Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Who Do I Vote For?
I listened to a podcast by Ed Young this past weekend called POLITICKED. During this message, he outlined five factors in his decision making as to who to vote for in a an election. His message was pretty intense, but I thought his outline was a good grid. I have listed it here with a few additional thoughts of my own. I added #3 and #7 to Ed's list:
2. The Compassion Question - a good leader should show genuine concern for those who need the greatest care and protection. So which candidate shows the greatest levels of compassion for the poor, the mistreated, the unborn, the abused, and disabled?
3. The Competence Question - in making any simple hiring decision, we have to ask the question, does this person have the skills and qualities to do the job? Is there a track record of effective leadership?
4. The Courage Question - which candidate has evidenced the ability to make the hard choices, to lead against the grain even of their own party, and to be willing to suffer personally for a greater good?
5. The Conviction Question - which candidate has verbalized and even more than that has demonstrated Biblical values? Who shows evidence of godly convictions? This requires us to know what our Biblical values are and to consider if the candidates we are considering share those values.
6. The Companionship Question - you can tell a lot about a person by who their friends are. So we ask, who does this person associate with, who supports them, and who opposes them?
7. The Catalyst Question - it is obvious that much about our government needs transformation. So much about our culture needs healed, restored, and redirected. Then we look at the division that exits between races, parties, and classes. Who will unify? Who will inspire positive change?
These seven evaluation points will help me in making my choices. I hope they are helpful to you. Remember, these questions are not just valid for the presidential race, but for any elective decision.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So, what would you do if you knew you only had one month live? Travel the world? Quit your job? Eat more dessert?
If you are like most people, you would probably live your life differently. You would be more authentic about who you are and more intentional about how you spend your time.
Don't miss this weekend. It's going to be awesome. And be sure to invite your friends.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The demands of life and ministry can be overwhelming at times. But Peter reminds me today that God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, has given us everything we need for life. The Holy Spirit gives me EVERYTHING I NEED, including:
- strength for my body
- wisdom for my mind
- love for my marriage
- patience with my kids
- finances for my bills
- resources for my ministry
- power to overcome my temptation
Monday, October 20, 2008
Please keep Bekah and the baby in prayer. She's had some difficulty last week and the doctor put her on bed rest. We are anticipating everything to be just fine and your fervent prayers will make all the difference in the world. Thanks!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Royal Family Kids Camp creates camp experiences for abused kids in the foster care system that are second-to-none. They literally treat this kids like royalty for a week and invest in lives for eternity. This year nearly 6,000 kids will have attended one of their camps. This organization has grown nationwide to network of camps sponsored by churches in 26 denominations and spans 36 states and 5 foreign countries.
Wayne reminded me that annually 3 million cases of child abuse, neglect or abandonment are reported in America. If that's not bad enough, one of these victims dies every four hours due to that abuse.
One of Jesus' hardest sayings was if anybody hurts a child it would be better for them to have a mill stone tied around their neck and thrown into the sea."
Wayne is a great leader with infectious enthusiasm for children and the Kingdom. We are looking forward to working with this organization in the future and I would encourage you to pray about doing the same.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The premise of the book is to help churches do a better job at keeping the people they are already reaching through sermon-based small groups.
Here are just some of the questions I've already written down after reading only the first few chapters:
+How committed are we at PCC to small groups?
+What part of our staff, leadership team and members are involved in small groups?
+How much of our budget is allocated to small groups?
+How much of our budget is committed to attractional events?
+What would our church look like with a thriving small groups ministry?You might also want to check out StickyChurch.com for more resources.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Once upon a time in a village in
The villagers seeing there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.
The man bought thousands at $10, but, as the supply started to diminish, the villagers slowed their efforts.
So the man then announced that he would buy at $20. This rejuvenated the efforts of the villagers and they were catching monkeys once more.
But again the supply diminished, and again people began returning to their farms and their previous, less affluent lives.
The offer rate increased to $25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was rare to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!
The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now act as buyer, on his behalf.
In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: 'Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $30 each. When he returns from the city, you can sell them back to him for $50.'
The villagers, seeing an opportunity to squeeze a bit more out of this monkey business dug up their savings and bought back all the monkeys.
They never saw the man or his assistant again; only monkeys ... everywhere!
Welcome to Wall Street!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I'll never forget one of the talks entitled Acres of Diamonds. It was based on a true story told by the founder of Temple University which he used to raise the necessary funds to build the school. That talk changed my life. If you've never heard the talk, go download it today and listen to it. It's powerful.
We all need to be inspired and encouraged. Life is tough. Life as a follower of Jesus Christ is not for the faint of heart. Ministry can be grueling.
Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
You are what you think. So think thoughts that are true and be inspired.