Bryan Baptism Pix
August 30, 2008, 8:28 am
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I just wanted to post a couple of pictures of my good friend Bryan getting baptized by yours truly. I’ve known Bryan for years and of course his lovely wife Gina. It’s really cool when you can be a part of something so significant in your friend’s life. Oh yeah, I wanted to make sure he got all the way under as evidenced by the second picture. 🙂 Congratulations Bryan and to all the C3’ers that got baptized on Wednesday night. C3 Rocks!


C3, Simply Phenomenal
August 27, 2008, 10:15 pm
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Tonight I had the privilege of helping with our monthly baptism service.  We had 15 people that were baptized at C3 tonight. It is so amazing to see how many new people have made decisions to follow Christ and have had their lives change forever! God is really doing something great at C3. The best is yet to come. It is nothing short of phenomenal! Congrats to all of the C3ers that took the plunge and identified with Christ and announced to the world that they are Christ-followers!

(New Billboard Design)

Something More Believable Than A Yugo
August 23, 2008, 9:55 pm
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If you remember the 80’s you’ll remember the Yugo. An unbelievable deal! A new car for under $4000. What could be better? Well the Yugo was made in the communist block nation of Yugoslavia. It was a car that was too good to be true. Totally unreliable and a complete failure as a mainstream car. Obviously this car was something that no one could believe in and no longer even exists. In fact the country that the car was made in, Yugoslavia, as it was in it’s form in the 80’s, no longer exists. So the Yugo was not believable but tomorrow we will discuss what we CAN believe in as Pastor Byron speaks tomorrow in our Bodacious 80’s series. So don’t miss tomorrow. I promise it will be more believable than a Yugo!

Rain, Rain Fay Go Away
August 21, 2008, 10:58 pm
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Alright, I know we’ve needed the rain but isn’t it just a little much? So I say, “rain, rain Fay go away!”

FYI: The color scale on the right side of the picture is a scale of the # of inches of rain so far.

Most Written
August 19, 2008, 7:32 pm
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It’s Not About Me!
August 16, 2008, 3:45 pm
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I know that I have written about this particular subject before but it is just really heavy on my heart today so, I’m going to write down a few thoughts again today. I guess you could say that I am just burdened for some people today. Not because people have treated us or our church badly but just because a few people we know and love seem to have themselves front and center in their vision and not others. Don’t get me wrong. Doing something just for yourself is not bad in itself and can even be therapeutic at times but when it comes down to deciding what church or ministry one chooses to attend it might not necessarily be the best criteria to look at.

Why do you say that, you might ask. Well let me share my thoughts with you. Andrea and I have never been more excited to be in ministry as we are today. Now you might ask, why are we so excited about being in ministry today? Is it the way that C3 is doing church? Is it the music that C3 does? Is it because C3 is in the theaters? Is it because C3 is a relevant church? Is it because C3 is a contemporary church? All of those things are great and we love them but none of those are the reasons that we are more excited than ever to be in ministry. The reason that we are so pumped up about being a part of C3 is because we are reaching others. C3 is about others.

Personally Andrea and I have seen more of our unsaved friends who we thought would have never come to church become Christ-followers and are growing in their Christian faith. Andrea is an “inviting to church” machine and because of that I have seen such spiritual growth in her and I as well. We are consistently and always looking for the relationship that we can cultivate in order to point that person to Christ. We are not focused on ourselves we are focused on others. When you are actively investing and inviting people to church you are not only helping them but you are helping yourself. When you are investing in other people you will grow spiritually more than you ever have.

If Andrea or I were just focused on what C3 is doing for me or what am I getting out of the worship service or the community group I attend it would be a shame, because the friends that we have focused on would have never come, because we wouldn’t have been focused on them, we would have only been focused on us. It is so easy to fall into the trap of “I”. I don’t feel like I fit in. I don’t think that enough people like me attend the group. I prefer different music. I want this or I want that. I, I, I, I. It is all about me! When this is your perspective watch out! Believe me, it is very easy to shift your focus to yourself. It takes a lot of work and commitment to keep our focus on others.

So basing my choice of which church I attend because of my needs might not necessarily bring me the most desired results, especially if the result I’m looking for is spiritual growth. I humbly believe that the greatest spiritual growth takes place when you are focused on others. So a church like C3 that is all about reaching others, others who don’t know Christ, others who have physical needs such as food, others who don’t have anyone or anywhere else to turn, others, others, others, that’s the church where I want to be. Loving God and loving others, it’s the only job the church of Jesus Christ has and when a church is fulfilling that mission it then means it’s not about me!

Bodacious 80’s
August 15, 2008, 10:48 pm
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All I can say is you do not, I repeat, do not want to miss Sunday! I can not wait for Bodacious 80’s. It is going to be TOTALLY RAD!