Faith Lab 0.1 Community behind us

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The first of perhaps many beta test podcasts. 

Sharing some thoughts about community, and how we are never truly alone.  

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Just Falling Forward

**if you have 5 min play the video below.  You can do work on other tabs or play it in the background, but do yourself the favor of listening**

I haven’t posted something here in a while, but have some things simmering.

However, this past weekend warrants more than a passing social media post.

Following worship I received more positive feedback than usual about the service, and it was nice.  But, it had little to do with me.

Pastor Mike Slaughter said that the job of his worship team is to get him to the goal line, and to score he just has to fall forward when he is preaching.

Well that happened this weekend in spades.  It starts with our worship design team and goes to our admin and communications folks who send out weekly emails and have input about the bulletin.  Then on Sunday, our mobile ministry team, hospitality, greeters, band, lead worshipers, audio and video engineers, nursery and children’s ministry staff come together to do some heavy lifting.  Also, those people who remind me what I have forgotten or make sure I don’t fumble during worship. They are invaluable even when they don’t carry an official title.

Below is a little video that began ad a mid week text message about a song that “might fit for this week.” And it turned into this:

Thanks for helping me fall in the right direction this week team!

Half Truths Week #2 “God Helps those who help themselves”

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Week #2: God helps those how help themselves…
Do you have a story about a time when you helped others and modeled the kid of Christ-like (incarnational) grace we talked about in the video?
We would love to hear about it in the comments or post your own video.

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Half Truths Week 1: “Everything Happens for a reason”

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WEEK #1:
This week’s 1/2 truths is “everything happens for a reason”
We all have said this, but lets dig a little deeper into some of the implications.
In what ways are you partnering with God in working for good?

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2017 Bible Reading Plan

This little post is something that is more for me than others, but if it is helpful for you that is great.  Here I am going to plot out my Bible reading plan for the coming year.

 

But first…..

A word about 2016 and my reading through the Bible plan.  This was a plan that read through the entire Bible throughout the year.  I have done it a few times throughout the years, and always have the same feeling when I finish the plan.

These feelings are that I am glad that I have finished and accomplished the goal, but I also wonder if it is merely a goal to accomplish.  The bottom-line might be that it is good to meet this goal, but after a year with it I am ready to move on to something different.  Perhaps I will get the bug again in 2018 or 2019 to do this again, but not in 2017.

If you have never read through the Bible in a year or at all here is the plan that I used.

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/60-the-one-year-bible

**note all the links to bible reading plans are from the great youversion app that can be accessed on your android, apple or web connected device. **

This year’s plan

In 2017 I wanted to slow the pace down a little bit to be able to dive into the readings a little bit more.  I have a solid habit of getting into scripture daily for things that are not work related (sermon prep and the like don’t count for devotional time in my mind).

Rather than choosing one plan to do for the year, many of which are just iterations of the Bible in a year plan.  I am going to begin with a 100 day plan that gives a big picture of the totality of scripture.  It is divided into 100 readings that are only a chapter to 2 long.  Half are from the Hebrew Bible while the other half are from the New Testament.  My hope is that I am going to be able to journal and reflect more on the readings rather than just slogging through.

Here is the 100 days reading plan: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/25-the-essential-100

After this plan I am planning on piecing together some smaller plans that will alternate between diving deeper into a particular book and then into a practice.

An example of a plan focused on a spiritual discipline is this 2 week long one from Tim Keller’s book “Prayer” https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1240-prayer-a-14-day-devotional-by-tim-keller

While this plan on the Book of Acts gives a 28 day focus on the birth of the early church https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/644-deeper-into-scripture-acts

 

The bottom line…

I have a solid plan for the first 100 days of 2017.  In there I am trusting I will be able to come up with some ideas and direction where I want to go with the rest of the year.  The plans on practices are usually shorter while the scripture focus is longer.

Not being hemmed in by a yearlong plan also allows me a little more freedom to shift midway through it one plan is just not working for me.

 

You should plot your own course, there are hundreds of plans to choose from at bible.com or through their Bible App.

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans