Sunday Debrief: I Am Redeemed (9/1/13)

I wouldn’t have thought that our sermon on redemption would’ve led me where it did, but I’m definitely glad it did.

We have a unique way of sermon and service planning at The Chapel that we’ve been doing about 15 months (and I’ll share in more detail that process one day). For now, though, what is important to know is that we actually outline our sermon about two-and-a-half weeks prior to when we preach it. It’s usually very helpful. Sometimes it isn’t. What you don’t realize is that, on Sundays like yesterday, the outline was supposed to be finished the week Abram was born. I wasn’t at work that week, so. . .

Yeah. . . didn’t happen.

On weeks like that, Kevin and I have to lean on each other to get what we need done. But it leaves me (or him) a little disconnected from the sermon at times. This past Sunday was one of those for me. On Saturday, I found myself still trying to get my head around the concept of redemption and then seeking to communicate it in a way that made sense.

Then I remembered a book that I was given when I went to the Desiring God Conference for Pastors (the same one where the Lord changed my heart about family worship).

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So, like anyone needing help late in the game on a sermon, I read it. And God used it in a great way. (Reader beware: this book on redemption might have thrown you off track. Don’t read that one. At least not to help you understand the redemption we’re talking about.)

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Family Worship from the Peanut Gallery

A few years ago, I joined a buddy from staff, a friend from seminary, a few friends and family from a church in Texas, and about 1,500 people I didn’t know in Minneapolis for the Desiring God Conference for Pastors. (OK, truth be told, there was at least one other guy that I knew from seminary. But I intentionally avoided him. I’ll apologize for that in this life or the next.)

The topic: prayer. One of those topics: leading family worship. It struck a chord. Actually, much of that conference struck a chord. And I haven’t been the same since, nor has my family. Well, this year I have attempted to bring family worship into the Googer house with more regularity. It’s been. . .fun, to say the least, to sing songs like this in our house:

So for those of you who think that only superheroes lead family worship, let me share with you family worship from the peanut gallery.

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Sunday Debrief: I am Gifted (8/25/13)

Another Sunday, another funday.

Continuing in the Who am I? series, we hit the topic of giftedness–that each person in the body has some unique way in which he or she will be used by the Spirit to mature the body. Truth is, we all need each other and the various gifts in order to be the body that God designed us to be–and to grow into maturity as He desires.

I took a moment in the sermon to speak on the gift of prophecy and wanted to share with you one of my sources.  

What Is Prophecy in the New Covenant? from Desiring God on Vimeo.

(Now, I gotta be honest, sometimes I picture these gifts like Christmas gifts. I shouldn’t, and definitely do not encourage you to. I’m not sure why that is, other than the fact that people usually get the most gifts at Christmas time. This, of course, makes the Holy Spirit like Santa Claus and Santa Claus judges us based on whether or not we are bad and good so I think the whole thought should just be thrown out.)

There’s much to consider when we think about the gifts, but a few things are true. . .

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So. . . are you too busy?

Hat tip to Kevin McKee for sending this to me yesterday. Are you busy? Are you hurried? Do you feel that you have to keep up? What’s worse: If you like to being seen looking busy and keeping up, you’re doing it for the wrong reason. Jesus died to free you from that.

Enjoy your Friday; and don’t be hurried.

(Mis)Managing the Pastor Life

I know that everyone has been waiting on pins and needles for this. Seriously. Ever since my earth-shattering post yesterday that garnered a record-breaking 30 views (shattering the record from August 21st of last year by 30 views), I know that people are dying to know how I try to navigate my current season of life. But first, here’s a video that I love that has nothing to do with what I’m about to talk about:

Ok, back to the topic at hand.

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Give What You Can, When You Can, for as Long As You Can. Then Change.

Courtney laughs at me because I’m always tinkering with things, changing my schedule, trying something new, and then changing it again. I admit it: I’m fickle. But with the addition of a third child (and now three children under the age of four [but praise God, one of those is out of diapers]), I am again evaluating what I can give and for how long.

A pastoral confession (maybe not for everyone, but for me): I talk to a lot of people who work a lot of hours and often wonder if I should keep up. I don’t know how they do it. Twelve- and thirteen-hour days, five days a week, weeks on end. Yes, I do try and live in the rhythms of the people around me, but there comes a point where I simply throw in the towel. I can’t run that fast or that long (even after going to Exerfit for almost two months).

So I wanted to share just a little about what God has been teaching me. Here goes. . .

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