So I’m reading a book by Dallas Willard with my mentor called Hearing God . The whole idea of hearing from God is something that a lot of Christians struggle with and something that I’ve question from time to time. Especially when I hear so often that my friends or fellow leaders hear an audible voice and talk about what God has told them. I’ve heard things from God but its never been an audible voice but this book, even though I’m only a couple chapters in, has already started to open my eyes to the ongoing conversation with God that I need to have. One thing that’s stood out to me so far is when Willard is talking about how even in our actual relationships with people, if one person is constantly telling the other person what to do or is always being asked guide the other, the relationship is not as healthy or strong as it is suppose to be. Talking about God, “He does not delight in having to always explain what his will is; he enjoys it when we understand and act upon his will”. I think back to times when I’ve had a prompting or word from God to do something and how good the outcome was and then compare it to times when I get nervous or confused and have to ask multiple times for guidance about something. The latter always seems to be more frustrating than it should be because I’m not trusting in what He has already told me or shown to me in a way that I overlooked.
Surreal. Is really the only word that describes how I feel right now. Tonight we had a banquet to thank all the leaders and volunteers from our church and also to make a commitment towards the Bold Faith campaign but it really hit me hard just how blessed and honored I am to have been with this church from the start. Its crazy to think that four years ago we were gearing up for our first service ever and now we finally have found a permanent space to call home. The papers were officially signed this week so within the next year or so (hopefully less) we will be in an actual building that we can call home. It was just an incredible feeling to realize just how blessed I am to have been and be a part of this amazing church. I’m truly humbled right now and just enjoying being in awe of what God has done so far.
I’ve been reading through Martin Luther’s 95 theses a handful at a time recently and coming to the end I was struck by the plain language -though I should not have been, as he rarely spoke or wrote a veiled statement, often to the point of offending some by his blunt nature- in which he speaks to…
I suck at blogging. I need to start writing more in general. For now, I’m gonna plug a cool website I stumbled upon called Stereo Mood. Stereo Mood is a lot like the other streaming music sites like Pandora, Soundhound but its most similar to 8tracks in that it has a lot of specific mood playlists set up. Mood likes “good karma” “sunday morning” and “cooking time” are a few that have caught my eye. The main difference between 8tracks and Stereo Mood is the playlists aren’t made up by just anyone, a group of people got together and put a ton a interesting and unique music on the site for everyone to enjoy. Its hard to find music that isn’t repetitive or just like everything else on the radio these days but Stereo Mood has been able to open up my audio palette to a lot of artists I haven’t heard about. And its based out of Milan so that just adds to the unique/cool factor. Check it out.
Weekend Update: What an incredible weekend! We had our first official student ministry event of the school year and had a really good turn out. We took 20+ college and high school students to the Athletes in Action headquarters in Xenia for a weekend retreat. The weekend was filled with fellowship, worship and talks about our church’s current series Bold Faith. Friday night we played glow in the dark ultimate frisbee after Travis’s talk and it was a great way to mix in the new/freshmen students. Saturday was the most fun but also the longest day. It started out with worship and a talk from Dan, then the fourth annual UnXGames. If you’ve seen my post from last year’s event then you know that it was a good time. We ran out of time so we couldn’t do our last event but the four events that we did get to do went really well. We hurried all the students along and got them to our early dinner at 3:30 so we could make it to the high ropes course back at AIA on time. The high ropes course was an awesome way to get some of our older students to connect with the younger students and give the upperclassmen a chance to become better leaders within the group. After the high ropes course it was time for another quick transition from the course to worship and my talk (that ended up going over well). I may post about it later on. We ended the night with playing games outside on the lighted volleyball courts and pizza.
Sunday morning we cleaned up the dorms and packed all the kids into the bus for church. We were all dead tired but the leader’s day wasn’t over yet. We helped Travis get things ready our first Tribes of the school year and prepared ourselves for a big turn out. Travis thought it might be a bigger turnout than last year, but I don’t think anyone expected 30 students to show up! 30 was a goal that we set last year and never reached, and while in student ministries, the numbers aren’t what’s important it was truly awesome an encouraging to see that many students and new faces show up last night. It was a great night and gave us the start we needed that will hopefully spark more interest in the surrounding schools but it also gave us momentum. I know every leader was pumped after last night and I only hope that we can carry this momentum throughout the rest of the year.
“NORTH COLLEGE HILL - Customers and workers tackled and held down a bank robber until police arrived Wednesday, according to North College Hill police.
No one was injured, and the suspect, Michael Pryor, 38, faces two counts of robbery.
He entered Greater Cincinnati Credit Union, 6899 Hamilton Ave., just before 10 a.m. and began pacing, police said.
He approached a teller and asked for $100 bills. When the teller denied the request, he jumped over the counter and tried to snatch the money from the teller.When that proved unsuccessful, he went to another teller window and grabbed cash from the teller’s hand that a customer had just deposited.
Police said Pryor then jumped back over the counter and attempted to flee. That’s when he was tackled by customers and workers, who held him down until police arrived.
Pryor was booked into the Hamilton County jail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the case Thursday morning in Hamilton County Municipal Court.”-Cincinnati Enquirer
News like this needs to be given a lot more credit. NCH, a great place to raise your kids AND you better not try to rob us.
The longer I watch this movie, the more I see why they chose Jennifer to play Katniss. This movie is all about surviving on your own and taking care of your family. Its weird the similarities this movie and the Hunger Games have, minus the whole kids being thrown into an arena thing. So far, I’ve been impressed and can’t wait to see how she portrays Katniss.