New Life – A better way…

This past Sunday, Dale Losch delivered the sermon at New Life. If you missed hearing it, I suggest you listen to it online here: http://www.newlifekc.org/Media/Default.aspx#/Home.During the sermon, Dale clearly communicated the power of discipleship. Over the past few days, I have been impressed to challenge our New Life church family to do somethingREVOLUTIONARY!!!!

Disciple one person in 2013!!!

Imagine if each of us simply obeyed the Great Commission and discipled one person this next year….

This is not as easy as it sounds…but I know it will be worth it. If you agree to accept this challenge, you will not regret it.

The New Life leadership is going to offer some accountability to 64 people.

Why accountability? Because we need it!

Why 64 people? Because if we double every year, at the end of 6 years (the age New Life will turn in April of 2013) we would have 64 disciples.

This is something that anyone can do, whether you are experienced, or not. Help and support will be available for you every step along the way. The process to disicple one person in 2013 will likely look something like this:
·         Create a prayer list of people you know who don’t know Jesus
·         As you meet new people who need Christ, add them to the prayer list
·         Share the Gospel often as God provides opportunities
·         After one of the people you are praying for accepts Christ, offer to read through the New Testament with her/him
·         Meet regularly to discuss your Bible reading, prayer and Bible study
·         Encourage your disciple to repeat the process

If you are willing to be one of the 64 who take this challenge, send me a reply and I will add you to the list of 64.

At the end of the sermon, Dale challenged us to purchase a copy of “Operation World” which can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Operation-World-Definitive-Prayer-Nation/dp/0830857249/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354059116&sr=8-1&keywords=operation+world for $16.50.

He also challenged us to purchase a copy of his book on discipleship which can be found here:http://www.amazon.com/Better-Way-Disciples-Wherever-Happens/dp/096568301X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354059188&sr=1-1&keywords=dale+losch

You can get both books shipped to your home for $26.49.

To recap:
·         Commit to being one of the 64 willing to disciple
·         Reply and let me know
·         Pray for a disciple
·         Listen to the sermon
·         Purchase the books

This could be one of the most important decisions you ever make…to be an obedient Christian!

God Bless!
Troy

New Life Sunday – Thanks…

One of my good friends shared the following post on Facebook and I want to share it with you:

“Friends. Cherish these times with friends and family. Remember, some people are so poor all they have is money. Happy Thanksgiving!

Boom!!!

Over the past few days, I have enjoyed reflecting on many of the things for which I am grateful. The list literally (pronounced with a heavy emphasis on the “t” for those of you who are Parks and Rec fans :)) could go on and on.

I must say that at the top of my list, beneath God and His presence in my life, is a list of family and friends (starting with Leigh-Ann and the kids who are beyond awesomeness) who are absolutely amazing.

The material blessings of this life find their way on to the list, far below the relationships. When all of your “Black Friday” purchases are gone, your relationships can (and should) still exist.

Imagine if the average American invested as much time into relationships as they did into purchases and earning money for purchases.

This Sunday at New Life, Dale Losch, who is the President of Crossworld Missions (www.crossworld.org) will be sharing a sermon about investing in people.

A sermon about Discipleship…

A message that we all need to hear…

We can continue to grow our relational wealth when we commit to investing into the lives of others.

I think the Apostle Paul said it best, “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us” (1 Thessalonians 2:8).

Enjoy your day!
Troy

New Life Sunday – Discover contentment…

 

I love stories that uncover everyday heroes. Last Sunday, Lexi and I were relaxing on the couch and flipping through the TV channels when we discovered…Daniel Rodriquez.
 
Daniel Rodriquez is #83 for the Clemson Tigers Football team…and he has an AWESOME story.
 
He is older than the average collegian and undoubtedly has more life experience than most people regardless of their age.
 
Daniel Rodriquez has a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. As a sergeant in the Army, fighting in Iraq, his unit came under heavy attack and his close friend, Kevin Johnson was killed at his feet.  
 
Rodriguez shared that he had made a promise to his friends that when their tour was up, he would follow his dreams to play collegiate football.
 
When he returned to the U.S. after the war, Rodriguez was lost….until he remembered the promise that he made to play football.
 
In spite of the naysayers, he and a friend produced a short video that they sent out to several coaches….and the rest they say is history…(you can read more here:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/sports/ncaafootball/decorated-veteran-daniel-rodriguez-suits-up-for-clemson.html?_r=0).
 
You can also watch the video we discovered last Sunday afternoon here:http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8613738.
 
I am so grateful to know the story of Daniel Rodriquez.
 
What I intend to communicate is that there was a moment of discovery for me when I heard this story and now I really enjoy sharing this discovery.
 
