yesterday was incredible at Revolution.
  • We had 2 baptisms and 7 people take the step of beginning a relationship with Jesus.
  • That never gets old.
  • We had over 100 kids yesterday in Planet Rev.
  • Praying God’s timing speeds up so we can find a full-time kids director.
  • If you know of someone who would be a good fit or is interested in the position, let me know.
  • Loved hearing Davin and Derrell’s story as they got baptized.
  • Humbled by how God uses our church in the lives of people.
  • We kicked off our series on the book of Galatians yesterday.
  • I think the timing of this book will be incredibly helpful for our church as we continue to live in God’s grace.
  • It feels good to be back preaching through a book of the Bible.
  • That is definitely my favorite way of preaching.
  • If you missed yesterday, you can listen to it here.
  • Over the weekend, I started to read John Ortberg’s new book Soul Keeping
  • So good.
  • It reminds me of this fantastic book.
  • Both are much needed reading for pastors.
  • We have our kids homeschooling end of year celebration tonight.
  • Should be fun.
  • I told someone I met over the weekend that we homeschool and he asked, “You can have tattoos and do that?”
  • So funny.
  • One of the things that was cool to see yesterday was to see some people we had invited to church come.
  • Such a cool feeling.
  • You hope, you pray and then when they are there, you pray really hard that something hits them.
  • And that the preacher doesn’t say anything stupid.
  • I’ve been working through my book and I am about 50% done.
  • Excited to keep working on it and see what God has in store for it.
  • Last night Katie and I sat on the back porch talking about it and reminiscing of where we came from in the past 5 years.
  • Crazy to think where we are as a church now.
  • I have my next coaching appt. with Brian Howard today.
  • I can’t begin to describe how helpful this has been.
  • Time to get back to it…
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Easter @ Revolution Church

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If you could change one thing in your life and you knew it would work and knew it would be the right thing, what would it be?

Everybody has something they want to change, something they wish were different.

It isn’t that we can’t think of something. Our problem even isn’t a problem of desire to change.

The problem for many people is that they change the wrong thing. 

Sunday we are kicking off a brand new series on the book of Galatians called ChangeWe will be looking at Galatians 1:1 – 5 if you want to read ahead and looking at how Jesus rescues us. But to rescue us, we need to know what exactly he is rescuing us from. This is where many people run into problems: they aren’t sure they are a sinner, they aren’t sure what they would change, they aren’t sure what is broken in their life.

Here are a couple of things happening I want you to know about:

  • Paul is teaching a new song this week called Grace so GloriousThis a powerful song that fits perfectly with our theme on Sunday and this series. Listen to it here and be ready to sing this powerful song.
  • The Stations of the Cross is on Good Friday, April 18th from 6 – 7:30pm. This is a powerful night of considering the cross and what Jesus did in our place.
  • We are having a baptism on Easter Sunday. If you have not taken this important step and would like to, or if you have questions about it, you can go here.
  • Be inviting people for Easter. Shoot them a text, make a call, an email (send them this), or send them an invite on Facebook.

Lastly, we are praying that Easter will be packed. This is a good thing because that means more people hear about the saving good news of Jesus.

Because of this, we want to make room in our parking lot for them by doing a couple of things:

  1. Carpool if you can.
  2. If you volunteer and arrive early, park on the east side of the school to open up more spots in the main parking lot.
  3. You can also park on Keesal Ave., east of the school.

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

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New Song for Easter | Grace So Glorious

So excited for Paul to teach this song on Sunday:

Listen to it and come ready to sing loud.

If you want some great worship music, check out these albums from the writers of this song, Elevation Worship: Only King ForeverNothing Is WastedFor The Honor, and Raised to Life.

