Sep
22

Heroes Countdown…

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Sep
21

Stuck

Have you ever felt like your “stuck” in a situation/place/rut/etc… where you just can’t get out?

How did you become “stuck” in the first place?

How do you become “unstuck”?

I feel like I’ve been “stuck” for a little while. Don’t get me wrong, God is doing some amazing things in my life and in my ministry. But, I still feel that I’m not moving the way I should be, hence, being “stuck”.

I would ask that you pray for me, as I learn to become “unstuck” and experience what God has in store for my life.

Sep
18

Obamanation

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All it takes is for good men to do nothing for evil to prevail.

Sep
11

the shirts are HERE!




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Originally uploaded by worshiphim24_7

Our first order of shirts, are in! It’s the design you see on shirt, but black lettering on a white shirt (reverse of the pic).

The sales of these shirts will be part of “Nathaniel’s Fund” which will be focused on various mission projects and helping to spread the “Revolution of Hope” to those in need.

We will be posting them for sale very soon! stay tuned…

Aug
28

Pastor Michael Guglielmucci spun gospel of lies

HE preached to thousands about his terminal illness and tugged at hearts with a hit song.

The problem is the pastor wasn’t dying at all

Michael Guglielmucci, who inspired hundreds of thousands of young Christians with his terminal cancer “battle”, has been exposed as a fraud.

Guglielmucci, whose parents established Edge Church International, an Assemblies of God church at O’Halloran Hill in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, now is seeking professional help.

Earlier this year, Mr Guglielmucci released a hit song, Healer , which was featured on Sydney church Hillsong’s latest album.

The song debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA charts.

It since has become an anthem of faith for believers, many of whom are suffering their own illness and were praying for a miracle for Mr Guglielmucci, who has claimed for two years to be terminally ill.

In one church performance that has attracted 300,000 hits on YouTube, he performs his hit song with an oxygen tube in his nose.

It appears Mr Guglielmucci, who was a pastor with one of Australia’s biggest youth churches, Planetshakers, may even have deceived his own family.

“This news has come as a great shock to everyone including, it seems, his own wife and family,” Hillsong general manager George Aghajanian said in an email to his congregation yesterday.

“Michael has confirmed that he is not suffering with a terminal illness and is seeking professional help in Adelaide with the support of his family. We are asking our church to pray for the Guglielmucci family during this difficult time.”

The Advertiser was told last night Mr Guglielmucci may release a statement on the situation.

The Australian Christian Church said Mr Guglielmucci’s credentials immediately were suspended once he told the national executive that his cancer claims were “untrue”.

“The national executive is taking this matter very seriously and is awaiting the results of medical tests before determining the full extent of the discipline that will be imposed upon him,” vice president Alun Davies said.

“We are very concerned for the many people who have been or will be hurt by Michael’s actions.

“We encourage all of our churches to pray for all those affected.”

My Thoughts:

I cringed everytime something like this happens. First of all, it just gives “non-christians” another reason why they shouldn’t be a christian.  And secondly, it just shows that no matter who we are, we are very vulnerable to sin.

As Christians we are under attack on a daily basis. As a pastor, I know that Satan will use any device possible to destroy a pastor and his reputation.

We need to be on constant “defense” guarding our eyes, heart, and body from any form of temptation. Hebrews 12:14 states: “Make every effort… to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

We need to make an effort to live a holy life, which simply means we have been “set apart” through Jesus Christ and should strive to live a pure life.

Are you making an effort to create a deeper purity in your life?

Aug
27

Seven Ideas for Naming Your Church

Found an article by James Dalman, he is the owner at the Branding Shed, a church planter, and a contributing editor to Church Communications Pro.

SEVEN IDEAS FOR NAMING YOUR CHURCH
I had a conversation a few days ago with a church planter who was asking advice about what to name his church and how that would work in a branding situation. Naming your church can be a very exciting process but it can also cause analysis paralysis. Planters all want the “perfect” name and something that will capture the essence of who they are. So how do you come up with a great church name and how do you know it will be a keeper?

