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The Need for a Man In Between/Authority

I was just sitting here thinking of an old message I heard a long time ago.  There’s such a need for a man in between. 

We just need some Abraham’s & Moses’s.  Some men that went on the behalf of other people.  I love the story of how Moses repented for the people & God pardoned His judgement from falling on them.  Not because of what they did or prayed.  But it was Moses standing in proxy for a fallen people. 

I am on a journey with the Lord.  He’s showing me this beautiful thing of leadership & authority.  That apart from God’s authority we could never achieve God’s calling.  To step outside of God’s authority is to step outside of protection. 

Today in our staff meeting a vision was just even more clearly stated & I’m committed to that mission.  I’m mandated by Christ Himself to make disciples.  Baptize them. 

This coming Sunday as of today I know of 3 young people that are going to be baptized.  I’m praying that they get this concept of authority.

We need people that understand this & when you do, there is no fear to stand in the gap for other people.  I use to be afraid of that.  Now I thrive for it.  The reason I keep doing what I’m doing is not because it’s a profession.  But it’s because of the young people who come from broken home, neglected, misunderstood, abused, lost a family member to death, been misused, abused, raped, molested, beat, starved, hopeless, suicidal, etc…you name it, I welcome it.  Because never will a kid walk away from me & think that God nor myself doesn’t value them.

Listen up everyone, YOU MATTER!  God said He takes care of every little bird in the air.  There’s no such thing as a bakers dozen with God.  You’re not the extra junk thrown in with the deal.  You’re specific.  You have value.  You have talents.  You’re special.  You’re loved!

Love ya,

Josh

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ReFUEL 6/28 – Pineapple Songs!

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Well guys, as everyone found on this past Sunday at ReFUEL we have a new mascot that you’ll be seeing everywhere.  It’s weird, crazy, makes absolutely no sense!  It’s not your typical lion, tiger, bear or eagle that means strength & all that other jazz!  So without any other delay….drumroll please!

ITS A PINEAPPLE!  I know, I know, I know….you’re thinking, “WHAT IN THE WORLD?!”  Well a pineapple means friendship or welcoming.  And at ReFUEL that’s what we’re about, great relationships & welcoming.

So this past Sunday before we break for July, which by the way, ReFUEL during July Sunday nights will be at 5pm-7pm, but it’ll be in the Zone.  We’ll be hanging out playing games.  Well, sorry for the promo!  But these are the songs you all wrote this past Sunday & performed.  Group #1 was our winners!

GROUP #1: Juicers

This goes to the tune of Jingle Bells:
“Pineapple, pineapple, friendship all the way. 
We come to ReFUEL because its really cool.
So come & join us today – HEY!

Sunday & Tuesday Niiights, we come to hang & learn. 
Satan is a fool & Jesus is way, way cool! 
Come with us to ReFUEL, cause we’re the pinapples that rule!  lalalal hey!

GROUP #2: Pineapple Palms

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Joshua O’Bannion  (REPEAT MANY TIMES)
Who’s the bald, harry & funny guy is he? Joshua O’Bannion.”

GROUP #3: The Standing L’s

“Who’s mascot is a pineapple under the sky? REFUEL YOUR SOUL.
It’s orange, it’s green, it’s yummy as can be.  REFUEL YOUR SOUL.
It’s friendship & fun is something you wish.  Then this s the place you get all of this.  REFUEL YOUR SOUL. (REPEAT 4 TIMES)

GROUP #4: The Pin Apples

“Pineapple stands for friendship & it’s…juicy, tasty, flavorful & yummy!  It’s a pinapppppppple, it makes me feel so good & could just do a dance then sing along.

P-I-N-E-A-P-P-L-E is the treat for you & me.

I’ll have to add you guys music videos if someone taped them.  You guys are so much fun, I’ll be looking forward to hanging with all of you on Sunday nights during July.  DON’T MISS IT!

Video: UPDATED

Sorry about the video yesterday, here it is with the sound!

The Old Office Videos

I posted all of the old church office news videos that we did.  Check them out on youtube.  Look them up on youtube.

