Some Context This past week, a number of stories came out in my local newspaper reporting on and analyzing the arrest of a local pastor. He has been accused of placing and monitoring video equipment in the female bathrooms at the church. If you haven’t read the articles, don’t worry about not knowing the details. […]continue reading Reflections on Sin
For a couple weeks now, I have been dissatisfied with the modern worship songs we’ve been singing in our church. The music is great, the beats are fun, the lyrics are powerful, but honestly, they aren’t very deep. In particular, the majority of modern rock-style worship music puts God in the second person. Everything is […]continue reading “Our God” (a song)
This morning, I was reading the first few chapters of Numbers. I have to be honest with you, and I am somewhat ashamed to admit, I wasn’t expecting much. Aside from a few interesting (and confusing) stories, the book of Numbers is filled with, you guessed it, numbers! The first few chapters are all about […]continue reading Organizational Insights from Numbers 2
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Lord in Heaven, I’m sensing your call to take my steps into a new level of relationship with you. It’s more than a desire in my heart. It’s more than a thought or a notion. It’s a repetitive prompting that you have more for me and a constant reminder that I need it. I’ve washed […]continue reading Prayer for the next level
This is just a quick post to say that I had a really fun weekend on one hand and a really bad weekend on the other. At T.G.I. Friday’s (where I just started to work part-time as a waiter), I had a section of two tables only, but in the brief couple hours of lunch, […]continue reading Great Weekend… Or Not?
Today’s Accomplishments I mowed the lawn. I read a chapter from Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time I sent an email to Greg, Kyle, and Josh about our Four Guys and God meeting. (We are going to work through the 10 commandments in our discipleship). I’ve taken a closer look at the […]continue reading Productivity: August 13, 2007
I spent last week doing a productivity experiment that was really just a project of tracking of what I wanted to accomplish and what I actually did accomplish. Though the experiment didn’t turn out the way I had wanted it to, I learned some things about myself, and in this post, I share what I’m […]continue reading Productivity: Week 1 Results (and self analysis)
Here is my activity/productivity list for the day: Devotional study of Psalm 116 (BI: Those who know God’s salvation respond with love.) — 30 minutes Prayer bike ride through a new neighborhood — 60 minutes Blog about my productivity experiment — 40 minutes Work on processing audio for Sunday’s sermon — 25 minutes Make lunch […]continue reading Productivity: July 23, 2007
I’m entering into a week of experimentation. I’m experimenting with myself to see how productive I can be. Just yesterday, I preached a message on how we can actually find fulfillment in our pains and struggles, and I was thinking that something uncomfortable for me is the bearing down into a routine of productivity. Along […]continue reading How Productive Can I Be?
What an incredible day! Last Sunday was our Grand Opening service as a church and I am excited to report that we had between 140-150 people there. We never got an accurate count, but this is how we came up with those numbers: 24 Elementary School Kids 6 Babies in the Nursery 9 Children’s Ministry […]continue reading 150?
Sunday was our final preview service! On the one hand, that really excites me because it means that months of preparation are finally coming to a culmination. On the other hand, it makes me nervous because now I can’t hid behind the “We’re still in preparation-mode” excuse. Also, I now have to get back into […]continue reading Report on our Final Preview Service
Two weeks ago, we switched our weekly gatherings to Sunday morning instead of Sunday night. There was one major motivating reason for doing so. As we move toward our public launch, we need to feel a strong sense of building momentum, and we just weren’t able to do that with the low attendance we had […]continue reading Switch To Sunday Morning
Just because I was a little eager to get them all online, I’ve posted my doctrinal statements to my personal wiki. You can check them out if you want at… http://jeff.mikels.cc/wiki/doctrinal_statementscontinue reading My Doctrinal Statements are Online
I know that some people are especially interested in the bigger details of faith, so I decided to post here my full “Doctrinal Statement.” This is the first post in this series, and it reflects the “short form” of my Doctrinal Statement. If you wish to download my entire Doctrinal Statement in either short form […]continue reading What I believe about God’s Revelation