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Palin Rap - SNL

Monday, October 20, 2008 by Mike Lovato

This made me laugh SOOOO hard.....if you missed it, here it is:

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Baby Dedications

Thursday, October 16, 2008 by Mike Lovato

Ok, I know this is a weird subject for a youth pastor to blog about, but we just went through this with our daughter. I know that most churches do some type of baby dedications, but there are a few things our church does that I feel are unique and could be a benefit to others.

  • We call them parent/child dedications, not baby dedications. This is because the focus is on dedicating ourselves to raising Addie in a way that honors God.
  • They do an orientation before the dedication. This walks us through the actual dedication, but also helps us understand the church's commitment to parents.
  • Our pastor writes a letter that we'll open when Addie makes the decision to follow Jesus.
  • They include a little booklet full of random wisdom from dads in our church. I thought this was really cool.

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Nicole's Birthday

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 by Mike Lovato

It's my wife's birthday today. Go wish her a happy birthday on her blog!

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The Intro and the Closing

by Mike Lovato

The intro and closing of a message are sometimes the most difficult parts to write, but they're some of the most critical parts of the message. The intro needs to pull people in from their world and connect them into what you're about to talk about. Needs to raise interest and curiosity - "You're talking about resisting temptation....so what?" We need them to understand WHY in the world they should listen to what we're about to say.

The closing needs to be memorable. The whole talk is now wrapped up in this moment where we try to get the whole thing to stick. However, we often wing the closing with a couple recap thoughts and a quick prayer.

Difficult to write, but crucial to include.

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This Week

Monday, October 13, 2008 by Mike Lovato

This Week I'm...
  • Speaking at chapel for Riverside Christian on Wednesday....20 minutes....nice short slot
  • Winding up a 3-week series in high school ministry on The Bible
  • Trying to figure out how to improve our wednesday night program....it needs love
  • Recovering from a crazy weekend
  • In major need of finally cleaning/organizing my office (I say this most weeks)
  • Celebrating Nicole's 2_th birthday with her on Wednesday
  • Determined to make blogging a regular habit once again
  • Trusting God more than I have in recent months/years
  • Enjoying life more than I have in recent months/years
  • Going to hang with my daughter and tell her how cute she is

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