Looking Back

I sit here on December 31, 2010. Another year in the books. As I think back over the last twelve months I can't help but marvel. I marvel at the ride God has had me on. The year has been filled with many ups and downs and surprise twists and turns, all with one destination in mind. To be by His side trusting Him is the destination He has had in mind. As I close out the year I am left with a renewed sense that to be in the center of God's will is the best place to be!

2010 was a year filled with great ministry. For most of the year I was blessed to work with an incredible group of students at Rock Harbor Church in Sherwood, OR. I will forever remember the many adventures we found ourselves on as well as the times of life impact as we together allowed God to form us into who He wanted us to be. In the final three months of the year the Lord called me out of student ministry and into a whole new world.

2010 marked the year that I began my ministry at Foothills Community Church in Molalla, OR. The story of how God moved in lives to call me to make this move is nothing short of amazing! At Foothills we are home. We are at home with a community of people fully committed to being a part of God's story of transformation in the lives of the people of Molalla and around the world.

This last year was also a year of amazing memory making times with the family. From learning to ride a bike, to soccer games, trips to California, to our first cruise. I could not feel more blessed with the family God has given me. A true gift.

As has been the tradition of our family for the last few years, we have complied the best pictures of the year and put together a sort of Christmas e-card. A highlight reel if you will. Here is a look at 2010.

It's now 2011. Here we go!

Enjoy the ride!

Social Network Christmas

 What if Facebook and social media were around at the time of Jesus' birth?

Remember Who We Celebrate

Last week in our staff meeting we had quite the conversation all centered around this commercial.  Have you seen it?  Does it bother you like it does me?

I guess when Christmas is all about us, it changes one's perspective.  It is sentiment like this, that when asked to write an article for local paper, The Molalla Pioneer, I submitted the following.  May we not forget who it is we celebrate this season, as well as the rest of the year.

I love birthday parties.  Always have.  When I was a child my parents would often throw me great big parties and invite all my friends.  I enjoyed the games, the singing and the birthday cake, but what I really loved were the presents!  They were all for me and I loved it!

I have been to many birthday parties over the years.  One thing that has held true of all them is that it is the one being celebrated that receives the gifts.  I have never attended a birthday party expecting to receive gifts from those in attendance.  When I ponder Christmas, the birthday of Jesus, I can't help but wonder, how did we get it all mixed up?

It seems that Christmas has become more about us rather than the One in which we celebrate.  I wonder what it would look like if we instead of focusing on ourselves this Christmas, we focused more on Jesus.

In reading the story of Christ's birth we read of Magi coming to see the newborn Jesus.  What I am struck by is their response to Him.  They came to worship and in their worship they gave to Him.  What if we were to approach our Christmas celebration in like manner?  What if instead of focusing on one another, we in an act of worship, presented gifts to Him?

Giving to Jesus will look different for each of us.  Here are some ideas:
  1. Write letter of love and hope to soldiers away from home.  They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year.
  2. Visit someone in a nursing home.  You don't have to know them personally.  They just need to know that someone cares about them.
  3. Give to a trusted organization that is actively meeting the needs of the poor.
  4. Donate time or goods to a local charity.
  5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
We are told in Matthew 25:31-46 that when we give to those in need, we are actually giving to Jesus.  May we this year discover the joy of giving to the One in which we celebrate, and in doing so demonstrate our love for Him.

Enjoy the birthday party, but remember whom it is for.

Read Molalla Pioneer article here.

Giving Thanks

Today is a snow day.  In Oregon snow days are God's way of saying, slow down.  Every once in awhile like in 2008 it is God's way of saying stop!  As one that tends to live a fairly fast paced life, this is at times very difficult for me.  But it is good.  It is good for me to slow down a bit and appreciate being still and enjoy the beauty of the season.  That is what I am doing today.

As Thanksgiving approaches I find myself thinking about how this holiday is much like snow day.  Thanksgiving is a day set aside to slow down and focus on the things we are called to be focused upon each and every day.

