Attn Worship Leaders: My song “Gloria” is featured in this week’s Discover Worship newsletter. Check out the song, a blog, Discover Worship’s online subscription service (and a free 3-song trial)!
Hey guys, here are the songs from camp as promised. So, the yellow script to the side of each song is a link to buy the song on iTunes. I don’t know why it’s yellow. And I can’t figure out how to change it right now.
If you’d like to comment below, I’d love to hear about what God did in your life this week.
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Michael Bleecker iTunes
Song of Moses Unhindered, Aaron Keyes iTunes
Look and See Village Church iTunes
How Great The Love Village Church Denton iTunes
Lord I Need You Matt Maher iTunes
10,000 Reasons Matt Redman iTunes
Here For You Matt Redman iTunes
One Thing Remains Bethel Church iTunes
How He Loves John Mark McMillan iTunes
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin iTunes
Jesus Paid It All Kristian Stanfill iTunes
In Christ Alone Stuart Townend iTunes
Cornerstone Hillsong iTunes
The Stand Hillsong United iTunes
So a few weeks ago, I fell off a ladder. Yep, just fell off of it. Feet were 7 feet in the air and then I was on the ground. It hurt. My knee still hurts. But the point of the story is not for you to feel sorry for me. The point is this…
A man came over to help me. He was at the park with his family and I guess he saw me fall. We had quite a conversation, some of which was quite humorous, but I’ll skip that. The important part was that one of the last things he said to me was, “You should thank whatever God you believe in that you were not hurt worse.”
I look back at that day and that sentence is what haunts me. He mentioned God and quite probably did not believe in Jesus. I had an opportunity to share with him, but I was so consumed with my own pain, with my own life that I didn’t even notice the opening. I wonder how often that happens in the rest of my life. How many times has someone left me an opening to tell them about Jesus, but I am so consumed with what is going on in my life that I completely miss it?
About 6 months ago, I ran out of gas on the highway. (Yes, I know I’m an idiot. Go ahead and laugh.) At the exit I had just passed was a large church, but there was no gas station. So I started walking on to the next exit, which it turned out was about 3 miles. During my walk, church got out. Hundreds and hundreds of people walked out to the parking lot, got into their cars, drove out onto the highway, and passed the stupid man walking 3 miles to the gas station. Most probably never even noticed I was there. And they had just left church! I hope the sermon wasn’t on taking care of the needy. But I’m not upset with them, instead I felt a complete understanding of them. They were just like me after falling from the ladder. They were so consumed with their own lives that they never noticed the opening right in front of them.
So my prayer for me and for you is that God makes our hearts sensitive to those in need, and helps us to notice when we have an opportunity to talk about him. So for the next few posts, I’m going to talk about evangelism. I know you’re thrilled. It’s an uncomfortable subject, but I learned some things this year that I’d like to share.
Thanks for reading.
We just moved, as many of you know. We left our old house clean and did the repairs the buyers asked for. We even left them a few bonus things, mostly things we didn’t want. We arrived at our new house to find a sheet of paper on the kitchen counter where the seller had written out everything she could think of to help us start our new life in this home. She made it as simple as possible to grasp all the details of a new place.
We came straight to our new house from camp. At camp, we had talked about how prayer, worship, and evangelism are all lifestyles, not just skills. As I saw that sheet of paper, I thought about the potential there. In sharing details of a home with someone, you could let them know where you went to church in this town. If they need help with something, you could give them the number of a Christian friend in your neighborhood. Obviously, they don’t have to take advantage of any of that, but just giving them the option opens the door to all kinds of possibilities.
Of course, hopefully you will only move a few times in your life. Can you think of any other ways that you could reach out to people in a non-threatening way? How could we connect people to other Christians and to church while actually helping them?
My wife is raising money for International Justice Mission. IJM is a great organization helping victims of abuse and oppression all over the world. You can learn more about them on their website. Right now they are doing a fundraising campaign called Just Run, where runners get sponsors and all the money goes to help IJM in their work around the world. She has just started and almost has 10% of her goal, but I know we can raise much more than that. I just wanted to let you guys know so you can either give, or at least learn about IJM and pray for this fundraising. You can help and learn more at this site. Thanks for your help.
Hey, the website’s up and running again. I’m so sorry for all the time that you couldn’t get on toddagnew.com, and instead had to read your Bible, hang out with your family, talk to real people, and eat good food. Seriously, I am sorry that the site has been down (in case you missed the news, it was hacked and had to be rebuilt from scratch.) So you missed a fairly strenuous time in our lives. We packed up and moved from Austin to Dallas. I preached two camps and led worship for one. I led for the last time at our church, Austin Stone Community Church. My wife got a great promotion, which instigated this process, but God made His opinion loud and clear for us and we are very grateful. I’m starting seminary in the fall at DTS (Dallas Theological Seminary). I’ll still be on the road a couple of weekends a month (same as last year) so hopefully I’ll get to see you somewhere this year. So we’re busy unpacking and getting settled here in the Metroplex. Definitely miss Austin but really excited about what God is going to do with us here.
So there’s the quick update from my end. Why don’t you leave a comment below and give us your summer update. New blogs coming soon. Thanks.