Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.
25+ workers are making the week happen for 110+ kids. We're exhausting ourselves in the heat, and here's why: So we can root kids in Christ. If we start kids with the right roots, the fruits that result in adolescence and adult-hood are entirely different. We're showing kids the right path this week. We believe in themand in the power of God to save and transform a child's life and future. If we didn't believe that, we wouldn't be doing this.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
As a church, we want to serve our community, and this is a beautiful way to do it.
It gives parents a break. (serves their parental sanity)
It's free. (serves their pocketbook).
it's full of fun and full of energy. (serves kids' innate need to move)
Tells the story of Jesus. (serves their need to know God).
Everyone is having a ball...even in the sweltering Missouri summer heat.
We close out the week with a celebration service on Sunday and are inviting all the families to be our guest at lunch.
Way to go Kid's ministry team!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
I'm running it for Team World Vision, to make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children on the planet. I'll be challenged and my heart will grow.
Here's what I've found about undertakings like this: Your life--that is, the hundred little things you do every day that make up your life--can have tremendous significance or it can fade into irrelevance. Those hundred little things can all be pointed toward a greater mission, a bigger cause or they can be pointed toward nothing and everything--dissipating their effort into oblivion. So running can be a means to an end--toward seeing God's mission of redemption happen. That's why I'm running.
Donate here. All proceeds go to World Vision. Kyle is running too. You can donate via his page here. I run. You donate. Children win.
Some pics from my run of the 2007 NYC marathon for Team World Vision.
Katie Holmes ran that year.(I passed her somewhere around mile 13, unbeknownst to me).
Post race with the medal to prove that I made it.
Pre-race shot of everyone waiting around for the race to start.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
See I have set before you an open door that no one can shut. Revelation 3:8
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I start training next week for the Chicago Marathon that I'm running for Team World Vision. My goal is to raise $1000 for them (donate here) and the vital work they are doing to combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
I always love his insights into life and leadership. If you lead something in church world, you'll find yourself nodding your head in agreement. He nails the task of preaching (one of my favorite things to do).
There is the challenge of trying to preach fresh, creative, substantial messages that reflect the best in increasingly complex scholarship and are integrated into the preacher's soul. And to do this when people compare it to whomever their favorite international preacher is. And to do it again next week, and the week after that, until you grow old and die.