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Simply Said

Every weekend as I get up to preach/speak/explain a concept/teach etc. to our kids it all comes back to Einstein.

Strip back what you are trying to say to its most simple fundamentals, that’s the most effective way to teach.

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Local + Church

“The local church is the hope of the world.” - Bill Hybels

I get excited about opportunities to present Christ in media, culture, music and through the influence of politics and entertainment. But most of my enthusiasm is reserved for what I believe can be accomplished through the local Church. YOUR local Church.

It’s the relationships of your Church community as the representatives of God on earth that make the quite confronting reality of heaven and hell seem important right now.

The most exciting occupation on this earth has got to be joining in with what God is up to, and whatever he is up to will have something to do with the local Church. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus makes it pretty clear what he is going to be doing in the foreseeable future, …I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

There can be no greater life that one spent involved in what Jesus himself told us he will be building — His Church.

“In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad idea.” – Douglas Adams

No matter who you are or what you do, get involved in ‘THE’ Church.

 

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McQuote McManus

Love reading Erwin Mcmanus.

Read claritin 20 mg target=”_blank”>Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul a while ago and wrote down this quote (Paperback pg. 63):

If anonymity was the price you would have to pay for significance, would it be too great a price?

Would it be?

Peer recognition is one of the most powerful forces in the human psyche. Learning to serve without it is one of the greatest skills this culture/generation schooled in the allure of instant fame needs!

Teach your kids that God is the only one they need recognition from!

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Dave Barry = funny.

Stole this quote from somewhere… just can’t quite remember.

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” – Dave Barry, comedian (1947-)

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Quote of Awesomeness

I think I stole this from Jim Wideman’s Blog… but I just had to post something on this because the last entry was written while Jesus was still turning water into milk.

“It doesn’t take leadership to change something that not’s working. It does take leadership to change something that’s going good and make it great.” Willie George

So true!

The test of leadership is to take a Ford and turn it into a Ferrari.

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A Return to Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson- from “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”.

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A Profound Weakness

“It is time to become culturally aware, intellectually sound, and spiritually alert. I am interested in asking who has a song not about bringing art into the safety of the church but about taking it into the streets — and into the refugee camps, prisons and hovels? Where are the laments and the dirges as we stand beside those who are suffering? How do we ‘groan’ with all of creation about this polluted planet? And where are the victory marches and the parades on the streets — or the rooftops — that declare the goodness of God with joyous shouts and a sense of play?” Betty Spackman, A Profound Weakness

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The rarity of Passion

Passion is a topic squarely in the forefront of my overactive mind. In order to create the kind of culture and atmosphere that breeds engaged kids and enthusiatic committed leaders we MUST be the kind of people whose primary goal every weekend service is to be the “dispenser of enthusiasm”!!!

Serve it up!

Check out this quote:
“Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling”

Great quote okay — This is from an article talking about business leadership!!

So, the way I see it… we have the advantage… we already have a calling that is completely spiritual and has emmense eternal significance… if that doesn’t want to make you jump up and down like a man with a ferret down his pants – I don’t know what will…

I LOVE that my vocation and calling is building something eternal, not just lining the pockets of a shareholder, or buying the bosses beachfront property in Cancun… I don’t need to give myself little pep-talks about the fact that what I am doing matters… IT MATTERS… I am responsible for Christianities future leadership… they are sitting in my children’s ministry!!

Bless your cotton socks.