See Jack Preach

If you’re like me you like to see different preachers throughout the year. We love Mike McClenahan at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and Mark McElwee at Heart of God Church in Rancho Bernardo and others in our local area, but the Fire & Glory Outpouring has let us see probably 30 other preachers from around the world in the last year and a half.

Tonight we’ll see Charlie Robinson from Canada to close out that revival’s “I Got The Joy” conference.

This morning we decided to do something different and see Jack Hayford at Grace San Marcos. We even saw a friend from Fire & Glory who, when she saw us, said something like, “You guys are everywhere!”

My wife and I do get around and that led us to the 10 am service this morning as I really wanted to see Dr. Hayford preach because I had never had the privilege before today. We were greeted as soon as we came through the door by Brian Bauer and others. Brian is Jack Hayford’s grandson and the pastor at Grace here in San Marcos. You can read more about Brian and his wife, Melissa, at the Grace link above.

Personally, I urge you to see more than just the preacher at your local church. Even if you can’t attend you can watch a lot of preaching and worship on Youtube.

There’s a long list of wonderful speakers that I could share, but here’s a few to get you started:

Jerame & Miranda Nelson (Elisha Revolution/Fire & Glory)

Shawn Bolz

Darren Stott

Sam Robinson

Georgian & Winnie (Coco) Banov

Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda

Chad Dedmon

Tony Kim

Kris Kildosher

Patricia King

David & Stephanie Herzog

I hope you’ll check out each one of them on Youtube!

By the way, we loved Jack’s preaching this morning along with the worship.

Here’s the song of the day which I searched out early this morning and finally found on this list from Air1.

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God’s Timing This Year

Today I was reflecting on how I came to meet a man from another part of the world a couple weeks ago (I believe) because I was listening to the Lord. I understand that some may be skeptical, but I believe we get better with practice and I’ve been practicing. During these last 14 months I’ve been practicing quite a lot. And, it’s more than simply belief when you see the results in your life.

Because I met this man I decided to start a project to send 500,000 bibles across the world to a place that doesn’t have easy access to power and therefore, not much internet usage. That means shipping actual bibles instead of virtual ones.

In order for me to meet this man I had to be where he was in San Marcos before he went back home. He was at The Fire & Glory Outpouring on a Thursday night and a man named David asked me at the end of the meeting if I would give the visitor (who I’ll call Peter) a ride back to the Motel 6 in Escondido. I said that I would do that as soon as I said goodbye to someone.

Because saying goodbye took so long, Peter found another ride home. I caught up with him and the man giving him a ride in the parking lot of Summit Church and he asked if I could pick him up where he was staying the next morning. I agreed and that made all the difference in my weekend.

After the morning Fresh Awakening session at The Fire & Glory Outpouring I invited Peter to come to my house for the afternoon before the evening session with Jamie Galloway as guest speaker. I didn’t realize that my wife wouldn’t be able to spend time with us after she got off work that day. Others in the house were busy as well which meant that 95% of the conversation that Friday was just between Peter and me.

We got along quite well and I found myself offering to give him a ride for the entire weekend, which meant at least 10 more rides including to Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (our home church) at 8:30 Sunday morning. During the weekend I found that he hadn’t secured a ride to the airport so I picked him up before 7 on Monday and took him to Lindbergh field.

Wait! There’s more! We didn’t just ride together, but we worshiped together over and over. I highly recommend this strategy for growing closer to someone. By Monday morning we weren’t just friends, but brothers. He even invited me to preach over Skype sometime which is a real growth opportunity.

You may be wondering why I mentioned God’s timing in the title of this post.

Months ago as I was seeking to hear from the Lord I felt that he was telling me that it’s OK to go to Comic-Con in 2017, but not the World Series of Poker. As I mentioned earlier, because I listened to God I was able to meet and get to know Peter BECAUSE I was in San Marcos, California.

This afternoon I decided to take a closer look at the May calendar to see about God’s timing. You may not even know about the World Series of Poker(WSOP), but I have been there before and months ago I had been sincerely thinking about going after missing this “festival of poker tournaments” in recent years.

If I had decided to go to the WSOP I would likely have only given Peter a ride on Friday morning and then driven to Las Vegas, Nevada after dropping him off back at the Motel 6. It’s very possible that I would have never met Peter because I could have gone up even earlier to spend time with a friend who lives there and be plenty rested before I entered one of the poker tournaments.