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Monday Morning Mind Dump… [Afternoon Edition]

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  • Just now getting this up.
  • I spent all day working on my computer as it decided to not work this morning.
  • Which now puts me about 7 hours behind schedule on Easter week.
  • Not cool.
  • As Katie and I often say, “I’m practicing sovereignty.”
  • Got to spend some extra time praying today and being reminded that God is in control of all this.
  • I continue to be overwhelmed by God’s grace to Revolution Church.
  • We continue to grow every week.
  • I looked out yesterday and thought, “Where did all these people come from?”
  • This week, we are going to put out every chair we have available.
  • Praying we run out.
  • Wrapped up our All In series yesterday and taught on the great commission and how Revolution does church.
  • I think most people want to know that their church has thought through why they do things.
  • Anyone who told me yesterday they don’t like something about Revolution, they followed by saying, “But it makes sense why we do what we do.”
  • I love talking about the vision of Revolution.
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  • Blown away by all the people praying for Revolution Church this week and for other churches in our city.
  • Praying that it causes people to see their prayer lives go to new levels.
  • After so many weeks doing topical sermons, I’m so excited to kick off our series on Galatians on Sunday.
  • Expository preaching definitely is our bread and butter.
  • We’re also celebrating baptisms on Sunday.
  • Not to late to sign up if you want to take that step (you can do so here).
  • Spent the weekend reading the new book Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches.
  • So many great things for pastors to think through and how to protect their church from drifting.
  • Yesterday was Judah’s birthday.
  • Hard to believe we only celebrated his first birthday with us.
  • It was super fun and he was totally overwhelmed.
  • Hope he felt our love in it.
  • I’m also going to write his birthday letter this week.
  • Lots of emotions in that.
  • If you haven’t made plans yet, make plans to join us at Revolution on Good Friday for The Stations of the Cross.
  • It is powerful.
  • We’re doing a Seder this Thursday with our MC.
  • Expecting to be stretched as an MC.
  • I haven’t done one since I was in Jerusalem 14 years ago.
  • Also excited to go see Captain America this week with the guys from my MC.
  • Definitely needed this week.
  • I’m behind, so back to it…
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How We Change the World

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Have you ever looked at your world and wondered how it could be different? Could one person really change the world? Could one person or a group of people really work together and bring about the change they long to see?

The answer is Yes.

Sunday we are wrapping up our series All InThe last 4 weeks have been incredible as we look at why Revolution Church exists, what the gospel is and what it looks like to be on mission in our everyday lives. Sunday as we close and get ready for Easter, we are looking at how we change the world from Matthew 28:18 – 20 if you want to read ahead.

Here are a couple of things happening I want you to know about:

  • Paul is teaching a new song this week called Pursuit. This song has spoken to me in a big way in the past year. Listen to it here and be ready to sing this powerful song.
  • The Stations of the Cross is on Good Friday, April 18th. This is a powerful night of considering the cross and what Jesus did in our place.
  • We are having a baptism on Easter Sunday. If you have not taken this important step and would like to, or if you have questions about it, you can go here.
  • Be inviting people for Easter as we kick off our brand new series Change and look at how Jesus changes everything about us, the stuff we want to change and the things we don’t know we need to change.

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

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Making the Most of Lent

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Growing up, I always heard about lent through the “I’m giving up coffee or chocolate for 40 days.” Somewhat of a chore. Always giving up something you liked for what seemed like no real reason.

Katie and I have always been drawn to the church calendar and deep meanings behind it. In our fast paced world, going to our roots in our Christian faith can often be one of the most helpful things. It creates a connection to our history, it often brings the symbolism to life that we lack our Facebook world.

The goal of lent is to spend the 40 days leading up to Good Friday meditating and thinking on the cross and the sacrifice of Jesus in your place and mine.

While fasting from something you spend time on (it might be chocolate, TV, Facebook, Movies, you might fast from a meal each day or do a Daniel Fast). The time that you are fasting, spend that extra time praying, reading Scripture. I’d encourage you to read through the gospel of Mark. One reason is half of Mark focuses on the last week of Jesus, it is the thrust of the entire book. A great way to do that is through YouVersion.

Elliot Grudem and Bruce Benedict put together a great guide for the season of Lent and why followers of Jesus should participate in it. I’d encourage you to read this as a starting point.

And join us, starting March 5th as we go through the season of Lent. Capped off on Good Friday, April 18th, as we go through the Stations of the Cross as a church.

Click here to download the Lent guide we are sharing together as a church.

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This Weekend @ Revolution || God is Closer than You Think

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Our first time meeting on Easter Sunday morning at Revolution Church. This week is going to be epic!

