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Happy New Year!

New20years20fire20works2020800x600 I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

My Priorities For 2007...

Evangelism...I am looking forward to reaching out like never before! I'm gonna communicate this priority as clearly and as often as I can at Harvest. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, we need to continue the mission!

Equipping...I want to do more work in the area of equipping our leaders at Harvest. I want to spend more time mentoring. I am working on a leadership retreat and would love to take all of our leaders to at least one conference with me this year, either all at once, or a few to each conference I attend.

Excellence...I am going to work harder on management and administration. It is my desire to see our Church set a standard of Excellence on everything we do. I think we need to develop a "Five Star" attitude and atmosphere.

I'm looking forward to the journey , and even more so if you'll join me!

Have a great New Year!


The Reality Stage

Driscoll In Mark Driscoll's book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev. he writes about stages that churches go through. The first stage is called Creative, the dream stage. I love this stage. This is the time at the beginning of a new ministry. The creative time, a time for your imagination to run wild, a time to dream. The second stage is Management, the reality stage. This is the tough stage. Here's a quote from the book.

In the management phase, the ministry project becomes a reality and requires a great deal of organization, management, and problem solving to make it successful. This phase can be a lot of hard work and is not as enthusiastically pursued because it is tedious and difficult. But without managing the creative ideas success is not possible. We spent a few years working through very difficult management issues, such as obtaining and renovating facilities, opening a concert venue, maintaining ministry homes, and starting new services. Each of these ministries succeeded, which required increasing management, such as funding, facilities, systems, leaders, theology, and technology. The hope for every church is that they work through their management issues, thereby enabling them to return to the creative phase, where they dream up a new project and enthusiastically undertake it and raise a whole new set of management issues to overcome. Therefore the goal of the management phase is not to get the church organized or under control. Rather, the management phase is needed to eliminate the inefficiencies and barriers that are keeping the church from refocusing back on the creative phase and creating a whole new set of problems to manage.

I'm pretty sure this is where we are as a church. I am working hard to get us through this stage. It is my least favorite part of ministry, but I see clearly that it is necessary in order for us to be more effective at reaching people with the Gospel. Much of 2007 will be spent in this management stage. We want to keep pushing forward at the same time though, so we will really be stretched to our limits. The creative stage is where the adventure is. The creative stage is where we grow, the management stage is what prepares us for further growth.


Mixing Things Up...Movie Review?

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Disclaimer: Keep in mind when you read this post that I am still suffering from a head cold and under the influence of cold medicine. I cannot be held responsible for the following movie review.

Please, somebody help me! We sat down to watch a DVD today. A classic I'm told. Now I'm beginning to wonder if I just don't have any class. Maybe I lack sophistication? Have I just not been exposed to fine art? Am I hopeless? Please, somebody tell me you feel the same way!

I bought The Phantom of The Opera several months ago and finally, out of boredom, decided to watch it today! Wow! Am I missing something? This was probably the most boring, annoying, agonizing time I've ever spent in front of a television. Is it just the movie? Is the play better?

Being a dude, I just kept thinking, "How could I fix this movie?".  I think the opera was what I hated most about the movie. Maybe  get rid of the opera? Then it would just be The Phantom. That might be cool. Phantom-boy's costume was pretty cool until he started singing like a girl. I did kind of like the song, The Music of The Night. I'll probably deny it if askGenesolo2ed though.

Maybe we could turn this movie into a rock opera, have Gene Simmons from KISS be the  phantom guy. He would look cool with his KISS makeup on. Heavy metal music! Screaming fans, driving drums, killer guitar riffs! That might help. I don't really like rap music, but maybe a rap version of The Phantom would help me appreciate both rap music and The Phantom.

Up_gilmore_i I love a good comedy? Adam Sandler as The Phantom. I love it! Drew Barrymore (anything with Drew is worth watching) could play the role of Christine. Bob Barker could do a cameo role, get into a fight with Sandler, ala Happy Gilmore (now that's a good movie). I don't know, it just needs to be fixed!

Then it hit me! It needs two masks! I think the only way to fix t00354170his flick is to bring in Jason. Friday The 13th: The Final Opera. We all love a good scary movie now and then. Man, this just might work. Have Jason chase these opera people around backstage. Have the music start, but no singer to sing...a little suspense music to keep you on the edge of your seat, then BAM! Dead body falls from the balcony.

Never mind! I'll just find another movie to watch. Why mess with a classic? Gotta go!


Determination

Many of you know I have taken up cycling! I am hooked! Every ride is a challenge. How fast can I go? How far can I go? How high can I climb? I like challenges.

I ran across THIS VIDEO that was really inspiring on so many levels. Here's a guy with a definite disability who refuses to give up. He rises from being homeless to owning his own business. He is an overcomer!

"For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need." Philippians 4:13

As believers, we have the help of Christ to accomplish everything. Maybe it's the determination we lack. Just thought I'd share something that encouraged me!


One More Reason To Be Excited About 2007

Sf_1318_1I can hardly wait for the start of this year's baseball season. The Giants just signed Barry Zito to a seven year contract. Finally, the Giants went out and got a first class pitcher in his prime!

Barry Bonds is back for another year. Barry is only 21 home runs shy of Hank Aaron's career record of 755 homers. This will be an exciting year in McCovey Cove!

