2.1.15 Set list

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Furious - Jeremy Riddle

Reaching For YouPaul Baloche and Lincoln Brewster

I Have Decided - Mack Brock, Chris Brown, and Wade Joye (Elevation Worship)

All To You - Brewster, Lincoln | McNulty, Reid

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Erie visioncast weekend 2015 : message in 8 tweets!

10455293_798562446848142_4338969477753255712_n 1. Our effectiveness as a church doesn't depend on the building we're in, but the mission we're committed to. #McLaneSocial

2. Our mission at McLane Church : To eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ #McLaneSocial

3. The #CHURCH is never a building, it's PEOPLE! #McLaneSocial

4. All throughout scripture, God reminds people that WE are the resource He primarily wants to use! #McLaneSocial

5. Part of living with a mission-mindset means doing what's BEST and trusting God to handle the rest.  #McLaneSocial

6. A church full of "mission-minded" people will TRANSFORM A REGION! #McLaneSocial

7.  Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love+helping out, not avoiding worshiping together but spurring each other on #McLaneSocial

8. What is God calling you to?  Is today the day to say, "I'm IN?" #McLaneSocial

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1.25.15 Set list

B8NMsf4IAAAfX3W.jpg-large Psalm 9:1-2 (NLT)  - I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Closer - Joel Davies, Jason Ingram, Braden Lang, and Reuben Morgan

Alive - Aodhan King and Alexander Pappas

Forever - Christa Black Gifford, Kari Jobe, Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, and Gabriel Wilson

I Will Follow - Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan, and Chris Tomlin

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My Story : "I decided to GO" in 10 tweets

my_story640 1. Sometimes the best decision you can make is to GO when it would be easier to STAY.

2. To step toward your destiny, sometimes you have to step away from your security.

3. To go where you’re supposed to go, you’ll need the faith to leave where you’re at.

4. You have no idea what you’ll miss out on if you don’t obey when God is calling you to GO!

5. Based on what God wants you to want, what step of faith do you need to take? 

6. God didn’t call us to an EASY life, he called us to a FAITH FILLED life. 

7. Without Faith, it’s impossible to please God. 

8. You don’t have to have the faith to FINISH, you just have to have the faith to TAKE THE FIRST STEP.  

9. Your story will be either, BY FAITH I STARTED, or by FEAR I STAYED. 

10. Don't live to take the edge off your fear, live to put the edge on your faith. 

To watch the entire message: click HERE

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1.18.14 Set List

setlist icon Psalm 57:8-11 (MSG)I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe, Ready to sing, ready to raise a tune: “Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!” I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets, singing your praises in town and country. The deeper your love, the higher it goes; every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness. Soar high in the skies, O God! Cover the whole earth with your glory!

Oh How I Need You (Find You) - Stu Garrard, Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Paul Mabury (All Sons and Daughters)

Relentless - Matt Crocker and Joel Houston

1 John 4:18aThere is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear

You Make Me Brave - Amanda Cook

Come Thou Fount - (Traditional - Crowder, David arrangement)

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My Story: "I decided to STAY" - message in 5 tweets

my_story640 1. Sometimes the best decision we can make is to STAY when it would be easier to go.

2. The more God uses us, the more we'll be tempted to quit.

3. In light of what God wants you to want, where does God want you to stay the course when it would be easier to walk away?

4. Sometimes your greatest act of faith is your FAITHFULNESS.  

5. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9

To watch the entire message, click HERE

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1.11.15 Set list

10898024_10205585850956752_2024031414234580451_n Genesis 3:9 (MSG) - God called to the Man: “Where are you?”

Praise Him - Matt Crocker and Nathan Finochio

Blessed Be Your Name - Redman, Beth \ Redman, Matt

Excerpts from Isaiah 46 (MSG) - Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that's left of the family of Israel.  I've been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, and I'll keep on carrying you when you're old.  Ill be there, bearing you when you're old and gray.  I've done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you.  So to whom will you compare me, the Incomparable?  Can you picture me without reducing me?  Think about this.  Wrap your minds around it.  This is serious business, rebels.  Take it to heart.  Remember your history, your long and rich history.  I am God, the only God you've had or will ever have -- incomparable, irreplaceable -- From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be, all along letting you in on what is going to happen, assuring you "I'm in this for the long haul, I'll do exactly what I set out to do" -- I've said it and I'll most certainly do it.  I've planned it, so it's as good as done.  Now listen to me: You're a hardheaded bunch and hard to help.  I'm ready to help you right now. Deliverance is not a long-range plan.  Salvation isn't on hold.  I'm putting salvation to work in Zion right now, and glory in Israel.