I appreciated Pastor Dale's message on Sunday.  It was a good reminder that being thankful is a choice.  We are to choose the path of thankfulness every day; even when we may naturally resist it.  What does this really look like?  What does it look like to live out the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:1, "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus?"  We were encouraged to put into practice five statements to God to help us in this journey of thankfulness, and to discover the power that comes with the heart of a thankful person.

  • Lord, I choose to be thankful today because it is Your will and the path of blessing.
  • Lord, I choose to be thankful today for who You are and what You have done.
  • Lord, I choose to be thankful today despite any painful or unpleasant circumstances.
  • Lord, I choose to reject any despairing, critical, or complaining attitude today from taking control of my mind and emotions.
  • Lord, I ask You for the strength and courage to live this way today in order to become a more thankful person.

I have much to be thankful for this year.

  • I am thankful for the amazing family God has blessed me with.  A wife that loves and support me, and two kids that I am privileged to parent. 
  • I am thankful for the many opportunities He has brought my way to love people in a way that He is seen and glorified.  
  • I am thankful for the church family He has graciously allowed me to be a part of and serve alongside.  
  • I am thankful for the ups and downs of this year,  the times of not knowing what was around the next corner, as they afforded me the opportunity to experience faith in a brand new way.
I am also thankful for humor.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

When Life Gets Strange

A lesson many of us learned very early on in life is, life is not fair.  The journey of life is filled with confusing, challenging and just flat out difficult seasons.  With each twist and turn the question most often posed to God is ... why?  Why God do you allow such pain and suffering.  Why God do you allow me to experience such difficult circumstances.  Throughout the ride of life, I have certainly asked my share of why questions.

A truth that we can hang our hat on is that God is for us.  God is for us in life's trying times and has a purpose for them all.  As I have emerged from the dark times in my life I find that I begin to see God's purposes for my life so much more clearly.

God's Word is filled with such stories; beautiful narratives of God's redeeming purposes. I think of the story of Job.  A man who when all of life's joys, comforts and pleasures were ripped right out from beneath him, continued to trust that His God would not abandon him.

I think of the story of Paul.  A man who gave his life to spreading the gospel to the world around him and at the same time found himself shipwrecked, hungry, beaten, and imprisoned.  Through it all he remained set upon the call and purpose God had on his life. 

The story of Ruth is yet another amazing story.  A story of God at work in the midst of pain, confusion, and loss.  A story of a young lady who travels through a very dark season, yet because of her faithfulness to do what is right, emerges experiencing God's incredible blessing.

It is as John Piper coins it, a "Sweet and Bitter Providence."

As we navigate the twists and turns of life may we see and experience God's presence and love. May we not look for reasons to explain God away, but rather see life's strangeness as a way to allow God to reveal His divine purposes for us.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

When God Moves You On

As I have begun my new ministry this week at Foothills Community Church I have found myself thinking quite a bit about how God strategically places us where He can best use us for His purposes and glory.  Over my years of ministry I have found myself serving in 6 different churches. I have served in Gladstone, Oregon, Chula Vista, Californnia, Milwaukie, Oregon, Tigard, Oregon, Sherwood, Oregon, and now in Molalla, Oregon.  What a ride!

In each location God has had me in, I purposed to stay until He said otherwise, and that is exactly what I have done.  When I commit to something, I am one that sends my roots deep.  I am not a flighty person but rather one that is committed for the long haul.  I value longevity and relationship.  It is for that reason that it has never been easy to leave one community and begin anew in a new one.  One thing I know, is that when God is in the changes of life, it is exciting and filled with good things!  In all the places that I have served, God has clearly led.  There is not one that I went looking for.  In every move, God has made it clear that that is where He wanted me.

This last Sunday I said goodbye to Rock Harbor Church in Sherwood.  We were honored with a beautiful clock to commemorate the time spent.  I  am thankful for the time God allowed us to spend in community with the wonderful people of Rock Harbor.  We truly experienced community with them and the beautiful thing about community, it doesn't have to end.

