Without making this post too long, here are a few thoughts that are bouncing around inside my head the past few days:
Responsibility doesn’t equal influence. Had a really good conversation with a friend this week about this statement. He was spot on in saying it. Too often we confuse the two or even try to equate the two. Both are important but they can be independent of each other. Organizations need both. Sometimes I think I would rather be an influencer.
God answers prayers. I have been praying for a number of years that God would allow me to be a part of a big movement of His. Easter He answered my prayers! Cyndi and I have been volunteering and attending at City Church Tallahassee since January 2011. We have witnessed God grow the attendance at worship services to over 800 on a weekly basis. Anticipating a really bit crowd on Easter, City Church rented the Tallahassee Civic Center. Approximately 4,000 people showed up for the service! Hundreds of people indicated they decided to become a Christ follower that day! Check out the music and the message here http://t.co/3ipubZdG
Here’s a view of that day:
Seasons of Life. We have been in one of the most unusual seasons of life ever the past 16 months! Literally pouring our life, our time, our resources, ourselves into new friends and City Church Tallahassee. It has been a great journey! Is it just beginning? Is it over? Waiting on answers can be a hard thing. One thing we both know – 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11.
Usually my simple writings try to detail some event or experience I’ve had in the past week or so. This post is somewhat focused on what will be happening the next few days! Not too detailed but with some quick descriptions!
Exciting weekend plans for Cyndi and myself! Friday we will drive to Tallahassee to attend a Good Friday service at City Church Tallahassee. Cyndi has been fasting (Daniel fast) for about 10 days and we both will fast on Friday until the end of the service. Good Friday services are mostly somber and quiet remembrances of Christ’s death on the cross. We’ll end the service with communion – the first food all day! I enjoy these types of services in a selfish way – they help me focus and remember in a personal way why I believe what I believe.
We’re headed to Mexico Beach, Florida after the service – hoping to spend Saturday in the sun! Kayaks will be accompanying us and we’re excited to spend the day on white, sandy beaches on what we believe is the most beautiful stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast! Hoping our kids will join us for the day as well!
Sunday is Easter! The time of year when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! We will be celebrating along with thousands of others the Civic Center in Tallahassee. City Church Tallahassee has rented this venue to share the gospel with as many people as possible at one time on Sunday. The past several years City Church has held Easter services at The Moon – a local nightclub in Tallahassee. The past year was standing room only so the decision was made to move to a larger space! In addition to the band and production team, it will take hundreds of volunteers to have this event – people will serve in our Kid’s program, First Impressions as greeters, parking attendants, information stations, ushers, care team members, etc. It’s going to be an exciting day and I’ll be posting pictures from it soon!
Easter this year has a special meaning to Cyndi and me. I have prayed for years to be allowed by God to be a part of a large movement of His. Tallahassee is experiencing such a movement right now and we believe Easter will be a celebration of that. If you’ve been reading along over the months, you know our journey with City Church is unique. I quit my job 15 months ago so we could be a part of this group! We travel about 400 miles round trip each weekend to help out where we can. I’m thankful for the opportunity this season in life has afforded us. Who knows what will take place after Easter? I’m still looking for employment and am confident God has a plan for us! Anticipation about the future – our future!
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!