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TrueLife Creativity Teams

Our TrueLife (TL) creativity team has been in the process of looking at what our DNA should be as Creativity Teams?  Through the process we have come up with “play ground rules” a manifesto of what will guide all of our creativity teams in the future.  The concepts that I love is that we give people within these teams a voice to share and to contribute to the bigger plan that God is doing in the midst of TL.  This opens the door to allow the church to function within their giftings and interact and reach the city through those giftings.  Where some church cultures suppress new ideas and innovation, TL creativity teams draw out new thinking (through those within the community) as it helps to build bridges to the culture, cultural creatives and through the process it develops community through our journey together.

I guess what motivates me secondly is God has a pathway within our community to shape and form us.  For ages churches  have been copies of other churches, people have thought; if I can only do what that “Big Church” is doing I will build a name for myself, but the reality is that we build a name within our communities by acting and functioning together as a community.  A place where people’s voice can be heard and a place to serve and share the gospel in a practical manner to the city that God has called each of us.

I guess I am sharing all of this just because I am excited to be in a place where I fit, I belong, and God can fulfill something special through our creativity teams.  I know we aren’t the perfect church, but as God directs… lives will be changed!

Lastly, I want to thank Mark for being obedient to allow this concept of creativity teams to be part of our community.  It is a joy to serve with you!

Purple States

I have recently began watching Purple States tv.  The New York Times have selected five people throughout the United States (Iowa, South Carolina, California, Florida and Maine) to interview the Presidential candidates.  These individuals are not professional journalist or political specialist, they are citizens asking the candidates questions that are effecting the American people.  These selected citizens are asking questions that are regarding:  war, energy, out sourcing jobs, health care, and much more.  Each of us should take this very serious.  We need to know who the candidates are and how they can make a better future for America.  Check out Purple States tv to learn more about the journey these five citizens take together as they learn who the candidates are all the way through Super Tuesday.

Merry Christmas?

Wish Me a Merry Christmas

A recent survey released by Rasmussen Reports after the Thanksgiving holiday showed that 67 percent of Americans favor the phrase “Merry Christmas” being used in seasonal advertising while only 26 percent would choose “Happy Holidays.”  There are many Christians choosing not to shop at stores that are choosing to market Christmas with the terminology’s “Happy Holidays” they feel this is one step of taking Christ out of Christmas.  In fact there is ” Wish me a Merry Christmas” campaign to combat against  retailers who are choosing to take Christ out of Christmas. 

 I am interested to hear back from you guys and tell me your thoughts on this.  How do you think the body of Christ should respond to this?  I know James Dobson  believes that we should communicate to retailers by choosing not to shop at stores who take this stand.  What do you think??

Skype

Skyping

I was listening to a youtube video blog yesterday and I heard someone use a word I was unfamiliar with in a sentence.  He said, “Then we came back to the hotel blogging and skyping, it was a pretty average day.”  The only definition that I have found was on the Urban Dictionary and it states:  Using skype to communicate via voice, text message, file transfer and link exchange simultaneously.

Basically it is multitasking while communicating to someone.  I haven’t realized it, but I have been skyping for a while.  I download songs, blog or answer e-mail and sometimes even talk on the phone, while drinking coffee, at the same time that I am trying to accomplish multiple task.

Traditional or Modern?

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I was reading in Matthew 13:15 today and it is interesting to me that each person grew to deafness and then they closed their eyes! (I think this is a clear picture of what is happening within many ministries today.)

How many of us are growing deaf or have closed our eyes to what God is trying to do in our life or through our life?  Some of us are in this condition due to our hearts being dulled by traditional opposition and we have just quite listening to what God has told us because we are tired of fighting against traditional ways of trying to reach the modern culture.  

I believe that if we are going to be affective ministers of the gospel, we must “STOP” and listen to what God has been trying to say to us and be obedient to what He has said to us.  This means that we must live out our faith- reach those that you have been called to, we cannot continue to do ministry within the same framework that many of us have been raised in.  

I still see multiple cultures within our society; we have the Jews- traditional church attendee in America and the Gentile- those who are the post-modern/ post-churched.  Many traditionalists are doing a great job reaching the traditional believer, but some are blind and deaf to the voice of God because they are trying to reach a Gentile people within the Jewish structure….it doesn’t work!  

As we look into scripture we see that Paul was reaching the Jews and Peter was reaching the Gentile people.   It would have been a nightmare if they worked together trying to reach their target people within the opposing structures of their target people group.  Why should we think that it is any different for us as we are trying to reach our people groups?  The struggle between the traditional and the Emerging is in my opinion the individuals trying to reach opposing people groups within the structure of the traditional or vice-versa.  It will never work!

