Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, September 07, 2007

Here we go!!

It's about that time! it's the time that Fuel and Alive are about to start again!! I'd be lying if i didn't say I enjoyed my time off! I did. It's a time where we could do what we wanted, we could come home on Monday nights and hang out or run around. Its been nice. But I am excited about the kids who will be redeemed by Jesus. I'm excited about the parents who will show up on Sunday's because they think we are a cult, and want to "check it out" only to be met at the door, by me, and more (way more) importantly, Jesus.

I've missed my kids. I miss their smiles, their joys, and their stories, I've missed the opportunity to sit and cry with them, or laugh until I've peed my pants. I've missed watching them worship.

About 2 months ago, I stood on the very top mountain of God. Whew, was the view breathtaking. I can't tell you how I got there, but I was there. I had more joy in my heart than I have ever known. Funny thing, me, being me, thought "uh oh, I'm up here, and that means sooner or later, I'll be down there (meaning a valley)". What a jerk I am, I can remember thinking, what the heck, are you asking for it? Yeah, kind of I was. I love standing on the mountain of God, but sometimes I love being stretched. I love the fact that NO MATTER what I go through, I have a God who loves me more than I will ever understand. Because, let's face it, I'm a wretch, a mess, and a jerk.

About a month ago I started learning about this whole "predestination" thing. Call it Calvanism, call it whatever you want. I don't care. Also know that I will NEVER EVER EVER debate the subject with you. Ever. Get it? But here's what I have to say about the whole thing (you can also check my blog about it), by myself, I am destined for nothing, worse than nothing, I am destined for HELL!! (yes, I said it and for crying outloud, so are you! - gasp, I said it again) but with Jesus (say it loud and proud) but with Jesus, I am predestined for greatness (and that means you too!).

I'm excited that so many kids are going to hear the call of God through all the students at Alive, that the kids will hear the Word of God in relevant ways through each leader, each friend, each song, and through a Mighty Jesus Follower named Adam Dorband.

Here we go, an exciting year!! Keep us in your prayers, because the Good Lord knows, we need them!! And most importantly, we need Him!!

Col 1:24-29 24Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.

Mountain of God - Third Day

Thought that I was all alone
Broken and afraid
But You were there with me
Yes, You were there with me
And I didn’t even know
That I had lost my way
But You were there with me
Yes, You were there with me
‘Til You opened up my eyes
I never knew
That I couldn’t ever make it
Without You
Even though the journey’s long
And I know the road is hard
Well, the One who’s gone before me
He will help me carry on
After all that I’ve been through
Now I realize the truth
That I must go through the valley
To stand upon the mountain of God
As I travel on the road
That You have lead me down
You are here with me
Yes, You are here with me
I have need for nothing more
Oh, now that I have found
That You are here with me
Yes, You are here with me
I confess from time to time
I lose my way
But You are always there
To bring me back again
Sometimes I think of where it is I’ve come fromA
nd the things I’ve left behind
But of all I’ve had, what I possessed
Nothing can quite compare
With what’s in front of me
With what’s in front of me


Mrs. Mac said...

You have such a heart for the Lord, even in the valley. Keep up the great work ... hiking up hill is hard work ... but the reward is awesome!

KayMac said... are awesome. There is nothing as exhilirating as being a part of God's story.

Jada's Gigi said...

Echoing ARE awesome! love your idea on predestination..:) In Christ! Yes!

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