The apostle Paul has always been a role model to me.  He is a picture of one who was radically changed by God and placed in service for Him.  He was an individual called out by God for His extraordinary purposes.  In that call God had him on the move!  He had him moving from Jerusalem to Caesarea, to Rome, Athens, Philippi, Lystra, Cyprus, Antioch, Damascus, Thesslonica, Corinth, and Ephasus.  What a resume!  I would imagine each departure was accompanied by a few tears.  Tears of sadness as well as tears of excitement for what God had next for both Paul and the people in his life.

It's never easy to say goodbye, to move on from those you love, but when God moves you, you go.  You go with enthusiasm for what is next.  Obedience to God always results in blessing.  My family and I  reap daily the blessing of following God's lead in our life. We are now eager to experience life and community with the people of Molalla.  It is already beginning and how excited we are!

When God moves you on, follow.  Follow Him into the great adventure He has for you.  As you do, you will experience His power in your life like never before.  Follow him. Love Him, and experience what Paul shared with the people of Corinth when he wrote, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9).

A New Chapter Begins

It was with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I announced on Sunday my resignation as Associate Pastor at Rock Harbor Church.  It has been my distinct pleasure to serve along side the wonderful people of Rock Harbor as we worked together to make a difference in the community of Sherwood and beyond.  My family and I are grateful for the opportunity we have had to be a part of this wonderful community. 

In recent months the financial, and personal needs of our family have grown and have driven us to seek the Lord in how these would be met.  The way in which He has chosen to meet these ever growing needs can only be described as a God thing!

It has been through a great deal of prayer and listening to God that we have come to this place.  It has not been an easy decision, yet one in which He has clearly led.  We are saddened to say goodbye to our Rock Harbor community, yet at the same time excited about joining God in what He is doing in and through the community of Foothills Community Church in Molalla, Oregon.

Beginning on October 11 I will be taking a bold new step in my life.  It is on this day that I will be following God’s lead in stepping out of the student ministry world as I begin my new role as Associate Pastor at Foothills Community Church.  It is with eager anticipation that I move forward in my mission “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12).

To my family at Rock Harbor, know that you are loved and will always hold a special place in the hearts of my family.  It has been an absolute joy and privilege to join with you in moving God’s Kingdom forward.  To the students of Rock Harbor Student Ministries, my life remains open to you.  Never hesitate to contact me.  I am but a text message, Facebook message, email or phone call away.  You are loved.  Remain in community with one another and stay close to your leaders.  They are fully committed to loving and caring for you.  They are the best!

To our new family at Foothills, we are filled with anticipation as we look forward to joining you in your mission to reach the thousands of unchurched people in your geographic area with the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and to equip them to experience His presence and demonstrate His power.  We look forward to doing life with you and experiencing the kind of community that comes from together seeking the heart of God.

The ride continues.  Bring it on!

Church = Family

The Church is family.  For a family to operate within it's intended design and purpose, family members must be committed to sacrificially serving one another.  So it is with the Church.

Mark Driscoll nails it on this one...

He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." Luke 8:21

Just Do It

Nike got it right. Don't just talk about. Don't just dream about it. Just do it!

Jesus also has it right. "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24.

James certainly nailed it. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22

Why do we get it so goofed up? Why do we tend to dismiss the words of Christ, by merely discussing them, debating them, and even memorizing them? Instead let's just do them!

I appreciate Francis Chan's admonition.

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

HT to Adam McLane for the video.

A Summer To Remember

As summer comes to end, I find myself with a mixed bag of emotions. I am sad because it is my favorite season of the year and I hate to see it go. I rejoice because as I look back over the last three months of ministry, I sit back and celebrate; celebrate all the great things God has done in the life of Rock Harbor Student Ministries.

Through all our different events and gatherings, relationships were deepened. We grew in relationship with one another, we grew in our relationship with our God. It's been good!

Here is a look into the summer of 2010...

As in all of life, with the close of one season, a new one emerges. As we move forward I am confident that the good work God has begun, and continues to do, will continue long into the next season and all those that follow.

