Advancing to Retreat.

I’m getting ready for my yearly prayer and study break which I usually take during the summer.  While doing the church plant in CA I had the privilege to spend that time each year on Lake Tahoe which is one of my favorite places in the world.  That was a HUGE blessing thanks to the ministry of the Barnabas Factor which offsets the cost for full-time ministers.  I love the mountains.  This year I will be headed to the Rockies around Denver and I’m looking forward to checking out and spending some serious solo time with God, His Word, and whatever else He has in mind.  In preparation for this I got an email last week from a great guy who directs church planting in the Northern Plains of America named Mike Sojka.  The link for his site is at: NPEA.  Attached to his note he included a doc entitled “Reasons for Unanswered Prayers” which I’ve included below.  I thought that was a great resource to help people get focused for such ventures.  From my observation, we all need to take a moment from time to time to weigh our motives and this tool seemed like a good start.  What would you add as a discipline or exercise in preparation for a spiritual retreat? (more…)

Kid’s Kamp and Saint Morris.

Well we finished up Kid’s Kamp last night at The Crossings and it was GREAT. The Kamp was an excellent opportunity to plant the loving seeds of Christ in the hearts of our young people in our community. Jesus loved and loves Children and in fact taught that unless we change and become like these little children we will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Wow, what’s that all about? While there are many reasons, it seems like the biggest one is just the fact that these children don’t front any arguments and simply accept Christ through faith. They hear and believe. I think that is one of the reasons why every church that is truly fruitful in Kingdom advancement has a powerful children’s ministry. So I’m thankful for our efforts at Cypress Crossing to reach and minister to the kidos.

But I’m also thankful for a guy most of you won’t know named Morris. I met Morris for the first time on a college inner city trip in Atlanta back in the spring of 89. Then I ended up going to school with him when I transferred to Ozark Christian College that fall. But Morris went home to be with Christ this past month after faithfully serving Christ for a number of years in Honduras(more…)