So this all leads me to ask who have you been called to?  Reach the people that God has called you to, but do it because God has spoken to you and He has called you to.  He hasn’t called you to do ministry within any structure, but to do ministry within the structure that best reaches the people God has called you to!  Who are you called to reach?

Battle Cry – San Francisco – ATT Park

battle cry  

If you have been in youth ministry for a while you have heard the name Ron Luce.  Though many look at Ron’s approach as very extreme, you will find that his motivation behind the war on America is a fight against immorality.  I think we would all agree that we desire to help preserve our moral beliefs and pass them down to our children.   The question is how do we pass down our beliefs to our children, yet not keep them ignorant to the issues of what is really happening in our immoral culture that we call America.

Everyday our own families are inundated with violence, sexuality, and individuals that deface the values that many of us grew up being parented under.  If we are ever going to win this battle against immorality, the church must be a voice in America.  Not just a voice, but believers that are unified in faith living a counter culture lifestyle that is relevant to the average person we come in contact with.  The best way to combat this is to educate our own children about why we believe the Biblical values that we profess.  We as parents, family members, friends, teachers and pastors should speak up, instead of being silent about immoral issues.  Many are trying to preserve their children’s life by shutting the ears of their children or sheltering them from being exposed to our culture. We tell our child not to speak using certain words or not to act in the manner that others do in our culture, but we haven’t helped them understand why.  This must stop!  To be a voice, our counter culture lifestyle must offer a solution and understanding that people in today’s society understand.  Not just opinions, but facts of the impact that our culture is having upon society and then practical actions that can be modeled in our life. 

What will you do to begin being a voice in your home, church and city?  Will you remain silent or like Ron Luce– sound the battle cry!  It is time to unify and live what we say we believe.  

Motivated by???

I am in a contemplative mood this morning and I wrote some thoughts down that I’ve been thinking through in a poetic form.

 

Today I awake, but what motivation has overtaken me?

I go to the office, but the objective is another task, not the life that needs to be shown, the love of Christ.  We run to be part of multiple church activities not thinking through or even praying who our lives could impact.  Do we think through what an authentic conversation could really mean to someone who is desperate to find someone who cares?

 

If someone spoke to us, would we be able to tell the difference between the hurting and those hiding in the church?  If we spoke to these people, would they listen to us?  If we gave of ourselves, would the church see that our life is authentically living a life for Christ?

 

I watch the clock tick week after week, people pour into the church building to hear another song and leave, but what do they leave with?  More guilt of how they aren’t living perfect enough, more shame of there mistake ridden past!  When does it stop?  When do we give hopeless people hope instead of ridicule, burned out workers the presence of God instead of more work that leads to no end…When do we lay down everything and approach a Holy God and let Him change us, strengthen us, and inspire us.

 

Our Post-Christian has seen the church, but who has personally engaged in a conversation and has listened to his hurt?  His lack of understanding that God is not another church service, but someone who loves and personally desires to give them a life makeover – a new life and all the accessories needed to live this new life daily.  What is your motivation?  Is it Christ or the church?   

Mosquito Ring Tone

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I was in my office yesterday and I had a group of teens playing with their cell phones.  They asked me if I could hear their ring tone call mosquito.  I really thought that they were joking with at first, but as I looked into it I found that teens today are using these new ring tones that are pitched to the high sound of 15,000 Hz.  I also learned that many adults lose their ability to hear high-pitched sounds that students can hear.  The high-pitched sound was originally designed to discourage teens from loitering in certain locations.  Now students are using their cell phones to text in class rooms were most teachers cannot hear their phone ring.   Download the 15, 000 Hz tone and see if you can hear it! 

Googlenope

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There is a new word definition that came out about three months ago.  It is called a Googlenope (n.) which is a phrase that returns with no hits when entered in quotations in a Google search engine.    So a Googlenope is a word  like “Razor marshmallows  whale clog dancing  brown bear swimming lessons  test dummy operation  non procedure genesis  It is quite interesting going on Google’s search engine to find things that are not on their engine.  You soon find out that there are many crazy things out their like roach farming and frog dancing.  If you find yourself Googling for something and it is not documented….just know that the proper word to use know is googlenope. 

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I am in the process of putting together a Youtube group where students can post video blogs sharing what God has already done in their life.  This is a great way to solidify and also encourage students who may be struggling with their walk with God.  

If you are a Youth Pastor or Leader I would like you to encourage your students to post videos blogs.  For more information contact me – Dave Wilson🙂 or check out the Youtube group:  http://www.youtube.com/group/istory07 

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