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Spontaneous Baptism

“…baptism is an outward sign of the inward conversion experience. It identifies us with Christ’s death and with his resurrection (Rom. 6:1-6,11; Col. 2:11,12). At baptism, the believer symbolically dies to the “old man” to become a “brand new creation” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). As a sacrament (like Holy Communion), baptism is not absolutely necessary for salvation, but it does established the Christian as a member of God’s visible church. On water baptism, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.”

(The Bible Answer Man (Hank Hanegraaff), Christian Research Institute) http://www.equip.org/perspectives/christian-baptism

2009 BBQ & Baptism at The Orchard:

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Then the following week…:

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And Michael decided to get baptized!

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And our friend Abbi!

It was truly an awesome thing.

I cried

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”  3 John 1:4

Tonight at dinner we asked Trevor what he did in ‘little church’ earlier that evening.  He did the typical, “I don’t know, no, yes” answers, not really telling much.  A few moments later a whole excited speech flowed from his little mouth…

He told us how Jonah ran away from God and got in a boat and then there was a big storm and he jumped in the water and went in a fish’s belly because he didn’t listen to God…

Both of our jaws dropped- my eyes filled with tears.  It was so neat to hear Trevor recall what he was learning about God.  A four year old so excited about God’s word- it was a sweet kiss from Jesus tonight.

Staying in orbit

If you have a journal, do you ever find yourself flipping back through pages in awe of how different (or the same) your entries are from days, weeks, or years ago?  Some of the situations I wrote about and pleaded with God to change a year ago, He has done completely different from what I imagined.  So now, my ‘solution’ at that time seems totally dumb now looking back at it.    I remember being so upset and even angry when things didn’t go as I had planned, but now I am so glad they went God’s way! Isn’t that funny?  I know for a fact (I’ve read it back in my journal!)  that God has shown me this dozens of times- that I have come to terms with the fact that I don’t know everything, so I just need to trust God with the unknown.  But yet, the minute the unknown gets too frightening I let my emotions and trust in God spin out of control.

Part of that stems from the fact that when chaos is all around me, it is hard for me to ‘see’ God.  I know my God is real- I have seen Him at work and my heart has sensed His intense presence.  Have you ever though, in the midst of all the chaos, wondered what the heck? Why DO I believe this?  I can see why the ‘world’ sees it all as nuttiness at times?!

I am studying Ecclesiastes right now using The Dee Brestin Bible Study Series.  I came across this in my study and I literally felt God opening the eyes of my heart and his presence wash over me.

“Does Solomon also look for wisdom from God?  We know, according to historical passages, that he did.  We also know that God gave it to him.  Therefore, what happened?

T.M. Moore captures it in the following paraphrase: In 1:14 Solomon says, “I could not be content to stay within the orbit of his love.” Even if we have godly wisdom, that alone will not be enough.  Because we are presently earthbound, we simply can’t understand all of the deep mysteries of God. We don’t have all the answers for why God allows the mysterious things that He does.  One day we will understand, but for now, when we do not understand, we need to trust His character and wisdom.  If we aren’t willing to trust him, if we aren’t content to stay within the orbit of his love. then we will spin out of control as Solomon did.”

I desperately needed to hear this!  I cannot become reliant on my feelings- for my feelings are fleeting.  There are things I don’t understand about God, but that is how God created us to be.  I believe that causes us to have no other choice but to be dependent on Him and constantly seeking to know Him more- to have a deeper and deeper relationship with Him.

How absolutely wonderful that you designed it like this God- that we would have to stay ‘within the orbit of Your love’.

All the Single Ladies!

Really, all singles this is for you.  (I just liked the idea of using a Beyonce song reference…)

Yesterday Scott Hodge did an AWESOME message for our Livin Venti series.  If you have a chance I definitely recommend listening to the podcast!  It was not your typical ‘singles’ message and I loved it!

All my Texas loves: you’ll notice Scott did the opening sequence in Austin, Texas!  Yeah, Texas! :)

Follow this link and LISTEN! :

Livin Venti: Dating

You should come

We love our church.  Absolutely love it.  If you’re looking for an Easter service, try The Orchard!

Saturday at 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm

Sunday at 9 am and 11 am

Click on the picture to see a promo video:

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“Livin’ Venti.

Think about it. What’s the other option?

A safe, ordinary, mundane existence?

Join us at The Orchard, beginning Easter weekend, April 11th and 12th, for this new 6-week series as we learn how to live life beyond ourselves.

It’s all about becoming the parent, teenager, single person, leader, spouse, friend – that we were created to be.

That’s Livin’ Venti.”

Uncertainty

This is our church’s new series.  Love it.

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The band did Coldplay’s song, Viva la Vida and it sounded exactly like Coldplay.  They showed video clips of world events in the background and it was just all so phenomenal!

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If you haven’t heard this song, check it out here:

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I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can’t explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world