TwentyOne – Day 3

The first question in our journals is what does this passage say, so in my journal I am paraphrasing the passage for the day.

Here is what Psalm 63 in the NLT looked like to me.

Psalm 63 (SV -Strick’s Version)

I am desperate for you God.

Your power and love astound me.

I love to worship You more than anything.

I can’t stop thinking about You.

I stand firm because You support me.

All my enemies will come to pass.

Those who put their trust in God will be full of praise.

TwentyOne

We started a new series this week entitled 21 and I am pumped about this one. Here is why:

  1. We gave out journals and book marks to everyone so that we are all reading the same scriptures for 21 days.
  2. 21 days forms a habit.
  3. The journals has three questions per day to answer. 1.) What does this passage say. 2.)Why is this in the Bible. 3.) What should I do about it. How cool is this? Listening, understanding, acting!!!!
  4. More movement towards God.

I plan on posting some of my journal stuff from this journey so stay tunned.

Fitness Test

Do you remember the Presidential Awards? My kids did their Presidential Test today and it was both fun and educational. I watched as they did sit-ups, push-ups, shuttle run, some flexibility test that I don’t remember and a long distance run. The fun part was watching them do the different exercises the educational part came on exercise 3 for my oldest child Noah. For 4 out of the 5 exercises he either got presidential or national level but on his third exercise (the V-sit or flexibility test) his score wasn’t even on the chart and I don’t mean that in the good way. He has no flexibility!

Here is what I learned from todays fitness test.

  1. If you want to know where you stand then you need to be tested.
  2. Accountability partners will let you know if you are off in certain areas. (sometimes way off)
  3. You need a good baseline to shoot at.

If there were a presidential test for christians what do you think we should test? Here are some things that I would vote for.

  1. Do you spend time with God daily? (through reading scripture and praying)
  2. Are you applying what you read? (through serving and loving people)
  3. What’s your baseline? (hopefully it’s Christ)
  4. How do you handle a test? (do you view it as from God?)
  5. Do you welcome feedback from trusted sources? (people who care about you more than themselves)

Hands On Wilmington Details

Hope everyone has had a great week and you are ready for a fantastic weekend. We have two huge things this weekend. The first is a new series we begin called 21 and it’s going to be awesome. The second is Hands On Wilmington. You are getting this because you signed up to be apart of this outreach to Wilmington.

Find your name on one of the following teams and then go down to the details for your team. This is a big event and a great opportunity to show God’s love so have fun and represent well!!! Note: We will not meet at Myrtle Grove Middle. Go straight to your assigned project.

Team One – Eaton Elementary (see details below)
Justin Adkins
Karin Baldwin
Christine Bly
Marie Bradford
Kevin Bui
Sue Capo
Dustin Carbetta
Rachel Carbetta
Arimar Carr
Joe Carr
Ryan Cash
Yulia Coburn
Kevin Culotta
Deborah Distin
Judaea Distin
Brandon Frisoli
Julie Fry
Emma Garafola
Cameron Garrison
Daniel Gonzales
Jonathan Gonzales
Lawrence Gonzales
Tera Gonzales
Hal Griffin
Jen Griffin
Wes Guilmette
Stacy Hannah
James Harris
Eden Hendricks
Kendra Huber
Kevin Javorsky
Bob Johnson
Kim Johnson
Margaret Johnson
Mark Johnson (Lifepoint point person at this site)
Courtney Keith
Karen Keith
Larry Keith
Taylor Keith
Marylou Mccarthy
Tiffany Poston

Team Two – New Hanover High (see details below)
Donna Harman
Jeff Harman (Lifepoint point person for this site)
Austin Hartman
Donna Highfill
Mike Highfill
Colby Joyner
Brandie Justice
Johnny Justice
Galen Kinney
Alex Koris
Erika Kunkel
Bonnie LaClaire
Brandi Laney
Jay LaNunziata
Tami LaNunziata
Rick Lassen
Ashley Lindbert
Jacob Lindbert
Jennifer McCroskey
Glenn McCroskey
Brandon Moore
Katie Moore
Hannah Morrison
Drew Naska
Jessica O’Neal
Kim O’Neal
Cheri Parker
Raquel Poorman
Karen Reeves
Bianca Santos
Tyler Scohy
Josef Solc
Celeste Stephens
Melissa Stephens
Terry Stephens
Kate Stevens
Brittany Taylor
Becky Tinsley
Heather Todd
Pam Walsh
Alice Watts
Amanda Wood

Team Three – KaBoom (see details below)
Chance Booth
Loretta Brammer
Stephanie Donnell
Cindy Farrell
Joe Farrell
Shawn Farrell
Hannah Mattox
Max Nunez
Thea Nunez
Theresa Pennington
Dick Peeve
Brian Shelton (Lifepoint point person for this site)
Autum Smith
Dylan Smith
Jeff Smith
Lisa Smith
Savanna Stephenson
Natalie Waggett
Jerry Wilkes
Hart Wilkie
Jay Williams
Susan Williams

