A message that I listen to regularly. God bring us back to a sensitivity to Your heart.
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I am loving this song right now. It’s how I feel deep inside. He is worthy of all honor, full of glory, full of power, God Almighty God of victory, we give you praise!
If you’re like me, you have to choose to be productive. It’s a mental decision and not something that happens naturally. I remember after I had graduated college, I was teaching at Jackson College of Ministries when a family member bought me a palm pilot. It was really nice, it even had a color screen. But, about the only thing I used it for was to play solitaire.
I was speaking to a friend on a Tuesday night telling them I didn’t need a palm pilot because “I keep everything I have to do in my head.” I remember it was a Tuesday because I was supposed to meet the UPCI Mississippi District Board on Wednesday to get my Ministerial License. I was sitting in a staff meeting at JCM when Fred Foster asked if any of the students were getting their license that day.
From that time on, I’ve tried to be honest with myself and admit that I can’t keep everything straight when I store it only in my brain. However, as bad habits go, I used to fail to do anything about it. It never bothered me until I forgot to do something important, which happened more often than I should have been comfortable with.
Productivity Comes in a Simple Package
We all know about lists. To-do lists are a common thing to the Melancholy Temperament. They help us keep on track and feel productive for accomplishing things.
Every morning. when I sit down at my desk, I take out a piece of paper and write my goals for the day. Ever since I adopted this habit, I have stopped the Fridays where I wonder what in the world I did all week. I now know how productive my weeks, days, and even hours are going.
Think about it: We have one chance at life and our time is fleeting. Why do we want to spend those precious seconds, minutes, hours, and days being unproductive?
I challenge everyone to start using to-do lists and see how your stress level decreases while your productivity increases. These little scraps of paper on my desk, which I keep right next to my laptop, are one of the most valuable tools in my Productivity Toolbox.
What helps you keep productivity maximized in your life and ministry? Let me know in the comments below.
Teens have a frightening task as they near the end of High School. They are to decide, as soon as possible, what they want to do for the rest of their lives. A lot of them are pressured to choose the logical path. Many choose the wrong path.
75% of college students will never hold a job that requires the degree they earn. That’s thousands of dollars they didn’t need to spend. 75% of college students work jobs that don’t even require above a high school education or GED.
Homeschoolers know that there is more to life than simply passing tests and getting grades. There are goals, passions, and life-purpose that take precedent over the status quo of the job market. Homeschoolers realize that the biggest mistake one entering to college can make, is to base a college degree choice on the current job market. Everything can change in 4 years.
For lasting contentment, purpose, and ambition, students need to choose career fields based on their passions in life. It’s the only way to do what you love and love what you do. You have to know what you’re passionate about, and then you have to know how to reach the end goal of doing it for a living.
SPARKON is a new web app that does just that. It takes teenagers, helps them to discover their passion, and then gives them a detailed report on their personality type, and how their passions and personality can join together to find the careers they would be perfect for. Teenagers can then use SPARKON, and its thousands of videos, to build their future.
SPARKON is helping young people to visualize their future and to learn how to build it. Teen accounts are always free but, to take advantage of all the features and to get the 20-30 page Sparkmap report, parents must create a family account.
You can try out the family account free for 30 days by going here.
Check out SPARKON today. SPARKON is helping young people to see who they want to be and showing them how to become that person. What could be better?
This is something that has been going through my mind for the last 3 or 4 months. I’m not going to pretend that I have it figured out and can speak confidently on either side. But something inside of me is stirring with this question and, while it is churning inside, I will write about it.
God, Faith, and Safety Nets
A man in our church in Tennessee recently spent a good amount of money taking his entire family to Africa on a missions trip simply because God told him to go. With one son about to head off to college, and two more that seem to age at a rate of 3 years every 365 days, finances are going to be a major issue for the next several years.
That man was willing to do everything it took to get there, including taking out a loan on something he had already paid off. Why? He couldn’t wait another year to go. His decision was based on this tiny piece of advice from the missionary, “follow peace.” When he couldn’t find peace in waiting, he was willing to do whatever it took to get his family to Africa.
His decision was foolish, no doubt, in some people’s eyes. This man got to watch his youngest son preach to a multitude of kids on this trip. Worth it? Anyone outside of his family couldn’t even come close to answering that.
When I was on the pulpit trying to explain to our church why we were leaving with a 3-day warning, I couldn’t find anything to make sense of what I was feeling. All I knew was, it was time to go and I had to follow peace as well. As I said that I looked over at Glenn who just grinned and pointed at me. He understood.
Of course, anyone who has ever done anything for God can understand. But how often do we lose that bold attitude of taking a leap of faith accepting the fact that you could fall flat on your face? How often do we put ourselves in that situation?
