Archive for February, 2014

What Does Worship Pastor John Larson Say About SUCCESSS — congregation of 27,000 and growing

It’s an honor to call this church home.

understandingWORSHIP

If you could get behind the curtain — so to speak — of one of the fastest growing churches in America, what would you see?  What is the key to their success?

 I personally love to study churches, to see what lies behind their success or lack of success.  I have been a worship pastor and very passionate about worship for a couple of decades.  I have led crowds of a few to crowds of thousands.  But in the last couple of years, I have been making a transition from being a ”player” to being a “coach”.  Eventually all of us should, at some level, make this transition.  It’s God’s design. Look at any team:  the coach may not be able to play as well as the players (sports, music, debate — any team), yet the coach is still crucial to the success or failure of the program.  The…

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Coffee’s Customer

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I am really only here because I had a coupon for a medium hot or iced coffee for 99c, let’s get that straight.

It also doesn’t hurt that it’s 0.00009 miles from where I work and I needed a place that was not where I work to get the tons of homework I need done, done. 

Yesterday, I toured the new Regional Director for Dunking Donuts, who was not pleasant at all, and coincidentally he is here at this location using it as his “office”. 

Now I may still be biased about all of this because I spent three years as a barista for Starbucks and know the core values of their customer service platform, but I can not begin to speak about the lack of customer service I experienced today but have witnessed as I free load off their WiFi : P. 

No need to get into the details of any of that, just to say that I can firmly say that I may always favor Starbucks over Dunkin Donuts, regardless of how Howard Schultz may feel about those that buy Starbuck stock. 

 

 

P.s. I drink my coffee black. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ekklesia

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Let me put it out there, I L O V E church

ekklēsia: a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly.

 

I really enjoy the system that church is. I enjoy the gathering of people. The atmosphere of His presence ushered in by worship, divine. 

I enjoy hearing messages so that I can learn the flow and presentation of said message.

I really enjoy church experience. I will have the opportunity to go to other churches and learn “their” way, too. 

 

What do you love about your “church”? What do you wish to see your church implement or perhaps alter?

 

 

 

Selah

 

Just pray….Scripture

So often we have prayed for “favor…in the sight of God and man”, but I think if we were to actually quote the scripture correctly we wouldn’t pray that at all. Instead, we would pray “let love and faithfulness never leave you”. This verse is much more about our obedience to Him not what’s in it for us.

As Christians I feel most of our personal time in prayer is nothing more than selfish ambition. I believe that if we were to quote more scripture during times of prayer our motivations for faith would be deeply rooted. I believe that because our prayers have been selfish we are not seeing the fruit we expect and it’s somehow God’s fault. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The verse in its entirety is this: Proverbs 3:3-4

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

It’s much more clear that when we read and quote scripture accurately what the intentions of the verse are. The verse’s context will also speak volumes for its intent. Remember this: pray God’s word accurately and believe it is for our benefit.

Selah