Thursday, August 25, 2011

AWANA Leadership Training Saturday



Hey Gang:

Remember if you want to be a part of the leadership training opportunity Ken and Lana spoke to us about at Next Level, they need to know how many of you to expect. Please contact them (their number is in the directory. AWANA is a great program for kids and you could serve in that ministry as a mentor or helper to a younger person.

Thanks a mil

Fearless Leader

We Need Pencils and Rulers!


Hey Levelheads:

If you were at NLM Wednesday, you saw the 20 backpacks and the school supplies. We have lots of good stuff, but we need pencils and rulers so we can make sure every kid gets these items. If you can catch a good deal on them, could you grab a few? This Sunday will be the last Sunday to collect school supplies. Let's finish strong.



Fearless Leader




Youth Sunday Morning Service



Hey Gang:
Pastor Doug is "on board" with a September service conducted by Next Level Ministries. Since September 7 is our five-year anniversary, I'd like to do it in September. Available dates are the 18th and the 25th. Can we be ready?
Pray about it...

Fearless Leader

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Praying my way home

Hey Gang:

I was driving home and really began to feel the pull of the Spirit to pray for a friend of mine. The pull was so strong that I knew God wanted me to pray for her, so I did. As I began to ask God for patience, for healing, for mercy, and everything else I could think of, I began to understand how strong our connection to Him is. I believe he was listening to me as carefully as he was when I asked him to save me. Like the song says, I imagined him lifting his hands for silence as the angels became quiet and my prayers gushed into heaven, the Lord breathing them all in as I emptied my heart into his hands.

I felt the weakness of a child who reaches out to his folks knowing that if they say "no"he has no other recourse. I sensed the love and the joy that comes from knowing Him and I must have looked pretty strange to those who saw me at stop signs and red lights as I vocally called to him and asked, and reasoned, and wept.

Yes, wept.

I don't believe God is impressed by our fancy prayers, our big Bibles or our sterling accomplishments. I do believe that a heart emptying itself of the pride that would keep us from weeping or even begging Him for what we know only He can give, makes a space for Him to fill us and reassure us. Like my Dad's big hugs when I went away to college or returned home, prodigal that I was. Or my children who climb up into my lap and listen to my heartbeat while they hold on to me in the quiet of evening. I have experienced the Joy of the Lord a great deal this week. I have learned that little else matters. I have caught myself smiling and feeling those rushes of elation like I used to get when my dad took the hilly roads and we sailed over the tops and my insides laughed with joy. I go to WalMart and people I don't know make eye contact and smile at me or say hello as though they know me. They can see it too. From that far away, like Moses beneath the veil, they can see that I have been with the Lord.

I want you to stop what you're doing and think about the last time you felt the joy of the Lord that only comes from being in His will. The passion of singing to him and the sweetness of the tears that overflow from the happiness of being sure and secure and in love. Are you robbing yourself of the opportunities to commune with your Lord? Are you compartmentalizing your church life and your other life? Is God invited to your life? Is he at your table? In your studies, On your farm? With your family?

I know now what love is. I have known since the Lord made me whole. Here lately, I have been reminded that He is really always with me. When I cried out for my sister in Christ, He let me know, that everything wold be all right one way or another and that He loves me for who I am, especially when I love enough to put myself aside for another. He taught me that. May I never again forget it. I hope you had a good week. I want you to walk close to the Lord next week and see what He has to teach you.



Love



Fearless Leader

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Your Witness Protection Program

Hey Gang:
Soon school will be in and our lives will get suddenly complicated again. Amid all the homework, sports, time with friends, etc. life could lose its focus. I want you to give some serious thought to your Witness Protection Program.
Lots of people are going to be vying for your attention and are hoping to get you man-centered again. Teachers will not mention the LORD in context of lessons where He clearly should be mentioned. Science teachers will tell your your great grandaddy was a slime mold, and the boyfriend-girlfriend thing threaten to take your eye off the ball.

I am praying for you.


Be strong in the Lord and be his witness and testimony in your school. Mention Him when appropriate, and shamelessly ally yourself with Him. You need not be combative or overbearing. God's most powerful weapon is love. Seek out the outcast, the downhearted and the lonely kids who fall in the cracks that look like canyons. Lift up their faces with your kind words, make light their burdens with your help and compassion, win them with the love of Christ.


I am praying for you.


Pray without ceasing. Ask God for everything and in everything. Ask him for forgiveness, strength, patience, and the ability to love the unlovable. Who can you think of that the cool train has left at the station? Who wanders in darkness and seeks a great light? You know that kid. You've seen that kid. I am here to tell you God is calling you to approach them and share His love. Are you afraid people will laugh at you? Do you fear your friends will turn away from you? Will you be Peter and say to the laughing masses that you don't know who Jesus is?


I am praying for you.


Make godly choices. How would you choose if Jesus were with you? Good news, He is. Do you need it? Will it glorify God? Will it damage your witness separating you from the fountainhead of His love and truth making you an unworthy vessel through whom He can flow? I love Him so much. I want to be a better servant. Do you crave this also? Your cravings are what define your relationship and your state of being. Each day I feel His urgency more and more. I challenge you and make you uncomfortable because I love you and I want you to experience the grace and the blessings of God. You are not too young to serve.

I am praying for you.


In Christ my Lord, my joy, my all,





Fearless Leader

Monday, August 8, 2011

Oops! Correction on Joseph's Birthday Party

Hey!
Joseph's mom called to say she received incorrect information on Joseph's Bryan Park Pool bash. It's the 16th at 7:30 p.m. All Teens and their families are invited. The party will of course have to be cancelled if there's thunder and lightening and other scary stuff.

Let's celebrate Joseph at Bryan Park Pool!
Fearless Leader

Saturday, August 6, 2011

WGCL Proposition

Hey Folks:
WGCL has a proposition for us. They would like us to fill their "faith minute" time each day and have given us a great price. THe segment would be called "Your Faith at the Next Level" We would have to create 15 messages that were about a minute long and they would run three of them a day at random. The cost is a special deal so I won't put it out here on a public blog in respect to the station. Contact me if you want to know the rate.

The problem is that it's not in the budget. We would have to fund it ourselves through donations. If it doesn't bear any fruit in a minth or two, we would let it drop. What do you think?

Regards,
Fearless Leader

Friday, August 5, 2011

"Love Them Back to School" Project

Hey Gang:

We will be sponsoring our "Love Them, Back to School" project this month. A flier will appear in the bulletin and we will begin collecting school supplies and backpacks for needy kids. I heard Old Navy had backpacks on sale for $7.00 and WalMart sometimes has cheap backpacks. Our announcement will also be on a slide in the sanctuary and on the Mission Screen in the lobby. If your folks are shopping for school supplies, please encourage them (and you too if you have some extra money) to grab some school supplies. We will get together and assemble what we get in donations and have the schools distribute them to their neediest kids. Here's a great chance to reach out in Jesus' name in a practical way and to invite the kids to church and AWANA.
Thanks for your help.

Fearless Leader

Mercy Me an Third Day at State Fair!

Hey Gang:
Long time no see. Kim reminded me that August 10, at the State Fair, Mercy Me and Third Day will be on stage at the Hoosier Lotto grandstand. Both are great Christian acts and ticjets run around $40. The Fair started today, so if you're up for tickets, check right away.

Fearless Leader