Drew Powell

To the point
April 17, 2008, 7:26 am
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I’ve been studying this passage lately. I really learn best when it’s hard hitting and this passage gives it straight. I feel like I spend a majority of time dealing with relationships. Man how things would be different if we would read this passage every morning. Dive in to it and see if it doesn’t shake you up.

James 4

Get Serious

1-2Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.

2-3You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.

4-6You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”

7-10So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

11-12Don’t bad-mouth each other, friends. It’s God’s Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You’re supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?


Creative Chaos

This we week start our “The Moment of Truth” marriage series. We’ve been seeing a major need over the past several months to talk about relationships. There seems to be a lot of us struggling with it. This series will be thought provoking and practical. Here is one of the teaching openers.

We’re also going to do the song “Whatever it Takes” by Lifehouse. Great tune.

Check out more creative ideas over at Ragamuffin.

love without expectation
January 30, 2008, 1:37 pm
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I’ve been reading the book, “Bait of Satan” by John Bevere. It’s all about recognizing the pitfall of taking offense to things and people in our life. I’ve seen this as an area of need for me. I’m a relatively emotional person that can be easily offended.

We have to learn to love without expectation. Most the time our love flows out of what we can get from a relationship. If we love with an expectation, we set ourselves up for offensive. More often then not, people are not going to act and react how we expect them to. If we relinquish them from that expectation and love them just because then we’ll be less likely to have our feelings hurt.

I once heard it said, “Love is not an investment, it’s a gift.” Do you recognize this in yourself? Do you cultivate relationships that have high expectation? What are your thoughts?

“Find the joy in life”
January 28, 2008, 2:27 pm
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Jamie and I went to see the movie “The Bucket List” last week. I won’t say it was the best movie ever but it did give me a good reality check. I realized how much time and energy I spend stressing over things that really don’t matter. My dad always says that, “Small things bother small people”. He may have stole that from someone else but it’s true none the less. I don’t want to be a small person who make a big deal of little issues. Most of the time it boils down to pride. People step on my toes and I take offense. God has been teaching me a lot about self denial and being a servant (but that’s a whole other blog).

The movie talks about finding the joy in life. Last night I was watching my girls and realizing how much they’ve grown already. I don’t want to spend their childhood stressed out about things that don’t matter in the long run. When I think about it, relationships are the joy in my life. The irony is, the busier we get the more we sacrifice relationships, therefore losing our joy. I want to spend more time focusing on that instead of “things” that don’t last. I find joy when I spend time with Jesus, my wife, my kids, my friends, etc.

If you need to find your joy, cultivate and engage in healthy relationships.

Camp Recap
January 22, 2008, 1:55 pm
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So I I’m back from camp and all other weekend worship activities and here’s my take on the camp experience…..

  • It was cold BUT that added to the fun
  • It was good to get a change of scenery. Things have been kind of crazy lately and it was nice to switch it up a bit.
  • God revealed some powerful and personal things to me. I hope to share them soon but for now they are for me. I hope this leads to a much better drew powell.
  • I love relationships and being with the students is always fun. If I had it to do over I would have pushed through the schedule to make more time to connect with them.
  • I think a camp is only as effective as the ministry that’s bringing them. When ministries rely on a camp to manufacture something that can’t be built upon back home then it becomes pointless. You end up looking constantly for the next camp “high” and that’s unhealthy. I think Craig and his team at Tomoka are among the best out there.
  • I do think there’s something to be said for getting students out of their normal environment to connect with God.
  • I enjoyed working with Mike Waers from Tomoka. He’s a champion.

I know my last post expressed some doubt to the whole camp experience (which i still have), however I do see how when handled right it can be a very positive experience. Again, it’s about the individual and how healthy their support system back home is.

Do you have any meaningful camp experiences or maybe negative ones?