1Password

So 1Password may be the single greatest time saving app on the Mac. This piece of software saves me massive amounts of time and gets a lot of unnecessary information out of my head. Not only that, it also gives you generated passwords and a place to store all of your financial info too. 

Right now 1Password is 50% off. So if you are a Mac user and want to save yourself some massive amounts of time then you might want to check this out. It’s still $25 but worth every penny. Enjoy! 

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Sally Lloyd-Jones on the power of story in parenting and how we need to start telling better stories. 

The Jesus Storybook Bible she wrote is incredible. We give these out to every parent at Red Door because it is that good at bringing kids and parents into the entire storyline of the Bible. 

Here new book Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing is a great followup that brings kids and their parents into incredible stories that reveal the truth in Scripture. 

Crash

Have you ever crashed a church service?

On Sunday morning, January 29, we met at Red Door for worship and then packed everyone up and headed 30 minutes down the road to crash Lakota Hills Baptist Church. Once we arrived, our crew leaders jumped out of their cars and into action setting up outside with their teams as the morning service finished up inside at LHBC. We worked quietly and efficiently setting up our tables, a sound system, a few signs, all our boxes and cards, and then finally one big receiving line. We worked quickly so we would be ready and waiting for the Lakota Hills people as they walked outside and into our joy.

 Now it may sound a bit strange to secretly setup outside another church waiting to ambush the people (with a lil love and a lotta chocolate chip cookies) as they walk outside on a Sunday morning but this isn’t just any church.  Lakota Hills is, what we lovingly refer to as, our mother church. They are the church who has stepped into our lives in some very big and very amazing ways and taken care of us with money, with prayers and even sending people to help with things like setup and child care. They truly are a “mom” to us and our new church.

 Well… the moment finally arrived when the first few families walked out into the chilly winter Ohio air as the sweet tunes of “We Are Family began blasting away from our portable sound system. Our kids eagerly handed out little Thank You boxes full of handmade chocolate chip cookies and a “Red Door Family Photo” card that simply read “we love Lakota Hills”. A few other RedDoorians passed out Starbucks coffee and some amazingly delicious hot cocoa.

 I am not sure they realized what happened at first. I mean, how often do you walk outside and get mugged with chocolate chip cookies? But soon the realization of what was happening set in, and you began to see hugs exchanged and smiles shared as our two churches embraced each other in a way that only family can.

 The fact is – our party was simply a response. We have been loved on, invested in, and prayed for and we could not wait to give back. If you are a church that is thinking about investing in church planting then I just want to say please, please, please go all in. Become a parent to another church – throw yourself in fully. But just to let you know… you may be surprised by what happens in that collision! 

PS. If you happen to be a church that is looking for a church to sponsor then just know that we would love some grandparent churches too - Gramma and Grampa are always the best and most favorite of any kid! In all seriousness though… Lakota Hills is a big part of birthing and caring for Red Door. But we, along with Lakota Hills, are desiring for, praying for, and hoping for more partnerships as we move into the future. To see our young church continue to grow and to see more Red Doors planted.  

PPS. Check out more photos from the Crash :: Flickr 

Send North America

It is so amazing to share Jensine’s story with everyone. I will never forget these early days of beginning Red Door. It has been an incredible experience to be a part of Annie Armstrong and the NAMB Send strategy this year, and I am excited to see what happens as we give through the cooperative program to see even more churches started in North America.

Check out a longer video and read more about Annie and North American missions » Annie Armstrong

PS.  I definitely went through a grungy lumberjack phase there!

Said the Robin to the Sparrow
“I would really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”

Said the Sparrow to the Robin
“Friend I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.”

Elizabeth Chaney, Overheard In An Orchard, 1859