Friday, December 31, 2010

Getting ready for Passion 2011

The last time I've been to a Passion "Main Event" was back in 2002, right after I graduated from the University of South Carolina.  The Passion Movement helped mold me and shape me into the Student Pastor I am today.  It introduced me to an amazing new way to look at God.

I learned who David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, Steve Fee, Matt Redman, and so many other Christian worship leaders were before they were played daily on every Christian radio station.  Those guys and worship leaders taught me how to really let go and worship.  It also inspired me more and more to learn worship songs and to want to lead worship.

Over the past thirteen years I have learned so much from Louie Giglio.  Between Passion Events, attending 7:22, listening to sermon cds, reading his books, he has helped me grow in my walk with God.  Louie helped me realize how small I am and how BIG God really is.

And tomorrow I have the privilege of taking 13 students and leaders to Passion 2011.  I am really excited to go now not as a participant, but as a leader.  Words cannot describe the honor I feel to be leading this group this weekend and being able to see these students and leaders grow in their faith.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Don't put Jesus first this year! ??????

Don't Put Jesus First Trailer from Geoff Schultz on Vimeo.

Elevation Church is kicking off the new year with a worship experience we’re titling “Don’t Put Jesus First.”  They’re challenging everyone to not put Jesus first, at the top of your new-years-resolution-list-of-things-to-do.  But instead, allow Jesus to infiltrate every single thing you do this year.  

What an amazing concept for a New Years Resolution!  Instead of putting the typical churchy new years resolutions, just put God in the center of all your life!  What would happen to the church if we did this?  What would happen in our schools, in our work places, in our families, or in our community?  All I can say is wow!   

I think it is really cool how God works.  Last night we had a Bible study for my new youth group.   They call Wednesday nights here REFUEL.   And last night we talked about how 2011 will be different.  We came up with New Years resolutions for our group last night.  And then this morning I see a tweet on this worship experience that Elevation is doing this weekend and it fit exactly into what my students were talking about last night.

I hope that you take the time this New Year to put God in the center of everything you do.  Imagine what things could be!!!!!

Back to blogging

After several weeks off from taking a break from blogging, I'm back at it.   The past month has gone by so fast!  It really doesn't seem that I really haven't blogged since we moved.   Moving during the holidays, both Thanksgiving and Christmas season, not to mention starting a new job has kept me away from writing some posts.  I have a couple in waiting that I will save for a rainy or sick day.

So we are now a month into life in South Carolina.   Most of the boxes are unpacked.  And in the next week or so, more boxes will be packed as our Christmas items will go back in boxes for 11 months!  Life is good.   We are both enjoying our new jobs and our daughter has started in daycare.  The only complaint we really have is that our house in Charlotte still has not sold.   But we are not worried!  Because everyday in small ways as well as BIG ways we see that God has truly called us here.  Words can express how BIG our GOD is and how when you really let go and let Him take control, amazing things happen.   We are true examples with this move on how BIG GOD IS!   Jessica and I daily share these things and this has gone on for a month now.  We are both just amazed!

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nativity Dance

Our version (Rock Solid Student Ministries at Mt. Hebron UMC in West Columbia, SC) of the Nativity Dance originally done by Highland Park Presb.

Thanks to Lars Rood from HPPC