There really is no true secret formula for developing a name that rocks (ok, there is but I can’t tell you all the secrets). Sometimes you find the needle in the haystack, sometimes it takes a while for your branding to ignite, and unfortunately there are times where the name just falls flat and fails to invoke any excitement or meaning. But make no mistake – your brand and name is very important – so I am going to give you a seven suggestions on how to develop a great name for your new or “re-purposed” church.

1. Pray about it…and then pray some more. Jesus is the CEO and we need to take our requests to Him. When I decided on Element 3 Church for my church name it became clear through prayer and a vision. There was a lot of meaning behind it and I knew this was the one. Maybe it won’t happen that way for you but I do believe that prayer is essential for discovering your church name.

2. Play with words and ideas. Start writing down all the ideas that come to mind. Don’t hold back any possibilities even if you think it’s stupid. Use a Thesaurus or a website like Nameboy.com to kick around word alternatives and see what piques your interest. Explore and play around.

3. Ask yourself if the idea or name fits. Does the name flow with your vision? Is it too conservative, too edgy, or too abstract for your church’s vision? It’s important for the name to fit your style, belief, and image or it will never grow roots. You gotta be passionate about it as a leader or it will die on the vine.

4. Avoid generic names. Choosing a name like First Denomination Church of My Town is boring and lacks originality. Generic names usually just don’t create excitement and are harder to brand. Break out of the mold and think different.

5. Avoid difficult names. Names taken from Hebrew or other languages are not always the best choice either. They might be cool to seminary grads and artistic types but if it’s hard to understand or pronounce people may feel stupid trying to say it. Please don’t make people feel stupid…you’ll only get negative buzz or press.

6. Don’t go with public opinion. If you ask 10 people you will usually get 10 different answers. Some people will think you are nuts and others will think you are a genius. Go with your gut feeling first and then the advice of no more than three people. Focus groups thought Amazon was a dumb name…you draw the conclusion here.

7. Own it and promote it. Once you have decided on a name move forward and don’t second guess it. If you think it rocks then it will rock! Your passion will be contagious and you can brand and promote it. You will be criticized by some, no doubt – but move on and keep promoting it and your vision.

If you want to know my personal list of rockin’ church names here are a few that I think are absolute winners!

Rockin’ Church Names:

The Dialogue Church, Mars Hill, Radiant Church, Red Sea, Hot Rod Church for Sinners, Guts Church, Flood Church, Scum of the Earth Church, The Point, Fusion, Church without Limits, Our Lady of Perpetual Motion (I made this one up).

Aug
27

newchurches.com

A good site with resources for starting a church.
http://www.newchurches.com/

Aug
27

Name Development

As we continue to pray for God’s direction as we begin the process of starting a church. I ran across this email from a friend named Steve Jesmer. He is the pastor of The Dialogue Church in Worchester, MA. Here is his process of creating a name and identity for their church.

Name Development
The Dialogue Church
a community in conversation

Why Not the Baptist Label
We discussed the reasons why we don’t want Baptist in the name (we don’t want to use words that form the wrong pictures in people’s minds). We feel that this particular label no longer communicates what is important about the mission of Jesus. The label has become self-defeating and positive only to those who already believe in “Baptist” doctrine. I don’t wish to further a label that tends to be seen in a negative light or carries so many connotations that need to be weeded through prior to a clear understanding of church and the gospel.

Labels Feed the Consumer Mindset
It feeds into the church consumer mindset, where we are creating connoisseurs of church; our labels instead of defining us for who we are, are defining us for who we are not.

Labels Disintegrate (and so do their original meanings/intent)
It is no longer possible to really understand what a church is all about by knowing its label. It is always necessary to reevaluate labels and to possibly come up with new ways of expressing the label or recycling the concept/truth behind it all together and creating a new word/label.

