Tazer Gun…best story I have ever read!!!

Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer.

The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety...??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home... I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button.. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.

Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Tazer in another.

The directions said that:
a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant;

a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and

a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water.
Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, 'no possible way!'

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best.

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, 'Don't do it stupid,' reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it.

I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and...


I'm pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.


If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a Tazer,
one note of caution:

There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor!
A three second burst would be considered conservative!

A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape.
  • My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.
  • The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was.
  • My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching.
  • My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs.
  • I had no control over the drooling.
  • Apparently I had crapped in my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone.
  • I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair.
I'm still looking for my testicles and I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return!

My wife can't stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it!

If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!!!!

Encounter: Love Expressed - Body Language

There is a movement within evangelicalism right now that I personally believe to be a good movement, that God is worshipped in all things. Its a very biblical movement that simply says that in all we do we aught to worship God.

We don’t just worship God through Song, but there are other means in which we worship Jesus.

  • Giving is a means of worship.

  • Studying God's word is a means of worship.

  • Working unto the Lord and providing for your family is worship.

  • Prayer is a means of worship.

  • Taking Communion is a means of worship.

Really, according to Romans 12, anything that is a sacrifice unto Jesus is considered a means of worship.

If worship is everything, worship is nothing.

CS Lewis makes the argument in Mere Christianity, that if Truth is everything, than truth is nothing. Basically stating, if all truth is true, than no truth is true. The same goes for worship, if worship is everything, than worship is really nothing.

Worship is......Love Expressed

Expression of Love matters, and the way people receive that expressed love is different.

My wife Beth likes Quality Time, Back Rub, Talk on the phone. Personally, those things don't matter very much to me. I like to be served. That's my love language. Along the same line, you cant express love to people in ways that they don’t receive it. Love isn’t about you, its about them.

In the scriptures, we actually see certain ways that God likes to have love expressed to him. And often times you see that Posture matters as we express that love to him through song.

Lets take a look at how this is played out in the scriptures.


The original Hebrew language is very pictorial. What I mean by that is there may be 5 different words in Hebrew that we only can translate to one word. For example; the word Love in the Bible has 4 different words to describe it because there are different types of love. Personally I love basketball, calzones, my church, my wife, my kids, my friends, and Jesus. However, I love all of those things differently. Well, the Hebrew has specific words for those types of love.

The same is true for the word “Praise”. Praise has a variety of meaning in the scriptures, and how we translate to the word praise, the Scriptures have many different words for it in the Original Hebrew Language. Lets look at 5 Hebrew words that Gods uses when describing how He desires for us to worship and express our love to him. As we study these words, lets take a strong look at how our Posture before him matters.

  • Hallal: (Ha-lel) To praise, to make a show or rave about, to glory in or boast upon, to be clamorously foolish about you adoration of God

Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him, and fear him, all you offspring of Israel!

Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. Selah

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.

  • Barak: (Ba-rock)to kneel or bow, to give reverence to God as an act of adoration, implies a continual conscious giving place to God, to be attuned to him and his presence

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name.

Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

  • Todah: (Tow-dah) an extension of the hand, avowal, adoration, a choir of worshipers, confession, sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving

Psalm 50:14 Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

  • Zamar: (Za-mar) to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument i.e. play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice or other parts of the body, to celebrate in song and music, to make noise.

Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to you...

  • Guwl: (Gool) to spin around, to be physically under the influence of any violent emotion.

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

These words are good examples that should challenge us all. In these words we see that God desires a specific posture when we express our love towards him. He desires to have a good balance of acting foolish before him, yet reverent as we recognize who we are in light of who he is. We see that he desires for us to join in making a noise to him, whether it be with our voices, our feet, our hands or instruments. The band is there to lead us into worship, not to put on a worship show for us. God desires for us to raise our arms to him. This shows a number of things. It demonstrates surrender, excitement, and even the express of a child lifting their arms to their daddy in an effort to be lifted up.

