Wow…

Wow….that’s the only word that I can find to express what we experienced yesterday at Freedom Church.  Here are  a few of the highlights:

- We celebrated the 2 year anniversary of Freedom.  It is hard for me to believe that it has been 2 years already.  Lots of changed lives and people celebrating our great God.

-We launched a new series called, Freedom 2.0.  This series is all about the vision and values of Freedom Church.

-We had a Slam Poet write a piece specifically for this day and used it to intro into a song.  It was crazy intense!

-Freedom Worship debuted a new original song.  It was rockin’!

-Pastor J.R. also announced that Freedom Church will be moving on March 7 from Barber Middle School to North Cobb High School.  Barber has been awesome but North Cobb is going to take things to a whole new level.

-We lined the entrances to our campus with signs that displayed the first names of everyone who has accepted Christ since our launch.  It was a powerful visual of all that God has done in 2 years!

- Pastor J.R. reminded us that while the last 2 years have been awesome, the best is yet to come!

2 Year Anniversary

Exactly 2 years ago, I was going insane because I was going crazy thinking about the launch of Freedom Church.  I can remember being extremely excited and pumped.  (I also remember being terrified that no one was going to show up.)

Not much has changed.  Well, I’m not as worried that no one is going to show up.  However, every Saturday I still have that same excitement about the upcoming Sunday.

Tomorrow is no exception!  We are going to have an unbelievable celebration of all that God has done over the past 2 years.  I’ll see you there at 9:45 and 11:15!!

Also, Pastor J.R. is making a HUGE announcement!   You won’t want to hear this information second hand.

Listen Up!

I feel like I am in a season of learning.  I always work hard to try to learn, but right now, things seem like they are in turbo.

One of the things God is teaching me is that I need to learn to listen for His voice.  I’m learning to say that I love God is to also say that I love God’s voice.

In fact, I’m trying to become a better listener.  Sounds easy enough, right?

Randomness…

1.  Things were jumping last week at Freedom Church.  We had our 2nd largest attendance ever!

2.  We also had 9 people Accept Christ.  That’s something to celebrate!!

3.  Our church turns 2 years old on Jan. 31.  In one sense, it seems like we’ve been doing this forever.  In other ways, it seems like we started last week.

4.  Date night tonight!  I. Can’t. Wait!

5.  Make sure you are at Freedom Church this Sunday!  You will want to kick yourself in the face if you miss it!

Sin is a Waste

I am realizing more than ever that sin leads us to waste the opportunities that God has given to us.  What would happen if we didn’t give in to the temptations that we face and listened to God?

So often, I think we waste our time telling people ‘don’t do this’ or ‘don’t do that’ .  What if we spent that time casting vision to them?  What if we spent more time helping people to realize that God’s preferred future is so much better than any temporary pleasure that they could have.

Kobe Gets It!

I’m not a Kobe fan.  Not even a little bit.  However, I saw a story at the gym a couple of weeks ago that really caught my attention.

Kobe was looking to improve his post game.  In order to do so, he called Hakeem Olajuwon and asked him to work out with him so that Kobe could learn from Hakeem.  Hakeem is regarded as one of the top post players in history, if not the best ever.

One thing I respect about Kobe is this.  He understands that leaders are learners.  He is already considered one of the top 3 players in the league.  He could be comfortable in that.  Instead, he is doing all he can to learn from the best.  He knows that to be a great leader, you have to continuously be learning.

I’ve got tons of respect for that!

Generosity

Recently, our less than 2 year old church gave $80,000 in our Gift Offering.  Especially in a down economy, this was EXTREMELY generous!  The money will be used to bless a few local organizations and also allow Freedom to pounce on any opportunity that God may send our way.  It also allowed us to send money to help with the relief efforts in Haiti.  The people were willing to give their money so that people far from God can experience life in Christ.

I ran across this formula the other day and it really seemed to sum up how God’s economy works:

Subtract what you are spending on yourself.

Add it to what you are investing into people far from God.

God will do the multiplication!

Way to go Freedom Church!  God is going to blow our minds in 2010!!

Randomness

1.  On Jan. 31, Freedom Church will celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary!!  All the things that God has done since our launch have blown my mind.  I am so grateful!!

2.  Freedom Church will be hosting a 50s party for partners on Jan. 24th at Sparkles Skating rink.  I can’t wait to see everyone in their 50s attire.   It is going to be great!!

3.  Clemson had a big win against UNC this week.  The basketball program has really put itself on the map over the past few years.

4.  We are praying for 100 people to Accept Christ during the Come Home series.  Join us in praying and invite someone to come to church with you!!

5.  I am so ready for spring!

6.  My TV died this week.  I have wanted a new one for 5 years but have been too cheap to spring for a new one.  I was so excited that I went out after work and bought  a new one that day.

Every week, we send out an email to all of our First Time Guests to thank them for checking out Freedom.  In that email, there is a link for them to fill out a brief survey.  Here’s one what we received back recently:

What did you first notice?: You guys get the GOLD MEDAL on customer service. EVERYONE spoke to us from the time we crawled out of the car to the person @ the door to the ladies @ the info table to the folks @ kids check in!!! We were also greeted by a man (with slightly reddish hair) who spoke to us before we entered worship and again as we were leaving. Even though my husband and I left the building separately, this guy made a point to say goodbye to each one of us! STELLAR JOB guys!!!

What did you like best?: All of the friendly people and smiling faces! You guys have created a very friendly and welcoming environment. The other thing that I like best is that my 3 kids WANT to come back and are asking if we are coming back this Sunday. You have no idea what a blessing this is. They have LOTS of reasons to NOT want to be at church.

What was your overall impression?: two thumbs up!!   Keep up the good work guys…

To say I am extremely proud of the team at Freedom is a HUGE understatement!  I love the people that help make Freedom happen each week.  You truly are helping people far from God to experience life in Christ!!

Primal

Over the holiday break, I had the honor of reading a copy of Primal by Mark Batterson that was provided to me for review.  I have been a Batterson fan since In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  In fact, that book was encouraging to me as we made the risky move to Georgia to launch Freedom Church.

I loved the way that Batterson challenged the reader to challenge the status quo.  His strong encouragement for each person to ask the question, ‘Does what breaks the heart of God break yours?’ is something that every believer needs to ask themselves.

For me, the major theme of the book seemed to be summed up in this statement, ‘We must be great at the Great Commandment.’  If we would just focus on loving God and loving others, everything else would take care of itself.

Make sure Primal makes it onto your reading list in 2010.  You won’t regret it!!

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