8.31.2010

On Campus

2 funny things about being on campus at the beginning of a new semester.

1) BAD:  being asked if I'm a freshman...I guess that will be a compliment, in the future

2) GOOD:  being asked what sport I play when meeting with athletes...I guess they're really polite b/c I'm pretty sure I don't look like an elite level athlete, lol


Jeff

8.08.2010

Rest

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee...”  Saint Augustine


Today is Sunday, and it is also the last weekend before the chaotic beginning of the new semester for us.  So I wanted to highlight a key concept to both walking by faith, and to longevity of ministry...resting.  And I don't mean just a physical resting.  But resting by relying completely on the work of Christ on the cross for our sins to draw us near to God, instead of relying on our own efforts to try to earn favor or a relationship with Him by doing something. 

If you are tired of trying to find rest and life in things other than Christ, then I invite you to join with the author of Psalm 46 and "be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" I hope that you will join with me in resting in the finished, redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.  Please worship Him along with some old friends of mine from NC State, the Shelly Moore Band:



Jesus I Am Resting Resting 

Chorus
Jesus I am resting resting
In the joy of what Thou art
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart

Verse 1
Jesus I am resting resting
In the joy of what Thou art
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee
And Thy beauty fills my soul
For by Thy transforming power
Thou hast made me whole

Verse 2
Oh how great Thy loving kindness
Vaster broader than the sea
Oh how marvelous Thy goodness
Lavished all on me
Yes I rest in Thee Beloved
Know what wealth of grace is Thine
Know Thy certainty of promise
And have made it mine

Verse 3
Simply trusting Thee Lord Jesus
I behold Thee as Thou art
And Thy love so pure so changeless
Satisfies my heart
Satisfies its deepest longings
Meets supplies its ev'ry need
Compasseth me 'round with blessings
Thine is love indeed

Verse 4
Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee
Resting 'neath Thy smile Lord Jesus
Earth's dark shadows flee
Brightness of my Father's glory
Sunshine of my Father's face
Keep me ever trusting resting
Fill me with Thy grace


Jeff

8.05.2010

Celebrate

It's almost time for the school year to start back. Before it does, I want you to take a minute and watch this video to celebrate some of the things the Lord has done already. Also, this summer marks my 5th year on staff. Wahoo!

Thank you to our faithful friends and partners!

8.03.2010

Sphere's of Influence

Places I pray and work towards renewal in regularly...the Triad, New York (spring breaks), Clearwater (this summer), and East Asia.

Here is a quick snippet of what the Lord is doing in a few of the areas I minister and partner in.

In East Asia check out this article about the growth of Christianity.  Also, our region is sending the most people overseas in recent years including one guy I discipled and one girl April discipled from the Triad.  God's on the move expanding His Kingdom!

In the Triad, we are grearing up for another busy kick off to the school year.  This summer after project I have been busy developing 2 websites and meeting with multiple churches about developing partnerships.  We are poised with the infrastructure to support the work the Lord is doing here.  We are hoping to launch a new greek movement and faculty movement at HPU and continue to expand the gospel's influence into new areas of campus.  I will try to keep you all up to date with the events, parties, outreaches, etc. that goes on as we seek to get students involved at the beg. of the year.


Our goal is that every person would know someone who truly follows Jesus on the campuses of the Triad!  Put simply, we are: "On the campus. For the campus."  We accomplish this by launching and coaching gospel-centered movements.  Here is a great article about movements by Tim Keller (please read).
 
This is basically sums up what I do on campus:
"A strong movement, then, occupies the difficult space between being a free-wheeling organism and a disciplined organization.  A movement that refuses to take on some organizational characteristics - authority, tradition, unity of belief, and quality control - will fragment and dissipate. A movement that does not also resist the inevitable tendency toward complete institutionalization will lose its vitality and effectiveness as well. The job of the movement leader is to steer the ship safely between these two opposite perils." Tim Keller

Lastly our students have closed up shop and made it home from Clearwater.  They did a great job and we are hoping to have a few of them over to visit us next week to catch up!

Thanks for praying!

Jeff