Archive for February, 2008

28
Feb
08

something’s got to give –

a change is inevitable – my quest to evolve has not yet ended…

scary things are rolling around in my head – big, hairy things that probably wouldn’t be very popular…

but we’ll have to wait and see if I have enough courage or if I’ll just tell the big, scary things to shut up again…

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25
Feb
08

Thoughts From The Weekend

I am so glad to be home! We had a great time in Nashville at The River and in Dallas for the C3 conference, but it was a LONG trip and I missed my boys SO much! My smoochie was really sick while I was gone and I felt like a terrible wife and mother for being away when my family needed me. But, realistically, it was better for the prego to not be around the nastiness…

I’ve still been struggling with my throat and voice, but decided to do a pretty ambitious Sunday set list anyway…that was probably a mistake. I fought it the whole time but my team did a great job backing me up and filling in all the holes. (thanks, guys!) Here are some other thoughts from the weekend…

  • Fellowship Church has it going on…they rock my creative world every time I get the chance to experience their environment. It’s not just about creating entertainment, it’s about being passionate about your message – and doing everything in your creative power to point people to Jesus. It’s difficult to come back from an experience like that and not feel just a little bit discouraged by how much work there really is to be done to get us from where we are to where we need to be. So many things need to be tweaked – some minor and some MAJOR. God, help me through this process so I don’t go absolutely crazy!
  • Dad was amazing yesterday. Our current series is “Question Authority” – you can go here and check out the podcast of the messages. Yesterday’s topic was about whether or not it was appropriate for Christians to use alcohol or tobacco products…a tough one to tackle and yet he did it with grace and love and I was proud of our people for hanging in there with him. I’m glad to be a part of a church that isn’t legalistic on topics that the Bible does not tackle as a black and white issue.
  • The little girl is getting so active – Don felt her move last night for the first time. It’s like she’s doing gymnastics in there all the time now. 🙂
  • OK, so I went a little crazy in Nashville shopping for the baby…come on, what do you expect?
  • We still haven’t chosen a name yet..we’re being so much more picky with this one. Reagan was an easy choice but we can’t agree on anything with this one yet. Any suggestions?
  • Our first parent meeting for the GAFA production is tonight…wow, here we go!
  • I was SO SO happy that Glen Hansard won the Oscar for best song last night…truly amazing song writer and performer and I would have thrown up if one of those songs from “Enchanted” would have won instead – that would have just been sad…
22
Feb
08

Notes From C3 – Bishop TD Jakes

This one is difficult to post – my notes don’t even do this message justice…all I can say is, “wow”! I’ll definitely have to watch the DVD’s of this one over and over and over again…. But in the meantime, here are a few things to ponder…

Session II – TD Jakes – The Order of the Breaking of Bread
• Luke 24.13-31
• The cost of leadership is conflict
• Those who said they knew him best did not recognize him when he appeared on the road to Emmaus – it’s the same today…
• If you do anything other than the status quo, expect to be ignored or criticized because Jesus has shown up in your city in a different form
• They did not recognize Him as the Lord of the Kingdom b/c He was doing things in a new & different way
• The beginning of true wisdom and leadership is to understand that you don’t know enough
• God can show you more than you can study
• There are so moments with God that we should plead for Him to stay – abide with us!
• He made as if He was leaving them to provoke them to beg Him to stay – to be thirsty
• When it seems to be dry in your ministry, it’s God trying to provoke us to be thirsty after Him
• God is a play-actor – becoming what we need to see – He’s bigger than you think He is…bigger than your budget, your board…
• They saw Him in the order of the breaking of bread – in the ordinary nature of Jesus
• People perceive Jesus in the simple things
• He took it, He blessed it, He broke and He gave it to them – something in His motions caused them to see Him/recognize Him (2 fish and 5 loves and at the communion table – they were familiar with this)
• He does this with any man He ever touches – He takes us, blesses us, breaks us and then gives us
• “Taking” stage – snatching/detaching stage from what is familiar or expected
• “Blessing” stage – everything is coming up gold – everything you touch is being blessed
• “Breaking” stage – He breaks us because He loves us, to prove you are a son and not a bastard. Breaking your pride, your will and your flesh. It can take years to understand that the breaking stage is really the blessing stage. You will learn more in the breaking stage than in any other stage – this is when we KNOW Him.