It Is Well (Bethel Version) - Horatio Gates Spafford, Kristene DiMarco, and Philip Paul Bliss

Always Jason Ingram and Kristian Stanfill

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"I decided to STOP" | Message in 7 tweets

my_story640 1. "Direction, not intention, determines destination" ~ Andy Stanley

2. What will you decide to STOP doing today to write a better story with your life?

3. What does God want you to want? In light of that, what do you need to stop?

4. Play the story forward...see where it's going.  If it's not helping you write the story you want to tell...STOP DOING IT!

5. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.  Hebrews 12:2

6. The decisions we make TODAY will determine the story we tell TOMORROW.

7. Internal sin can be more destructive than external sin.  Commit sin to God and ask him to help you stop!

To watch the entire message, click HERE

1.4.15 Set list

10487336_10200148713356482_5956108606562215692_n Psalm 63:1-4 (MSG)O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

Happy Day Ben Cantelon and Tim Hughes

Alive Aodhan King and Alexander Pappas

Revelation Song - Jennie Lee Riddle

O The Blood Mary Elizabeth Miller and Thomas Miller

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My Story : "I decided to START" | message in 7 tweets

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1. The decisions we make today will determine the stories we tell tomorrow

2. Small decisions, can have major implications on our lives

3. Living a story worth telling begins with "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith"

4. Knowing what "God want you to want" helps you to know "what God wants you to START"

5. What discipline does God want you to START today?

6. STARTING a discipline today can be what God uses to transform your life.

7. When you look back on this chapter of your life, make sure it's a story you are proud to tell

To watch the entire message, click HERE

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Sometimes we have to sit on the bench...

photo-1414788020357-3690cfdab669 This year, at the prompting of my wife (yes, she's the best) we've attempted to become a #footballfamly.  We've picked a favorite team, the Denver Broncos, and have spent 16 weekends cheering on Peyton Manning and his crew.

There is a lot of emotion in football.  There is the thrill of victory and winning, the pain of loss and defeat, anger from bad calls (or at least the perceived ones), anxiousness from a dwindling clock coupled with a close score...and, well, you get the picture.  All of these are pretty easy to identify with...because we've all been there at least to some scale in our lives.

However, there is one emotion that I've struggled to identfy with...until recently.  This  emotion is the one created by players who are on the team, but have to sit the game out.  Every week, there are the players who sit on the bench just waiting to contribute while the game goes on.  Take a second and try to imagine what that feels like?!

Have you ever been, "benched" when you'd rather be in the "game?"

Being a person who is a "do-er"...and one that hates to sit still, I don't give myself an opportunity to feel this emotion much.  If I see something that needs to be done...or something that needs extra attention, I do my best to go after it and add my contribution.

For the most part, life has trained us to act in this way.  If we strive to be motivated, or successful, or ambitious...we need to go after pursuits and assert ourselves.  This can be  very good at times...but it also can be very dangerous.  I didn't realize how dangerous it could be until I got sick. :)

This week, after contracting a bug, I've had to sit on the bench a lot.  I'm a Pastor by vocation...which makes the weekend like GAMEDAY!  To take this analogy one step further, Christmas time is like the SUPERBOWL and we're in the red zone!  After having to miss the weekend before Christmas at church, I'm living in the emotion of what the bench feels like.

So far, it's taught me a few things:

1. The bench is where you focus on cheering on your team.  Here's what I know: IT'S NOT ABOUT US!  What an amazing lesson that I need to continue to learn over and over.  Maybe you need this reminder too?  Whether you're in the GAME or on the BENCH...we alwasy need to be elevating those around us...because we're in this together.  The team is ALWAYS greater than the PLAYER.  Cheering from the bench is a HUMBLE and AWESOME responsibility...one that reminds us of a healthy perspective that life is not all about us!  I want to challenge you to never look at your life as your own prosperous adventure.  Who can you cheer on today?

2. The bench provides a wide-angled perspective of the game.  So often, when we're in the game, it's hard to step back and take an objective look at the big picture of what's going on.  Our perspective from being on the field is much more myopic than the panoramic perspective from further away on the sidelines.  Stepping away for a bit allows us to gain a much needed and greater perspective.  When this opportunity comes, we need to embrace it as a gift.

