Maxin’ & Relaxin’ with God, Mike, and Ted

Usually I try to post something on here around 8:something each morning, but not today.  Today, at long last, is a nice, relaxing day off.  Aaahhh.

One of the challenges of having a job that I really love is drawing the line when it comes to days off.  This is especially true when there’s so much work to be done.  A few weeks ago I blogged about taking off on Thursdays, but I just haven’t been able to keep those days clear.  But today I’m sabbathing.

The fact is that God commands us to take a day off.  Like the good parent that He is, He knows we’re sometimes too dumb to do what’s best for us, so He has to give us some rules.  It’s kind of like how parents don’t let their little kids play with the neighbor’s Rottweiler.  Bottom line: workaholism is disobedience.  It’s sin.  Even if you have a job that you really enjoy, it’s necessary to take some down time once in a while.

So here I am posting at 1:00 in the afternoon.  This morning I had breakfast with my father-in-law, then came home and took a nap.  A nap in the morning!  Sweet.

Now what to do?  I’m looking at some books I have next to me, and I see The Heart of a Great Pastor, Simple Church, Preaching, The Sermon Maker, The Purpose Driven Church, and Christian Theology.  I guess those are off limits today, along with the copy of Rev! Magazine sitting on top of them.

Guess I’ll finish reading God’s Book of James, dive into Ted Dekker’s latest novel Skin, then open iTunes and watch Michael Jackson’s video for “Beat It.”

Don’t bust–you know you try to dance like him when no one’s looking.

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Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

New CrossWay Sign!

Okay, so it’s not actually the new sign, but it’s a new sign.  The youth group from Ohio painted over our old sign yesterday, which is great–that way we’ll at least have the right name on the sign until the brand new one comes in!  (We’re currently in the process of ordering it.)

It’s not the best picture (because I took it–sorry), but check it out:

Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 4:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

CrossWay On Purpose – Session 2

Last night we held the second session of our church-wide Bible study, CrossWay On Purpose.  Attendance was up, as we had 16 people.  We got through more Bible passages than last week–all the way through the Gospels.

We started out by passing around some cookbooks that I brought from home.  Right away people noticed how new and unused they look!  Usually cookbooks have at least a little bit of splattered butter or flour or some kind of sauce on them.  But nope–not these.

The reason is that I don’t use them.  They’re fun to look through, especially the pictures of really tasty-looking food.  And each recipe tells me exactly what I need to make the dish, and exactly how I can make it, step by step.  I have all that information at my disposal, but I never actually use it–I never put it into practice.  You’re much more likely to find me nuking something in the microwave, tossing a frozen pizza in the oven, or slopping together a sandwich than trying to actually cook something.  I’ve got the cookbooks, but that doesn’t make me a cook.

In the same way, the Bible tells us everything we need to know in order to be the church that God made us to be.  But just knowing these things is not enough.  Just reading what it says won’t make us the church God has in mind any more than knowing a recipe makes me a cook.  As we read all these Bible passages about what to do and what to be as a church, we must look ahead to the end of the study.  When we complete our Bible study, we’ll turn to the practical part of actually doing this stuff.  That’s the part that is the hardest work; it’s also the part that’s the most rewarding.

After this discussion we jumped into these passages: Matthew 22:36-40; 24:14; 25:34-40; 28:18-20; Mark 10:43-45; Luke 4:18-19; 4:43-44; John 4:23; 10:14-18; 13:34-35; 20:21.

Out of these passages, this is what we found God wants His church to be and to do:

·         love God

·         love people

·         love God with all our: heart, mind, soul, strength

·         love with undivided love

·         love yourself

·         get the Word—the Gospel of the Kingdom—out to everyone in the whole world

·         continue spreading the Word

·         we are commissioned

·         testify to what God has done for us personally

·         be witnesses of what we have seen

·         prepare people for the end coming

·         meet people’s needs

·         be aware of people’s needs

·         serve willingly

·         minister without hesitation or holding back

·         feed the hungry

·         clothe the naked

·         visit the sick

·         provide medical care

·         visit the prisoners

·         welcome strangers

·         give water to the thirsty

·         receive our inheritance

·         share our inheritance

·         provide shelter

·         minister to the least of these

·         make disciples

·         go!