Team Four – YWCA (see details below)
Edward Carroll
Nancy Carroll
Jeff Gibson
Kellie Gibson
George Kapusta (Lifepoint point person for this site)
Karen Kapusta
Daryl Strickland
Michael Ussery
Nikki Ussery
Dee Whittington
Neal Whittington
Team Five – Good Shepherd (see details below)
Ellen Casey
Richard Casey
Eliza Garrido
Jose Garrido
Toni Haseltine
Milo Karhu
Dina Musser
Nathalie Rhodes
Bianca Santos
Paul Tyndall (Lifepoint point person for this site)
Sandy Tyndall

DETAILS FOR EACH SITE:

Team One – Eaton Elementary

Project Date: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Rain or shine)

Project Leader : Ken Kopchak 910-540-3084

Project: Eaton Elementary School ,6701 Gordon Rd. Wilmington.

Please remember that we are depending on volunteers to bring tools that are in all of your garages to assist us on Saturday, so if you have committed to bring any items, please do not forget! ( Shovels,rakes, pitch forks,wheel barrels,garden tools)

In order to ensure that we are able to complete our designated project during the time allotted, please arrive at the project site promptly at 8:00a.m., Saturday, April 19th. Remember to dress in VERY casual clothing appropriate for whatever elements we may encounter Saturday. Water will be provided for all volunteers throughout the work time, however, feel free to bring a water thermos with you from home, as well. I will be at our project to greet all of you—I will be wearing a red Hands on Wilmington t-shirt.

Following our work time, a celebration of this tremendous volunteer effort will be held at Hugh MacRae Park, situated at the intersection of S. College Road and Oleander Drive, beginning at 11:30a.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will be there to greet you, so please plan to take part in this activity and invite your family to join you.

Team Two – New Hanover High

Project Date: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Project Leader
Jeff Dunlea 910-524-7201
jeff.dunlea@dunleagroup.com / helpateacher@yahoo.com

Project: Painting New Hanover High School
1307 Market Street, Wilmington, NC (meet in Brogden Hall)
Directions to site. West on Market Street toward downtown – school is on the right between 13th and 14th Strrets

While our materials will be supplied for us on the project date, volunteers are responsible for bringing tools and other items from home. We will need the following to successfully complete this project:
All 6’ ladders are welcome; please email Jeff if would be able to bring one!

In order to ensure that we are able to complete our designated project during the time allotted, please arrive at the project site promptly at 8:00a.m., Saturday, April 19th. This is a “hands-on” project; therefore please dress in VERY casual clothing appropriate for whatever elements we encounter on the 19th. Please remember that this is a rain or shine event! Water will be provided for all volunteers throughout the work time, however, feel free to bring a water thermos with you from home, as well. Additionally, each volunteer will receive a free Hands on Wilmington t-shirt as a memento from this worthwhile event.

Following our work time, a celebration of this tremendous volunteer effort will be held at Hugh MacRae Park, situated at the intersection of S. College Roadand Oleander Drive, beginning at 11:30a.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will be there to greet you, so please plan to take part in this activity and invite your family to join you.

Team Three – KaBoom

Project Date: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 8:00a.m.-2:30p.m. (Rain or shine)

Project Leader
Natalie Proffit
202-498-6053 (cell)

Project: KaBoom
1550 S. 12th Street

Please remember that we are depending on volunteers to bring tools that are in all of your garages to assist us on Saturday, so if you have committed to bring any items, please do not forget! We will be building a playground on site.

In order to ensure that we are able to complete our designated project during the time allotted, please arrive at the project site promptly at 8:00a.m., Saturday, April 19th. Remember to dress in VERY casual clothing appropriate for whatever elements we may encounter Saturday. Wear closed toe shoes. Water will be provided for all volunteers throughout the work time, however, feel free to bring a water thermos with you from home, as well. I will be at our project to greet all of you—I will be wearing a red Hands on Wilmington t-shirt.

Following our work time, a celebration of this tremendous volunteer effort will be held at Hugh MacRae Park, situated at the intersection of S. College Road and Oleander Drive, beginning at 11:30a.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will be there to greet you, so please plan to take part in this activity and invite your family to join you.

Team Four – YWCA

Project Date: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Rain or shine)

Project Leader
Adam Beaudoin
910-540-4868 (cell)
amb@wardandsmith.com

Project: YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear
2815 South College Road
Directly across from the Krispy Kreme

Please remember that we are depending on volunteers to bring tools that are in all of your garages to assist us on Saturday, so if you have committed to bring any items, please do not forget! It would be great if you are able to bring gloves, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, pruning shears or limb trimming tools. We will be extending the YWCA’s nature trail and clearing pine straw out of the playground area and replacing it with mulch.