In all, we simply see that posture matters to Jesus as we gather for corporate worship.

Our argument against this....

There is a temptation to say: “ We'll I don't do that. I don't express my love to Jesus like that.”

We'll quite frankly, its not about you, its about how Jesus likes to be loved and worshiped. If all we do is make worship about how we like to express it, than worship is about us.........And Worship is about Him, not us!!

I have had many people push back on physical expression during worship an say, "That's not me." I agree. Personally, I am a white American with little to no rhythm. When I think about my culture, it is safe to say that typically white westerners aren't the type you typically think of getting all excited about Jesus with dancing and singing. That's not my culture. That said, we have to ask the question…..do we want to be cultural or biblical. Surely we should be able to look at the scriptures and allow what it says to bump up against our culture. Isn't that the point?

At Netcast, it is my hear that we grow to become a biblical church, not a cultural church.

Why is this important?

Because he is watching…….look at these two verses.

John 4:23 (NIV) Jesus speaking....Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) For the eyes of the LORD range to and fro the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

My encouragement to Netcast is this…..If Jesus is going to and fro the earth in an effort to seek worshippers who worship Him by (Spirit) the power and enabling of the Holy Spirit, and (Truth) in the manner and posture in which he enjoys and delights in; than LET HIM FIND US!!

Are those the only ways God enjoys to be worshipped? No, absolutely not. But they are a part of it.

This sermon is called "Body Language" and can be found at http://www.netcastchurch.org/#/audio-video

Netcast Update (Lots of people; Lots of stories)

Yesterday, we celebrated being 9 months old and we did it by seeing 6 people come to faith in Jesus and baptizing 7 people in front of an attendance of 257 gathered for worship. Honestly, I have no idea how we were able to get that many people into the YMCA but it happened and it was beautiful.

We are seeing people put their faith in Jesus every weekend. However, far beyond all of the numerical excitement are the stories of what Jesus is doing in the lives of the people at Netcast. Our church is living intentionally on mission and the stories we hear throughout the week are amazing. Currently we have 7 Netcast Community Groups up and running and are looking to be in a larger space at the beginning of 2012. Our staff has grown to 3 full-time people who are fundraising their own support, with 3 other volunteer staff members.

One of my close friends, Park Thomas, who I've been sharing the gospel with for the past 10 months got saved on September 4th at Netcast. He was baptized this weekend and I would encourage you to take 5 minutes and watch his Baptism Video at http://vimeo.com/30603631. This is a glimpse of what is going on here in Greater Boston.

Please pray for me as I begin fundraising for 2012. Netcast has begun to pay a portion of my salary each month but I am still in need of raising about $40,000 for the 2nd year. This will help with my salary and expenses that come with moving to a new facility. With all of the people and ministry needs, its been hard to dedicate time to the fundraising portion of the church. It typically takes 5 years for a new church to be financially self-sustaining. That said, I praise God for this awesome opportunity and how you have partnered with us in it.

Thank you for your prayers and love towards us. We love you more than you know.

More Netcast baptism videos at http://vimeo.com/netcastchurch/videos
Matt Chewning
Netcast Church - Lead Pastor

netcastchurch.org matt@netcastchurch.org

Party after the Baptism Service this Sunday.

Spread the word…….Join us for another Baptism Service on Sunday.

This weekend we will be baptizing 7 more people and celebrating all the amazing things that Jesus is doing in the lives of people at Netcast. One of those people being baptized this weekend is Libby Pepin. Her family owns The Clam Bake in Ipswich, MA.

On Sunday after the Baptism service, her family has invited the entire church out for a free Incredible Clam Bake Lunch. All we have to do is show up and the Pepin's will provide everything. If the weather permits, there will also be a bunch of outdoor lawn games for everyone. It's only about a 15 minute drive from church.

