Scot’s Daily Word on WBGL Radio

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I am excited to announce a new partnership with WBGL Radio.  Beginning February 27, 2016 Scot’s Daily Word will air two to three times per day on WBGL.  That means that not only will you get some great Christian music, you will also have a chance to catch a word that will encourage you along the way.

WBGL has consistently offers various programming which encourage people in their walk with Christ. I am honored to partner with them and pray that Scot’s Daily Word will help others to take a step closer to Christ.

If you are as excited as I am about this opportunity, give them a shout and say thanks!

 

 

Never. Give. Up.

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. – Psalm 31:24
Never give up.  Ever.

Maddy Update

photoObviously I have been taking a bit of a break from the blog and some social networking.  We have had our hands full with “normal” life and Madison’s healing process.  Here is a quick update:

We believe Maddy has some muscle inflammation of the chest.  The condition is not life threatening but at times it is very painful.  She has some ups and downs with pain.  Although the downs are difficult, the ups are bigger than the downs.  For that we are thankful.  Maddy is amazing and we are proud of how she is aggressively working.  She definitely takes after her Mom.

We are grateful for the prayers.  Please keep them coming.  We are praying for continued reduction in pain; no pain spikes, and no anxiousness.

I can tell you that God is doing some deep work in all of this.  He is teaching us endurance and trust on a level we have never experienced. This situation has opened up spiritual conversations that might not have otherwise have happened.  Some people are literally stepping closer to Christ as God works in this situation. And the prayer.  Wow.  People have surrounded us in extraordinary ways.

God is healing.  He is using many people as part of the healing.  He may not be healing on our schedule, but I trust that he knows best.

There is much more I could write. I will save it for another day.  In the meantime, thank you for your prayers and please keep it up!  We are not out of the woods but we are making progress.

Thanks for being on the journey with us.

Picture above:  This weekend Maddy was able to have a brief private meet up with her favorite Supercross athlete, Justin Barcia.  Justin gave her a pair of autographed goggles.  She is still smiling.

Will You Fight With Me?

IMG_4548This post may be a little out there for some people.  We just returned from another trip to Riley Children’s Hospital.  Madison has been suffering from some chest pain for a few weeks.  Some of the best Doctors  in the US cannot find a physical reason for her pain.  Some of my friends believe this may be spiritual in nature.  I know, I know, you may think that is weird.   I will tell you that once you have seen spiritual things in places like Africa and Haiti, your perspective on the spiritual world changes.

Several have been fighting with us through prayer.  Will you join in the fight?  I am asking all my friends to pray.  Can I be honest? We don’t need some sissified drive-by prayers. We need prayers with some fight in them.  Prayers that are focused on dropping whatever grip this has on my daughter.  Prayers to relieve worry, reduce pain, and bring complete healing.

We serve a God who is able to heal.  Would you join me in asking him to heal Madison?

Thanks in advance.

When Ministry Moves Your Friends Away

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Last weekend our Worship Pastor and personal friend, Justin Hoeppner submitted his resignation.  Justin’s last Sunday with MCC will be November 24.  For the past four and a half years Justin has helped us move through major transitions.  He has been part of the team that has helped move hundreds of people closer to Christ.  He has been in the middle of a move of God.  He has penned original songs which we have shouted as praise.  He has mentored.  He has pastored.  Together we have laughed, dreamed, cried, and travelled the world.  He and I often talk about how we are blessed to be in this move of the Holy Spirit.  We see God move every single week.  Lives are being put back together.  Addicts are recovering.  Marriages are getting firmed up. Small and big miracles are all around.

And Justin resigns.  Why?  Why leave something as great as this?

Because God asked him to.

It hurts.  It is frustrating.  But I made a commitment long ago that my life was dedicated to the King and to the Kingdom.  And when the King says “Move”,  we move.  When he says, “Stay” (as he did to me), we stay.  My allegiance is to helping people take a step closer to Christ.  This move will help Justin move thousands a step closer to Christ.  MCC will continue to move thousands closer to Christ.  The Kingdom will be stronger.

Our personal comfort and preferences take a back seat to the call of Christ.  Jesus even radically stated how we should follow him. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.”  – Luke 14:26

Carry on my friend.  We were blessed to work should-to-shoulder the past four years.  We still work toward the same goal, just a little more space between us.  Thanks for what you have given to us.  We are grateful that God shared you for a season.  Thanks for showing us what it looks like to listen and obey.  Major respect.

Adios.

Weekend Reflection: ISYC Recap

 

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I just returned from a FANTASTIC weekend in Indianapolis.  I was invited to speak at the Indiana State Youth Conference (a group of 1500 middle and high school students).  To say I was blown away would be an understatement.  Here are some quick highlights:

High School Student Leaders.  The conference is guided by adults, but led by High School students.  Eleven months earlier these students prayed, discussed, and set the theme and direction for the conference.  I met all of these students.  The were intelligent, outgoing, and legit followers of Christ.  They literally helped hundreds of students take a step closer to Christ.  Look out.  These young men and women are world changers.

Unhindered worship.  When is the last time you ran to the stage, threw your arms in the air and sang songs of worship at the top of your lungs?  Talk about living unashamed.  These students fired me up.

Matt Ulrich.  Matt was our worship leader.  Sure he has mad skills on the keys and a voice that never goes off pitch, but the main draw is that Matt is a young man who has one agenda – to worship the one who created us.

The Band.  Matt recruited some of his friends for the band.  The three band members (Joel, Ben, and Steven) are actually part of the Band Alanna Story. These guys are the real deal, musical brilliance only outdone by their love for the Savior .

The invitation.  In our third session, I asked students to make first-time commitments to Christ (or re-commitments if they had drifted far away).  During the invitation they came in masses.  For real.  The aisles were full of young people streaming to the front to make Christ the leader of their lives.  I shook my head in complete awe of the power of God and the receptivity of students.

Thanks again to all the new friends I met this weekend.  May God continue to speak into your life as you step closer to him.

Follow well my friends.

Note: To ISYC students who are looking for a daily system of Bible reading, check this out.

Dear Street Corner Preacher . . .

largeUniversities are back in session.  Among other things, that means that the street-corner preachers are out in full force.  You know the guys I am talking about?  They stand on a busy corner and yell at students as they pass.  “You are going to hell.”  “Repent of your filth.”

I have received a couple of emails asking my thoughts on these folks and their tactics.   Here then are my thoughts, written to the street preachers.

Dear Mr Street Preacher,

I appreciate your desire to see people come into the kingdom.  I trust Christ has made a difference in your life and you want to see others come to have a relationship with him.  However, your tactics are actually working against you.  How many people have you led to Christ by your efforts?  I’m not trying to be smug, I’m simply asking you to evaluate the fruit of your efforts.  I can tell you what I see as a result of your efforts: People outside of Christ feel hated.

Indiana State Youth Convention 2013 (Church of God)

I am excited to be partnering with the ISYC 2013. This annual state youth convention for the Church of God takes place November 1-3, 2013 in downtown Indy. I’ll be joining worship leader Matt Ulrich. I am looking forward to making some new friends as we discover what it means to follow Christ and move closer to him. For more information on the ISYC, click here.

If you are coming to the conference, I would love to hear from you. Comment below and let me know what you are most looking forward to during the weekend.

Maryland Community Church is Hiring

Maryland Community Church is searching for a full-time Pastor of Student Ministries (Middle School – High School).  We are looking for someone with unquestionable commitment to God, a passion for leading students a step closer to Christ, a team player, forward thinker, and someone who fits our culture.  For more information on how to apply to join this growing church, click here.