Things I’m Loving (5.27.11 edition)

Videos:

  1. How they make Legos.  I remember playing with Legos all the time growing up and thought that this video was great to rekindle my childhood.
  2. Things we say wrong.  This is all about the things that are wrong with what we say.  Very funny and well done video.
  3. Talking Funny.  This is a conversation between Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. about what it takes to be a comedian and how to be funny.  It is one of the best conversations about comedy that I have ever seen.  Here is part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

 

To Read:

  1. Preparing for your funeral.  This is basically a long quote by J.C. Ryle on Kevin Deyoung’s blog but I loved it.  “If you die without conversion to God, without repentance, and without faith–your funeral will only be the funeral of a lost soul; you had better never have been born.”
  2. 70 ways to save your marriage before it’s too late.  This will be something that I look back to on a regular basis, not that my marriage is hurting in any way but I want to keep it fresh and true at all times.
  3. The power of humility in marriage.  Humility is something that we all need to have in our lives.  Great read.

There were many more but I have since deleted them and I am sorry.

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Things I’m Loving (5.27.11 edition)

Videos:

  1. How they make Legos.  I remember playing with Legos all the time growing up and thought that this video was great to rekindle my childhood.
  2. Things we say wrong.  This is all about the things that are wrong with what we say.  Very funny and well done video.
  3. Talking Funny.  This is a conversation between Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. about what it takes to be a comedian and how to be funny.  It is one of the best conversations about comedy that I have ever seen.  Here is part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

 

To Read:

  1. Preparing for your funeral.  This is basically a long quote by J.C. Ryle on Kevin Deyoung’s blog but I loved it.  “If you die without conversion to God, without repentance, and without faith–your funeral will only be the funeral of a lost soul; you had better never have been born.”
  2. 70 ways to save your marriage before it’s too late.  This will be something that I look back to on a regular basis, not that my marriage is hurting in any way but I want to keep it fresh and true at all times.
  3. The power of humility in marriage.  Humility is something that we all need to have in our lives.  Great read.

There were many more but I have since deleted them and I am sorry.

quote from MLK & finding out who you are

“I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘is-ness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘ought-ness’ that forever confronts him.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am hard pressed to determine the thing that I am supposed to change about the world.  I have been trying to re-evaluate where God wants me and what He wants me to be doing the most.  This is something that I don’t think is thought about by most people, but I know it to be essential.

We all must be learning to see who God has made us and I think the above quote hits it on the mark.  God wants each of us to focus on what our future should look like and then go change it in our present.  But this takes a constant re-evaluation that most are not willing to put in.

What do you think the future holds for you?  And how can you go about making it a reality today?

 

Set list 5.22.11

We had a rather different service this past Sunday.  It was a really good service but it was a lot more calm than normal.  A lot of our members were out of town and our pastor, Tim, was on vacation and we even had a smaller worship team.  All of that made a huge difference in regards to the service.  But Rob Johnson did a great job on the message discussing the areas of bondage that hold us back from living the abundant life.

Click here to listen to our most recent service as well as past messages from 24/7.

Here was our set list:

Song of Hope (heaven come down) – Robbie Seay Band
Divine Romance –  Phil Wickham
Jesus Paid it all – Kristian Stanfill
He is Exalted – Twila Paris (Shane and Shane version)

God who answers prayer – Elevation

What songs did your church sing this past week?  Or what other interesting aspects of worship happened in your church?

Things I’m Loving (5.20.11 edition)

Here are some of the things that I discovered and fell in love with this week:

Videos

  1. I loved the original Napoleon Dynamite movie.  Here is a trailer for a new cartoon. Well worth the wait.
  2. The Greatest proposal ever video.  You’ve probably already seen it, but if not, check it out here.
  3. Matthew Paul Turner reads a poem he wrote about the end of the world (which is tomorrow apparently, in case you didn’t know).  Check the poem out here.

To Read

  1. 10 Simple Things Good Pastors say.
  2. The relaunch of http://mitchhedberg.net/ has me excited.  He is one of my top 5 favorite comedians of all time.
  3. Interview with Jon Acuff over at Mike Foster‘s blog about his new book Quitter.  Great interview.
  4. 7 things a pastor should understand about his wife.  This is a great list for pastors.  Perry Noble always knocks it out of the park with his posts.
  5. 15 things you might not want to say to your worship leader.  This post deals with things that I have heard in the past and some more recent.  I think that it is pretty dead-on and quite funny at times.  Also, David Santisteven is quickly become one of my favorite blogs.  This is mainly for the worship leaders out there.
  6. N.T. Wright’s response to Stephen Hawking on his views of heaven being a mere fairy tale.  This is a great response and I think that many Christians, as well as those who don’t necessarily believe that way, would benefit from it.

 

Set List 5.15.11

We actually did some “old-school” songs this week and honestly, I was surprised at how much our church responded.  Granted, we do have a diversity of ages at our church (it is still odd to me that God would bring and trust our young leadership team with people older than some of our parents. But we are very excited about what it is to come through the lives that are continuing to be changed).

Here was our set list this past Sunday:

Your grace is enough – Chris Tomlin
Days of Elijah/Holy is the Lord – Robin Mark/Chris Tomlin
Majesty/Awesome God – Delirious?/Rich Mullins

Amazing Grace (my chains are gone) – Chris Tomlin

The songs were done in a fresh way and we simply encouraged our congregation to sing out and they responded with voices lifting up to heaven (which is, in case you haven’t noticed, a worship leader’s dream day).

Tim also did a great job speaking on the subject of worry.  We had a little bit of technical difficulties with the message, but it will be up on the 24/7 website soon.

 

Things I’m loving at the moment

  1. Quitter by Jon Acuff.  This is a book about pursuing your dream job while keeping your day job.  Very great thus far.  If it stays consistent, it will be my favorite book of the year.
  2. NBA 2K11for 360.  I have been playing it on my bro-in-law’s 360 and I’m loving it.  Graphics are amazing.  I love the new controls and I’m honestly excited about taking my Heat through the playoffs.  Yeah, I am a bandwagon fan because the Lakers haven’t doing so hot.
  3. Rainbow Six.  The book by Tom Clancy.  Not the game.  It reminds me of the game in many ways but I am caught up in the action and characters.  But at almost 900 pages, I am still very intimidated.
  4. Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup was an interesting film.  I am not saying that we were involved but I would love to hear a rebuttal for all the “evidence” they show.  I love a good conspiracy but am saddened by the thought of this one being true.  Not an endorsement in any way just something that picqued my interest.
  5. Pine Eyes blog found here.
  6. Wes Draws website found here.  More specifically check out this one.
  7. This post by Tony Morgan about lessons on marriage after 20 years.
  8. Jerry Seinfeld’s new website which features a ton of his archived material.
  9. The guy from Depeche Mode’s Virtual Choir found here.
  10. Seth Godin’s blog post here on advice for authors.
  11. Steven Pressfield’s blog on Resistance and Addiction here.
  12. Also check out Steven Pressfield’s new book, Do the work, found for free at Amazon here.  His other book, The War of Art, is one of my favorites about creative work.