New Life Sunday – Passing Game

This weekend my oldest daughter is participating in a soccer tournament. After driving her to games for several years, I have volunteered to assist with the coaching. There are several reasons:

  • I want to spend time with her
  • I want to learn more about the game from the head coach
  • I want to save some soccer fees
  • I want to help them get better and win games

So far I have accomplished three out of four. I don’t like to lose…but for some reason we keep losing. There have been a few moments when I wanted to run out there and score on twelve year old girls. And then I realize that I am thirty-eight and that would be equivalent to streaking at a Chiefs game.
Not a pleasant thought…sorry.
Ahhh…so amidst the frustration of being 0-2 so far in the tournament, there have been a few highlights. One of them came at half-time today.
The head coach was explaining that part of the reason for being down 1-0 is that the girls lacked trust in their teammates. As a result they were moving out of their own particular position and trying to play someone else’s position. He went on to say that the girls need to stay in their positions and pass the ball to each other.
Sounds kind of basic, but to be honest it worked pretty well when applied appropriately. The problem today was that it wasn’t applied enough.
As I consider my sermon for tomorrow, we will be studying a different type of passing game.
I will preach from Acts 9:1-22 about passing control from ourselves to Jesus Christ. Pretty basic concept, and it works very well when applied appropriately. Too often the reason we don’t transfer control to Christ is because we do not trust that He can handle it.
That sounds pretty preposterous as I type it out, but the reality is that we have invested far too much control in ourselves and we are attempting to play life on our own.
That never works!
So tomorrow is a new day….and we will have a new game and hopefully another opportunity to put a win on the board, but far more important than that is the fact that we will spend time studying the conversion of a control freak. We will learn from Saul how important it is for us to transfer control to Jesus.
Have a great evening and hope to see you tomorrow,

Announcement: Don’t forget to come early for some breakfast and our final discussion about our future including a potential change of name.All the fun starts at 9:30am.


New Life Sunday- Pool Rescue…

Last week we took our annual family vacation to Branson. The kids had a blast canoeing, hiking, mini-golfing and eating…but their favorite was swimming.
The girls have been able to swim for several years, but the boys are in process. Dallas and Isaiah have learned to swim under water, to tread water and to do a limited “doggy paddle” to get them to the safety at the edge of the pool.
About halfway through our vacation, Dallas was getting pretty brave and was swimming across the pool in water that was over his head.
Leigh-Ann and I were at the opposite end of the pool enjoying our vacation…when we noticed him struggling.
Within seconds, he started to freak out and then quickly began to shout…HELP! HELP!
While quickly moving towards Dallas, I made eye contact with an adult swimming nearby who wasn’t sure what to do, then I glanced over to see a mom ready to jump in until she noticed me coming to be the hero.
It seemed like slow motion as I ripped off my shirt, threw my phone safely on top and jumped in to save my boy. As soon as I reached Dallas, he relaxed. I set him on the edge of the pool and told him he better put on his floaties.
Full disclaimer…the pool was only about twenty feet across and five feet deep and Dallas was treading enough that he never went under water. There were no live news interviews and about 10 seconds after pulling Dallas out of the pool, everyone went back to their lazy afternoon.
But I saved Dallas. Beyond a vacation rescue, salvation is something for everyone. The problem is that unlike my heroic pool rescue (note that is dripping in sarcasm) there are a lot of people who don’t care to accept salvation, they actually want to become the savior.
This Sunday we will be studying about “wannabe saviors” from the story of the prodigal son found in Luke 15:11-32. The truth is, you will never be a savior, but you will always need a Savior.
I am very excited to share more this Sunday. Don’t forget to come early around 9:30am for some breakfast, fellowship and discussion with the elders.
Have a great weekend!
Announcement: We have scheduled a baptism celebration for Sunday, September 7th at 5:00pmat Lake Quivira. If you would like to participate, just reply or talk to one of the elders.

New Life Sunday…Painted

We have a problem in our family…we tend to start BIG projects shortly before something major. I can still remember moving in to Kansas City 15 years ago and starting a painting project in our basement the night before my first year of seminary started.
Last year we started the “doll house” project the week of Christmas.
Yesterday, two days before we are scheduled to leave for our family vacation, we started painting and rearranging the bedrooms for our 5 kids. This meant every piece of clothing, every toy…every trace of life from our kids had to be removed from the bedrooms.
Then we had to paint…
I use the word “we” carefully, because Leigh-Ann carried the major part of this load.
Last night at this time I was in an awful mood and for a natural born optimist was feeling pretty defeated. We had one room partially done…everything else was still untouched.
Then we were rescued  by some pretty great guys and a little luck :).
For the moment, we are simply waiting for paint to dry and then we will put all the clothes and toys back in the rooms, load up the minivan and leave.
Last night, I doubted that we would be able to finish by tomorrow…however…as it stands the rooms are painted, the kids are packed and we will be on our way before we know it.
This would never have happened without some incredible friends and a ROCK STAR wife (we celebrated 15 years yesterday). While I was working in the office and meeting people, Leigh-Ann was painting, mothering and moving stuff.
The giant painting project is all but complete…even the paintbrushes are rinsed and clean. Speaking of giants, this Sunday we continue our series on “Facing our Giants.” Dave Robinson will be preaching from 1 Samuel 17 about the story of David and Goliath.
We will also have pastries and coffee at 9:30am and the elders will be hosting week 2 of our vision discussion as we prepare for the best fall ever at New Life.
In the meantime, I need to go watch paint dry,

New Life Sunday – Some assembly required…

Leigh-Ann is a rock star.
We have been looking for some additional outdoor seating and on Monday she found two outdoor rocking chairs (see what I did there) for 75% off.
Since I am a pretty typical guy, I looked at the directions for a few seconds and then went for it.
The first chair went pretty smooth, although I must admit that I did stop a few times to figure some things out. The second chair was a breeze. It was so easy because I had just experienced everything necessary for assembly. I knew exactly what it was going to look like and I knew exactly what was necessary to put the chair together.
Whether it is a walk down an unknown path, the plan for our life or assembling rocking chairs, things go much better when we know what the end result will look like.
For some reason, God does not give us the ability to look ahead and see the destiny of our life.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to go back to high school?
I know I would be a better student, athlete, friend, etc., the second time through.
In case you’re wondering….that’s not an option.
The only option we have is to trust the one Person who can see down the road to our destiny–God.
This Sunday we continue our sermon series entitled, “Facing our giants.” Over the past four weeks we have studied some of the giants that we tend to encounter in life. This week we are going to transition to a playbook on how to face our giants…our play for Sunday comes from Genesis 22:1-19. This is the story about Abraham offering Isaac as a sacrifice. The challenge we are given from Abraham is to trust in the Lord, because He sees ahead of me.
In fact, after Abraham completes this test from God and experiences success, he named the place, “Yahweh Yirah” which means, “the Lord who sees ahead of me.”
I am very excited for this study, because our God sees ahead of us and as a result there is no giant that we cannot defeat.
I hope to see you on Sunday!
Announcement: Happy Hour starts this Sunday at 9:30am. We will have waffles and coffee and then at 9:45am the elders are planning to open a 30 minute discussion about how to develop meaningful relationships within our New Life church family.