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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pastor Jay on StarStruck

I have a special post from our Student Life Pastor Jay Porter.  As many of you know we are in the first week of our Holiday Series called StarStruck.  (Click here to read about it.)

Jay did an excellent job blogging about being StarStruck and I wanted to share it with you.  Also, at the end of the post I added the video we played during our service Sunday.  Trust me, you don't want to skip it.  Just make sure you have a tissue on hand.

Now, here's Pastor Jay...

Everyone at one point or another in their life has been Starstruck. We have all found ourselves going through life as usual, when all of a sudden someone famous or someone who has impacted our life, finds themselves right in front of us and life stops....

In that moment we’ll stop everything we are doing to experience every second of a Starstruck encounter...

Those moments we will remember forever...

Those moments are easy to hold onto throughout our life journey...

But what about the Starstruck moments we miss?

Many times we are Starstruck by things that have no eternal benefit...

Even though we live in a world of indescribable creation we get caught up in selfish paths and prideful encounters...

Many times we are Starstruck by the people of the world rather than the Creator of the world. Causing us to miss out on the spiritual moments that would leave us speechless...

From something as simple as the changing of the leaves, to renewed relationships, or quite moments with God, all are interactions with our Savior that should leave us Starstruck.

Humanity was no different when Jesus was born. The gospel narratives describe a “star” that declared Jesus’ birth to the world. The “star” itself has been a topic of debate among astronomers since its arrival. Whether it was a comet, an asteroid, or super nova.....It was there... allowing the world the opportunity to be Starstruck.

The moment the star appeared declaring to the world His arrival, life on earth would never be the same...the Son of God had been born. But many missed out...

We can be so stuck in the “stardom” that is our own prideful arrogance that we call “life” that we miss out on a moment that could forever change our life. During Jesus’ birth and the months surrounding it not many showed up to celebrate the arrival of the King. Many stayed home...many were too focused on their own life to notice the star. The sad reality of the situation is that it was no surprise Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. The prophecies foretold it clearly...

Then there were some who dropped everything to be StarStruck...Those who searched didn’t follow the crowds but the star. It didn't matter the journey ahead, a star led their way...

Today...His star still leads the way....His Son still directs our path...

This Christmas season is a time for us as Christ followers to focus in not only on the true meaning of Christmas but also the true meaning of life. We should lead the way with our own personal story of how we were Starstruck by God, and how life was never the same.

This Christmas, discover the stories found throughout the Bible of people who were one way one day, and another the next because they were Starstruck....discover the stories of those around you...share and show the world His star...

This Christmas:

Don’t miss His moments....

Don’t miss His Story...

Don’t miss the star...

Be Starstruck....

Monday, November 29, 2010

Out of the Ordinary... Again

One of the points in my hubs message yesterday was Serve Others Spontaneously.  In other words, be open to the Holy Spirit at all times and when you sense His prompting, move. 

I later read a mass text message sent to me by a friend and this was its last line... Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet.  Did that hit you like it did me?

Every one of us has experienced that nudging to pray for someone in the store or just ask a coworker if everything is OK.  But instead, we just walked on by.  

When God gives you that gentle push to move it's because He wants to use YOU to be His voice in someone's life.  Here is a post I wrote last year about a God moment in my ordinary day. Hope you enjoy it, again. (Smile)

Last Tuesday was just an ordinary day. Or was it?

I did nothing different than usual. Came to the office. Started working. Did some research. Ate lunch.

Same ole, same ole.

But somewhere in the midst of all this, God had ordained a moment. A moment out of the ordinary.

You see, that morning I was looking at the design of a blog I frequent because I am in process of redesigning mine. Ahem, I mean having someone redesign mine. I design as well as I sing. And if you've never heard me sing, then you're one of the lucky ones because it isn't pretty. Trust me on that one.

Anyway, back to the blog I was looking at. I happened to read the post for that day. It was good. But I really didn't think that much about it. And I moved on to look at some designs on other blogs.

After lunch a dear friend came in the office on her lunch break. I knew she was having a tough week and I could tell she just desired a friendly face.

The conversation was light until she starting sharing more of her heart concerning the situation she is currently moving through. My mind went to the blog post I read just a couple hours earlier entitled I Wasn't Planning to Write this Post.

And I'm sure she wasn't, but God was. It was just what my friend needed to read on that day, at that moment. So I forwarded it to her.

God used my ordinary day to minister to a friend in need through an extraordinary way.

To be used by God does not mean you have to have a Masters in Theology, 'Pastor' in front of your name, or be the President of a large ministry.

You just have to be willing and inviting.

Willing- to be God's hands extended.

Inviting- allowing Him to use your ordinary day in extraordinary ways.

Now, if you are like me your curiosity is about to get the best of you. Click here and you too can read the post I sent my friend.

Thanks for reading again.  Praying you have a StarStruck week!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

No Place Like Home

What a service we had today!!!

If you live in the area of Alachua and do not have a church home I would like to personally invite you to come out and be a part of an awesome family known as Christ Central Alachua.

Today was the first Sunday of our month long series called StarStruck.  

MANY hours of hard work have gone into making this the most exciting, inspirational, and life changing season in the history of CCA.  

Here's a little preview.

So if you are looking for a place to call home this Holiday Season, look no further.  There is no place like home... and there's no place like CCA for the Holidays!!

p.s. Today's message is already up on iTunes.  To find us just type Christ Central Alachua in your search window and click on the sermon We Shine.  I promise it is well worth the listen... and it's FREE!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Moved to Action

There are only two months left in 2010 which means the Holidaze, I mean, Holidays are here.  

Today I chatted with Caley about Crave's Thanksgiving meal.  Emailed Kim, our Ladies Ministries leader, about our P31 shopping trip this Saturday.  And discussed with my mom what Christmas gifts my kids may want.

I am well aware how fast these next 61 days will go by.  Way too fast for me.  

In our chronological reading we have come to the arrest of Jesus. I know He was well aware of how fast his 3 year ministry would go by.  What did that kind of knowledge do to Him?  

I'm sure it caused Him to wake up each day with a sense of extreme urgency and purpose.

And now His whole purpose for coming is about to be fulfilled. 

In December we will celebrate His birth, but this week we will read about His death.  He truly is the reason for the season but WE are the reason He came in the first place.

To forgive us.

To love us.

To serve us.

So let's purpose in these next 8 weeks to do the same.  What better way to close out 2010 and welcome 2011 then by making a difference in the lives of others? 

Let's not allow Christ's story to just move us to tears, let's be moved to action.

I am so excited for all who are joining in on our journey next year (click here to read all about it.)  The winners of the The Message Remix Solo: An Uncommon Devotional are... drum roll please... 

Pat Johns and Vicki Calvert!!!  And the crowd goes wild... or at least the winners do. (smile)

Again, CCA you can give me $10 by the 14th and I will get your book ordered.