This is the story of a collection of people who follow Jesus. We live in Littleton. We encounter people in the name of Jesus, we allow Jesus to turn us into disciples, we gather often, and we equip people to love and serve other people better.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

D'Evelyn Dash


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

This one is worth money in about 4 years


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Mark, Cooper and Britta on a beach


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Photo still on my phone- seems a long time ago


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Books to read. List from Compiled by STEPHANIE PLAGENS

  • Move by Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson
  • Radical,  David Platt @@@
  • Church Unique (Will Mancini) @@@
  • On the Verge by Alan Hirsch
  • Replenish -- Lance Witt
  • Sticky Church, Osborne @@@
  • Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
  • Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership, Barton
  • Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard (Heath + Heath)
  • The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community, by Matt Smay & Hugh Halter @@@
  • The Truth About Leadership -- Kouzes, Posner
  • 360 Degree Leader -- John Maxwell @@@
  • Ask Without Fear, Mark Pitman
  • Bearing Fruit by Tom Berlin and Lovett Weems
  • Breaking Intimidation by John Bevere
  • Breakout- Mark Stibbe & Andrew Williams
  • Building Below the Waterline by Gordon MacDonald
  • Change Anything (Kerry Patterson)
  • Chasing Daylight by Erwin Mcmanus @@@
  • Chuck Swindoll: Moses
  • Church 3.0: Upgrades for the future of the church, Neil Cole
  • Clutch, Paul Sullivan
  • Communicating for a Change
  • Constants in Context, Stephen Bevans
  • Counterfeit Gods - Tim Keller @@@
  • Cracking Your Church's Culture Code (Sam Chand)
  • Creating a Healthier Pastor, Robert Richardson
  • Cross Cultural Partnerships (Leiderleitner)
  • Crucial Conversations (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler)
  • Dallas Willard: The Divine Conspiracy 
  • Developing The Leader Within You by John Maxwell
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship @@@
  • Does Your Bag Have Holes? by Cameron C. Taylor
  • Drive, Daniel Pink
  • Eucharistic Communion and the World, John Zizioulas
  • Exiles by Michael Frost @@@
  • From Good to Great- Jim Collins @@@
  • God According To God   Schroeder
  • Good News about Injustice, Gary Haugen
  • Governing the Tongue by Jane Kamensky
  • Half the Church - Carolyn Custis James
  • Half the Sky - Nicolas Kristoff, Wu-Dunn
  • Humilitas by John Dickson
  • How then should we live
  • If the Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley
  • If You Bite & Devour One Another by Alexander Strauch
  • Ignatian Pathway, Paul Coutinho
  • Jesus Driven Ministry,  Ajith Fernando
  • Know What You Don't Know by Michael Roberts
  • Leadership Coaching (Stoltzfus)
  • Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden
  • Leadership Jazz, Max De Pree @@@
  • Leading from the Second Chair by Mike Bonem & Roger Patterson
  • Leanne Payne: Crisis in Masculinity
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonnoffer @@@
  • Linchpin: Godin
  • Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You,  The Life Model
  • Love wins Rob Bell
  • Maximize, Nelson Searcy
  • Monday Morning Choices, David Cottrell
  • More than Conquerors- Simon Guillebaud
  • Multipliers, Liz Wiseman
  • Muslims, Christians and Jesus, by Carl Medearis
  • Mystically Wired (Ken Wilson)
  • Necessary Endings, Cloud
  • Not Your Parents Offering Plate by J. Clif Christopher
  • Nothing To Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the 100 days that created modern American, Adam Cohen
  • Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) @@@
  • Peacemaking Women by Judy Dabler & Tara Barthel
  • Practice Resurrection by Eugene Petersen
  • Principle of the Path, Stanley
  • Prophetic Dialogue, Stephen Bevans
  • Reviewing Leadership by Robert Banks & Bernice Ledbetter
  • Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People by Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford
  • Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Chambers @@@
  • Starfish and the Spider @@@
  • T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution by Steve Smith & Ying Kai
  • The Bible as Improve, Ron Martoia
  • The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
  • The Christian Atheist, Groeschel

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Multisite Mergers: Being one church in two or more locations

How do we measure success?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sermon Notes 1 Samuel 26 and 27

Sermon Notes 1 Samuel 26 and 27


1) In one story David is clearly trusting God to keep him safe in a very difficult situation. In the next, David is relying on his own plan to keep himself safe. It involves a lot of lying and living under a foreign king.

