Monday Mind Dump (11/25/19)

Luke Simmons / November 25, 2019
mind dump

  • Getting an early start to a short week.
  • I simultaneously can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving and that Thanksgiving is so late.
  • Weird for sure.
  • Felt rewarding to finish preaching through Exodus yesterday.
  • I always feel a sense of accomplishment when we complete a book.
  • Used to be mostly me preaching a book — but now that I share it more, I still feel that sense.
  • Yesterday’s sermon was a challenging one to prepare for some reason.
  • I felt pretty solid about the content but figuring out how to introduce and frame it was pretty tough.
  • I saw this on Friday and thought it was pretty much spot on:
  • Most of the time that prep process is pretty straightforward and simple for me, but not this week.
  • You can watch the finished product here if you want.
  • The other big event in our family yesterday was getting a new TV.
  • Our previous TV is nearly 15 years old and we’ve been wanting to upgrade for a long time and the day finally arrived.
  • Now I can actually read the scores of football games and see how much time is left!
  • It’s part of an overall home re-shuffling project we’re doing over the next month or so to move our older daughters into a new room and create some space in another for them to hang out with friends.
  • Got the TV at Costco and learned what a madhouse that is on Sunday.
  • I love Costco all the time, but especially when it’s nuts.
  • Molly totally disagrees and she thinks I’m the one who’s nuts.
  • Also got to see Frozen 2 this weekend and was really happy with how good it was.
  • Disney hasn’t gotten to where they are by making a bunch of bad movies.
  • Speaking of Disney, I keep hearing about Disney+ but have no plans to get it.
  • I have all the streaming services I can handle at this point.
  • I’m really fascinated by how all the different streaming services will add to the fragmentation of our culture.
  • For the last 40 years, one of the unifying factors in culture was that pretty much everyone had access to and was entertained by the same stuff.
  • Not anymore, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
  • Friday night was the All-Redemption Prayer Night and it was really encouraging to be with folks from all over our church family to pray and sing together.
  • They also released a 30-day Prayer Guide that looks really good.
  • It’s the kind of thing you could use during Advent, to kick off the new year, or any other time really.
  • Speaking of Advent, that’s our next sermon series at Gateway.
  • We’ve synced up with the Kids ministry and we’re all doing the same four themes (hope, peace, joy, and love) and passages for the next four weeks leading up to Christmas.
  • For Christmas this year we’ll be doing four services: 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, and 5:30pm.
  • You can learn more and RSVP at ChristmasAtGateway.com.
  • This Sunday we’ll also be announcing this year’s Christmas Offering and I’m getting very excited to share about it.
  • I think we’ll be able to make a big difference that will help us be the best friend our community has.
  • Stay tuned.
  • Before I go, I thought I’d share a couple of things I saw online last week that might be worth looking at:
  • “How I Got Out of Anxiety Attacks” by Josh Howerton – I know of Josh through some mutual ministry friends and I had heard that he was dealing with anxiety attacks right before preaching. Here he shares about that process and what has helped him — I’m sure it won’t be helpful for all people dealing with anxiety, but it was interesting to read.
  • “Reflection on 20 Years of Marriage” by Brad Hambrick – Not sure where I stumbled on this from, but I resonated with it.
  • “Former Oregon WR Becomes a Hero” by College Gameday (video) – I saw this Saturday morning and was moved to tears and then showed it to Molly and so was she.
  • Finally, I’m thinking this morning about my friend Riccardo Stewart who preached his final sermon as the Lead Pastor at R/Tempe yesterday.
  • Looking forward to watching or listening to it.
  • I often think about how the day will come when I preach my last sermon at Gateway, and then I quickly wonder whether I’ll know it’s my last one when I preach it.
  • I’m proud of Ricc for his courage to do what God is leading him toward and I’ll definitely miss being around him as much in Redemption.
  • Alright, that’s it.
  • Have a great week.
  • All of life is all for Jesus.

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