MY SUMMER IN PICS

Family: My sister looks fabulous, and I am so proud of these two.

Being a dad: Wow! Those eyes are irresistible.

Church: What a summer it’s been. I’m so godly proud of this amazing group of people! I’ll never forget 8.8.08 when our building became ours…

Sharing Life with Interns: Mentoring young people is one of my favorite things.

Spending time with other Pastors: We had a great retreat at Suncadia Lodge this year.

Staff: I don’t know what Travis is doing here, but I know it’s changing our region. Our staff is an absolute blast to do ministry with.

Official: On June 30th, it was official.

Friends: One can’t succeed in life or racing alone. Thanks friends.

River Rafting: One raft, 5 of 6 beginners. What a day!

Bible: Pretty much the only book I read this summer.

Birthday: My b-day is July 8th. That man and I have been at each others birthday parties since we were in the 6th grade.

Crescent Bar: Good friends took us on some fun weekends this summer.

Melinda: I’d never make it through the summer without my All American.

Seven Addison Knight: “I’m getting strong dad.”

70: Wide open down the back stretch of the 5/8′s mile at Evergreen Speedway, adrenaline, adrenaline, adrenaline…that’s what I’m talking about. I’ll never forget honoring Mike this night.

School Supply Giveaway

Volunteers were in today assembling bags of school supplies for the ProvideHope.com annual outreach.

This Sunday we will be handing out school supplies after the 11:30am service in the Hub. If you or someone you know is in need of school supplies please don’t miss out on this.

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BURST OF FOCUS


We have a saying around our team here at The Rock Church, “BURST OF FOCUS.”

A BURST OF FOCUS is when someone has derailed, hijacked, taken prisoner, or chased a rabbit off topic. When someone yells, “BURST OF FOCUS” it means stop, turn around this conversation is not longer on task.

Go ahead try with your teams, kids or whatever. When every the mission is blurry, fuzzy and off course, just say, “BURST OF FOCUS.”

In our world it brings us back on task, only to be derailed, hijacked all over again. Ryan just used it on us in creative meeting…

BURST OF FOCUS!!! I better go now.

OUR RESPONSE: WHEN CHRISTIAN LEADERS FALL (3/3)

Galatians 6:1-2, “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”

I had an influential leader in my life fall. Someone I looked up to big time committed adultery with another woman, and my dad had to fire him from the staff of our church. It was a confusing time for me because I thought this guy was amazing. I tell you the truth, I felt betrayed by my friend, I was mad and frustrated that the good name of our church and Christ was polluted.

But the above verse led me to another place over time. A place where I desire to live; I want to boldly help those overcome by sin back onto the right path. When Christian leader’s fall I want to help them back onto the right path; consequently, Jesus is building His church.

Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”

Looking back on that situation 12 years later I see the mistakes he made. I don’t want to make the same mistakes, and now I have only one option, run my race. I must strip off the junk that easily ensnares me and run with endurance. I must keep my eyes on Christ even when Christian leaders fall.

Friends, Jesus is still building His church regardless of what people do in it. I’ve heard some hefty stories of disloyalty. I’ve met some con artists, jokers and manipulators, but God deals with them, by letting their chins hit the carpet. I’ve yet to see God leave one fallen leader down and out, unless they wanted to stay there. God is always faithful to send his mercy, grace and love through others.

In the wake of the recent issues worldwide my challenge to you is this. Examine yourselves; remain prayerful and watchful in these days.