Monday, November 30, 2009

Set List 11.29.09

Here is the music that we used for the week 11.29.09

[Opening Song]
B - Let God Arise - Chris Tomlin

[Worship Set]
B - You Never Let Go - Matt Redman
B - Glory To God Forever - Steve Fee
C - It Is Well With My Soul - Bliss/Spafford

[Closing Song]
G# - Let My Words Be Few - Matt Redman

We had a great treat today. Enrique Ramirez, our Hispanic church planter, spoke today on Joshua 1:6-13. Even preaching in English, Enrique gave a great message on being "strong and courageous".

Hope everyone had a great T-Day and is recovering from the carbohydrate hangover that we all inevitably have after eating for three straight days.

Next week, we are starting our new series "Christmas 101: Lessons From The First Christmas" and we will be having lunch together in The Rock after the service. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

As always, part of Fred McKinnon's Sunday Set Lists.

Dream Big...Pray Bigger!

Will

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. For your entertainment, here's a video that I found last week. Enjoy!

-- Peace, Jamie

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving

It's late Wednesday afternoon and the office is almost deserted. So I thought I would take a minute to share some things for which I'm thankful.

I'm thankful that against all of my desires I ended up at Baptist College of Charleston in January of 1988. Seven months later I would meet the girl who in a moment of blindness agreed to go on a date with me. Thank you, Baptist College. Thank you, Marjorie.

I'm thankful for the two daughters that God has blessed me with. They are best friends with each other and the joy of their mom and dad's life. Thank you, Elizabeth and Victoria.

I'm thankful for my bed. I've tried to remember to say that to myself every night this week. Thank you, Rooms to Go.

I'm thankful for parents who gave me a Christian heritage that has enhanced my walk with Christ and who continue to give me a model of Christianity to this day. Thanks, mom and dad.

I'm thankful for a church that is willing to take risks and think outside the box so that ministries like Reveal can exist. Thank you, FBC Rock Hill.

I'm thankful for Honey Nut Cheerios. They taste great and lower my cholesterol. It was the best use of a coupon by me this year. Thank you, General Mills.

I'm thankful for DVR. Nothing else needs to be said. Thank you, Comporium.

Above all else, I am thankful that my Savior Jesus Christ did not give up on me. But gave His life as a sacrifice for my sin to give me hope and joy and peace and the opportunity to be a part of His plan.

Tomorrow millions of people will gather around tables filled with turkey and dressing and gravy and sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes . . . Well, you get the picture. In the midst of the food, the football, and the fellowship, be mindful of the things and the people and situations in your life that are there only by the grace of a loving Father.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Peace, Jamie

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Links

Sometimes I let links that I want to share with you pile up and I forget to pass them on. Since it's a short week and a lot of people are off tomorrow, here are a few links for you to read during your down time over the next few days.
  • Tony Morgan talks about clutter.
  • Perry Noble asks you the question that changed his life.
  • Rustin Klafka (yeah, gotta love his name) encourages you to do more than just point people to Jesus. (Seriously, this is a pretty awesome read.)
  • Looking for a new office? Here you go.
  • This guy had the pleasure of speaking to Clemson's FCA last Thursday. But something was amiss.
  • Finally, Mark Batterson, author of In A Pit, With A Lion, On A Snowy Day, wants us to read Scripture in a new way.
I hope the links will keep you occupied until Sunday. Don't forget that Enrique Ramirez is preaching this week at Reveal. You don't want to miss it.

-- Peace, Jamie

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday Recap

It looks like it's been a while since I've posted anything on here and even longer since I've posted anything other than recaps. There will be a couple of posts forthcoming this week. Until then, here's a quick recap of yesterday at Reveal.

Steve gave me the opportunity to speak at Reveal this week and since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I used the time to focus on living a life of thanksgiving. Here are the highlights:
  • Colossians 2:6-7 says that our lives should overflow with thanksgiving.
  • What happens when our lives overflow with thanksgiving?
  • Proverbs 11:24-25 gives us a good picture of the life that overflows with thanksgiving.
  • Living a life of thanksgiving requires accurate vision.
  • We have to see things differently than the world sees things.
  • Commonsense says that the way to wealth is to save, spend wisely and invest.
  • The Bible says the way to wealth is to give freely.
  • Of course, the God's definition of wealth is completely different than the world's.
  • Wealth does not equal money.
  • We have to see how blessed we are. I used this clip from The Blind Side and asked the question, "Do you see your bed as a blessing?"
video
  • Living a life of thanksgiving will lead to giving.
  • The little translation of the first part of verse 25 is "The soul of blessing gets fat."
  • When we become a blessing to others, our lives do not just illustrate the grace of God to others it also enriches and satisfies us.
  • Living a life of thanksgiving is rewarded.
  • I closed with another clip from The Blind Side that illustrates how our lives are changed when we give our time, our gifts, our possessions, our lives for others.