This is an awesome blessing, so lets take advantage of it. The address is:
354 Linebrook Rd
Ipswich, MA

Beyond that, lets pack the house out again. This is an awesome opportunity to get your friends, family and neighbors in front of some powerful testimonies of God's saving and changing power through Jesus Christ and the cross.

See you Sunday.

Pastor Matt

Worship is Warfare; Fight the Battle.

The more I read CS Lewis (aka Jack) the more I am beginning to love the man. In his book The Screwtape Letters, he drops this line:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them” - CS Lewis.

On one hand, there are a group of people that think there is a demon under every pillow.


  • Forgetting your keys and locking yourself out was the Key Demon. (Your an idiot)

  • Running over a nail on the way to bible study and getting a flat was the Nail Demon.

  • Your internet isn't working is the Web Demon. (Or Comcast sucks)

The other extreme is that Spiritual Warfare doesnt exist at all.


  • Everything is a chemical imbalance, depression, bad health caused by poor eating or lack of exercise.

  • The answer to everything is either good psychiatric counseling, prescription drugs, governmental reform or proper education

Lets look at how this spiritual battle began and The Story of Satan.

Satan's Beauty and Role:

Ezekiel 28:12-14

Thus says the Lord GOD:
"You were the signet of perfection,(D) full of wisdom and(E) perfect in beauty.
13You were in(F) Eden, the garden of God;
(G) every precious stone was your covering,
(H) sardius, topaz, and diamond,
 beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire,[b](I) emerald, and carbuncle;
 and crafted in gold were your settings
 and your engravings.[c]
On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14You were an anointed(J) guardian cherub.
 I placed you;[d] you were on(K) the holy mountain of God;
 in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.

Satan's Sin in heaven:

Isaiah 14:12-14

12"How(A) you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
 you who laid the nations low!
13You said in your heart,
'I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;[a]14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
 I will make myself like the Most High.'

War in Heaven:

Revelation 12:7-9

7Now war arose in heaven,(A) Michael and(B) his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9And(C) the great dragon was thrown down,(D) that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan,(E) the deceiver of the whole world—(F) he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

What does Satan now do on earth?

1 Peter 5:8

8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

In Job and Jude (which we'll see later) we see that God has given Satan limitations and boundaries while he exists on earth. He cannot just do anything he wants.

Satan's first victims and God's plan of redemption:

Genesis 3:15

15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
 and between your offspring[a] and(A) her offspring;
(B) he shall bruise your head,
 and you shall bruise his heel."

Satan's plan to overthrow God's plan.

Since the beginning, it has always been Satan's plan to overthrow God. Knowing that the only way to stop the Messiah from being born, this is what the angles did to overstep their boundaries and attempt the messiah from being born of the woman.

Genesis 6:1-4

1When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3Then the LORD said,(A) "My Spirit shall not abide in[a] man forever,(B) for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years." 4The Nephilim[b] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

God ends Satan's plan again.

After the Demonic angles overstepped their boundaries and God gets the last word and deals with them properly.

Jude 1:6

6And(A) the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

God brings the flood and starts over with Noah:

Genesis 8 and 9

Jesus enters the scene.

John the baptist comes as prophesied in Isaiah saying: Prepare the way of the Lord. In other-words, we've been waiting for years for God to send his son and he's here. After Jesus is born to Mary an Joseph, you see Satan again trying to distort Gods plan by leading Herod to kill every child 2 and under in Egypt. God in his providence, again overcomes Satan's plan by sending Joseph and Mary along with baby Jesus to safety.

Jesus then grows us, lives the life we should have lived. No sin, blameless, perfect and holy. He fulfills everything that God has for him and never falls to any of the temptations that Satan throws at him.

Death of Jesus and a quick visit.

1 Peter 3:18-20

18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.

I love how we see Jesus going to visit those demons who tried to stop Him in Genesis. In my opinion, I think Jesus went down there to talk some major trash.

So, what does this mean for us?

