Monthly Archives: July 2009

Like Coming Home

The way the youth ministry programming works, I end up being out of town on a couple Sundays over the course of the summer. Sometimes its for a youth trip, others its for vacation, or a conference or something like that. After being away for a Sunday, it?s such a great feeling to walk through the doors and be back among friends. It?s like coming home after being away for a while. The familiar friendly faces, the songs I love to sing, the intangible feel of our church, all these things and so many more make our Sunday morning worship experience something I crave.

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While I know ACC is not perfect, there are so many things about our church that I love. How about you? What do you appreciate about our Sunday morning church service? What is something that you would miss if you were gone for a Sunday?

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Grace,
?Chris

Rumble Strips

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Rumble strips are grooves or rows of raised pavement markers placed perpendicular to the direction of travel to alert inattentive drivers. As a vehicle passes over the rumble strips, noise and vibration are produced; alerting the driver they are approaching a hazard. We have all driven over rumble strips before – they can get our attention real fast!

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The book of Proverbs functions as spiritual / moral rumble strips in our lives to alert us when we are veering off course. It is really pretty easy for us to begin drifting off course without even realizing it – we need rumble strips! The wisdom of Solomon is available to us – teaching us how to please God, live full and satisfying lives and how to stay on course! I will be teaching a 5 week series in the month of August in this ancient book. I hope you will be with us or at least catch the podcasts.

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We will also, together as a congregation, read through the book of Proverbs – the chapter corresponding to the date -31 days in August – 31 chapters in Proverbs. So get started with us – this Saturday, August 1st read Proverbs 1, then on August 2nd read Proverbs 2 and so on and so on…

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7

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Let’s learn and grow together!

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Peace,
?Dave

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Weird Week

This was a weird week. Though I was in the office all week and I will be here on Sunday – I’m not preaching (the high school mission team will be reporting on their trip to South Dakota). Therefore no sermon to prepare. So that is pretty unusual. How would I fill up all these extra hours normally reserved for study and sermon prep?

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People. Lots of people. Premarital counseling. One on one discipleship. A men’s cook-out and book discussion. Hooking up with old friends and ministry colleagues. Sharing the good news of Jesus with a seeker. Church business matters discussed over a delicious quesadilla and iced tea. That was the face to face stuff – in addition to a lot of phone calls and emails and tweets and Facebook messages…

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Some weeks are task oriented – others more people oriented. This was most definitely a people week!

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It got me thinking: Was Jesus more task oriented or people oriented? And how about you? Does your typical week revolve more around people or tasks?

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I’m just curious…regardless, I hope you had a great week!

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Peace,
?Dave

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Crawling Sacrifices

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship” Romans 12:1

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My miscellaneous thoughts:

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•?I fully surrendered my life to Christ as a junior in high school. I remember a speaker in youth group handed out a blank contract from God. The challenge was to sign it before God filled in the details, to commit even before you knew the specifics. I signed it and meant it. Do you remember specifically when you fully committed yourself to living for God?

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•?The biggest problem with a “living sacrifice” is that it can still have the propensity to crawl off the altar! Many times I have had to crawl back up there. I’m grateful God is patient with me in those times when I get distracted or lose heart. Every single day I must choose to remain on the altar.

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•?The basis for Paul’s appeal is “in view of God’s mercy”. He also states that this decision I need to make is my “spiritual act of worship.” The word “spiritual” could be translated “logical”. In other words, committing my life to God only makes sense – it is the clearly logical thing for me to do – In light of the fact the Jesus died for me is it asking too much for me to live for Him? (I think not!)

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What thoughts do you have on Romans 12:1???

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Peace,
?Dave

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High School Mission Trip

Today, we leave for our High School Mission Trip. This year, we are headed to a Native American Reservation in Pine Ridge, SD. We?ll spend about a week on the Reservation working with kids, painting houses, and doing minor home repairs. We?re pumped. We?ve got a great group of students and adults and we are excited for what God is going to do on this trip. We want to encourage you to follow our trip via twitter. I?ve created an account for our team and we will be texting in updates throughout the week. You can see our updates here http://twitter.com/acc_missiontrip. You can see the updates whether or not you have a twitter account, so no need to create an account unless you want to. We plan to update 3-4 times a day so check back often.

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We appreciate your prayers for our safe travel and for a great week of ministry.

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Grace,
?Chris
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No Summer Vacation Here!

The church has a whole different feel during the summer – a different rhythm – a somewhat slower pace and yet more intense. We are seeing great ministry taking place and that is exciting!

