I haven't blogged in a while, mostly because I'm just not sure what to write. I have different ideas about stuff, but I don't want this to be my online journal, but an expression of what I believe God is calling us to be, as His church.
Last night we had an awesome meeting at church that took a look at our upcoming year and how to accomodate and encourage the growth that is taking place in our ministry. It is always exciting and humbling to take steps to prepare for growth.
A big part of what the Lord laid on my heart for last night dealt with the theme of excellence.
I want to really hash out the idea of excellence and study it and understand what God desires from us. But, I think I can take a quick look at it here. The first thing that comes to mind is that in the Old Testament, God required that a SPOTLESS lamb be brought to sacrifice. Anything less was unacceptable. Then, when it was time for God to make a sacrifice Himself, He gave that which was most valuable to Him, His Son.
Should that not drive us in the way we approach life, church, our job. We should give just as He gave to us. We should do everything with excellence. We should give our best.
This is especially important to me in the execution of a gathering of the church. I think we should strive for excellence in everything: high quality music, smooth transitions, seamless media and powerful preaching. This is not something to strive for just to be excellent, but because this may be the one chance we have to speak to someone's heart who may be far from God.
I'll close with a statement from my Teen Valley Ranch days (www.tvr.org). We want to create an environment conducive for worship and for the ministering of the Word, FREE FROM ALL DISTRACTIONS!