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USAtoday.com has a live poll as to whether or not churches should close on Sunday.

A large majority of those taking the poll say that churches should have service on Sunday (91%).

At Westside Family Church, we have cancelled Christmas day services because we have 8 Christmas Eve services at our Lenexa Campus and 1 at our Speedway campus. We know that more people will come to Christmas Eve service, if they are invited, than any other time of the year.

We maximize this opportunity by creating services believers can invite their non-believer friends to. They know they can invite people so they can hear the Gospel of Jesus and have an opportunity to put their trust in him.

These efforts to hold this many services to allow people to hear the story of Jesus takes hundreds of volunteers to greet people, watch kids, clean the facility, park cars and not to forget run the service behind a camera or in a control room. If we were to ask these volunteers to come back on Sunday we wouldn’t be serving them or their families.

If we weren’t going to have a Christmas Eve service, we would have Christmas Day service.

Don’t forget you can join Westside for Christmas Eve online at http://online.westsidefamilychurch.com

Times are:
FRIDAY 5:30 & 7p
SATURDAY 1, 2:30, 4, & 5:30p

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I’m having one of the those days where nothing seems to be
working. From the simple things like the image that said it loaded
but never showed up to the “daunting” task of installing my son’s
car seat. (I use daunting in the most sincere way even though the
task itself seems very simple) I know these little things like the
cell phone carrier giving my wife a “call failed”… again
shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but they seem to be today. That is
until I remembered the verse I was quoting in the shower. (oh the
think tank that a shower is)

Blessed are the meek
for they will inherit the earth.

In reality,
these daunting mishaps that I ranted about are not that big of a
deal. I’m lucky to have these problems. They are rich man frustrations. As I reflect on the photo of tents canvasing the Haitian land while they recover from a massive devastation from a year ago, I’m reminded at how much I have and take for granted. The fact I can afford the technology I’m holding in my hand to type this while my wife is in Hobby Lobby is a reason for me to control
my attitude. Control. That’s what meek is. Strength under control. The dictionary says meek is humbly patient under provocation from others.
As you go through your day and things provoke you
and get you frustrated to be patient and in control. The kingdom of
God belongs to those who do this.

Perry Noble’s team did an impressive job on this series “trailer.”

Make War series promo from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.

After many pictures. And more kisses (for the three new grandkids). A trip to the local airport. And a good time with the family, this 24 hour trip has come to an end and we are headed back to KC.

How do you act now that you have all the power?

What do you do when you finally reach that rung of the corporate ladder you’ve working hard for?

How should you run the business you now have inherited?

How do you be successful in the marketplace while holding on to a Christian Worldview?

How can you most effectively gain influence with those who work for and are under your leadership?

John 13:3-4
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

Knowing that He had full authority – the final “say-so.”. “The Buck Stops Here” sign on his desk. All eyes and all power.

Having all this, what does Jesus do and what example does he give us on how to be successful when given authority?

He serves those who answer to him. Simple. He doesn’t ask them to first prove themselves and make themselves perform at a certain level before they get certain privileges.

But he sets the example to serve each other.

Boss/business Owner, want to change the dynamic of your company?

Dad, want to have a different environment when you get home?

Mom, want to improve your homes atmosphere?

Employee, stuck in a mindless routine, want to gain some influence with your peers and co-workers?

Student, want to learn the fast track to becoming a person of authority?

Serve one another.

Do something that’s not in the benefit packet, job description, syllabus, or routine.

Go above and beyond and serve someone.

I recently finished Linchpin, by marketing and internet genius Seth Godin. Here is my brief overview the book:

Godin dismantles the modern theory of work with a very post-modern view of where the society is currently going. The principle of his book is based on the premise that everyone is an artist and we have a gift to give and bring to society and that gift is our art.

He rolls out the concept that our work and job are two separate things. Godin describes our job as what we do and our work as how we do it. The art of what we do makes us the “Linchpin” in our job. Every “Linchpin” adds “emotional labor” to their work, which enhances what they do on their job.

You get paid to go to work and do something of value. But your job is also a platform for generosity, for expression, for art.

– Linchpin (p. 57)

 

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does. (83)
Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. (84)

Linchpin explains an artist gets joy when he/she gives away her art.

We are to do our job, but the work we do… the art is our gift to those around us. When we give our art away, we become indispensable. We become Linchpins.

This book is a great read for anyone wanting take it to the HNL (Hole-Nother-Level)

Just read this post on craigslist.

I have a brand new Pulse 5 piece drum set for sale. It’s never been played. I bought it to use for our contemporary worship service at our church…..but that never happened.

What if you believed in the Big Event? Join us at Westside Family Church

Olathe | Sunday at 9:30a & 11a.
Lenexa | Friday at 6:30p | Saturday at 5 & 6:30p | Sunday at 8:30a, 10:00a, 11:30a & 1p
Speedway | Sunday at 9:00a & 10:20a

Click the link below to invite a friend.