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•?Chris & Lisa and Jim & Su took 12 middle and senior high students to Lifest in Oshkosh for 4 days of camping, concerts and awesome community building; very little sleep but tons of fun!
?•?Last week we saw about 80 kids take part in our Halo Hoops basketball camp. We had many unchurched kids involved and about 25 of them prayed to receive Christ as their Savior!
?•?Men Who Read meets every Monday night as we discuss Contrarians Guide to Knowing God. All 11 of us our being challenged spiritually and really enjoying some great discussions.
?•?Even as I’m typing this our annual day camp is getting underway. Amy North and her team have been working hard preparing for this fun and exhausting week. Some 80 kids are registered with about 55 volunteer leaders! (Of all ages!)
?•?Open gym basketball on Thursday nights has continued strong into the summer – easily averaging 12-15 ballers each week.
?•?This Friday Chris, Dennis, Eric and Elissa take off with a team of 16 high school students for a week of intense service on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.
?•?Michelle Smith, our children’s ministry intern, is beginning to feel at home here at ACC and is doing a great job.
?•?We continue to have a steady flow of first time visitors at our Sunday morning worship services. We are hoping had a good experience and will join us again regularly.

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Ministry does NOT take a vacation in the summer! We continue to strive to complete our mission to show our world the life-changing power of Jesus Christ through lives of full devotion in authentic community. Thanks for your prayers, participation and support as we continue to move forward.

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Peace,
?Dave

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Lifest

Today, I am in Oshkosh, WI with a group of middle and high school students (and some adults). We?re here for Lifest Christian Music Festival (pronounced Life-fest). We got here on Wednesday and will be coming home on Sunday. We?re having a great time camping, hanging out, and attending some great concerts. You can find out more about Lifest here. Tonight, we?re planning to see Aaron Shust, Shane & Shane, David Crowder, Philips Craig & Dean, and Pillar, just to name a few.

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One of the reasons I love Lifest is that it provides an opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with students. As we spend time together, relationships develop, meaningful conversations happen, and the doors open for ministry. My professors at Trinity always said, “Ministry happens in the context of relationships.” I think there is a lot of truth to that statement. That?s why I?m so thankful for opportunities like this.

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If you think of it, please pray for good weather for us…camping and outdoor concerts aren?t much fun in the rain. More importantly, you could pray for our safety as we travel home on Sunday…we should just make it home in time for the 9am service.

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Grace,
?Chris

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The Apostle?s Creed Quiz!!!!

Sunday morning as we wrapped up our 11 week teaching series on the Apostle?s Creed I challenged you to come here and test your knowledge. Go ahead – take the quiz and see how you do. Feel free to use any sermon notes you still have in your bible.

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The answers are at the bottom of the quiz so be sure to not cheat!We are on the honor system. Grade your own quiz and then if you have the nerve – leave a comment sharing with me your score. Have fun and try not to pull a muscle!

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Peace,
?Dave

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THE QUIZ

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1.?It’s called the Apostle’s Creed because:
??a.?The Apostles wrote it.?
??b.?The apostles discovered it on Mt Sinai
??c.?It reflects the apostles’ teachings
??d.?The “Apostle’s Manifesto” just didn’t sound right

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2.?The Apostle’s Creed was pretty much written in its current form by:
??a.?400 BC
??b.?Mid-2nd Century AD
??c.?1517 AD
??d.?6th Century AD

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3.?Jesus being the Christ (Messiah) implies that He is:
??a.?A prophet
??b.?A priest
??c.?A king
??d.?All of the above

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4.?The mention of Pontius Pilate helps us to:
??a.?Set the date for Christ’s death
??b.?Understand Roman history
??c.?Know who to blame
??d.?None of the above

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5.?The New Testament book that gives us greatest insight into the significance of Christ’s ascension is:
??a.?Acts
??b.?Matthew
??c.?Revelation
??d.?Hebrews

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6.?The Holy Spirit is:
??a.?Religious inspiration
??b.?Unusual religious experiences
??c.?Energy that proceeds from the Father
??d.?None of the above
??e.?All of the above

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7.?The word “forgive” literally means:
??a.?To forget
??b.?To cease being vengeful
??c.?To show great mercy
??d.?To send away

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8.?Which Christian teaching did Augustine say was “so vehemently and so obstinately opposed”:
??a.?The Trinity
??b.?The resurrection of the flesh
??c.?Speaking in tongues
??d.?The deity of Christ

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9.?The virgin birth proves:
??a.?Jesus was truly human
??b.?Mary was sinless
??c.?Jesus was not fully human
??d.?Jesus was truly God
??e.?a and d
??f.?b and d

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10.?The redemption we have through the blood of Christ includes:
??a.?Our spirit
??b.?Our body
??c.?Our soul
??d.?All of the above
??e.?a and c

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11.?“Lord, you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” was written by:
??a.?Caesar Augustus
??b.?Augustine
??c.?Martin Luther
??d.?Anselmo

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12.?Amen means:
??a.?Certainly!
??b.?It is so!
??c.?Right on!
??d.?For real yo!
??e.?All of the above

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Answers: 1-c, 2-b, 3-d, 4-a, 5-d, 6-d, 7-d, 8-b, 9-e, 10-d, 11-b, 12-e

Bike Rider

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Occasionally I just like sharing a cool video that I?ve found. This is one such week!

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This boy can ride a bike crazy style. Some serious perseverance to learn this stuff – I could never do it but I like it! I didn?t even know that half his tricks were even possible. Take a 5 minute break and check it out – fun stuff!

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Peace,
?Dave

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