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The Power of Not Meeting

Sunday was a night of chaos. The storms that blew in to Ypsilanti were crazy. Trees, power lines, and port-a-johns were all fair game for the 70 mph winds. Right now we have people who drive in from all over the area for our gathering. Our gatherings are sweet and full of life for all of us.

Sharing in communion with these folks is beautiful and real.

But, Sunday night we canceled. We called it off.

Sometimes when you care deeply about people the best thing to do is to not meet with them. Every once in a while not meeting is the most powerful thing you can do as a community. Sunday night we determined that the people of the community were more important than the experience of the community.

I remember in seminary classmates talking about how they could never cancel the weekend service because the church needed the money. It is a really sad thing when the concern over money leads you to put your people in harm’s way.

My temptation Sunday night was to put my love of the experience of our community above the people of our community.

There is power in not meeting when it communicates deep care for the people that God has called you into community with.

Crazy huh?

Sticks and Stones…

Growing up I was pretty chubby. Actually, I’m still pretty chubby. Middle School and the beginning of high school was pretty brutal for a chubby kid. I got teased. Today we would call it “bullying” but, it really was kids being kids. I was overweight, didn’t have many friends, and so I was teased. It’s… Continue Reading

The Response to The Moment

Kairos, that moment when time is broken into by God, calls us to respond. Too often we rush past it and ignore the moment. We have too much going on and we don’t experience it in its fullness. When we do this we miss out on responding. At the end of Luke 1 we see… Continue Reading

Take A Moment – Forming Your Identity 2

We are all defined by something or someone. Maybe we define ourselves by our job or maybe by our family name. However we define ourselves, this definition often determines much of our lives. Therefore, one of the most important questions anyone can ask us is “Who are you?” One of the beautiful things about the… Continue Reading

Take A Moment – Forming Your Identity

In 2 Corinthians 5:11 says, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.” This verse is interesting because it points us to a couple of significant truths that we must grapple with. First, we have… Continue Reading

Who Are You?

There may be no more important question that someone can ask you. “Who are you?” How do you answer it? One man answered it this way: If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of… Continue Reading

Jackie Robinson and the Gospel

Jackie Robinson has become a family hero of ours. We were able to get to know his daughter, Sharon, a bit when our son won an essay contest in Jackie’s honor. The highlight for me was watching Sharon talk with the children of Ethan’s school answering all kinds of questions. She did so with grace… Continue Reading

The Danger of Trusting in Celebrity

I have recently had a few people tell me, “Pastors keep failing. I think that God is raising up athletes to be his spokesmen to reach this generation.” Then the names of certain prominent Christian athletes are brought up. Pastors fail all the time. So do athletes. The ones we know about are also celebrities.… Continue Reading

Words | Experiencing God

Sometimes, the smallest words can reveal the Creator’s love for us. Recently, a dear friend spoke some, apparently, very needed words into my life. Those few words, as small and seemingly insignificant as they may have been, struck me still. My friend had spoken words that came, not just from his heart, but from God… Continue Reading

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