This weekend was on the radar for several people. Westside was in our 3rd week of “Impact” and we talking about community impact. Pastor Matt, our Community Impact Pastor was casting the vision for the many ministries and partnerships we have through the KC Metro, specifically in urban Kansas City, KS.

It was on our radar, because we believe we have been called to make an Impact on our community. It was also on someone else’s radar because of the potential 5000+ people catching a vision of having an Impact in their community would bring.

We have things go wrong every week. It’s part of being in a culture where we produce such a highly involved service with media and various elements. But this weekend had different barriers.

I’m not a “devil behind every corner” kind of person. Nor am I ignorant of his potential and ability to discourage and create chaos.

This weekend, was on his radar. Here were two of several things that went awry.

Saturday, our Lenexa campus sound system goes out. Yes. Out. A power supply to something important (Jared would know the exacts) went kaput.

On Sunday, I was driving the Olathe Campus trailer and because of the snow:

1) I couldn’t get it out of the space it was parked. After 20 min of trying we were successful.
2) I couldn’t get it into the parking lot of the school to unload. While trying a different approach, the van pulling the trailer became stuck, placing us way behind schedule and conflicting with the needed time we have to setup.

I begin to go into back up plan. We are calling people who might be able to tow us out or pull the trailer in, but no luck. Robert, our worship leader, runs home to get the back-up plan: an acoustic and a small sound system.

Here’s the cool part

On Saturday, Jared figured out a solution with minutes to spare before service.

On Sunday, a man named Nathan, who had just finished plowing his morning lots comes by 15 min later and clears the entry and hooks the 8,000lb trailer to his 4×4 and pulls it to the landing.

By 9:15a, we have the school set up and are making last minute adjustments for a 9:30a start.

Our volunteers were amazing! Making it happen despite adverse conditions.

Our Student Ministries Pastor was cheerleading the whole gang and our people heard a great message on community Impact.

I’m grateful for our team at Westside and for the volunteers that serve at our Olathe Campus. They are ALL IN!

I’m thankful for voices who are illuminating what the press is failing to cover. Yesterday, Ed Stetzer posted on his blog something that concerned me: “President Obama’s Opening Remarks on Religion.”

In this post, Stetzer quotes the opening to the 1st State Dinner that President Obama made. He then goes to give the history of the 2 traditions that Obama celebrated. I’ve copied Ed Stetzer’s column here, but please visit his site to review the comments that have been made.

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My tweet about President Obama seemed to garner a response from my colleagues in the Twitter-sphere and on my Facebook page, but not much beyond that.

Here is what I wrote while watching the opening toast of the first state dinner of the Obama administration:

President’s 1st words at his 1st state dinner pointed out that he celebrated a Hindu and then a Sikh religious event. Times have changed.

Here is the transcript from the New York Times:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everyone. On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House. Aapka Swagat Hai. (Applause.)
Many of you were here when I was honored to become the first President to help celebrate Diwali — the Festival of Lights. (Applause.) Some of you were here for the first White House celebration of the birth of the founder of Sikhism — Guru Nanak. (Applause.) Tonight, we gather again, for the first state dinner of my presidency — with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, as we celebrate the great and growing partnership between the United States and India.

I don’t blog politics. I do look at religion, culture, and trends. This seems to be major religion news that reflects a broader trend. At first, I was surprised that my friends at Getreligion.org made no mention. But, then I realized just how much times have changed.

My guess is that, to most people, it is no longer news that President celebrates the traditions and festivals of other religions.

It might be helpful to have some background on the religious events the President mentioned.

First, the Diwali or Festival of Lights. Although commonly associated with Hinduism, this festival is actually celebrated by more than just Hindus, but also by adherents to Sikhism and Jainism. Wikiepedia explains:

In Hinduism, Diwali marks the return of Lord Raama to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating Ravana (the Demon King, and also the demons KING) – the ruler of Lanka in the epic story of Ramayana. It also celebrates the slaying of the demon king Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Both signify the victory of good over evil. In Jainism, Diwali marks the attainment of moksa by Mahavira in 527 BC. In Sikhism, Diwali commemorates the return of Guru Har Gobind Ji to Amritsar after freeing 52 other Hindu kings imprisoned in Fort Gwalior by Emperor Jahangir. He was welcomed by the people who lit candles and divas to celebrate his return, which is why Sikhs also refer to Diwali also as Bandi Chhorh Divas meaning “the day of release of detainees”.

The President also mentioned celebrating “the birth of the founder of Sikhism.” The Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikism. Again, more information can be found here about his birth and the legends surrounding it.

Regardless of whether you like President Obama or not, it seems like “news” to me that the President would make these his first words at his first state dinner. It seems news to me that he would mention his celebration of major religious events in two religions. Regardless of whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or independent, I cannot picture JFK or Ronald Reagan doing such a thing in their day– and President Obama points out that he was the “first” to do these things in the White House.

So, times have change. But, they have changed very quickly with President Obama’s participation in the traditions of other faiths. The President made a point of it, but the news reports did not– they were too focused on two party crashers.

Where are you, news hounds?

Posted on November 27, 2009 at 9:03 AM

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