Archive for March, 2009

Weekend After-Thoughts

Posted in Church Planting, Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Waypoint Church on March 30, 2009 by themousas
  • Glad to be back from Pittsburgh
  • Really love doing what I do with Waypoint, wouldn’t want it any other way
  • Friday was a lot of fun teaching at a PNC group, thanks Bryn
  • Taught on Focusing on the Unknown–fear of it usually stops us in our tracks
  • Saturday, crashed with the family! Did some sermon prep
  • Today was one of my favorite days at Waypoint thus far
  • New people everywhere!!!! Loved it
  • Gwen on Up on the Mountain!!! Rocked it
  • Great energy from our core in welcoming everyone
  • Lots of returning guest as well!
  • Tried to get some fried pickles from MiMi’s today, wait was too long
  • settled for some BBQ chicken pizza @ Brixx Pizza
  • watched Rudy and Apollo 13 today
  • Great dinner and post dinner fun with friends
  • Greg & Randy on the porch….been waiting 3 weeks for it, just had to be there
  • excited about some of the new directions with Waypoint
  • EXCITED about Easter
  • there will be 2 services 9:30 & 11:30
  • Huge announcement about Easter coming next Sunday, better come to Waypoint to find out first
  • busy week ahead….going to bed to get rested for it.
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Post’n & Quot’n

Posted in Leadership, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on March 25, 2009 by themousas

Here are some great reads and a few quotes I’ve seen this past week

Post’n on Hero Love

Quot’n

  • Gretzky “don’t skate where the puck is–skate where the puck is going to be.” Simply Profound
  • Chris Tomlin “we as Christians are far too busy consuming things for God when the reality is that we should be busy trying to allow God to consume our lives”
  • Anonymous “if not me, then who? If not now, then when?”
  • Pastor Steven Furtick “we start every drive in the red zone. The only limit to our effectiveness is our ability to execute.
  • Thomas Paine “what we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly”
  • Dee Hock “problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out!”
  • Nicholas Negroponte “Incrementalism is innovation’s worst enemy.”
  • Roger Enrico (PebsiCo Chairman) “Beware of the tyranny of making Small Changes to Small Things. Rather, make Big Changes to Big Things.”

Sunday After-Thoughts

Posted in Church Planting, General Blogging, Lilfe, Religion, Waypoint Church on March 24, 2009 by themousas
  • ummm exhausted would sum up current state
  • great weekend all around, catch the highlights at Leslie’s Blog
  • tough weekend for some of our core
  • 4 weeks in and we’re really seeing Satan attack
  • our core knows how to rally around one-another…Love It!
  • music was off-the-hook this week, really helped emphasize the entire service
  • props to Bruce G for all his help in the cafe
  • props to Mark B for all his help Friday
  • Amy B is the best assistant ever!
  • she knows what to do so I don’t have to do it so I can focus on what God wants to do (if that makes sense)
  • laying seed and fertilizer Saturday, Preaching, hanging out with family, and driving 9 hrs Sunday is not the way to conserve energy.
  • God is doing something crazy at Waypoint and in our community!
  • 3rd week in a row of getting emails and notes of lives being challenged and changed
  • still no hater mail (must not be doing something right)
  • loving the journey
  • being away from family this week is going to be hard
  • hope to finish 2 books and get ahead on sermon prep (but maybe I’ll just re-energize)
  • Easter in 3 weeks! What!!!!
  • just again…Music rocked Sunday…thanks Drew, Chris and gang!
  • too tired to keep summing up, going to crash expect more later this week!

Being vs. Doing part 1

Posted in General Blogging, Lilfe, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity on March 17, 2009 by themousas

I’m deciding to break this into two parts. First, we will look at the individual, then the church.

I first saw this in Atlanta where the senior management of the company I worked for began having problems getting commitment from the “younger generation.” It boiled down to a shift in thinking, some worked because work was life, others worked to provide life outside of work.

Some individuals (men especially) gain their identity from what they do. The question, “what do you do?” is always answered with a be verb, “I am a…” I find this interesting, especially as I watch people become what they do instead of becoming who they are.

Humor me: God created human beings not human doings!

