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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.

I was talking to a friend’s wife the other day and God smacked me in the head. She was asking me how I am able to write music and then put it up on the net and not be unselfconscious about it. She is a worship leader as well and has hundreds of song that nobody has heard, but she said she wasn’t happy with herself in a few areas. Right away the book “in a pit with a lion on a snowy day” by Mark Batterson came into my head.

“don’t let what’s wrong with you keeping you from worshiping whats right in Him”

She of course responded with..”wow, deep”. I told her that sometimes I have that issue but more often than that I have another issue.

“don’t let what’s right with you keep you from worshiping whats right with Him”

Her response was “huh”. It’s interesting…I can do music/worship with my hands behind my back, youth group without even thinking, ministry without with people straight from my own strength. It isn’t pride, but I am very good on resting on my own ability and leaving the spirit out of the picture.
I will have a church service and play wrong chords and totally mess up and be ticked that worship was horrible. That will always be the week that 3 people come up to me to let me know how great worship was and how amazing God was. Then God says to me “see…it’s not you bucko” We all know that, but seems we are really good at forgetting that.

So she says to me..”Joel you are kicking my butt tonight”

God responds to me “consider your A** kicked as well!”

2 questions:

1. Ever leave God out of your ministry and see how amazing He is anyway?

2. Ever give somebody Godly advice and watch God kick your own butt with it?

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March 28, 2008 — 2 Comments

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Youth Director..another hat

February 28, 2008 — 3 Comments

As many of you know I am the youth director for our senior high group at our church. It is called Grounded & Settled. We are going to be doing some awesome stuff and I will have a ton of it on here, but go check out the separate blog I made for the youth group. I think you will like it.

Right now we are studying Mark Batterson’s, in a pit with a lion.


February 21, 2008 — 2 Comments

Oh man I really want to go to this. Whiteboard looks fantastic. I really want to see Batterson. Is anybody signed up for this thing?