He kicked me…

Leigh-Ann and the girls are away for a girls weekend. So this is my life…

We are at the church since we don’t have electricity at our house. In the background, I can hear a cartoon which is my attempt to keep the boys occupied while I finish up a few things for Sunday.

¬†“Daddy, Ian kicked me!” (Ian is almost 3)

“Ian, come here.”

“What?”

“Did you kick your brother?”

“Yes.”

“Sit down, in timeout.”

Makes an attempt to escape by slowly walking away, hoping that I don’t notice…

“Where are you going? Sit down.”

“Daddy, can I get up?”

“Not yet.”

Asks three more times…

“Will you be good?”

“Yes.”

“Ok, you can get up, be good.”

“Ok Daddy.”

Within any given day, kids get in arguments, shed tears, pick noses (see pic :)), interrupt, get hungry, complain, spill, break things, hit, disobey, lie, touch things that do not belong to them…you get the point.

Can you imagine how miserable their lives would be if every time they chose one of the above actions, I told them I didn’t love them because they were not perfect?

Ludicrous!

Sometimes this is how we treat our relationship with God. We think that if we do any of the above, we need to earn God’s favor back.

And since it is impossible to make up for all of our bad decisions before God, many people simply ignore God…or re-invent Him.

Why not learn more about God?

This Sunday would be a great time to start. We will study from Romans 5:18-21. Not only does God love us in spite of our sins, He has provided a perfect plan to cover our sin and has provided us a kingdom of grace where we can live. This Kingdom is so incredibly awesome that we don’t have to fear the next time we kick our brother or pick our nose…God loves us in spite of our failures.

I hope to see you Sunday,

Troy

Boys watching cartoons

Earlier this week I arrived home a little late. Leigh-Ann had experienced a long day with the boys and so as soon as we finished dinner, they showered and put on pajamas.

It was her plan to put them in bed….EARLY.

This is a point of contention in our household. I have a tendency to advocate for the kids to stay up a bit later. Leigh-Ann,  after being with some very active 2, 4 and 6 year old boys and pretty active 10 and 13 year old girls, is understandably ready for a break.

That night, when the boys came downstairs, I suggested that maybe I should take them on a pajama ride before bed to get some gas for the lawnmower.

They all ran downstairs, jumped in my car and buckled in with great anticipation on their faces.

On our ride to the gas station, I couldn’t help but overhear them talk. I wish I had hit record on my phone…typically they come up with some pretty amazing thoughts. The funny thing is that I can still relate…

After getting the gasoline, I asked them if they would like to get an ice cream cone before heading home.

YEAH!!!!

The response to ice cream was worth the whole trip.

On the way there, they started talking about why they were excited to get ice cream. My favorite explanation was that, “it will make my legs cooler because my pajamas are so hot.”

As an experienced parent, I needed to get some clarification.

“How is it going to make your legs cooler,” I asked (hoping he wasn’t planning to put his ice cream cone on his leg).

“When I eat it, the ice cream will go through my tummy to my legs and make them cooler.”

Fair enough…and with that we were in the drive thru line.

Eventually we made it home and got the boys to bed. Then it was time for the girls.

They are professionals at extending bed times. In fact, I told them last night that they must be my kids, because I had a special way of extending my bed times growing up.

On one hand, I am happy that the kids want to stay up…and for now Leigh-Ann and I flatter ourselves with the thought that they want to stay up to hang out with us. I know that as parents, we sure like to be with them.

As I consider the desire that family has to spend time together, I am reminded of a different family…our spiritual family. This Sunday, I will preach from Romans 5:15-17. We will look closely at the differences between Adam and Jesus. Practically, we will study what it means to accept the free gift of life that is a result of the grace given by Jesus.

When we begin to understand what it means to experience the grace of God, we will also become experts at extending times that we can spend with Him.

I look forward to a great service on Father’s day, celebrating the grace from our Heavenly Father.

Troy

boys in bed all5 in pajamas

My City Matters

This past week had been filled with preparation for the 4th annual @mycitymatters missions trip to KC.

It all started at lunch…“Wouldn’t it be awesome if 500 young adults came and spent time learning about and serving the city’s hopes, dreams and needs?”

And so My City Matters began. Launched as a partnership of two churches, one suburban; one downtown, My City Matters has grown into a movement that brings several churches together and serves local organizations that are already working to address core issues.

Simply put, it’s a missions trip to the city…from the city!

This summer is going to be AWESOME. Some of our partners include:

Over the course of one week, our teens and sponsors will visit homeless camps, hold baseball clinics for urban kids, perform work projects in shelters and churches, tour non-profits in the urban core, worship, laugh, eat and maybe sleep…if they’re lucky :).

There are still many ways to get involved so if you would like to participate or volunteer in the project, please go to: http://www.mycitymatters.org and click on the “Let’s Talk” tab.

On another note, this Sunday, we welcome Jordan Marcotte as a guest worship leader. The elders have been in conversation with him for several weeks and this Sunday is a final stage of the interview process.

In addition, Pastor Dave Robinson will bring a sermon from Romans 5:12-14, 17 entitled, “The reign of grace and life.”

Finally, we look forward to our New Life CityChurch quarterly communication immediately following the morning service. There will be a light lunch and childcare provided.

I hope you have a great weekend…not only does our city matter…YOU MATTER!!!

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Anticipation…

This past week we were able to make a visit to the KC Zoo with some very close friends. It just so happened that rain was in the forecast (hard to believe, huh :)?).

We have an annual pass with all the rides included (the kids got to me on a good day), so we made a bee line for the tram over to Africa. As soon as we arrived, it looked pretty dark so we immediately got in line for the Sky Safari and jumped on. By the time we got off, the sky continued to grow darker so we hurried to see as many animals as possible.

Since we anticipated rain, we moved along…as fast as you can with nine people including five kids. When we got back to the Sky Safari for our ride back we found out it was closed due to lightening.

We kept pace as we looked at animals and walked back towards the safety of the shelter…every step we anticipated a down pouring of rain. It seemed like we would look up at the sky, back at the kids and ahead to the next area of shelter.

We finally made it out of Africa with only a few drops of rain and hopped on the tram to take us back to the zoo entrance. It cleared a bit and we even were able to jump on the merry go round…adults and all. The ride operator was dramatic, entertaining and funny…I would give her the grade of awesome…watching and listening to her was even better than the ride itself. In fact her pre-ride speech was longer than the ride.

Anticipation!!!

That is the word for the day.

The anticipation gave us plenty to talk about before, during and after our zoo adventure.

Anticipation is healthiest when it is powered by hope and optimism with a dash of reality.

This Sunday, we will distribute an overview of the New Life CityChurch vision, mission and values that has been in the formation process for the past ten months. We will discuss it in depth at our member meeting on June 14th right after the morning service.

I would have to say that I have been anticipating this for a long time and am so excited to share.

Speaking of anticipation, Pastor Dave will bring a sermon from Romans 5:9-11…part two of Strange love-strong love. I was away during part one and from what I hear, it’s worth coming back for part two :).

Anticipating all that God has for our church this Sunday and in the future,
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