Gearing Up For Battle

  • It never ceases to amaze me how far my emotions can swing on a typical Sunday. The highs can be atmospheric and the lows can be crushing.
  • Yesterday, one family shared news that made me want to break out and Whip/Nae Nae. And then an hour later a guy told me about the current tragedy in his life.
  • I saw people who are completely experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit and the fruit is evident in their lives. And then I saw others who are resisting Him at every turn. 
  • The life of a shepherd means that most of the time you smell like the sheep and the smell doesn't come off with a Monday morning shower. It stays with me. 
  • On another note Janie came home late last night! For the past four days I have been flying solo with the boys as Janie traveled to Western Kentucky University for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of her sorority (Kappa Delta).  Our #NoGirlsAllowed weekend came to an end and no one is more excited about that than me. 
  • At North Terrace we continued our Four Questions Every Kid Needs Answered series and we tackled the question: How Can I Win the Big Battles? 
  • One of the big battles that must be won is child hunger and we are gearing up to battle through Generosity Feeds
  • During all three of our Sunday morning worship experiences, we invited three different educators on stage to talk about how they see the effects of child hunger in the kids they teach every week. 
  • We are SIX DAYS AWAY from our food packing party and our goal is that we can prepare 30,000 meals! There is still time to make donations and/or sign up to serve!
  • Speaking of food, yesterday was also our Starting Point Lunch for the month of September and we had several new families join us. I love how casual this event is and how it helps people who are new to the church connect with the leaders.
  • If you are new to the church you really need to get to our next SPL on October 18th!
  • I started reading two new books last night to go with the three others I am also currently reading (yes that drives me nuts about myself too).
  1. Parenting is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
  2. Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church by Lynn K. Wilder
  • I only caught a little bit of the Emmys last night but I did see Andy Samberg's opening number and Jon Hamm take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Mad Men. It only took eight years for him to be recognized for creating one of the most iconic characters in television history. Enjoy your award Mr. Draper but always remember the words from your late boss Bert Cooper: 

#MMOC is a weekly blog recapping the action that occurred in my life as the Lead Minister at North Terrace Church in Zanesville, OH. Feel free to comment and if you live in the Zanesville area we invite you to be part of the epic story God is writing through NT.