New manager Bruce Bochy should have all the tools necessary to lead the Giants into the post season! Wouldn't that make 2007 the best year in a while? I'm getting excited! Can you tell?

Giants 2007 Schedule


The Words Of My Mouth

Big_mouth May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

I've been thinking about this all week after overhearing a group of people talking at Starbucks in Visalia. I wasn't trying to listen, I was trying to read and enjoy my coffee. Wow! People can be so venomous with their tongues.

There are some expressions floating around these days that are very disturbing. Where do these things come from? We hear them and then repeat them, not even thinking about what we're really saying. I'm sure we're all guilty of using expressions that we don't completely understand. Sometimes we even make statements that are far more harmful than we realize.

  • "I'm through with you" = Man, I would hate to hear Jesus say this to me. Aren't we called to be patient with one another? "Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love." Ephesians 4:23
  • "I don't get paid enough for this" = I love this one! The church is filled with volunteers who don't get paid anything to do what they're doing. We do what we do for the Lord! If we are doing it for money, I'm not sure we could ever be paid enough. Someone once said that the key to happiness is to find something you enjoy doing so much that you would be willing to do it for free, and then do it so well that people will be willing to pay you to do it. That makes sense to me. We all get tired at times but don't forget that we will be rewarded.  "So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time." Galatians 6:9

  • "I don't really care what you do" = I think we do care, and this is just a mean thing to say. What we are really saying is we don't care about the person. We are frustrated and so we just give up! There is no way, however, to escape the fact that we all have an impact on each other. If we don't care, then we better start! "This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one member suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad." 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

  • "I'm not the only one..." = This seems to be the contemporary version of "Everyone else is doing it". Don't we teach are kids not to live this way? When we want to do something we know is wrong, it feels better if we're not the only one doing it. When we don't want to do something we know we should, it feels better not being the only one. The problem is that we will all stand individually before God one day and answer for our actions, good or bad. "For we must all stand before Christ and be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies." 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • "I need to focus on me right now" = The key to happiness? JESUS...OTHERS...YOU! (JOY) We usually say this when we are about to adjust our priorities and place ourselves at the top, or we're getting ready to put something before God. "The he said to the crowd,"If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23
  • "I know it's wrong, God will forgive me" = Be careful! You might want to read Hebrews again..."Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins." Hebrews 10:26 Don't you just hate it when you can't do what you want?
  • "That's not my responsibility" = Our responsibility is to win this world to Christ. Whatever it takes! We're all part of this team called the church. Every once in a while someone fumbles the ball, and if we want to win, we must be there to recover the fumble. How many football games have been won by somebody recovering a fumble? The church needs team players! Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

It's not even Sunday and I'm preaching! To use a common expression, I'm probably preaching to the choir. Hopefully!


Cheers!

Nyquil745340_1Are you ready for New Year's Eve? I'm already hitting the bottle. Tonight I will sleep despite a nasty cough and stuffed up nose! Perry Noble calls this stuff the night time, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, wake up naked in the bathtub medicine. I had Kathy hide my car keys and I really don't care where I wake up, I just want to sleep tonight. I hate being sick!

I'm getting excited about January at Harvest! Our sermon series is "A Fresh Start" and will set the pace for the year. We need a Fresh Start, A Fresh Vision, and a Fresh Commitment! Dr. James Scott, Director of Ministries for the Redwood Empire Baptist Association, will be our guest speaker on January 21st. He is always a blessing to be around.

We are working on a special event for Valentine's Day in February. I'll share more details as this comes together. I'm thinking candlelight dinner, flowers, live music, and more. This will be an evening of laughter and romance. I am pumped up about this special event. It will be a blast!

Wow! This NyQuil stuff is already working! I'm starting to drift...My eyes are getting heavy, very heavy. I'm out of here!


My Radar For 2007

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There are several things on my radar for the new year. I'm very excited about the future here at Harvest! Here's a quick list of stuff I'm excited about as we launch into 2007...

  • Increased Emphasis On Outreach (We are missionaries to our culture!)
  • Financial Peace University (I'm tired of seeing families beat down by debt!)
  • Better Communication (Website, Newsletter, Sermon CDs)
  • Harvest Cafe (This will be a cool place for small group studies!)
  • New Member's Class (Discovering what it means to be a member at Harvest.)
  • Teacher Training Classes (Equiping God's people to serve!)
  • Five Star Church (God's House should be The House!)

You ready to rock and roll? Let's make 2007 the best year ever for Harvest!


Merry Christmas!

Family_5_x_7 Merry Christmas from the Trimble family! We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. Our friends at Harvest are among the greatest gifts God has given to us. It is so fulfilling to be a part of this body of believers!

We had a great time at Harvest this morning! I always enjoy communion. Christmas is a great time for us to remember the reason the Savior came! Once we realize that Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost, then we can understand what our purpose in life is. Tonight we will gather once more this Lord's Day for a Candlelight Service!

I'm looking forward to spending a quiet evening at home with the girls tonight. We usually jump in the car and drive all night. It will be like "Iron Chef Vallejo" in our kitchen tonight. I'm the chef this evening and I'm cooking my not-so-famous fried taters and onion's. I love it...I'm serving up spiritual food and physical food today!

Have a great Christmas!