The essence of imago dei challenges our understanding of humanity. If God created me, I must have a unique purpose in this world, not because I’m doing something that gives purpose; simply existing brings purpose.

Doing is driven by thinking and personality; being is fueled from the heart and soul. I’m not the first to say it, but the longest journey in life is the one from your head to your soul. Understanding who you are opens the most satisfying and life-changing experience. It is an opportunity to explode into your infinite potential. Unfortunately, many of us go through life gaining our identity based on what we do, not who we were created to be.

And just in case you didn’t know: You were created by God to reflect His image to the world around you…that is missio imago dei.

Sunday After-Thoughts

Posted in Church Planting, Religion, Waypoint Church on March 15, 2009 by themousas
  • Weekend started Thursday with Unleash at Newspring in Anderson
  • Loved it!!! (FYI this post couldn’t hold my thoughts about it)
  • Loved having some of Waypoint’s peeps go with me
  • Loved having Leslie go with me
  • Loved seeing peeps from Iron City Church
  • Loved seeing Perry in almost 3D like video in the student building (you have to see this to believe it)
  • Loved the message Perry had for the church and it’s leaders (watch it here)
  • Spent Friday at lake Keowee with the family (bad weather, meant great times lounging around)
  • Saturday was fun….except for the hours I put in trying to recover data lost from my external HD
  • Still don’t have my iTunes library (about 30gigs worth) or any pictures (especially need Cadence’s early year pics) AHHHHHH
  • Watched Bourne Identity, have the other two of the Bourne Trilogy waiting for me at home tonight!
  • Service was…..well…you just had to be there.
  • Fun, sobering, and another week where God showed up and humbled me.
  • Systems, Systems, Systems—Got to get them working, and the right people in the right seats of this bus
  • Jim Collins “good is the enemy of great” (originally stated by Voltaire)
  • Need to get into community….people need Jesus!
  • Fun and lighthearted staff meeting tonight via TokBox
  • Saw Chasen bought these, deciding if I need them to or if it’s a little to much for my style
  • Still need to post on Doing vs. Being, maybe this week
  • Leslie started a blog, check it out!
  • am now on Twitter, follow me @jmousa

 

    Sunday After-Thoughts

    Posted in Church Planting, Religion, Waypoint Church on March 9, 2009 by themousas
    • What a gorgeous weekend!!
    • Spent Friday with my girls at Chuck E Cheese
    • Spent Saturday with my baby girl just hanging out enjoying the day!
    • Sunday taught me….
    • It was a tough morning, tough worship, tough message all around, but
    • It’s not about me!!!
    • I’ve said that a lot over the years, Sunday added a new dimension: even when I don’t think I’ve communicated well enough, the Spirit is still at work! It’s about Him, not me!
    • Saw God move and release some people from their past…Go God!!
    • Received emails and comments about people moving forward in freedom…Go God!!!
    • God wants to use the normal and messed up people to make something right in the world! Even here in Simpsonville! Go God!!
    • Living a life of motion is one of biggest passions, and hardest things for me to be.
    • Our systems are a little slack even for week #2 (that’s hard to digest since I’m a systems guy)
    • It is so easy for people who have been in church to go through the motions of doing church (see last point)
    • My leadership decisions and practices are being pushed to their limits….very thankful for some great mentoring and coaching from these guys
    • Had an awesome evening with some great friends talking church….love it!
    • Excited about Unleash this week
    • Excited to be catching up with some peeps from here
    • Giving some respect to these guys
    • Steven Furtick for this post which challenges all of us to be brand managers
    • Then he followed it up with this which challenges me to not go through the motions with church
    • LifeChurch.tv and their internet campus reaches the world, check it out here. God is a global God and it’s awesome we live in a world where this can happen, even more so that there are churches who desire for this to happen.
    • Make sure to check back mid week for a special post about Doing vs. Being

    Waypoint runs on Dunkin

    Posted in General Blogging on March 3, 2009 by themousas

    Good thing about our partnership with Dunkin Donuts is the left overs for our all staff office day Tuesday

    Bad thing is that no one else is here today because of the snow and I’ve just consumed about 20 munchkins myself!