Revolution Rises

  Revolution Rises.mp3 This past weekend Ward 9, the band that I lead, had the opportunity to lead worship at a local event hosted by Pasor Jason Green. The Speaker for the weekend was Matt Lawson from First Baptist Woodstock (Georgia). Matt had had to be back in Georgia for his Sunday morning programming, so I was given the opportunity …

Looking Back And Looking Up

As we reflect on this year and year’s past, we are simply amazed at what God has accomplished in our family. God told a wonderful story in our lives and we are so very grateful. We have been going through some old journal entries and thought it would be fun to share some of them with you this Christmas. You …

Are We Helping Our Kids Miss Heaven?

This past weekend our youth ministry put on an event where our pastor taught about one of the most dangerous trends permeating our churches today, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD). This term was introduced in 2005 by sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton and should be on the radar of every Christian parent. Denton and Smith lay out five basic …

3 Ways To Live Your Life On Purpose

Last night I spoke to our high school students in the final night of our series entitled “Life On Purpose. We have been looking at several examples of how we can live our lives purposefully, like Jesus did. In my experience, the story of Jesus’  prayer in the garden of Gethsemane can tend to be glossed over because it is …

20+ ways that Steve Jobs Changed My Life

Last night, I was coming out of band rehearsal with Ward 9 when Alex got a news update on his phone that Steve Jobs had died. Facebook has been littered with Apple followers’ farewell’s and the blog world has been lighting up this morning. I even saw an article in the Washington Post about how the Westboro Baptist lunatics are …

Bible Study Helps #2

Each quarter we put a list of “Fighter Verses” on the Impact website. They are in the parents section, but you guys can go there and grab them too. http://www.myimpact.us If you have an iphone or ipod touch, one of the apps that I use is simply called “Bible Memory” Here is a video to show you all that it …

Bible Study Helps #1

I got an email this morning from one of our leaders. She raised a concern that was voiced in her small group. The problem basically boils down to some of our students wanting to grow in their spiritual walk,but not necessarily having the tools or the direction to do so. For instance, we teach about Bible reading, prayer, and Bible …

Bricks, Mortar, Cell Phones, and God’s Glory

[The Tower of Babel] Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then …

The Ark and the Cruise Ship

I was reading in Genesis 6 today (which is where you should be as well if you are following the Ignite Bible Reading Plan for 2011) and I wanted to get an idea of how big the ark really was, so I did some research. t I think it pretty cool how big God tells Noah to build the ark. …

2010 Reading Highlights

Every year I put together a plan to help me accomplish some of my spiritual goals. In addition to my Bible reading, I set out to read several books. Some of that changed along the way, but I just wanted to give you all a quick review of some of what 2010  held for me and encourage you to use …