Drew Powell

Dear Blog,
February 24, 2009, 5:11 pm
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Dear blog, I’m sorry I have neglected you so over the past few weeks. The truth is my heart has been stolen by a couple of your friends, Madam Twitter and Lady Facebook. They meet my needs far great than you. I feel like I’m actually talking to somebody rather then writing these messages into the unknown blogosphere. Plus, these other networks fit my busy and fast paces schedule. I have made quite a few relationships here though and for that I’m grateful. The beauty of it is, most of the relationships have continued over into twitter and facebook so I haven’t lost there plus I’ve gained a lot more. I’m not saying goodbye, my dear blog, but my visits will be far more infrequent. Here’s what’s been going on in the meantime….

– building a web/video presence at beachside. My goal is to first make God famous in the world and then Robbie O’brien as a close second.

– traveling to San Diego

– putting as much effort into being a husband and a father as I do being a worship leader

– being more intentional about songwriting

– trying to keep up with a church that’s growing like a weed, a good weed that is.

– having a birthday. I feel old but I’m not. I haven’t even hit my prime yet.

– trying to develop other leaders

– trying to develop myself as a leader

that’s just a glimpse….

Language matters
January 26, 2009, 12:19 pm
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“The very best leaders I know wrestle with words until they are able to communicate their big ideas in a way that captures the imagination, catalyzes action, and lifts spirits. They coin creeds and fashion slogans and create rallying cries, all because they understand that language matters.”

– bill hybels from the book “Axiom”

Titus 3:3-7
January 19, 2009, 9:02 am
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Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.

But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

Simple formula for advancing His Kingdom
January 15, 2009, 10:52 am
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I’ve been living with this passage since the first of the year…..

“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chronicles 20:17

– Take your position
– Stand still
– Watch the Lord’s victory

ok, I can do that….

My faith has found a resting place

This song has been stuck in my head all week. We’re going to introduce this on Sunday at Beachside. It’s an old tune (1891) but the truth of the lyrics are amazing. A friend of mine re-wrote the melody. You can hear it on the new “Shine out” cd by The People’s Church on amazon.com (click this link).

Here are the lyrics;

My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device or creed;
I trust the ever living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.

Chorus: I need no other argument,
I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

Enough for me that Jesus saves,
This ends my fear and doubt;
A sinful soul I come to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.

My great Physician heals the sick,
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed,
For me His life He gave.

“Shine Out” from The Peoples Church
January 12, 2009, 8:46 pm
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One of the best worship albums I’ve heard in a while. check it out….

Christmas Eve Services
December 23, 2008, 3:54 pm
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This year is the first time we’ve ever done anything around Christmas. We decided to go ahead with a Christmas Eve worship service and the response has been amazing. Tomorrow Night (Wed the 24th), we’ll have two services at 5:30 and 7:00. We passed out free tickets for planning purposes and they went like hotcakes. If you don’t have a free ticket, come anyway. I would suggest you come early though.

I can’t wait to see what God does tomorrow night. We have some fun stuff planned. Everything from U2 and B.B. King to more traditional stuff as well. Hope to see you there.

December 17, 2008, 11:46 am
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It seems like there are a bunch of us feeling pressure right now. Whether it be job/finances, relationships, or just balancing life. I heard a great message by Brian Houston of Hillsong Church this morning about three things to pray for when you’re under pressure.

  1. Space – We all need a place to get alone and quite with God. That’s where we find rest and peace.
  2. Clarity – When we get under pressure the first thing to go is clarity and perspective.
  3. Revelation – Being confident in Christ and the truth of His word. Like Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:12 “That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.”

Here am I
December 16, 2008, 8:23 am
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We used this entire video clip on Sunday. It’s a little over ten minutes but worth it. check it out.