ReFUEL Meeting with Pastor Phil – June 15th, 2009

Last night we had our monthly volunteers meeting with everyone on our leadership team with ReFUEL.  Pastor Phil was our special guest speaker & facilitated our meeting.  I believe we were challenged in such a way that you don’t really hear a lot of Sr. Pastors do.  I appreciate our pastor taking time out of his busy schedule to come talk to our staff.  He really drew some lines down in the sand.  So with that being said, I wish we taped our meeting last night, but we didn’t.  So I’m giving you all my notes publically.  Those leaders who couldn’t make it, I’m asking you to read this & take it to heart.

Here’s the Notes:

There are Special Places on Campus:  (Our Example is the Tabernacle Plan)

1. Educational Spaces

2. Recreational Spaces (which can interchange sometimes with educational places.  Like you can teach in a gym or large room.)

3. Social Spaces (A gym isn’t a social place.  You just stand around & not much to do.  You play there or can set up a speech to learn there. But social is a cafe, coffee shop, lounge, etc…)

4. Sanctified Spaces (Spaces that are set apart)

  • The question becomes…can you unsanctify something? 
  • You can selfishly take something back from God…
  • But it’s the people who decide what the building is used for.  Example is…you can’t unsanctify the Bible.  But you can unsanctiy the use of the Bible.  My actions make it set apart or not.  (CLOSE IT & ITS POWERLESS)

I John 2:15-17 – “Don’t love the world’s ways.  Don’t love the world’s goods.  Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.  Wanting your own way.  Wanting everything for yourself.  Wanting to appear important.”

  • Selfishness
  • Greed
  • Pride

“Practically, everything that going on in the world has nothing to do with the Father.  It just isolates you from Him.”

  • Isolate is different from Insulate.  (Insulate is like a Styrofoam cup.  When you hold it, you’re not effecting the contents of the cup.  A paper cup isn’t a good insulator.)
  • But Paul used the term isolate meaning cut off.
  • Can’t feel God anymore?  What are your influences? 

“The world & all it’s wanting…but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”

The 2 M’s of Youth Ministry

  1. Model – You’re an example.  A role, speech, ethics, moral, manners model.  People do what people see. 
  • Whatever you do in minimum, others will do in excess.
  • You takes your cues from people you model.
  • No matter what you do – you can only fake it for so long.  If you can take it off & put it on, then it’s not too thick.  Your character will reveal itself. 
  • You can fake spirituality & worship…but you can’t fake real love, compassion, mercy, faith, etc…
  • Not what is said but what you do that becomes the most telling.”

        2.  Moré(s)– (Pronounced More-ay)  Latin term for societal norms, customs, virtues & values.

  • Society determines the norms.  (They’re different)
  • Our culture is trying to tell us what is normal. 
  • There are words that change their meanings.
  • If you want to change the culture – change the language.

EXAMPLE:  Murder is now called abortion.  Kill the old is now called euthanasia or mercy killings.  Gay use to mean happy, now means alternative lifestyle.

Moré’s derive themselves from established practices rather than its written laws.

  • Meaning:  Something is done for so long that it becomes the norm. 
  • Perfect example is gay marriage, or people just living together. 
  • We have become desensitized.

Becareful what you say & do…words are powerful.  They’re your authority & power.

  • The question becomes…how far do you move the customs & values to be relevant? 
  • Is saying a cuss word, playing a secular song, etc…is that worth the fight at the end of the day? 
  • KIDS WILL DO WHAT THEY SEE & DO IT IN MAXIMUM.

This word Moré:

  • The English word “morality” comes from moré.
  • The Greek equivalent is ‘ethos’.
  • Ethos means ‘ethics’ in English.

So how do we deal with tough issues?

  • Sexuality (homosexuality)
  • Music (You can’t demonize notes – its the words)
  • Music should reflect Jesus – people ask what about beats? 
  • The answer is what does it do to the morés I’m trying to live?  The beat isn’t bad…you still know the lyrics to that song though.
  • Meantality – why do you think what you think?  What you are at that moment is your mentality
  • Methods– THe message is always constant.  Make sure the methods don’t go too far from the morés. 
  • “The methods determine the morés & what is acceptable.”