·         be fishers of men

·         teach obedience to everything Jesus commands

·         baptize people

·         go with assurance

·         go in the authority & Spirit of Jesus

·         go in Jesus’ name

·         point people to Jesus

·         make disciples of all nations

·         be last

·         serve

·         be servants

·         be first to serve and last to be served

·         be part of a radical counterculture

·         serve & live sacrificially

·         model ourselves after Jesus

·         serve humbly, expecting nothing back

·         be in the world but not of the world

·         pursue God’s standard of greatness

·         preach Good News

·         proclaim freedom

·         preach under God’s anointing

·         be Spirit-filled

·         heal the brokenhearted

·         release & set free

·         be sent by God

·         preach deliverance to the captives

·         give sight to the blind

·         bring hope—spiritually & physically

·         share the Good News of Hope

·         be preachers of the Good News

·         go to the gathering places (like cyberspace)

·         be obedient

·         keep focused

·         keep going & preaching

·         preach in the places of worship (like the Internet & TV)

·         worship God in spirit & truth

·         worship God in the present & future (not to let the past hinder us from worshiping Him)

·         gather sheep

·         shepherd the sheep

·         know the Shepherd

·         recognize the Shepherd’s voice

·         lay down our lives for the sheep

·         put others’ needs above our wants

·         be born again

·         live a resurrected life

·         be united

·         listen for the Shepherd’s voice

·         love each other

·         love each other as Christ loves us

·         build relationships

·         be intentional about loving each other

·         love others in the way they need to be loved

·         love sacrificially

·         be peacemakers

·         be sent by Jesus as He was sent by the Father

·         go into the world as Christ’s ambassadors

·         embody the peace of Christ

·         go in the power & authority of Christ

·         be missionaries where we are

 We had some pretty good discussion about what it means to be missional in our context, especially as it relates to helping the poor

One insight that especially stood out to me is that gathering places today are not always actual physical locations.  Jesus hung out at wells–the places where people gathered.  We still have many of those places, like malls, bars, beaches, etc.  But there are also countless millions hanging out in cyberspace.  What a mission field!  What a great way to meet and minister to people!  One of the challenges for today’s church is meeting people where they are by redeeming technology.  We need to be intentional about using the opportunities presented by technology–opportunities to get past people’s defenses and meet them on their own territory, on their own terms… in cyberspace.

It’s been interesting zipping through the Gospels and seeing what Jesus did, that we also should do.  Next week we’ll be getting into Acts and the letters written by the first followers of Jesus, which get into even more detail about what the church should be and do.

Since next Wednesday is July 4th, we’re going to have a cookout here at the church at 5:30.  We’ll do Session 3 of CrossWay On Purpose, then head into Ocean City together to watch the fireworks.  It’ll be awesome!

Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

www.triplecord.net

The website I mentioned on here before, www.triplecord.net, is now a reality. Check it out!

Keep in mind, however, that our CrossWay website is extremely temporary. Speaking of the website, Carolyn has been working hard on the real one. This Saturday she finishes up the class she’s been taking, and then she’ll be able to put a lot more time into the website. I think we’ll probably have it going some time in July.

Meantime, be sure to check out www.triplecord.net, where you can follow the series we’re doing which starts this Sunday.

Oh yeah, we filmed the video segments for the series, “I’d Rather Be Fishing,” a couple days ago. I’ll post them on here week by week.

Published in: on June 28, 2007 at 8:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Sign Stuff

Right now there’s a youth group from a Mennonite Church in Ohio doing some work around the building for us.  (Their pastor, Bob Miller, was the pastor of this church for several years.)

One thing they’re doing that I’m very excited about is painting our church sign.  We still have the old name on it, which just isn’t a good thing logistically.  I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Another thing I’m excited about is the brand new sign that we should have in place before too long.  This morning I met with Terri, our preschool director, who also heads up the ministry related to everything building and grounds.  It’s a good thing, because she’s an administrative machine!  We looked at the variations of our logo and some of the options for the new sign, and she sent off an email to get some feedback about what we want to do and what our options are.  The ball is rolling!

Once the Ohio group is finished painting the current sign–which will probably be out there another month or two while we’re getting the new one made–I’ll post a picture of it on here.

