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What a Sweet Night- P12 @ Cafe Aroma!

Posted by gkaiser on September 26, 2009

So Ami, Brach and Joby (The Unfortunate) had a great set, but many P12 students and several staff brought songs or poetry to the open Mic time prior to Ami’s band and my acoustic blues set tonight in Macomb, Illinois’ Cafe Aroma. It was a blast on all levels. And we even get to sleep in a little tomorrow… a picnic happens after classes tamarra too… good stuff.

But I digress.

The Unfortunate

It was a great night, and we have enough pics I think I’ll post them in my Facebook page, but I’ll put several here for your perusal.

Chris Brings ItBrian With Poems

The opening band and several solo and duo artists were just sweet, good music, very kind people and a pleasure to hear- the coffee and snacks and AC staff just excellent!

I guess for me (what would you expect?) my daughter Ami and band were amazing, my son-in-law Brian (who said he hadn’t read poetry in public for like, 14 years) amazing! Just a treat. Curt as usual brought several deep and excellent poems, and as I said, the P12ers as well as first band up (whew!) and several other open mic people were very, very good.

So I guess I’ll add some pics and hit the hay myself… just buzzing from an excellent night so thought I’d share it with you here.ย  -Glenn

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Sept. 24 & 25 @ P12 Retreat

Posted by gkaiser on September 25, 2009

Things got so busy (in a very good and productive sense) yesterday I just didn’t post… and we are moving through today so here goes an update:

Yesterday- the same teachers spoke, students interacted more and a really good day was had by all, the usual breaks for all, fun evening activities and good fellowship.,

Today we end the day with Ami’s band The Unfortunate and myself doing sets at Cafe Aroma in nearby Macomb, IL where coffee and treats and music will be had ๐Ÿ™‚

Classes today are as the past days, Curt’s morning devo (Lexio Divina) Wendi focused on honesty, personal integrity and use of individual time exercises, and what each one might do to bring small changes for the better/more biblical in each of these areas. She spoke on the difference between “official truth” and “ground truth”, and asked students to do a scan of their lives where what they say they believe conflicts with their actual actions, and what they are prepared to do for godly changes to begin to take place. She finished with teaching on what true love looks like, vs. infatuation and/or mere sexual attraction with clues to help a person recognize the difference.

Curt’s key teaching time after Wendi, involved discussion of many words used to define life in the world and where sometimes the Christian thinking and scientific version of “truth”, explaining differences such as in physics and metaphysics, offered time for students to think, study and put a short paper together for tomorrow’s class using some of the key words and how they might apply to them in their faith.

Jon Trott continues JPUSA history and “community” unpacking good, bad, ugly and wonderful realities past and present offering perspectives on why and who we are and how we’ve come to where we are now in our particular journey as the JPUSA and P12 experience. As yesterday, I’ll teach more on the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Yesterday we discussed the fruit He grows in each of us and how/methods such fruit grows, also listing spiritual gifts as listed in the New Testament. Today I’ll explain a bit more on the gifts, the practical outworking of them. I also covered issues (yesterday) re. how a person may be gifted and truly used of God while in character and fruit be fully blowing it… and the essential need for accountability in terms of gifts and the use of them.

Tonight we hit the Cafe for ministry and some relax too ๐Ÿ™‚ Rained last night but sunny yet nicely cool now. Thanks for your prayers and stopping by! -Glenn

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Sept. 23, ’09 Retreat Report

Posted by gkaiser on September 23, 2009

Another amazing day… and lots of grace.

Well, perhaps we should begin with last night. After dinner a lot of fun, a trip to Dairy Queen, and some good honest discussion brought a phone call to me from staff saying students wanted to gather for impromptu prayer meeting due to spiritual oppression some had been feeling, night terrors, just a bit of attack that needed some prayer.

We began with an invitation to confess sin, to repent of any door left open from the recent past. A number of people shared, prayed and there was good honest linking to the Lord going on. Then I shared Lk. 10.19, Jude 9b and a few other verses as well as my own experiences as a new Christian right out of the world, sin and no real discipline of my mind and choices. Some of our people come from such, others not so much, but in any case it was a very good moment.