Grub Camp 2010

Over the last 20 years I have been taking students up to Indian Henry Campground on the Clackamas River, to take part in what has affectionately become known as Grub Camp. Today I returned from yet another great time on the river.

There is nothing quite like getting a bunch of guys away from their usual settings and routines to spend some quality time together. We laugh, we play, we have great conversations, and so much more.

I loved the words of one parent after her son returned home, "He came home desperately stinky and filthy and just happy as all get out. Thanks Pastor Brian!" Love it!

We have two slogans for Grub Camp. They go up as boys and return home men, and What happens at Grub Camp stays at Grub Camp!

Due to the the second slogan, I can't tell you everything we do, but this year's video should give you a pretty good idea.

Read more Grub Camp experiences here, here and here.

Dividends of Ministry

In my 25 years of ministry I have known many people.  Serving as youth pastor in six different churches has afforded me the opportunity to enter into and enjoy the relationships of many.  Not all have lasted.  Some have.  It is the relationships that last the test of time that are the real blessing.

Twenty one years ago I served as youth pastor at Gladstone First Baptist.  It was my first full time ministry. I often marvel, and at the same time feel so blessed, that a church took a chance on a young 22 year old with very little experience.  It was a great time; certainly a learning one! What I love most, is the fact that I am still in relationship with many of them.

This last weekend we once again got together.  How fun to see and hear of all the changes that life's journey has brought.  How great to see all the young families, many of which are loving and are serving the Lord.

All of us in youth ministry know that one rarely reaps in the same season in which we sow.  It is often years later that we see the dividends of time invested in students lives.  I am so thankful for what I saw this last weekend, and pray that God continues to do great things in and through all of our lives.

What a privilege and honor it is to play such a strategic role in the lives of young people.  I am blessed.

Missional Church

A good picture of what the church has been and where it should be going.

For The Love of The Father

With Father's Day approaching and the privilege I have to preach on that day, I have been spending a good deal of time thinking about what it means to be a good father.  In my estimation, there is not greater task in life for the man with children, than to father them well.

I firmly believe that our view of God the Father is shaped in great measure by how we view our earthly father.  I for one want my children to have a healthy and right view of God. It is when we have a proper understanding of God and His love for us, that we desire to live a life that pleases and honor Him.

I will be opening my message with this video.

Not too long ago, I asked my 5 year old son what he wanted to be when he grew up.  I expected to hear answers along the lines of a firefighter, or even superhero.  What he answered with, humbled me.  He simply said ... you.   It brought back memories of this scene a year early as I was mowing the lawn and how he quickly got his little play mower to mow along side me.  My son wants to be like me.  It is my responsibility to model for him a life that honors God, so that He may do the same.

May it be our desire to emulate our Heavenly Father, because of the love He has for us.
May it be our desire to obey Him and live for Him, not out of duty, but rather out of the love we have for Him.
May we as parents reflect a loving Heavenly Father to our children in all that we do.

UPDATE:  Hear Father's Day message here.

Sometimes It Blows Up In Your Face

Student ministry has been my life calling.  It is what God has called me into, and I couldn't be more thankful.  What an awesome privilege it is to be used of God to be a part of a person's spiritual journey, especially at such an important stage of life as adolescence.

Not everyone understands why I do what I do, and for as long as I have done it.  I have been working with students for over 20 years and I still get a charge out of a good water balloon fight with them.

One thing I love about student ministry is the privilege it is to belong to a tribe of other youth workers who feel the same calling and, well ... just get it.  A group of people that understand the value of giving of one's life to the task of coming along side teenagers and leading them into a relationship with the God that created them and loves them more than they know.

Each year Youth Specialities opens their doors to my tribe.  The National Youth Workers Convention is a time for thousands of youth workers to get together to be refreshed, recharged, challenged, and encouraged.  Read my thoughts and experiences at past conventions here.

I love the promo video produced for this year's convention.  It's a great picture of what I do, but even more the power of what happens when others get it.  Sometimes it just blows up in your face!

