A Few Thoughts on CEOs

CEO.
Christmas and Easter only.
Folks that only show up at church twice a year.
Some in Church World like to make fun of them.
Mock them.
I’ve done it.
When you work at the church, it’s not hard to get caught up in that.
Just one problem.
They showed up.
Does Jesus want them there?
Even if it’s only twice a year?
Should we love them less just because they fail in a discipline that we don’t?
Or should we take the opportunity as one or two out of fifty-two to show them who Jesus is?
What He did for us?
How He loves us?
How He wants a relationship with us?
And maybe…
just maybe…
they’ll make next week a priority…
not to be missed..,
because love was freely shown to them…
and they want more.

Where NoCamo Is Seen

As I’ve mentioned before, this blog came about as kind of a fluke. But the above graphic is amazing to me.

That map indicates from where NoCamo has been viewed since the end of February. That blesses my heart. I love the fact that I get to proclaim the name of Jesus in this space and that His name travels literally AROUND THE WORLD.

I have always regarded this blog as a ministry, and continue to do so. Please spread the word as we spread the Word together. I’m praying that God will make much of Himself through the conversations that will take place here.

God bless you all!

Jon

DV

Fall Festival 2011 Recap


My body aches. My brain hurts. But I’m so thankful for what happened Saturday.

My church hosted its annual Fall Festival. We had an amazing turnout. I keep referencing the inch-tall stack of registration cards that were filled out by folks that DON’T attend our church. What a blessing!

A huge thank you to everyone that had a part in making our Fall Festival a success. As I said Sunday, we were given a great opportunity to show the overflow of Christ’s love for us, and God was honored by your efforts. And a special thank you goes out to Renee Walker, who was integral in every bit of the planning and execution of the Festival.

Thankful for God’s goodness!

Meet Ned

Ned made his debut at our church during an offering announcement video a few weeks ago regarding our upcoming Fall Festival. Here, he makes his return to the screen (or screens across the Internet, as it were) in the “viral” version of the ad. If you look closely, you can also see the debut of my daughter’s new toy, Squirrelly…

http://vimeo.com/31095730

PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT a videographer of ANY discernible sort, and make no claims to that effect whatsoever. Enjoy!

2 Corinthians 5:21–6:10

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

This passage of scripture has absolutely gripped my heart lately. I felt like I needed to post it. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

6 Ways to Recover from Sunday on Monday

A little while back, I took part in a blog series called The Hour Before. A number of other worship leader bloggers and I wrote about what happens the hour before a worship service at our respective churches.

If you serve in any capacity at your church, you know that Sunday morning can be very hectic and stressful. Once Sunday is done, the feeling of satisfaction in a day of service to the God of creation is a feeling like few others.

Then Monday rolls around. And the Holy Hangover commences (I didn’t come up with that term, but it is very descriptive of what we go through on Monday). Continue reading “6 Ways to Recover from Sunday on Monday”