Life Journal Aug. 17th

•August 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here at Faith Community Church, we are all going through Life Journals together as a church family. The goal is to increase daily devotion to the Word, and to excel in the discipline of keeping a daily journal.

we started in January, but I was not here. The nice part is, the journal just rolls over, so you can start at any point in the year! If you want to grow in this area, Life Journal is an incredible tool!

As I go through mine this year, I’m going to be posting some of my personal entries on this blog. I pray that they encourage you.

 

“King of Killers”

John 19

Misinterpreting the perfect law of God will kill Jesus.  If we want Jesus to reign in our homes, churches, and workplaces, we have to be prepared to put legalism to death. John 19 is so incredibly profound. We see an all powerful, unmatched, creator of the universe God, seem to get pushed around and overpowered. After being sentenced to a crucifixion by his own people, the Jews, God in His sovereignty STILL proclaims to everyone there that day, and to us today: I AM the King of the Jews. The hypocrite, the murderer, the angry, imperfect, and hurtful, all sinners alike: I AM YOUR KING. Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but Jesus already made up his mind to set Pilate free.

There is nothing like His love.

-dg

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Timing is everything.

•August 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This time last year, I visited my hometown here in the United States. It was great to visit friends, family, and the lot…but I was excited to go back to Sydney. I didn’t have a peace in my heart about staying in Spanaway any longer than 2 weeks. I just knew my time in Sydney wasn’t finished. It’s not that I didn’t ‘like’ Spanaway, but I was just not at ease. All I could think about was getting back.

 

Almost exactly a year has passed since then, and I find myself back in the heart of Spanaway. Typing this from a lake-house on the world famous “Spanaway Lake”. But this time, everything is different.

 

I have a great peace about being here. I’m not here because I don’t have any other options. I’m not here to use this place as a stepping stone. I’m not here to work my way up to ‘bigger’ and ‘better’ things. The fact of the matter is there’s only one bigger and better way of life: one with Jesus. Wherever you find yourself, if you’re there, and you are doing life with Jesus, then you are in fact living the ‘bigger’ and ‘better’ life.

 

So with that, I am in Spanaway right now. And until God calls me somewhere else, this is where I’m gonna stay for the next season.

 

Today it has become official: I am now the youth pastor at Faith Community Church.

 

I will be on staff starting this Tuesday, and I am going to build the greatest youth ministry this city has ever seen. And when I say ‘I’, what I really mean, is me and my team. The ordinary doing the extraordinary.

 

Excited, expectant, full of faith doesn’t even BEGIN to cover how I feel. For the first time, I feel like I’m in my grace zone. I never really knew what God was preparing me for by sending me to college for 3 years, but I was just up for the ride. Ready to go wherever He might take me. Well, three years later, here we are. He was grooming me to be a youth pastor, for this time, for this generation. I’m stunned by the amount of commitment God has towards me, and the purposes He has for my life. Absolutely incredible.

 

If you want to hear what I preached this morning, you can download/ or listen right here: CLICK HERE

 

For all of you who have stuck with me, supported me, and believed in me, thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all the people who have come alongside me and helped me along the journey.

 

Love you all,

dg

The journey continues…

•August 2, 2013 • 1 Comment

Hi everyone, near, far, wherever you are!

There have been some massive breaks in the story thus far.

 

As soon as some things are finalized and some decisions have been made, I will give ya’ll a little update on my post-hillsong college life.

 

All you need to know right now, is that I’m in God’s Country (America), going to church, and I have a box of Twinkies on my desk. All is right.

 

Nice full update coming after this weekend.

 

love ya,

-dg

How Good Are Libraries?

•May 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I’m spending my Monday off today in the free wifi building also known as the library.

 

This place immediately reminds me of my beautiful Grandma Jackson who would take my brother, sister, and myself to the library every chance she got. One time I used my library card and the computers to put a hold on the VHS tape of The Punisher…as a 3rd grader, my Grandma was excited to see her grandchild’s keen interest in action cinema and social justice.

 

So cool!

 

How are we all? I have not been on this blog in a while. I’m still in college loving every second of it. Greatest college, and trainers ever. If you want to do ministry for the rest of your life, especially within the context of church, going to Hillsong College is the best thing you can do for yourself. Quite wasting time. Just get here.

 

There are big things on the horizon for me. I have a number of different things in the works at the moment. Nothing is set in stone or permanent. I’m going one day at a time, and workin hard.

 

One thing is certain though: America, I’m coming for you. And so is REVIVAL.

 

 

-dg

 

 

 

On Mission

•April 15, 2013 • 2 Comments

I have been ruined. I have been wrecked.

