Archive for February, 2009

Money Problems….Try the Church!

We were sitting around the office the other day, talking about what God is doing at Sycamore Creek Church.  The atmosphere is great- people are building relationships, friends are being invited to church, lives are being changed!  Our numbers are up 16% from last year’s number…in fact the average for the month of January was something like 540.  And that is awesome!!!

But it is funny…we had this thought- ‘Is it possible that the terrible economic crisis that we are going through is causing people to seek refuge in the church?”

We would all like to think that our churches are just doing a great job reaching others, our programs are all top notch, and all of our people are living the perfect Christian life.  And I hope that those things are true of all of our churches!

But maybe this economic downturn can be a beautiful thing.  Maybe people will begin to see the value of God in their lives.  Maybe people will begin to rely on God and not the “used to be almighty” dollar.  Maybe when the economy turns around, we can build a huge youth room with the extra giving…ok maybe not! 

But God does do weird things…and maybe this could be the revival of 2009!!!

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Are you tired of American Idol?

Listen, its not that I mind the singers, or the format, but this one thing keeps grating on me…

We watch the first live 2009 American Idol last night.  Some of the singers should have been stopped halfway through their songs because they sounded like, well….me.  And some of the signers just blew it out of the park (I liked the worship leader guy at the end…he represented the church well)

But here is the annoying thing that kept bugging me.  The contestants were given the Billboard Top 100 to sing from.  Now I know a little, very little about music but I do know that those songs on the Top 100 of all time are the songs that everybody knows, and can sing along to.

So I heard the contestants sing these songs, then the judges kept saying stuff like, “honey that song only belongs to one person…You should always steer clear of that song…Nobody should do the police” so I got annoyed.

You give these singers a list of the most popular songs sung by the most popular bands of all time, then tell them to steer clear of half of them.  Doesn’t that seem like a recipe for failure?

And so I am thinking if they just got rid of the judges (and stop adding more…anyone else notice that the new girl Kara just always agreed with Randy…come on get a thought of your own) and let the american public vote.

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Happy Birthday, Addison!!!

Today we celebrated Addison’s 4th birthday!  And it just so happened that it fell on a sunday, and so we decided to do a cake for Addy at our youth group tonight…

Just look at her face when they start singing to her…absolutely precious!

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