Saturday, August 30, 2008
hey there. without definition, what would anything mean? one of those mind benders... it doesn't take too much thought, though, to figure out that definitions are quite useful. this truth even translates over to different ministries that we may lead, or be part of.
underground fellowship | uhn-der-ground fel-oh-ship | (noun/verb) : we are growing deeper through Godly relationships, with Him & with each other. ('for the seed that is planted in the good soil represents those who hear the Word, embrace the Word, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.' -mark.4.20) www.undergroundfellowship.info
how would you define the ministry that God has given to you? answering this question might prove to be the most productive thing you do over the extended weekend. happy defining!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
we certainly feel God-given momentum in underground fellowship (student ministry of pocono community church). we've made some difficult decisions and some miserable mistakes; but we've done our best to follow the voice of God through the 2007-08 school year and summer months. thank you God for getting us moving!!! the following video is a promo for one of our upcoming events. elevate.08 is a back to school retreat at camp watonka with evangelist ron rhoads. if God has His way, our momentum will continue to multiply through this event.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here's the video announcement for our new teaching series beginning in September. I'm totally pumped to teach on God's plan for being a Godly man. Please keep me and the team in prayer as we prepare for this life-changing, family-altering and God-honoring series calling men to step up!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Faithfulness is being obedient to finish what you start. Too often people give up on dreams due to some frustration, fear or fatigue.
When Nehemiah and his team rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem they were ready to quit half way through the project (Neh. 4). But they remembered the Lord and were faithful to the finish.
If you feel like giving up on something or someone today - remember to be faithful. Persist to the end.
It's always too soon to quit.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I announced the 10/10 Challenge here at PCC which is a commitment of generosity and obedience. For the next 10 weeks we are all committing to give 10 percent of our income (the tithe) to the work of the Lord here at PCC. God say in Malachi 3:10, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
God says, "Test me in this." So here's the kicker: if you tithe for ten weeks and God doesn't bless you, we'll refund your money. That's the challenge. Step out in faith and trust God with your finances and watch what He does in return.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Yesterday Pastor Rick emailed me and other pastors that are part of the Purpose Driven Community and requested my thoughts regarding possible questions to ask to Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain. Below are listed the questions I submitted. If you have some good questions, please send them to me and I'll pass them on to Pastor Rick.
Name the three leaders that have had the greatest impact on your personal life and leadership? Why?
Describe for me the process that you go through when making important decisions that impact the future course of our nation? (I’d ask this because I’m curious to know if they include prayer and getting wisdom from God as part of their decision making process.)
What are the three biggest challenges facing
What is your understanding of what the founders of this great nation had in mind when it came to the separation of church and state? How does that impact houses of faith in the 21st century?
How can houses of faith and the government partner together to solve
Religious freedom was one of the foundations of our nation’s history. Today, many nations like
How can I pray for you and your family?
What’s your favorite memory of the 2008 Olympic games thus far?
Monday, August 11, 2008
The best thing about the race was listening to the announcer say over and over prior to the start, "I've looked at this race on paper a dozen different ways and France always comes out on top." It reminded me that statistics and computer programs, as valuable as they are, cannot account for heart and passion.
Team USA won that race because they wanted it more. Yeah, they were outmatched on paper. But passion and teamwork are far greater allies than cold stats.
What are you passionate about? How will that passion help you overcome the naysayers this week?
Friday, August 08, 2008
Can't wait to be together again this Sunday as we continue our Juicy Fruit series with a message on goodness.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
When Nehemiah, the great Israeli wall builder, returned to Jerusalem to head up the new construction project, he said, "This is a very big job, we are spreading out along the wall."
We, too, find ourselves with a very big job, so I think it would be fitting for us to spread out along the wall to pray and ask God's blessing for our church.
The first 250 people that show up will receive a free hard hat. As part of the service, we will be writing our names and prayers on the steel beams of the superstructure. Following the prayer gathering, we will be roasting hot dogs and just hanging out with one another to build community.
You don't want to miss this! Bring your friends and come ready to celebrate.
Monday, August 04, 2008
We're going to talk about the direction for the fall as we plan some really cool sermon series and children and youth ministry
outreaches. This fall is going to be an amazing season for PCC.
I'll also be casting vision and clarifying expectations as we also prepare to move into our new facility this Christmas. Of course, we will also have a good time just hanging out and relaxing. Please keep the PCC staff in prayer today as we plan and prepare for what is shaping up to be an exciting new season of growth and change.