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a ton to read, but if you want real…and real community…this is as real as it gets…

There are a ton of naysayers about the whole blogging thing.

have you heard them before?

In the last 3 years have built real freindships online with people I have never met and I am floored by it.

Is it odd?

Of course, but often times when i’m dealing with something or God is dealing with something they are my go to people.

I could go and rattle off the people that are like that…but for the sake of not having a boring post i want to mention a few.

Our family is dealing with some interesting things lately and our church is going thru some really wild God things.

I can’t post about some if it, but other things I have shared a tad.

We are going through a money crunch right now. Probably like everybody else.

Time is always a factor. I am a stay at home dad with 3 boys, my wife works and I work doing design. Problem is my design business is pretty much depleted. There are other interesting things there too, but that is a big factor..

I am the volunteer (non paid) worship director, youth director (with partner), designer, Youth service director, go to mens meetings etc etc… Am I neglecting my family? No. I have margin there, but does that take away from making money being im home with my kids? You bet.

On top of this God is having our church move (new building) almost like a replant.

Our church has about 75 members and 65 coming on a sunday…yes thats small.

we started a youth service with 2 volunteers and running youth group with about 10 kids…with all of the above life issues and more…

and God has 40-60 kids coming to the youth service..

Are you with me? 65 people in church and 40-60 kids (ton not christian) coming to a youth church!

So I’ve been struggling with worrying about money and my family and God’s work in the church and God is just pouring out these hurting kids and those who he has entrusted to work with them have thier hands tied.

Of course there is more, but im not going to go into it…

At the worship community we started a pure praise study

Going through it and reading and interacting in the devotional is giving me clarity in my faith that God has this all in his hands..

I have had talks with my Re:create roomie Fred Mckinnon and have been able to share with him my heart and visa versa.

This is not fake friendship..this is real folks..

Alastair has noticed my disconcerting tweets and messages and has been all over tracking me down all over the web to talk and encourage.

there have been others locally who have messaged me on the blog with pray too.

Then last night after I had a RI wide meeting with youth pastors from 7 churches (YES WOW!) to pray I got home and there were messages from My longest internet brother Conner asking to talk via video. We couldn’t because my family was sleeping and I talk too loud. But we talked for over an hour via chat and prayed for eachother via…yes via chat.

And I really prayed..His family is hurting too and it was awesome just to cover each other with the blood of Jesus and connect.

Readers…I need to stress something…

God has everything in control..

But I am scared, worried, full of fear, anxiety and also full of awe of God and excitement.

If you don’t get blogging, facebook, twitter, tokbox etc etc etc…let me tell you…the body of christ is the body weather its in person or over a webcam. And my connection..my community online is so so so important to me and vital to me not wanting to quit everything daily.

If you haven’t connected for real…You need to because I have realized that there are like minded people all over the world that can speak into my life and I in thiers and my vision and ministry is different because of it.

Pray for me, my family, and my church. Pray that God touches RI with his Love and connect with me..

Come out of the lurking and talk. I need it and let me tell you…You do too!

Just Breathe

January 13, 2009 — 5 Comments

Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said.  – John 20:22

I need this verse right now…crazy things in my life I can’t go into just yet.

Breathe on me O breath of Heaven…Let Your spirit fall on me.

What should I write about?

January 9, 2009 — 2 Comments

Ok everybody I need your help…

What topics do you wish I would write about?

Is there something you wish I would have discussed more or delved more into or never did at all?

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I recently added skribit to my sidebar and it rocks…

You can add some topics you want me to write about or stuff you wish you knew.

You can also vote for a topic somebody already posted.

PLEASE DO THIS EVERYBODY. I want to keep building the community here is this is a great way to do it.. so click on it and give me some thoughts or vote.

If the sidebar scares you you can comment with your idea, but that kinda messes up the voting.

anyway…GET TO IT…thanks!

Yes there has been a bit of a lapse of posting in the last week. I’m glad you noticed.

Not only is there madness going on there is much madness in my head.

So needless to say I have been slammed with christmas, church and youth church. Oh and then there is the family.

Crazy, but I want to let my faithful friends and readers and innocent bystanders know some things coming up.

1. I will be posting this week some my picks for the best CD’s, books, websites, movies, and resources for 2008

2.I have some gret CD reviews coming up within the next 2 weeks on here, The worship community and on another site as well.

3. I have some very interesting announcments to make about my church this week. trust me you want to hear this

4. I have some youth services to tell all of you about.

Ah…and then comes 2009 coming on the close of my 3rd year of this blog in June and heading to a 4th year of awesomeness.

Thanks all for staying with me…wonderful journey

Final Novembeard

December 4, 2008 — 7 Comments

Sorry it took so long…it was a fun ride..and what the heck…

Ill just keep going with it.

It’s been fun Russ, Jon, and Jon.