Tonight, Lora and I are going to the Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Louie Giglio concert in Woodbridge, VA. I am very excited about that. Tomlin and Redman are two of my favorite worship artists and Giglio is one of my favorite authors and speakers.
Even though I have been sick and busy I have felt like I have been on a spiritual high, we creative "GOD" ideas. (Quoting Pastor Mark Batterson) I love those times when God really allows me to dream and have vision and gives confirmation.
Here is one of those confirmation from Pastor Mark Batterson's blog, to me this post simply resonated within in my soul.
C3 Session II
Here are some thoughts from Session II @ C3:
This session is taking me back to basics! I Timothy 1:12 is an important reminder for pastors. Man doesn't appoint. God calls.
If we forget that we're "appointed by God" then we start serving the "wrong they." All of us have ministry scars. 9 times out of 10 it's the result of listening to the wrong people!
Ed said, "The majority is usually wrong. God always works through a remnant."
Only 2 out of 6,000,000 made it the Promise Land. Israel didn't fulfill her destiny because she listened to the "wrong they." They paid attention to a bad report from the majority instead of ignoring it. They listened to the 10 naysayers instead of the 2 visionaries who claimed the promises of God.
Here's the bottom line: we've got to move the pronoun from THEY to ME to HE.
It's not about they. It's not about me. It's about He.
Here are two thoughts that really challenged me:
Ed quoted someone who said: "Sometimes I want to resign from the ministry so I can read my Bible and pray for the right reasons."
Ed gave great advice: "You be you under the authority of God."
I really wish I could have personally been at the C3 conference and heard it live myself. How true this is... I feel like Joshua and Caleb and no one listens.
Another great confirmation I have received recently is from a message I heard through a Podcast by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, (I will forgive him from being in Seattle, you know Pittsburgh vs. Seattle, Superbowl, anyways :-) ) The message is the begin of a series from the book of 1 Corinthians - "Christians Gone Wild" In the message he talks about church planting and all the failure he had starting off and that no one gave him a chance. Well today his church is a vibrant church in Seattle with a great reach to the community there. If you have never heard Pastor Mark Driscoll preach is very engaging and hilarious.
I really feel God has been speaking directly to me recently and not only speaking to me but also making me really restless to pursue my dreams and not be afraid to fail. I am looking forward to challenge ahead of me, I also know if it is a God thing it is a good thing. It is only through Him that any plans will succeed, just as Paul from the Bible.
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