The Struggle of Faith

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"  He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:19-21

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"  He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you. Luke 17:5-6

After the disciples failed attempt to drive a demon out of a young boy suffering from seizures, they came to Jesus to ask why.  His answer, "you have little faith."

How is your faith?  Are you finding success and victory in accomplishing the tasks God is calling you into?  Are you enduring the tests God brings your way? 

My wife Robin, and I,  pray together each night.  A couple of months back I prayed a prayer that brought concern to her.  In my prayer I asked God to increase my faith.  The look she gave me at the conclusion of our prayer, made me realize one thing.  I had just prayed a dangerous prayer!  "Do you realize what you just prayed?" she quipped.

My prayer was heart felt and sincere.  God is now answering.

Since that time, we have been tested as individuals and as a couple like never before.  It has been a struggle and a challenge. Through it we have realized the need to rely more on our Savior than ever before.  It has been a season of discovery. A time of realizing the amount of faith I have, and in what, and in whom, I have placed it.  It is growing, but is not yet where it should be.

Have you ever seen a mustard seed?  They are very small!  To be able to see the mountains and the the mulberry trees in life moved with a faith no larger than the size of a mustard seed, is to me both incredible, and convicting.  We all have our own mountains we face.  There are many staring down at me this very moment.  I am confident they will be moved.

To walk by faith is not easy, yet as we do, there is a peace that comes from God that cannot be achieved or experienced any other way.  I often find myself in moments of anxiousness.  As I release that anxiousness to God, and realize that He is in in control, the peace comes flooding in.  It is in those times, that the mountains move.

There are days in which I wish I had not prayed that prayer that night, yet I am glad I did.  It is in the stretching times that our story is written.  A story worth telling, so that others might be brought into God's story of living in and by faith.

How is your faith?

Does God Want Us Happy?

Does God want us to always be happy?  If so, why does He allow all the pain, negative circumstances, and trials in life?  I have been asked this many times.  I myself have wrestled with the notion.

John Piper does a masterful job of addressing this age old question.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Romans 8:31-31

I am thankful for a God like this.

An Innocent Man

It was now about the sixth hour and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, "Certainly this man was innocent!"  Luke 23:44-47

No one likes to see an innocent man condemned to death. It is not fair. It is not just.

Of all those sentenced to death row in the US since 1973, 139 have been determined to be innocent, and subsequently released. The average number of years between being sentenced to death and exoneration is 9.8. Nearly 10 years of legal battles fought in order to prove the innocence of those wrongly accused. No one likes to see an innocent person suffer.

For the centurion that took part in the execution of Jesus, it took but a few hours for him to realize the innocence of this one that He had just helped put to death. Upon realizing His innocence, he “praised God.”

Jesus was innocent. He could have easily exonerated Himself. He chose not to. John the Baptist referred to Him as the “lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He was indeed an innocent lamb led quietly to slaughter for you and I.

Most on that day never realized His innocence. Some did. Today is much the same.  Most deny that He is the innocent lamb of God who endured unimaginable suffering, so that we might experience life. For those of us that do realize His innocence, we are left with the same response as the centurion … praise of God.

Yes, He was innocent and yet …

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

To the Innocent Man I say, Thank you.

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Mad at a Myth

To night our church hosted a very cool event.  It was called Old Town Poetry Night.  Sherwood Coffee Company was packed, the coffee was flowing and so were the rhymes!  It was a night of great music provided by my friend, Sean Thomas, an open mic for local poets, and featured nationally renown poet Phil Long.

I was moved by one poem in particular.  A poem written and performed by Phil Long.  The poem, "Mad at a Myth" really left me wondering why it is that people get so mad at the One they consider but a myth.  A poem that points to the reality and power of the One so many call Savior.  A poem that clearly and creatively demonstrates that He is indeed far more than a mere myth.

One Million Arrows - Review

I have just read Julie Ferwerda's new book "One Million Arrows." I stand and applaud! It is a book that resonates with my heart on so many levels.  It resonates with both the father in me and the youth pastor in me.

