Friday, September 19, 2014

A Little Bit About a Few Things

Lot Party Review

As I pulled up to the property on Sunday morning, I was a bit overwhelmed. I saw all the cars, the tents, the games, and the people. I thought of the commitment and sacrifice of hundreds of individuals and families to purchase this land. I dreamed that one day this will be an amazing church campus that serves as a beacon of light to Southwest Omaha and beyond. And I remembered how far we have come in such a short time.

The day got better. Hanging out with friends. Meeting new people. Doing about a dozen baptisms. Sitting in the dunk tank seeing the excitement of the children. I was one of the last ones to leave.

The day was a microcosm of who we are and who we are becoming. 

o People who genuinely love and care for and enjoy each other.
o Dedicated servants who go more than the extra mile.
o A safe place for kids to grow and families to develop.
o Open and inviting and welcoming to our neighbors and community.
o Imperfect men and women worshipping and learning from a perfect God.

Our Lot Party was such a great day—we’ll have to do it again sometime! Until then, I invite you to walk around the property. Spend some time praying. For yourself, for others, for the world, and for our church. 

Third-Grade Bibles

Today is a special day. We do it once a year. All our third graders, I think we have about 35 of them this year, will be getting their Bibles and beginning an eight month program on how to use them. I’m grateful for all the adults who will be investing their time and energy in these students!


Almost all of our growth over the years has been because of personal invitations. Friends inviting friends. Inviting is very easy for some. For others inviting is not very easy at all. Regardless, I encourage you to pray about who you can invite over the next few months. Offer to pick them up and sit with them. You can be part of somebody’s testimony.


Today I’m talking about comparison. Comparing ourselves to others has been around since the beginning of time. But it’s not usually helpful and we won’t experience freedom in life until we stop doing it. If you don’t hear anything else this morning regarding comparison, hear this: Don’t compare yourself to who you perceive others are today. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

The best it yet to come…


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