Archive for December, 2010
In case you missed them this year, here are the top posts for 2010 in terms of number of clicks per page:
- 10 Lies Christians Believe
- Construction Update (New Photos!)
- Breaking News: Response From Sunday!
- 15 Things Forgiveness Doesn’t Mean
- Good and Bad Reasons for Leaving a Church
- 10 Ways to be a Great Church Plant Core Group
- 15 Great Relationship Questions
- How to Leave a Church
- Great Lessons on Marriage
- All the posts on getting to know the Second Mile Church elders (John Kronwald, Geoffrey Wilcoxson, Tim Campbell, Eloy Garza, Matthew Braselton). These were within 10 or so clicks from each other.
Thanks to all who read, commented, shared resources, or otherwise found this blog to be helpful!
If you are looking for some good ways to plan for 2011, here’s your one-stop-shop.
- Michael Hyatt has a great post on Seven Questions to Ask About Last Year (btw, this is a great blog with lots of helpful insights).
- Biblical Counselor David Powlison addresses the topic of New Year’s Resolutions.
- Donald Whitney has 10 Questions to Ask in the New Year.
- Sam Storms’s top 10 books of 2010
- Kevin DeYoung’s top 13 books published in 2010
- The Gospel Coalition staff, Collin Hansen, Andy Naselli, and John Starke, give their recommended books from 2010.
- Here’s an assortment of Bible Reading Plans:
- YouVersion has 20+ plans available, all of which are accessible by iPhone or mobile phone and have lots of customizable options
- Crossway has about 10 plans available.
- Ransom Fellowship’s “Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers” (here’s an explanation)
- Discipleship Journal has the following reading plans:
- The ESV Study Bible Plan
- The M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Here are the devotional resources I’m using this year:
- Matthias Media’s Daily Reading Bibles.
- Face to Face: Praying the Scriptures for Spiritual Growth by Kenneth Boa. This is simply the best tool I’ve found for launching me into rich prayer.
If you’re like me, you constantly feel like there’s not enough time to do all the important things that you want and need to do. As you reflect on 2010 and plan for 2011, it’s important that you don’t just start adding a bunch of stuff that you are hoping to do. Rather, this should be a time of prioritizing what’s important.
To help with this, let me encourage you to watch this incredibly practical video by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church. It’s a message called “Capacity” from a helpful series called “Time of Your Life.”
His main point is that: Priority Determines Capacity.
Over the next two weeks at Second Mile Church, we’ll be watching a video sermon series by Louie Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, and six steps records. This is clearly a new thing at Second Mile — we’ve never watched video sermons before — and it seems appropriate to explain the rationale behind these next few weeks.
Watch this brief video below for an explanation. And, if you’re naturally skeptical of something like this, you definitely should watch this.
After months of planning, praying, and all kinds of other work, the building at 8743 E Pecos Rd is now under construction. It’s an empty shell that we are building out as a space for worship, hosting community events, and proclaiming the good news of Jesus to all who enter.
You can see that the framing for the interior walls is starting to go up, and you’ll also see a picture of the interior black ceiling lining that will provide sound absorption in The Box (for a look at the design of the space, click here).
Luke 10:38-42 says:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Emphasis added)
There are all sorts of reasons why we fail to “sit at the Lord’s feet” (pride, busyness, self-deceit, laziness, etc.), but perhaps it’s because we fail to believe that being with him truly is the “good portion.” Being with him is better than serving him.
Will you believe that in 2011?
This Sunday we’ll gather for one combined gathering at 10:00am to celebrate the first coming of Jesus in his incarnation. Kids will all be in the gathering with the adults and it should be fun. One thing you won’t see are live animals. Here’s one reason why:
HT: Josh Reich