We are neck deep in camp season 2012, I love camp!
I thought it would be fun to open the window and let you see a little bit of camp life, especially if you haven’t been there for while.
We had an interesting situation in which I was asked to be the camp pastor for one camp on a Monday through Friday and another that started Friday night through Tuesday.
The only problem was, they were 11 hours apart. So, I asked the second camp to schedule with me if we could try something different.
As a video driven multi site church pastor, I asked if we could make the Friday morning finale session a video sermon.
I know it was an odd request for a children’s camp, but I think it came off really well. The added benefit is that it produced a video I can share with you!
I hope you enjoy, this is a little glimpse into the last morning session of CrossSeekers children’s camp 2012.
By the way, you have to imagine me running around that campground with my tripod and camcorder. Then laying on a camp bed producing and editing.
Good times, good times…
SALT & LIGHT from Andy Addis on Vimeo.
As a pastor, one of my greatest joys is watching people in the church get excited, grow and develop deeper and deeper passions for Jesus.
This is most clearly evident in the lives of people who are retuning from mission work. Excitement produced by a little fear mixed with complete dependance, wrapped up in abnormal relationships and fellowship, all against the contrast of our lives back home.
In 20+ years of ministry I have seen (and experienced) the “Just Got Back Home Blues” innumerable times. They are somewhat justified because the experience on the mission field was so real, so raw, so amazing that home by contrast seems fake, plastic or even irrelevant.
A couple of years ago I was on mission in Europe and Asia and new that I’d be hitting the blues in just a few days. So, as I wrestled with myself on the rollercoaster ride that so often is personal spirituality, and I stumbled a crossed a word that nailed me to the wall… intentionality.
So, whether you are coming back from a summer mission trip, heading out on one, or you are staying home and trying to realize that you live on a mission field already; please take time to view this short video and lets get intentional.
So here’s a thought, what if God isn’t so much interested in changing you as He is in using you?
Don’t get all uptight and assume I’m saying what I’m not. We are sinful and broken and through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). I’m not talking about our sin nature (seriously, that has to change), but more along the lines of our personality.
I’ve been a believer, and church staff member for more than a couple decades now, and I’ve seen a universal assumption emerge. People assume that when Jesus forgives your sins He also requires a total ‘nerd’ over. A hyper-spiritual, KJV makeover if you will.
I don’t know when it got communicated, but somewhere in our ancient Christian past a rumor got started that eventually became accepted as truth. The rumor was that God not only wants to save your soul, He wants to give you a spiritual lobotomy.
I don’t think that’s the case. In fact, I am pretty sure that confessing Jesus is Lord does not require a mandatory follow-up of throwing away all your music and listening only Christian worship elevator tunes, replacing your entire wardrobe with sweater vest ensembles, and learning to say “ Well, praise the Lord!” at the end of every sentence you use.
Continue reading “What’s with the attitude… I like it”
I was asked to record a short training on One Verse Evangelism for Christian Challenge Collegiate Ministries as they prepare for the return of students this Spring semester.
I love this resource because it is proof you don’t have to be a theologian to share your faith. I have been teaching (and using) this resource for years and I hope you will do more than watch it.
I hope you will practice it, use it, make a difference with it! Someone you know, needs to know what you know, from you know who (that’d be you).
Get ready… you have work to do.
In our faith community at CrossPoint we’ve been talking alot about how much God values the lost, disconnected and hurt. But, its all just talk until we do something.
So, I’ve pulled out something from my past to share, in hopes that you will take it and turn around to share it yourself.
Back in the day I used to be a hardline HTML code writer and built websites for churches and ministries. I also toyed around with a little video animation. That’s when I came up with this video version of what is called One-Verse Evangelism… I prefer to call “God’s Plan, Simplified!”
Please watch it, download it, email it, embed it, post it… whatever you can do that you think might make an impact.
It’s just something I want to share with you, hoping you might share it with others. The download link is just above the video.
Lord Jesus, we are all broken, frail and messed, but in your hands we can be made to do mazing things. Please help today be the day that you start to use us to do amazing things in the life of someone else. In Jesus name, Amen.
By the way, if you have stumbled across this site and would like to make a change; if you need to turn things over to God, then pray the prayer at the end of the video and shoot me an email. I’d love to help get you started on the journey!
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