Here are the things you need to know:

  • We are kicking off a brand new series on the book of John called Jesus Changes Everything
  • I’ll be preaching from John 1:1 – 15 if you want to read ahead. We’ll be looking at how God is closer than we think and because God is with us, how that changes our lives, what we go through, our reactions and our struggles.
  • Friday, we will be observing the stations of the cross. Don’t miss this powerful worship experience as we look at the final hours of Jesus’ life.
  • Be sure to read this, so you are prepared for Easter Sunday.

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.

What You Need to Know about Easter Weekend @ Revolution

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Here are a few things you need to know about the first Easter Sunday (and weekend) at Revolution Church:

  1. It is going to be incredible. I say it every week and this week is no exception. Come to Revolution Church ready to see God do some incredible things. 
  2. Pray. Pray for the leaders who will be leading worship, preaching, leading in Rev Up and Planet Rev. Pray for guests who will come and hear the truth about Jesus and their need for him. Pray for open doors before handing out invite cards.
  3. Good Friday we will be participating in the Stations of the Cross. This is a move at your own pace, worship experience. Childcare will be provided and you are free to come any time between 6 and 7:30pm on Friday night. The stations go through the final hours of Jesus’ life and bring us face to face in a powerful way as to what Jesus went through on our behalf.
  4. Hand out invite cards. Don’t come to Easter Sunday by yourself. Every study says that Americans would go to church if someone would invite them, so make the ask. Use Facebook, pass out a card, send them an e-vite. But invite them.
  5. Parking. Parking at Magee is somewhat limited and even on regular, non-Easter Sundays we can have a completely full parking lot.  We can, however, open up a lot of spaces if we utilize the bus drop off lane on the east side of the building, along with parking along the curb on Keesal Ave (the street on the east edge of the school).  With our regular attenders parking in these areas and leaving the more obvious spots in the school parking lot open, we will have plenty of room for guests and late arrivers to find a place.
  6. Sunday. Be ready for guests. Say hi to people you don’t know. Be kind and courteous in the parking lot. Fill up the front to make room for guests who may come late.

Monday Morning Mind Dump…

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  • Yesterday was a rough day
  • We had the flu running through our house and I spent all morning waiting to get sick
  • Thankfully, it never happened, but the waiting is sometimes worse than actually getting sick
  • Consequently, I felt really distracted and off track at the beginning of my sermon
  • Not a good feeling when you are preaching
  • In God’s grace, I got more comments and texts about the sermon than any other sermon in our series on Ecclesiastes
  • Crazy how much this hit home for people today
  • I talked about idols of the heart and what it takes to live the life God created for you to live
  • If you missed it, you can listen to it here
  • Katie and I ate at a new place this past week for date night, The Abbey
  • Highly recommend it
  • A little pricey, so you need to be celebrating something, but really good food
  • The atmosphere with the view of the mountains is beautiful
  • Took our 2 oldest boys this past week to their first professional baseball game ever
  • One of them was bored in 5 minutes and the other was mad when we left
  • All around, a fun experience
  • Friday, Katie and I went to see Olympus has fallen
  • If you want an intense, action flick
  • This is it
  • Wow
  • 2 hours of adrenaline
  • Over the weekend I read through A Grace Revealed
  • I love Jerry Sittser’s writing
  • I read one of his other books in seminary and was blown away by it
  • A Grace Revealed is all about how God redeems your whole story and whole life
  • Really, really good
  • I couldn’t put it down
  • I’m really excited about this coming week at Revolution
  • We are having our first Easter Sunday service
  • Ever
  • To celebrate, we are kicking off a brand new series called Jesus Changes Everything
  • We are preaching through the gospel of John
  • This is the first time we’ve ever gone through a gospel at Revolution
  • Pretty excited about spending the next 9 months in John and unpacking what Jesus changes in our lives
  • On Good Friday, we will participate in the Stations of the Cross
  • If you have never done the stations, or if you have, you need to make plans to be there
  • It is a powerful experience
  • Getting away today for some solitude as I prepare for Easter
  • It’s been a busy spring and I need to do a better job of getting retreat days
  • The longer I lead Revolution, the more important it becomes to have regular times away to spend extended time with Jesus
  • I’d appreciate your prayers as I get ready for our new series and look ahead to what God is doing at Revolution
  • I’ve been thinking through what we’ll preach on after John, I think we might do the Song of Solomon
  • Not sure yet, but might do it