Colossians 2:13-15

13(A) And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God(B) made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14by(C) canceling(D) the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15(E) He disarmed the rulers and authorities[a] and(F) put them to open shame, by(G) triumphing over them in him.[b

Let me explain it like this....Because we are sinners, everyone alive has bought into demonic lies and choose to align themselves with Satan in his war against God. It started with Adam and Eve, and continues with us. Most of us think of demonic activity as things like Palm Readers or movies like The Exorcism, but that is not what we see in the scriptures. We see in the scriptures that as we buy into holding anything up to the place of God (Materialism, False Religions, Jobs, our Families, etc) That is demonic in nature. We also see in scripture that anytime we begin to deviate from what we know to be the will of God (when God says left, but we go right), that is also demonic in nature. We see that when Peter tells Jesus not to go to the cross, and Jesus replies by saying, “Get behind me Satan.”

Everyone in humans history is guilty of this at some level. The only exception is Jesus Christ who resisted every temptation (Luke 4:1-13) and remains continually sinless (Hebrews 4:15). Because of this, Jesus alone can and will defeat Satan, liberate us from slavery to the worship of false gods, and usher us into a freedom that continues forever with Him. This was made possible by Jesus dying in our place for our sins to defeat our Enemy and liberate us into new life.

Hebrews says it like this…..

Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

If Satan has been defeated, how is there still a fight?

Example: On August 6th 1945, about 3 ½ years after attack on Pearl Harbor, the US dropped the first Atomic Bomb onto Japan which threw havoc among the japanese as they continued to rage war during World War 2. Three days later, on August 9th, the US dropped the second Atomic Bomb on Japan which later that day led the Emperor to declare a state of surrender of all military forces.

Although the war was officially over and Japan surrendered on August 9th, it wasn't until September 12th that the last Japanese Military Division got word to surrender. Between August 9th and September 12th, the fighting was just as fierce, violent and deadly as it always was. It wasn’t until 1947 that America released the last POW back to Japan. So, you see that although the war was already won, fighting still went on.

The same is true for us. Though Jesus has won the victory for us, the victory has not been fully enforced yet. Although the war has been won, battles are going to continue.

  • Revelation 12:11-12: And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!"

Satan knows that he doesn't have much time left and that he has lost. However, in his remaining time, he still attempts to distort God's plan by pestering God people.

How do we fight that fight?

It starts with a recognition that “We do not fight for victory, we fight from victory.”

  • 1 John 4:4

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for(A) he who is in you is greater than(B) he who is in the world.

  • 1 John 5:4-5

For(A) everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes(C) that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • James 4:7

7Submit yourselves therefore to God.(A) Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

I believe that the way that we fight from victory is through the praise of His name. Specifically through corporate praise where two or more are gathered together.

Here are 3 examples of this…..

Joshua 6 you see the walls of Jericho come down after the priests play trumpets, march around in worship for 7 days and shout to the Lord. When they do, the walls come down.

2 Chronicles 20:17, 20-23 You see that the leader appoints people to worship before the battle and when the battle begins, God destroys everyone.

Acts 16:16-26 Paul and Silas are arrested, flogged and thrown in jail. At the sound of them singing hymns and praising God, 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.

  • Worship is celebrating the win before we actually see the victory come to pass.

  • By doing this we show faith. And.....Faith is our avenue in pleasing God. Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”

A few questions to think about….

  • What if we viewed our worship as battle; how would your corporate worship through song look different?

  • Knowing that our corporate worship through song is warfare; how might that change our preparation, our volume, or even our posture?

In-House Date Nights (List of Ideas.)

From time to time Beth and I love to do in-house date nights. They're cheaper and you're forced to be creative. Here's a list that I found and love. Of course we haven't done all of these, but we have tried many of them and in time will try them all.

Here are 30 date night ideas that you can do at home after the little ones are tucked into bed and SOUND ASLEEP.