22
Feb
08

Notes From C3 – Tommy Barnett

Tommy Barnett, Pastor of Phoenix First Assembly, spoke the first session this morning. He is a pastor’s pastor and has such a heart for this generation. Here are my notes…

Session 1 – Tommy Barnett – The Honor of Wanting To Quit
•    Wanting to quit is a sign of success – if you want to quit, it means you have “something” to quit!
•    The more you have to quit, the more you want to quit. The higher you go, the more frightening it becomes – the lonelier it becomes – the riskier it becomes…
•    You can enjoy the luxury of wanting to quit if you know you’re not going to quit
•     If you have quality, you’ll have quantity – you’ll add to the church daily
•    A burden comes and goes, but the call of God is what gets you up when you don’t feel like going on
•    Until the anointing kicks in, we’ve got Starbucks! ☺
•    To keep from quitting, you must burn the bridges behind you – all the other desires
•    Don’t tell anyone you want to quit when you want to quit
•    Don’t expose yourself to what you don’t want to be – hang around people who are positive
•    If you don’t want to quit, lock yourself in so you can’t

21
Feb
08

Notes From C3 – Perry Noble

OK, Rockers – if you are going with us to Unleash next month you are in for a treat. We just heard from Pastor Perry Noble of New Spring Church in Anderson, SC.  He was so freaking hilarious – we were rolling the whole session! But he was also so insightful and I am yet again challenged beyond my ability to really comprehend right now. (If you want to go with us and haven’t registered yet, there is still room! Call Lori at the office or e-mail her and get signed up NOW! 910-602-5300 or lori@rockwilmington.com)

4th Session – Perry Noble –
•    Matthew 17
•    One of the biggest problems of leaders is being captivated by believing lies
•    One of the lies we are tempted to believe is that what we do doesn’t matter
•    Everything matters when it comes to what we are called to do
•    Things that DO matter
1.    Environments that we create – Matthew 17.1-3 – He took Peter, James and John into an environment where they could see Him in a different way. They understood that for the first time. It’s our job 52 Sunday every year to create an environment where people can experience Jesus like they never have before. It’s our job on Sunday to offer God the very best that we have.
2.    Vision Matters – Matthew 17.4-5 – Peter didn’t have a vision to take this experience past the mountain. You can tell if your environment is exciting by the people walking in your doors. You’re only as deep as the last person you served. Listen to the one that He has given the vision to – God didn’t give vision to a committee – He gives it to the senior leader/pastor. (What happens if the back door of your body gets closed?)
3.    Jesus Matters – It’s not our job to be “anti-anything” – it’s our job to be “pro-Jesus”. Matthew 17.8 “When they looked up, they saw no one but Jesus”

21
Feb
08

Notes From C3 – Mac Richard

OK, so I had never heard of this guy before – he’s from Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX. I took some furious notes in this session –

3rd Session – Mac Richard – Community and Responsibility
•    Tension between community and responsibility – you have to walk the line. When someone loves you, they hold you accountable – it comes out of relationship. Accountability is born out of love.
•    Hebrews 10.24 – Let us consider how we can spur one another on to love and good deeds.
•    Lead out of love and good deeds – spur leadership
•    Spur leaders get built underneath the hammer and the heat. It’s hard to shape steel – it takes high heat and hammering out the edges.
•    As leaders, we must measure the stuff that matters.
•    The reality of leadership is that it’s lonely sometimes
•    In order to fire someone, you must first set the bar really high and then guard the bar. Don’t move the bar to make people feel better.
•    When you set the bar, include subjective criteria. (joy, etc…)
•    Joy matters – don’t let the lack of joy ride in your staff
•    Fire people generally and directly – don’t argue the specifics.
•    Dismiss gracefully
•    Avoid the backlash – people aren’t going to agree with your decision, but the reality is, we can’t all get along.
•    Proverbs 27 – “Know the condition of your flocks and the status of your herds”
•    It’s not about size, it’s about health
•    As a leader, it’s up to you to determine what matters
•    If you love people, you will measure their performance
•    Jesus said your fruit is going to get measured/judged
•    Balance b/w grace and truth – John 1.14

21
Feb
08

Notes From C3 – Ed Young Take Two

Ed also spoke for the next session – man, by brain hurts. 🙂

2nd Session – Ed Young
•    Betrayal happens at defining moments in our lives
•    Betrayal comes from those closest to us
•    John 13.22
•    Betrayers will eventually have a famine of the soul
•    Genesis 50.20




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