1. absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
2. lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting

Translation: Apathy equals sitting on your butt.

I wonder how many churches if they closed down would not be missed. For that matter would people even notice they were gone.

Grace teaches us to not be apathetic. Since we have the best Grace of all why do Christians seem so content with Sunday morning and are not even thinking about Mercy, justice and love?

I’m seeing that where I am.

So why?

How do we get people to care?

It all started when I read Mark Batterson’s book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day“. Why did I pick up that book? My real reason was because the title was SO long and I needed to see why somebody would use a crazy title like that.

From the minute I opened the cover I was sucked into the black hole of Batterson’s mind. An entire book on one tiny verse that frankly nobody knew was even in the bible. I don’t even know if The author of 2 Samuel knew it existed. So there it is in plain text the greatness of God in the most simplest of forms. I started to realize that I had God in a box and that my fears were keeping Him there. I finished the book and then read it again. Then I brought the book and video teachings to my worship team. Then I got the study guide and taught it to my youth group. Then we showed the videos for our churches mens group. This all spurred on some big thoughts in my head. I ended up posting on my Godbox thoughts 1 and 2. This book challenged me like no other book had. EVER. I found my head reeling from it. Quite honestly I didn’t know where to go from there. I was at a crossroads. Almost in a state of shock and limbo.

Enter Mancation. So everybody saw my posts on my recent mancation. You saw my reasons for wanting focus and to renew myself in God.

Focus didn’t happen and nither did I get a feeling of being renewed.

I got home and said to the guys I went with ” WHAT THE HECK!” I was sure something would break. I was sure that this cloud looming over me would have disappeared.

I talked to the guys more about this and they all said they had the same feeling. A feeling of almost being more pissed off and not content with the way things are.

So what do you do with that. Well I went and bought Mark’s new book “Wild Goose Chase“. The tag line was “Reclaim the adventure of pursuing God”. Sounded good to me and I was in need of another butt kicking. Maybe this book would tie up the loose ends.

Mark says that understanding your passion and reclaiming that sense of adventure can be related to being in another location. Simple term. Get away and find what your missing. Mancation. I don’t know Mark, but I’m pretty sure he knew I was going on that trip. The more and more I read I realized that this book like his last was ripping me to shreds.

I will go more into this later and how this applies to some HUGE GOD SIZED dreams. This is why I say Mark Batterson sucks.  Because he wrote 2 books that have rocked my world, changed me forever, and got me off my spiritual duff. It’s kind of like when somebody gives you an amazing gift and you tell them…I can’t accept that…they insist…My first answer to that is “dude you suck” and then “THANK YOU”

So to Mark Batterson my second reply to him is “Thank You“. Thank you for tieing the loose ends. Thank you for making my brain and heart hurt. Thanks you for teaching me to stop making excuses for my God Sized goals and to get out of my Christian cage and change to world.

Sunday Setlist blog Carnival for Aug 24th

Take my life (I am Yours) – trad/Michael Neale

Main Set
Be Glorified – Me
Here is our King – Crowder
Holy is the Lord – Giglio/Tomlin

True Love – Phil Wickham

Oh the Glory of it All – Crowder
See the Way – Misty Edwards
How Great is our God – Tomlin

I Will Boast – Baloche

Cool set this week. I had a blast with the worship. Playing Phil Wickham in a singable key was..dare I say it..RAD!

I love Oh the glory of it all and especially for communion. No clue why but I did see the way in way too love of a key, but it worked any way.

If you are seeing this. Yes I did 2 Tomlin songs. And yes that may just be too many in one set, but it really worked this week. :)

And ending with I will boast was fantastic. I love Baloche. He writes perfect stuff.

Overall everything went great, but ever since mancation my mind has been racing with tons of stuff. More on that soon.

Yearbook myself: YIKES!

August 21, 2008 — 14 Comments

Well considering I dont have anything more to say on the Healer stuff it is time to get back to normal land.

A new site called Yearbookyourself has just surfaced. Crazy funny. Below is me through the years. Try it yourself.

here is a new article on the healer story

also I hope there will be an outpouring of grace for this broken man. Go join the prayer group for him on facebook.

God is a God of grace, goodness, mercy, and healing.