@KCPolice Part 2

Last week I shared some of my favorite tweets from the KC Police department about the Kansas City Royals. About 30 minutes after I hit send, I was out in my car.

I was deep in conversation on the phone.

I was driving into a road construction zone.

I was following the car in front of me…and I was catching up.

Until….

I noticed a Kansas City Police Officer waving me over to the side of the road.

He wasn’t just waving…he looked like a third base coach in the bottom of the 9th inning waving in the winning run.

In a moment, it all made sense…I was being pulled over.

The normal speed limit was 45MPH, but since it was a construction zone, it had dropped to 25MPH…I was going 38MPH.

I quickly pulled up my email on my phone and said something like this to the officer, “you won’t believe this but I am a pastor and I just finished sending an email out to the congregation about how much I love the tweets from the KC Police department.”

He looked at me…then looked at my phone…then looked back at me and said, “how can I give you a ticket after that?”

To which I quickly replied, “you don’t need to officer.”

To which he replied, “I will take your ticket this time, but please don’t tweet anything negative about the KC Police.”

Deal…

I want to go back to the part of this story where the officer was waving me over to the side of the road. He made himself so obvious that even if I tried to miss him, it would be impossible not to notice.

Similarly, God has made Himself known to us through His Creation. It is impossible for us not to notice.

This Sunday, I am excited to share from Romans 1:18-20 about the fact that God has revealed Himself so clearly that the only way to miss Him is to purposefully turn away…this choice is tragic.

I really hope you can plan to attend the service at 10:45am. In addition to the worship and sermon, Pastor Dave will have an interview with Gabor Gresz who is from Budapest, Hungary.

It’s going to be a great day, but first, GO ROYALS!!!!
Troy

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Go Royals!!!

I have a new favorite twitter feed to follow…@kcpolice. Communicating hope with a bit of humor can go a long way. With this in mind and in celebration of clinching the ALCS, I have pasted my favorite tweets from @kcpolice below:

We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We’d like to hear the@Royals clinch this.

Officers on radio discussing how ridiculously slow tonight is. @Royals seem to be great crime prevention.

Attaboys, @Royals! Thanks for making our city happier and, oddly enough, safer. One step closer to#TakeTheCrown!

Baltimore Ave. renamed @royals ave during playoffs. Unanimous vote by @kcmo city council.@MayorSlyJames

@BaltimorePolice Glad @Orioles have a few fans, because rest of the U.S is rooting for the@Royals! #TakeTheCrown

Our city is awesome. “@kcpolice: @BaltimorePolice We’ll bet you some @jackstackbbq burnt ends that the @Royals take the #ALCS!”

@BaltimorePolice Sorry if we have to prolong @Orioles losing pain another day. Can’t control rain@NWSKansasCity

We’re so pumped for @Royals #ALCS sweep! Thanks for being good sports, @BaltimorePolice. You can send crab cakes now.

We trust you’ll channel your 29 years of pent-up excitement into a safe and classy celebration, #KC! See you at the World Series!

I think the @kcpolice need to investigate the @Royals for theft – the stealing of the hearts of Americans everywhere. #ALCS #Royals

How did it feel Kansas City to wake up today and realize the #Royals are AL Champs! #WorldSeriesbound!

On this note, here is a link to pretty awesome video about the Royals from Matthew West:http://fox4kc.com/2014/10/17/loyal-to-the-royals-mathew-west-releases-new-hit-song/

If you have made it this far into the email, I want to remind you that in spite of all the hype over the Royals, they still need some prayer so I suggest you join us for service on Sunday at 10:45am. Pastor Dave Robinson will be preaching from Romans 1:18-32 about God’s response to mans descent into absurdity.

The reality is that beneath every smile and behind every high five is a human soul that needs to be rescued by the Gospel of Jesus.

This story is even better news than the Royals in the World Series. Have a great weekend!
Troy

Gospel Reset…

Yesterday I received a text from my cell phone provider that I had reached my data limit. This was a bit of a surprise since I typically use very little data over the course of the month.

