Stats = Changed Lives
November 29, 2007, 7:02 am
Filed under: Church

In church life there are just some things that I believe God is pleased with us getting excited over. One of those things I believe is changed lives. Some of our detractors seem to get upset when we quote statistics in essence saying that lives don’t matter. Because the reality is, everyone of those numbers represent people. And you know what? God loves people. So, to be honest with you I don’t care what some people, that don’t share the same passion to reach others, might think. Therefore I’m getting ready to rattle off a couple of awesome stats.

As I blogged about last month, 16 people were baptized in a service in November! Guess what? There are 21 people scheduled to be baptized this Sunday. Praise the Lord! Our Lord and Savior deserves all the glory. Lives are radically changing at C3 Church. God is moving and people are experiencing Christ as they start their new lives. Changed lives are what it’s all about! This is what church is supposed to be about.

C3, don’t take this movement that God is doing in our community for granted. Continue to seek His face and pray for the staff and for God’s perfect will to be done in our lives, and the church’s. Without God doing the work nothing we can do will change people’s hearts. C3, continue to be the church that cares for others more than we do ourselves. As we prepare to move out into the marketplace let’s continue to be “The church that is tirelessly devoted to changed lives.” And let’s continue to thank God for His BARBARIC GRACE!


Barbaric Grace In Practice
November 25, 2007, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Church

What can be said about a day like today? Today C3 practiced some Barbaric Grace. Pastor Byron talked about how we as a church need to put action to our words, “Love Christ and love others.” Today we were able to put a total of $10,500 in the hands of the congregation not to spend on themselves or to give back to the church but to reach out to someone else in need this Christmas with positively no strings attached. As every single person came up to the front of the worship center to pick up their envelope with what ever amount was in it to share with someone else, everyone had smiles ear to ear. As I watched people do this I couldn’t help but have pride in our church and the great people that make up C3 Church.

In fact I have a fairly new friend who has only been active at C3 for a few months and never wanted anything to do with church, come up to Andrea and I and said that he has never experienced anything like what is happening at C3 before. He specifically said that Church is the best thing happening in his life right now. This is a guy who wanted nothing to do with church only a few months ago.

The people at C3 were so pumped to go out into the community and be a blessing to others. We as a church staff are so pumped to hear and read the many stories that will take place over the next several weeks as the people of C3 reach out to the community.

There are those people who might think that what took place today is totally crazy but I think that we are in good company. People thought that Jesus Christ was crazy too. The religious establishment of His day felt threatened and vulnerable as Christ reached out to the everyday person to bring salvation to them without the strings the Pharisees attached to people’s religious experience. So as Christ reached out to the Hebrews of his day in a totally innovative way we must reach out to others in a totally innovative way. We must be barbaric as we reach out to others. C3 is all about practicing Barbaric Grace!

I Am Thankful For…
November 21, 2007, 10:03 am
Filed under: Church, Family, Friends, Personal, Thanksgiving

I am thankful for…

My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has changed my life and given me grace.
My beautiful loving wife Andrea.
My wonderful, kind Mom.
My Dad who was the perfect example of what a Godly man,good husband and great father should be.
My mother-in-law Angela and my sisters Cassie, Brittney and my awesome little nephew Hayden.
My friends who know who they are, that love and support me.
My incredible Church, C3 Church.
My Pastor, Byron and Angie, who are great friends as well.
My colleagues at work, who I am proud to call my friends also.
My lovable cat. (Don’t be a hater, yes I love my cat, for those that might want comment about this. You also know who you are.)
My country, home of the free, land of the brave.
Everyone in the military that insures my freedom everyday.
The roof over my head, the clothes on my back and the food in my belly.
The many lessons God has taught me and continues to teach me on a daily basis.

…and the list goes on and on. Thank you God for all of it on this day when we look back and offer thanks for being so good to us.

