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Almost Everything Changes pt 3

Posted: March 6, 2009 in God, ONE
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Faith !?!?

Faith !?!?

It really is crazy how God works sometimes but I’m way ahead of myself. 😛   So I left off with a pretty size-able rant about the church but if you know me you know I can be pretty passionate about something I believe in and I sure believe christians misrepresent God. Before I go off again we should continue on with the story … (I had updated this already but I lost it. backup, backup, backup!) So heck, I don’t even really know where I am in the story but  know it keeps getting bigger. Paige and I really kinda headed out on our own. We have some friends that are coming along side of us but most day to day decisions are us and God. We still didn’t have a place to meet so Paige saw another building pretty close to us, it was huge. I, being the Giant-of-Faith that I am, discouraged her from calling, this place was huge and nothing we could ever afford. We were still praying that God would make a way for us to get into the other smaller place. So she ended up calling the Realtor and they said it was 2900 Square feet and that it was $100,000. Now this isn’t much in Los Angeles or even Boise, ID but it’s a chunk of change here and more than we’ve got or want to borrow. So we forgot about it. A few weeks later, Paige got a message from a guy asking her to call him back. Fortunately, we are able to pay our bills so we had no fear that it was a creditor, mad at us. So she called him. His name was Richard and he was the owner of the giant house and he was just checking in to see if we were interested in the house. Paige told him that we were, and why we wanted it, and that we couldn’t afford it. He asked what kind of money we were working with.  She told him, little to none. He thought it was strange to be looking for a place with no money. She told him again that we were looking for a place for our church

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/ ministry. He didn’t really say anything. So after a lull she went on. She said that she thought that God was going to put us in the place He wanted us in and that we were just trying to go where He wanted us. We know that this sounds crazy, we sound like lunatics, it is crazy, but it’s also true. Another lull as we imagine Richard getting ready to hang up the phone. He doesn’t. He just says that he thinks God may be behind the call. 🙂 See it is crazy!  Crazy but true. He says he wants to meet with us to show us the building.  CRAZY! So we set up a date a few days later. We can’t believe it.As the day gets closer both Paige and I begin to think something crazy is going to happen. We don’t know exactly what and we are afraid to get our hopes up too high, even though we trust God. Sometimes, most times, He has a different timetable that we do. Thankfully, He always has a better plan, and timing plays into that. We are afraid even though we trust because, unfortunately, we are human, which turns out to be the best option on earth (unless you are one of our Chihuahua’s). He knows we don’t have money but want to meet with us. Odd.

So the day arrives and we go to meet with Richard. We’ve prayed quite a bit about and for this moment. I’m afraid of what he is going to think of me. I’ve got a 5 inch chin,beardy thingy. I can imagine we aren’t what he expects. He’s cool right off the bat, he’s older, but he says he didn’t expect anything so he wasn’t disappointed. He warns us that the place isn’t perfect. We weren’t thinking it was. So he takes us on a tour. It is huge. I can’t even tell you how many rooms there are. They are everywhere. The floor is mostly hardwood and is beat up but mostly with a little cleaning and some varnish would be wonderful. I didn’t really have enough time to plot out how it could all work but I can see it. There is even an semi-finished upstairs. It’s all framed out to add more rooms but doesn’t have sheetrock yet. It is even set for plumbing. Cool. So we get done and he asks us what we think. We love it.

to be continued …

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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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to be continued …

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 …