Monday, July 28, 2008

Outside The Walls

If you missed Sunday, wow! Don’t know what to say. It would be like trying to describe a banana to someone who has never seen or eaten one before (try it sometime). Anyway, Christian put together an awesome video. You can check it out here (see below). It will be available for download on Viddler later this week. I think we got the whole service recorded today, so you will be able to see that too.

I’m so proud of you (the Church)! Way to go. I am amazed at the impact our church has in Vancouver and around the world. Many of you are at Whipple because we dare to get out from behind the walls of the church. I’m proud of those of you (45) who came forward and answered the call to “go” into the world whether that is local or global.

I’m excited to see to see what God is going to do over the next year. I’m taking some time over the next few weeks to rest and regenerate. Part of the plan is to get away from the computer and stuff (technology fast).

Church is going to be awesome the next few weeks as you get to here from Andrew Young (youth pastor) on Why Youth, Christian Jung on Why Worship and Russ Manning on Why Volunteer. It’s going to be awesome—you won’t want to miss it.

Again, Wow, thanks for being the Church—may God open the eyes of your heart for you to see the inheritance, the blessing and plans He has for you in the coming year.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What is going on here?

I hear that question more and more, especially from the staff and the leaders of the church. The only thing I can say, "it's a God-thing!" This last series has been off the hook. I really enjoy and get excited talking about our calling (kaleo) and how it connects in with the Church--I get fired up just thinking about it. We've had a great response talking about our call (kaleo) to community, our call to generosity and our call to go (you can listen to these messages through our podcast link or watch them on Viddler.) We are going to conclude the Kaleo series by looking at all the places Whipple has its hands (and feet) in ministry. You'll be seeing & hearing from our various missions. We are excited to have Mark & Naomi Hale, the missionaries from Poland, here with us this Sunday. It's going to be a blast. It was so exciting to see so many hands raised last Sunday that committed to go on a short-term mission trip in the next 12-13 months. (We didn't forget about you raising your hand--you will be commissioned this Sunday!)

Also on Sunday, we had baptisms. What can I say about baptisms--WhooHoo! God absolutely showed up. We knew 5 were going to get baptized but by the time it was all said and done, we baptized 11 people. It was so awesome to not only see the faces, but know the stories behind those being baptized. I was especially moved because my youngest son was baptized. What a special day for the Aljets.

God is moving in the hearts and lives of people. We have so much to share with you this Sunday, don't miss it. Invite someone to hear about a Church that wants to make a difference in it's community, it's city, its country and the world. It is going to be one of the greatest times together in the history of Whipple.

There is so much more to share with you, but I'll save it for another time (ask me about the prayer walking!) God is up to something unique in our community, in our country, in our world and especially in our own lives. Please, I pray that God would open up the eyes of your heart so that you can see it tool

In His Grip, standing Amazed,