September 2008


We had our first monthly meeting Sunday night on Tech’s campus for ‘MARKED’. It was a blast. God definitely shook things up last minute though, which can kind of freak you out a bit at times…

We’ve had a sweet room reserved on campus for about 2 months now. It’s got couches all over the place, a stage, prewired sound, lighting, and is just a pretty awesome and intimate setting. You can’t just reserve it as a student org, you’ve got to pay for it and everything. We were shelling out because it was an awesome room. So, 3 days before the big event that we’ve been planning for for several months now (have shelled out more money for advertising, and all that) we get notice that they can’t get us a staff member for the room and so we can’t use the room. So sorry. No suggestions for what we could do as a back up. No help whatsoever. Just a sorry, hope this doesn’t inconvenience you. Are you kidding!!!????!!!! Of course this inconveniences us!!!

God is bigger though. We trusted in him and he came through. We got an outdoor venue and were given special permission to use our sound system (which you’re not supposed to be able to do outside at GT).

This was really the launch for encmatl, so, it was a pretty big deal for us that God made bigger than I thought possible. Love it.

Here are some highlights and lo-lights from the night…

Lo-Lights:

  • Low Lights – there wasn’t really any lighting outside. It kind of made for a cool environment, but, still, lighting is good.
  • We could’ve used one more extension cord. We made it work, but, one more would’ve been really nice.
  • Apparently I need to learn how to hold the mic closer to my mouth. Lesson learned.
  • Great stage, it felt far away from everyone which I’m not super keen of, I like being close to people. Feels more relational.

Highlights:

  • God showing up! I love it when Jesus shows up and touches peoples lives. Nothing like it.
  • Being outside. Gave us a sense of mission, purpose, and excitement.
  • Rita worshiping. I think Rita is awesome and she proved it being out there worshipping in the middle of campus. Awesome!
  • The empty fountain we ended up using as a stage. Every time somebody showed up they were like, ‘ok, that is awesome’. I couldn’t agree more.
  • Ant preaching. Couldn’t help but feel a since of destiny while he was preaching. Great communicator. Great message. I look forward to hearing more!
  • Community. Something got birthed Sunday night. I don’t exactly know what it means, but, if you were there, you felt it.
  • Our awesome sound system rocked! Loved it!!!
  • Excitement. Everyone was excited and everyone’s talking about the next one. I can’t wait! October 26th!!!
  • My brother stepping up providing a ton of support!
  • People stopping by going, what the heck is going on over there. We had quite a few onlookers over the course of the evening. We even connected with a few other students during the event.
  • And, last but certainly not least. Our freaking incredible and awesome students who showed up full of faith and excited about what was going to happen. That’s why it was so stinkin’ awesome!!! I had such a blast and can’t wait to see what happens over the next month leading up to our next big MARKED meeting. I can’t wait!!!!

Click on the picture below for more pics from the evening.

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. More coming after the craziness that is this coming weekend.

Until then… 

What are your feelings about Joe Biden? Personally, I’m fed up with the guy. I’ve been following him for more than 4 years and can honestly say that I’ve never heard him speak even 1 time and said, ‘wow, that was great’ or ‘good’ or even ‘just ok’. Every time I’ve heard him speak or read about him I get aggravated.

Other people are as well and they said it better than I can…

 

Tim Steven’s thinks that Biden should give more to charity and that it reflects on character…

and

Ross Middleton opened a can of worms a few days ago over at his site…

 

What do you think?

In my opinion Microsoft made a pretty big mistake getting rid of Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates from their new ad campaign. I was really starting to enjoy seeing Jerry and Bill go at it in Seinfeld-esque awkward humor. Great stuff. So, Microsoft gave them the ax in favor of this:

 

 

What do you think?

I’ve noticed a trend. All revolutionaries were once reactionaries, but not all reactionaries become revolutionaries.

Most people live their whole lives as reactionaries. They react to situations they don’t like and bring change to their situation. Revolutionaries are born when divine inspiration, strategy, and courage mix together in perfect blend where they don’t just bring change to their situation, but, begin to bring change for others as well. There’s a potential there for just about everyone to become a revolutionary, but few do. It’s harder work than anything else and requires that you lay your life down on the alter of sacrifice with no promise of a good ending.

In a culture full of reactionaries we need revolutionaries and I don’t think we’re far off. The fact that we live in a culture full of reactionaries (people who work hard for their own personal change) means that we’re just one person away from a true revolutionary. Someone selfless that has just had enough.

Now this is how we should’ve been raising support all along!!! Jesus, I repent…

Read all about this new method here…

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. (Acts 2:44-45)

Ok, maybe not a communist, but, you read a scripture like the one above and it’ll challenge some of your mindsets. Basically, the Christians here took care of any other Christian in need. You kind of even have a utopian society at work here (to put it in todays terms). Sounds nice, very appealing. I can understand why a communist ideal would be formed. You want everyone to be on the same level, walking together in unity, having the same advantages/disadvantages. 

There is quite a difference between communists and Christians though, and His name is Jesus. The center of communism, when it’s boiled down, is individualism. The center of true Christianity is Jesus. The reason this works in a Christian society is because people are not focused on themselves. They’re focused on Jesus and the life of sacrifice He lived. They then live lives of sacrifice as well for the common good. This only works in a selfless society. 

Coincidentally, this is also why I understand, yet disagree with the notion of socialized or universal healthcare. It’s a great thought, everyone getting the help they need, I get that. I don’t believe that will work here in America, though, because we are not by any means a selfless society and we haven’t by and large put Jesus first as a society. Without these key ingredients you’re mixing up a recipe not just for failure but disaster.

Do with this what you will…

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