We started a brand new service on the fifth Wednesday of the month called JAM. it is a service targeted at the entire family, but built by kids! There were kids leading worship, praying and the parents were stoked!!!

There are four this year. Tonight was Bibleman and the kids went nutty!!! We had a 20 foot blow up slide in the foyer…Bibleman signed stuff for hours! I will post some action shots of the stage when I get with the photo team…It was cool.

There were dozens of hands that went up and prayed during the altar call. One thing I saw was two families that came to the front as first time salvation’s! From where I stood there was prayer going on over them and the dad and mom were seriously touched!!!

One thought our creative guy, Mike Bull, had is that we need to video project what is going on inside the building on the outside of the building for those who are driving by!!! That is a cool idea!!! Had we done that tonight, there would have been a ton who stopped!!!

I recomend Bibleman, your kids will eat it up!!!

7 Years ago Today!

January 31st, 2000, 4:36 pm pst. Ring…Ring…Ring… “Hello?” “Pastor Melinda? This is Rory, I don’t want to alarm you, but a plane has crashed returning from Mexico.” “Rory, you must be wrong, check it out and call me back.” Melinda hangs up the cell phone and calls out to me. We turn on KOMO 4 in Seattle. What we see is a snowy picture of a Coast Guard helicopter hovering over the water. The anchor says, “Flight 261 has gone into the pacific ocean.” I turned to Rachel, who was with us, and asked, “Rachel, is that their flight number?” She was pale and replied, “It is Jeff.”

Fifteen minutes earlier my mom and dad along with 86 other people perished on Flight 261. My life changed forever.

I learned a lot about grief, tragedy, God and the life! Here are a few of my thoughts, I personally experienced through the loss of my mom and dad who were my friends, parent’s, pastors, employers, and so much more. Here are 11 thoughts from my experience.

1. Tragedy was a sign to me that God expected something new of me.

2. Though I wanted to hide, God did not want me to separate from His love.

3. My response to tragedy lead to His reward.

4. When tragedy happened to me I needed to identify who was on my team.

5. Tragedy is Temporary.

6. Triumph brings Joy.

7. Prepare for Tragedy.

8. Tragedy is the time to stand on God’s Word and take authority!

9. When Tragedy knocks at your door, worship God!

10. Pass the Tragedy and receive the Triumph.

11. In the midst of tragedy, be strong and of good courage!

Reflections from today 01.31.07:
I still miss mom and dad regularly; it makes me cry.
I still have dreams about them; it makes me nervous they are coming back to lead the church and they won’t like what they have found. Funny huh?
I still hear their words of encouragement; it makes me press on.
I still feel my parent’s love; it helps me pastor.
I can’t remember the sound of their voices; it makes me appreciate video and audio recording.
I see my parent’s in my sister; it makes me smile.
I see their leadership in our elders; it makes me proud.
I see their spiritual sons and daughters in the church; it makes me believe.
I love to hear their stories; it makes me laugh.
I love to see their pictures; it makes me remember.
I love to follow in their footsteps; it gets me out of bed each day.

I see the fruit of their life; it makes me grateful.

I am thankful they lead me to Jesus; it makes me secure.
I feel privileged to have had 29 years with mom and dad; it gave me foundation.

To all those who have lost loved ones tragically may the Lord comfort you in your time of mourning. I know He has me.

Evening Session: MFI Regional

Rick Greene: Castle Rock Washington. Rick is all about character and attitude. He has a zeal to help people develop into mighty men and women of God. Rick doesn’t have a mega church by definition, but he is a mega leader in his community of about 3,500 people. Nothing better than a rural pastor who could preach in any pulpit in the world!

Rick’s Thoughts:

~ I am what I am, not, I am what I do
“By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain.” 1 Cor 15:10

~ I am what I am by Christ in me.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17

~ “We have yet to see what God can do through one man totally devoted to Him, and I am determined to be that man.” -DL Moody

~ No matter what you do, you can be a man of God in the midst of the culture.
“But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully…” Num 14:24

~ You can work in the mill or the construction site.
“Noah raised sons who feared the Lord in the most evil days in history.” -Rick Greene

~ “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes Character to keep you there.” -John Wooden

~ Rick made this statement, “People get corrupted by their “Gift” because the “Gift” is bigger than their “Character.”

~I loved this, He was talking about when people make recommendations to the pastor like, “You know so and so, they have a great voice, they should be on the worship team.” He answered, “So and so does have a nice voice, but they don’t worship.” It doesn’t matter what the talent is if they are not already walking in the character. Worshippers worship no matter how much sleep they’ve had, or not had, or how easy it was, or was not. That’ll Preach!!!

~ “Leadership is more disposition than position.” -John Maxwell

~ “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I respond.”

~ “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” Phil 2:5

~ Attitude is an act of our will.
“Be made new in the attitude of your minds.” Eph 4:23

~ Joy and rejoicing, being glad and gladness is a choice.
“Joy is one of the truest evidences of God’s influences up a life. It is out choice to access his grace and rejoice in the Lord always. It is a Daily decision to have a Godly positive and joyful attitude toward life.” –Wendell Smith

~ ‘If every team member brought your kind of attitude everyday what kind of team would you have?”

Watch your thought words; they become your words,
Watch your words; they become your actions,
Watch your actions; they form your habits,
Watch your habits; they become your character,
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Get up every morning ready to bring the Kingdom near somebody!

This Makes me Smile…

Have you ever received an email that just fired you up? In a good way! These are stories of life change. They are emerging all over this blog and they come via email and drop ins frequently. Real life change is happening at The Rock and it is special. If you are Connected to Life at TRC enjoy, your continuous service to our church makes stories like this possible.

Pastor Jeff,

I wanted to share a testimony with you. My husband used to sit at home on Sunday mornings and watch sports while my kids and I would go to church.

His idols were the Raider’s and the Laker’s. Since coming to the Rock Church, he told me that he didn’t like…church and that’s why he didn’t go. So he came to a service at the Rock and said that he liked Pastor Jeff’s preaching, and that nobody preaches like him. He is a gifted pastor, he makes the service interesting, he’s funny and full of life…”

He went to WSU to visit our daughter at college and got up at 4am just so he could be back here to attend Sunday morning service.

What a change in my husband. He is also praying with us at night, which is something that he has never done.

God Bless you.

Doesn’t that make you smile? Sure, someone could say, “Pastor, that story has to do with what you do on Sunday.” Awe…I’m glad you make the point because I could tell a dozen stories everyday about those who endlessly give of their time and energy to make our church possible. It certainly isn’t my preaching; instead, it is the presence of God on our church community and the volunteers that make Connecting People to Life possible.

Those of you who are contributors to the BIG GOD THING known as The Rock Church, you are my heroes, friends and inspiration! We’ll do it again on Sunday!