Friday, February 23, 2007

7 Days of Creation

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Seven Days of Creation (give or take a few weeks)


Amidst the heavy machinery and construction work at Tower Place stands Debbie Woodall, all 5 foot 4 inches of her. She would be easy to miss if you were to walk inside the church right now. Yet, her work is far from small. In fact, it's catching the attention of the construction workers as they pass by Waumba Land.

"Last week, a couple of guys just stood there looking at the paintings on the wall," Debbie said. "Finally, one of them said, 'Let there be light.' I was so excited because that's exactly what I was trying to convey." Debbie is painting the environment for Waumba Land, our preschool area. (Waumba, by the way, means Creator in Swahili.) She is a creative artist and designer by trade. Most importantly, she has a passion for using her gifts to point people to the glory of God. "Painting is very worshipful for me," she said. "It gives me great pleasure to rely on God as I paint and ask Him to lead me in this creative process."

The brains and passion behind Waumba Land is our very own Zilia Glick, Buckhead's Preschool Director. I am convinced that if every church had a Zilia, the Kingdom would be better off for it. She doesn't see Waumba Land as a babysitting area. Far from it. Zilia and her team see Waumba as an amazing opportunity to partner with parents to teach their children three amazing truths: 1. God loves you. 2. God made you. 3. Jesus wants to be your friend forever."We want our preschoolers to experience much more than just a safe and dependable environment," she said. "We want them to come into a place designed just for them. This may be the first time that many children hear about God."

Zilia and her team, along with Debbie and many volunteers, are busy creating the new environment for Waumba at Tower Place. This won't be the first time Zilia and Debbie have partnered together. In fact, they helped create the current Waumba environment at the grocery store, which, in my humble opinion, is an incredible place for preschoolers. (My five-year-old son, Cole, is an avid fan.) "The hallways of Waumba Land will tell the Genesis story of creation," said Zilia. "This will communicate to parents and children how great our Heavenly Father is and how much He loves us." This project has given Debbie a new appreciation for the creation story. "It only took God six days to create the heavens and the earth. It's taking me weeks just to paint them all!" Thus far, the early reviews of their work are very encouraging. "The guys working in the building are very curious and impressed with the murals and why we would go to such lengths to create environments like this for children," she said. "They're even bringing their co-workers by and explaining it to them."

As a parent, I will be forever grateful that those on our pre-school team are using their gifts to introduce my kids to the greatness of God. Every time I walk into Waumba Land at Tower Place, I will know that each brush stroke was prayerfully considered, each idea carefully crafted, and each child cared for and loved. This, among many other reasons, is why the local church is the hope of the world. Jeff Henderson, Campus Director

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Beks in Slovakia



My sweeeeeeet daughter

100,000 in Small Groups

Andy recently said that his one persistent prayer is to see 100,000 in groups in his life time.
Deut. 1:15 So I took the leading men of your tribes, wise and respected men, and appointed them to have authority over you--as commanders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens and as tribal officials.

I love the Lord’s organization and the way we are trying to care for our soon to be 100,000 in groups.
Just dreaming

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Take The Low Place- Luke14.7

Luke 14:7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

This is one of my all time favorite truths in Scripture. I heard of this truth in college and Leon Tucker and I have spoken of this for all of our years in ministry. It is so powerful

Let’s keep humbling ourselves before God and one another and trust Him for His exaltation in His time and way.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Benefits of Healthy Marriages

The Healthy Marriage Initiative
Wade F. Horn, PhD., Assistant Secretary
For Children and Youth Researchers have found many benefits for children and youth who are raised by parents in
healthy marriages, compared to unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. More likely to attend college
0. More likely to succeed academically
0. Physically healthier
0. Emotionally healthier
0. Less likely to attempt or commit suicide
0. Demonstrate less behavioral problems in school
0. Less likely to be a victim of physical or sexual abuse
0. Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol
0. Less likely to commit delinquent behaviors
0. Have a better relationship with their mothers and fathers
0. Decreases their chances of divorcing when they get married
0. Less likely to become pregnant as a teenager, or impregnate someone.
0. Less likely to be sexually active as teenagers
0. Less likely to contract STD's
0. Less likely to be raised in poverty

For Women
Researchers have found many benefits for women who are in healthy marriages, compared to
unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. More satisfying relationship
0. Emotionally healthier
0. Wealthier
0. Less likely to be victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other violent crimes
0. Less likely to attempt or commit suicide
0. Decrease risk of drug and alcohol abuse
0. Less likely to contract STD's
0. Less likely to remain or end up in poverty
0. Have better relationships with their children
0. Physically healthier

For Men
Researchers have found many benefits for men who are in healthy marriages, compared to
unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. Live longer
0. Physically healthier
0. Wealthier
0. Increase in the stability of employment
0. Higher wages
0. Emotionally healthier
0. Decrease risk of drug and alcohol abuse
0. Have better relationships with their children
0. More satisfying sexual relationship
0. Less likely to commit violent crimes
0. Less likely to contract STD's
0. Less likely to attempt or commit suicide

For Communities
Researchers have found many benefits for communities when they have a higher percentage of
couples in healthy marriages, compared to unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. Higher rates of physically healthy citizens
0. Higher rates of emotionally healthy citizens
0. Higher rates of educated citizens
0. Lower domestic violence rates
0. Lower crime statistics
0. Lower teen age pregnancy rates
0. Lower rates of juvenile delinquency
0. Higher rates of home ownership
0. Lower rates of migration
0. Higher property values
0. Decreased need for social services