Sunday, July 29, 2007

Always Waiting, Always Making Memories

“The faithful life inevitably involves waiting upon the Lord and hoping in God’s word.”  This is what Psalm 130 Reminded us of this week within our small groups.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
2 O Lord, hear my voice.
    Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
    O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness;
    therefore you are feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
    for with the LORD is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

Our speaker this week was the recently retired Chaplain Dale Cooper or “Coop”.  He spoke on “And don’t forget to…” (or: “A few things I think I have learned about leadership since the time I thought I knew it all”  Coop took us through twelve different leadership lessons through his talk. One of them being, for example, “The greatest victory you’ll ever achieve, by divine grace, is the victory over yourself.” To be a good leader you must first know yourself. You must obey Christ’s great commission, proclaiming the good news first to yourself. And that is right. We were lucky enough to recieve twelve lessons! The following Wednesday for our activity Coop took us out for pizza to Hernando’s, which is in Winter Park.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Keeping Track of Things

We now can answer the question from last week (what type of leader we are- Cultural, Structual, or Informal) a little better.  After diving deeper we learned that there are main words that go with each type of leader. Or how each one views an organization. The Structual leader views people or an organization as a machine, Cultural views things as a family, and the Informal leader views things like a jungle.  From these key words we expanded them and found our best fit.  However, to be a good leader you must use a little of all three even though we all excel at one more then the others. So there is a lot to keep track of.  What type of leader am I? How are my goals coming (the ones I made at the begging of the summer) it being 3 weeks away from the end of the program?  And what is my bowling score? That is right my bowling score…  Our Wednesday activity this week was bowling.  It was very old school and we had to keep track of our score on paper, no computer systems present.  It was a learning experience for all. So how do you score a strike? Here are some pictures from the bowling night:

Our verse this week was Psalm 126:

1 When the LORD brought back the captives to [a] Zion,
    we were like men who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
    Then it was said among the nations,
    “The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our fortunes, [c] O LORD,
    like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow in tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
6 He who goes out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
    will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with him.
We need to remember that as God’s people we live between “memory and hope”.  We need to remember what God has done for us and look ahead for what we still hope God will do.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Structual, Cultural, or Informal?

Have you ever thought about not only where you lead from (what Henry Devries talked about) but also what type of leader you are?  Bob Eames gave us an introduction this week to the three main types of leadership styles.  Structual, Cultural, and Informal.  The next post will have more on these as we will go over them more this coming week. Our bible study challlenged us to think about what the greatest temptations are in our own lives and then comforted us by saying that God is our greatest helper! Psalm 124 is a good reminder of this:
1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
    let Israel say-
2 if the LORD had not been on our side
    when men attacked us,
3 when their anger flared against us,
    they would have swallowed us alive;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
    would have swept us away.
6 Praise be to the LORD,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
    out of the fowler’s snare;
    the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
For our Wednesday activity it was one of the favorites for those who went.  We went kayaking in Grand Lake/Shadow Mountain Lake.  We spent 4 hours out there having fun, getting burnt by the sun, swimming, and for some learing how to paddle correctly (especially difficult in a double).  The week in images:

Out to eat with Bob Eames for Thai food

We were blessed again this week with more LCI alumni. Danielle Roskamp and Dave Stehouwer

What we live in

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