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(2 replies, posted in Prayer Requests)

Hey Robert,

Our church has been in the process of adopting a local church in our town for the past year.  And while not every single thing has been smooth overall the entire process has been an absolute joy to be a part of and I can really see God's hand in it.

I was on the leadership team when this was proposed to us over a year ago by the other church.  We didn't say no, but we didn't say yes right away either.  There seemed to be so many obstacles including a lot of the ones you mentioned that deal with people and personal and ministries.

In December of 2008 the leadership team of the other church wrote a letter to our church in which they expressed the need to come underneath us and join our ministry.  You have to understand that this church has been in the community for over 150 years and our church is only 4 years old yet they recognized that they were not being effective in spreading the gospel and needed help.

A couple specific things in their letter really impacted me: First they expressed that they as a church of over 150 years were the weaker brother to a church of 4 years and that they needed to be humble and let us take the lead.  I had tears in my eyes when I heard that read because who am I to receive such humility?

And that has been the whole key to this thing working - humility.  And not just on their end, it had to be on our end as well.  We had people coming in that duplicated some of the ministry positions already in place but humbly, people stepped down.  As a leadership team we made sure to reinforce to the people that the only way this would work is if we were all humble.

So, I would say to you the thing you need to do first is to check your heart with God and ask: "Have I been humble throughout this process?"  If you have, that's awesome - do your best to spread this message to others.

I'll be praying for you and your church as soon as I hit submit!

Excellent work!

The only thoughts I have are that the tabs for "events" and "sermons" on the home page look a little odd with the tan background behind them.  Also if you can, you might want to change the color on the flash player on the audio page.  After being calmed by the awesome color pallete the bright orange ripped my eyeballs out.  Maybe desaturate it a little.

What are you using for a CMS?

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(27 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I could get into my account from a computer that was already logged in, but I couldn't log another computer in.

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(27 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Hi Larry,

I just sent you the four I have:
Anaheim Alert
Ashbury Welcome
Modena Simbolo
Shanghai Tech


If you want to send me Taipei Night Market I would love it.  byers230 at gmail dot com

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(27 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Whoops, I should have been more clear.

I guess since I have so few, I listed the sets I already had.

Thanks and sorry Natalie - I started to claim one but stopped when I realized I already had it so you should still have those deliveries available.

*edit*
I put up a page with the icon sets I have and don't have to combat the repetitive posts.
joshbyers.com/icons

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(27 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I'm fairly new to the game but have these to offer anyone.

Anaheim Alert
Ashbury Welcome
Modena Simbolo
Shanghai Tech


I would be very grateful for others to share with me and then I will keep the love chain going...


byers230 at gmail dot com

Thanks!!!

*edit*
I put up a page with the icon sets I have and don't have to combat the repetitive posts.
joshbyers.com/icons

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(568 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

My wife is from Burlington, IA which is probably pretty close to you.

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(568 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Polk City is just north of Des Moines so its about 2 hours away from the Quad Cities.

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(568 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Don't know if anyone ever gets down this far but I'll add my name to the roll.

I'm Josh Byers.  I currently live in Polk City, Iowa where I am helping to start a church (Lakeside Fellowship).  I have an awesome wife and the most beautiful 2 year old daughter.  I grew up in Denver, Colorado so I'm a huge Bronco fan.

I went to school here in Iowa to be a Youth Pastor and along the way discovered I really enjoy designing and developing websites.  I currently work for Trans-Lux Fair-Play as a multimedia specialist and do freelance web and graphic design.

If you want to find out more about me and the wacky life I lead in the cornfields of Iowa head on over to joshbyers.com.

I look forward to contributing what  I can in the forums!

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(46 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

Hey everyone.  I'm getting in on this a little late but I have a few to trade if anyone needs them.

I have:
Ashbury Welcome
Modena Simbolo
Shanghai Tech

I'd appreciate any I don't have and I'll return the love when I can.

My email is byers230 at gmail.com

Thanks!