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Day 10: Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles

Below is the tenth journal entry recording the events of the trip Carolyn and I took to England and France in July of 2006. Day 10 was the last full day of our adventure:

Thursday, July 27, 2006 Paris, France EuroStar

This morning we woke up at about 8:00–fortunately, because we didn’t have an alarm clock in the room. Our room was great!–AC, a freezer, automatic blinds… it was so nice! We got packed up and left our luggage at the hotel, then walked to the Eiffel Tower. It was about four blocks or so (a very rough estimate) and we waited in line for only about 10 minutes. It was 11 euro each to get to the top. It was so much bigger than I’d realized–the base alone looked big enough to squeeze the Notre Dame Cathedral underneath it. It was 95 feet high… to the first floor. When we got to the very top, it was dizzyingly high. It made the Cathedral at Notre Dame look like a one-story building. I thought you could see Paris from the cathedral’s bell tower; from the top of the Eiffel Tower, it almost seemed like we could see the curve of the earth! We walked around up there for a little while, just enjoying the awesomeness of it. Eventually we took the elevator down to the second floor, where we walked around for a few minutes before taking the steps down to the first floor. This one-floor journey was adventurous enough to leave me feeling kind of sick, so we took the elevator down to the ground. From there we took the train to the Palace of Versailles.

Oh yeah–first thing this morning after leaving the hotel we stopped at that place on the corner again for quiche. It was delicious as before.

When we arrived at the train station in Versailles, it was a short walk of just a couple blocks to the palace. (This EuroStar train is shaky, making it hard to write!) The buildings in Paris are huge, generally much, much bigger than the ones in London, and this palace was no exception. It was just ridiculously enormous, much like the Louvre (though the Louvre is bigger than the Versailles Palace).

The palace was more crowded than most other places we’ve been. We took the English audio tour. (Like many other places we visited in England and France, it was also offered in Russian, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, and, of course, French. Oh yeah, also Japanese. German is also available some places.) The palace was incredible, as I expected. There was a very impressive chapel, and we got to see a lot of the private and public rooms used by the kings and queens of France.

We saw King Louis XIV’s bedroom, where he died in 1715. We saw the room with the balcony where the royal family was forced to appear before a riotous public in October 1789. There was the astonishing and extremely fancy Hall of Mirrors, half of which was fully restored (the other half will be restored in coming years). It was in this hall that the famous Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. Strangely, this hugely historic event was mentioned only once, and that only in passing. We saw the queens’ bedroom where Louis XV & XVII (I think those are the right Louis’) were born, and the wife of Louis XIV died. We saw the small hallway off the back of this room where Marie Antoinette fled from the rioters in the French Revolution on October 6, 1789. We saw the guards’ antechamber near this room. On that October day in 1789, rioters stormed the palace and mortally wounded the chief officer (the king’s bodyguard), who ran into this antechamber, shouted, “Save the queen!,” and died (this apparently is what prompted her to flee down that hallway).

On the train on the way to Versailles, there was a dude going car-to-car playing the accordion for money. I’d never seen that before. He seemed pretty good.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Versailles was the gardens. I’ve never seen anything like it! It was incredible: neatly trimmed rows of trees, close-cropped hedges in vast, fancy patterns, and beautiful, brightly colored flowers all over the place. There were several fountains and tons of white statues. It was on at least a couple different stories and sloped down away from behind the palace. It just went on and on forever–we walked a great distance but never even came close to the end. We never even got within sight of Marie Antoinette’s estate, which adjoins the palace grounds. The place was so incredibly vast and expansive that we were able to take a private walk despite the huge crowd that fanned out over the grounds.

London, England Kensington Very Late

The train was so shaky it made me sick to write, so I had to stop. So here we are back in London, at the Kensington Close, room 574–way, way, way down at the end.

So anyway, we left Versailles around 6:00 p.m. and took the train back near the Eiffel Tower. We walked around, visited Rue Cler with its street markets–Carolyn got a yummy chocolate crepe there–then ended up eating at Ristorante Tina, the Italian place where we got pizza last night. I got the same pizza, but this time hot and with parmesan and some kind of red pepper oil with it. Carolyn got spaghetti. I tried some of it, and it was so tasty… zesty… possibly the best I’ve ever had! Then we picked up our luggage and took the metro to Gare du Nord to catch our train. It was easily the most crowded subway I’ve ever been on. We were packed so tight that we couldn’t hold onto the poles while we stood; instead, we were held in place by bodies.

