September 30, 2008

Now is the time

Posted in better disciples, more disciples, One Month to live at 9:19 PM by alexlozada

Ethan M is blogging his thoughts on each of the daily readings for MCC’s One Month to Live Challenge. Today’s Bible reading ends “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” I sometimes connect Bible verses with songs, in this case Brian Doerksen’s Come, Now is the Time to Worship” In Ethan’s post, he correctly connects the “now is the time” urgency with God’s call to be ambassadors-communicators of the Good News.  Whole life worship is not just singing to God, but also sharing God with “the people Jesus missed the most.”

September 29, 2008

One Month to Live group session one

Posted in better disciples at 10:10 PM by alexlozada

Part of me thinks that if I really only had One Month to Live, I would not spend it starting a new short-term class/group, but I did find myself leading a OMTL class Sunday PM. For practical reasons, teaching through the lessons prepares me to answer questions small group leaders might ask about how to use the material. For example, now that I’ve taught the lesson “live” – I’m reminding / advising leaders that they have the option to use only 1 or 2 of the starter questions, especially if their group already knows each other well and is prone to long discussion 🙂

More importantly, Sunday PM’s session reminded me of the emotional impact of talking about life and death, regret and loss, and trust in the Lord of months and years and eternity.

September 28, 2008

blogging w/ One Month to Live

Posted in better disciples at 11:55 PM by alexlozada

We started a new church-wide campaign yesterday with the title One Month to Live, pioneered by Kerry Shook of Fellowship of the Woodlands, and built around answering the question “If you knew you only had one month to live, what would you do to make what’s left of your life really matter?”

A great MCC team of staff and volunteers has worked long and hard the last couple of months to get ready for the church-wide challenge, so part of the reason I’ve not blogged the last couple of months is because of I’ve been writing, editing, equipping small group leaders & coaches, and other prep.  Also, trying to make headway for a Short Term Mission trip to Thailand,

Related to that is trying to genuinely live up to some of the tough answers to the “what would you do AND not do if you had only one month left.”  One of those answers meant not blogging if I couldn’t put the time into it the way I’d like to – especially with both One Month and mission trip prep undone.  But thanks to some great teammates, I have a little bit more time and energy to resume blogging 🙂