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This all took places over a series of months, I wish I had blogged / journaled it as it happened but I didn’t so I’m trying to remember it all as accurately as possible. So we were visiting other churches and began to really like the idea of the whole church, the big “C” Church, the Body of Christ. I’ve been part of churches in the past that were really internally focused. If you didn’t go go to that specific church it was unlikely that you were going to heaven. During this period I was reading a lot of books (Blue Like Jazz, Unchristian, etc.) and listening to sermons that were really driving the idea of one Church home. A friend and I began talking about doing our own Churchy-thing. We didn’t know what it would ultimately look like but we wanted to try something different. I was thinking about a para-church youth group thing and he was more interested in adults. He knew someone that he had met in California who was a Pastor in Charlotte that was interested in getting involved. Housing is fairly reasonable here in North Carolina and it had always been my idea to have church in a house. I was still thinking High Schoolers at this point. We got together with the Pastor from Charlotte and I kinda pitched the ideas that I had. He was leading his church’s College Age / Young Adult ministry and asked if we wanted to see their building. It was really cool because it was in a small house. It really was exactly what I was looking for. So then the vision, His vision, shifted. My friend could have church for adults and I could work with the Young Adults. I started looking for a house and we found the Old Rural Hall House, (click here for pics and info), We started praying because we don’t have what they wanted. (30K) Paige even called and asked if they would consider donating it. We were on our way to becoming a Non-profit organization so thought they may consider it. After a long time of waiting they finally said no. We were undeterred knowing that God is big and we really just want what He wants anyway. We drive by the Old Rural Hall place almost everytime we leave our house so we pray that God would work out the details on a place. Somewhere along the line my friend and I realized that our vision was too different and we decided that I would go on my own. BurnedByChurch.org was birthed during this period as we realized how much damage people who claimed to be christians do to people who aren’t christians or heck even to christians. I’ve done it myself. There are certain things that I believe you have to do / believe to be a christian, but this didn’t stop me from making another big list, just like the Pharisees back in Jesus’ time, that you had to do or not do to be a christian. If you’ve met christian you’ve probably met: Hypocritical, Holier-Than-Thou, Arrogant, Pushy, Closed-Minded, Self-Righteous, Judgmental, Intolerant, Fanatical, Homophobic, Republicans. Turns out, Jesus isn’t anything like that. So I needed to change first. I don’t want to judge you. I think the views on homosexuality, premarital sex, drinking and other hot button issues are something I can’t just give you an answer  and you’ll change you’re mind, we have been taught by society for our whole lives that some of these things were ok. As christians we know what God says but why would we expect someone who doesn’t know Him to believe Him when republican_jesus1His representatives often behave so badly. See the previous stereotypical list of christian behaviors. It stings. I thought to be a christian I had to think Bush was almost the messiah. I don’t have to be a Republican. I’m sure Jesus isn’t. I found that I looked down on people who drank and smoked. OK, so which is the sin, having a drink or looking down on someone who does? I think Jesus wants us to love people. He talked about it a whole bunch in the bible. He took the 10 Commandments and broke it down into 2. LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE. The Jews took the 10 and made them into 613 Commandments. We want to do the same thing. I’m not saying that there isn’t sin but I’m saying you are you’re problem and everyone else is God’s. I’m also not saying that you should never try and help someone with a problem  but I am saying you better be doing it from a place of love.

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Trust pt 3

Posted: February 20, 2009 in Chihuahua, Chihuahuas, God, Music, trust
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Wow, Almost Everthing Changes pt 1 ended pretty droopy, things are going so much better than that. It was a tough in_god_we_trusttime. We lost a lot then and losing Meshach was really rough. He was really sick but we were praying and had taken him to the Vet and really thought he was going to get better. When he died it hit us really hard. As I said before it is some much easier to trust when you understand. God taught me that I sure don’t understand everything but I have spent enough time with Him to trust Him. It can be hard and sometimes I falter. It’s so much easier looking back, I can see His hand in all of it, teaching, training and loving us through it. It helped us realised even more that God is really there and tuned in to us (and you). We had been going for some time to a Saturday church service at Reynolda Presbyterian called Verge748 (click text to go to it’s website) when Meshach died we didn’t think we were going to go, but we know that it really is the best place for us when everything goes wrong. The enemy (and no he’s not red with horns and a tail, but real nonetheless.) will do whatever he can to keep you from getting the help you need. If he finds out a headache will keep you from church, you should expect a lot of them, especially right before church. So we decided to go, the music is always especially good. Gene the worship leader sang a song that I don’t remember hearing before but we knew that it was God talking to us directly. I know why the devil didn’t want us to go. Here is the song:

Centuries

by Aaron Strumpel

You will turn your ear to me
You will hear my cry for mercy
You will loosen things unseen
What can  man do to me?

I’ll sing for joy in Your place of rest
I’ll sleep in peace resting on Your chest
And Your voice will sound like a thousand waters
Your song will rush for ten thousand centuries

You will be my help in trouble
You will be my place of refuge
You will cut these bindings free
What can  man do to me?

Now most of this song really speaks to our situation, from hearing our cries to other parts I’m not going to cover here today, but when he got to:

I’ll sing for joy in Your place of rest
I’ll sleep in peace resting on Your chest

we both broke down. Now if you don’t have a relationship with God, this is going to sound very strange, I believe God does speak to me, but not in an audible voice. He’ll use people, books, tv, songs and even other things. I heard a Pastor named Bill Hybels talk about whispers. God speaks in whispers and when you are in relationship with Him you learn to hear these whispers. Through that song that we almost didn’t hear God told us that He knows about us, He feels the things we feel, and He loves us, you see Meshach had died on Paige’s chest while she cuddled him. We knew he had a plan even if we didn’t get it. He also gave us a peace about the whole thing. Now if this whole whisper thing sounds weird to you, it is.  God isn’t exactly like us, there is much more to Him than to us. He is not natural. He is supernatural. I can’t explain it better than that, If I were you I’d ask Him. He is there. He cares and He’ll listen and He may even whisper it to ya.

Dr. Vievil

Dr. Vi-evil

As I said looking back it’s easier to understand. ViVi is such a blessing to us. She’s not a replacement for Meshach but she’s pretty special. She is such a girly girl but tough as nails and best of all she’s a Papa’s girl. I still miss Meshach but I know where he is. He’s in good hands. love ya’ll. mike





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It has been way too long since I blogged. It has been so long that almost everything has changed. One of the only 27634change-postersconstants is God. I’ll start about in the middle, heck I don’t know if it’s the middle but I do know it isn’t the beginning and I’m even surer it isn’t the end.

In September we left the church that we believe God brought us to here in North Carolina. I had been on staff for about a year and a half so it wasn’t an easy decision and it certainly wasn’t made quickly. We believed as we do now that we were supposed to do something else. I learned so much at Calvary Chapel of the Triad. It’s the place I learned that I love Junior and Senior High students. I learned I had a heart for them and a gifting as well. I learned how to tell people tough stuff, even when it hurt. I learned to speak publicly. I became a Deacon and it was the first place someone said that I was going to be a Pastor. I met a lot of friends and some people that I thought of as family. It was tough on both Paige and I. We really weren’t sure what we were supposed to do. So we went to church somewhere else. We lost Meshach in this period.

to be continued in part 2 …