WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

Well, it was a hot one in the Pacific Northwest this weekend.

  • Sunday’s service was just as smokin! The opening song Dangerous by Decemberadio was molten hot lava!!! Great job to Terryl and the band.
  • Perry Noble’s message, Make us Dangerous, was equally as good. I really enjoyed the video messages for One Prayer. It was a huge success for our church, and I look forward to what is next with this grand vision.
  • The purchase and sale agreement for our building is getting near completion and I am so stoked and excited. It will be a huge thing for our church to own this building.

All in all, it was a great week at The Rock Church.

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: RACING

Saturday was mid-season championships. It was also the first race on the 5/8′s mile BIG track. We had a decent car through practice, qualifying and the race, but dodged a bullet when the left front hub bearing began to disintegrate. I ended up 7th on the night, avoided a big wreck and had a few sweet moves. It was a ton of fun. The heat was extreme. I would have liked to finish a bit higher, but the car is in one piece, and 7th is respectable.

Here is a recap of my season goals as of mid season championship night.

Goal: To be top 5 in points by season end.
Mid Season: I am 4th by one point.

Goal: To win one race.
Mid Season: I have 1 win, and plan on winning again.

Goal: To run strong each week.
Mid Season: I’ve had a strong car every week.

Goal: To have fun.
Mid Season: It’s a competitive fun each week.

Goal: To make new friends.
Mid Season: I have many new friends this year.

Goal: To lead someone to Christ.
Mid Season: Have lead 2 people to Christ.

Goal: To have a weekly devotional at the track.
Mid Season: Instead of a devotional I get to pray at the pit meeting each week. That’s cool. But, I just got my devotional books last week, so I’m going to get the team reading them for the 2nd half of the season.

Congrats to Jason Fraser, Naima Lang and Kelly Mann for their podium finishes on Saturday.

THE WEEKEND PREVIEW

OK, so let’s see what’s coming up this weekend.

Saturday night we are racing on the 5/8′s mile track. I practiced last night and the car was phenomenal. Looking forward to getting after it tomorrow. Speeds should reach 110+ on the straight/80+ through the turns, and given the forecast temps should be about 120+ in the car. I need some water right now!!!

Sunday morning is the final message of the One Prayer series. Perry Noble will be the messenger, and you don’t want to miss this guy. It will be hilarious if I know Perry.

Finally, we are still waiting on some final numbers from the bank regarding the purchase of our church building. We will be taking some huge offerings toward the building purchase the next few weeks, so come with a heart to knock this thing out. I got an email today from a family who is so thrilled to be a part of a church with such big plans. That made my day.

Looks to be spectacular weather, so come on out to the track and church this weekend!

KEYS TO GREAT ATTITUDE

Galatians 6:4-8, “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”

Let’s break this down…Attitude must be governed by principles, not circumstances.

1. Pay careful attention to your own work. I can get caught up in comparing my work to others, but all that does is steal and waste my time. Think about it…how often we compare. We compare height, weight, BMI, clothes, incomes, cars, zip codes, jobs and a bunch of other stuff that only brings us frustration when we don’t measure up; and worse, arrogance when we do. If you work hard and are satisfied with your job well done the money, promotion, accolades and all the rest will come. Success is a by product of a job well done!

2. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. I am the keeper of my own thoughts, words and deeds. No one else is responsible for Jeff. There are times we all want to pass the blame, the buck and the consequence. In the end, it’s on us. I choose to think the best. I allow myself to struggle when criticizing something. I allow myself to be uncomfortable with gossip, anger, frustration, doubt, unbelief, fear and other hindrances. If I get comfortable with hindrances like those, I won’t see them hanging like a booger on the rim of my nose.

3. Those who are taught the Word should share in all good things with those who teach. Hmmm…When was the last time I shared in my blessings, gifting and graces with my pastor who teaches me? This is not rhetorical because I am a pastor; it is a serious question because I have a pastor. I must share with the man and woman of God in my life.

4. Don’t be mislead–you can’t mock the justice of God. I challenge you to exercise repentance as often as required! I’m not perfect, nor is another, so repentance is all we’ve got.

5. You will harvest what you plant. Enough said there. If someone struggles with that statement they need to share their toys again.

Finally, I find myself lead around by circumstances now and then. Sometimes they get the best of me, sometimes they don’t. The reality is my attitude governs my direction. I get out of this life what I put in. I can be satisfied because I’ve done all I can, or I can choose dissatisfaction because a)it didn’t go my way or b) I didn’t do enough. Those who believe there is always more to do are a little obessive, but I’m not hatin on ya, because there are times I am striving so much there’s never enough time to do it all. Bottom line is, great attitude is sustained by principles, not circumstances.

ATTITUDE AFFECTS THOSE AROUND YOU

We’ve been talking attitude for our devotions of 93 days of summer this week. Caleb was the one with a different attitude, but check what happens to Joshua who is with him.

Numbers 14:30, “The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephuneh and Joshua son of Nun.” God is telling Moses “who” and “who will not” enter the land. Because of a refusal to believe God none, except Caleb and Joshua, will enter until the next generation.

Caleb was of a different attitude. Joshua and Caleb together were encouraging the people to go into the land and believe God. They found themselves in the favor of God because they believed. They were contrary to what was popular and it paid off. They were set apart from what was easy, and God favored them mightily.

Your attitude is affecting everyone around you. Are you confident God will give the answer to your situation? Are you trusting in the perfect timing of His will? Can you find the courage to believe for the best even though the circumstances say otherwise? Do you believe He is the Healer? How about the Provider of your every need? Do you believe God wants you to excel and overcome? Do you know He can forgive you if you ask? Do you want Him to interrupt your plans? Are you willing to be inconvenienced, so He can do great things for others?

In these times we must keep the attitude of belief. Not only can God do it, but He will do it if we ask and believe! Where are you leading your spouse? Your kids? Your employees? Your attitude is the first thing that will determine their direction.