3. The bench is a reminder that you've been recruited.  I want to explore this one the most.  As I've struggled to sit on the sidelines...feeling like I have something to offer while not being able to do so, this one truth has stood out to me the most: God loves me for me.  I don't have to do anything to make Him more pleased with me.  I don't have be more ambitious for Him to love me more.  My CONTRIBUTION is not MY WORTH...and MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS are not what put me on the team.  God loves me for me.  God picked me and put me on the team.  Sometimes, we can get very mistaken on why we're at where we're at.  Aside from GRACE, we'd be nothing...and on a road to no where.  GRACE is what makes us who we are...and allows us to do what we do.  We can give our best, but our best can often become an idol that we work toward.  I've been reminded of this lately.  Have you thought about your successes?  If you believe your accomplishments have allowed you to achieve success, who first gave you your abilities?  TRULY, it all comes from God's grace!  This is a great reminder...that whether we're in the game or on the bench, God has CHOSEN us, PICKED us for the team and has us SECURELY on the team to accomplish His purposes...which HE WILL work out through us!

Psalm 138:8 says, The Lord will work out his plans for my life—     for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.

So, today, if you're in the game or on the bench, these things apply to YOU!  (1) Who can you cheer on around you?  (2)How can you keep a big perspective of what's going on around you?  ...and above all (3) Remember that  God picks us FOR US...and not for what we can DO FOR HIM.  He loves us for the unique, wonderful creation of YOU...the one He hand-made as a prized posession, chosen and loved to fulfill His great purposes.

Now, I'm ready to get off this bench...

12.14.14 Set list

B40tXocIUAAPrdT.jpg-large O Come All Ye FaithfulOakeley, C. Frederick | Wade, John Francis

Do You Hear What I Hear - Noel Regney and Gloria Shane (Josh Wilson arrangement)

You Are Good - Houghton, Israel (Lincoln Brewster arrangement)

My Lighthouse - Rend Collective Experiment

One Thing Remains - Christa Black, Brian Johnson, and Jeremy Riddle

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"Could this be true?" : this weekend's message 7 in tweets

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 7.45.30 PM 1. We can miss incredible opportunities when we ignore God's promptings.

2. The Holy Spirit often moves in us through POWER, PROMPTINGS and PEACE!  

3. Through the Holy Spirit's intercession and power, our lives become re-ordered, to be in harmony with Gods will and plan.

4. The Holy Spirit prays on my behalf because God always knows what I need...even when I don't know what I need.

5. When the Holy Spirit prays on my behalf, God listens!

6. The will of God is the PERFECT plan for my life.  If I could see the big picture like God does, I'd never hesitate to choose it!

7. God has the power to work EVERYTHING together for good...not just the good things in my life.  

To watch the entire message, click HERE

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12.7.14 Set list

10848051_10205252465502324_9130903771589453216_n O Come O Come EmmanuelNeale, John Mason | Coffin, Henry Sloane | Helmore, Thomas

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

Romans 15:12-13 (NLT) - And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles.  They will place their hope on him.” I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It Is Well Horatio Gates Spafford, Kristene DiMarco, and Philip Paul Bliss (Bethel arrangement) 

Alive - Aodhan King and Alexander Pappas (Hillsong Young and Free arrangement) 

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"Life in the Spirit" in 9 tweets!

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 9.04.35 PM1. Fulfillment is found in GOD alone. 2. The first step to finding fulfillment is seeking God.

3. Condemning ourselves comes easy, but in Christ Jesus, there is NO condemnation!  

4. Sin isn’t an act.  Sin is a state that we're in apart from Christ. 

5. Sin is the power that PULLS ME AWAY from God. 

6. The Holy Spirit’s power FREES US from the power of sin.

7. Life in the Spirit means the goals and desires of this life become the expression of God's will rather than our own.

8. In Christ, the HOLY SPIRIT'S power living in me RESOURCES and DIRECTS everything else in my life.

9. Without Holy Spirit, emptiness is found in ourselves | Empowered by Holy Spirit, we find WHAT WE NEED in GOD!

To watch the entire message, click HERE

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Generations unite. Don't miss a great opportunity in front of you!

IMG_1384 1920117_949633938399050_67831668494177551_n What does it take to bring generations together?

This is a question I've asked a lot lately...because in the past 3 days, I've found myself at two different events that brought together at least 3 generations of people respectively!

Strange.  This is not the norm in my life!

The two photos above provide a snapshot of these 2 events...

Let me go into more detail:

Event 1 was a guitar clinic that we put on at our church taught by a world class player, Josh Karickhoff.  It was aimed at giving practical tools to anyone interested in becoming a better guitar player.  Kids, parents and grandparents all came together to be inspired and equipped to grow in their musicianship!

