I’m writing a paper on worship and have this little bit that just doesn’t seem to flow with the rest… I thought I’d post it here and clear it out of the article!!
He’s His Own God.
Now here’s where the last little tricky bit comes in. I think we get the picture of God being big and we get the excitement and the delight, but we miss that He’s His Own God.
What I mean is that we see God like the genie in the movie Aladin… He’s big and he’s powerful, which is all really cool and exciting, but the swirl of smoke sweeps down from him to the bottle we’re holding in our hands. The mindset is that he’s not just a big God, he’s my big God. It’s all very wonderful, but only if I’m ultimately in control of everything. He’s exciting, but only if the story revolves around me.
God is his own God… and my inability to delight in something unless I possess it is an immature hindrance.
I remember walking through the rose gardens at the Huntington Library in Pasadena and learning this. I couldn’t allow myself to enjoy the beauty because I wanted it all for myself. I wanted to own the estate and be able to stroll the gardens in the evening sun all by myself. I had to learn how to appreciate goodness and beauty for its own sake and not just because it was mine.
Until we are mature enough to praise God for his beauty without having to possess him, we won’t be satisfied.
One last little thought… if God were under my control then how could anyone else worship him? I’d be bigger than God.
The truth is, God is his own God; and, as such, he is worthy to be praised.
I hung out for 4 hours last night with two new church planting friends… Tim Bach and Lonnie Chapin.
Tim and Lonnie are professional musicians and are looking to plant a church in a year or so.
I always love hanging out with other church planters. There seems to be a common DNA and it’s fun not having to explain all your feelings and reasons for doing things.
Church planters keep me excited about the state of the church in America. And, as I e-mailed someone earlier today…
“The church is a lot like Noah’s Ark… it stinks a lot of the time, but if you get out, you will drown. Hopefully enough of us disenchanted folks will have the humility to not shoot her full of holes and the pride to work hard enough to make her seaworthy.”
Here’s a picture of Tamara yesterday evening. I snapped it on the ol’ Blackberry while we were hiking down the Deschutes River Trail.
I’ve been carrying a lot of stress lately and I’m pretty excited about our plan of taking every Sunday evening as a “Date Night.” Hiking the trail from our house down to The Old Mill is also part of our new Sunday evening plan.
Long live “Date Night” and thank God for babysitters!!!
We’re currently in the search for a full-time Worship & Music Pastor for the church.
It’s funny how easy it is to decide to find someone in contrast to how difficult it is to actuallyfind someone.
Anyway, it looks like I might be flying down to San Clemente in two weeks to meet with a couple. The irony of it all is that the wife was in my college group years ago and that they are currently at the same church Kirk and Amanda Patterson used to attend (and that’s where the weird coincidences begin!)
I’ll save more of the details for the future… the bottom line is that in the middle of a series on prayer I find myself more and more in need of it.
If you want, I’d love for a bunch of people to join the Prayer Group on our new networking site. If you do, you’ll get prayer updates and be able to leave comments & praises.
Antioch has set up a new church networking hub through OIKOS. “Oikos” is Greek for ‘house’ or ‘home’ and is designed to bring a church community together through effective use of technology.
There are a million ways we will be able to use Oikos, but the best way for me to communicate those is to get EVERYONE to SIGN UP and GET GOING!!
Simply log in as a guest and then request membership at the top right. Once you are in as a member make sure to set your own personal profile and watch all of the tutorials. There are so many neat features and fun things to do that it’ll take a week to get to the bottom of it!!
We received confirmation on all the big pieces of an Apologetics Conference we’ve been working on yesterday (funny how things usually happen all at once!!)
The date (November 7-9, 2008), the location, and all three of the speakers.
I’m pretty excited about the lineup of speakers since two of them (J.P. Moreland and Scott Rae) are old philosophy professors of mine. Moreland is one of the preminent Christian thinkers alive today and Scott Rae sits on more medical ethics boards at major universities than I can remember. In addition, Craig Hazen who chairs the Masters in Apologetics program at Biola University, will be coming.
It should be a pretty sweet conference!!
Kudos to Rich Waller who has been doing a lot of legwork on this!!
I like what C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham says about friendship in his biography on Lewis called Jack’s Life.
Gresham writes, “Now friendship in those days was a bit different from what it is today; friends did not have to agree on everything and often agreed on practically nothing.”
He goes on to say, “In today’s world we seem to have lost the real meaning of friendship. If someone disagrees with us, it is fashionable today to dislike them for it. This is silly and robs us of the best kind of friends we could find, for if we are always agreed with, we can never really have a serious conversation; we cannot learn from someone who agrees with whatever we say.”
I’ve been reflecting on my time at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta for the last day now.
The conference is designed for next generation Christian leaders, but it feels a whole lot more like two straight days of church with great worship and great preaching… I loved it!!
There’s nothing like getting away every now and then and being filled up. Working full time at a church can often leave you upside down — putting out more than you’re taking in (a good recipe for burn-out). Not this week. This week I got to take it all in!!
Francis Chan gave a message so powerful that I’m planning on showing it down the road at Antioch on a Sunday morning.
Craig Groeschel gave another talk that was as authentic and transparent as any I’ve ever heard. His prayer to God was “disturb me” so that he wouldn’t become a Practical Atheist — someone who says they believe in God, but lives life as if He doesn’t exist. Powerful stuff!!
I’ve never gone to a conference that I didn’t like, and this one ranked up towards the top!
Tamara and I are heading to Portland for two days tomorrow right after church.
We were supposed to be heading to Napa, but that would have cut it too close on the return trip as I have to be on a plane Tuesday afternoon. Kim, Brandon, Gary and I are heading to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Needless to say, you’ll get the “out of office” reply from me this week!!
I can’t wait to get some much needed time away with Tamara and then follow it up with quality time with the team… Week’s like this should come around more often!!
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