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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bye, Bye, Pretend Christians

There are lots of people out there who call themselves Christians and say some pretty scary things. I typically tend to avoid the people on TV because I don't want to start to study someone's teachings and then find out that they've missed an important point of theology and then have to go back and evaluate everything else that I've heard from them. I read an article that was linked to KLOVE's website today, though, about a sermon by a famous preacher that I think deserves a second look.

Rick Warren is the pastor at Saddleback Church in California, a huge megachurch that just celebrated its 30th anniversary. He recently preached a sermon challenging everyone in his congregation - all 20,000 of them - to put their money where their mouths are, so to speak - or to find another church home. He's looked at the eight characteristics of the first original church as described in Acts and has set goals for his church based on these.

Warren says that in the original church there was no audience, but that everyone served and ministered in some way. He says that we are all there to support each other and that everyone has a calling, a talent, a gift, and a job to do. The Great Commission is for everyone - and over the next ten years, he's planning for everyone to be serving. He's even planning to send parishioners out to every country in the world. We're talking about radical, word-for-word obedience here.

I think that what he says makes sense. But don't take my word for it. Read the article for yourself and see what you think.

Do you have a gift or a talent that He's asked you to share??

Monday, May 17, 2010

Road Trip, Anyone??

Lysa TerKeurst is speaking in Apex on August 13-14! I am SOOO excited! This is a Friday night/Saturday morning conference. I realize that this is really far into the future, but ticket prices do go up a bit mid-summer, and I want to get this locked in on my calendar now. Anybody else want to go??

Tickets are $25 if we reserve our spots now. You can check it out here.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

SoBo Faith Fest 2010

Faith Fest is coming to South Boston again! On Saturday, May 29th, from 12 noon until 9 PM a free Christian music festival will be taking place on in the Halifax County football stadium. Included in the day's activities are a car show, petting zoo, clowns, climbing walls, puppet shows, crafts, and concessions. Oh, and did I mention that the headlining band of the evening is Rush of Fools, best known for their song 'Undo?' (Three other Christian bands will also play. You can see which ones here.)

So, I thought that since our little group never did get together last summer, nor did we manage a winter thing this year, that maybe this festival would make for a fun day for all of us. Entrance and all children's activities are free, and it's not too far away. I realize, however, that it is a 'busy' weekend. We're planning to go; is anybody else in??

Oh, PS - KLOVE is one of the sponsors of this event. :-)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day Giveaway

Jill at Titus24U is giving away one copy of "Letters from LeAnne - The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship" on her blog today. You can post anonymously. Hop on over there for a chance to win!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Spiritual Gifts

Today on Wendy's blog, while digging for nuggets in the long lists of Levite names, several people drew out some really cool information. Rhonda pointed out that, once again, the names have meaning - they translate to what sounds like song titles. Brandee pointed us all to an online spiritual gifts test where you can answer questions to find out where your strengths are. Obviously for the men in today's reading it was related to music; maybe they were good exhortation, teaching, or administration.

What are your strengths??