Event 2 was a "Christmas carol-sing" put on by our local MOPS program at a nearby retirement home.  Our Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (and their children) wanted to serve our community by bringing Christmas cheer / and beloved toddler-chaos to a facility that doesn't get to experience the latter on a daily basis.  :) New borns were cradled by grandparents, moms and dads sat beside their moms and dads...and youngsters exchanged hugs and hi-fives with old timers!  It was an awesome display!

As I had a front row seat to both events, what warmed my heart the most was seeing multiple generations enjoying time together.  In a fast-paced and myopically-focused world, it's sometimes difficult to see how blessed we are when we get to share an experience with multiple generations.  

Think of those your work with, go to school with, commute with, chat on Facebook with, eat meals with, go to church with (gasp), and look forward to being with...  Now, how many of these events will put you with more than 2 generations?

If you're like me...maybe not many of them.  Yet...these are what take up most of our time.

So what brings multiple generations together?  In the case of my experiences this week, I can see two unique threads:

1) An open invitation ... and 2) a common interest

Part of what I love about this season is that it it is SATURATED with open invitations and common interests.  In this season, you can experience holiday parties, family gatherings, community service opportunities, dinners, worship services...and MORE!

When these open invitations and common interests are accepted and explored with intentionality, we are enriched!

Here's what I know.  We're all part of the same family...and we've got so much to learn from one another.  Generations can take their cues of what to-do and what not to-do from the generations that came before them.  Not only that, but we're given the opportunity to love and spread hope to the generations that will come after us, should we accept that opportunity!

We cannot do this if we're solely entrenched with our contemporaries.  With humity and respect, with a heart willing to learn...and with the boldness to step out of what may be comfortable and convenient, we can LEARN SO MUCH FROM THE GENERATIONS AROUND US!

You live uniquely positioned between the generations your are in the middle of for a reason.  Have you ever stopped to consider this?

As you make your plans to prepare for Christmas this year, consider how you'll best spend your time.  Maybe this year, try to include more activities that involve open invitations and common interests!

This is part of what Christmas is all about:  ALL people from EVERY generation being INVITED to celebrate and remember the story that UNITES us into one great family!

A Life of Frustration - sermon in 7 tweets!

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 5.25.59 PM This message is based on Romans 7:14-25

1. Trying to find fulfillment in something other than Christ always leads to disappointment.

2. Seeking fulfillment apart from Christ is really living for "ME!"

3. Living for "ME" only shows my inability to achieve the fulfillment I desire. 

4. In pursuing fulfillment apart from Christ our focus is on what we don't have...so we pursue more things, and the cycle continues.

5. In Christ, we're reconnected to God...and our pursuit of "fulfillment in things" no longer has to control us.

6.  Pursue God FIRST and God will bring fulfillment.

7. 2 stepst toward fulfillment : 1) Name your frustrations -- 2) Don't try to FIX them...but rather pursue God THROUGH them!  

11.30.14 Set list

10425386_10205206876842636_5897113181815173795_n Ephesians 2:17-18  -  He (Jesus) brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

Holding Nothing Back - James Moore and Ryan Stevenson

Closer - Joel Davies, Jason Ingram, Braden Lang, and Reuben Morgan

Psalm 90:14Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

Nothing is Impossible - Jonathan Hunt

Revelation Song - Jennie Lee Riddle

CenterHall, Charlie | Redman, Matt

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11.23.14 Set list

10421644_10205160584685361_2030707052121098973_n Psalm 13:5-6But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.  I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

This is Amazing Grace - Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham

I Am - Ed Cash and David Crowder

How Great Thou Art - Hine, Stuart Wesley Keene

How He Loves - McMillan, John Mark

Mercy  - Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) - Tomlin, Chris | Gabriel, Charles Hutchison

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Gratitude always : Message in 10 tweets!

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1. We are to be GRATEFUL always! - 1 Thes. 5:18 #Gratitude

2. An ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE can always be cultivated. #Gratitude

3. There is always AT LEAST ONE thing to be grateful for. #Gratitude

4. Each day God gives us 17,280 gifts of breath -- 1 every 7.5 seconds.  That's a good place to start. #Gratitude

5. God is our FATHER when we need help.  Our FRIEND when we need someone to talk to. #Gratitude

6. Every breath, every step, every day: GIVE THANKS! #Gratitude

7. We are to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ! 2 Corinthians 10:5 #Gratitude

8. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. Acts 17:24 #Gratitude

9. As you approach the table this thanksgiving, will you first approach it with #Gratitude?

10. What can you do today to cultivate a greater heart of #Gratitude?