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We started a new series at Dialogue this past week.
The series title is simple; NEXT.
In an excerpt from a paragraph of defining this series Ryan says this:

“Everywhere I go, there I am.” –Anonymous

It’s true. Look around. This is where you are. Our soul feels it, and, for most of us, it’s not where we want to be. Unachieved goals, forgotten dreams, and unfinished “To-Do Lists” all testify to our desire to move—to accomplish, to make progress. This is where we are, but we dream of being there. The challenge, then, is to move from where we are to where we want to be.

Here’s the video we started out with this week….

I know I struggle daily with how to get from here to there.
I’m excited for the next few weeks, desperately hoping for some direction.

What’s NEXT in your life?

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January 9, 2009 at 6:33 pm

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

Lovin Dialogue

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A lot of creative ideas have been coming up at Dialogue recently.
We’ve continued to passionately pursue being different.
Not just different to be different.
But, we believe in being different because we believe that is what our community needs.
Our community needs a church, a body of people, who will pursue their hearts with love and without hesitation.
Our community needs a place they can come and know that no matter who they are, or what they believe, that they are welcomed here.
That they are family.

Coming up in the next couple month Dialogue will be starting their first major outreach.
This outreach is centered around coffee.
Everyone loves coffee(especially when it’s free St.Arbucks).
Everyone loves conversation.

To read more about this outreach from the words of our pastor, check out Ryan’s blog here.

I’m loving this family.
This team.
This community.

What is something your church is doing right now to reach the community?

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September 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

On the road again…

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Good-bye bloggers.
Time to hit the road to Cincinnati.

See ya Sunday night.
(Go Notre Dame!!)

(Dialoguer’s I’ll be missing you Sunday morning. However, I have to say, I will enjoy sleeping in on Sunday)

What are you doing this weekend?

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September 6, 2008 at 9:16 am

The Kingdom or Lucky Charms?

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Why is it as christians we always feel like we have to say the right thing.
I mean, we’re always afraid of offending someone.
Is it always bad to offend someone?
I think the truth is, is that we should maybe offend people a little more.
Push the envelope.
No, I’m not saying we should aim to do things that offend people
What I am saying though is that we should truly do God’s work and not our own.
We should choose His will over ours.
I’m pretty sure when Jesus was here, He was doing God’s work, and people hated him. If you don’t believe people hated him, you might wanna read the part of the Bible that talks about the crucifixion or just look at the picture below:

Truthfully though, why are we so afraid to go out and take chances.
Speak truth and take the chance that we’re going to be misjudged.
Or prosecuted wrongly.
This all has been pissing me off just thinking about it today.
In reality isn’t it all worth it for the sake of the Kingdom?

I’m battling these decision today;
A. Should I worry and care about the reputation of myself. That way I can be around long enough to witness to thousands of people?
B. Should I seek his truth in every fashion, and wherever that leads me, allow it to lead me there. Trusting that He loves me and would only lead me to the dessert knowing I would survive and my faith and passion for him would only be greater?

This decision is a litter harder than my decision the other day….Lucky Charms or Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

I’m frustrated with luke warm, do it for yourself “Christians”.

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September 2, 2008 at 9:51 pm

My EnV is envy…

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Here’s the deal.
This would be my current phone:

Not a bad phone. It has some major benefits over most phones.
I also truly enjoy using this phone compared to all of the other phones that I have used.
The name of the phone?

The EnV2.

As of July 11, 2008, the name of my phone became very funny/ironic to me.
You see my phone has now officially(if it hadn’t before) picked up it’s namesake’s trait.
Some days I can hear my phone tell me it wants a “sex change”(as what I believe it would be called when you go from Verizon to AT&T, or from one type of phone to a completely different type).
You see, my phone is now asking to be….

The iPhone 3G.

I feel like my phone has been good to me.
So good that I should grant her(yes it’s a she) the change.


(Yes, I’m completely aware that I am pathetic. I am also aware that I am a complete geek beyond repair. Yes, I know my phone is not full of envy, and that it’s truly me.)

I need help…

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July 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Posted in Change, Crap, Sex Change