Life is all a matter of perspective. I’m learning this more and more each day. While I tend to think of myself as a smart, educated man – I have quickly realized that education doesn’t mean you understand the real values in life – those things that really matter.
This week I have had some great opportunities. Wednesday night Cyndi and I participated in our church wide community group. During the summer we are meeting together as a church every other week, enjoying a meal together and then breaking into groups of eight or so to discuss the topic of the night. This week’s topic was “greed”. While that might not sound like a fun topic to talk about, we had a really good conversation with seven others about how greed can/does creep into our daily lives – sometimes knowingly, sometimes not. Focusing on Matthew 6:19-20: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Last year we had an opportunity to travel with 14 friends to Cartagena, Colombia. There we met some wonderful people. One of those new friends is Alex Rocha. Alex has a heart for God and for people. Over the past year Alex has been planning and preparing to start a ministry to local youths. This week, City Church Tallahassee committed to helping Alex financially with his ministry – along with regular spiritual guidance, training and encouragement! Here are some photos of Alex’s new youth center:
While this may not seem like much to you or I, this is the beginning of a ministry to youths in the San Fransisco neighborhood in Cartagena!
I also had the opportunity to talk with a new friend today – Ricky Love. Ricky is the pastor of a non traditional church plant in Richmond, Virginia called Matthew’s Table. Ricky works with people that most of us would rather not be around. Ricky has found enough love in his heart for the very people that need a whole lot of love! Here’s a picture of some of the work he is doing:
Back to perspective. Sometimes when I think I’ve got it bad, that nothing is going my way, that everyone else gets all the breaks in life, that maybe I should just give up and do something else, I’m reminded of friends like these. And reminded that God really is good. All the time. To me. And as I look at sunrises like the one at the top of this post, I’m reminded that God’s mercies are new everyday to me – and I’m thankful for them!
Quick post about my week.
Today when I drove into my driveway I had been gone from my house for more than 170 hours. Seven days and a few hours! Loved every minute I was away but also secretly wanted to be in my house, watch my tv, sleep in my bed tonight – you get the picture. Tomorrow morning we pack up and head out again – but for a much shorter time!
I had the opportunity to spend about 40 of those 170 hours with a group of staff and volunteers from City Church Tallahassee as we road tripped to Anderson, South Carolina to participate in Unleash – a one day conference hosted by Perry Noble and Newspring Church. This was not my first visit to Newspring but I enjoyed it as if it was! Having an opportunity to worship, listen to some incredible original music by Newspring Worship, hear Perry Noble twice, talk and connect with some people who do community groups with excellence, participate in a breakout with Shane Duffy as he shared about cultural relevance and Biblical truth – all with 34 others from City Church (of yeah and about 3,500 other people!)
Here are two take aways I brought with me: 1. Numbers do matter because every number is a person. Every person has a story. God is interested in our stories. Numbers do matter. 2. If you’re going to do something, why not do it with excellence.
I love what is taking place in Tallahassee right now! Easter at the Civic Center is going to be unbelievable! All because of Jesus!
Ok. I acknowledge that I have been slacking on my committment to contribute regularly here. Once every four months is not regular. Here is an update on what’s been happening in our lives since March:
Easter on the Moon! – City Church Tallahassee (formerly The Well) held Easter services at a popular, local Tallahassee night club. More than 3,000 people attended! Everyone there heard a gospel message, heard about Jesus and heard how they could spend eternity with Him! Dozens made the decision to follow him!
Cyndi and I have continued our weekly commute from Inverness to Tallahassee to support what God is doing through City Church. The City Church team is the best I have had the opportunity to work beside. The faces in our community group have changed but it is growing! Average attendance for worship during the summer is still over 500 people – this is a ministry built on college students who usually are not on campus during the summer months!
Ethan, Cyndi and I are going with 11 other people to Cartagena, Colombia in August. Meghan would go but doesn’t have the time to take from her job. We are going to spend almost 10 days serving some of the poorest people in Colombia. Pray with us for hearts to be prepared even today that will be receptive when we get there. To learn more about this trip, visit www.citychurchtallahassee.com/colombia.
City Church Tallahassee is the corporate sponsor for the City of Tallahassee’s annual July 4th celebration! Another opportunity for us to tell thousands of people about Jesus and City Church. If you are in Tallahassee on July 4, 2011, come on out and enjoy the festivities!
Cyndi has done some amazing things to 10004 E. Regency Row! Fresh paint everywhere and lots of decluttering of “stuff”! I assist but she is the leader in this project! The person who buys our house will appreciate the work!
Still unemployed, still looking and still convinced that God has a position for me that will be the perfect spot where He wants me to be!
God is good. All the time.