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Tales of Adventure Blog

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

 

Some God Given Gifts Part 2

Matthew Overton

One of the best things about Mowtown and my Youth Ministry that Works project is that it allows more people to use their natural gifts and professional skills than anything I have ever done in ministry. The church as a vessel has a pretty narrow range of things that one can do in some ways. We tend to have a static model of what needs to be done to make the ship run and if you don't fit that you are in real trouble.  What we need are more models that allow folks to engage the gifts and skills they already have while participating in the in-breaking of the Kingdom.

Above are my two friends, Jerry Hofer and Dale Johnson. Jerry is one of the team members that helped me get my crazy project off the ground. He runs a small business here in Vancouver and knows more about lawns and life than I ever will. Jerry was so pumped on the idea of mentoring and discipling teenagers through work that I couldn't keep him away even though, technically speaking, we are a competing business.  Dale Johnson (on the left) serves on the Session at our church and he has years of HR experience. Both of these guys want to impact teenagers. Neither of them would ever be a youth group leader.  But, I was overwhelmed with joy a few days ago when I got to see them using their gifts to transform the lives of teens. So cool.