1. Have dinner in the backyard, patio, or your front lawn.

2. Re-watch a classic movie. We love old chick-flicks. Serendipity, Date Night, Never been kissed.

3. Don’t cook and get your favorite take out from different restaurants.

4. Have a theme night. You must dress, eat dinner, and watch a movie with the same theme. Think ‘Western’ and dress like a cowgirl, eat bar-b-que, and watch Tombstone. Think ‘French’ and put on a black and white top, make French onion soup, and watch Amelie. It could be anything!

5. Put a blanket down and picnic in front of the TV.

6. Make a special dessert to indulge in. We like Chewning's Cheesecake.

7. Take a shower and get dressed up to go out, but stay in. Men, act like a waiter.

8. Snuggle on the couch and watch a movie. Netflix queue!

9. Try to beat your all time record. YEAH, I said it!! Ours is double digits.

10. Ladies, Wear your old bikini that you would never wear in public again. Your husband will love you in it. Fellas, put on your bathing suit.

11. Break out the board games or cards. Skipbo is our favorite. Play it so that the loser has to spoil the winner.

12. Wives, wear your favorite lingerie under your normal clothes. Better yet wear none underneath. Nothing wrong with that.

13. Sit outside and read together.

14. Have a candlelit dinner in the dining room you rarely use.

15. Make a 90's mix CD or playlist to enjoy throughout the evening.

16. Dance! Make room for our own private dance floor and have fun. Don’t worry, no one is watching you dance like an idiot. for those who are feet challenged, use Wii dancing.

17. Write out an invitation card to your date requesting their presence at the VIP Lounge of your private nightclub. Turn the bedroom into a nightclub.

18. Splurge on delicious fruit and chocolate. Fondu mix is a regular for us.

19. Make out during the DVD men.

20. Give each other a back rub. 5 on 5 off.

21. Share your favorite dating memory with each other over dinner.

22. Set out candles around the room. (I know this is an old idea, but it is really nice to do once in a while.)

23. Dress as a character from a movie and you pick the character for each other (Star Wars anyone?)

24. Work out together. Set up a circuit in the garage or in the back yard with a jump rope, dumbbells, push-up, and sit-up stations.

25. Cook together and try a new recipe for dinner.

26. Go to bed early together and just talk, make fun of each-other, roast each-other, then have makeup sex.

27. Play video games together. We love Jack n Daxter, Mario, Zelda, Sonic, we've mastered all of those.

28. Watch a sports game and eat stadium food like nachos and hot dogs and wings.

29. Set up a pair of chairs and stick your feet in the kiddie pool.

30. Make breakfast in bed for dinner and watch TV.

Do you have date nights at home? What do you do?

My Journal. (Netcast Church in the Story of God)

1 Chronicles 16:11-13

11(A) Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
12(B) Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
(C) his miracles and the judgments he uttered,

We see in this passage that one of the ways we seek His presence is through remembering what He's done and is currently doing. Below, what I would like to do is walk us though the Story of God and how we fit into it. It all starts with creation, then the fall occurs and we are now currently wrapped in the movement of God redeeming all things to Himself. Believe it or not, were are a part for that story. Here is how we fit in…….

Genesis 1 and 2: Creation

God creates everything for his glory. So everything that is created is created so that we would experience it, enjoy it and it would lead us to worship and the praise of his name.

Food: Tastes should lead to worship.

Wine: Taste and relaxation should lead us to worship.

Sex: God created sex, nerve endings and climax should create worship of God.

Relationships: Emotional connections and community should lead to worship.

Marriage: Oneness should paint the picture between man and God and lead to worship.

Genesis 3: The Fall

Satan comes to Eve and tells her the great lie that all of us are tempted with even to this day. “God doesn’t want you to eat of this tree because if you do, you’ll become like God.”

Sin comes in and distorts everything.

Food: Is now indifferent or gluttony.

