Posts Tagged ‘ Eastern Guilford Middle School ’

Child’s Play (Week 2 Sermon)

We live in a society that teaches us to blame our problems and lack of success on anything other than ourselves.  Poiticians blame it on the former person, Nascar blames it on the car, and Milli Vannilli told us to blame it on the rain!  

In our relationship with Jesus we are fully responsible for our personal growth.  How much time we spend with Him, how much we focus on Him, how much we read His word, and how often we pray is our responsible!  Our growth and maturity depends on our commitment.

Click HERE to listen to “It’s not my Fault”

It’s “Go” Day

Yesterday was a unique day in the short 9 month life of Awestruck Church.  We cancelled our service so our folks could serve.  I had no clue what to expect or if anyone would show up.  (It would have been a great excuse to skip church and sleep in)  To my surprise, we had more people than we had jobs, and the Awestruck crowd knocked it out of the park!!!  My personal goal was to see at least half of our average adult attendance show up to work and serve.  We’ve been averaging between 65-80 adults each week, and we had 42 people serving on Sunday morning plus 5 kids!  I was worried about this goal after 24 people informed me that they were either going to be out of town or working, but we reached and exceeded it.  

I was so proud of all that was accomplished yesterday.  One of our families made homemade biscuits to deliver to homeless people on their way.  One crew worked around the home of a lady recently diagnosed with cancer that has been virtually immobilized for a few months.  They weeded, planted flowers and vegetable garden, trimmed hedges, and sanded and repainted her rocking chairs.  The other crew met at Eastern Middle School (where we have church) to wash all the outside windows, pull all the weeds, pick up trash around the building and parking lots, and make over 100 thank you bags for the staff.  We finished the day by taking dinner to the local fire station.  I got reports from a few more folks about their acts of service over the weekend, because they couldn’t join us on Sunday.  

There were so many people working that I didn’t even have a task?  It gave me the opportunity to walk around and record the activities, so look for a video very soon.  Thank to all the folks at Awestruck who showed up to be the Church!

Monday Download

1.  I won 7 out of 10 categories in my first week Fantasy Baseball matchup!  I’m sure it was a fluke and will change, BUT it happened and I’m pumped!  🙂

2.  Let’s talk about our first Easter at Awestruck Church.  I was blown away by how many people showed up, but more importantly the stories of our first time guests.  

3.  I was most impressed and humbled by how strongly God revealed Himself through our service.  There was a sweet spirit in the room…I didn’t want to leave.

4.  Now that you know the outcome, let me explain the morning leading up to that result.  This was an continuation of God teaching our team that it is all about Him and has nothing to do with our plans and ability.

5.  Saturday Night:  I’m laying in bed talking w/ God about Awestruck and remembering how anxious and excited we all were the night before our first service in Sept ’08.  I asked God to return that same sense of expectancy and dependance to our team.  Little did I know…

6.  He’d already planned to do that!  When we arrived early Sunday morning…with all our own plans and strategies…we discovered the school had placed 6 large wrestling mats on the stage we normally use!!!  Impossible to move!

7.  Our only alternative was another room, which is used mostly for storage and…well, junk!  It was not ready to use for our service that morning.

img_08488.  That said, here’s the incredible part of the story…our Team stepped up Huge and we cleaned that room out, swept the floor, brought in a bunch of chairs, removed all the trash, changed the entire stage set up, draped off the big stuff, and made it into a beautiful place to Worship!

9.  Why is that so incredible?  God restored our sense of expectancy and dependance on a day we needed it the most!  Then He showed up and made some major changes in the lives of the folks attending!  Booyah!

10.  The past two Monday Downloads have been mostly about what God is teaching us through some struggles at Awestruck and not my week.  I feel like this has been the important stuff that I wanted to share the last two weeks.  Hope it has been helpful to you.

Monday Download

1.  It feels great to have my Mac back!  I was a bit disconnected for 14 days, but I am back on track now.

mac2.  Speaking of the Mac…the reason I bought it was to avoid “Crashes”, but that was my second hard drive fail in 18 months?  Oh well, not even that could ever make me switch back to a PC!  🙂

3.  The last few weeks have been Insane at Awestruck Church!  We finished up “The Next Step” series this week and God is doing some BIG things in peoples lives.

4.  Travis Moore preached his first message…ever…at Awestruck yesterday.  He knocked it out of the park to finish up our series.

5.  It was nice to have a break this weekend.  I am proud of our team for having everything set up and running smoothly w/out me there to help (or harass)

6.  Of all days for me to take off, there was a Basketball tournament going on right beside our service space in the Middle School…and we didn’t know until they showed up.  Those guys handled it superbly!  

7.  My little girl turned 3 years old last week!  I cannot believe she is already 3 and ready for Dance Class!

8.  Micah’s Baseball season kicks off tonight!  He is ready and so am I.  

kickball9.  My Kickball season starts Wednesday…Yes I said Kickball!  I play in an Adult Kickball league w/ GSO Parks and Rec, and I love it.

