a sneak peek of Christmas Delivered preparations…

•December 2, 2009 • 1 Comment

I thought you might enjoy seeing a sneak peek of our much anticipated weekend performances of Christmas Delivered… Joy to the World

To encourage and enable younger families to reach out to neighbors, colleagues, family and friends our Children’s Department has offered to provide FREE child care (4 years of age and younger) during the Sat 2PM and Sun 2PM performances. Bless young families with a joyous and meaningful Christmas celebration. Invite your friends, and give Dorene the courtesy of how many children to expect (dorenem@nsb.org)

Need additional incentives?
Many of you are already inviting your circle of friends to come and experience “Christmas Delivered”, but if cost is keeping you from inviting more un-churched folks to the show, we have made a limited number of comp tickets for each performance available for you. Enter the promo code “GRACE” to order tickets and order quickly, DON’T MISS OUT!

All right. So you came to a show. It was FANTASTIC! You realize you have a friend(s) that just HAS to see it. Buy tickets to another performance and bring your friend at a reduced rate of 25% off EACH ticket. Use “LOVED IT” as a promo code. Buy additional tickets.

We are looking forward to what God is going to do this weekend; take advantage of this opportunity to share this message of Hope during this Christmas season.  And continue to pray with us that God would use this weekend to change lives.

classic Christmas… begins this sunday…

•December 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

northshore’s “Classic Christmas” begins this sunday… I can’t wait to share the real meaning of Christmas.  here’s a classic preview from our little friend linus on the real meaning of Christmas

some great quotes & thoughts on leadership

•November 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I ran across this post from mac lake, pastor of leadership development at seacoast church in south carolina.

Leadership Thots I’ve Been Thinking, November

Here are a few of the leadership thoughts I’ve tweeted throughout October.  If you would like to follow me on Twitter you can find me at www.twitter.com/maclake

  • 10:04 Nov 26 Many times organizations build their organizational structures based on relationships rather than reason.
  • 2:13 Nov 25  As the leader I have to learn to ask not only the right questions but the tough questions.
  • 1:25 Nov 24  When leader falls into maintenance mode he plays it safe, postpones decisions, procrastinates on projects and paralyzes the organization.
  • 1:15 PM Nov 19  Understanding the strengths of your staff enables you to effectively position them for success.
  • 1:15 PM Nov 18  When starting new Lead Dev efforts dont start with the place of grtest need, start with the point of grtest influence, that way it sticks.
  • 1:19 PM Nov 17  Passionate leadership gives people faith to believe despite obstacles.
  • 1:15 PM Nov 16  The ability to articulate your ideas is just as important as the ability to create ideas
  • 1:15 PM Nov 15  Many churches are doing leadership development to meet a need rather than to develop leaders.
  • 7:44 AM Nov 14  Leadership development is usually the 1st thing to go in leaders busy schedule or budget crunch…remember that doesn’t help the situation.
  • 9:59 AM Nov 12  Fear is the leaders opportunity to break through to a new level of faith and leadership
  • 1:39 PM Nov 9  A great equipper is one who takes the messy material of one’s failure and shapes them into life-changing learning experiences.
  • 2:15 PM Nov 5  When a leader shines the light on himself he takes the light off the vision
  • 4:15 PM Nov 4 When your organization does leadership development it communicates to employees “We want to invest in your success”
  • 1:15 PM Nov 3  Cast vision with passion or others wont be convinced that you’re convinced
  • 1:15 PM Nov 2  Leadership development requires patience, grace, and understanding
  • 12:05 PM Oct 29  Insecure leaders insist that people follow, secure leaders inspire people to follow

Some great thoughts from a great leader and leader of leaders.  Continue to grow in your own leadership.   Continue to seek out people who can help you grow.  And continue to seek out people to whom you can pass on some of your own leadership experiences.

what I’m grateful for this thanksgiving day 2009

•November 27, 2009 • 1 Comment

i find it strange that we celebrate thanksgiving “day”… should be every day that we who were lost but now found would celebrate with gratitude and thanksgiving the many blessings poured out upon us by our great God. but nonetheless, this day of thanks gives me an opportunity to “hyper-focus” on gratitude. so here’s what I’m grateful for this thanksgiving day 2009:

1. my great God… the Creator of this unbelievable universe created and love me with everything that He is and has

2. my great Savior… that God the Son left heaven, put on flesh, and was nailed to the tree for my treasonous and rebellious heart… and He has brought me back to Himself and calls me His own

3. my great Helper… that God the Holy Spirit mysteriously dwells inside of me, taking my heart of stone and giving me a heart of flesh so that I might love, treasure, and serve God more for His great glory and my great joy

4. my great bride… that God has gifted and blessed me by giving me the best friend I could ever have… my beautiful bride paige

