For Everything There is a Season

When Erin and I pioneered Collision as a ministry in 2008, we knew the call God gave us but had no idea what we were doing. We walked into something that we’d never experienced before. In the first year, God broke down the preconceived notions, ideas and any pride we had in ministry.

This ministry was built out of a desire to see a community live out their faith in a culture that discounts the college and twentysomething generation. In 5 years, we experienced joy in seeing people find their identity in Christ. We stood as a community during times of loss and times of excitement. We saw God bring together couples as they moved into the covenant of marriage. We celebrated with people as they graduated college or moved forward in their career. The one thing that remained year after year was that everything has a season.

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Following Jesus When It Doesn’t Make Sense

Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd. When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity.

They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch. Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.
-Luke 5:1-11

For anyone that’s a fisherman, they know that the best time to fish is at night, because all of the fish are near the top of the water because it is the coolest time of day. When the sun it out, the fish swim to deeper water to stay cool.

Simon Peter was a fisherman through and through. It was his specialty. He knew everything there was to know about fishing. Therefore, he knew that the best time to catch fish was at night, which is why he tells Jesus that they had been fishing all night. They were in the process of cleaning their nets, which was a time consuming process, especially when you are tired and frustrated from catching nothing all night, when Jesus approached Simon Peter.

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Purchased with a Purpose

It seems that during our 20′s, we are on a course to find our purpose in life. As we get into our 30’s we’re supposed to have life figured out. In our generation that is becoming less and less true. We’re constantly told that a number of things will give us fulfillment in our lives. This can be a job, spouse, financial stability, house, car or anything else. The problem is that we can look around and see very unhappy people with all of these things!

The PurchaseIn 1 Corinthians chapter 6, Paul is addressing sexual sin within this church body at Corinth. He’s trying to give them perspective on what being a follower of Christ means not just to our spiritual lives, but to our bodies and physical lives.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
-1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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Review: Citizens

Citizens

At the beginning of 2013 news came out that there was a new partnership between Mars Hill Church and BEC Recordings. This debut album from Citizens is the first full-length album to come out under this partnership. Citizens are just one of the 35 worship bands that come from the 14 Mars Hill campuses in 4 states.

This self-titled release brings a sound that isn’t common to your Sunday morning worship set. With indie rock style and an unmistakable passion for Christ, Citizens may just be the most surprising release of 2013.

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Can We Trust God with Our Dreams?

No matter what our age or calling in life, we all have hopes and dreams for our future. It can be something small or something huge and life changing. For some of us, the idea of sharing this dream with others can scare us because the reaction may be less than perfect.

“You’ll never make money doing that.”
“Do you really believe you can do that?”
“Don’t be silly.”

These might be things that we’ve heard from the people that we’ve shared our dreams with. These could be the voices that we’ve dealt with just in our own minds. When we see reaction like this from the people around us, it’s only natural that we’d be a little gun shy to bring these same dreams before our Creator.

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Five Years of Ministry

In February of 2008, Erin and I sat in the living room talking about how lonely our early 20′s felt. Not fitting in and being young has never been a fun place to be. I hope I’m correct in assuming that we’ve all experienced this at some point in our lives. It was here that God started giving us the vision for what Collision is and will become. A community that loves people, is pursuing the holiness of God and is transparent of the broken lives that we live.

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One Last Time with SOSAVEME

At the beginning of February, sosaveme announced that they will be saying farewell as a band. While we’ll miss the incredible music they make, it’s exciting to see what’s next for each of the guys that we’ve come to know as friends through this ministry.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be able to see once last performance from sosaveme as they hit the road on their Farewell Tour. It’s going to be a bittersweet night as we share one last concert with them here in Columbus, GA. Mark your calendars for Monday night April 1, 2013. A huge thanks to North Highland Church for lending us a facility to host this incredible show. We’ll be working out the finer details of this show during the month of March. Let’s send the guys of sosaveme back to Michigan with a night they’ll never forget.

DATE: Monday April 1, 2013
TIME: Doors at 6:30 / Show at 7 p.m.
LOC: North Highland Church / Student Ministry facility (7300 Whittlesey Blvd Columbus, GA)
COST: Donations at the door going directly to the band

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Monday Motivation: The Recovering Hoarder

Monday Motivation: The Recovering Hoarder
My need for simplicity is growing. A few years ago I could have never had said that. This is a woman who keeps everything, receipts before I even did my own taxes, boxes and used tissue paper (tissue, not toilet paper!). Movie tickets so I would remember that time I watched it and with whom, every VHS movie I had bought (don’t make me feel old if you don’t know what a VHS is). I kept CDs, DVDs, every cellphone I’ve ever owned, I could probably go on, however, you get the idea.

At some point while collecting all these memories, and mostly things, my relationship with God began to strengthen. I began to realize just much stuff I had and the question I had to ask was “Why?”.
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Playdough: Cash Rules Everything

Playdough’s latest music video comes to us all the way from Europe. He shot the video for Cash Rules Everything while touring there in January 2013. The song a reinterpretation of Johnny Cash’s song Ain’t No Grave and is off his Writer Dye: Deux or Die album. Huge thanks to Playdough for taking a few minutes to do a mini-interview about the new music video.

You used some awesome scenery in Europe as the setting for the new video. What was the best part of filming over there?

It was beautiful for sure. We shot the video about 10 minutes from Stonehenge so the coolest part about where we were was the old architecture. It’s a 14th Century Church and cemetery so it was crazy. It also wasn’t in a big city so we were able to take advantage of the dreary, cold woods and creeks.

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After the Storm

It’s interesting that God can use 3 days of rain to teach a spiritual truth. Storms have a way of bringing out the weakness in structures. When strong winds hit, we can see the structural weakness in the dying tree as it sways and branches break. In the worst storms, we can look around and see devistation as houses and buildings are leveled to the ground.

When the storm passes, the clean up has to begin. I don’t think anyone would say that it’s OK to stare at the destruction for 2 to 3 years without taking action. During this clean up process, we have to make decisions on whether we rebuild and how we can do things better.

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