There has been so much activity here over the past few days: oversized trucks have delivered construction materials, landscaping supplies, large tubs of paint, pallets of pavers, fencing panels and more; rooms have been cleaned out; air-conditioning units have been installed; the high ceilings of the auditorium and multipurpose area, the hallway and other rooms have been painted; doors and walls have been sanded; post holes have been dug; furniture has been cleaned; and landscaping work has been commenced. And there has been plenty of activity in the kitchen, too, preparing meals for the workers and creating welcoming times of fun and interaction with others. But there's more work still to be done. If you haven't made your way to our Extreme Makeover yet, join us tomorrow or Saturday, and plan to be a part of our worship celebration on Sunday morning with the special morning tea following.
There are only days to go before the 'extreme makeover' refurbishment of our church facilities and our church family is busy with working bees and preliminary preparations for Thursday. Yes, it's a big task and if we take our eyes off God and focus on the mountains of tasks still to be organised and the waves of tiredness that threaten to swamp us, we will become discouraged and overwhelmed. Warren Wiersbe once said that 'Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.'
Please pray with us that we will look past the problems and see all that God would have us accomplish in our building refurbishment and in the lives of all involved as we work and share and encourage each other- building, not just a church facility, but a community of God's people.
We'll endeavour to provide updates on our quick-build throughout the week, so keep watching this space.
The church here at Tweed Coast is growing and we have an exciting vision for the work here, in the nearby areas of Kingscliff, Pottsville and Cabarita and within the soon-to- be developed area of Cobaki. This is a growth area for families with even greater growth anticipated within the next few years.
As you would no doubt be aware, our Tweed Coast church family is planning an extreme makeover– a renovation of our current church facilities and we need you. We’re looking to upgrade our buildings to reflect a family focus in keeping with our community neighbours. They’re the people who work, live and love in this community and, just like you, have a strong emphasis on building families that survive and thrive. We invite you to help us make a difference in their lives. It won’t be glamorous, but a little hard work is going to be mixed with genuine caring and friendship. The countdown is on and we're down to 11 days remaining before this work begins.
Is all this possible? Absolutely! We're looking for 100, even more, and already 50 people have signed up to assist us with this exciting project or contributed financially. Whole families have signed up and some have booked accommodation at some of the holiday resorts nearby.. it's, sort of, a working holiday. So, whether you can help for the full 3 days or just a few hours, please join us- painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, handy people, gofers, cleaners, those with ability in food preparation but especially, intercessors. Please join us September 29 to October 1. Register right here on our church website: www.tweedccc.com.au
I look forward to seeing you there.
This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11 tragedy, a watershed in US history as terrorism reached into the seemingly impregnable heart of US. And here in Australia, we held our breath as media recounted tales of courage and heroism amid the destruction, the despair and the heartache of devastated men, women and families. In retrospect, Daniel Darling (crosswalk.com) considers the lessons that have been learned, if any and particularly in relation to leadership, following this crisis. He suggests that good leadership in crisis depends on character. Character (formed, he argues, by a strong faith in Christ) keeps your eye on the ball. A crisis doesn’t make a leader, but it does reveal his character. It strips away the pretense, the pretending, the slogans, the smiles and lays bare a man or woman’s soul. Read his article here..
'This week is a sober one as we look back on the tragedy of 9/11. I’m amazed at how many of the memories come flooding back as I read the article and watch some of the clips. I recently read through my copy of WorldMagazine, who did a fantastic job with some original reporting and retrospectives. 9/11 offered some powerful lessons in leadership. Most everyone, outside of the leftwing fever swamps, agrees that President Bush and Mayor Rudy Guliani were exemplary in their leadership after 9/11. You may not agree with all of their politics or perhaps decisions made afterword, etc. but in the days after the tragedy, America was led well.
What does 9/11 teach us about leadership? I’ve found three compelling things:
Leadership is facing unknown crises. We typically select our political leaders based on a whole host of reasons, such as their position on health care, moral issues, fiscal issues, national security issues. Sometimes we forget to ask ourselves, What kind of man or woman is this? Are they competent to lead?'
Read the whole article....
Sunday is Father's Day and, with the growing number of women who opt for a family without a father, the question is asked, "Does a dad matter?" The role of father has certainly been downplayed but fathers have a unique and irreplaceable part to play in the lives of our children. A father needs to be physically, spiritually and emotionally involved in their children's lives. In practical terms, he provides, nurtures and guides. The wealth of social-science data of teen pregnancies, poor school grades, depression, drug and alcohol abuse in fatherless kids supports these claims that fathers bring a vital dose of love, security and stability to their wives and children. They make a very positive difference indeed (familyfacts.org). Would you be surprised to learn that these finding also report that frequency of church attendance is a stronger predictor of paternal involvement in on-on-one activities with children than employment and income? As Rebecca Hagelin (The Heritage Foundation) states, "Maybe the folks in the make-believe world of television and the movies can get by without 'functional marrieds' and the dads who make up one half of the vital equation. But for those of us in the real world, fathers play an irreplaceable role. So to all the fathers out there: Don't let the pop culture relegate you to oblivion. We need your leadership and your love- we need you. You are vital to your families, to our society and to nation's future. Please, make every day a day of fathering."
Jeremy Reynalds (crosswalk.com) writes further on the importance of dads for today's family despite society's attempts to trivialise their importance. Please read his article:
Unjustly or not, I think that sometimes dads feel cheated when it comes to Father's Day. It seems to play second fiddle to Mother's Day. Here is some interesting information I found (www.menstuff.org) comparing the two days:
"Mother's Day is about heartstrings. Father's Day is about hardware and last-minute shopping. Father's Day is less revered: not planned as far ahead, less time is spent together as a family and gifts are chintzier. Mother's Day - 150 million cards sold. Father's Day, a Hallmark afterthought, sees less than 95 million. While Mother's Day racks 150 million phone calls, Father's Day has 140 million but holds the title for most calls placed collect. Mother's Day ranks as the number one holiday for wired flowers with 23 percent of all holiday floral sales. Father's Day gets beat out by such bloom-crazy events as Thanksgiving. Statistically, men are more likely to get flowers at their funeral than for Father's Day.
Mother's Day is the biggest brunch day of the year and a bigger dining out day than Valentine's Day with 38 percent of adults eating out. Father's Day sees 23 percent of adults eating out. It is a bigger day on the golf links, which tend to attract a mix of all-male foursomes, couples and dads with kids. Top gift for mom - clothing. Top gift for dad - one of 8 million neckties sold for the occasion. Happy Father's Dad, anyway, dad!
Church planting and growth has been a focus for most of my ministry. I frequently lecture and speak on church planting and have been actively involved in many church plants. Under God's hand and direction, my wife, Kaye, and I planted the