Monthly Archives: September 2010

9.26.10 @ Lynwood

Man.  Did you feel the energy last week?  The Holy Spirit was so thick in that place.  Almost 600 people gathered on Sunday night to celebrate and dive into God’s Word.  God is moving in the people of Lynwood and it is so exciting.  Don’t miss this weekend.  We will sing:

In the morning:

Let the Praises Ring

The Solid Rock

Blessed Be Your Name

You Never Let Go

In the evening:

Happy Day

Everlasting God

Then we’ll break up into classes and study the Word.  We loved our class last week.  It is not too late to jump into the Midwest Center for Spiritual Transformation.  Sign up Sunday morning and join us as we seek God.


welcome to missouri//our church pt. 1

Finally, the follow up to my drive to work.  You know, the one where I turned to my “other right.”  Anyway, gonna have to do two installments.  Here’s number one.  Enjoy.


12.19.10 @ Lynwood

Hey guys, I normally do this on Friday and I’ll try to get back on it next week.  Tomorrow is gonna be a great day.  In the morning we will be revisiting the Greater Things Vision.  It is the direction God has given our church.  It is huge and very exciting.  Tomorrow night we will see the beginning of the Great Things Vision with the start of the Midwest Center for Spiritual Transformation.  Are you signed up for your class?  We will sing:


Do It Lord (choir)

Our God Saves

Trading My Sorrows

Jesus Messiah

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)


I Am Free

Glory to God Forever

See you in the morning.  I can’t wait.


my girl is 12//first cell phone

12 years ago today, Victoria took her first breath.  She has grown into a beautiful young lady who loves the Lord.  We are so proud of her.  She’s in middle school now.  Junior High is coming next year.  So…

Congratulations Victoria.  You deserve it.

Brian (Daddy)

moving is hard but God is good

Moving is hard.  Even when you’re following God’s will.  I want to be all chipper and share about how great the adventure has been.  But this has already been a hard day.

Don’t get me wrong, the adventure has been great.  We love our church.  God is moving.  People are responding to our leadership.  We believe that Lynwood’s vision is so biblical.  There is an authentic movement toward biblical, radical, American-dream-shattering Christian living and we are pumped about it.  We love our house.  It fits us in such an amazing way that only God could have picked it out.  Our kids have great schools and wonderful teachers.  They have nurtured and cared for them and gone way beyond the call of duty.  We love our staff and are already forming great friendships on and off of the staff.  We love the worship team.  The people here have cared for us and accepted us into the Lynwood family.  We already feel at home in so many ways.  We do not have a shadow of a doubt about God’s will.  We are where He wants us to be.

But moving is hard.  Preteen hormones and moving stress came out at 5:30 a.m. this morning.  Brotey vomited all over himself on the way in to school – in the grass in front of the school (Nursey, thanks for helping him change clothes and taking him on to class).  The weight of needing to sell our house in Rainbow City sits on me (the provider) like nothing I’ve known before.  Missing our friends and family in Alabama.  Budgeting.  AT&T.  Driver’s Licenses (don’t get me started).  The burden for our kid’s friendships.  The inner turmoil is hard to describe.

But God has been speaking this week.  From Psalm 90, Moses speaks of how great our God is.  His eternal nature.  He was here before the mountains were formed and He will be here after they crumble.  In eternity, our time is short, so we better “number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (v.12)  Priorities, priorities.  Kingdom priorities.  We can be satisfied in His “steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” (v.14)  He is all we need and we should not waste our time here.  We’ve got to worship and serve.  Seek and love.

In Psalm 91 we see that when we dwell with Him, we dwell in safety.  We can rest in the shadow of His protection and provision.  Because of our intimate relationship with Him He will answer us, protect us, and save us.

In 1 Thessalonians God has been challenging me to keep my priorities straight. (Pause – just got a call from Patrick White.  Great to hear his voice. I love that brother in Christ so much.  Thanks for calling man.  God is good.)  Chapeter 1 – It is God who has called us and filled us with His Spirit.  Chapter 2 – We work to please Him, not man.  He is the one who tests our hearts.  He has called us to be bold with the gospel but gentle with babes in Christ.  We must not just “preach”, we have to share our lives.  Open up.  We must be real as we encourage believers to “walk in a manner worthy of God.” (v.12)  Chapter 3 – We must display God’s love through our love for each other.  We are fellow servants, co-workers, soldiers in the same conflict.  Chapter 4 – Live to please God.  His will for us is our sanctification.  Live differently than the world, because…He is coming back.  Triumphantly, He is coming back.  Chapter 5 – like a thief in the night, without warning, He is coming back.  Don’t be caught asleep!  Live for His glory.  Work as though He’s coming today.  Respect your spiritual leadership.  Be at peace in the body of Christ.  Admonish and encourage the idle in the faith.  Help the weak.  Pick up the fainthearted.  BE PATIENT (all caps for me).  Seek to do good.  Rejoice.  Pray.  Give thanks in all circumstances – for this is God’s will for us.

How can we do all this?  “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (5:24)  Did I point out that God is good?

MeadowBrook, we miss you so much.  You guys are family and I am so proud of you.  I hear of your faithfulness.  Your service.  Your commitment to His calling.  We pray for you and lift you up in His name.  Stay true to your calling and seek Him with all your might!

Lynwood, we love you.  You are our family also.  We’re still getting to know each other, but we are home.  Thank you for loving and nurturing our family.  We are so excited about the days ahead.  Let’s seek Him.  Let’s serve.  Let’s love.  Let’s encourage.  He’s coming back, so let’s live each moment for His glory.

To everyone, thanks for reading.  Thanks for letting me vent, whine, well, pretty much vomit on the screen.  We love you all.

For His Eternal Glory,

Brian, Sonya, and family

Tomorrow @ Lynwood

Tomorrow we will be getting ready to kick off the Midwest Center for Spiritual Transformation.  Dr. Paul Jackson from Union University will be challenging us about spiritual transformation.  In the morning we will sing:

Let the Praises Ring


Mighty to Save

The Mercy Seat (if Sonya’s voice recovers from this sinus infection)

Tomorrow night we will sing:

Sing, Sing, Sing

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee with We Sing in Jubilation

Your Name

Take My Life (Here Am I)

Man it’s gonna be a great day.  If you are in town, be there.

If you are in the Gadsden, AL area, then you will want to be here tonight:

It is gonna be awesome.  Wish we could be there tonight and here tomorrow!


Ellie and the laughing cow

Check out Ellie’s reaction to the laughing cow.