Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites 3.27.15

1.  Favorite twitter recap - 

2.  Favorite reason to PUT DOWN THE PHONE - 
Even more proof that we're turning into iPhone zombies

3.  Favorite debt free scream - 
I'm a Dave Ramsey coolaid drinker.  I don't care if you're a hater.  He's saved us $1000's....  I dare you to watch this and NOT at least get teary-eyed

4.  Favorite line from upcoming Sunday morning worship service - 
"Come have your way among us... we welcome you here, Lord Jesus"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

APP Review: Restrictions

We got great feedback from our first app review in the inaugural edition of Ascent on the built-in feature of iOS called “Do Not Disturb”—which you can set automatically, or manually, to ensure that you don’t receive any chirps, dings, bells, whistles or buzzes during times that you’re wanting to focus on your family. 

Another fantastic built-in option on the iPhone is “Restrictions.” We’ve got four boys, and we fall to the fascist side of using technology in the house. (By the way, did you know that Steve Jobs didn’t allow his kids to play on the iPad?) Right now there’s only one boy that has an iPhone, but it doesn’t have cell service, which basically makes it an iPod Touch. A great feature to help protect your kids is called “Restrictions.”  You’ll find restrictions in your settings menu under the “general” tab. Once activated, you can do things like remove Safari, restrict the purchase or download of apps, control the usage of FaceTime, set content ratings for games, songs, movies and so much more. By entering a passcode, it allows you, the parent, to set some boundaries on their devices. We’ve found it to be tremendously effective in the Sears house.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Come As You Are - From Sunday March 22, 2015

New Tune Tuesday - 3.24.15

Check out Greater - from Tomlin.... Also a part of last Sunday's Easter season service

From him, through him, and to him are all things
To God be the glory
His word endures from beginning to end
To God be the glory
To God be the glory

Greater is the one who lives in me
Greater is the love of Jesus
Greater than my sin
Greater than the grave
Above all other thrones
Above all other names
Greater, You are greater

He was, and is, and forever will be
To God be the glory
His power in us,
He is strength for the weak
To God be the glory
To God be the glory

Jesus, You reign forever
Jesus, You reign forever
There’s no one like you
Jesus, You reign

Monday, March 23, 2015

Video from our Easter season worship service

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - March 22, 2015

Yesterday was our "Easter Season Worship Service" - which we usually do on Palm Sunday - but this year Palm Sunday is in the midst of spring break, so we bumped it up a week.

The title was "Come As You Are," as the encouragement was for us to use our imaginations as we explored just a small part of the context of Jesus's life.

Much more to say about the service - and the videos that we showed will be up this week, but the very end of the service was the Handel's Hallelujah Chorus - in which we tried something new, and invited anyone who has ever sung the Hallelujah Chorus to join us on stage.  It was absolutely overwhelmingly glorious.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites 3.20.15

Been a while since I've done the Friday Favorites - but they're back...

1.  Favorite meeting  - 

2.  Favorite children's story reading - 

3.  Favorite reminder - 

4.  Favorite line from upcoming Sunday morning worship service - 
"There's a place, where sin and shame are powerless, where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness..."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Join us this Sunday for Come As You Are

When you read Scripture - do you find yourself using your imagination?  As you read through the gospel accounts of the lIfe of Jesus, are you remembering that these events happened in space and time?  Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to be one of those in the crowd, astonished, in awe, doubtful, overwhelmed, desperate ….  I think that one of the reasons we’re given so many vivid pictures of those around Jesus is that we’re to be reminded that we ARE those same people.  They experienced some of the same feelings, thoughts, and emotions that we deal with daily.

This Sunday morning, as you worship with us, consider these texts that are declaring immeasurable truths about our Savior, our desperation, and the redemption we have secured through His sacrifice.  Allow your imagination to think through feelings and emotions you might have had as a part of the crowd - desperate to get to Christ, or as one of His disciples - daily overwhelmed by the miracles, the parables, the presence of God Himself.  Experience with us the desperation from our sin, the redemption through His blood, and the promise of hope through His resurrection.

Join us this Sunday for Come As You Are - our Easter Season worship service.  During the service if you know the tune, sing along.  This Sunday isn’t a performance, a spectacular, a program, or a presentation.  It’s a worship service, and the only focus is the honor and glory of our King.  Come with a hungry heart, and a thirsty soul.  Come expecting your desperation to find His perfect peace.  Come with your joys and your burdens, your longings and heartaches, your sin and repentance, your brokenness and longing for healing.  Come as you are.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Tune Tuesday 3.17.15

In honor of St Patrick's day - check out By Faith from the Gettys - a favorite from our kids worship times in the gym.... and one that we'll be singing together as a church right after Easter