New Series@Epic: Pause

30 04 2010

In a culture constantly in Fast Forward mode, what radical things might happen in your life when you hit the “Pause” button? This three-week study will go deeper into Scriptural ways to pause spiritually throughout the day.

MOTHERS DAY CELEBRATION: Pause in the Morning Chaos – May 9
Pause in the Afternoon Busyness – May 16
Pause in the Overscheduled Evening – May 30





Gungor is Amazing

29 04 2010

A good friend introduced me to a band called Gungor. They are simply amazing. Great Sounds, incredible deep lyrics! Beautiful Things has been ministering to me BIG TIME lately. Even more than I love the honesty, I love the hope. Enjoy!





2010 Epic Student Video

18 04 2010

A few highlights what the Epic student are up to in 2010: Prison Break at Concordia College, Spring Hill and Mission Trip to Mexicali Mexico.





Leadership 101: Character or Competence?

12 04 2010

Spiritual leadership requires two major attributes: competence and character. However, when we think of leaders, competence often overshadows character.  Competence is the outward skills to accomplish God’s ministry. Character is the inward life of complete devotion to Christ. Competence is  important to a leader, but Character is CRITICALLY important. Why?

In Matthew 10:24-25, Jesus tells us that the student will become like his teacher. As a leader, you are an example.  The decisions you make, the language you use, the actions you take, your behavior, your attitude, and habits, both good and bad, may be imitated in the life of those you lead. As a spiritual leader, you are called to authentically model Christlike character. As you grow and mature in your devotion to Christ, others will grow with you and they will grow like you.

How is your example of Christlike character? What are those you lead imitating from your life…good and bad? What area of your life…language, actions, behavior, attitude, habits…do you need to address?

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. 1 Peter 2:21





“We’re Doing Really Well” After Quake

6 04 2010

The Mexicali Mission Team (including my daughter Becca and the youth from Epic) made The Detroit Free Press Today….

More than 40 metro Detroiters on a youth ministry trip to Mexico found themselves close to the epicenter of an earthquake there that also shook parts of California and Arizona.

None of the 42 people — eight are adults and the remainder mostly high school students — was injured when the quake struck around 3:40 p.m. Sunday. It damaged roads and buildings in Mexicali, a city close to the U.S. border.

“We’re doing really well,” Amy Carrier of Warren, founder and director of Octane Ministry, told the Free Press on Monday by cell phone…

FULL FREE PRESS ARTICLE





5 Reasons I Let My Daughter Go on a Mission Trip

5 04 2010

Sending your daughter to another country on a mission trip, can bring up a lot of fears in parents. “Is it safe? Aren’t you afraid? What is something happens?” This year something did happen.

Yesterday my 14-year-old daughter and team were at the epicenter of the 7.2 earthquake in Mexicali, Mexico. All the kids where fine (FREE PRESS ARTICLE), but what if something happened? I am sure some of you will disagree with his post, so comment away.

5 REASONS I LET HER GO:

1. She Doesn’t Belong to Me. As parents our kids are on loan from God. They belong to Him. We get the joy of guiding them, encouraging them, building values into them for a season of their life, but ultimately their life is in God’s hands, not ours. We often forget the end goal of parenting: To raise them up…so we can let them go. That is not easy, but it’s true.

2. Playing It Safe is Risky. Sometimes Christians say “the center of God’s will is the safest place to be.” That’s crazy! The center of God’s will is the most dangerous place to be. The center of God’s will took Jesus to the cross and took His disciples to dangerous places around the world. Christ’s calling today is still the same today…for us and our children: to risk our lives for the greatest cause in the world to “Go into the world and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:18

3. Life is Meant to Be Lived by Faith, not Fear. Often times as parents, we try to protect our kids because WE don’t want to go through the ANXIETY of seeing them get hurt. Our motivation is really selfish and we often project that fear on them. But Christ doesn’t want them (or us for that matter) to live that way . He says don’t live in your fears…face your fears and live by faith.

4. Love Can’t Be Controlled. The greatest thing about love is you can’t control it. Love extends. Love sacrifices. Love reaches out. Love is never meant to be kept to itself. When our children experience firsthand the amazing, unconditional and sacrificial love of Christ personally, they will want to love Him back by sharing that love with others…even if it means that takes them outside of the country.

5. There is No Greater Calling Than to Follow Christ. As parents, we sometimes think that the primary relationship in the life of our kids is US, their parents. The primary relationship in the life of our children should be Christ. We forget our goal is to help them listen to the One who’s created them, the One who’s redeemed them and One who calls them to follow Him WHERE EVER He leads them to go.Ultimately the only way to live this spiritual adventure is to live your life like today may be your last.