Carrying this ridiculously heavy and bulky luggage is the most grueling undertaking I’ve had since Parris Island in 1993. I’ve probably sweated ten gallons today.

Thus concludes our European excursion to England and France. I’ll wrap up the account tomorrow.

Published in: on June 26, 2007 at 8:48 am  Comments (2)  

Day 9: The Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Seine

Here’s an updated version of last week’s post about our England & France trip last summer. This one’s got the pictures:

Below is the ninth journal entry recording the events of the trip Carolyn and I took to England and France in July of 2006:

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Paris, France

We got up this morning in London at 4:00 a.m., having showered before going to bed. So we were ready right at 4:30, and our taxi was there right on time. The city was still mostly dark as he whipped around one corner after another until we arrived at Waterloo. We checked in and didn’t have to wait long at all until we boarded the EuroStar. I’m sure it was less than an hour en route before I fell asleep, not waking until we weren’t far from Paris Nord. It was weird waking up and not even knowing what country we were in. I saw the time and it threw me off–I didn’t realize that Paris is an hour ahead of London. So we’re now 6 hours ahead of Eastern Shore Time (isn’t that what EST stands for?).

We arrived at about 9:30 a.m. Paris time, and it was weird getting off the train and walking into the subway station, where all the signs were in French. Carolyn got in line and bought “ten tickets,” because that’s what the people in front of her got! Paris’ subway is in zones, and a ticket gets you one way in the city’s zone (or something like that).

The weather here is oppressively hot, and the luggage I packed was extremely heavy and doesn’t have a handle designed for that kind of weight. So it was very grueling and painful getting the luggage to the hotel–when we finally figured out how to get here. I must’ve sweated about four gallons on the subway, not to mention the walk. We took the metro from Gare du Nord to Strasbourg Saint-Denis, then switched lines to come to Ecole Militaire. From there it’s a short two-block walk to Hotel Relais-Bosquet, on Rue de Champ de Mars.

We came to our room–the check-in guy spoke fluent English!–which is really nice. And best of all, it has AC!!! Woo hoo!!! We bought two-day museum passes and cruise tour tickets for 90 Euro, then left the hotel. We stopped at a cafe around the corner for quiche, which was very tasty. It was kind of funny, because we pointed at what we wanted to order, then discovered the girl working the counter spoke English (she sounded like she was from New York). We ate on a sidewalk bench, then took the metro to the Louvre Museum.

The Louvre is bigger than a lot of towns. We covered a lot of ground and saw some incredible stuff: the Mona Lisa and other Leonardo paintings, some Michelangelo paintings, some amazing French crown jewels covered in diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires, the Code of Hammurabi, some other ancient stuff from Moab and Assyria and Babylon, and that glass pyramid thing. We saw a lot of other things that were really cool and historically significant, like a statue of a headless angel and some ancient Greek and Roman stuff, and a ton of paintings, but unfortunately we couldn’t read any of it because it was all in French.

After the Louvre, we came out under the arch, toward the Eiffel Tower. At this point I thought I was just going to die from heat and dehydration. The sun was blazing down with a fury, with no shade in sight. We made our way across the Seine River to a sidewalk cafe. The waiter was funny–he said something to us in French, then English, so Carolyn said, “What’s that?” He thought she said, “What’s up?,” so he said–in his French accent–“What’s up? What’s up!,” the second one drawn out like in the old commercial, American style. Later he approached us with a carafe of cold water, which we had requested. He showed it to us, and then burst into a string of French as he poured it into our glasses. We were both thinking the same thing–wondering what he was doing since he knew we didn’t speak French (we’d asked for English menus)–when he quickly explained, “That’s the age of this fine wine.” Funny guy. (He reminded me of the funny beefeater who led us around the Tower of London–at one point he [the beefeater] asked all the Americans in the groups: “Are you here on holiday, or to learn the language?”) We got two different kinds of ham sandwiches–one was good and one was nasty–and drank two carafes of water. Then we headed to the nearby Cathedral of Notre Dame.

We took pictures from the outside, then waited in line for the tower tour. Meanwhile I bought postcards at a little shop across the street and drank my first Perrier in France… from a can.

