January 31, 2010

Tony Dungy “Higher Calling” moral authority that reaches out

Posted in better disciples, culture, more disciples at 8:51 PM by alexlozada

On a football season Sunday without a professional game (no, the Pro Bowl doesn’t count 🙂 ) an insightful ESPN article on Tony Dungy.  Coach Dungy balances

being a better disciple In the article Dr Harry Edwards says of him, “If you asked me, ‘Is there one person who you do not feel who would betray that trust?’ it would be Tony Dungy,” Edwards says. “And I’m a person who doesn’t believe there are any angels or saints down here. All the saints are dead, all the angels in heaven. Post-Tiger, at some level, we manage to blow it one way or another, but if there is one person, it would be him, and I’m so grateful and happy that he’s here.”

and reaching to make more disciples even and especially those that might seem far from God. “I always ask [the person he’s trying to reach] about religion because it gives me a direction of where they need to go,” he said. “If they say it’s something I’ve considered, then we can talk about it, because maybe there is a lesson the Lord may be trying to teach. If someone says religion isn’t really important in my life or they aren’t of the Christian faith, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop dealing with them. It just means I have to go about it in a different way.”

UPDATE: MCC Men’s ministry used Dungy’s Quiet Strength DVDmen’s group study materials for our Second Saturday Men’s Breakfast.  Coach Dungy will speak at the upcoming RED ZONE Men’s Conference on Saturday 17 April 2010.

January 30, 2010

MCC Haiti relief update

Posted in cross cultural mission at 12:17 PM by alexlozada

Report from MCC supported missionary Alberto Rivas (Christian Dominican Evangelistic Mission) on how MCC (and other supporters) relief funds are being used in Haiti.

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ –

Thank you for your prayers and for your financial help for the people of Haiti.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20th we sent a truck of supplies to Jimani. We brought food (canned food, oil, baby formula, spaghetti), 13,000 bottles of water, bleach and soap. $4312 was spent to purchase these supplies. This transportation was free. The Dominican Government provided a truck to transport it because they were going to Jimani.

On Friday, Jan. 22nd we brought food (canned food, crackers, rice, oil, spaghetti), bleach, soap and 7,000 bottles of water to the airport early in the morning. We drove the food from Monte Cristi to Santiago. From there the supplies were flown to Port-au-Prince for the people. $14,545.45 was spent to purchase these supplies. We used 2 trucks to bring the food to Santiago. We paid $351.10 for the use of the trucks.

hospital from Alberto's relief trip to Haiti

hospital from Alberto's relief trip to Haiti

On Saturday, Jan. 23rd we drove some supplies to Dajabon. We crossed the border to Juana Mendez. People have to pay money to cross the border. A Dominican Consular in Haiti took us across the border for free. At Juana Mendez we meet Salonique. He is a pastor from Gonaives, Haiti. We put the food on the bus that Salonique brought. Arismandy and Suyapa went back to Mo

nte Cristi in the van. Damian and I continued with Salonique and some people from his church on the bus. We brought canned food, rice, spaghetti and oil. $626.54 was used to purchase this food. W

hen we went to Gonaives we also visited a hospital. Many of the people have had to have single and double amputations. They are very sick. Some of them sleep in beds and a lot of them have to sleep on the floor. We were there with the pastor and on Sunday morning we went to the church for service at 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We went back to church for another service at 6:00 p.m.

On Monday morning we went to Saint Marc for visiting another pastor and missionary there, Wilckly and Dee Dorcay. We also visited the hospital in San Marcos. There

was a lot of injured people there. Most of them had to sleep on the floor. There are a lot of people in need and they have used up all of their medical supplies.

We then went to the missionaries home, Wiclies. More then 100 people are sleeping outside on their property. They don’t want to sleep in the home because they are afraid of being inside due to the earthquake.

On Tuesday, we went to church service at 4:00 a.m. at the same place were the people sleep. At 8:00 a.m. we went to Port-au-Prince. There we saw the devastating results of the earthquake and all of the destroyed homes. We saw how the people are all living outside. The people use blankets for roofs and one blanket to sleep on. A few people have mattresses to sleep on.

