Monday, February 18, 2008

the main thing

OK...it's been too long since I posted. So sorry. But, my head's been crowded with so many other things. We are right in the middle of a vision series at Pantego Bible Church--discovering the spiritual lifeway that God has designed for every Christian. You can check out our series at http://www.inagodplace.com/. On top of that, Tiffany and I have launched another Home Group in the Ditto Community (now there are 3!), we organized a surpise birthday dinner for Grant (about to turn 15), I've been playing more racquetball, I'm trying to catch up on my through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan (I made it through Leviticus) and I got a cortisone injection in my left wrist from an injury more than a year ago. Now you know more than you ever wanted to know about my life.

Last Sunday, I preached about reaching our neighbors--the world closest to us. In Colossians 4, Paul urges his readers to be "devoted to prayer." That's the first and main thing. Of everything that's going on with me (or you), the most significiant thing we can do is pray. On Sunday, we took 20 minutes in our service to pray for our community. There are a hundred other thihgs we could have prayed for as well. But, the fact that we prayed was important.

If you're looking for something to pray about, intercede on behalf of Austin New Church. My buddy, Brandon Hatmaker has formed a team and is launching this new venture in SE portion of the city. They have a very important "preview" service this Sunday, February 24. Then, they officially launch their first service on Sunday, March 30. Check out their website and pray for Brandon and his team. If you get a chance, email him and let him know you did the main thing. I'd appreciate the favor.

2 comments:

Fraziers in Argentina said...

I actually just visited the website for Austin New Church before I ready your blog, because I was thinking about them tonight - not at all a coinsidence that it happens to be the night before their preview service! Ever since you shared with Kyle about this church, it has been on my heart. The Fraziers in Argentina are praying and excited!

Dr. George said...

You might want to check this out:

Americans Change Faith at Rising Rate, Report Finds


The numbers themselves are interesting (non-denominational groups are growing, and most evangelicals that change simply switch to a different evangelical denomination), but the real crux of the story to me is this quote:

"The trend is toward more personal religion, and evangelicals offer that," said Mr. Prothero, chairman of the religion department at Boston University.

This sounds like a growing hunger to *know* God, not just know *of* Him. In other words, a growing opportunity to introduce our friends and neighbors to the One they are quite likely already seeking.

An opportunity to "make God famous" indeed.