Discovery is not about creation, rather it is about fulfillment. When I discover something, it already exists…its just that now I am aware of it.
 
This Sunday, the big idea is for us to “Discover Contentment.” We will study Daniel chapter 8 as we continue our journey through the book. Within the context of our Scripture we will learn about a dream that Daniel had, that freaked him out. Within that dream, there is a clear message for each of us to discover contentment…what a great topic for the week of Thanksgiving.
 
I really hope you can take a few minutes to learn more about Daniel Rodriquez and I hope you take even more time to learn about Daniel in the Bible.
 
Have a great day!
Troy
 
Announcement: If you are an active member at New Life, please block off December 16th from 5-7pm on your calendar. New Life is hosting a Ministry Appreciation Gathering. We will provide a catered dinner, childcare and entertainment that includes visual memories from this past year. We are excited to praise God together for all He has done through so many incredibly awesome New Lifers.

New Life Sunday — More candy please…

“Can I have some candy?”

If I had a dollar for every time one of our kids has asked this question over the past two weeks, I could buy a new car….well maybe not a new car….

There are many ways I have dealt with this question:

·         Avoid it – this never works…kids somehow don’t know how to pick up on the silence so they just keep asking….and asking….and asking….you get the point

·         Deny it – this works for awhile. THE REQUEST IS DENIED….until enough time has passed that they think they can safely ask again….and again…and again…you get the point

·         Allow it – this is EASY STREET….sure, I’ll take some too….however…the asking doesn’t go away….since they have a green light, they just want to keep driving that bus through the intersection….again…and again…and again…you get the point

·         Guide it – This is the way it should be done, but it takes planning, time and accountability. This means that we look ahead and define the right amount of candy for the week, day, hour, minute and unfortunately sometimes the second… 🙂

This Sunday we will be looking at the topic of worship from Revelation 7. This is a chapter describing Daniel’s dream and in it we will find interesting animals, thrones, God, Jesus and worship….

Worship can be really good and it can be really bad….it all depends on what or who is being worshipped.

Like candy distribution…(sort of) worship must be guided.

This Sunday we will look closely at what that means and how it applies to our life.

Now, where is that candy…

Troy

New Life Sunday – God in a box…

A few weeks ago, Leigh-Ann wrote a note on facebook that fits well with the service for the following reasons:
·         Sunday is “Orphan Sunday”
·         Kids can teach us A LOT about prayer
·         Faith like a child is good for adults
·         God still does miracles
 
So without any further introduction, here is Leigh-Ann’s post,
 
“Had a special time with Dallas today. He woke up from his nap and came in my room (I was folding laundry -story of my life) and in a panic said “Mom! I can’t see Paiton!” (Paiton is a foster daughter we we had in our home from 0-18 months) I said “No, honey- we can’t see her” and he said again “No, Mommy-NO! Dat’s not what I said! I can’t see her or hear her!” And that’s when I realized that he was forgetting what she looked like and sounded like.
 
 I asked him if he wanted to look at pictures, and I pulled out the last scrapbook she’s in. We looked at it together, and it seemed to bring him some comfort. When we got to the end, he asked if he could look at it some more. I said sure, and he went over to his chair and propped his little feet up. He looked at the book for almost 30 minutes, smiling and talking about Paiton to himself.
 
This was the first time he’s really dealt with it- I’d been told it takes children 6 to 12 months to process a loss. For him, it took 16. It was a precious time with him- I had to majorly hold back tears!
 
He then asked how we could see her and hug her, “wike in da book”. I told him he’d have to ask Jesus. He went in the other room and came back and said “Well, I pwayed and asked Jesus to wet us see her and for her to come home soon.” I just smiled and said “You never know, buddy- Jesus might say yes!” He smiled and said “He already did! We adopted ZeeZee (Isaiah), so prolly we’ll see Paiton soon!”
 
Faith like a child… This is why living out our faith in front of our children is SO important. It makes faith REAL. It’s when the passages we read every day start to make sense. It’s by putting everything- especially our fragile hearts–on the line that God becomes that one Person who gets us and can comfort us when life doesn’t make sense. It’s why I must be consumed in my relationship with God every day–because He’s the only One who can make sense out of this screwed up world.”
 
This Sunday we will study one of the most popular stories in the Bible, “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” from Daniel 6:1-28. God is more than able to govern the affairs of people and his creation. He is never surprised by elections, problems or circumstances beyond our control. Let God be God and then you can be who He made you to be.
 
When we put God in a box, we tend to become more concerned with guarding the box than with our God in the box.
 
I hope you have a GREAT Friday!
Troy

ANNOUNCEMENT: This Saturday we Fall Back for daylight savings time. The good news is that if you forget you will just be here an hour early for church :).