The Widow’s Mite

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©James C. Christensen 

I have recently started attending Elevation Church Winston-Salem. (Woo, WOO!). After deciding that I wanted to continue attending, I also decided it was time to get involved in one of their small groups which they call E-groups. Being unemployed and not wanting to make the hour long drive to Winston twice a week, my options were kind of slim. Until the “Seek and Pursue” E-group opened up in King. YAY! I have been twice now and I am already amazed at the friendship and Christian love extended by these people.

But last night, we were talking about a Bible story. It’s a story that I’ve seen hundreds of times and it’s a story that Holly Furtick spoke on during the special Mother’s Day sermon. It is the story of the widow’s mite. Now you get it! Continue reading

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Church. With a Capital “See”.

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Suggested Listening: “Church With No Walls” by Noah Cleveland

Let’s take a second this morning, this gorgeous Saturday morning and hear a word from the book of Ephesians.  You know, as Christians (especially hip Christians), you sometimes hear phrases such as “Jesus is my homeboy” or “Jesus is my main man”.  Oh…wait.  You haven’t heard that?  Well I have.  And I don’t really agree with those.  Jesus is my Savior, my True Love, my Best Friend.  But Paul now…Paul is my homeboy.  Paul is my guy, Paul is my ride or die!!!   Continue reading

Simply Gifts

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Happy New Year one and all!

I pray you were safe, warm, and happy last night and today as we move into a new year. I was and I want to share my amazement at our God with you.

On the last day of last year (or yesterday), I was invited to lead worship at a small local church.  I was not given a lot of details, which were not required, but this group has recently experienced some pain within the walls of the church and hearts of her people. Continue reading

Yellow Balloons – Devo #4

Can you believe it is already Thursday?  I can.  Because I’m writing this on Friday.  See what I did there?  Lets dive into this thing.  This song is awesome!  You’re gonna love it!

Devo #4: “Masterpiece”

This song uses art terms to highlight some of the greatest attributes of our great God.  It’s very masterful.  See what I did there?  Oooh!  I’m on fire this morning.

This coffee sure is working…
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WORD TO THE WISE: Church Fires, Teenagers, and Larynxes

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Well it sure has been a while. But all that matters is that we’re back and it should be better now. So let’s get back at it with the always exciting “Word to the Wise”. And as always, it’s weird.

Church Fires

I love giving names to these Word to the Wise posts.  This one is especially fun because some people say: “Church fires?”  And everyone that goes to church with me says: “CHURCH FIRES?!?!?!?!?”  And then Jesus and I just sit back and laugh and say: “Ha.  Church fires.”  Basically…this is what I mean.  Friday was my new friend’s birthday.  My “new” friend is a church friend.  Her name is Frank.  Actually her name is Savannah…but everybody calls her Frank.  And I think it’s fun.  So anyway, Frank’s birthday was Friday and I didn’t get to see her.  So this morning, as I was packing up all my stuff for church, I packed my Zippo, a yellow star candle, and a cupcake.  Then, as the church members were voting for Deacons…I lit the candle, and gave Frank a cupcake.  The object lesson here is very simple: simple gifts.  Sometimes the little things…are the biggest things.

Teenagers

Now some of you may cringe when I say that word.  And some of you may have a right to.  But for me, this entire summer has been filled to overflowing with some of the most outstanding teenagers in the universe.  It started when I went on a mission trip with my church and got to know several of their youth girls (including Frank).  But it’s especially on my mind right now because I just finished a girls’ retreat.  It was focused on girls from ages 12 to 16 but any-woman was welcome!  It was such an amazing time!  Friday night, I performed all original music and led a short little devotion for the ladies.  Then Saturday, we all came back and worshipped together.  Now, I’ll get into the specifics in a minute, but I messed up the first song…and consequently every other song was messed up from there.  And I worried.  We had a nice little group of girls…but we weren’t five hundred!  But God reminded me that I’m just a little basket of fish and bread.  He gets to decide who it benefits.  When that small(ish) group of girls opened their mouths to praise the Lord…you would’ve thought there were a thousand full grown women in their!  We had some teenagers in love with Jesus at Salem Fork Baptist Church this weekend!  It just reminded me (again) how truly amazing teenagers can be!

Larynxes

Now, you’re not supposed to tell anyone when you mess up singing.  Because hopefully they didn’t notice.  But this is an explanation of how blown away I was by the Spirit and the power of teenage girl voices.  The first song we sang Saturday morning was “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)”.  For those of you who are musical…I performed the song in the key of G.  I later realized I was supposed to sing it, in my range…in the key of D.  For those of you who are not musical, I sang this song THREE keys higher than I was supposed to.  Long story short…I really hurt myself.  My throat is STILL incredibly sore from straining so hard to hit those notes!  But like I said in the teenagers section…I’m just a basket of fish.  Those girls stepped right up and praised Jesus right over and around this goober!  I really wanted to stop singing and just play and listen to those girls!  It was such a blessing.

Pay attention this week for new videos and I’ll see you back here next Sunday for another “Word to the Wise”.