On Tuesday we went from Port-au-Prince to Jimani. We were in Jimani at 7:00 p.m. We waited until 1:00 a.m. and took a public bus to Santo Dominco. On Wednesday we arrived at 5:50 a.m. in Santo Dominco. At 6:00 a.m. we left on a bus for Santiago. At 8:00 we arrived in Santiago and took another bus to Monte Cristi. We arrived in Monte Crisit at 10:35 a.m. I was very sick with stomach problems. Praise God that I am OK now. Damian is OK. Thank you for your prayers for us to have safe travel.

supplies unloaded to crowd during Alberto's trip

supplies unloaded to crowd during Alberto's trip

Right now the Haitians need medical supplies, tents, food and water. They don’t have a blanket to cover up with to sleep or a mosquito netting.

If you are medically trained, the hospitals are in need of Dr’s and nurses.

If you have any questions about the supplies that were purchased you can call. The water was bought from Agua Beller for 80,000 pesos. .  .  Food was purchased at Benjamin for 116,225 pesos . . .  Radames for 133,315 pesos, . . . . Amalia for 1095 pesos  . . . Diego Jimenez for 374,100 . . .

Transportation from Monte Cristi to the airport Santiago – The 2 trucks were rented from Pedro for 12,700 pesos…

Total is 717,435 pesos. The money that was donated for Haiti equaled $20,331.91. Right now $19,835.09 was used for the above supplies and transportation. We have $496.82 left. We would like to buy medical supplies, Tents and more food and water to help the people.  .  . .

If you feel that God is leading you to come to Monte Cristi and bring any needed supplies, we are here to help with everything that you need [edit] [contact MCC Global-local pastor Tom Moen]

We will have pictures on Facebook for everyone to see. (Alberto Rivas) On the pictures you will see how the people live. Thank you God that we are blessed and can help those in need.

Thank you and God bless you.

January 29, 2010

What’s The World Coming To: Ish – Repent from Lukewarm (message resources 31 Jan)

Posted in MCC resources at 11:23 PM by alexlozada

Ben Cachiaras opened MCC’s current message series last Sunday by emphasizing he feels compassion for people who are confused by Revelation and concern about misusing this book as the equivalent of a sensationalistic tabloid. As always, I welcome your questions through the blog comment feature, AND for readers from MCC (especially small group leaders) who would like to discuss aspects of Revelation – I’m very willing to meet in person.

For the rest of the series, I’ll try to finish a draft of the small group study guide in time to have a print version available at the MCC Mountain Rd campus for Sunday AM. I’ll try to post the personal notes I take as I’m listening to the message Sunday afternoon, along w/ links to the message audio (and video when available).

January 28, 2010

The Prodigal (message series resources Jan 2010)

Posted in MCC resources at 11:35 PM by alexlozada

I apologize for not getting these resources posted while we were actually in the Prodigal messages series, but maybe there are some groups (or individuals) who are interested in going further w/ these grace-focused topics.

Two resources Rob mentioned in the opening message: Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God and Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen also wrote a Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  Especially for small group leaders,  there is a DVD-based teaching kit w/ participant guide (including leader notes) that is more in depth than my single page study guides: “Good News for Runaways, “ “Good News for Stay-At-Home Brothers,” “Prodigal God.”

Here are my personal notes from Ben, Rob, and Ethan messages.

Audio for all 3 messages is here, and here’s Ben’s video (including Luke Erickson’s update on MCC Bel Air launch)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

January 27, 2010

What’s The World Coming To: Wow – Jesus Unveiled (message resources 24 Jan)

Posted in MCC resources at 4:24 PM by alexlozada

I apologize for the long delay in posting during the Christmas – New Year holiday. I hope to have resources for our previous 3 message series The Prodigal (based on Luke 15 and the book by Tim Keller) some time soon.

In the meanwhile, here is a draft of small group study guide and my personal notes from Ben’s message. More resources coming soon.

This is the Barney Fife clip that Ben used to make the point that Jesus is NOT wimp 🙂