God Knows Their Names

March 27, 2009 at 11:51 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

2We were privileged to bring the “Your Life Matters” event to Kennesaw Mountain High School this morning and all we can say is WOW. It never stops amazing us how we leave these events feeling like we received far more then we gave, and this morning was no exception. Before the event started their entire leadership team prayed over us. We were able to see faces connecting to a message of hope and purpose and had the chance to talk with several students afterwards – hearing some amazing things they are dreaming about and thinking through.

For those of you who were in the room this morning, thank you for letting us be a part of what you are doing there. The dreams, ideas, passions and burdens you were thinking through this morning – pursue them with everything in you. We need you.

After the event we got to meet a man known by the students there as “Pops.” He was an elderly man, walking with a cane and on a first name basis with the students. When I asked him why he was there, he smiled and reluctantly began telling me how he wakes up at 3 AM every day, pulls out a list of every student’s name at Kennesaw Mountain and prays for them by name.

He told us, “most of these kids don’t have anyone praying for them, so I do. I know God knows their names but I think he really likes to hear them.”

With everything in me that craves attention, to be noticed, to be known, here is a guy on his knees every morning believing and begging God to move in the lives of students. We were speechless.

God is alive and active, His story of redemption is growing – and mornings like this we get a front row seat. Thank you for praying for us, I truly believe you will not understand this side of heaven the impact YOU are making. And if you are struggling with your role in the story, what if you just started to join Pops? Find a group and pray for them by name everyday, It doesn’t have to be thousands of students, it could be 5 people. We are learning that when we pray on for others and things outside of “our world”, it quickly helps the story to not be just about us.

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New Beginning

March 16, 2009 at 6:51 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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It’s early Monday morning, one of my favorite times of the week. Everything feels new, but there is a dark side to this new beginning. It’s so easy for me to begin letting the things that I do define who I am. On the days this week that I create or do something that I feel is meaningful, I will feel great about myself. On the days that I struggle and don’t produce much, I will not.

I’m so excited about a new chance to dream and work, a chance to create and plan, but there is the bold truth I must start and end on this week…Nothing we accomplish, nothing someone says, nothing we achieve will define who we are. Love defines me this week, and that same love defines you. Whether you have a week full of success and progress, or a week that feels like failure at every turn, we are loved. That is the truest thing about us this week. We are free to fully go for it this week knowing nothing we do will change that love.

“Nothing can separate us from God’s Love”

I’m writing more to myself than anyone else, this is just so easy for me to forget. What about you, how do you prevent “doing” from defining you?

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Stuck at My Job

March 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

coffee-loverI sat down to interview our friends Tim & Kristi today. They are packing up their life, including 3 young kids, to move to Northern Iraq in May. They are moving there because they feel called to take the gospel to the Kurdish people. It’s a crazy story! We filmed them today and will be sharing more of their story soon. However I wanted to share one excerpt from our time today that we found to be so moving. Enjoy…

Matt:  “Tim, there are people who think what you and your family are doing is great, but they feel stuck in jobs and situations they don’t want to be in. What would you say to the person working at the “coffee shop”, longing for God to “use” their life?”

Tim:  Life is in Jesus. Not in a place, a thing, or a job. He has representatives and people that he loves all over the place. Without them we have a bunch of people heading overseas and nothing happening here. People in America are dying. They are dying every day. They are walking into the coffee shop dead, and they are walking out dead. People need Jesus. We are Jesus to those people. He is in us and he is in those people working in the coffee shop.”

“I think it begins when we start walking out the door in the morning thinking to ourselves that people are going to meet Jesus today. They are going to fall in love with him and they are not even going to know it.” 

“I worked at a phone company this past year and I had a manager named Matt. Matt loves me because I’ve been kind to him, because I’ve been gracious to him. He loves Jesus – he just doesn’t realize it’s Jesus. I think you can be anywhere and help people fall in love with Jesus before they even realize it.”

Have you ever felt stuck in what seemed to be a situation lacking purpose?

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Advent Conspiracy

December 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t know about you but it seems to me that Christmas has already hit its full stride. It’s as if every year the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas shrinks a little more and the stress of the holidays expands. Why is that? What if it could be different?

The poor economy has added even more stress to pressure of holiday shoping. Yet Forbes reports, “The National Retail Federation (NRF) says the number of shoppers either in stores or accessing online retailers, from Black Friday through Sunday, was up 17% versus last year and that the average amount spent was up 7.2%. According to the NRF, shoppers were busy buying clothes and electronics. Meanwhile, ShopperTrak, which monitors sales at shopping centers and malls around the country, says Black Friday sales were up 3% versus last year.”

What if we all stepped back from our own lives and looked at a more global picture? How could the holidays be different if we made it less about stuff and more about people? What if we spent our time and money to enrich the lives of others?

We came across the video posted below that stopped us in our tracks and is challenging the ways we spend our Christmas. The initial tempation after watching this is to say, “Oh it’s too late. I’ve already done my shopping. We’ve already made our plans.” Please don’t misunderstand. This isn’t meant to make anyone feel guilty. And by the way, we’ve done our Christmas shopping too. But, it’s never too late to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s never too late to sacrifice something on someone else’s behalf.

Movement and change has to start with someone. How about you? What can you do this year to make the holidays different? Please share your comments and ideas for others to see.

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BV at North Point Community Church

November 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Inside Out, we were beyond honored to be with you guys tonight. Words can’t express how exciting it was to talk to so many of you afterwards and hear your hearts to pursue what God has for you. Keep it up, keep moving, and stay in touch with us!

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