The tour of Notre Dame was awesome. We climbed up 400-plus steps, saw some places mentioned in Victor Hugo’s famous novel set on the site, and finally reached the bell tower with the nearly-500-year-old bell. It was so cool! Then we took the winding spiral staircase even higher, to the very top. Right in front of us were the cathedral’s famous gargoyles; down below us was the river; and spreading for miles all around was the great city of Paris.

When we came back down (the climb up nearly did us in, with the horrible heat; the descent made us dizzy), we walked around inside. How blessed we are to be able to tour Westminster Abbey in London one day, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris the next day! Notre Dame wasn’t as intricately ornate and crowded with monuments and tombs as Westminster Abbey, but I think it was grander. It makes Westminster look almost cluttered. It has by far the most amazing, beautiful, stunning stained glass windows I’ve ever seen. Huge ones in grand patterns, all over the place. Very fancy altar. Huge vaulted ceilings. It was incredible. And unlike St. George’s Chapel and Westminster Abbey, we were permitted to take pictures inside, though I’m sure photographs could never do the place justice.

We took the subway back here to the hotel to cool down, get watered up, and rest before the cruise tour. But first we stopped at a local market and bought lemonade for Carolyn, Perrier, a French Diet Coke for John Coleman, some milk, and a small bottle of French champagne for my parents.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Paris, France Part II

The crown jewels we saw earlier were those of Louis XV and Josephine.

So after resting and writing earlier, we went past the Eiffel Tower to take a tour cruise on the Seine with Bateaux Parisiens. We made the 9:30 p.m. boat. It lasted about an hour and we had a great time. Not long after we set off, a really big storm moved in. It was so cool! As we moved along the river with Paris flowing by around us, the wind began blowing everything around. Lightning illuminated all the enormous historical buildings, and rain pelted the boat. It was a little unnerving, but lots of fun, and exciting. The Eiffel Tower is really something to see when it’s lit up at night–especially when it’s in the middle of a barrage of lightning! Unfortunately we couldn’t get a picture of it during the storm because of the rain. After the cruise tour we walked through the pouring rain back toward the room, stopping nearby for a pizza to go–or “take away”–from a local pizza place. Fortunately, the restaurants in Paris seem to be open much later than the ones in London! I took a much needed shower, then Carolyn and I ate the pizza here in the room–with Perrier from Paris!

Now it’s past time for bed yet again, and another busy day planned for tomorrow.

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 2:59 pm  Comments (2)  

Ready… Set… Smack!

Every summer SonRise Church has an event to promote fellowship and raise money to send the youth to camp.  One of the ways they raise money is by placing several jars outside the sanctuary for a few weeks leading up to the event.  Each jar has the name and picture of one of the leaders in the church.  People can put money in whichever jar they choose, and whoever has the most money in their jar gets pied in the face at the event.  (The event usually includes games, tons of food, an auction, more food, a dunking booth, and some food.)

Last Saturday was the big day, and Pastor Daryl was in the lead for getting the pie in the face.  But at the last second, someone dropped a bundle of cash in the jar belonging to Leo Ehrisman.  Leo is the church’s drummer and worship leader, and is a detective with the Ocean Pines Police Department.  Pastor Daryl–who worked with Leo at the PD for years before he left to plant SonRise–paid fifty bucks for the privilege of delivering the infamous pie.

Fortunately for all of us who were not there, a thoughtful SonRiser has placed a video of Leo getting pied on YouTube.  You can enjoy it here:

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 10:48 am  Comments (2)  

“Together With”

Yesterday at CrossWay we celebrated Communion.  We celebrated God’s presence with us, and the fact that we can meet together with Him because of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on our behalf.

We had an actual-size replica of the ark of the covenant up on the platform as we looked up some Scriptures in the Old Testament that explained God’s holiness and the seriousness of being in His presence.  These passages teach about all the requirements that used to be in place for drawing near to God.  In the old worship system, God actually dwelt on top of the ark of the covenant between two statues of cherubim (angels).

Then we read in the New Testament about how Jesus changed all that.  Since He died to forgive us and gave us His own holiness, we can now come to God with confidence through Jesus.  We took the cherubim off the top of the ark and replaced them with crosses.  The contrast showed how we used to have limited to access to the God who lived between the two sinless angels, but we now have full access to Him because of God dying between two sinful thieves.

Then we reached inside the ark, which used to contain the Law (the Ten Commandments), and pulled out the bread and juice for Communion.  They represent God’s grace given to us in the cross of Christ.