Wine: Is now indifferent or drunkenness.

Sex: Is now indifferent, casual or lust.

Relationships: Are now very surface and shallow or idolatry.

Marriage: Becomes either war or savior. War where 2 people are fighting for headship. Savior where we are looking for our spouse to bring total fulfillment.

Genesis 3:15 God says to Satan “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Genesis 8 and 9 God kills everyone and starts over with Noah.

Genesis 15:5 God says to Abraham “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.”

God gives the Law: not so that we can obey all of it but rather to show us that we cannot. And because we cannot obey it all, God creates a sacrificial system in which a Goat, Lamb or some other animal would be sacrificed by a priest for the forgiveness of sins.

God gives the prophets To tell us that there will be a Messsiah, The Christ,

John the Baptist comes on the scene telling us to prepare the way of the lord and then

Jesus comes. He lives with 12 disciples, he lives the life that we can not live, dies the death that we aught to die, “God mad him who knew no sin, to be sin, so that we may become the righteousness of God.” The great exchange.

Rises from the dead, and drops this line: The great commission. Matthew 28:18-20

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (AND THEY DO)

Acts 2 The Holy Spirit comes on the day of Pentecost and Peter preaches the first Christian sermon and 3000 people were swept into the Kingdom.

Acts 9 Saul becomes Paul in this incredible conversion and begins to travel and plant churches everywhere he goes.

Acts 10 God saves the first Gentiles and there s a board meeting to deside if God is allowed to save the Gentiles.

Acts 15 We see the first Church split, by the sovereignty of God, Paul and Barnabas Separate and go different ways spreading the gospel.

By Acts 28 and approx 70AD the gospel has spread from that little upper room to Jerusalem, Ephesus, Corinth, Athens, Thessalonica, most of Europe and parts of Spain.

In 189 The bishop of Alexandria sends the first missionary to India to risk his life and preach the gospel.

By 306 Christianity is established in Britain and has spread to Asia.

In 312, the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed to have had a conversion experience. About 70 years later, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Bishops were given places of honor in the government, and by the year 400, the terms “Roman” and “Christian” were virtually synonymous.

In the 5th century St. Patrick was sent as a missionary from Britian to bring the gospel to the barbarians of Northern Ireland and Scotland. Within a few years, Christanity has become the official religion of the Celtic Irish and we celebrate that today in March on St Patricks day by wearing green and getting smashed.

In 829 Saint Ansgar introduced Christianity to Sweden.

In 1154 Sweden's King Eric introduces Christianity to Finland

In the fifteenth century, through the leadership of Godly men like Martin Luther, history saw the Bible translated and printed in most of Europe's major languages. For the first time in the history of Christianity it became available to large numbers of readers. As a result many Christians discovered that masses, confession, and other central features of their religion were not mentioned in the Bible at all.

In 1630 King Charles began to persecute the Reformed Christians. As a result, tens of thousands of them fled to New England from 1630 to 1640, founding Boston and its surrounding towns, and eventually the colonies of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. In order to assure themselves a reliable supply of ministers, one of the first things the Puritans did was to establish Harvard College in 1636.

In the late nineteenth century Millions of rural Americans began to move to the cities to get manufacturing jobs. Among them were many Methodists, who were shocked by how lax Methodism had become in the cities. To protect their children against the sins of liquor and dancing these people formed the Church of the Nazarene.

In 1900 Eastern Nazarene College was established as a holiness college in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1900, it was relocated to Quincy Massachusetts in 1919.

In 1960’s a group of Godly Men in Greensboro NC decided to plant a church in the outskirts of the city, called Daystar Christian Fellowship.

In September of 2000, an unbelieving no-body who had never met a Christian, Matt Chewning, enrolls at Eastern Nazarene College to play basketball, only to find Christ, a wonderful wife, and feel a call to ministry.

