This is church

In Bill Hybel’s great book, “Axiom”, he wrote a chapter called “This is church”. In that chapter, Hybels describes how there is the jobs or tasks that a pastor does, but the defining moments are the interruptions- the husband who needs marital counseling, the mourning mother, or the child who asks a simple question about…

Take A Step

At the Catalyst conference I attended on Monday, I heard a great reminder of how to achieve success.  Success is not about accomplishing the big picture in a day.  Success is about doing something today that will enable me tomorrow to accomplish what I couldn’t today… For Example: I can’t drop 25 pounds by tomorrow….

The Challenge of Starting a Church

One of the challenges of starting a church is the amount of work that it takes in order to get just a small foothold of success. It can be draining. This morning I was encouraged and challenged by the words of Jesus in Luke 6: 27″But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies,…

Ash Wednesday and Lent

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the season of Lent begins. This day is called Ash Wednesday. Lent is a Christian tradition in which a Christ follower will fast or retreat in the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. The 40 days comes from Jesus’ withdrawal to the wilderness. It was a time of reflection and…

Do you eat with scum?

This morning, I was struck by a passage in the New Testament that I have read several times.It is in Mark 2:15-1615 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16…

The Urgency of Obedience

One of my goals for every person in the Springs Church this year is to achieve their God given dreams. That is why we began this year challenging each of you to design a “map” for 2009. To begin putting our priorities in place. I believe that God’s priorities for our lives start with common…

A Daily Devotion about Sex

Did I get your attention? Here is my quiet time from today: 15 Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife.16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone?17 You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers. 18 Let your…

Have you invited someone to church this week?

As a partner of the Springs Church we must be committed to inviting our community to Church. Reaching Others is a core value of our church. I have invited 12 people to church so far (no one has taken me up on it yet), but I am destined to get someone there personally this week….

An Athiest’s View of Evangelism

I saw this on a blog I read, vinceantonucci.com. It really stuck with me. I thought this was facinating. If you know anything about Penn Jillette, you know he is a great magician who is often openly hostile towards religion. I have met him briefly (he often hangs out after his shows and signs autographs…

The Springs Is Growing (Hey I am doing my part)

Because our attendance was down this past week, I thought I would let you know what I am personally doing about this. 1. I am starting to go door to door and invite people to our church and pumpkin carving. (If you want flyers, email me)2. I am praying for my neighbors.3. I am becoming…

Taking a Risk

I am learning more and more that I love challenge and taking risks. I feel as though I am too comfortable sometimes and that thre is more to life if I am willing to trust God and risk more. This week was a perfect example. I received an email on Tuesday night from my son’s…

Get Ready Springs Church!

After a considerable amount of prayer, I am more convinced than ever that we are on the verge of exploding at the Springs. I believe that we can pack Boggess Elementary’s gym in the next few months. Although we have a few issues to work out, the new set up will be a great opportunity…

Don’t Miss This Sunday- We are entering the point of no return!

THE POINT OF NO RETURNWhen we started the Springs Church, a part of me couldn’t concieve that people would actually show up. There was an excitement about the unknown. Now we have “arrived” comfortably at around 70 adults in worship each week and 30 or so kids. That is right around 100 people! Did you…

Spiritual Blinders

I have had a few conversations in the last few days about spiritual blinders. What I mean is this: most of us go through life focused on ourselves. If I asked you ,”who do you know that is far from God? Who do you know that needs you to tell them about Jesus?” Most of…

My Record Breaking Goals

I am pumped about our new series on Sunday. This Sunday we are going to have our world rocked by our Creator. I am going to challenge our church to achieve some lofty goals. Here are some of my goals for the rest of this month and year: This month: – Pray for 15 hours–…