Labels Divide Community and Causes
I want to blur the lines of division in the church, to create a unified front on the things that matter most. Being divided sends a confusing signal to those in our community about the Christian church as a whole. What good is it really doing to uphold the “pre-adolescent” grudges against our brothers and sisters in
Christ (and even those beyond the family of God)? I don’t know how accurate the Baptist label would be of the Dialogue Church. We want to exist with no label other than the spiritual label of love that we cultivate over time within the community. We don’t want to market to the already convinced Baptists, they wouldn’t agree with what we are doing anyway. But we do want to associate with the history and faith traditions
of the past. For example, I don’t mind stating in our by laws where our core doctrines are stemming from (this will be multiple Christian groups through the centuries as stated in various creeds, Christian worship
practices and spiritual disciplines.

Labels Eliminate Dialogue
I don’t want anyone to be able nail us down with one word; that skips the whole process of dialogue which is the key to developing relational depth in the present and over time. Labels skip the relational. We see having no label as an incredible opportunity to open the pathways of discussion and learning. Without the label we are free to define ourselves instead of being at the mercy of the label’s meaning in the mind of the “onlooker”. I don’t mind being “baptistic” in doctrine if that is what we truly
are.

Labels Elude the Mission

Ultimately, what makes an entity a church: the name, the sign, the label, the language? I believe it is the nature and the mission of the community that makes it a church. The nature is who we are in Christ, the mission is who we follow and what He has asked us to do (Great Commission through the Great
Commandment). We placed “The” in the name because it makes more sense rhythmically. It flows better off the tongue that way.

The Word dialogue is important because:
It speaks of core activity within our strategy and structure. It speaks of what all people truly yearn for: deep communication with God and others. At the heart of the gospel is “spiritual dialogue”; that is what communion with Christ is all about. Dialogue is more than an exchange of words; it is an exchange of
gifts to the point where we share our lives with one another. The Dialogue is a new spiritual community for the 21st Century.

“Dialogue” speaks of.

. Process . Patience
. Possibilities
. Growth
. not pushing or pulling but being
. Journey . Discovery
. Exploration
. A safe place to be yourself and express your thoughts alongside other journeymen.

Biblical Basis for “the dialogue” Name
dia logos (Greek) – through the word
Through the word, God spoke creation into existence (Genesis 1; Hebrews 11:3))
Through the Word becoming flesh we have salvation (John 1:14)
Through the Word life is sustained (Mat.4:4)
Through the Word we are made clean (John 15:3)
Through the word we are able to comfort one another (1 Thes.4:18)

The Dialogue – As a Church Name
A church name should say who you are. And I mean more than labels and which dialect of Christian language we speak. We want a name that accurately reflects who we are and also leaves
room for plenty of curiosity and conversation. Imagine a name that could clearly and succinctly define our
ministry activity. I want a name that formulates the right picture in people’s minds
of what church is like and about. I would rather have a name that helps us accomplish our purpose
than a name that helps people identify us as a church. Because really, what advantage does that give us today? If someone is looking for a church, would they look for
something with the name church in it?

I would like a name that right away says, “This place is different. Whatever I thought church was in the past, this could be something different and therefore I might just check it out.”

Aug
25

Name Game…

As we move closer to starting a church, I’m currently praying/thinking about what would be a good name for the church.

I don’t want anything that is considered “trendy”, but I would like something that is unique, but also conveys the message we are trying to preach.

So what’s in a name? Apparently, a lot…

Aug
22

Where God? Really…

So, after a few years of prayer, I believe God has “finally” placed an area on Pam’s and my hearts to start a church.

We were doing our bible study together the other day and spending sometime in prayer. During our time together I felt God laying a certain city on my heart. I shared this with Pam the next day and she responded, “Weird, I was thinking about the same place”.

It’s not really weird, it is the way God works. So now I believe we have the “where”, we are now focusing on the “how” and “when”.

Oh, in case you were wondering “where”. That is something we will share in the very near future…

Where is God leading you?

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