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We are so excited over all that we have experienced over our first 8 months of ministry. All of the stories of people's lives being touched by the Lord and the way God is using those people to touch others.
One of the reasons I'm excited is this gives people options -
Most importantly, this service gives us another opportunity to reach people through our services and gives YOU another opportunity to serve.
Options are always a good thing.
So tired. My throat hurts, my head hurts, my eyes are burning and all that I want is to go to sleep. I'm not sick - I just had an incredible day and feel like I gave everything that I had. To feel this way is totally worth it to have the opportunity to be part of Vertical Church. I am so thankful that Jesus called me to this and has given me this experience.
Here are the things on my heart this evening:
There are some exciting things that we will be unveiling this week at Vertical Church - exciting week - you WILL BE hearing about all that is coming up at Vertical. Honestly, I love you guys... thanks for taking the journey - we're just getting started.
This last set of pics are from our student ministry, FUZE, which meets at Mr.P's Skateworld on Wednesday nites at 5:45pm. We're seeing some great things happen among our young people. I am very thankful for the large team that makes that happen!!
A little bit different "Sunday Nite" as I just barely made the service yesterday. Keyna and I took a brief trip to Myrtle Beach on Friday night (love the Grand Strand, especially in the off-season). We had a relaxing time, great food, good movie, a little shopping and most importantly, some free time together. We had no intentions of making it back to Ltown for service but with an earlier than usual check-out time and no real plans for Sunday afternoon KEYNA decided (no, it wasn't me not wanting to miss) that we should leave and go to our church for service.
No arguments here (grin).
So this is my observations of Sunday from a different perspective:
Yesterday was just an incredible day at Vertical Church. I am very thankful for the opportunity to view it from a different context. To our amazing team - YOU KILLED IT YESTERDAY AND I AM SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!! KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
Have you noticed that a bunch of people serve on the Vertical team? You probably think we don't want or need you. You would be wrong.
Did you realize that God can use you to change a life?
Every week Jesus is changing the lives of people at Vertical Church and behind every changed life are the faces of Vertical VTeam volunteers! What most people don't understand is that we are ALWAYS LOOKING for people to join our VTeams! You have the opportunity to immediately begin helping people who don't like church meet God.
This Saturday we are having VTeam orientation. As we meet you will meet some new people, learn what it means to join a team and figure out what you would like to do at Vertical Church. LUNCH IS INCLUDED! Here are the details:
What: VTeam Orientation
When: This Saturday Morning, October 8 - 9:30 am to Noon
Where: At Vertical Church, Cinema Four
We are so excited for you to take this most important Next Step. If you're interested in being part contact John Paul Dever and let him know, "yes - I want to serve!" I believe service is the activator for a believers faith. We're excited to see God activate your faith.
Often times people become moved for something. In the church we call it getting "a burden". They identify something that is wrong and think, "this isn't right - something needs to be done about it!" Next, they look for someone who can help them, usually discussing it with their closest friends. Often they go to a pastor or someone they respect in their church. The person with the burden looks really hard for someone to do something about the thing THEY have become passionate about but they are looking in the wrong direction.
I would suggest they look in the mirror.
It only takes one. One person with a burden can do amazing things. God is looking for people who are willing to do whatever it takes, people willing to trust Him. I don't make this stuff up - look at what the bible says:
Therefore he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them. (Psalm 106:23 ESV)
God was ready to destroy Israel but Moses begged God not to. But at a later time we see God looked for someone to intercede for Israel and found no one.
And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30 ESV)
Two scriptures. Two opportunities for greatness. Two different outcomes. Sometimes it takes only one courageous, righteous person to stop great evil, but in the 1st scripture there was no one. I personally believe that God's greatest movements begin in the heart of one - I have experienced this personally in my own life. I want to relive it through yours.
I believe that God is looking for people who are ready to quit looking for others to carry out THEIR mission. Remember, it's not God AND you, it's God IN you. What is Jesus telling you to do. I dare you to do it.
"As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, 'I am holy; you be holy.'" (1 Peter 1:14-16, the Message)
Is your life being shaped by God's life? Could you classify your life as one that is blazing with holiness?
Join the club.
Do you ever feel like, when it comes to following Jesus, that you SUCK? Does this ever describe you: "I sometimes just feel incomplete in my walk with God, like there's something missing." There is: Personal holiness.
We cannot will ourselves to live holy lives. We CAN will ourselves into good morals but holiness is not that!!! Holiness isn't a moral code, the music you listen to or the clothes that you wear. Holiness isn't about the things that you DO or DON'T do. Holiness is a life energized by God's life.
Holiness is not God AND you, it's God IN you. Holiness is God working through you, God working IN you. God's not saying, "come on... you can do this - as a matter of fact, let's do this together, it's Me AND you!" What God is saying is, "quit fighting this, I'm gonna do this IN you." God AND you is like that dumb bumper sticker, "God is my co-pilot." STUPID! God isn't anyone's co-pilot - He's your pilot or you're on your own. God IN you is is declaring that Jesus is the leader of your life. God AND you is like saying, "I'm doing my best to be good." God IN you is you declaring I'm surrendering my heart to His goodness.
So here's my challenge to you, let's practice this together in a practical way: every time that you get a text, phone call, facebook notification today on your mobile phone, before you respond stop and remind yourself: It's not God AND me, it's God IN me... Lord, I give you control right now, my thoughts, my words and my actions - fill me with Your love right now. Everytime you get a text. Everytime you get a fb notification. Everytime you get a call. EVERYTIME.
I pray for you, right now as I type, that your life be shaped by God's life and that this week would be the most Jesus filled week you have ever experienced. For His glory. Amen.
HALLELUJAH!!!! I'm shoutin' with all I have that it's not God AND me, it's God IN me!! (I hope you are as well).
It's Sunday nite, I am absolutely wiped out but I wanted to share with my friends all that which fills my heart to overflowing. Jesus is alive, He's changing lives and I CANNOT believe that He allows me to be part of this move that happens weekly at Vertical Church. I hope that you were there, if not, here's what you missed:
As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, "I am holy; you be holy." How is my life being shaped by God’s life? Is your life blazing with God’s holiness?!?
This week, as you go remember, everytime you receive a text, a phone call, a tweet or a facebook, before you receive it, STOP, and say, "It not God AND me, it's God IN me... right now, Jesus, fill me with your love, take control of my thoughts, my words and my actions." May this week be the most spirit filled week of your life, in Jesus Name. I love you all.
It's not often that a movie comes out that we can assure you that is family friendly and doesn't involve cartoons. It's even less often that we can say that a movie will encourage your faith and be faithful to the Gospel message.
This is one of those movies - you really should check Courageous out.
Courageous is the latest movie by Sherwood Baptist Church, who produced the movies "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants". The film is about fatherhood, and the story centers around four police officers "all in various stages of fatherhood trying to figure out what it means to be a great dad." Stephen Kendrick stated that "The film's desire is for men to leave the theater making the decision that Joshua made when he declared in Joshua 24:15, 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord'."
"Courageous" opens this Friday in Lumberton at Vertical Church's home, Cinema Four Theaters. Below you will see what USA Today found when they visited the Courageous movie set. We will be giving away some free tickets to the movie during Sunday's services but don't let that stop you from seeing it this weekend. I encourage you to not only see Courageous but to tell people about it. Let's support ministries that encourage and lift high the mission of God.