Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Glimpse of the North Charleston Dream Center

I know a lot of you have asked exactly what it is that I am doing at the Dream Center in North Charleston, so I decided to make a short video of the work that God has been doing through us in the last year. Hope you enjoy!

I Love Personality Tests

A friend posted a link on facebook to a personality test: Career Direct. Since I love doing these types of things, I thought I would check it out this morning. It's pretty dead on, except the part about impatient and come on! I NEVER GET LIKE THAT!

Your Profile Type: Motivator

General Description
As a Motivator, you excel in blending your high energy and enthusiasm with the desire to achieve goals and results. Your superior communication skills enable you to effectively motivate others and mobilize them to action.

Typical Areas of Strength
Motivators, like you, are passionate, highly interactive people who love to achieve, influence, and relate with others, especially large groups. You thrive on variety, changes, new challenges, and opportunities to convince others of your viewpoints. You point to the future with great optimism.

Typical Areas of Struggle
You sometimes may push your strengths to the extremes; and you may exhibit weaknesses, such as exaggeration, hyperbole, becoming too emotional, or overlooking key details. You may then begin to be controlling, impatient, or impulsive.

Your Preferred Activities
Because you demonstrate a desire to achieve and be recognized, you function best when you have frequent people interaction and have opportunities to set ambitious goals.

Your Communication Style
You communicate through your superior verbal abilities and combine your zeal and passion to motivate others to action. You sometimes need to wait for other family members to catch-up to your ambitious goals.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Any Thoughts On One for the Dream Center?

I love the old-school church signs! You know, the ones with a funny, yet relevant message. I found a couple cute ones on line, but it made me think what might work at the Dream Center. Share with me any good ones that come to mind or that you've seen!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Bigger Than You Can Imagine

If you go to Seacoast, then you hear it every weekend:

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ALL we can ask or imagine...

It comes from Ephesians 3:20 and tells us of the power of God, but how often do we think about it? His fingerprints are everywhere!

I had one of those moments tonight that you rarely get to experience. I was calling some of the peeps in North Chuck that said they wanted to help volunteer. I am always encouraged by how people are moved to serve our Father in Heaven. Anyways...I come to the last call of the evening and reach JoAnn. I know right away that my silly, sarcastic sense of humor will fly, so I let her rip! We are laughing like old friends within minutes.

She walked into Seacoast North Chuck for the first time this past weekend with her family. How she got there is the cool part!

She was eating with her family at Adolini's in North Chuck on a Sunday afternoon and saw a group eating with Dream Center shirts on. They had been church shopping and just hadn't found the right fit. They were looking for a culturally and social economically diverse church. When they saw the Dream Center, it reminded her of a friend that preached at the L.A.Dream Center there and wondered whether it was the same thing. Searched the internet and found Seacoast. First thought: this isn't the church we were expecting to find, but then saw what we were doing in North Chuck with Adopt-a-Block and all.

This weekend they found their new church home at the Dream Center. The cool part for me...guess who the peeps were chowing down on pepperoni pizza! Yep...some of our friends and us! Who would have ever guessed that God would use that to bring people to the Dream Center? All I was doing was enjoying a pizza with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Where You Are At...

I am sitting here on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, resting and anticipating the words that God has for people that will walk into the Dream Center tomorrow morning, but if I am honest...Sundays aren't my favorite day. It isn't that I dread them, it is just that I feel like it has become the universal 'God Day.'

It's Sunday, we are expecting to go to church and we are expecting to share the message and we are expecting people to make the decision to follow Christ, but when did that become the norm?

Don't get me wrong, I know that many of you reading this will say that you share Christ daily and I am encouraged by that, but I question whether that is the norm? If we look at the life of Christ as an example, He shared the gospel where he was at: the well, the middle of the street, a friend's home, the dinner table...where ever He was at and where ever there were people to listen.

That's why I love the Dream Center! Because we have taken a deliberate approach to take the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to where the people are...I look forward to:
  • the times I drive down the street and can share Him
  • Adopt-a-Block Saturdays where we bring it to a person's doorstep
  • dinners with friends as their loved ones are imprisoned
  • greeting people as they come looking for food and clothing, but receive so much
  • seeing the eyes of people as volunteer medical staff heal them in the name of Jesus

You see, if you are looking for Jesus in the church on Sunday, I'm afraid you are seeing in part. He is outside the four walls of that building and my prayer is that you will find Him and share Him where you are at...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Amie Needs...

So one of my friends is calling me a slogger and I agree. I have been slack on the blog. I'll blame it on Facebook and the fact that gave my camera to my sister-in-law to borrow, so I haven't taken any cool pictures to post either. of things on Facebook that is popular right now is this: go to Google and put in the search in parenthesis 'YOUR NAME needs'. For me, it's pretty darn funny:

Amie needs:
  • beer and juicy pictures from hurricanes
  • help
  • numbers
  • a tissue
  • to know about music
  • to buy the following supplies for her trip: camera, journal, compass and hiking boots (didn't know I was going to take a trip)
Last, but not least (and I am not kidding)...NO INTRODUCTION!!!