Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • 4:30 pm
We’re all familiar with this phrase:
The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
It may or may not be true but often times if not most of the times, it’s because we spend most of our time dreaming, coveting, envying, complaining, wishing, stop caring, and before you know it, we stop watering the grass on your side.
You may eventually get to the other side of the fence but for now:
Water the da*n grass on this side of the fence.
Here’s the sermon from this past Sunday about 10 things that Build Community. This is the sermon in response to the Things that Destroy Community. This goes about 58+ minutes long and I wished I could have gone a tad longer to flesh out a few more things but I made a pact in blood w/ our other staff to end at a responsible time. And I barely made it this Sunday.
And a short clip about ‘Watering the Grass on This Side’:
Here are the 10 contextual points I shared: Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, October 1, 2009 • 12:01 am
I agree with Mother Teresa:
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
And this is where I believe the Church can have some of the greatest impact: not just in Loving God but Loving People. And while it’s great to talk about loving the world and loving your city, even loving one another in our church fellowship & community is a great testament. This builds integrity, credibility, and is truly counter-cultural…
But I do have some questions for you that I receive from many folks:
- Why is it so hard to make friends?
- Why is community so hard?
- Why are people polite but so resistant to intimacy?
And yes, I wish I was a better practitioner of Community and not just merely Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, June 4, 2009 • 1:00 am
This past Sunday (Pentecost Sunday), Quest devoted the entire gathering to Prayer & Worship. While I certainly enjoy teaching the Scriptures, it was very refreshing. For the first time, the staff chose to implement the idea of asking folks to share ‘anonymous’ prayer requests on Post-It notes and to stick them on the sanctuary walls.
I can’t speak for the other pastors or staff but I was blown away at the number of post-its on our walls. And the stuff that folks shared.
I was again convicted of what I shared couple weeks ago that in the midst of “my stuff,” I’ve fallen short in praying for our church community. This past Tuesday, our staff gathered (for our Tuesday prayer/devotional meeting) in our sanctuary to read and pray through the post-its and it was pretty overwhelming.
I was personally moved by a post-it (that led to a conversation) written by Quest woman who was born blind with glaucoma. Over her life, Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, May 21, 2009 • 4:08 pm
It’s been a very busy and intense season – especially w/ the unveiling and soon launch of the grassroots poverty organization, One Day’s Wages. Not just with stuff to do but honestly, stuff on my heart and mind. I’m not sure about you but I can acknowledge and admit that when I get busy, and my time and mind are scattered, the first thing to go is my rhythm, discipline, and joy of prayer.
I’ve been convicted of this again…particularly, in praying for the people of my church community. The life and roles of a pastor continue to grow and evolve but one thing shouldn’t change: Read the rest of this entry »
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