I immediately assumed it was one of the other 4 phones in our family data plan. It never occurred to me that I could be the one over the limit for data usage. In fact I had my hunch on who was using all the data, but I won’t share that publicly :).

Well, last night after we got the kids to bed, I decided to go into my settings to double check that I had my wifi settings turned on.

I did.

But I noticed something strange, even though it was turned on it didn’t seem to look right. So I tried to reset it…and all I could get was the spinning icon letting me know it was loading.

I then decided to remove the wifi from our house and re-load it. It removed the “campbells” wifi, but would only spin when I tried to re-load it.

I went to bed thinking that the data limit could be related to my phone. When I woke up this morning, I decided to listen to a podcast while jogging and that is when I decided to check my wifi again….still loading.

I envisioned a day on hold with customer service…and that is when I decided to do what they would suggest that I do first.

I reset the whole phone.

When it fired up again, the wifi was working.

No long phone conversations with someone on another continent reading steps to me in broken English. No more warnings about data limits and me blaming someone else in my head. No more OCD over a phone that is not working as intended.

All my phone needed to work as intended was a reset.

This Sunday, I am planning to share about a different type of reset…a Gospel reset from Romans 1:14-17. The Gospel (good news) is not something that is intended to work one time in our life to provide a safety net for our eternal life. The Gospel is something that needs to be working at all times.

In fact, when the Gospel stops working in our lives….we reach our limits extremely fast and quickly go into overdraft mode. This looks like: poor choices, unnecessary guilt, ongoing sin, legalism, etc. When the Gospel is an authentic and powerful part of our lives we will share it eagerly and shamelessly.

If you think a Gospel reset may be what you need for your life to begin working again as intended, then I highly suggest that you come on out on Sunday at 10:45am . See you there!
Troy

Royals win…

I begin this email with a disclaimer and an apology. My disclaimer is that I grew up in Minnesota and from the beginning have cheered for the Twins and the Vikings. In addition to that, I am a loyal person and for whatever reason feel like I am abandoning a childhood friend if I don’t cheer for my childhood teams.

Recently, it has not been easy to be a Twins and a Vikings fan. However, when I was age 11 and age 15 the Twins won the World Series.

I will never forget!

With that said, I have become a HUGE ROYALS fan…(like I’m the only one or something :)). I am apologizing because I feel like I have cheated or cut in line. I haven’t been committed to the Royals since 1985 like some of you.

Most of the games I’ve attended over the past 15 years I haven’t even paid attention to the score…it hasn’t really ever mattered.

UNTIL NOW!!!!

This past week I have watched two full games and cheered like a lifelong fan. I feel that it is my duty to stay up until the end…as a sort of penance for jumping on the bandwagon so late.

When Salvador Perez hit the game winner on Tuesday, I thought I was going to come unglued. All day Wednesday, everyone was talking about the Royals. Then last night, they did it again in Anaheim in the 11th inning.

I have talked with friends…I have tweeted…I have even talked with complete strangers about our amazing KC Royals.

The momentum and excitement is contagious, it’s electrifying.

And to be honest, it’s a game…grown men in creepy beards and tight pants trying to hit a ball well enough to allow them to run around the bases and score more runs than the other team.

What is it that makes me want to talk about the Royals with anyone who will listen?

I will leave that for someone smarter than me to answer. However, this Sunday I am going to attempt to answer the question about how in the first century, people could not stop talking about the good news of Jesus.

The title of my sermon from Romans 1:8-13 is, “Contagious Christianity.” This may be hard to believe, but even if the Royals win the World Series, in a few months the excitement and momentum will have died down. There will be no “waiting rooms” on the Royals website for thousands of fans hoping to score a ticket. Life will be settled down, and most of the crowds will be looking for another adrenaline rush.

On the contrary, Jesus will still be changing lives, transforming relationships and providing an excitement that is eternal. I look forward to that conversation on Sunday. In the meantime, we need to pray for a win in Aneheim.
Troy