Archives For February 2009

We Had a Power Surge on Sunday

February 23, 2009

Have you ever woken up on Sunday morning and just wanted to visit the First Pillow Church of the Mattress? Be honest, there are a lot of times when you are just so drained that it’s hard to get up and go to church. But when you get up and go, you are pumped up, energized and excited to be there.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” God is the source of our energy. And there’s something contagious about being in a fired-up environment.

At TCC, our Celebration Services are high-energy. And if there’s one person who gets this at our church, it’s Douglas Fisher. He’s the poster boy of enthusiasm at TCC. He serves in our parking lot and with our greeter team. You can’t miss him because he’s always got a big smile on his face and he sits right up front in our services. Yesterday, we talked to him and let him know how great it was that he’s so excited and how it makes our services that much better to have him getting into the worship and message.

Just from that talk with one person, there was an incredible boost in the energy of almost everyone during the second service. You could literally see and feel the difference. That showed us the power of one. And just imagine, if one person can make that kind of a difference, what would it be like if everyone who serves on a team at TCC or who is just genuinely excited about what God is up to decided to sit up front and center and actively engage in our services? It would be off the chain!

I want to challenge you to do this very simple thing: move in close, participate in the Celebration Service in every way you can this Sunday.

I’m not talking about hype for hype’s sake. I’m talking about being excited about what God is doing in our lives and the lives of the people around us! If you will do that, our services will soar to a whole new level.

Thoughts from C3 Day 2

February 20, 2009

God really moved in my life and in the lives of every one of us at the Creative Church Conference this year. Here are the simple takeaways from today:

  • People need to belong before they will believe
  • When Jesus called His disciples He didn’t preach a sermon to them, He simply said, “Follow me”
  • If you dont have some cigarette butts in the parking lot of your church, you don’t have much of a church.
  • The church is not a waiting room for the saints it is a hospital to the sick.
  • “The hurting people get front row seats.” We need a long front row
  • The method is not sacred, the message is.
  • There is provision for the vision
  • Jesus is not our HOMEBOY, He is the supreme Lord of lords and King of kings!
  • Jesus doesn’t want our props, He deserves our praise!
  • We should be known for what we love, not what we hate
  • Let’s honor the men and women who have been serving faithfully in the trenches!
  • To reach people no one else is reaching, you’ve got to do things no one else is doing. that means: don’t do what everyone else is doing
  • You’re greatest limitation can be your greatest potential when you have faith
  • Failure is often your first step to success
  • What has God called you to do that you’re afraid to try?
  • Creativity costs nothing

Thoughts from C3 Day 1

February 19, 2009

Today, I am up in Grapevine at the Creative Church Conference. It was a day filled with incredible teaching, awesome worship, and connecting with some friends. I think the best way to get a feel for the nuggets that I picked up today is to check out my Twitter posts throughout the day:

  • Ed is up to speak first this morning, riding the Crazy Train #
  • Crazy (not legitimate mental illness) is when I say to God, “I am in charge of my life.” It’s the ride of pride.
  • We’re all a little crazy in some way, but there’s a good crazy and a bad crazy.
  • The devil throws crazy people around Christ-followers to distract us from our mission.
  • My bad artwork of the concentric circles of crazy: #
  • The signs of crazy: crazy eyes, playing the God card, name droppin’, 1 upping, blowing up the phone, not listening to advice, talking about themselves all the time, I bet you think this song is about you, have no filter, are 1 issue people, ” got an issue, grab a tissue”, space invaders, enjoy their dysfunction, have crazy pets, dress in full-team uniform, the first or last to talk to you, answer the phone: “umyelloo”
  • We all have a built in crazar, to discern craziness
  • How to cut out the crazies: live a life of holiness and honesty and integrity before God
  • Ministry is brutiful, that is: both brutal and beautiful
  • If a business man understands how you do finances at church, you’re not doing it right
  • Don’t get lazy or hazy about crazy
  • Daniel 5:20 – speak the truth and shame the devil
  • Integrity brings opportunity to the front, don’t be afraid to confront in love
  • Deal with pride because it binds and blinds
  • Technology (blogs, etc.) can give a false sense of your importance, nobody cares about your cat’s gastro-intestinal issues
  • Humility is power under control
  • You know you’ve preached too long when your wife closes her Bible
  • We’re more likely to be jealous of those in our same field of occupation/vocation
  • The majority is usually wrong: Everytime God’s people voted in the Old Testament, they were wrong
  • It’s so tempting to swallow the crazy pills in ministry
  • Elijah, a man with a serious faith went through a serious funk
  • after the showdown, Elijah went through a letdown
  • We need to put our best offensive energy into what we do best
  • Because public speaking is such a fear, at a funeral, the guy giving the eulogy would rather be in the box.
  • leadership is measured by what happens in our absence
  • “Cannibals aren’t the only ones who get fed up with people”
  • Having lunch with the senior pastor’s lunch, there’s “The Biggest Loser”‘s mom from last season by the wall
  • At TCC, we make it hard to get to hell from Hays County
  • Bil Cornelius: “Before God fills the house with people, He wants to fill the house with His glory”
  • Ben Young: “Truth was a Person before it was a doctrine”
  • Be aware of the chair! The place in your church where ANYONE can come in and hear the Gospel
  • Maturity in Hebrews 6:1 – To get to it (maturity), we’ve got to go through it
  • A Biblically-functioning community will have unbelievers, new believers, and maturer Christ-followers
  • Spiritual adolescents are the first to leave a church to go to a place that’s more comfortable for them
  • Students listen up… your parents know more than you and they used to be cool but you made them uncool.
  • “Being obsessed with what people think about you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you” – Craig Groeschel
  • “I can’t please everyone, but I can please God.” Live for an audience of ONE!

How to Ush

February 12, 2009

We’re trying some new ways to raise the bar of leadership at TCC this year. One of the ways we want to do this is through some podcast type training to cast vision and equip our people with the skills they need to be excellent in their service. This morning, a couple of us got together for a quick discussion of the importance of our usher team and what the expectations are to be successful. I wanted to give you the chance to check it out as well. Even if you don’t “ush,” it’s a fun listen and reminds us of how to make people feel at home in our services. You can also follow along with this outline for an idea of what we covered. If you’re a leader in another church, feel free to borrow freely from these ideas.

To hear the podcast, click the title: Being a Great Usher

If you want to be a part of this team, join us on Sunday morning, Feb 15, in the Worship Center after the first service for a quick meeting. We’d love to have you as a part of the team.

TCC Rocks My Socks

February 9, 2009
TCC Rocks My Socks

TCC Rocks My Socks

Yes it does, Makenzie, yes, it does