Excellent!

It’s really fun having a 2 1/2 year old at Christmas. It’s really fun having a 2 1/2 year old, period. We’ve been decorating our house for Christmas, and Charlie has done a little decorating of his own. Charlie is a big fan of the movie Cars, and he also love stickers. He combined his love for stickers, Cars, and baby Jesus a couple of nights ago. I was walking by one of Charlie’s manger scenes, and discovered he had decorated it with Cars stickers. My favorite part is that he had placed a big sticker that said EXECELLENT on top top of baby Jesus. I think he was trying to quote Phil. 4:8- “If anything is excellent, think about such things.” Amen Charlie! Jesus is excellent indeed. 🙂

 

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Lost In Cyberspace

I’ve been posting very regularly, but those posts must have been getting lost in cyber space. 😉 Just an update on our new service- yesterday was our hiighest attended Sunday yet. We’ve been meeting for about 8 weeks now, and yesterday we had around 540 people. We’ve had 12 people join our church in the past 3 weeks. Wow! God is doing some amazing things right now. If you haven’t come and worshipped with us yet, you need to come soon. If you weren’t there yesterday morning, our set list was: Awesome Is The Lord Most High, Blessed Be Your Name, Everything Glorious, Famous One, How Marvelous, and Jesus Paid It All.

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  • This past Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to speak in our new eleven:eleven contemporary service. I spoke on Matthew 5:10.  Besides speaking on being a “hero” by being bold in your faith, I also spoke about the heroes that make up the persecuted church. At the end of the message, I mentioned 3 ways that we can remember the persecuted church and encourage them. I’ve recieved several emails wanting them again. So here they are:
  • #1) Go to Voice Of The Martyrs and read frequently updated news stories about where/how Christians are beng persecuted globally so that you can pray for them.
  • #2) Go to Prisoner Alert and write an encouraging note to Christians (mainly pastors) who are in jail for thei faith. This website will even translate the encouraging notes and BIble verses into their native tongue.
  • #3) Read some books like Wear The Crown and Foxe’s Voice Of The Martyrs and study about the incredibly bold and inspirational witness of Christian martyrs.

Getting Ready For The New Service

  • I can’t believe it, but our launch date for the new service is upon us! Here’s the schedule we’re looking at: On September 7, we’ll have a volunteer orientation after church. We’ll feed everybody, see where they want to plug in, and show them what to do. On September 14, we’ll have a “dress rehearsal” type service in the gym. We’ll do a full worship set, Dr. Baxter will preach, etc. We just want to make sure we have one week to do a test run. September 21 will be our official kick off date. I hope September 21 is the date that FBC LaGrange starts rocking our community!
  • I wanted to post some pictures of what’s going on in the gym. These were taken from my camera phone, so they’re not the greatest. But you can at least see what is happening. The audio/visual installation people will be back Wednesday to finish the job, so check my blog this week. I will post more pictures as they work.
  • Here’s the gym before anything was done.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Here a picture of the drape truss. A black drape will run behind the stage to give it less of a “gym” feel and also allow our production team to move back and forth without being seen. Also, the front of the drape will be white and we can use our LED lights to change colors for atmosphere purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Here’s a picture looking towards where the front of the stage will be. It’s kind of hard to see everything, but from the ceiling, A LOT of eqipment has already been flown (hung). We’ve already got 3 projectors, 3 widescreen format screens, 4 speakers, 2 subwoofers, and 2 sets of ellipsoidal lights (12 total lights). They’ve still got to hang the LED lights, and the house lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Stay tuned! More to come soon!

We SOOOOOO Got Robbed. Seriously. I’m Upset!