video
-- Peace, Jamie

Set List 11.22.09

Here is the music that we used for 11.22.09:

[Opening Song]
B - Glory To God Forever - Steve Fee

[Worship Set]
Bb - You You Are God - Walker Beach
E - Open The Eyes Of My Heart - Paul Baloche
D - Rescue - Jared Anderson

[Message]
Jamie Burdette

[Closing Song]
D - You Are My King (Amazing Love) - Billy Foote

We started off this week with a new song by Steve Fee. We used the short chorus that he used at Catalyst 09 to kick it off.
"There is no one higher, no one greater, no one like our God
There is none more able, Christ our Savior, Great and Glorious."
I thought that it went well. The congregation seemed to pick up on it quickly.

I put in two songs this week that are "memory" or "go-back" songs. Just like places can have memories associated with them that make the location seem more holy or special, songs have the power to carry that same emotional connection. "Open the Eyes of My Heart" and "You Are My King" are two songs that have been around for 10+ years and people have had time to connect to them.

I thought that overall worship went very well today.

As always, part of Fred McKinnon's Sunday Set Lists.

Dream Big...Pray Bigger!

Will

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Set List 11.15.09

Here is the music that we used for 11.15.09 - IMPACT:

[Opening Set]
C - What This World Needs - Casting Crowns
C - God of This City - Bluetree

[Closing Set]
E - 'Til I See You - Joel Houston
E - Beautiful Scandalous Night - Daugherty/Hindalong
B - Calling Out To You - Tommy Walker

This week was our IMPACT conference (i.e. Missions). What a great weekend (well really Wed through Sun) of talking to missionaries from all over the world. It is so encouraging to hear stories of how God is working in every corner of the world.

Lori and I also had the pleasure of hosting a missionary this year - Tom Holloway. Tom serves in Slovakia.

Although this was a crazy busy week with something almost every night, we had such a great time.

As always, part of Fred McKinnon's Sunday Set Lists.

Dream Big...Pray Bigger!

Will

Monday, November 9, 2009

Set List 11.08.09

Here is the music that we used for 11.08.09 - "Marriage For Dummies" - Week 9:

[Worship Set]
G - Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing) - Brown/Doerksen
G - All We Need - Charlie Hall
Bb - Everlasting God - Brown/Riley
Bb - How Great Is Our God - Tomlin/Reeves/Cash

[Closing Song]
E - Open The Eyes Of My Heart - Paul Baloche

I was not at church this morning because I was on a retreat at Pawley's Island with some of the couples in our Sunday School Class. Instead, Dave Kerns led in Reveal. I was told that he did a fantastic job.

This week is going to be a crazy one with our yearly IMPACT Conference starting on Wednesday. IMPACT is our churches yearly missions conference. We have several missionaries coming for the week and we have events all week long for them. This is a great time for our members to get to learn from and talk to these missionaries.

As always, part of Fred McKinnon's Sunday Set Lists.

Dream Big...Pray Bigger!

Will

Sunday Recap

Yesterday, we wrapped up our Marriage for Dummies series. It was a very good series that gave us some awesome insight into what God's plan is for our marriages. Steve was back at Reveal. His sermon focused on taking care of our spiritual lives and keeping our hearts focused on our spouses.

Here are some of the highlights of the sermon:
  • Divorce is always a result of us allowing our heart to be something that God did not intend.
  • Unless we are intentional, our marriages will become dull, lifeless, and boring.
  • Marriage is ALWAYS a work in progress. He shared the story of a lady whose husband had an affair after 40 years of marriage to make his point.
  • Feelings matter but should not be an excuse to avoid the responsibility of intentionally nurturing our relationships.
  • Actions drag feelings along and not the other way around.
  • How do you sustain love? By acting in loving ways.
  • Wives - develop an inner beauty that exceeds your outer beauty.
  • Husbands - pay attention to your attitude.
He ended that sermon and the series by asking some pretty good questions:
  • Do I cherish my spouse?
  • Am I honoring my spouse?
  • Am I acting in a loving way to my spouse?
It was an excellent sermon series. If you missed a sermon, you can go to www.marriagefordummies.net to catch up.

Also today, Dave Kerns filled in for Will who was away on a retreat with some of the couples in our church. Dave did a great job as always leading us to worship our God through music. It is great to have people like Dave who can fill in so capably.

