October 21, 2011

Vision 360

Stolen from my buddy Mike Goldsworthy's blog...but just as true on mine! This is exciting stuff that God is up to in our city and Mike and I are part of the team leading the charge:

We have just a few spots left for this lunch event with Rick Warren and Miles McPherson. The details and the link to register are below. If you want to come and hear more about what we’re doing, I’d love to see you there.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 25th, from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
COST: $25 - Includes lunch
WHERE: The Reef, 880 Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach
GUEST SPEAKERS: Rick Warren, Pastor, Author
Miles McPherson, Pastor, Author
We are local pastors and business leaders who love Long Beach and the surrounding area. Like others who live and work in Long Beach, we want our city to flourish. We believe that a key part of a flourishing city is healthy churches. Our collaboration will help strengthen local congregations and start new churches that will bless the neighborhoods and people of Long Beach.
Click here to learn more about Vision360.
  • Mike Goldsworthy, Parkcrest Christian Church 
  • Larry Walkemeyer, Light and Life Christian Fellowship
  • Wayne Chaney, Antioch Church
  • John Teter, Fountain of Life Covenant Church
  • Darren Rouanzoin, The Garden
  • Josh Chavez, Parkcrest Christian Church, 7th Street
  • Eric Marsh, Grace Long Beach Church, Vision360 Long Beach City Catalyst
  • Blake Christian, Vision360 Business Catalyst, Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP
  • Chris Lagerlof, Regional Catalyst, Vision360

    October 12, 2011

    I AM DEVOTED (a spoken word)

    I AM DEVOTED by Larry Walkemeyer

    I am devoted.
    I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
    I have but one life to live and I give it unreservedly to Him.
    I am not merely a fan, but I am a follower…
    Not a fair weather consumer but a fully consumed believer in Jesus.
    He is not my hobby, He is my life.
    I have taken my stand, planted my flag, and determined my course.

    I am devoted to one God, one Lord, one Master, one Savior.
    My devotion is decisive because Jesus alone defeated death.
    Therefore, I refuse to veer from the life-giving path of Jesus.

    Questions can baffle me, barrage me, and befuddle me
    But I will boldly broadcast this basic truth -
    Jesus is the Redeemer, the Risen One, The Returning One!

    Others can berate me, belittle me, and battle me,
    But I will not back down, back up, or back slide!

    My devotion is not determined by my emotion, nor by my blessings,
    Not by popular opinion, convenience, nor personal happiness.
    My devotion is based on unchanging truth, not fickle feelings.

    So when the winds of the majority culture howl
    And when the storms of adversity attack
    And when the siren of sensuality sings to my sinful side
    And when the media mocks me with its mischaracterizations
    And when the courts mistake my morals as hateful -   
    I will not relinquish my resolution,
    I will not bow down to the empire of error and arrogance,
    I will not patsy to the politics of the power brokers,
    I will not shutter my good deeds of love nor silence my voice of hope!

    I choose not the tyranny of my feelings but the liberty of my Father;
    I choose not the pleasures for a season but the treasures of His promise;
    I choose not the softness of retirement, but the investment of my energy;
    I will follow where He leads, give what He asks, do what he commands,
    Counting as nothing the honor of risking it all to obey His call!

    I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
    I have decided.
    I am devoted -
    Till death us do…
    Place in each other's presence forever!

    And all God's true church said, Amen.