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YouVersion Live

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Many people now have iPhones, iPod Touches, Blackberries, and WinMo Phones that support Life Church.tv’s Bible application. They released a new feature called “YouVersion live” last week. We used it in our student services and I’ve got great feedback. It’s totally free and doesn’t require anything to be projected on screen, etc. People just log in from their phones.

10,000 miles Live Event: (last week’s message)
http://www.youversion.com/events/707

CrossWalk Group Page
http://www.youversion.com/groups/CrossWalk

It allows you to host “live” events for sermons. Everyone in your audience  can follow your sermon, take notes, email their notes, submit prayer requests, twitter, tithe, take a poll, and more from their phone while you’re preaching. They can even go to the website youversion.com and look at your sermon later. We had several people using the service last weekend.

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Hebrew Names Resource

Here is the website that we used to determine our Hebrew names for our recent Passage retreat. You can break them down for girls/guys/meanings, etc. They even show you how to write them in Hebrew.

Click to Learn Hebrew Names

Series Run down Volume 6

Date: February 22, 2009
Teaching Series: Xposed
Key Passages: 1 John 2:15-17, 2 Corinthians 4:18, Romans 12:2
Service Length: 60 minutes
Attendance: up 31% over the same time last year, up 7% over previous service

Worship Set: Undignified, Take, Take, Take it All, Mighty to Save, Revelation Song

Message Summary: This week we talked about everything XXX. We allowed God’s Word to speak into our lives in regards to pornography and sexting. As we read Scripture, we tried to put it into practice.

Student Involvement: Students made up the worship band, ran lights, sound, and media. Students also served at our guest check-in, and served all over the church.
Fun Stuff/Special Elements: We began our service by using an interactive “text-to-screen” application. We surveyed our students on 4 questions. 1. How many people have a facebook acccount (warm-up)? 2. How many people have looked at porn in the past week (separate guys/girls response)? 3. How many people have sent a sexually explicit text message? 4. How many people have taken a picture of themselves in a sexually explicit way? We didn’t expect some of the results. For example, about 30% of our girls had looked at pornography in the past week.

Series Run Down Volume 5

Date: February 15, 2009
Teaching Series: Xposed
Key Passages: Ephesians 5:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
Service Length: 60 minutes
Attendance: up 22% over the same time last year, up 3% over previous service

Worship Set: Holy is the Lord, Heart of Worship, Enough

Message Summary: We reviewed typical relationship “bases” and allowed Scripture to define boundaries in our lives. The sermon ended with a take on God’s view of bases.

Student Involvement: Students made up the worship band, ran lights, sound, and media. Students also served at our guest check-in, and all over the church.
Fun Stuff/Special Elements: Our theme was “baseball” since we were talking about bases. After a quick call to a local school baseball coach, we scored two jerseys. We morphed our sub-stage into a baseball diamond and walked around the bases as we talked. We had a vintage popcorn machine (with popcorn) as you entered the student center and used recorded baseball park music. For the opening of the high school service, we had four volunteers come up on stage and we had a “sing off” to “Take me out to the ballgame.” It was a blast!

Just caught this…

I got this video from a fellow pastor’s blog that I read. It’s great and goes a long way to encouraging us to live as believers of Christ instead of believers in a religion. The man that communicated this love to Penn Jillette was transformed by his encounter with Jesus. Are we being transformed?

The Bible =’s a Novel

51a6b5oqabl_sl500_aa240_A buddy suggested that I take a look at a new revised product called “The Story.” It breaks down the Bible and reformats it to be a novel. My goal is to read through it at least twice this year. I’ve already read “Chapter 1” and it covered everything up to Abraham. Since it didn’t break it down into smaller chapters and verses, I was able to read it like I would any book. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. 

 

*Disclaimer: While the text comes straight from the TNIV, it doesn’t include every single story found in the Bible. I would suggest by the look of it though 95%+ has been included and in order.

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