There’s a line in Evan Almighty when Morgan Freeman says something like, “when you pray for patience, do you think God will give you patience or give you the opportunity to be patient; when you pray for courage, do you think God gives you courage or the opportunity to be courageous?”Â
I try to limit the theology that I glean from movies, but this is something that’s proven true in my life.Â Every time I pray for some quality/trait/characteristicÂ (and a lot of times when I don’t), it seems that God places me in a situation that stretches me and requires just that thing I’ve been praying for.
Sunday I mentioned in passing while I was teaching that I shave my head because I have a good looking head and don’t mind showing it off…Â About 2 minutes after the service ended and I was heading for the cafe a teenager came up to me (his first time attending) and said, “You know how you said what you did about your head? It’s really not that good-looking.Â In fact, it reminds me of an egg.”Â And he walked away.
Thank you God for answering another prayer for humility.Â And also thank you Hank for making me self-conscious about my “egg-shaped” head every time I look in the mirror.Â At least I’m more aerodynamic than all of you….
Yesterday we had our second week of our “Building Blocks” series.Â I’ll have to post some photos (maybe after next week) of the stage layout.Â It’s not hugely elaborate, but it is big for us.Â
More than that, I really feel like the messages are connecting with some folks.Â The idea of this seriesÂ is that our lives are like an ongoingÂ building project.Â We’re preaching through 2 Peter 1:3-9Â and talking about the building blocks to a productive andÂ effective life.Â I’ve known a lot of churches in my life where we “got people saved” and just left them there.Â In time that leads to an unproductive and ineffective church.Â
We don’t want to be thatÂ kind of church.Â We want to make disciples of JesusÂ that make disciples of Jesus.
Incidently, the numbers were back up a little (37 total) and the vibe in the place was good.Â We’ve got to find some local musicians to be a part of what’s happening at ICC.Â This was the second week in a row without a drummer and there’s a noticeable difference in the atmosphere without that driving rhythm.Â Pray with us about this and – better yet – if you’re a good drummer in the North Hills (or willing to drive)Â and want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, let me know…
Here’s the audio of Sunday’s message: http://www.ironcitychurch.com/messages/2007_03-BuildingBlocks/102807_BB02.mp3
General message downloads page: http://www.ironcitychurch.com/downloads.html
Ever have one of those weeks where it’s Sunday, then you sneeze and look up again and it’s Thursday.Â Yep.Â I’m reading a book called “Getting Things Done,” but I can’t seem to make much progress reading because I’m busy thinking of all the other things I need to be getting done….
Story of my life…