In 2001, Allen Holmes, becomes the pastor of Daystar Christian Fellowship and comes up with the slogan “Whatever it takes to make Christ followers everywhere.” Their mission was to invest in the coming up generation.


On October 9th 2007, After serving as a part time youth pastor, I wrote this in my journal while at a conference in Atlanta. “I told Beth about these dreams I am having in Greater Boston, before I told her, I asked her this question, “If God were to send us to plant a church, where would it be? She quickly said Greater Boston.” Is God trying to tell me something? Is he calling us to move and plant a church in Boston? That is crazy,

In 2008 After a long assessment process with Acts 29, a young man named Stephen Wagoner in Winston Salem, NC becomes the church planter of 1.21 Church.

On December 2, 2008 (My Birthday) Mimi (my mother-inlaw) gives me a journal and tells me that she feels that the Lord is calling her to move to Boston, but she’s not going unless she gets $50,000 to get out of debt.

On December 15th, 2008 Just 13 days later Steve got a phone call from a distant relative. One of his aunts died and has left them $75,000 which after taxes is a little more than $50,000. Boston, here we come.

On December 20, 2008 Beth and I got a phone-call from our neighbors that they had something to drop off. They gave us $2500 and said that God had put it on their heart to give us that money for the church plant in Boston. This is Netcast's first check.

August 11th 2009 I walked into work today and started my day doing a devotion. God clearly told me to quit my job. I called Beth and my mentors. They all helped me confirm that this was the call of God.

August 19th 2009 I gave my resignation.

On September 12, 2009 I wrote, “I was ordained today at Daystar Christian Fellowship.” I cant believe this is really happening.

September 14th 2010 Its my first day as a church planter / fundraiser and Intern at 1.21 Church in Winston Salem, NC. I am in the office and have no idea what I am supposed to be doing. I guess I’ll read my bible and pray.

January 10th 2010 Raised $50,000 so far. God is so gracious.

June 7th 2010 Met this dude Joey Columba online who runs the entire North Shore facebook pages. Seems like a great guy.

June 19th 2010 Tool a trip to the North Shore to look at the different areas and pray about where God wants us to plant. Beth and I fought the entire trip. Experiencing major spiritual warfare.

August 9th 2010 Took a 2nd trip to the North Shore. Experienced MAJOR spiritual warfare. Beth questioned our call and there is only 1 house available in the area we are looking to plant. It’s a terrible house in Beverly. We committed to live there but only if the owner cleans the house and changes the carpet.

August 12th 2010 Got an email from a dude named Dan Savlon. He came across our website. I’ll meet with him when we move. I wonder is he’s a cool dude.

August 15th 2010 Got a text from Kevin Minix today about one of his youth kids going to Gordon to play Basketball. That is insane. His name is Luke Hamilton

September 1st 2010 Moved to Beverly. The house is under construction and its gonna be great when it is done. Praise God. He is so good.

September 7th 2010 Went to Gordon to meet Luke Hamilton. Met Luke, he’s alright. But….Shaun Roach came up to me. I haven’t seen him in like 10 years. He used to be a pudgy kid, now he’s a skinny baller. What the heck is God doing?

September 9th 2010 Met this guy Josh Sturgeon today for coffee. Awesome man of God. I have no idea why the Lord has put us together. He is a worship leader and a basketball player. Well. He says he's a basketball player. I didn’t even know God made those kinds of people. Also, while having coffee we met this girl Kristin Oliver who said she was looking for a new church.

September 21st 2010 The North Shore Magazine is interviewing me for a featured story on Netcast. I tried to tell them that we're not that special.

October 10th 2010 We had our first Vision Party today and 31 people showed up. The highlight of the night is that some random girl, Brooke, showed up because she saw something about us online. She left saying that “she's in.” We'll see about that.

October 23rd 2010 Dan Savlon has committed to the team and Erica Sturgeon wrote a blog about how God has called her and Josh to be apart of Netcast. The team is growing much faster than we ever thought.