Different ones shared, I sensed the Spirit telling me to check the Daily Office Compline from a Celtic Christian site, and of course yesterday’s prayer was laced with Scripture on God’s protection from the enemy at night, in the day and the fact God is our strength and stronghold! Ha… just like the Lord to do that for us all on the night ๐Ÿ™‚

Ami called us to worship and all stuck around to sing, pray and just worship the Lord for a good while, and the old guy (me) excused myself for sleep… ain’t as young as I once was!

So… today: a great day, same teachers, Wendi focused on “What is Love” from a biblical and day-to-day perspective, Curt who brought us to praying through the Word of God via Lexio Devina, Jon with more exciting (and humbling) general Jesus People movement and specific JPUSA History as relates to community living and how we got where we are now, and myself with a ton of Scripture on the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. There was good discussion in and after each class.

Jon Teaches on Community

Jon Teaches on Community

Then after a break I gave a short session on creativity and imagination, quoting Pascal, M. L. King Jr. and Emerson. Good give-and-take discussion and an excellent dinner followed. As I type students and most of the staff are having a fun evening. It may rain again, but right now it’s just nice, little bit of a breeze and I’m hearing a lot of laughter around the grounds- a blessed thing!

Rest on the Dock

Thanks for your prayers and stopping by!ย  -Glenn

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A Great Day @ P12 Retreat

Posted by gkaiser on September 22, 2009

Rained early this a.m. but the day was mostly overcast, yet cool, bit of wind, sometimes sun so in a word, pleasant. Curt, Jon and my Wendi rocked on trusting and following Jesus, community living, right relationships and interaction as part of the body of Christ. Bits of their testimonies were woven in, so the students can get to know the staff better. Story is a large part of what we’re working with in this generation and both biblical and personal stories seem to get great response and discussion.

p12flowers

I hopefully gave them more to really consider on re. the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, sharing bits of my own testimony re. the Spirit’s moving in my life and handouts with a huge portion of Scripture much of which we’ll go over the next couple of days. We began to discuss both gifts and fruit that the Spirit gives. Good discussion, q. and a. time.

We let them off early to pray, walk, rest, nap, and a number went off with Brian and the younger staff to play football (ready for this?:) along the beach in the lake with watermelons! HA! Good stuff. Oh, and my daughter Heidi put out empty plastic pop bottles baited for catfish and caught a whopper this afternoon after class.

CurtTeaching2

I helped her but didn’t do all the cleaning, telling her from now on it’s her job when it’s her fish. She did great… and I’d have loved to catch this big ol’ fish myself ๐Ÿ™‚

I will try to get more pics up tomorrow!

Dinner soon, then some evening activities. God is present, I’m so grateful for His hand on us!!ย  -Glenn

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First Full Day @ P12 Retreat

Posted by gkaiser on September 21, 2009

CurtTeachingAnd full it was- the Lord moves indeed!WendiTeachingp12

Breakfast came early (late night games) but after that we all shared briefly what/how God brought us all to P12, both studentsย  and staff.

Beach Break

Beach Break

Throughout the day we had short breaks, lunch and dinner and a short Walmart run, games and hanging out in the evening, but the day was wall-to-wall with Curt, Jon, Wendi and I teaching on mapping one’s life (a timeline with hights and lows and the real you as well as where God showed up in real ways), seeking/finding God via nature, bits on interpretation and prayer methodology, community from Genesis, other biblical narratives and what various people think are the blessings and pains of close contact in community, right relationships and disfuntional families right out of the Bible, and teaching on the church and the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Let’s just say it was a very good and full day! And here are a few pics as well ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  -Glenn

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P12 Retreat- Sunday 20th Sept.

Posted by gkaiser on September 20, 2009

SUNDAY SEPT. 20, 2009

So it’s raining today, though we had a really excellent, clear night and beach bonfire time… but all seem to be doing well and having fun on top of it.

It’s an easier day, tomorrow the classes kick in and the real focus and work schedule stacks up a fair bit.

