Monthly Archives: February 2008

Pop Needs Prayer

In about an hour I leave to take my wife Karen to O’Hare. We received word today that Karen’s father out in Phoenix will be having emergency open heart surgery tomorrow – a quadruple by-pass. It has been a pretty unsettling and hectic day as we absorbed this news and have since been scrambling to make all the necessary arrangements.
?Of course no one expects their parents to live forever but when their mortality is shoved in your face, via a major health crisis, it has a very sobering effect. I know many of you have “been there, done that”. I’d appreciate your prayers for Karen and her family right now – we do expect good results. Pray also for my at-home college students as now they have to eat Dad’s cooking for the next few days!
?Peace,
?Dave

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Yes, that?s the book for me…

I have recently been reading in I Samuel and the Psalms using the daily bible reading program at www.Blueletterbible.org (Go check it out – I love it!). I’ve been learning a lot while reading about the exploits of Samuel, Saul and David; such as: I need to trust God even when I’m afraid, it’s normal to sometimes be afraid (especially when you have heavily armed men hunting you down to kill you!), good starts are easier than good finishes, big decisions apart from God’s counsel usually crash and burn, integrity is important and that God knows and cares about what is going on in my life. Nothing particularly new or profound; just important stuff that I need to be reminded of pretty regularly!

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At the beginning of 2008 we handed out bible reading journals and I challenged you to get on a bible reading program, do some journaling and maybe set some reading goals. So, how are you doing? Maybe you haven’t been reading much lately… don’t get discouraged, don’t be wracked with guilt, just pick up your bible sometime today and start up again. Even a few minutes spent with God in his word can make a big difference. God is waiting to spend time with you – He loves you and wants to hang out!

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How about you? Where are you reading in the Bible? What are you learning?
?Peace,
?Dave

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A Church Without Walls?

How do we impact our immediate community for Christ? Right now ACC isn’t very good at reaching out beyond the four walls of our church. We just don’t but we should. The leadership team of our church is committed to getting more involved in meeting the physical and social needs of families in our area.
?Yet the needs of a community like ours aren’t as readily apparent as in other more urban settings. I’d like to hear from you. What is there for us to do? How can we do effective ministry outside the walls of 916 E. Hintz Road? Do you agree that we should? Do we have the heart for it? Weigh in with your thoughts…
?Peace,
?Dave

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No Guarantees

My daughter Emily is a student at NIU. Only about 5 minutes passed from when I heard about the shooting until I was able to reach her by phone. That was the longest 5 minutes of my life. The relief that washed over me when I finally heard her voice was overwhelming. I was so grateful she was safe. Yet even now it feels like my heart is up in my throat and I truly grieve for the parents who lost their child in this act of insane violence.
??This reminded me of something James wrote, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Life is fragile. There are no guarantees. Things can change so very quickly. We must love those around us in light of these truths.
??Let us pray for all the students and families of NIU.
?Peace,
?Dave

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My Name is Dave

It?s been said that the sweetest sound to a person?s ears is the sound of their own name. I believe it. When someone remembers my name it makes me feel good – I feel valued. If someone consistently doesn?t remember my name I can feel slighted and very unimpressed!
?Most people, including myself, often claim to be bad with names. Yet I?ve found that just a little bit of effort can make a big difference in the name game. Here are a few of my tricks:

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1. Once you learn the person?s name, repeat it 3-4 times within the next few minutes: “Where do you work, Elvin?” and “How did you find your way to ACC, Elvin?” and “Elvin, that is one sweet pair of penny loafers you?re wearing!” and finally, “Hey Ray! Have you met Elvin yet?”
?2. In your mind associate their name with an appropriate adjective. Like if Elvin happens to be a real hyper kind of dude – think “Enthusiastic Elvin”. That?s called a mnemonic device. Try it (but keep it to yourself, especially if your mnemonic device is “Egghead Elvin”).
?3. Write it down; grab a pen and jot their name down on your bulletin. Memory retention improves big time if you write it down then review it a few times in the next week.
?4. Admit when you?ve forgotten a name and ask again. I know it?s a little embarrassing, but we?ve all been there so humble yourself, admit your brain burp and ask again!
?5. Check out: http://www.acchurch.org/family/ (Click on Photo Directory, then check the back of your Sunday bulletin for the user name and password to get into the directory.) This is a very helpful place to spend some time. If you attend ACC regularly but aren?t in the directory yet, we will have a photographer in the lobby by the fireplace this Sunday, February 17. Stop by and say “cheese!”

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One of the best qualities of ACC is our family feel. We need to remain intentional in loving each other; we need and desire authentic community. It begins with learning names. Admit it – you love it when people remember your name. Now return the favor – each Sunday hang out in the lobby, grab a cup of coffee and make others feel valued!
?Peace,
?Dave

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Our First Post

Way to go! I just knew I could count on you to come check this out!
?Leadership Online is up and running so that those in the ACC family (and other curious or very bored or nosy people) can get the what?s what on life at ACC. I?ll be blogging on a wide variety of topics: thoughts springing out of Sunday mornings, insane office happenings, stories of ministry fruit and life-change, leadership revelations or my own personal musings.
?I suggest you check in at least once a week. Comment on what you read – this could end up being a tasty slice of online community!
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