• That Sermon on the Mount series went fast.
  • Whoa.
  • Who knew 9 weeks could go that quickly?
  • I think Seth summed it up well yesterday when he said something like, “If I want to feel good about myself, I don’t read the Sermon on the Mount. But I read it because I want to feel good about Jesus, the Suffering Servant who lived out his kingdom vision and calls me to follow him on the same path he walked.”
  • Amen.
  • Before the series started, I shared these “4 Reasons We Need Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount” and, sure enough, I’m glad we got a taste of these things.
  • Now, I’m looking forward to starting our next series, Home Away From Home.
  • As we look toward taking the first step in building out our property, we’re going to hone in on Jesus’ teaching in “The Upper Room Discourse” in John 13-17.
  • I think it will be great to bookend the early teaching of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount with the later teaching of Jesus in the Upper Room.
  • In both cases, I think God is using his word to shape us to be the kind of church he wants us to be.
  • Along with our elders, I feel confident that moving forward to double our capacity with a new building is something God is leading us to.
  • And I also feel 100% confident that God is calling us to be a church that lives out John 13-17.
  • I’m sure a few folks will be skeptical or even brace themselves for this series, thinking, “Oh, great. A building project. Ugh.”
  • I’m sure that if I had the experiences they’ve had with building projects, I’d probably feel the same way.
  • One of my hopes is to surprise folks like this with how God-focused, non-manipulative, and (dare I say?) enjoyable an initiative like this can be.
  • Should be fun.
  • Yesterday was my first Sunday preaching with the Fitbit I received for my birthday.
  • Logged quite a day: Over 13,000 steps, 6 miles, 5,900 calories burned, and 289 active minutes.
  • I guess that’s why I’m so tired after Sundays!
  • I like the Fitbit so far, but I’m wondering if Molly would’ve saved money by buying one from all the people that don’t use theirs anymore — seems like a lot of folks.
  • Also enjoyed working out this morning at the new Mountainside Fitness in Queen Creek.
  • Nice to have a spot like that so close to home.
  • It’s new, clean, nice, and I see a bunch of people I know.
  • Broncos play tonight, and I hope that after nearly a week and a half off they look stronger than their last outing.
  • Last few games have been hard to watch.
  • Somebody brought over a Broncos jersey for Hank the other day with his name on it.
  • My girls have Broncos clothes they occasionally wear on game day, but it was really fun to think that I have a son and he might actually wear a Broncos jersey around for fun.
  • Like my nephews who practically live in their various jerseys.
  • Awesome.
  • Molly and Hank made their first outing to Gateway last night at the 5:00pm.
  • Really encouraging to experience all the love and support of people who are excited to see them and meet Hank.
  • We’re still figuring life out with this new thing.
  • Last time we had a baby, our next oldest kid was 5 years old.
  • This time, with a 2 year-old on hand, things are a bit trickier.
  • But I think we’re on a good path.
  • Somebody gave us a “Vote Hank for President” onesie yesterday, which may be among the best options available at this point.
  • The good news is the election is almost over.
  • The bad news is that the crazy isn’t going to shake itself out of our system for quite some time.
  • Here’s an article that I liked a lot, for those of you who consider yourself conservative and are still undecided about what to do.
  • I don’t agree with all the options presented, but I can respect them and trust that many good people will just all have to make the best of an unfortunate situation.
  • Some were surprised that I spoke out against Prop 205 in yesterday’s sermon.
  • I don’t do that stuff lightly and I know it’s always tricky to think about why to speak about one thing and not another.
  • But in this case, I thought it fit as an application of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Here’s a place where you can read more about Prop 205 and why it’s not a good thing for the people in our state.
  • We’re all in fascinating times to be alive and I hope we can all extend each other some grace as we navigate these tricky waters.
  • Just spent the morning mapping out the series we’re going to be doing leading up to Christmas.
  • It’s going to be very different than what you probably think.
  • But that’s all I’ll say for now.
  • Alright, time to get moving.
  • Have an outstanding day and look for some unexpected moments to shine grace and beauty into the lives of those around you.
  • All of life is all for Jesus.
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