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I Don’t Like to Cancel Church! pt 3

When the church faces challenges or experiences difficulties, those are the times that our God shows off.

We canceled church, so we could’ve just packed it in and slept in and never even considered leaning in. (Don’t be mad, I know you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, but it rhymed)

Instead, we faced the problem head on and came up with a solution. I gathered the team and we came up with a solution that looked snow storm Titan in the face and said “stick it!”

We are still moving forward. As a result, we hosted our first online church experience. Pretty cool!

It was fun and exciting to think outside the box. I have heard from many of you that were thrilled that this option was available.

I even ran into a couple at Starbucks, who don’t attend our church, but were snowed in Sunday and looking for a way to still “go to church”. They told me that they found us online and watched from the comfort of their own home. Crazy!
You may be picking up what I am throwing down at this point. If not, here it is in a nutshell: there are people in this world who may never darken the door of our physical location (currently Ronnie’s 20 Cine), but perhaps would be open to listen to the gospel because of the technological delivery system called online church.

In other words, we live in age where there are no longer borders to the delivery of the gospel to people.

We are living at a time in history that we can reach people across the street, or across the world with the click of a button. The possibilities are endless; the impact massive. I get excited just writing this down!

We must rethink church.

We must advance the kingdom of God using new and innovative ways.

We must leverage technology for kingdom impact.

God is on the move and I don’t want to miss this train. How about you?

Blessings!

Pastor Daniel

 

I Don’t Like to Cancel Church! pt 2

It’s Day Two of the reflections about God and His church that I gleaned from canceling church this past Sunday.

This is a big one: we canceled worship, not church.

In our culture, worship is a catch all for a variety of things from singing, to preaching, to announcement, to communion, etc. It really means that a group of people got together and did all of these things or some combination of these things.

It usually, means, there was a building involved (even though we know the church isn’t a building…we remember the song…), people gathered together, did some stuff, and then went home. I am sure you are getting the point.

God reminded me again, that the worship isn’t the church. We canceled the gathering of people, but not the church.

The church is greater than one gathering.

The kingdom of God is bigger than one gathering.

The church is really every believer united, wherever they are, loving God and loving people.

In other words, the church can still be the church regardless of whether or not we were able to get together.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Daniel

I Don’t Like to Cancel Church! pt 1

I really don’t like to cancel church. Period.

However, this winter we have canceled twice. Once for a blizzard and once for a super snow storm named Titan (Why do we always give storms names? Weird).

Anyway…back to my point. For me, canceling church feels like we are somehow losing the cosmic battle between good and evil. I know I’m a little weird, but that’s how I feel about it.

I was raised up under leaders, who fundamentally believed, that one should NEVER cancel church – regardless of the weather.

I tended to believe this, until I became a church planter and realized that, since our church is portable, getting our tabernacle from point A to point B is a little different than your average established church situation.

Over the next few days, I want to share a few reflections about God and His church that I have gleaned from canceling church.

First, Jesus has already won the battle.

It is easy to forget this FACT. It doesn’t always feel like this when you have to cancel church or when life punches you in the face.

Many times we allow our circumstances to get in the way of the truth. Jesus is victorious. The battle has been won. Jesus is still on the throne, even when we cancel church or someone in our family is really sick.

It is hard to remember this, or greater yet, hard to believe it when someone or something that care about is hurting or suffering.

Our circumstances, never change the character and nature of Jesus. God’s promises are always true, regardless of our pain.

Blessings,

Pastor Daniel

Re-Post

The following is one of Steve Furtick’s blog posts, enjoy:

Daydreams and Sweatshops

I was recently reading Robert McKee’s book on the process of storytelling and came across a sentence that really challenged me. He was discussing the hard work of the creative endeavor and constructing fictional environments and he said:
Worlds are not daydreams but sweatshops.

It got me thinking on a different but similar vein about how we often misunderstand the concept of having a vision from God. For our lives, our ministries, and really for everything in general.

I think when most people think or talk about getting a vision from God, it’s more along the lines of a daydream. We associate receiving a vision from God with being passive. We think that God speaks to you with candles lit and music playing.

He often does. But that’s not where the vision comes to life. It’s simply the moment of conception. The vision really comes to life when the candles go out and the music stops. It’s when you have to get down to the hard work of actually making it happen. Visions don’t come to life in daydreams but in sweatshops.

If you’re a church planter, it’s in the hours you spend setting up your portable location just to be able to preach for forty minutes.
If God has called you to be a doctor, it’s in the years of school and interning that you have to endure to get those two simple letters, M.D., attached to your name.
If you’re a writer or filmmaker, it’s in the days and months of brainstorming, executing, and editing that it takes to make your project a reality.

Being a visionary or receiving a vision isn’t defined simply by what you can think of. My five-year old can think of a lot of things that have no chance of becoming real. Being a visionary has to do with what you can bring to life. God is the Creator not because He imagined or envisioned creation. But because He acted and brought it into existence.

Why should it be any different for the creation that was made in His image?