Had a good breakfast and great worship/church service time this a.m.. I spoke on Matthew chapter 20, the parable of the vineyard. The accents were on the fact that the entire world is God’s vineyard, that He is the Master, we are called to follow His lead to love, serve and work. Those called at the 11th hour stood idle in the marketplace not having had been hired- and the Lord called them. In the end, it seemed to some who had agreed to so much per day’s pay judged those who had worked far less. The Master out of love, gave the same amount of pay to each person, who had agreed to work for the offered wage.

Point here: it’s always easy to judge others who seem to be getting blessed with more than we are getting, or who in any case seem to have what we don’t have, or get a lighter load than we do. Staff or students in Project 12, JPUSA, -any- church or ministry, housechurch or what-have-you, in fact any subculture might and often does judge and take offense when it seems someone else is carrying less a load than you or I. Then again, there are times we are the slackers and need to grow. Project 12 in part, is about learning to truly love and forgive, to be hardcore honest about our own immaturity and need for spiritual growth.

All of us need the love, patience and kindness of Jesus. I told the folks this would be the best or worst year of their lives (either way depending on the moment!) and that God had indeed called us all to love Him more, serve Him more, and not be nominal Christians who are simply saved and never come to learn simple biblical discipleship and application of the Word in all our daily relationships.

The canoe went out, some folks caught some fish and other went for a walk or sat with coffee and chatted. This afternoon we’ll have an intro. to P12 from a few staff, then rest/play/explore time, then dinner and another gathering tonight.

It’s a huge group, about 28 or so this year- so thanks for the prayers as it’s our largest Project 12 group ever. I’ll try to post pics tonight… right now it’s all about rain, ha! May the Spirit do just that ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  -Glenn

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P12 2009-10 Blastoff

Posted by gkaiser on September 19, 2009

Indeed, tonight the staff and P12ers all arrived, had a great dinner, began to get to know one another a bit, and ended the day with a bit of worship and then fun songs and just hanging and chompin’ marshmellows around a campfire at the beach here at Cornerstone Farm. A good day, all are settled in the mobile homes and we’ll begin tomorrow with breakfast and a church service, later in the day a sharing of our hearts re. the What and Why of Project 12. A time of exploring and an interesting evening is also planned… heh, good stuff for all! Jesus is present and the weather is excellent. Thanks for prayers, we’ll post pictures soon. -Glenn

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P12 Staffers Concert During Retreat

Posted by gkaiser on September 9, 2009

Project 12 will launch our year as usual, doing about a week and a half retreat at Cornerstone Farm. One cool feature just added is that myself and my daughter Ami will get to do a show during the retreat in Macomb, the “big city” closest to Cornerstone Farm where we do our retreat. Of course all P12’ers and most of the staff will be there as well. It’s near the WIU campus, nice people and atmosphere -and the coffee and treats are good too ๐Ÿ™‚ And… did I say it’s free?! Yep. If you can, please come! Details below.ย  Hugs, -Glenn

Fri. Sept. 25 @ Cafe Aroma, Macomb, IL
Glenn Solo Blues, Ami Moss/The Unfortunate, 7-11pm
301 W University Dr. Phone: 309.837.2233
(open mic at 7, Ami and band at 8 or so, Glenn finishes the night out)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Macomb-IL/Cafe-Aroma/44506564392

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P12 Retreat Soon!

Posted by gkaiser on September 3, 2009

So we’re nearly ready to begin another year. Trimester one begins very soon, and what we used to call Orientation is really (and more accurately called) P12 Retreat. Off to Cornerstone Farm for getting to know one another, Word, prayer, worship, fun and focus, all about two weeks from now!Cornerstone Farm, Lake Wildwood Haven

Each new year we meet more people who are seeking to grow as disciples, to learn to think more and go deeper with issues that confront them and society around them. How to best pray, study the Word of God, apply the teachings of Jesus in everyday relationships? What about injustice and actual need in our own lives, in the lives of those around us, throughout the larger world? What gifts and callings is God blessing us with- and how do we sort all this out?

As you might imagine, it’s a journey and the answers aren’t always easy but they’re often exciting in the extreme. Looking forward to another life-changing year for both staff and students, and of course, we’re ALL students ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for your prayers and for stopping by! -Glenn

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