Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Weekly Structure

I am working hard on reworking my weekly routine. It seems the more that needs to be done, the less gets done, if your not super disciplined to stay on task.

With that said, Im working hard to be finished with all the weekend items by Wednesday. Its not a 100% success yet, but I'm trying.

I used to have a meeting day on Tuesday where, id try to stack as many things then as as possible. But I'm finding that Thursday works better. It allows me to get a head of the week instead of playing catch up in Friday, or worse on Saturday!

We are also praying so much more as church directly for our city and congregation. There are over 40+ people committed to pray 10 minutes a day -one hour a week for this city.

God is doing great things already. Keep praying.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Crazy week, to say the least

1. The first part of the week was a whirlwind. Im trying to switch my meeting day to Thursday fro Tuesday. Ana ended up sick on Tuesday, so I had to help with her, as Dara is still on this semi-bed rest gig with the pregnancy. So that moved things around.

2. My grandma died on Wednesday and we left on Thursday to be with the family and speak at the funeral on Saturday.

3. Thursday night my phone feel off the dash and into an open cup of tea in the cup holder. I didnt realize it happened for about 5 minutes. When I pulled my BlackBerry out of the cup the entire screen was full of tea. Not good. Yeah, it still doesnt power on...

4. The hotel we staye din was nice, and the kids loved being there, but the internet wouldnt work right. So i had no email access or phone service. I wasnt pleased as I'm too addicted to being connected.

5. Funeral was Saturday, and we didnt get to leave STL until late by the time we went to the grave and then back to the church to eat with everyone. It was great to see so many family members from far away. My grandma was a wonderful woman and loved by many. Thankfully she is now back with my Grandpa and rejoicing with Jesus.

6. I was honored to be able to say some things about my grandma today and read the letters the family wrote to and bout her. It was a moving time, but I held my composure. I lost it years ago today at my grandpas funeral, as my role was the same at his as well.

I loved them both dearly, and they will truly be missed. I have to say I still dream of Grandpa Brown. I cant wait to run with him some day again in Heaven as we rejoice about Jesus toegther, and sit on some porch and sip a soda out of can with a straw with my Grandma Anna Ruth Brown. My little girl Ana was named after her, and our great friend Anna Tucker...

Grandma and Grandpa Brown you both will always be near my heart. Longing to see you again...

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Great Post about Pastors Wives

Guys make sure you read this about pastor's wives. Whether you she is your wife or she's the wife of your pastor take this to heart!

Gary Lamb of Revolution church makes it plain today... or 3 years ago. Whichever, you'll get it if you link to it!

Read it here.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

One hour a week prayer

We now have 40 committed to pray one hour a week for our city and church!

With all the prayer partners now praying for the Des Moines metro, we have about 2400 hours of prayer this year going up.

Des Moines watch out, God is about to do great things here!

Way to go, Jordan Creek. So Proud to be your pastor and on this journey with you!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Identifying Crazy People

At C3 last week, Ed Young gave a whole list of how to spot crazy people.

We all know crazy people, and how they drain us emotionally.
Read the list and you'll think of someone. If you dont think of anyone, then maybe your the cra....

Never mind.

Here it is!

Ed Youngs' How you know if People are Crazy

1. They have crazy eyes ~eyes are the window to the soul
2. They are always playing the God card. ~"oh brother God told me.... or God showed me..."
3. They name drop. ~They are always telling you about some celebrity they know or met
4. They are always "one upping you" - They have always done it bigger and better than you
5. They Blow up your phone
6. They dont take any advice, even after they ask you for it
7. They always talk about themselves
8. They dont have any kind of filter. ~ They say whatever comes to mind whenever.
9. They are one issue people. ~ALWAYS stuck on that one thing
10. They are space invaders. ~They dont have any personal space. Right up in your grille all the time.
11. They dress in full uniform of the team that they are cheering. face paint and all...
12. They enjoy their dysfunction.
13. They have crazy pets. ~It goes along with them being crazy
14. They answer their phone, "Mmmmeyellow"
15. They usually are the first to come up to you and they are the last to talk with you....


One of the greatest take aways from the C3 conference for me was the hospitality that was shown. Somehow we got connected with Pace Hartfield from Fellowship Church.

Pace is the Worship Leader there and directs the entire service structure front to back. He is an amazing guy, who after the time at C3 I now consider a friend. He was assigned to us for the few days we had there, since we had access to the backstage area. His term was he was "hosting us." Each of the pastors who had access to the green room, had a host.

I was privileged to be back there. All the pastors there were very successful and doing a great job at leading people to the kingdom as well as leading a great church. I sat with notebook in hand scribbling down notes, when the other pastors invested time with Dara and myself.

It was a great time to soak up some great leadership as well as make some new friends.

Pace Thanks for connecting with us, and forming a new friendship.

Guys check out his blog, you'll be blessed.