Of Great Memories And KFC
November 17, 2007, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Friends, Personal

It is really funny how things hit you when you don’t even expect it. I have just finished my lunch while sitting in my car at Publix waiting for my mom as she grocery shops. I had a 2 piece “original recipe” fried chicken dinner from KFC. Now you might be asking yourself why I am blogging about eating KFC? Well, like I said some things just come out of the blue and hit you when you are least expecting it. One of my best memories of my mentor/friend, Craig Stamper was the last time I had visited Craig and Susan in their home the week before Craig passed away. Brother Craig loved Kentucky Fried Chicken but was careful not to eat it too much. Therefore when he did it was like a special treat. On this particular night I was invited over to his house and was feasting with him and Susan on KFC. We ate and talked. I remember one of the big discussions was about my girlfriend (at the time) Andrea. I had shared with Craig and Susan that I thought she was the “one” and that when I did actually propose and then plan a wedding, that I wanted him to officiate the ceremony. We went on to discuss my plans to finish school (he was always pushing me to finish even when I wanted to quit at times). We also discussed how much he loved and appreciated his parents. In fact we were sitting on Craig’s back porch made from cedar posts that his dad had helped him build. I just remember it was such a special time together with he and Susan. Out of all the times I went out with or ate with Bro. Craig I believe that this particular time was my favorite. It is so great when you can live fully in a moment and have no regrets when you don’t get another one like it, because you made the most out of the moment you had.

So as I sat here in my car eating my KFC all of those memories came flooding back. Three years ago this whole thought process probably would have made me sad and nostalgic at the same time but now it just makes me happy. I had a big smile on my face as I recalled this special moment with Bro. Craig. So here’s to “The Colonel” who makes the best chicken in the world. And here’s to the great memories of my friend Craig. Who would have guessed of what could be blogged about by a couple of pieces of fried chicken?

Ikea Deficit Disorder
November 17, 2007, 8:55 am
Filed under: Ikea, Personal

Am I crazy or what? I’m standing in line at Ikea on this chilly Sat. morning in shorts and t shirt. So I am cold and I thought that Ikea opened at 9am but it actually opens at 10am. So I am here patiently waiting in line to get in. I am here to pick out some office furniture to put in one of our empty rooms since Brittney and Hayden (sister-in-law & nephew) have moved out. I must say I am pumped to see Ikea. Not because I love decorating or furnishings but for the cheap prices for the furniture. It feels like such a great deal you can’t help but get excited. So now I only have 25 minutes until they open up for their 99 cent breakfast and I feel happy. I think it’s called Ikea Deficit Disorder. 🙂

UPDATE- I got all the office furniture I needed for cheap, cheap, cheap. I have started to put everything together (it looks amazing) and it’s actually easy. Andrea is going to paint my accent wall for me in my office on Tuesday. Hopefully by the end of Thanksgiving weekend my office will be totally put together and complete.

United Conference Quotable Quotes
November 12, 2007, 2:32 pm
Filed under: Personal

Alright, I am starting to process some of the things I heard at the Hillsong United Worship Conference from last weekend. I just couldn’t think on Sunday night since I was so tired. I won’t bore you with a lot of conference insight but I will pass along some great quotes from the weekend.

“Church is a community not a crowd.”
“The purpose of the church is to leave the 99 saved and go after the one lost.”
“You don’t see monuments built to honor “critics”.”
“Let your motivation be others.”
“We should be more loyal to the future than the past.”
“Cliches are the death of creativity and sincerity.”
“Jesus was a mold breaker, a difference maker.”
“Be a history maker, not a history server.”

Just some profound statements from the conference that I thought everyone might enjoy. Don’t be surprised if some of these show up again in future blogs. Sorry I can’t write them with the Australian accent in which they were spoken. Gooday mate! 🙂

Veteran’s Day Thanks
November 12, 2007, 9:34 am
Filed under: Veteran's Day

To all the veteran’s that have served our country and still continue to serve our country, THANK YOU! We owe a debt of gratitude for our freedom to YOU! God bless you and protect you.