In recent years I have experienced a giant shift in my thinking in terms of the way I pastor students. I have come to understand that it is not the churches responsibility to raise kids to be fully devoted followers of Jesus.  It's the God given responsibility of parents.  Read more of my thoughts here in an article I wrote for Life In Student Ministry.  Julie does a fantastic job of bringing to light the importance of this matter.

She writes, "When we take to heart that the home - not the church, not the youth programs, not the Christian school - is the Great Commission Training Center, the lives of our kids are truly impacted soul deep."  How true that is.  It breaks my heart each time I think of students, both current and past, that have walked away from a love relationship with Christ, simply because they have not seen it in their parents.  Christianity equates to one thing for them.  Hypocrisy.

The book is filled with stories of families that have taken seriously their call to raise not just good kids, but kids that will make a radical difference for the Kingdom of God.  Along with the stories come a host of practical ideas that can be implemented in the raising of our children.

If we as parents are to take seriously the call on our lives to raise world changing kids then it will require a radical commitment on our part.  No longer can we rely on the 40 to 50 hours of Biblical education/training a child will receive in a typical year from the Church, rather we must embrace the 2,500 hours a year God has given to us to raise our children.

"No longer can our lives and schedules revolve around sports, entertainment, amusements, busyness, or a host of other 'good' or even 'good enough' activities.  They must revolve around best, through getting to know God very personally, glorifying and enjoying Him, and then bringing His Good News to others."

If you are a parent, or one that works with parents, get your hands on this book!  Click here or on the image above, for more on this book, along with ordering info.

One Million Arrows

I have recently been asked by speaker, author, Julie Ferwerda to read and review her new book, "One Million Arrows."  It's an excellent work on the importance of raising our children to live out the purpose and mission God has for them.  I'm still working my way through, so stay tuned for the review.

In the meantime check out this short video for more insight on the the book.  You may even see a family you recognize!

30 Hour Famine

On February 26-27, I, my students, and thousands of others worldwide will be participating in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine.

This will be the 15th year I have led a group through this amazing event.  It's purpose is simple.  To get a taste of what hunger feels like, and raise funds for, and awareness of, the hungry and needy in our world.  It's in Matthew 25:31-36 that we read Jesus' words instructing us to meet the needs of the lonely, the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned, and that in doing so, we minister to Him.  It is our desire to do that very thing.

Would you please consider joining us?  Would you please pray that God multiplies our efforts to show His love and heart to the needy in our world?  Would you also pray that our hearts would be broken and drawn in closer to His?

Would you also please consider giving to this strategic effort?  You may click here to be taken to my secure online giving site.  This year your giving will even be multiplied by 10 due to a generous government matching grant!

Here's a brief look at a past famine.

The Butterfly Circus

If you can give 20 minutes of your time, please view this short film. Joshua Weigel, the director and also actor who played Chris, the youth pastor in To Save A Life, has produced a film that does a masterful job of portraying the beauty of hope and grace.

It is for good reason this film won the 2009 Doorpost Film Project. You will be stunned by the artistry of the film, but even more you will be left with much to think about, particularly the truth of how God delights in taking the ashes of broken lives and turn them into something beautiful, to be used for His glory.

I would love your thoughts on the film. Please feel free to comment.

Music of Possibility

It's easy for one to say, "I want to be all that I can be."  It's another thing to truly live it. Each of us has been given one life to live, and along with that, great opportunity to fulfill the purpose God has for our lives.  Here is the story of two guys who understand that.  May it inspire you as it has me.

Makes me think of the words of Paul found in Philippians 4:11-13...

I am not saying this because I am need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can  do everything through him who gives me strength.

May we be content with, and more than that, thrive in, the circumstances God has us in.

I Am A Chair

Oregon is where I make my home. It's a great place with lots of wonderful people. It is also considered to be one of the least churched states in the nation. I often wonder why.

There are churches all over the place in our state. Most are not full. Again, I often wonder why.

I am challenged by this video.

I am a chair from buckheadchurch on Vimeo.

May we as Christ's Church see people as He see's them. May we be committed to loving people as He does. As we do ... may we run out chairs.