10.  Speaking of Kickball…don’t judge it until you experience it.  It is one of the most competitive sports I’ve ever been part of.  Those folks take it serious.

11.  Speaking of Serious…This Guy got me suckered into my first Fantasy Baseball league.  The draft was last night, and I don’t think I had a clue what I was doing.  But, it was kind of fun?

“The Next Step” (Week 3 Sermon)

My kids love to create small masterpieces with construction paper, markers, glitter and too much glue!  It is produced for the sole purpose of being displayed on our Refrigerator.  More importantly, it is their way of letting me know they love me and were thinking of me.

We have the resources and time available to us to create “Fridge Art” for God our father every day.  It is up to us to choose to show Him how much we love Him with who we are and what we do.  

Click HERE to listen to “Fridge Art”

“The Next Step”

the-next-stepWe talk about topics in church that fill people’s minds with great inspiration and knowledge, but leaves some confused about what to do with it.  I am often asked “What is my next step?” by people that want to continue growing in their relationship with Christ.  At Awestruck we are going to talk about some practical and necessary steps to take.  This series will be impacting for those still questioning and the more mature Christian.  Following Christ is much simpler than most make it out to be, but following through with the commitment can be difficult.  Join us this month as we talk about “The Next Step”!

I’m Surrounded…

rioting-crowdI’m so grateful to be surrounded by great leaders at Awestruck Church!  Setting up early each week then staying late to pack it up is a challenge.  There is a great investment of time and sweat to make our service happen each Sunday.  I am so proud of the men and women that show up every week to get things done…many who then carry out vital roles of ministry after the hard labor.  Everyone chips in and no one pulls “rank” when it comes to the medial tasks!

Evan and Heather Blackerby came on board with Awestruck last summer as “staff” without a salary.  Evan is responsible for the Creative Navigation and Future planning.  His mind is full of great ideas and creative expressions for our worship time.  They recently posted their Monthly update and I wanted to pass it on to you.  It is always great to hear what God is doing through another perspective.  You can click HERE to see The Blackerby’s most recent update.  

I love what God is up to in our church, and can’t wait to see what His future holds!

Monday Download

Joseph1.  Micah was in his first Christmas play last week and he got to play Joseph

2.  None of the kids got sick or fell off the stage, but they did scream out to their parents a lot…and that made it very fun to watch.

Cake Face3.  Adyson really enjoyed talking to Micah while he was on stage, AND the cake afterwards!

4.  Awestruck church had the highest attendance and the largest offering in our short history yesterday!

5.  What is phenomenal about the offering is that every bit of it was designated to go to help out families of students of Eastern Guilford Middle and our people stepped up Big time.

img_03296.  It was good to have Layden back together and rockin out our worship time yesterday.

7.  Brittany added a great new element to our music.

img_03308.  The challenge yesterday was to live our lives in a way that makes Jesus attractive to people around us.   Be the “ornament” that hangs on His tree.

9.  I am soooooooo excited about Santa coming to our house this week!  The kids are too.  🙂

10.  We had a blast hanging out with Shannon’s family in Roanoke Rapids on Friday and Saturday.  Be sure to check out the video below to see the dangerous gift SHE picked out for Micah.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy time with your families!

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“Illuminate” will Brighten your Christmas?

illumate-picThe month of December we will be shedding a different light on the story of Christmas at Awestruck Church.  I am so pumped about this teaching series as we talk about the purpose of the Birth of Jesus.  It’s not going to be all about a manger, donkeys and wise men, but more importantly why that process was necessary and what does it mean to us in 2008.  We are shining some light on Jesus’ reason for coming to earth…He came to Illuminate!

12/7  “The Story of the Tree”     12/14  “Shine the Light”    

12/21  “Be the Ornament”     12/28  “The Star on Top”  

Monday Download

1.  I ate enough Turkey and Ham this week to hold me over until next November!

2.  I was really excited to find out we are doing steak and shrimp for our big Christmas meal.  🙂

3.  I always love getting to see family over the Thanksgiving week, but I don’t always love the travel that is involved.  Believe it or not I love being at home more than anywhere on the planet.

Carolina vs Duke4.  The family went to the Tanglewood Festival of lights w/ my mom and dad on Friday.  Micah pooted on my leg?  (See the video below)

5.  Me and Micah got to go to the Carolina/Duke Football game on Saturday night.  It was wet and cold, but we had such a great time.

6.  Service at Awestruck was incredible today!  I am thankful to EJ Rouse for preaching today.  

7.  EJ and his team are launching Bridge Pointe Church next Fall.

8.  My mom and dad were at Awestruck this morning.  I love it when they are in town and come to church with us.

img_01169.  It was awesome having Brandon from Mercy Mercedes hang out and play guitar with Layden again.  The music was off the hook this morning!

10.  Tomorrow begins a serious week of training for my Triathlon next July.  It’s going to hurt bad.