 

My life is ‘on mission’. This is…REAL. The mission of God, misseo dei lifestyle has overtaken me. There are no days off, there are no times to chill, there are no breaks to take. This thing is REAL. How can I tell a single mom whos ready to give up on life, that I just need to take this Sunday off to get some time to myself, and we’ll talk next week? How can we as Christians, sit back and do church every Sunday, but miss the point come Monday. This thing is REAL. This isn’t about you, or about me. This is the mission of God. HE is taking us somewhere. He is taking all of creation somewhere, and we all have a part to play! This isn’t a sunday thing or a monday thing, it is an every day, finding your place in the story of God, type of thing. The signs of the times are apperant: Revival is coming. Indeed, it is already upon us.

 

Don’t sit back. Get ‘on mission’.

 

 

-dg

HBD JILLIAN!!!!

•February 15, 2013 • 1 Comment

Last night at 12am, we celebrated Jillian’s birthday!! She turns the big TWO ZERO today!!! Awesome gifting and talent, but an even more amazing human being!!! We love her here at city wildlife!!

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New Era

•February 13, 2013 • 1 Comment

Twenty thirteen came swiftly this year. Went to bed one night, and next thing I knew, it was January 2013. Unbelievable.

I am charging through the last semester of of my last year of Hillsong College. What a journey it has been! And most of you have been following it the entire way! I walk around during classes and feel like the old guy…it is exciting to see the new students come in, just beginning their journey, and knowing that they too, will never be the same. God has used this place to do more in me than I could have ever imagined possible. This church, this city, and it’s people have changed me forever.

I’m still living in The Compound with a fresh batch of young guys. Heath and I are the last standing original members. The Compound is in a new era, and I like it. I’ll give you a quick rundown of the guys:

Me: I’m awesome. None disagree.

Dehan: From South Africa. 19. Good guy, responsible, with long blond hair.

Zach: Good guy, with a great body. Classic Minneapolis vibes. Most people who aren’t me wish they were him.

Heath: He’s getting married in July. He’s working 4 jobs. Not completely sure if he lives with us anymore or not…but he has a key to the place, so I’ll include him here.

Evan: From South Carolina. Chilled out to the max. About 5 minutes ago he said, in seriousness, “I think in the future iPhones will be clear.” I don’t know where that came from, but I like where it’s going.

Shawn: New Orleans skater boi. Quick witted. Mean like Dan Dan.

Luke: A passing brother of a friend. Leaving in a couple weeks, but a fun bloke to laugh with. 3rd Garmon boy I’ve met in my life.

Mike: True Blue Aussie wild card. By definition, he is a hipster. He makes his own soap, brews his own beer, wears skinny jeans and a sailor hat. Funniest guy in my world at the moment.

One question I have been getting asked NON STOP (at least once a day) is: “So what are you going to do when you’re done here?”

The human complex is interesting. No one ever asks me “What are you doing right now?” Everyone is fixated on the plans of my untouchable future. There is something in us that desires…destination.

“Are we there yet?” A question that I’ve asked countless times, on countless road trips to Disneyland. The desire for destination is in our growing up, and it doesn’t fade away when after puberty has had it’s heyday. We all want to go…somewhere, yet the kicker is this: every arrival requires a departure. That sounds nice and poetic, but when the reality of a, or the, departure hits you, maybe like a ton of bricks, a civil war breaks out inside your chest. I want to but I DON’T.

I want groceries, but I don’t want to go to the store.
I want to get fit, but I don’t want to exercise and work out.

I want to see the world, I don’t want to leave home.

I want to be free, but I don’t want to take these chains off.

It is our humanity on full display. Like any war, there can only be one. There is a winner and a loser. One dies. One lives. One Light. One dark. One Arrives. One Departs. Jesus flips this blog on it’s head in Luke 17:33 when he drops this little nugget: “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

Jesus, because He is God, and is outside of time itself, but graced us with 33 years on this earth, is our history book at this moment, and he explains our internal civil war to us. Now the context of this passage is Jesus talking about “The Kingdom of God” to his disciples, however there is a profound principle in the text.

Whoever preserves, sits back, or does not depart, actually doesn’t get what they want; they lose their life. Whoever loses their life, gives it up, and departs; they preserve their life. The Greek word that Jesus uses for ‘preserve’ is better translated “to give, or bring forth life”. Jesus is giving his disciples, and us the secret to not just life, but also living.

It’s an upside down Kingdom. And if we are to live a “Your Kingdom come on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN” kind of life, we need to get our heads around this Upside Down (yet so…right side up) Kingdom of which Jesus Christ is the King. Our job is to bring this upside down kingdom life into our every day.

I had to depart my old life, so that I could step into my new life. I had to lay down my pride, to pick up my purpose. I had to let go of my heartache, to find my healing.

Every arrival requires a departure. And praise God every departure requires an arrival! You have to count the cost for yourself! Where do you want to be? Who or what do you have to leave behind in order to get there? How bad do you want it?

I will give you a tip: Don’t jump on a plane.

Jump on Isaiah 40.

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

That is what I’m doing now, and tomorrow, and the next day. I’m flying. We can keep asking the fruitless question with those around us “Are we there yet?” or we can, with an understanding that we are going somewhere, ask a better question; “Where are we now?”

-dg

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