Drew Powell

“Gift of Worship” video
October 13, 2008, 8:02 am
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Robbie gave one of the best messages on worship that I’ve ever heard at Beachside on Sunday. He used this video at the end. I think it pretty much sums it up.

Tension is an opportunity for growth
September 24, 2008, 4:13 pm
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Robbie challenged us in staff meeting this morning with the concept that tension is an opportunity for growth. How we choose to deal with the tension in our lives is what shapes us into who we are. Everyday there are things that I face in which I have the choice. A choice between a decline in my attitude and perspective or a chance to learn, grow, and lead. Too often I’ve chose the frustration route.

I interact with a lot of people. Often I’m confronted with tension. I’m also an emotional person. If I’m not careful my initial response to tension is to react with an unhealthy emotional response. Something like frustration, anger, bitterness, etc. When I react that way I take myself out of leadership and take the risk of losing influence.

A healthy response is the road of self-denial. My goal is to embrace the tension in my life and view it as an invitation to grow and lead at a greater level. Here’s the best part, I don’t have to lean on my own strength.

Here’s what Galations 5:22-23 says about it, “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.”

All I have to do is surrender to Christ and allow Him to help produce the right response.

What areas of tension in your life can you identify as a growth opportunity?

Getting excited…

I’m always pretty pumped for the weekend but this week I’m extra excited for some reason. It’s going to be a good week. Great band lined up, great tunes on deck, great teaching from robbie awaits. Here’s a sneak peek at the tunes…

“King” – Tree 63

“Rain Down” – Delirious

“From the inside out” – Hillsong United

“Love Song” – Jason Morant (the Mill Band version)

“How Great is our God” – Chris Tomlin (Chorus and Bridge only)

“Awesome is the Lord Most High” – Chris Tomlin (closing tune)

Also, just a reminder that we’re doing a sat night worship gathering as well. Starts at 6:30 and so far it proves to be a fun, high energy service.

Let’s get it started!!

Sunday Recap

Man, today was a great day and I’m exhausted. Here are some of the highlights from my favorite day of the week.

  • It was the last week of the “One Prayer” series and Perry Noble was incredible. Probably the best for us out of the three videos.
  • This series has stretched people with it being on video. Also, adjusting to other teaching/preaching styles has been a challenge for some. That’s a good thing.
  • People seemed to be pumped about the next series and everyone’s glad to have Robbie back.
  • We did music after the teaching this week and every service was powerful. I’m not sure if thats the reason why but it seems to be that way. I think the teaching provoked worship from people.
  • We started our first song and it sounded horrible. I looked down and noticed I didn’t have my capo on. Not only that but it was in my office. I had to stop the song, walk off the stage, and go find my capo. A humorous and humbling moment to say the least.
  • We had a great time out at Pip’s restaurant tonight. Myself along with a couple of friends played for several hours tonight and a bunch of people came out to listen. It was great to hang out and build stronger relationships. I could really see this Sunday night thing being an extension of our ministry at beachside.
  • Jamie’s sister and family are here from Nashville and it’s always great to be with family.
  • We start our move tomorrow. It’s going to be tough but will be great to be finally done with it.

Sunday Recap
June 2, 2008, 8:29 am
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  • This weekend we had fun. Not all Sunday’s are fun, but this one was.
  • I really enjoyed the band that played. I don’t get to play with those guys (and girl) often so when I do I appreciate it.
  • Robbie did a great job setting up “Connection Time” this week. We created “Connection Time” to give people the chance to take communion, give their tithes and offering, get a coffee refill, etc. A lot of people that have been around church for a while don’t understand it (we’re ok wit that). Sometimes we just do it with little or no explanation. This weekend, Robbie set it up real well and used it as a teaching moment.
  • We taught an original song last week and this week we did it again. The people really seemed to take to it so that was encouraging.
  • This was Joseph’s second week running media and mixing. He’s doing an excellent job filling in for Gus.
  • the Campus Outreach crew was there. It will be great having 30+ college students serving at Beachside this summer and worshiping with us.

In case you were wondering….
May 31, 2008, 8:15 am
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In case you were wondering how the first pitch at the ball park last night, I faced my fear and zipped it in right over the out side corner of the plate. Last nights concert was a lot of fun though. Thanks to all who came out.

Also, In case you were wondering what Robbie looks like in a tie, here ya go. I snapped this with my iphone as he was trying to sneak out to a wedding.

cleans up nice, huh. I’m just glad we don’t have to dress like this on Sunday!