Monday, August 28, 2006

Nat'l Creative Arts Fest

Great festival and yours truly has the honor of leading some of the worship this year...

Today's church members connect, relate and best understand visual messages. If you are not already using creative arts in worship, ministry or missions- Add This Powerful Ministry to Your Church! If you are currently using creative arts to enhance your worship, ministry or missions-Take Your Creative Arts Ministry to the Next Level!You are invited to participate in one of the largest and most comprehensive Creative Arts Conferences available- National Creative Arts Festival November 10-12, 2006 held in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina at the LifeWay Ridgcrest Conference Center near Asheville, NC.

Covering everything from drama, puppetry, interpretive movement and clowning, to stage lighting, set design and construction - the National Creative Arts Festival is the ultimate conference for arts in ministry. Workshops are led by some of the nation's best, with plenty of hands-on training and applicable advice. Costuming, creative dramatics for children, script writing, and worship dramas are just a sampling of the many breakout groups this event offers.
For information and online registration

This Conference Is Ideal For:
.Tech Theater
.Visual Arts
.Interpretive Movement

Anyone and Everyone Can Attend:
.Ministers of Worship
.Ministers of Youth
.Ministers of Recreation
.Creative Arts Leaders
.Creative Arts Teams

Participants Will Recieve:
.Cutting-Edge Ideas
.Professional, Quality Leadership
.Practical Direction
.Powerful Resources
.Inspirational Worship

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hearer or Doer?

Pastor spoke to us last night at prayer meeting from Acts 2:42-47

42 "They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they {began} selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved."

The question was asked (quoting loosely) "what can we do to make our church like that?" Lots of discussion in small groups (yes, small group discussion at a prayer meeting!) and I heard several say things like - closer relationship with God, Bible study, prayer, etc...

The conversation got me thinking (which can be dangerous!) and this will be very controversial to some - DO WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER BIBLE STUDY??? Honestly, I think that a Bible study is the LAST thing most churches need. Now I know that doesn't sound very spiritual or you may disagree vehemently, but many of us know enough of the Bible already! Don't get me wrong, I definitely think we need to study the Bible and have prayer meetings, etc. in order to deepen our relationship with and understanding of God, but that in and of itself is very self-centered and misses the point of the Christian life altogether. What most churches need is less "hearing" (studying) of the Word, and more DOING what they already know the Bible says for us to do. Be salt and light to the world.

Just my thoughts... think about it!

As James said (1:22), "But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves."

If nothing else, perhaps this will challenge you to "give away" what you already know to someone else. Blessings!!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Worn-out on Church?

revolution - George Barna

The Seven Passions of Revolutionaries
1. Intimate Worship
2. Faith-Based Conversations
3. Intentional Spiritual Growth
4. Servanthood
5. Resource Investment
6. Spiritual Friendships
7. Family Faith

To find out more, check out the book, "revolution" by George Barna, or join us for Tuesday night prayer meeting at Truth Tabernacle of Praise, as Pastor speaks on the subject! This is a dynamic read!