Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that today you and your family have a special and happy day together as you take time to SLOW DOWN and appreciate all the many blessings that God has given. Since we don’t get to sit at the table together and go around during the meal sharing what we are thankful for I wanted to share a few items off my list:
MySavior who loved Me and gave Himself for Me. His love takes my breath away and I can’t wait to see Him face to face.
MyBride who is my love, partner in crime and my best friend. She is such a wonderful mother and encourager.
My two beautiful girls who make me smile & laugh and make me want to love Jesus more.
The amazing people at fresh life. It is a thrill to teach the Bible to hearts that are hungry for God’s Word and so eager to see people meet Jesus.
Skull Church, The Liberty Theatre, Fresh Life Radio, and Fresh Life Groups–all incredible doors of opportunity that God has illuminated and opened in the past year as we have taken steps of faith so that those stranded in sin would find life and liberty in Christ.
Aisle Seats in the Emergency Exit Row. For just that little extra bit of legroom and the ability to get up whenever I want. And “yes,” I am ready, willing and able to help in the event of an emergency.
Technology. Because I believe it exists to make Jesus famous (and because i am a big nerd.)
Billy Graham. Because he has shown what a life looks like that is focused like a laser on the cross. I am inspired to live my life as passionately obsessed with the gospel as he has.
What are you thankful for? Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done (1 Chronicles 16:8)
This weekend at fresh life we had our first service in our siamese-sanctuary, the Liberty theater! We are calling it our siamese-sanctuary because it is not really a satellite campus, and it isn’t just an overflow venue either. It is a 90+ year old movie theater about a block away from the Strand, which is our current 90+ year old theater, that we have been meeting in for almost two years now. We closed on the Liberty on September 11th of this year and have spent the last two months cleaning, painting, building out the stage, connecting the two theaters with state of the art fiber-optics, installing an HD projector & killer sound system and converting the concessions stand into a fully functioning espresso bar.
The body at fresh life engaged in the project in a major way. So many skilled and generous people spent hundreds and hundreds (no exaggeration) of hours pimping the building out for Jesus. (did I really just type that?) The work continued right up until the eleventh hour Saturday night but it was all worth it when both the Strand and the Liberty were filled with people worshipping God and studying His word Sunday morning. And best of all, no one had to shiver through service watching a screen outside the Strand on the sidewalk! 🙂
Here is a story that ran on our local NBC news broadcast on Friday, November 13th. We hope people that don’t know Christ saw it and will want to check out the church! Super fun.
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Jennie and I just got back from Southern California late last night. We were there for a married couples retreat put on by Harvest Christian Fellowship. Pastor James MacDonald, from Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, and I did two sessions each and then there was a panel discussion where Jennie and I joined James and his wife, Kathy, and Greg and Cathe Laurie on the stage to answer questions that people had submitted. It was out of control at times, as you can imagine, but was especially great to hear from the wives, and Jennie did a killer job.
Even though I started to feel my voice going out 1/2 way through the conference (a public speaker’s worst nightmare) and was hoarse by the end of my second message, the whole weekend was a lot of fun, especially hanging with the MacDonald’s and the Laurie’s. Jennie and I went into the weekend not just wanting to give out but to take in as well and we could really feel the Lord strengthening our relationship. Retreat’s like this are the marital equivalent of an oil change, important every few thousand miles and even more necessary the longer you go without making the investment! I hope to put one on at fresh life soon. Continue reading…
Last night was a great night at skull church. We continued our fire & ice series, studying the life of Elijah, and saw people respond to the gospel invitation making professions of faith in Christ. (always awesome to watch!) And we also had a special musical guest, Run Kid Run, who traveled from Illinois to join us.
They were originally scheduled to play last week but due to weather in Denver they were unable to fly in. They felt terrible but we assured them that it didn’t make a difference. (One of the benefits of not announcing artists ahead of time.)
They played a few songs during the service but also did a bonus 30 minute set at the end of the night and it was rad. Afterwards I caught up with them for a little interview, enjoy.
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