October 24th 2010 I love my college students. Just took some kid, Sam, out to coffee and he grilled me for an hour to make sure that I don't water the gospel down. Who is this guy?

November 1st 2010 We are going to start meeting together in the morning to pray about possible looking to launch a service.

November 21st 2010 As a team, we served Thanksgiving dinner to over 30 people at the YMCA. I love my core team. They are incredible. Also, the YMCA has given me keys to the building.

November 23rd 2010 The magazine article is out and a dude at the YMCA stopped me and said, “you’re that guy in that article.” It freaked me out.

December 12, 2010 40 people gather in my house for the last Netcast Church meeting of 2010. God is building his church.

December 18th, 2010 Got an email from a guy named Eric Keifer. They're in. Looks like we'll have a youth group. They have 8 kids.

January 11, 2011 We are feeling spiritually attacked. A scary man is sending us weird letters, Jacob is having night terrors and weird things are happening in the house. To Christ be all glory as I know that the enemy has already been defeated.

January 23rd, 2011 We launched the church today. 120 people joined us for worship for our opening Service. I told people that “Heaven was gonna be a city, and if they don't like the city, they can go hell.” Will anyone come back next week?

January 30, 2011 People came back. The house was full again. This is crazy. And people tithed.

February 2011 We did a 2 week sex series with Q&A. Not sure if I'll ever do that again. We had all the questions on the screen and I kid you not, the words “anal and toys” were up there. Either this church is gonna blow up quick or die fast.

March 2011 Community Groups started this week and Dan Byrd, my college pastor, brought a missions team from his church in Florida. We put on a movie night for the community and had a ton of families join us.

April 2011 Had an easter egg hunt in the rain and 400 people came out to it. Gave away about $1000 worth of gifts to the community. I love how we are becoming a church not just in the city, but for the city.

May 2011 Dan Byrd called me today weeping over the phone. God is moving in his heart to have a different type of ministry. He's asking questions about Beverly and it seems that God is laying on his heart to be more of a part of what God is doing at Netcast.

August 2011 It was a very stressful but productive summer. We continued to grow all summer long with people from our community. I have actually begun to see gray hair in the crowd. Praying that God continues to bring more mature believers as we prepare for our college students to come back.

September 1 2011 Dan and Tara Byrd have officially moved. This is crazy. They will be responsible in helping oversee all of our community groups and multiplication. In order to really change this region, we need to start to plant churches and other campuses.

September 4, 2011 We broke the 200 mark today. Preached my heart out about the healing power of Jesus. God saved a friend of mine in the service.

September 11, 2011 Today is a huge day for me and Netcast. I celebrated being a christian for 11 years and baptized 9 people in front of a crowd of about 215 people. Probably the most powerful service I have ever been a part of. God is saving people every week it seems. Looking forward to the Encounter Series.

Why am I sharing this? Because thousands of years ago in Genesis 15, God told Abraham that he was going to raise up a nation for himself that will outnumber the stars. Then in the gospels Jesus says, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not stop it.” And that’s exactly what he is doing and this is what we are wrapped up in.

It is important to remember this because at times life is hard, pain is real, suffering will occur and forgetting is easy. We are called to remember what we are involved in; The Story of God.

So, what is our Response?

In the passage below, it is clear that our remembering should lead us to worship.

1 Chronicles 16:8-34

8 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 9Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 10Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! 12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, 13O offspring of Israel his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 14He is the LORD our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
15Remember his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,
17which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob,
as an everlasting covenant to Israel,
18saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan,
as your portion for an inheritance." 19When you were few in number,
and of little account, and sojourners in it,
20wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
21he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
22saying, "Touch not my anointed ones,
do my prophets no harm!" 23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day. 24Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples. 25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
26For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
27Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place. 28Ascribe to the LORD, O clans of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
 29Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; 30tremble before him, all the earth;
yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!
33Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
34Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!