02 Enemy at the Gates [The Way of the Warrior]

Logo-PodcastAsk any soldier how important it is to know your enemy, and they will tell you it’s crucial.
In our spiritual life, we have an enemy whom Jesus said comes “only to steal, kill and destroy.” However, once we understand the enemy’s strategy, we can learn to fight much more effectively in the power of Christ.

Join us as we explore how our enemy comes against us, and more importantly, how our Savior give us the power to win the fight.

Planning Center notes 2

NOTE: This post is from an e-mail I sent out to our Praise Team, to help them get used to additional features of Planning Center Online.

For those of you interested, here is a little “quick-start guide” to the features of Planning Center Online that our team is using more frequently, so that you can find your way around more easily.

LOG-IN SCREEN
At http://planningcenteronline.com, you can log in with your e-mail address and password. As referenced in the previous post, once you’re logged in you can click your name in the far upper-right of the screen to go to your personal settings screen. There you can change your password to whatever you want, if you’d like.  I highly recommend activating text messaging for your mobile phone if you haven’t already (and if you have a texting plan for your cell phone, of course).

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Planning Center notes 1

NOTE: This post is from an e-mail I sent out to the people in our Worship Arts ministry, to help them be a little more familiar with Planning Center Online.

PLANNING CENTER ONLINE
As you all know, this is the system we use for scheduling, but it does so much more. Starting right now, I’m updating chord charts and sample MP3s for all the songs we do on Sundays, so that those of you scheduled for the upcoming week can log in before Thursday and listen to/practice with the songs. Please try to block out some time to do that we we’re ready to rock on Thursday nights.

How do you do this? Easy! Go to http://www.planningcenteronline.com and log in with your e-mail address and either the password you received via e-mail or whatever you changed it to.  I’ve updated everyone’s account [in the GBC Worship Arts Ministry] so you can view all service schedules and songs, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT SCHEDULED for the upcoming Sunday.

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GRAPHIC – The meta-narrative

Did you know Scripture has a storyline?

This is the graphic used in part 01 of the teaching series “Your DYNAMIC Role in the Kingdom of God”. It illustrates one of many “Meta-Narrative” frameworks that can be used to understand the broader scope of Scripture. Check out more at http://www.postmodernpreaching.net/metanarrative.htm

NOTE: Links to external sites to not necessarily imply agreement with everything those sites contain.

Expectation

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” -Psalm 130:5-6 (ESV)

I walked in to the sanctuary of the large Korean Assemblies of God church and I could feel it in an instant. Thick in the air among the gathered people was a feeling of anticipation, of excitement, of knowing that GOD would show up that morning.

This was not my first time to visit Promise Church in Flushing, NY, and because I had been there before, I had not just a hope, not just a desire, but an expectation that something special would happen that morning. I started to think though, “I’ve been here before but many of these others haven’t. They’ve not heard the choir sing and the band play or seen the dancers dance, so what is this expectation I sense from them?”

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Every Morning

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Two days ago I returned home from an incredible and inspiring summit of leaders in children’s ministry from around the world.

For me, coming back from great gatherings of amazing people is always a mixed bag of emotions. On the one hand, it’s always nice to come home; familiar faces, consistency, routine, but on the other hand it can be such a letdown. After days spent stirring up vision and passion and motivation, of meeting people with whom you share so much in common, to come back “down to earth” is often a difficult thing.

It’s all just so… normal.

BUT, praise be to our Savior, who is ALWAYS faithful to his children! In times of great trial and hardship it’s easy to feel our deep need for the help and presence of God. For me, though, the truth that his mercies are new “every morning” is one I need now more than ever, because sometimes I think we need him even more, on the ordinary days.

4/14 Global Summit Day 1: Spice and Purpose

I tried Kimchi today. Not some watered-down Americanized version you’d find at a chain food joint, but real, honest-to-goodness Kimchi made by our Korean hosts.

The verdict: spicy but goooood!  It’s the kind of spice that spreads itself around in your mouth to liven up any other flavors around it, which was excellent because here on Day 1 of the 4/14 Window Global Summit in New York City, they fed us well!  We had started the morning with breakfast at the hotel (the DoubleTree Hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey to be exact), after which we hopped aboard the spacious and comfortable busses provided for the conference attendees.

nyc_bridge1As we wound our way through the surprisingly open streets of first New Jersey, then New York, the bus was filled with the joyful chatter of a hundred new friendships forming on the foundation of Christ, punctuated with an occasional round of singing as we praised the Lord together on the way to Promise Church.

Promise Church is housed in a tall, multi-purpose building in the Flushing area of New York, right on the edge of Manhattan.  Driving up the building is quite striking, more akin to an office building than a traditional house of worship.  The inside though, is lovely and inviting.  I’ll try to put up some photos in a later post, but suffice it the say that that the facility of the church was as warm and friendly as its people.

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4/14 Global Summit: The light of things hoped for

I’m writing this from the sixth floor of the DoubleTree Hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The sun has long since set and my eyes are heavy and ready for sleep, but though my body is tired, my spirit sings because tomorrow is the first day of the 4/14 Window Global Summit.

For days and weeks now, wonderful men and women have been preparing the way for this very special event; an event that itself is the result of many more people sensing the call of God on their lives to pour His life into “the least of these”, children ages 4-14.

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Social Media Integration map (version 1)

I have been learning more about ways to integrate WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and wanted to put together a diagram to help illustrate how things connect, so that anyone else wanting to do the same might find it easier. This is the first version and definitely needs more refinement, but I thought I’d just put it out now and get some feedback on how to make it better. Let me know what you think!
– Phillip

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