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Archive for April 2009

Help from the Other Side

April 30, 2009

Everywhere you turn, there’s another news story that suggests God is taking a pounding: -A porn movie broadcast at the University of Maryland –The 10 Commandments removed from government property -Courts redefining what marriage is – Criticism of Rick Warren’s prayer at Obama’s inauguration (how dare he mention Jesus!!) You’d think that all of America […]

One of Those Days

April 29, 2009

Ever feel this way? Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. I wasn’t focusing on the ‘life with your wife’ […]

Finding Myself in the Journey, Part 3

April 28, 2009

Chip Dodd in his book The Voice of the Heart identifies eight emotions common to man; hurt, sadness, loneliness, fear, anger, shame, guilt and gladness. Each feeling has a corresponding benefit and impairment. The impairment for gladness is happiness and entertainment. (Dodd, 2001, page 137) Happiness then is not gladness, nor is it joy. “To […]

Finding Myself in the Journey, Part 2

April 21, 2009

“The essence of the Christian life is learning to fight for joy in a way that does not replace grace.” (John Piper,When I Don’t Desire God) The essence of anything is its most important element, or the thing that identifies its nature or quality. When embodied in its perfect form Christianity is a walk where […]

Hurts So Good?

April 16, 2009

Anyone still recovering from this last weekend? To me, it feels like the day after a basketball over-time win: I’m exhausted, and it feels great! We had a great day! Lots of energy. Great worship. Great food in abundance (If you made food for Sunday, THANKS! That was HUGE!) Great attendance (1683 people). Yet, the […]

Getting What’s Coming to Ya

April 16, 2009

The classic black-and-white ganster movie. Particularly starring Edward G. Robinson. Man, the best ever. There was this recurring line: “I want what’s coming to me.” The other person ominously promises: “Yeah, you’ll get what’s coming to ya.”   The first guy is expecting a payoff or something. But he always gets whacked. So, sometimes getting […]

Finding Myself in the Journey

April 15, 2009

I’m sitting here thinking how over-used this cliché has been since the 1960’s; that is “finding myself.” In modern culture we use this “finding myself” or “getting in touch with myself” language because the current generation uses experience and feelings instead of logic and reason as the criteria for decision making, making friends, etc. Sociologists […]

WOW!

April 14, 2009

I was out of town last week, so I have to revel in the our 2nd Easter Egg Drop today! Here are our numbers from the day… 30,000 Candy/Toy-filled Easter Eggs 180+ Volunteers 6 Policemen 2 1/2 Truckloads of food for the pantry 2 Shuttle Buses 1 Helicopter And 3,600 KIDS! Yes, KIDS! It was […]

April 10 Blog

April 10, 2009

The evidence continues to pile up: our communities need New Life. People desperately need God. People increasingly feel the need for something more than independence. Charles Colson recently shared another reason we ought to be passionate about our purpose to reach out to our neighbors– http://www.breakpoint.org/listingarticle.asp?ID=11564. Brett Andrews, Lead Pastor of New Life

Lord, Help Me to be My True Self!

April 8, 2009

In my last post I discussed how we are called to be authentic; and specifically, how our personalities sometimes get in the way. I have to admit that I too have a side that I don’t want others to see. This has become more important to me because last summer I had the opportunity to […]