Thursday, August 23, 2007

Exploring Christianity Update

Just wanted to post an update on the small group sessoin "Exploring Christianity" we had on Wednesday Night at 6:00. It was so great to see all of the interaction. I can honestly say that the people there are so excited to see God move in their lives and the lives of those around them. The questions, the answers, the laughs and the serious moments all painted an awesome picture of healthy Christian Fellowship. As a body of Christ let's try to make more opportunity to have this kind of interaction be a normal part of our week. Thank you to all who attended the "Exploring Christianity" Small Group session!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Gallup Poll Says...

76.5% (159 million) of Americans identify themselves as Christian. This is a major slide from 86.2% in 1990. Identification with Christianity has suffered a loss of 9.7 percentage points in 11 years - - about 0.9 percentage points per year. This decline is identical to that observed in Canada between 1981 and 2001. If this trend has continued, then:

At the present time (2007 May), only 71% of American adults consider themselves Christians.
The percentage will dip below 70% in 2008
By the year 2042, non Christians will outnumber the Christians in the U.S.

(I thought this was interesting what do you think?)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Exploring Christianity

I am so excited about "Exploring Christianity." This is the new small group session that we are going to be looking at, Wednesday August 22nd. With so many different opinions of Christianity today, I believe it is important for us to take a closer look at what kind of outline Jesus gave us for being a biblical Christian. With teens believing that Truth is relative, and Families facing all sorts of "split" situations I believe there is a greater need for "Christians" to rise up.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Scary Walk

I have been thinking recently about relationships. There are so many different angles about this topic, but I want to share just a quick thought about forming brand new relationships. I was thinking about attending a new function for the first time and there are people all around you don't know. The question is, "Do I Wait For Them To Engage Me?" Or "Do I Engage Them First?" Now I know that there are all kinds of people from all walks of life and some people would not feel "comfortable" to make the first step. However I also believe that there is something amazing about some one who is not afraid to take that "Scary" first step toward people they do not know. I believe that in doing this it shows that there is something to be offered, that there is something to be gained, and that purpose is in our very step. Let's not be people who are always waiting for someone to come to us. Let's get out there and take the first step with purpose and mission.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Our Awesome Teens!!

I was thinking about the people in the area that are in between the ages of 13 & 21. What an amazing age where everything in life seems to be shifting, spinning, and flying at the speed of light. I am just honored to be able to do life with all these incredible people. There seems to be no fear in trying new things, and taking risks is just apart of the daily routine. I believe that Jesus also didn't have fear of trying something new. He turned water into wine, healed people on the sabbath (that was considered illegal) and he was not afraid to embrace anyone - rich, poor, young, or old. Jesus took risks that people often didn't understand. Thank you for taking risks and embracing those with need. You are absolutley increbible and I love you all so much!!