Aug 08 2010

God of this city: Indianapolis!

Downtown Indianapolis, Sunday morning August 8th, thousands of Christians worshiping together!

Thank you to everyone who worked to make Worship in the City so amazing and God honoring.  For city blocks you could hear Jesus being praised.  Some of the music was urban gospel, some was southern gospel, and some of the music was modern rock worship.  Several pastors shared their hearts.  It was BEAUTIFUL to see the Body of Christ together, outside, in unity, and motivated to serve Indianapolis.  When the Aaron Pelsue Band began sing "God of this City" with downtown Indy as the backdrop, it was moving, precious, anointed, and so right.

What is going to happen in America if the church joins together to love our cities like NEVER before, in an UNPRECEDENTED move of unity and love under the banner of Jesus Christ?  The very best is yet to come.  I'm praying God will show me what my role is, show you what your role is, and that we will all have the courage to do what He calls us to do.

The time has come to love and to live what we've learned.

in Christ - Lisa

Aug 06 2010

Hear Joshua - A Little Boy and $1 Making a Big Difference

Never underestimate what God can do with something "little".  There's the cool story of a 7-year-old boy from Wisconsin who anonymously gave a dollar to a stranger that God turned into $3,000 to help other kids.  When Jim Pfifer walked to his car parked at the YMCA in Waukesha he found a note written by a child with $1 attached to it.  The note read, "This is a dollar I made doing my chores and I wanted to do something special with it, so I'm giving it to you.  God loves you.  My name is Joshua, I'm 7 years old".

Upon reading the note, he took it in to the YMCA and donated the $1, along with $10 of his own, to the YMCA's Strong Kids campaign.  Then at a fundraiser, he told the story, and checks of donations started pouring in.  The $1 he found soon turned into $3,000, and it was all because of Joshua's idea to pay it forward.  There's more to this very inspirational story - see the video below. OR hear the story as told by Joshua when he called Lisa & Eric (click here)

And if you want to add to Joshua's dollar - click this link

 

Aug 06 2010

Regret Free Living - Steve Arterburn

 If past mistakes are holding you back ... if you need freedom from unhealthy patterns, founder of Women of Faith and New Life Ministries, Steve Arterburn joins us this morning to talk about regret free living. To learn more about Steve's new book "Regret Free Living" and his New Life Conferences, go here.

Aug 03 2010

Learn to Swim ... Water Safety Tips

Click here to read the story of six teenagers who lost their life in the Red River on Monday.  And remind yourself of the importance of (1) knowing how to swim and (2) knowing how to be safe around water, especially with children.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water

  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

Maintain Constant Supervision

  • Actively supervise children whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.