5. my great son… that God has changed me to love Him more by giving me my son jacob to love, adore, and train up in the ways of Jesus, his Lord and King

6. a great church… notice that I didn’t say “my great church”… it’s Jesus’ Church, I just get to pretend I’m pushing northshore baptist church towards Him (really He’s drawing us more and more towards Him… to love and desire Him more… to impact our world around us with His great grace)

7. many great friends… for people who stick with me in all of my ups, downs, and everything in between

bottom line, this thanksgiving 2009… i have a lot to be grateful for…

Luke Warm & Loving It

•November 25, 2009 • 1 Comment

this morning I got whipped and worked over… by Jesus and pastor francis chan (cornerstone church in simi valley, ca). he preached a message a couple of years ago about the “typical” or average attender of his church in simi valley… but the message reaches far beyond simi valley. it reaches to bothell, woodinville, kirkland, and kenmore, washington where I pastor. and it actually reached into my kitchen (where our computer sits) and simply yet powerfully worked me over. my prayer after Jesus’ message through pastor francis… “Lord, do anything You need to do so that I would be completely on fire for You… completely sold out for You… completely spent for You… anything” (which I’m not sure I really meant). Lord help us!

Classic Christmas

•November 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

(Warning: reliving an old school memory) I remember being in our “70s hip,” shag carpeted living room, sitting in footed pajamas on the floor with my special little blanket and waiting with that intense, slightly shaking anticipation for the “CBS Special” logo to twirl around the screen of our huge, furniture-esque Zenith television. And here’s why… once I heard and saw that logo, I knew what was coming next… the Charlie Brown Christmas special!!! I loved it then… and I love it now. It’s classic, and Charlie Brown’s question “What’s Christmas all about?” is as relevant today as it was in 1965 when the show first aired. We still haven’t figured it out as an American culture.

Throughout December, we’re going to explore the real meaning of Christmas using Charles Schultz’ A Charlie Brown Christmas and God’s Word. There are so many themes that this classic Christmas special presents for us to wrestle with as a culture. And just as God’s Word rights and re-centers us to the true meaning of Christmas—God with Us—so did Schultz. The climax of A Charlie Brown Christmas captures it all… little Linus ambling out center stage, bathed in a solitary spotlight with his blue security blanket telling us the real meaning of Christmas:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:8-14)

This is the real meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown. This is the real meaning of Christmas… God leaving heaven to become a helpless babe and put on the frailty of human flesh… out of love… to give us hope… for His glory. This December, bring your friends, family, neighbors, fellow students, co-workers to Northshore’s Sunday Services at 8:45 am, 10:45 am, or 5:45 pm. They will be fun, and they will point us all to the real meaning of Christmas.

the utter urgency of prayer for the mission of Jesus Christ

•November 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I am so convinced that we are in the battle of our lives!  As we are called more and more as individuals, as families, and as a church to share the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ in our world, we are getting deeper and deeper into the battle.  I see it all around us… and prepare yourselves… more is coming.  And you can’t go to battle if you don’t know your weapons.  And in this battle, since it’s not against flesh and blood, but against the evil one himself and all of his wicked forces of death and darkness (read Ephesians 6:10-12), our weapons are supernatural.  And first among those weapons is PRAYER.

Here’s a call to the utter urgency of prayer for the mission of Jesus from Pastor John Piper:

So I do not tire of saying to our church, The number one reason why prayer malfunctions in the hands of a believers is that they try to turn a wartime walkie-talkie into a domestic intercom.

Until you believe that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for. Prayer is for the accomplishment of a wartime mission. It is as though the field commander (Jesus) called in the troops, gave them a crucial mission (“Go and bear fruit”), handed each of them a personal transmitter coded to the frequency of the general’s headquarters, and said, ‘Comrades, the general has a mission for you. He aims to see it accomplished. And to that end he has authorized me to give each of you personal access to him through these transmitters. If you stay true to his mission and seek his victory first, he will always be as close as your transmitter, to give tactical advice and to send in air cover when you or your comrades need it.’

But what have millions of Christians done? They have stopped believing that we are in a war. No urgency, no watching, no vigilance, no strategic planning. Just easy peacetime and prosperity. And what did they do with the walkie-talkie? They tried to rig it up as an intercom in their cushy houses and cabins and boats and cars – not to call in fire power for conflict with a mortal enemy, but to ask the maid to bring another pillow to the den.

The battle is on!  Don’t stay on the sidelines, continuing to pray with a domestic intercom.  Pick up the wartime walkie-talkie, praying to God for souls won back to Him!  Pray for protection as He uses us, His soldiers, to go fight the battle of faith in a world that is sick, dying, and desperately in need of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jonathan
a fellow soldier in the battle…