In order to ensure that we are able to complete our designated project during the time allotted, please arrive at the project site promptly at 8:00a.m., Saturday, April 19th. Remember to dress in VERY casual clothing appropriate for whatever elements we may encounter Saturday. Water will be provided for all volunteers throughout the work time, however, feel free to bring a water thermos with you from home, as well. I will be at our project to greet all of you—I will be wearing a red Hands on Wilmington t-shirt.

Following our work time, a celebration of this tremendous volunteer effort will be held at Hugh MacRae Park, situated at the intersection of S. College Road and Oleander Drive, beginning at 11:30a.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will be there to greet you, so please plan to take part in this activity and invite your family to join you.

Team Five – Good Shepherd

Project Date: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Project Leader
Rebecca Davis
Cell # 297-3484
Rebeccabdavis5@gmail.com

Project: The Good Shepherd
811 Martin St.
Mapquest Link: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/811+Martin+St+Wilmington+NC+28401-7825/

While our materials will be supplied for us on the project date, volunteers are responsible for bringing tools and other items from home. We will need the following to successfully complete this project:

Rakes, shovels, hacksaw, wheelbarrow, 2 post hole diggers needed from volunteers
(Please respond back to me with what you are able to bring so can make sure materials are accounted for.)

In order to ensure that we are able to complete our designated project during the time allotted, please arrive at the project site promptly at 8:00a.m., Saturday, April 19th. This is a “hands-on” project; therefore please dress in VERY casual clothing appropriate for whatever elements we encounter on the 19th. Please remember that this is a rain or shine event! Water will be provided for all volunteers throughout the work time, however, feel free to bring a water thermos with you from home, as well. Additionally, each volunteer will receive a free Hands on Wilmington t-shirt as a memento from this worthwhile event.

Following our work time, a celebration of this tremendous volunteer effort will be held at Hugh MacRae Park, situated at the intersection of S. College Road and Oleander Drive, beginning at 11:30a.m. Food, beverages and entertainment will be there to greet you, so please plan to take part in this activity and invite your family to join you.

This is going to be a fun and rewarding experience!! Pray hard before you go and pray over the sites that we will be at. This is a great opportunity.

We love you guys and gals!!

God Bless,
Daryl Strickland | Executive Pastor |Lifepoint Church

ARC 2008 Part One

I am a conference junkie and I know good conferences and bad ones. This is a good one and here is why:

  1. God is doing something is my heart here.
  2. God is growing and rounding our team here.
  3. God is building a network of pastors that are generous, loving, creative, strong and the list goes on

All I can say is that this has been an incredible two days for me. Here are some one liners from day one and two:

  1. For churches under 100, be faithful, God wants to reach people more than you. – Billy Hornsby
  2. Anytime you decide to take territory, there will be a fight. – Chris Hodges.
  3. The devil doesn’t care what your theology says about him, if you take territory, he will mess with you. – CH
  4. We are slaves by choice to Christ. – CH
  5. When blessing increase, temptation increases. CH
  6. Three things that will help you win the fight against the kings that you will face: Humility, Honesty, Holy Spirit.
  7. Discouragement is an occupational hazard in ministry. – Greg Surratt
  8. A cheap temporary fix replacement for the Holy Spirit is Mt. Dew, Antihistamines, and Red Bull (taken in that order). GS
  9. Four things to make it in ministry by Dino Rizzo. 1. Relational servanthood leaders, 2. Acknowledge and celebrate what others are doing (especially in your city), 3. Protect your intimacy and passion for Jesus, 4. Enjoy life – All Of It!!!
  10. We are not honored because we have not given honor. DR
  11. Find out what your heart is and guard it, because it can be stolen. DR
  12. On being loyal to your staff. You reap what you sow. DR
  13. Transition people out when they are blocking progress (whether they are paid or unpaid). Stoval Weems.
  14. On what current trends bother you in church. Anger of current generation, work ethic of current generation, dishonoring of current generation. DR  Lack of parental involvement with kids. Scott Hornsby.
  15. Like finding a combination to a safe, if you want the combination to your city, you have to get close to it. DR
  16. One of the signs of growing old spiritually is that you don’t see God in things like you used to. You don’t hear him as good as you used to. Brian Houston.
  17. Move not only toward what used to be (when it was good) but what has never been.BH

I seem to have lost something!

Three of us in the office have had our own version of Biggest Loser going on for 6 weeks and this was the money week. I am excited to say that I won but I am even more excited that the three of us lost 54 pounds combined! I lost 24, Dave lost 20 and Tiff lost 10. I am shooting for 30 more and Tiff wants to drop 25 more so hold all of us accountable (if you see me with a Slush’n Joe tackle me and make me eat the cup!)

Weekend Scoreboard April 10, 2008

Week Three of “Why?”

Attendance -606

Thoughts:

•    This week hit everyone in the room and everyone on the planet (listen to the podcast).
•    Couple of new team leads this week and they rock!
•    We’ve got more chairs, time to fill them up!

Next Week: Week Four “Why?”