II Corinthians 6:17 – “Come out & be separate…touch not the unclean thing.”

  • Don’t be impressed or seduced by the world. 
  • You’re struggling with being tempted by the world?  THEN STOP LOOKING AT IT!

HERE IS A GREAT QUOTE FROM OUR SR. PASTOR:

“I’d rather God accept us than us gain the approval of the world we live in.”

  • Are we trying to buy these kids or win them to Christ?
  • Are we trying to confuse them or make them like Christ?
  • Your opinions better line up with the word of God!

Teach purity, teach truth, search scripture…because we get our morés, customs, values & virtues from the HOLY Bible.

Stories from ReFUEL May 31, 2009

Good morning everyone!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was such a long weekend, especially yesterday…but well worth it!

I wanted to do a quick post this morning for all of my kids in ReFUEL.  I wanted to post your creative stories up on the blog for all to read.  You guys rock!

They had to finish a short story & it goes like this:

Once upon a time there were 5 kids from ReFUEL who loves to break into people’s houses from the church & steal all of their light bulbs.  One day they broke into Pastor Phil’s house & little did they know…” 

Then they had to finish the story…

GROUP #1: The 10 Little Eskomoes

“…Pastor Phil has a shot gun which was God.  When they went to take the bulbs, they were gone because he didn’t like light.  So they went to the closet for shoes & found the guard dog which ended up eating them all.”

GROUP #2: KGC Eastas

“…That he was amish & uses candles.  He was eating Kentucky grilled chicken with deviled eggs & drinking rootbeer with Pastor Brendon.  They snuck into Phillips room & took his pink whitety tightys & his pokeman emerald.”

GROUP #3: Hungrians

“…That Pastor Phil had a gun.  A red pistol.  Also that Pasor Phil was secretly batman that had a dog named Jesus.  Pastor Phil says Jesus is watching you.  That’s when the kids noticed Pastor Phil had no light bulbs…he uses fire.  Wait Phillip Jr. is in the bathroom going #2.  The End.”

GROUP #4: Guitar 17

“…An elephant, a snake, godzilla, a bird, a cell phone & a dodge charger were playing in his pool eating snacks & wearing Phillip Jr.’s pjs.”

Great stories guys…sorry Phillip Jr. ended up getting roasted in 3 out of the 4 stories.  🙂 

ReFUEL was great last night….can’t wait for laser tag this Friday & ReFUEL on Sunday!

Josh

ReFUEL Poems from May 24th

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So I hope everyone had a great memorial day. Mine was rather eventful from fixing my car which broke down over the weekend, moving into my new house & then off to a pool party. From which, I am very sore from!

Well, ReFUEL was amazing on Sunday. We had a blast with BBQing on the grill…we had 39 students. We missed some of our regulars that weren’t there!

During the service we did this group time, each group had a certain name but then had to write a short poem about how cool God is…

GROUP #1: The Detonators

“Our God is an awesome God!
He reigns from heaven above with wisdom & power.
God is so beautiful to me
He is the M&M of the Christian world.
One way Jesus, Your the onle One I could live for.
I’m desperate for You.”

GROUP #2: The Chocolate Rabbits

“God You are so cool
We come to worship You at ReFUEL.
It’s like eating ice cream in the pool,
Anyone who disagrees is a fool.”

GROUP #3: The Veterans

“God is really cool,
He won’t play you like a fool.
God is really great,
He does not have hate.
God is like a gravy biscuit,
Just like a tasty trisket.”

GROUP #4: The Gangsta Church

“God is smart, He saves your heart.
He helps us get through stuff, He’s more than enough.
He’s cool like Kayne West, you can just forget the rest.
I really love the big J.C.
Because He wants to save you & me.”

Just wanted to tell all you guys at ReFUEL, you guys rock!  Keep up being CREATIVE FOR CHRIST!

New ReFUEL Promo Video

Hey guys, Matt Walker just handed me our new ReFUEL promo video for this weekend.  You’ll see more of these videos.

Yesterday Keith Suggs & I did a lot of recording.  We did 2 videos and our very first podcast for Refuel.  Be sure to check it all out. 

Let me know what you think!