It should be obvious to everyone that if I was in Las Vegas, Nevada during late May I wouldn’t have been able to get to know Peter who was in San Marcos, California for just over four days.

Great stuff can happen when we worship God “in Spirit and in Truth”. We might just be able to hear stuff from Him that He really, really wants us to know.

David Herzog is coming this week. Will you be there?

You never know who you’re going to meet. Except Jesus.

He’ll meet you there with His perfect timing!

Mike McClenahan Touchdown!

( Alternate title: *Support Your Local Pastor* )

Each of us has our own idea of what we like to hear in a speaker. To be fair, Mike McClenahan is one of my favorite traditional church preachers. I’m not just saying that because he’s my senior pastor. Once in a great while I will hear what I consider a bad sermon, but NEVER from Mike.

In fact, about two or three times a year I hear a sermon from him to which I consider the only appropriate response to be for us to leave the church in worshipful silence. (But…that’s not how the Presbyterian church does things.)

In my fantasy backyard I have a deluxe hammock and re-listen to Mike’s sermon while relaxing there. This week I’ll listen to yesterday’s sermon at home sans hammock.

If you’re a real stickler you may disagree with me. You might even say you have to go to baseball for a proper metaphor. IF we switch to baseball instead of football I would say this sermon is at least a triple, but I believe it would be more fair to call it a home run, maybe even a grand slam.

However, since I’m the one writing I believe we’ll just stick with touchdown. There definitely will be more touchdowns to come. One great thing about preachers is they almost all get better as the years go by. With football players they might get better for a while, but eventually they just get older as Charger (and Green Bay and all other) fans are well aware.

While we all get older, Mike McClenahan is getting better every year. You’re welcome to come see him preach at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church at 8:30 or 10:15 on Sundays. As for me, I’ve seen him preach for about a decade and a half and I hope get to hear Mike preach until he’s real old, like 105 or 110. That would be cool.

Who needs retirement anyway?

SBPC Sermon January 15, 2017

We Encourage When We Share

Most mornings I wake up with a song in my head. I truly enjoy music and during the last six months or so I’ve been listening to a lot more worship music. (I think I even mentioned this in an earlier blog post.)

Here’s how I think it works for me and I believe that means it can work for you as well.

Because I’ve been sincerely seeking to know God better through semi-regular worship and creating a study with two like-minded friends from church, I’ve been led/gone down a different (or deeper) path.

When I was 24 and my mom died of lung cancer I didn’t try hard enough to find help through people of faith. I remember reaching a point where people were telling me that maybe I needed to go to a professional (or semi-professional student counselor at SDSU, in my case) counselor to discuss my grief.

It is not my intention to sound harsh, but maybe what I should have done is found other believers who were willing to meet with me and pray with me (and counsel me) AND if I couldn’t find those believers at MY CHURCH, I should have looked at other churches for believers who would help.

That doesn’t necessarily mean leaving that church, but if that’s what I had to do then that’s what I should have done. As believers we have to take responsibility for our faith. (Check out Galatians 6:5-15 at BibleStudyTools.com which covers a great deal in this area.)

Today my wife and I attend Solana Pres in Solana Beach, California. I started attending a little over two decades ago. We also attend The Fire & Glory Outpouring Revival which is currently hosted at Summit Church in San Marcos, California. This doesn’t mean we are switching churches.

Tonight at 7:00 I expect that we will worship revival-style and tomorrow morning at 8:30 we will worship passionate-Presbyterian (or as close as Presbyterians get to passionate worship?) style.

When I started this blog I hoped to share my journey with Jesus honestly and assumed that a good number of readers would support me when I launch my brand.

What I’m finding is that by worshiping more frequently and continuing to meet regularly with good christian friends I can trust I’m more open to what God is calling me to do.

Evangelism is one of those things. I tell strangers that God loves them and I’m more open to conversations with them about what they want to talk about. Surprisingly, lots of people are open to someone who is sharing enthusiastically about their faith and many of those people are open to me praying for them. Sometimes that means right there on the spot.

If people support my brand when I launch, that’s wonderful. But, there is more to this blog than supporting me in what I do. Who’s supporting you?

Here’s Crowder with that song in my head when I woke up this morning.

God bless you!