Mocha Club Concert – Recap

mocha-club1On Sunday night, CIL hosted it’s first Mocha Club Concert featuring Randall Goodgame and Amy Stroup.  It was such a great night of music!   It’s the first time I heard Randall live, and he was fantastic!  Amy’s music was very energizing.  It’s so neat to see her grow as an artist and person – she is definitely going places!

The whole event was designed to promote the Mocha Club.  We established a team fro CIL that will focus on providing education opportunities in Africa.  We had 14 people inaugural members of this team commit $7 a month towards our projet.   I look forward to growing our CIL team!

3 Things about CIL that I am excited about today . . .

#1 – Our expansion of 4000 square feet is looking great.  Carpet went in last week, tile is being layed today.   We’re starting to pick out furniture . . . exciting!

#2 – Lamplighter’s Theatre is coming back to CIL this weekend with a presentation of “Twelve Angry Men” . . . it is this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

#3 – The Mocha Club Concert with Amy Stroup and Randall Goodgame is coming to CIL on Sunday, April 26 at 6 p.m.   This is going to be a great night to hear some excellent song writers.

Who are the leaders in your life?

I love this quote – Look around you at great leaders who you know or respect.  What do they spend their time doing?    They are infused with drive, passion, vision, commitment, and energy.  They walk through the world dissatisfied with the status quo.  They talk to anyone who will listen about the change they want to see the world.  And they build a team and an organization that is empowered to make that change. Sasha Dichter

Healing Comes In An Unexpected Way

There have been two words from the Lord that have stuck out to me in recent days:

– Kent Henry spoke over our church that a “healing rain” is coming to our body.

– When Pastor Doug spoke a couple of weeks ago, he stated in essence . . .  The new move of God will not be like the Pentecostal Revival or the Charismatic Renewal,  but it will be something new and different.

Sunday night I may have had a small foretaste of what this healing could look like.  At our Young Adult meeting a time of healing took place as young people openly shared painful hurts in an open, vulnerable environment.  We sat in silence.  We cried together.  We prayed.   People were healed.

In this case, healing rain wasn’t a prayer line, an evangelist or extra services.  It was young people loving Jesus and each other in a living room.   A healing river flowed through that living room, and we’ll never be the same from it.

Great Quote For the Weekend from Albert Pujols

albert-pujolsAlbert Pujols of the St. Louis is the game’s best baseball player.  He was quoted in March 16, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated the following:

You know how I want people to remember me?  I don’t want to be remembered as the best baseball player ever.  I want to be remembered as a great guy who loved the Lord, loved to serve the community and who gave back.  That’s the guy I want to be remembered when I am done wearing this uniform.”

A great testimony to begin the weekend with!

Green Tea Question – Why do we consider Sunday the Sabbath?

Here is one of my Green Tea Questions If you have some insight, let me know . . .

Why do we consider the Sabbath on Sunday instead of Saturday?  I know that Sunday is Resurrection Day (the disciples met on Sunday in addition to the Saturday Sabbath – see “Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10 ).   But, I am looking for a more practical or historical answer.  Or at lest an educated guess or a witty response.   Could I have researched this?  Yes.  Is that as fun as asking you? No.

What is Your Green Tea Question?

Have you ever had a legitimate question your afraid to ask?   When I first ordered a green tea at Starbucks, I took the cup to the sugar and cream table, then asked my self an important question – am I suppose take out the tea bags? This seemed like something I should have instinctively known, but I was uncertain.

I stood there a couple of minutes having an internal debate with myself – should I ask the barista or just figure it out on my own.   I decided to ask the barista, and he graciously instructed me to take out the tea bag in 4 to 5 minutes.   I know.  I know.  It should be common sense, but I just needed some instruction given in a respectful way.

It made me wonder how many people in church have legitimate questions that they are afraid to ask because they seem so simple.   Do you have a green tea question?