2) In the first story, David is able to carry himself with integrity and confidence, and even spares Saul's life when it could be snuffed out without anyone even knowing. 3) In the second story, David must say things he does not mean, he must cover up his daily activities, and he is a man without allies (he is playing both sides of the war).

4) When God is first: a) we fear nothing. b) we don't have secrets. c) our lives are marked by mercy and grace.

5) When we put ourselves first: a) we know fear. b) we must "create" reality - lie to ourselves and others. c) our lives become cruel and destructive

Application - What will it mean to live with God as our anchor this week?

1) Our world has changed, and continues to change (Stock market roller coaster, Price of copper, Huge drought in Africa)
2) Your personal world is in a constant state of change
(Kids are going back to school/college, stock market instability, relationships change)
3) In the midst of it all, God calls you to "build your house on a rock."
(Romans 1:16 - I am not ashamed of the gospel)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

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Friday, August 19, 2011



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Long beach kite festival


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sunset over Deer Creek Middle


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Walking the dog


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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Forgiveness quotes from a FB wall

This longer post was posted by John N Veronica - I found it was just what I needed this morning. I am including the whole post without edits.

When somebody has hurt you . . .

Don’t curse it

Don’t nurse it

Don’t rehearse it.

Instead, disperse it . . . and God will reverse it!

That means don’t complain about it, don’t think about it over and over, and don’t constantly talk about how hurt you are to other people. When you’re hurt or offended, give it to God and let Him deal with it, and He will.
~ Rena Treadaway Morgan

Forgive YOURSELF, too! It's a great way to practice forgiveness with the dual aim of also becoming proficient at forgiving others. Below are some relevant sayings harvested from Warren Aldrich, my New Hampshire pal, and others:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbors faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted with his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind. Do not lose courage in considering your our imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin anew. ~ St. Francis de Sales

"[Ragamuffins] are not saints, but they seek spiritual growth. They accept counsel and constructive criticism with ease. They stumble often, but they do not spend endless hours in self-recrimination. They quickly repent, offering the broken moment to the Lord. Their past has been crucified with Christ and no longer exists, except in the deep recesses of eternity.” ~ Brennan Manning

When You Don't Forgive...
...It's like wearing dark sunglasses that distort everything you see. You also want everyone else to see through these glasses. Forgiveness is taking those glasses off. Not forgiving is like carrying heavy suitcases full of books through an airport. Forgiving is putting the suitcases down and walking away without them. It is lightening up. It is being able to enjoy your life, laugh again, and see the beauty in others. When you cannot forgive yourself, you cannot forgive others. When you cannot forgive others, you cannot forgive yourself. The dynamic of forgiveness is the same in both cases.

When You Forgive...
...You lighten your load. Not forgiving is like wearing dark sunglasses that gruesomely distort all that you see, and you want others to see through the same glasses. When you forgive, it is like leaving behind a heavy weight. Imagine that you are trying to walk through an airport while carrying a heavy suitcase in each hand with another strapped over your shoulder and another on your back like a backpack. It is difficult and painful work to go anywhere. Forgiving is putting down all of your baggage and leaving it behind. You travel lightly. It has nothing to do with worthiness—yours or others'. You and they are both worthy. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you wish to continue to carry your baggage. ~ Gary Zukav

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. ~ Max Ehrmann

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Sunday, August 07, 2011


Events in I Samuel 25

1.     David looses his cool

2.     Abigail stands in the gap

3.     David turns around

4.     Nabal dies

5.     David marries Abigail


1.     What is the connection between the last story and this one?

2.     Why is David so mad?

3.     The servants know trouble is coming, who do they turn to?

4.     Is Abigail showing proper respect to her husband?  Submissive?


Just like mom said: "Sometimes you got to be the bigger man"

2.      THANKFULLY - God will protect us from ourselves

3.     Sometimes when we come off of a big victory, we slip into temptation – beware

4.     The trap of offense will lead to needless destruction

5.     We overcome offense by trusting God to one day make all things right

6.     We have to be careful not to confuse offense for righteous indignation 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Blue shirt


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Driving downtown


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