Hey friends! TGIF. Here are a few things from this week that made me either smile, think, laugh, and/or cry…
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1. “Oceans” by Hillsong United
This song has been my jam all summer. Our church has been singing it every few weeks at Sunday morning gatherings. This tune has been flowing from my earbuds into my dome. And I can’t stop humming this bridge to myself over and over again. It’s been a prayer of mine during this season in my life:
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Here’s an awesome acoustic version:
One of my favorite bloggers, songwriters, and online friends — Carlos Whittaker — is entering into a 7-day retreat of intensive group therapy. He’s going completely off the grid. You can read more about it HERE & he also talks about if briefly in his latest podcast. Would you join me in praying for him this next week?
3. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” ~ Jesus (John 10:27 NKJV)
I have the pleasure & responsibility of preaching this scripture to our student ministry at Calvary Chapel Pacific Hills this weekend. My friend sent me a link to a video earlier in the week as I was preparing for Sunday’s sermon. I found it helpful & interesting. You can check it out HERE.
4. Goofy Youth Ministry & Performance Preaching
The Resurgence published an article that hit home with me because I struggle with balancing humor & intellect regarding my sermons, and above all else making the radical narrative of Jesus the heart of the message rather than my own narrative. My life is just a subplot in the HUGE Storyline of the gospel. Sometimes I lose sight of that. And when I feel as though I’ve ‘failed’ in my preaching, it can effect my attitude — as well as my perception pertaining to God’s unfailing love for me. You can read the article HERE.
5. Super Mario Parkour
For a kid that grew up in the 80s & 90s, and was massively let down by the Mario Brothers major motion picture… this is a wonderful consolation:
TGIF. I hope you have a great weekend!