“Leaders have to be ready to adapt, to move, to forget yesterday.”
This Sunday was really great (despite being my first Sunday with braces)!
We opened with Happy Day and then went on to do Salvation is Here and I Stand Amazed off North Point Music’s new CD. We did Amazed during the prayer time and closed the service with You Are (also off the North Point CD).
I was up to preach and did a message on the lost coin from Luke 15. I thought I was able to communicate the main concept well (Rescue Success Requires Persistence… if you’re going to do it, you’ve got to stick to it).
Rick and Laural shared the worship leading responsibilities with me and did a great job, and Sally did an outstanding job at giving the announcements.
All in all, I thought this morning was a solid 9 out of 10!
Here are the songs we did (with iTunes links where available):
- Happy Day (we did the version from North Point’s new CD, Louder Than Creation)
- Salvation is Here
- I Stand Amazed
- Amazed (the Lincoln Brewster version)
- You Are
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I loved the movie, I Am Legend. It was wonderfully creepy and scared the heck out of me both times I saw it.
Then I bought I read the book by Richard Matheson. I was amazed that the movie was nothing like the book. Same basic idea, but not as much impact.
Here’s the basic plot of the book (from FirstShowing.net)…
Without spoiling too much (in case you want to read it), the entire purpose of the title I Am Legend is that in the book, Robert Neville actually is the last man on the planet. And he has switched places from our reality of what we perceive as legend, to actually being the legend. As in, vampires are “legendary” to us because they’re a myth from fantasy. In the book, Robert Neville is “legendary” because he is that myth and goes out day after day hunting them.
The original ending of the book didn’t really deal with that, But now, the ORIGINAL theatrical ending (which is now the alternate ending) is out in cyberspace.
If you loved I Am Legend, check out the original ending over at FirstShowing.net. It is AMAZING!
As a part of Watercooler Wednesday, I thought I would write about my artist-in-residence.
These are pictures on my office wall. They are from the youngest blonde boy. He is my artist. He approaches life with open-eyed wonder and sees magic everywhere.
Gordon Mackenzie, in his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball believes that every child is born an artist, but that it is taught out of them as time goes on. When he speaks at schools the younger the class, the more believe they are artists. But by the 6th grade hardly a one will raise their hand when asked, “Are there any artists here today?”
One of the ways I have decided to nurture the artist in Chase is I bought him a sketch book and colored pencils. Then we schedule artist dates where we go sketch stuff (I am terrible!). It has really been great and he continues to grow and bloom as a young artist.
Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Here’s the interesting info:
This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!
Here’s the facts:
- The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you’re 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that).
- The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818.
So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
It was a great morning this morning after an INCREDIBLY LONG WEEK getting ready for the new series. Randy probably put in somewhere between 90 and 100 hours getting the set built and dialed in and getting lighting and sound just right.
We opened up the morning with Every Man sung by Jeremy and Natalie. During the song, we kicked on the video prayer wall with the pictures of the people we are praying that will cross the line of faith this Easter. It was so powerful! Then we did Mighty to Save and the NorthPoint /Passion version of Jesus Paid it All. During the prayer time we sang Sweetly Broken. We closed the morning with Rescue by Jared Anderson.
Here are the songs (with iTunes links where available)…
Nothing really went sideways today. I had some “wiring issues” right before I went out due to not being able to change into my “show shirt” quickly enough. Long story… Suffice it to say, everything went really well. It was a great morning, and the much needed afternoon nap felt GREAT!