Sunday, September 23, 2007

Streaks

I've always been a "streaky" guy. Probably has a lot to do with playing baseball all those years. Whatever the reason, I just tend to be either hot or cold. Over the years, I've tried to develop more of a turtle approach to life as opposed to the hare. I've experienced some success in many areas of life. However one area that I still tend to be really streaky ... you're looking at it: The blog.

But tonight a new streak begins. We will see how it goes. I'm not making any promises.

Today was a wonderful day in so many ways. Our Sunday morning gathering was really encouraging to me for several reasons. I had a brief but beneficial conversation with one of our shepherds, Steve McMindes who was really encouraging. I walked away thinking to myself, "Man, I've got to have more of those." Just seeing everyone is an encouragement to me. I fall deeper in love with my church family every day. Obviously, as a pastor, so much of how I feel about our time together on Sunday mornings is tied up with my self evaluation of my message. That is rarely a good thing, but usually a reality nonetheless. Today was a good message. Wasn't my best and it wasn't my worst. I know Lou Cullum loved it. The reality is that I prayed and prayed that it would be God's words for God's people for God's glory so I just have to trust that I did my part and He did his.

There was one regret I have from my message today and that was forgetting to share the lyrics of a powerful song. I would have loved to play the song but that is not where we are right now. That is the subject of another post for another day. Anyway, the song is called "Madly In Love With You" and is on the Passion CD

Check these lyrics out:

And I'm madly in love with you
And I'm madly in love with you
And I'm madly in love with you
And I'm madly in love with you

Let what we do in here
fill the streets out there
let us dance for you
let us dance for you
let what we do in here
fill the streets out there
let us dance for you
let us dance for you

And I'm madly in love with you
And I'm madly in love with you
And I'm madly in love with you
Yeah I'm madly in love with you

And all of my life and nothing less i offer to you my righteousness
And all of my life and nothing less i offer to you my righteousness
And all of my life and nothing less i offer to you my righteousness
Yeah all of my life and nothing less i offer to you my righteousness

And I'm madly in love with you
Yeah I'm madly in love with you
And I'm madly in love with you
Yeah I'm madly in love with you


Since I was speaking about reaching the lost with our entire lives,
this song was especially appropriate. My favorite part of the song is:

"Let what we do in here
fill the streets out there"

That is my prayer for Lake Cities.

I closed with a challenge and a story.

The challenge was to pray the following prayer every day this week:

"I'm Yours.
Change Me.
Send Me."

And the story:

On July 4, 1854, Charlie Peace, a well-known criminal in London, was hung.
The Anglican Church, which had a ceremony for everything, even had a
ceremony for hanging people. So when Charlie Peace was marched to the gallows, a priest read these words from the Prayer Book: "Those who die without Christ experience hell, which is the pain of forever dying without the release which death itself can bring."

When these chilling words were read, Charlie Peace stopped in his tracks, turned to the priest, and shouted in his face, "Do you believe that? Do you believe that?"

The priest, taken aback by this verbal assault, stammered for a moment then said, "Well…I…suppose I do."

"Well, I don't," said Charlie. "But if I did, I'd get down on my hands and knees and crawl all over Great Britain, even if it were paved with pieces of broken glass, if I could rescue one person from what you just told me."

Tony Campolo, Let Me Tell You a Story (Word, 2000)


There were many other blessings from today including a nap, time at the driving range, time in the kitchen with Kim, and a delicious homemade Cajun feast (dirty rice, red beans and rice, and shrimp with garlic butter) to name a few. We also had a great parent meeting for our youth group. Matt did a really good job and even debuted the new Refuge website. Check it out here.

All in all, it was a wonderful day. They usually all are. I'm so blessed!





2 comments:

Deb said...

Hey, glad to see you post!

For some odd reason, one sentence escaped the bonds of the blog boundaries. I haven't a clue how to fix it, but wanted to point it out.

That's my job, right? LOLOLOLOLOL!

I'm glad your day was a good one. Have a great week.

Joel Quile said...

Thanks Deb! It looked okay in Firefox but was "out of bounds" in IE. Thanks for doing "your job" and I'm not just talking about the blog! Your encouragement and equipping role in my life is a blessing!