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2009 NACC was Great!

I’m sitting at the airport on my way back to Tulsa after a fantastic convention. Come to think of it, I’ve never been disappointed by a North American Christian Convention. This week was no exception.

Max Lucado spoke at the last main session this morning. It was a simple but powerful message from John 3:16. My favorite line was shared while Lucado was talking about the phrase “shall not perish.” He said, “Hell is not a place for those who seek God and struggle, but for those who dismiss God and succeed.”

Looking forward to being home and seeing my family.

NACC Best Day Yet

Today started with a very practical message by Rick Stedman. Rick is the Pastor at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, CA. Rick encouraged listeners from 1 Corinthians 13 to share faith, hope and love. Favorite quote: “Too many Christians are hope-suckers.”

Dave Bycroft from Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, KS and Dudley Rutherford from Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, CA did a great job tag-teaming a dialogue sermon. We were instructed to share grace with everyone, everywhere and in every way. Ask Debbie Holmes about the video they showed. I’ve never seen her laugh so hard.

Matt Proctor, President at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO hit an absolute home run tonight at the main session. My favorite message so far. Matt preached from 2 Timothy 2 instructing us on how to endure through the struggles of the Christian life.
1. We need the pictures of endurance: a soldier, a farmer, an athlete (2 Timothy 2:3-6).
2. We need the purposes of endurance.
We become like Jesus (2 Timothy 2:8).
We bring others to Jesus (2 Timothy 2:10).
We save our place in heaven (2 Timothy 2:12a).
3. Most of all, we need the power of endurance.
We can’t do it by ourselves. We’re strong only through the grace of Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1).

The day ended with Casting Crowns in concert. They performed the favorites: Does Anybody Hear Her; Praise You in the Storm; Voice of Truth; Who Am I; All Because of Jesus. It was a great end to a great day!

NACC Wednesday Night

“Grace That Heals” was the theme of Wednesday night’s main session. Dr. David Clark, Lead Pastor at Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI, preached from Luke 5. He compared Peter’s failed fishing trip with our own feelings of “not being good enough.” What allowed Peter to become a powerful servant of God? The key is in Luke 5:5. First of all, Peter was real about “his mess.” He had tried everything he knew and admitted that to Jesus. Secondly, he told Jesus, “because you say so, I will…”

The service ended with a time for hurting people to come forward and receive prayer. Lots of responses.

I stopped by the Ozark Christian College reception after the main session. Got a chance to catch up with lots of people there.

Wednesday at the NACC

The main session speakers at the NACC were great this morning!

Rick Rusaw, Senior Minister at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO spoke on the Good Samaritan from Luke 10. His question approaching the text was, “what makes a good neighbor?” His observations:
1. He saw the man in need.
2. He got his hands dirty.
3. He was inconvenienced.
4. He befriended the person.
5. He gave his money.
Rick encouraged churches to engage and serve the community in which they are in and only then will they get an opportunity to influence people.

Chuck Booher is Senior Minister at Crossroads Christian Church in Corono, CA. He reminded us that if we’re people of grace…
1. We have to cross racial barriers.
2. We have to cross international borders.
3. We have to cross generational boundaries.

I saw some people from Cedar Ridge today. Randy and Linda Beeson at the main session this morning. Kevin Shahan just stopped by my room. I heard Tony and Debbie Holmes are here, but haven’t seen them yet. I’m enjoying spending some time with my dad.

NACC in Louisville

This week I’m in downtown Louisville, KY at the North American Christian Convention. This is a gathering of believers and church leaders (mostly from independent Christian Churches) for the purpose of worshipping and fellowshipping together.

Last night, Jeff Stone, the President of the 2009 NACC and Senior Minister at Discover Christian Church in Dublin, OH. Jeff kicked off the convention’s theme, Still Amazed (we’re talking about grace), reminding us that…
Grace must be discovered.
Grace must be displayed.
Grace must be dispensed.

Great sermon! I’m looking forward to being refreshed and encouraged this week. I’m also looking forward to catching up with some old friends, maybe even some family.

Louisville, KY

So I’m delayed in the St. Louis airport on my way back from attending planning meetings for the Continuation Committee of the North American Christian Covention. Looks like the 2009 NACC in Louisville is going to be another great one. It takes place June 30 – July 3.

The NACC is a great place to get your perspective of the church enlarged. It’s always exciting for me to see what God is doing in other places. Sometimes we forget what a big God we serve because we get so accustomed to the home team routine. Just that simple exposure can open your eyes and instill a new passion.

Just through our planning meetings I learned about some incredible new church works that are happening. I heard about courageous people pioneering new strategies on the mission field. I heard about churches making enormous kingdom advances in their communities. I also talked with some ministers who are struggling with similar issues to what we are. If nothing else, it was encouraging just to hang around church leaders from all over North America all committed to the same thing I am – seeing people come to Christ, experience Christian community, and make a difference.

That’s what happens at the North American Christian Convention. I hope you can make it a part of your 2009 summer calendar.

Traveling to Cincinnati

I’m in Cincinnati this week for a series of meetings with the North American Christian Convention. I’m serving on the Continuation Committee of the NACC whose main task is to help in the planning of future conventions. This morning we attended chapel on the campus of Cincinnati Christian University. Cam Huxford, 2008 NACC President, preached on the next NACC theme of Living Dangerously. Hopefully CCU will put the mp3 on their website soon so you can hear it. It will get you excited about “going hard” after the Lord. I’ll keep checking on the sermon podcast. And, no I didn’t make the Bengal’s Monday night football game. I was only two blocks from the stadium, so I dealt with all the traffic, but none of the fun.

North American Christian Convention

Just got back from the NACC in Kansas City. What a great convention. If you’re not familiar with it, this is not like any church convention you’ve heard about. There’s no debating and voting on issues. This is simply a gathering of Christians who meet for worship, preaching, and fellowship. There was a special “New Church Work” emphasis to everything that was exciting. At the last main session, Bob Russell shared about over 200 churches that have been planted in the last few years. In fact, a brand new church was left behind in Kansas City as a result of the NACC. Besides my brother, Harold, we were glad to have some other good friends from Cedar Ridge also able to attend: Tony & Debbie Holmes, Murry & Jill Syfert, David & Beverly Powell, Johnny & Esther Custer, Don & Velva Jo Johnson, Anthony & Amber Sherrell, Monty Johnson, and Mark & Sandi Ellard. Consider joining us next year in Cincinatti, July 1-4.

North American Christian Convention

I just registered my family and secured our hotel room for the North American Christian Convention this summer, July 3rd – 6th. It’s at the Kansas City Convention Center and so it’s a great opportuntiy for people in this area to attend. If you’ve never been, the NACC is simply a time of worship, preaching, workshops, and fellowship. The best thing about it is that it opens your eyes to how God is working all around the world. It’s an encouraging time. It’s an informative time. And since I always take my family – it’s a family time (great children’s and teen convention). Hope to see you in Kansas City this summer!