It was a special time with a worshipful atmosphere.  We truly did meet together with God.

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 7:15 am  Leave a Comment  

CrossWay On Purpose – Session 1

On Wednesday, June 20, we held our first session of CrossWay On Purpose.  There were 10 present, and we had a really good study and discussion.

We began with a treasure hunt.  The group was given an envelope with a clue, which led to the location of the next clue.  Each clue was a Bible verse.  For instance, the first clue was: “He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself” (1 Samuel 24:3).  The group quickly deduced that the next clue was hidden in the mens room–you can guess where.  Our search led us to the guinea pig cage, out to the gate by the playground, to one of the tires on Carolyn’s car, then to the church sign out by the highway, and finally to a large wooden cross in the sanctuary.  At the foot of the cross was a treasure chest containing the folders for CrossWay On Purpose.

Discovering God’s purpose for His church is a lot like that.  He reveals His purposes for His church in His Word–the Bible.  Our job is simply to unearth them, much like going on a treasure hunt. 

We also talked about how it’s not our place to come up with our own agenda, our own plans, our own ideas regarding what the church should be about.  It’s not our church!  It’s God’s church–He simply gives us the privilege and the responsibility of being a part of it.  So our goal is not to dredge up our own opinions and plans; our goal is to find out who God wants CrossWay Church to be and what He wants CrossWay Church to do.

Then LJ Timmons, a CrossWay elder, led the Bible study and discussion.  Each participant was given a folder from the treasure chest, which contained a list of Bible passages, a list of questions to study each passage, and room to write down their thoughts about each one.

As the group talked, we wrote down everything these passages said about what what the church is to be and do.  In this first session, we examined Matthew 5:13-16; 9:35; 11:28-30; 16:15-19; 18:19-20.  Here’s our list of what these verses teach us about who we’re to be and what we’re to do: 

·         be an example

·         be salt (flavor, preservation)

·         be light

·         be seen, visible

·         make disciples

·         do good deeds

·         good deeds to be seen for God’s glory & praise

·         shine

·         live our lives to be an example—attitude

·         put the Light on a stand—lift up Jesus

·         spread the Word, the Gospel of the Kingdom

·         meet people’s physical needs

·         minister to the whole being

·         continue what Jesus began

·         teach how to love God & love people

·         teach how to be obedient to God

·         teach about a relationship with God

·         go into the towns & villages

·         heal the sick & diseased

·         help people in need

·         have compassion

·         be available

·         provide rest for souls

·         be gentle & humble in heart

·         carry each other’s burdens

·         be a place of rest & refreshment

·         come to Jesus

·         not complicate the Gospel

·         remove/lift burdens rather than add them

·         be meek & lowly in heart—not proud & arrogant

·         show the Way to forgiveness & freedom & rest

·         acknowledge Jesus for who He is

·         experience Jesus with our hearts

·         personally receive God’s revelation & conviction

·         open the gates of Heaven

·         bring people home

·         be “little rocks”

·         stand against the enemy

·         “bind” & “loose”

·         bind sin

·         kick demonic butt

·         come against sin

·         pray

·         be stewards of God’s authority

·         believe what God says

·         come together in Jesus’ name

·         ask & agree in Jesus’ name

·         work well together

·         ask in expectation, believing

·         take God at His Word

·         experience God’s presence together

There was some great discussion about the need for us to really, truly, deeply, personally believe these things for ourselves before we’re able to pass them on to others.  There was also some frustration over the question: “But how do we actually do these things in practical ways in our current setting?”  I love that question and the frustration over it, because I know that at the end of the study it will translate into creative applications.

We closed with a time of group prayer, which included some powerful silence.  I love silence in prayer–it houses some of the holiest moments!

If you weren’t able to attend this first meeting and would like a CrossWay On Purpose study folder, please let me know and I’ll be happy to get one to you.  Meanwhile, we’ll be at it again on Wednesday, June 27.  The session runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  And so you can plan ahead–we will be meeting on July 4, which falls on a Wednesday.  What we’ll do is start with a cookout.  Eating begins at 5:30.  We’ll have the Bible study at its regular time and then head into Ocean City for the fireworks.

Published in: on June 22, 2007 at 10:57 am  Comments (2)