ReFUEL Leaders Meeting

Whoa!  What an awesome meeting!

I have made an incredible discovery…I have the best volunteers in the world.  I would put them up against anyone! 

We had our monthly youth staff meeting with our volunteers & leaders.  The Holy Spirit exploded on us.  There was such conviction in the place tonight. 

As I was praying, something came over me & started having flashes of all of our kids faces.  I had to pray for a protection over everyone of them.  The enemy would love to have them right now. 

I had to do an entire audit of our ministry.  I figured I could easily hammer this out.  But the deeper I got involved I quickly found out I needed to first pray harder & open my mind.  I feel I have my uncertainties but I’m not unclear about what to do.  God started giving me ideas & visions of our ministry.

No matter what ReFUEL, with our volunteers, you’re in good hands.  Especially when they’re backed up by God’s hands!

To every other leader out there…cherish your volunteers!  Appreciate them, care for them, watch out for them, pray & fast over them…you’ll be better in the long run!

Love all of you guys & thank you ReFUEL Volunteers!

Josh

p.s. If you would like a copy of my audit of refuel just send me an email at Josh@Christlifechurch.org  Just to warn you, it’s an 11 page report!

 

Here’s what we went over tonight:

Dates to Keep in Mind

  1. May events/Silent Auction – need help for the next 3 Sunday’s with setup & tear down.
  2. June 4th website launched with 1st podcast show.
  3. June 5th – Stratum Laser Tag (2pm – 6pm $20)
  4. May 31st – June Series is “Hooked” (Don’t bite, Swim in Schools, Get rid of the Hook, Swim Free)
  5. June 16th Staff Meeting at 6 (Tentative)
  6. June 21st NO REFUEL (Father’s Day)
  7. June 25th Beat the Heat – Polar Ice
  8. July Camps – need to choose a fun night for the Friday following camps.

 

Future Plans Over the Next Few Months

9.   Volunteer training and development

10. Another tier of discipleship.  Creating some environment where this could be accomplished.  (Student Leadership-Sr. high only with possible trip for just Sr. high students)

11. Re-decor of zone for ReFUEL Jr.

12. Structuring of our volunteers, goal of 30 volunteers by September with an organized set monthly schedule. 

13. Follow up team launched with phone calls to first time guests

14. Website launched with weekly podcast, blogs, media, polls, downloads for parents, N-Touch.

15. First time guests package.

16. Birthday packages for kids.  Nothing is done for their birthdays.

17. T-Shirts for staff and for sales at our cafe.

18. Mentorship (Barnabas project – we offer to Sr. High students to get involved in a deeper level of ministry.  It’ll be a month long program, they assist a ministry leader on Sunday’s & commit to one day a week during the week to come help and learn.  That day will consist from a couple of hours to the entire day if desired – they’ll also have a bi-weekly or monthly class taught by different staff members)

19. Media team launched (ReFUEL News, podcast shows, sound, lighting, shows, funny videos, editing, etc…)

20. Structuring out what ReFUEL is going to look like with three services.  Possibly canceling the first service and only doing second and third service.  Another option would be doing a full out service in the mornings just for ReFUEL Jr. and then Sunday night’s become just for Sr. High.

ReFUEL NEWS

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Hey guys I wanted to give a big shout out to all my kids & volunteers at ReFUEL!  Major props to all who made it out last night.  We had a blast.  I wanted to keep you all updated on stuff going around here.  I made the announcement last night but this for you who didn’t make it.

June 4th will be the launching of our very own refuel website.  So hit up refuel.tv.  Also we’re putting together a media team, be sure to join up next week so we can get this off the ground.  The media team will be shooting refuel church news, funny videos, podcast shows, sound, lighting, short films, & so much more.  Our very own Chris Seegars will be helping out in a major way!

This Sunday also is our Silent Auction.  We’ve got an authentic Super Bowl football signed by Larry Fitzgerald himself.  And the program they give out at the Super Bowl signed by him as well.  Bidding starts this Sunday after 1st service!

Ok guys that’s all for now, check out my blog later in the day for a cool thought I’ve been thinking about & going to get up for you later!

Peace, love & hair grease…

Josh