One word that drives me nuts, alternative. Something about the way I read the Bible leads me to believe I should be living life to the full and not living an alternative to life.
What brings this thought to the surface of my mind? Seems like every year we have conversations around the subject of what our church is going to do for an alternative. I tell people simply we are not about alternatives, but about being present with our community. We are about being present where life is happening and being a light right in the center of cultural norms.
That said…Halloween is not something to hide or develop a subcultural moment hidden away from our neighbors, but we should turn on the lights and Continue reading Halloween→
I think the Lord is showing me something I have seen over and over, but missed for the last decade. We are all in a group, but are we intentionally present? Do we even realize we are in a group? Do we understand our potential impact in the lives of those within the group? How could we make an impact in the lives of those we do life with?
I am continually amazed at the partnerships in Bonney Lake that we have been able to put in place. To have people within the community genuinely excited to support our efforts in Surabaya August 19th to September 18 is amazing.
The Director of the SSD STARR project and the Communities For Families Coalition, Marilee Hill-Anderson shared some grateful words for my investment in all that has been done for families within our the SSD as well as the potential impact Open Life can continue to have as we pursue future projects together within the community. (She gets the photo credit)
Many people avoid the church because they know a Christian! If that stings…keep reading.
I often offer to do coffee with those who have yet to experience faith in Jesus due to Christian’s impact within their life. There is something beautiful about the tension they experienced and the redemptive potential of their life.
More often than not the issue that chased them away from the church is they were prescribed behavioral changes before they experienced belief changes.
The Bible is so true, “the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few” Matthew 9:36-38.
This past weekend was one that will go down in the books. It was filled with God filling in the blanks in areas that were unexpected, but beautiful. Those moments that give you tears to remember and tears to be a part of.
Our pastors and spouses made our way to a home for our annual Staff Advance. We looked at questions like:
What are your dreams for the future of Open Life? Next year…5 years from now…?
Every Sunday at Open Life we utilize a volunteer force that is full of amazing leaders who go shoulder to shoulder to make a church gathering happen in a market place worship environment. Some volunteer roles are easy for anyone to do, and others need very specific apprenticing in order to function flawlessly.
This Sunday we looked square into the eyes of a very precarious challenge. We had trained and empowered a new driver for our 7’ x 24’ trailer, which holds every item we need to do church within it. We just missed one detail, which made for an exciting hour with many leadership decisions that had to be made under pressure.
I got a call at 7:35am that the trailer would not hitch from one of my leaders, not the driver. I was in the shower, so asked if he could solve it. Set up usually begins at 8am in order to be good to go for service at 10am. After a couple attempts at a solution, we landed at success and had our trailer to the school by 8:40am.
In an article on the99percent.com recapping their conference this year I was excited to see a quote from Alexis Madrigal, “Don’t found “the next big thing,” found “the next big culture.” It encouraged me because it was like a pat on the back that we at Open Life deserve by accident!
When we set out to launch Open Life we began in our home, then set our sites on launching a service in the Regal Theater in Bonney Lake on Jan. 10, 2010. One of the things we wanted to do was not launch a service but launch a movement, not a church but a “culture.” (Much harder said than done!) Continue reading The Next Big Culture→
“Don’t count the seeds in the Apple, count the Apples in the seed”
I am continually being reminded by God lately to take into consideration His perspective. Jesus said, “Every good tree bears good fruit.” But within our fast pace “results now” world we are not patient enough to raise up an orchard and believe in the process Continue reading The Power Of A Seed→
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