  • As you know, we entered J93’s Battle Of The Praise Bands. Yesterday, they made the first cut. I went online to vote for our praise band, and I was SHOCKED. We didnt make it. Lest you think I am just sour grapes, the three bands that I thought were WAY better than us didnt make it either. J 93 should have to serve jailtime for not putting Midway Macedonia’s video in the top 20. That was the best video in the contest, period. Click HERE to watch their video and tell me how they are at least not a top 20 band. Master’s Seminary in Griffin submitted an AWESOME video, and they didnt make the top 20. Click HERE to watch their video.  LIsten, I’m all about competition. If our band got beat by 20 bands that were better than us, I would be fine with that. But to make make the top 20 when you’ve definitley got a top 20 band…..I was madder yesterday than I have been in years. I was literally shaking on the way to work. I wanted so badly to email J93 yesterday, but I have waited until I cooled down. I knew my words and attitude yesterday would not have reflected the heart of Christ. (Yes, pastors get angry too. :))
  • Here’s what I think happened. The contest was advertised as pitting the top 20 praise bands against each other. The top 10 would open up for Pillar and Barlow Girl at J 93’s Back To School Bash. The best band wins a $10,000 sound equipment upgrade from the Ivey Media Group. I think what the contest turned into was the selection process came down mainly to what 20 bands needs the sound equipment upgrade the worst. Kind of like an “Extreme Makeover, Praise Band Edition.” If that’s what they wanted to do, that’s great. I fully support that. I’m all about kingdom expansion. Our church has blessed us. We dont need a new sound system. Ours rocks the casbah, thank you very much.  But, THATS NOT HOW THE CONTEST WAS ADVERTISED. If it had been advertised as a chance for needful bands to win a sound system they desperately need, and need made up a large part of the judging, again, I’m cool with that. But they advertised the twenty best praise bands would compete, and they did not deliver on their promise.
  • I invite you all to email Rick Davison, the marketing and publicity rep for J93. Kindly (KINDLY being the key word here. i.e., the love of Jesus) and explain your feelings on the contest. They won’t realize how they’ve upset people unless we let them know. His email address is rick@wvfj.com. We’ve already had several hot-headed emails which we don’t need any more of, so be Christ-like.
  • Today I started my Bible study in Psalms. God kind of re-focused me and cleared my head about the whole situation as I read Psalm 1:2. It says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates days and night.” Our delight is not found in making a top 20, winning a $10,000 sound system, or opening up for Chris Tomlin in front of 20,000 people. Our delight is in HIM, and HIM alone. Thank you Lord for the re-focus. Your Word always speaks into my life when I need it most!

Mission Tour Diary- Day #5

  • We had an INCREDIBLE day of ministry today. We started the day off with Dunkin’ Donuts (America runs on Dunkin’) and drove about an hour to Rochester, NY. Our students performed at a Teen Challenge and it was amazing. God has blessed our group by allowing them to hear amazing life-change testimonies, and He continued that today. We heard from several men who spoke about how God had freed them from their addiction. About how God was sufficient for them. One 20 year old male shared at the very end of the service. It rocked our students because he looked just like them. He came from a well-to-do family, he just searched for fulfillment in the wrong people and places. Last week he overdosed on herion and his friends threw him out of a moving car in Syracuse. I reminded our students that LaGrange High and Troup High are full of students like this- desperately seeking fulfillment and purpose in thier lives. It was awesome!
  • After Teen Challenge, we went to a mall for lunch. I really wanted one of those Chinese massages, but didnt have time. 😦 Maybe soon, haha.
  • AFter lunch, we decided to take the scenic route to our evening concert to that our whole group could see Lake Erie. So we went about an hour and a half out of the way to the state park, only to find that they wanted to charge our group an exorbitant amont of money to look at the lake for 10 minutes. I figure that it cant be much better than West Point Lake. 🙂
  • On the way to the next concert, our whole group pulled over on the side of the road at a fruit stand in Waterport, NY. It was so random, but really cool. Everyone bought fresh fruit that was really good. They had cherries, grapes, watermelons, plums, etc. Even homemade pies. Praise Jesus! Here’s a picture of the fruit stand:

 

 

 

 

 

  • This evening our students performed for a Celebrate Recovery service and it was awesome. We were able to establish some great relationships during a fellowship time after the performance. One woman wanted us to pray because she had brought several non-believers who are on the verge of giving their hearts to Jesus. Pray for them in your quiet time today. We also want to ask for you to pray for a young lady named Shawnee (the area we were in had a high Native American population). Shawnee has a serious liver disease, and unless she gets a transplant soon, the odds are not good. We also loved on a precious little boy name Ray. (or Lil’ Ray-Ray as I called him.) Lil Ray-Ray was a precious boy with autism that wanted to sing for our group as we were leaving. Our group loved him because he was in the back of the church doing the moon walk during the song “Living Water,” and liked to wink at the girls in our group.  Here’s a video of Lil Ray-Ray singing for our group:
  • Tomorrow (Friday) our group is singing at Niagra Falls! How exciting! We will leave about 9:45 a.m. Pray for a fun and safe day, and many chances to share the gospel. We miss you all. Love you Katie and Charlie!

Vote For Us!!!!

  • Our student ministry is blessed with an awesome worship team. We have officially entered J93’s Battle of the Praise Bands. Here’s the deal: Your votes matter! Please click HERE or go to www.j933.com to view our video. After you watch it, you need to leave a comment and let the j93 viewing commuinity know how awesome we are. 🙂
  • The top 20 “commented on” bands will move to the next level of the competition. To make a long story short, the top 5 bands gets to open up for Pillar and Barlow Girl at J93’s Back To School Bash at Six Flags. The winning band gets a $10,000 sound equipment upgrade. That would be awesome. There are some good videos on there, so we need your vote!