Children’s Ministry for me starts with feeding God’s lambs.  In John 21, Jesus appears to His disciples after on the sea.  He cooks breakfast for them. Then he takes Peter aside, to re-affirm who he is.  Jesus asks him “Do You love me more than these?”, Peter says yes, and then Jesus tells him: “Feed my lambs”.  Jesus does this two more times, but the next two times, he says sheep.  Is it that Jesus is saying to make it a priority to feed younglings (in spiritual and physical age).  We can look to time and time again while Jesus was alive where He lovesRead More →

About six months ago, Mollie and I began reading a book called Spiritual Parenting.    Mollie devoured the book and got lots of good content out of it.  I read some of it, but could not get through the entire thing.  What I did read… in many ways was almost life changing in the way is presented being a parent.   Here’s a video about the small group of the same name.Read More →

It’s so cool how C.H. Spurgeon starts out his what’s describe as: “A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children” “The best of the church are none too good for this work. Do not think because you have other service to do that therefore you should take no interest in this form of holy work, but kindly, according to your opportunities, stand ready to help the little ones, and to cheer those whose chief calling is to attend to them.” seems like he’s saying “feed my lamb”.Read More →

In John 21, Jesus shows up for breakfast after the disciples have gone back to their “mundane” job of fishing.  After breakfast, Jesus takes Peter aside and asks Peter if he loves Jesus.  Peter says of course.  What Jesus says next some people miss… He says “feed my lambs”.  Then He asks Peter the question again 2 more times.  The 2nd and 3rd times, Jesus said “feed my sheep”.     15After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?e” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son ofRead More →

Well the yikes I posted that last post has me thinking double yikes!!!  2010?  Anyhow… this is me trying to get myself to re-invigorate (I’d be ok with just invigorate) feed-my-lambs.Read More →

May 24th…. that is the date of my last blog post.   maybe I need to make a goal of the number of post before the end of the year.   Basically for me life gets busy, and I fail to keep this blog updated.   Ok how about a goal of 12 posts before the end of the year?  That’s about one per week. Maybe if I can get that far, someone besides me will actually start subscribing and reading my blog. Read More →

My first (and last) two posts of 2010 were about the book “Think Orange”.  Back in January, orange leaders around the US took a week and blogged about Orange.  This morning I stumbled onto one of those bloggers at http://danscottblog.com/   I found his blog by Googling “Elevate Community”.   He has some great posts about the Orange concept and even has a promo for the Family Experience at his church.Read More →

So the book “Think Orange”, written by Reggie Joiner,  is about thinking about how church is done in a different way.  That probably doesn’t do it justice.   Let me break it out into the principles mentioned on page 82: 1. Nothing is more important than someone’s relationship with God/2. No one has more potential to influence a child’s relationship with God than a parent.3. No one has more potential to influence the parent than the church.4. The church’s potential to influence a child dramatically increases when it partners with a parent.5. The parent’s potential to influence a child dramatically increases when it partners with theRead More →

So I’m a slow reader.  Mostly because I have a hard time blocking the noise that is a family with 3 little girls.   Anyhow, I’m reading a book called “Think Orange” by Reggie Joiner.   It presents kind of a whole new way of thinking about the church.  I’ve got to go now (re: the 3 little girls).  In the very near future, I’ll post more about the Orange concept.Read More →

Don’t take my translation as totally the greatest,  but it’s a start.feel free to suggest other possible re-phrases. 1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing,tune my heart to sing thy grace;streams of mercy, never ceasing,call for songs of loudest praise.Teach me some melodious sonnet,sung by flaming tongues above.Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,mount of thy redeeming love. Translation: Come, you Source of every Blessing,(Bring into Harmony) my heart to sing your grace;Your streams of mercy never stop,make me want to praise you without holding back.Teach me a new beautiful song,sung (or given) to me through the Holy Spirit given from Heaven.Praise you for JesusRead More →