Work Day 2.0

What do you get when you combine 12 men 4 jack hammers and a back hoe.

A huge mess.

We had our second workday getting ready for JMC.

We took up 2500 square feet of floor tile. 3500 square feet of ceiling tiles. Ripped out carpet and prepped walls for paint.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out. It is going to be great. Thanks again.



YouTube Friday: SI Swimsuit Edition

What is true beauty.

I have worked with young people for many years and one of the the things that drives me crazy is how so often we allow beauty to be defined for us and to us by the media.

I am not a media hater by any means. I think media is powerful, but as we learned from uncle Ben “With great power comes great responsiblity.” I think that many media outlets are not using their power responsibly.

Magazines paint (literally and figuratively) images in the minds of girls of what they can never obtain outside of photoshop and boys an image of perfection that is not based in reality.

I will keep my comments to a pointed minimum since it is youtube friday but check out these links to read more.

Cultivating Home: Boycotting Hannaford

Your Sacred Calling: Soft-Core-Porn in your family friendly store

Pastor Mark Schilling: Maxium Exposiure Part 3……the truth


caiaphasI read this in my devotional yesterday it really spoke to me.

The Careful Choice

A terrible thing has happened to Caiaphas. Religion has left the realm of respect for person, immediate concern for the individual, for communion. For Caiaphas, sacredness has become institutions, structures, abstractions. Caiaphas is dedicated to the “people.” Therefore, individual, flesh-and-blood men, real people are expendable. Caiaphas is dedicated to the “nataion.” But the nation does not bleed like Jesus. Caiaphas is dedicated to the “Temple,” a mere building, impersonal brick and mortar. Caiaphas becomes impersonal himself, no longer a warm human being but a robot, as fixed and rigid as his own unchanging world.

The choice usually presented to Christian is not between Jesus and Barabbas. No one wants to appear an obvious murderer. The choice we have to be careful about is between Jesus and Caiaphas. And Caiaphas can fool us. He is a very “religious” man.

Under Construction!

Am I the only one who hates it when you type in the url of a website and you get that stupid stick guy digging dirt “Under Construction”.

Or when you are driving anywhere and you end up waiting in a long line of cars because the road you are on is under construction.

But when it comes to your church and seeing the things you have seen on paper for about 2 years take shape it is very exciting. I am very excited as we are officially under construction now. This Saturday we are tearing out all the tile in our lobby we are doing another work day. I hate being under construction. I love however the end result of the construction.

We have a ton of amazing contractors and volunteers helping out. Thanks in advance to everyone helping this Saturday.

Things that effect our perspective.

I found this article “10 ways we get the odds wrong.” It so perfect states how we focus on the wrong things. I think one of the main reasons that we focus on the wrong things is because we have to much information.
Based on what is going on in the world or in our political scene determines where we get a summer talking about what politician will make the worse president, or global warming will destroy our planet by 2020, or if 2.4 million people will be killed by man eating sharks.

I think that many times church leaders don’t do things that they have never done because they are receiving wrong information. If you do that this will happen….

Fear is a very real and very powerful thing. I think that many times church leaders can motivate people with fear, which holds people back from doing what God has. Fear of failure, fear of losing, fear of not accomplishing.

As church leaders and Christ followers we need to have God’s perspective. We need to fear the right things and revere the right things.

Is our fear of risk real or produced by the environment we have created?

Below is a quiz they included in the article for the answers click on the link below the questions.

Mortal Threats

How good is your grasp of risk?

1. What’s more common in the United States, (a) suicide or (b) homicide?
2. What’s the more frequent cause of death in the United States, (a) pool drowning or (b) falling out of bed?
3. What are the top five causes of accidental death in America, following motor-vehicle accidents, and which is the biggest one?
4. Of the top two causes of nonaccidental death in America, (a) cancer and (b) heart disease, which kills more women?
5. What are the next three causes of nonaccidental death in the United States?
6. Which has killed more Americans, bird flu or mad cow disease?
7. How many Americans die from AIDS every year, (a) 12,995, (b) 129,950, or (c) 1,299,500?
8. How many Americans die from diabetes every year? (a) 72,820, (b) 728,200, or (c) 7,282,000?
9. Which kills more Americans, (a) appendicitis or (b) salmonella?
10. Which kills more Americans, (a) pregnancy and childbirth or (b) malnutrition?

Link with the article and answers to the above questions.