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Mad Church!!!

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Confirmation of shipment for this excites me…
Can’t wait to read Anne’s heart and soul…

I’m freaking pumped!!

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January 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

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do you have an agenda?

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The other day I was writing and was thinking about a book that changed my life.
One of the first books that came to mind was FEEL by Matthew Elliott. It’s an incredible read that challenges a lot of the beliefs pushed by church’s that have mentored and helped develop my faith.
However, looking deeper I remember a book that not only challenged me and pushed me, but I remember in that book there was one page that completely transformed me as a person, a christian, a sinner, etc.

If the gospel isn’t good news for everybody, then it isn’t good news for anybody.

And this is because the most powerful things happen when the church surrenders its desire to convert people and convince them to join. It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display. To do this, the church must stop thinking about everybody primarily in categories of in or out, saved or not, believer or nonbeliever. Besides the fact that these terms are offensive to those who are the “un” and “non”, they work against Jesus’ teachings and how we are to treat each other. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor, and our neighbor can be anybody. We are all created in the image of God, and we are all sacred, valuable creations of God. Everybody matters. To treat people differently based on who believes what is to fail to respect the image of God in everyone. As the book of James says, “God shows no favortism.” So we don’t either.

Oftentimes the Christian community has sent the message that we love people and build relationship in order to convert them to the Christian faith. So there is an agenda. And when there is an agenda, it isn’t really love, is it? It’s something else. We have to rediscover love, period. Love that loves because it is what Jesus teaches us to do. We have to surrender our agendas. Because some people aren’t going to become Christians like us no mater how hard we push. They just aren’t. And at some point we have to commit them to God, trusting that God loves them more than we ever could. I obviously love to talk to people about Jesus and my faith. I’ll take every opportunity I can get. But I have learned that when I toss out my agenda and simply love as Jesus teaches me to, I often end up learning more about God then I could have imagined.

Powerful stuff.
That is page 167 in the book Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.
It completely changed the way I lived as a missionary in my every day life.
The line that really did it for me was this one:

when there is an agenda, it isn’t really love

So simple, yet every-time I read it, it’s just as gut-wrenching as the first time.
This line still finds ways to run through my head at least a hand full times daily.
In 2009 I hope to not suck so bad.
To put away my agenda even more-so than I did in 2008, and push to be more like Jesus.
To quit being superficial and arrogant to what I want for everyone, and just love them with the core definition of love defined in 1John; “God is Love”.
Just a little bit of that in 2009 and everyone will benefit.

It’s just too bad I’ll still suck.

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January 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

2008 Review in Photos

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I really have no clue where to begin.
2008 brought so many ups and downs that just the thought of going through and rehashing all of it freaks me out.
Regardless, 2008 was amazing for many reasons, and one in particular.

Thankful fors in 2008 in no particular order:
(clicking each photo will enable you to leave a comment and to enlarge a specific photo)

There are many more photo’s I could place up there; blog party, etc. However I have limited space and time.
Perhaps if I feel it, I’ll do a 2008 in Review part II.
I will say this, Twitpic made this a whole lot easier.

I truly never will forget 2008.
Each memory will be tattooed on mind and heart forever.
From the moment of 01/01/08, to the moment of all the tears I cried, to the moment I first laid my lips on Allison’s, to the moments soon awaiting me in the next few days.
2008 will be a defining moment of my life to come.

I could truly never be more blessed.

Here’s to 2009!

How I Envision My Acceptance Speech

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That’s right everyone, as Robert Goulet says, you say it with him;
“You win, you always do”.

Okay anyhow, Jeff over at Consuming Worship had a contest for a couple free books.
That’s right, I was one of the winners.
For once I’m not one of the weiners of the contest.
I feel like I should give a speech or have some people say some nice things about.
Maybe something like this…

What have you won lately??

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October 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Ch 1 – Drunk and Naked with Noah

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Read chapter one of Messy Spirituality tonight.

I don’t have much time to say what I want to say, so for now I will leave you with a line from chapter one…

I have high hopes that this book is going to meet me exactly where I need it(Him) to…which would be, right where I am.

Question #1(Ch1): “Mike begins this book by admitting that “after forty-five years of trying to follow Jesus, I keep losing him in the crowded busyness of my life.” Do you ever feel that you’re losing Jesus in the busyness, or missiness, of your life? When in life have you felt closest to Jesus?”

Think about that and feel free to respond.


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March 19, 2008 at 2:38 am

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Take a look, It’s In a Book…

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On my fellow blogger’s page, Ragamuffinsoul, he mentioned what book he was currently reading and asked others to say what book they were reading.

I am currently reading and discussing with others the book Messy Spirituality. It was suggested by a friend of mine, Jason Zimmerman(I would link his blog, however he does not have one). I have nothing to report about the book as of right now. However, I figure twice a week, Monday’s and Thursday’s, I will post a blog of what God has spoken to me through the book. If anyone else feels lead to read the book and would like to discuss it’s content through this blog, I encourage you to be discipline to that leading.

If you are thinking of reading or just wondering what the book’s content might hold, below is a link to the back cover.

Again, I invite everyone to read along. This could be fun.


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March 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

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