Category Archives: Creativity

Things Will Get Better

This teen makes a fantastic point about the passing nature of depression. Never allow yourself to get stuck in the dark valley. Keep walking and you’ll see the light of joy again.

I viewed this video here.

Porsche, Pink China, and Planting Gardens? Enjoy!

Why is enjoyment such a difficult idea for some followers of Jesus to embrace with enthusiasm?  It’s almost like God didn’t, indeed couldn’t, say of His creation, “It is good.”

The spiritual and the enjoyable are not polar opposites!

Have you seen people struggle with the question, “Should I enjoy this or must I be spiritual?”

Why not both?  At the same time?  With a touch of hilarity?

My hope is that our children enjoy their childhood, family, and home.  I trust that Paula enjoys her marriage, life, and ministry.

Of life’s blessings?  I say, “Enjoy them or give them away so that the other guy can enjoy them!  Are you no longer finding joy in your 1983 Porsche Turbo Carrera?  Give it away (may I suggest to whom?  LOL).  No joy left in great grandmother’s pink china set?  Give it away!  Has the joy departed from carrying those extra pounds around everyday?  Get rid of them.

Of life’s new interests?  Give it a go (to quote my Aussie friend).  Buy the camera and start capturing images of beautiful birds.  Plant the garden and see what grows.  Pick up the ukulele and start strumming.

Of your Christian faith?  Find happiness in your weekend worship experience.  Re-discover the delight of reading the Bible.  Celebrate the amazingly unique members of the Christian family.  Enjoy God.

“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work, – this is a gift of God”. Ecclesiastes 5:19

PS:  The flower photos are from our hotel landscaping, in El Salvador.  Between our scheduled events I took time to ENJOY!  :0)

A Strategy for Ministering to the Next Generation

Children and teens are, without a doubt, the evangelism priority for effectively ministering in America today. With twenty-five percent of the United States population being under seventeen years of age and with the vast majority of those who become Jesus followers being under the age of fourteen, it is clear whom we should prioritize.

Becoming more effective in ministry to the next generation is one of the top priorities of the MCA worship community. We are seeking God’s guidance for more effective ministry to teens and children. Together, with God’s blessing, we will crack the ministry code for this generation.

On Sunday evening we showed a message by Pastor Rod Loy of the Little Rock, Arkansas First Assembly of God. The message was presented on Monday evening of the Influence Conference 2011. Rod’s talk is about 2 hours into the video. I recommend fast forwarding until you see Rod (wearing a green polo shirt).

Your Account Counts: Your Version of God’s Counter Story

MCA is totally fired up about the work of the Holy Spirit that is bringing blessing out of difficulty, benefit out of challenge, and purpose out of aimless living. God works often against and in spite of the dominant story line of the world’s culture.

We are collecting your counter stories for two reasons. 1. We believe it is good for you to write, memorize, and then share your story with many people every week. 2. We believe that other people can share your story and see many people come to faith as they hear of God’s abundant work in you.

You may read our published counter stories here. Notice the amazing transformation God has made in each author. When The Author writes the narrative of your life then you have a story to tell to the nations!

Please write your counter story in 100 words or less. Email your story to one of the MCA ministry team leaders. We will not publish your name, but will get your experience with God’s grace online ASAP.

The URL for our story blog is

MCA Kid’s in Training

Recently the Kids in Training (KIT) team presented an inspirational human video in one of the MCA weekend worship services. The talent, skill, and commitment of the children shone brightly in the presentation. Their work was impressive. But more impressive than their presentation is the deep love of Jesus and people that radiated from their eyes and actions. These children are in total love with Jesus.

Without a doubt, their parents have an influence upon them as do the adult ministry team members who give shape to their spiritual formation. Peggy and Janelle Crowe are the adult team leaders for this ministry and they are PHENOMENAL! Thank you, Peggy and Janelle!