Some of the best days in my life are those while leading youth ministries. I loved the highs and lows and constant passion that the younger generation displays.
Open Life hired a youth pastor a few days ago and while getting him in the community and exposing him to the possibilities the dream comes quickly back to the surface of making Jesus known to every student. What would happen if every student in our community would experience the true message, life, hope, peace, and most importantly love of Jesus? What would be possible if Continue reading Youth Ministry→
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?
Seems like every week I hear an impossible story of someone finding their way to God. Last night I snagged a Red Box movie to watch with Dana and it was an emotional one for sure. The Impossible is a true story, I cannot fathom the depth of loss and pain those suffered who were a part of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, but this movie grasps some of that pain.
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.
I never share John 3:16 without sharing John 3:17. I think in our current cultural reality the one needs the other for the sake of clarity and health.
John 3:16–17 (NIV84) 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
As I prepare my talk for this Sunday on the necessity of serving one another and that the source of service is love, this passage jumped out to me. As I grabbed it to paste Continue reading John 3:16 and 17→
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…?
Church, there is something wrong with us if the most gifted people are leaving in order to make it to the top!
We love The Voice in the Huff family, but watching the first show in the third season tonight only took three performances to bring back a righteous indignation of what I felt last season. Let me say it again: Church, there is something wrong with us if the most gifted people are leaving in order to make it to the top!