Next week, we will focus on missions as a part of our Impact Conference. Hope you will join us.

-- Peace, Jamie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Beauty Will Rise

Steven Curtis Chapman has been around for a long time. There's a reason why - he makes great music. His newest CD came out yesterday. It is filled with the introspection that you would expect from a father whose adopted daughter died tragically just a few months earlier.

In the music, SCC grapples with questions that anyone who has experienced such devastating tragedy would ask. Amidst the lean, acoustic and mellow set are lyrics that express grief and anguish but ultimately profess faith in God and hope in Him.

Enjoy!
Jamie

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunday Recap

It was not a normal week at Reveal. With Steve fighting off bronchitis, I had the opportunity to speak yesterday and focused on the power of our words. Using James 1:19 as a backdrop, I compared the words that we speak to a tube of toothpaste. Yep, that's right, a tube of toothpaste.

Here are the highlights:
  • I used this clip from Everybody Loves Raymond to point out that we all say things we wish we could take back.
  • video
  • While the word immoral brings with it images of sexual sins, addiction and the like, it also applies to the abuse of others with the words that we speak
  • Like toothpaste, we should be careful that we don'.t let too much come out at once. We have to guard the words that we speak.
  • Before you speak, ask two questions. One, Would I want someone to say that TO me? Two, Would I want someone to say that ABOUT me?
  • Remember that what you say can never be put back in. Gossip that is spoken can't be taken back. Neither can the lies that we tell or the insults that we dole out or the angry words that we speak.
  • Because there will never be an invention that will permanently keep us from mis-speaking (Duck tape was mentioned as a possible solution but I think that would only be temporary), we will always have messes to clean up.
After Reveal, we had pizza from Domino's in the cafe area and had a pretty good turnout. It was great getting to interact with some new people as well as re-connect with a few people that I haven't had a chance to sit down with in a while.

Hopefully, Steve will be back and ready to go next week. We will be wrapping up the Marriage for Dummies series next week.

-- Peace, Jamie

Monday, November 2, 2009

Couple Talk 11.01.09

Score Your Romantic Love:
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very high and 1 being very low) each of you score the level of romantic love in your marriage (as you perceive it.)

1___2___3___4___5___6___7___8___9___10

Reflection:
How do you feel about your scores? Why?

What habits/routines do you have individually and as a couple that keeps the romantic love healthy in your marriage? Write them down.

What habits/routines do you have individually and as a couple that hinders romantic love in your marriage? Write them down and discuss them.

Your Most Important Emotional Need:
Willard Harley ("His Needs Her Needs" and "Fall In Love Stay In Love") identifies the ten emotional needs that are common to most couples. Five of them are more important to the typical man and five different ones are more important to the typical woman. While the list is not absolute and men/women may feel a need from the opposite list, the groupings hold true for most men/women. Here is the list:

His Needs:
Sexual Fulfillment
Recreational Companionship
Physical Attractiveness (in his wife)
Admiration
Domestic Support

Her Needs:
Affection
Conversation
Honesty & Support
Financial Support
Family Commitment

When these needs are regularly met by our spouse, romantic love remains strong. When they are ignored, romantic love dissipates.

Discussion Questions:
  • What are your top three emotional needs?
  • Do you know what your spouse's top three needs are?
  • What are you doing to intentionally minister to the top three emotional needs of your spouse?
  • Are you ministering to you spouse's needs in a way that makes them feel happy or in ways that make you feel happy? Let your spouse share with you how you can make them happy.
Growing Romantic Love:
What specific actions can each of you take to allow romantic love to flourish in your marriage? What specific actions can you take as a couple? Will you?

Set List 11.01.09

Here is the music that we used for 11.01.09 - "Marriage For Dummies" - Week 8:

[Opening Song]
B - Hold My Hand - Hootie & The Blowfish

[Worship Set]
D - Everyday - Joel Houston (Lincoln Brewster Version)
D - I Am Free - Jon Egan (Promise Keepers Version)
A - Mighty To Save - Reuben Morgan
A - Nothing Compares - Third Day

We had another good crowd this week at Reveal. It is so encouraging to see new people coming to church. Tommy did the lead vocals on "Hold My Hand" and did a great job.

Steve Hogg, who is still recovering from bronchitis, preached the 9:15 and 10:30 but Jamie preached in Reveal this week.

We also had lunch (pizza) and it was good to see people mingling and talking after Reveal.

As always, part of Fred McKinnon's Sunday Set Lists.

Dream Big...Pray Bigger!

Will