My aunt Kathy, who is full of all kinds of difficult-to-apply wisdom recited me this saying many years ago:
A superior sailor uses his superior knowledge to keep himself out of situations that require his superior skill.
A very good quote and full of a lot of wisdom. Here recently, however, I’ve been wondering if that keeps us from getting all that God has in store for us.
I wonder how many of us bottle up the miraculous simply by lying in the safety nets we make ourselves.
How many times have you heard a fiery, evangelistic message where the preacher was telling us to be careful and not get too radical with our faith? Ever?
How many times in contrast have we heard the message come to take a leap of faith, to get out of the boat and onto the crashing waves, to step out against that giant with nothing but a slingshot?
What do we do?
We use our superior knowledge of how the world works, many times, to keep ourselves out of the situation where we need God to come through with a miracle.
How many times have we stepped out in faith knowing that if God didn’t come through happened, we would still be safe? What percentage of those times did we really need that net? 100%?
I step back and look at what I’m attempting to do and it’s scary. I could have planned it better and prepared better. It would be wiser to save up money for a year or so and then attempt to start a church.
How foolish was it really to jump in a car and head toward Seattle with just enough gas money to reach Oklahoma?
I’m almost convinced this is when God is most proud of me.
I could always go to Seattle with a backup plan in place. I could always plan for a year and work and save money to where I’m safe against anything going wrong. But where is God when I do that?
How many of us today would:
- What if David had listened to Saul and done the logical thing?
- What if Elijah was worried of failing in front of the other prophets at the edge of the river?
- What if Paul used his wiles to keep him and Silas out of prison?
- What if Peter and John were “careful” in their faith when the beggar called on them?
- What if Gideon had used his instincts for battler preparation?
- What if Daniel had taken a passive approach to his prayer life?
- What if Jonathan would have been reasonable and waited for the rest of the army?
How many times in scripture has God moved miraculously when men could handle the situation easily on their own? Any?
Why do we try so hard to keep ourselves out of such situations?
What if God is looking back and forth in the earth for a way to show Himself strong to His people?
What if using our superior knowledge keeps ourselves out of the storms where God does his best work?
What if God is waiting for the next person to risk life and limb, reputation, and pride to step out where, if anything happens, God is the only one that gets the credit?
Will we ever truly have faith in God if we always have to build our safety nets first?
We were able to ring in the new year by taking our family to the rooftop deck of our new apartment and watching the fireworks at the Space Needle in downtown Seattle.
Life sometimes takes you on unexpected journeys. Sometimes I feel like Bilbo Baggins who, initially against his will, get’s whisked off on great adventures that become something that he loves to be sharing in. However, our latest adventure has been in the works for several years yet still hurled upon us faster than we expected.
When my wife and I were first married, living in Texas, we started talking about moving to Seattle. Life would find us moving from Texas, to Oklahoma, and then to Tennessee. The move to Tennessee was only to be temporary, 2 or 3 months. 3 years later, it was looking as if we would be staying in Tennessee for a few more years.
Then, in a period of 3 days, we went from thinking about moving to Seattle eventually, to moving to Seattle, right now. Trying to beat the rush of the cold winter storms on the midwest, we hopped in our car and drove across the great divide.
It’s been about 2 months since we made that drive. We have lived in a trailer on Lake Sammamish for two months. 2 nights ago, we spent our first night in our new apartment. We shopped around for a while and finally found one in our price range with a great view of the city of Seattle.
We are absolutely having the time of our lives! It’s really true that, when you give your life to God and let Him make your choices for you, you will never live a boring life.
Thunderstorms, after a year-long drought, interrupted our studio vocal sessions twice. When you’re “studio” is inside a big metal building, rain and hail don’t sound too good through the microphones.
Two soloists had to battle sinus infections, my wife sang through a sore throat the night of the recording, and then Lindsey Thompson and Phillip Frasier decided to get sick during the overdubbing stage.
Now, the album has been mixed down and is on it’s way to the manufacturer and printer for final production.
Check out the demo reel here of all the songs below and then buy the album!
You’ve probably heard the old question, “if a tree falls in an uninhabited forest, does it make any noise?”
My question is, if you have a great event that no one knows about; did you have an event at all?
It’s really simple church marketing but a lot of people who plan events forget what is most important. You have to let people know what is going on. You have to know how get the word out about your event.
What are some awesome church event advertising methods? Well, I don’t know how awesome these are but here is a list of things you can do to market your next church event. Continue Reading…
So you’ve spent a good deal of time purchasing a great, new church website. It looks great but nobody is visiting. As a matter of fact, you’re not getting many hits at all. What’s wrong? Well, a lot of companies don’t optimize your website the way they should. They simply build some eye candy and give it to you without doing much homework to make sure the site operates correctly.
The bones of a website are just as important as the pretty skin on the outside.
You want people searching for churches in your community to find yours first, right? Continue Reading…