Great Time in Orlando

Today Pastor Chip and I drove to Orlando for the November BBF Meeting at Orlando Baptist Church. It was a great meeting, in fact it was probably the best meeting that I remember going to in quite some time. It was a great encouragement and also a great source of great mission ideas. Here is a summary of some of the information that walked away with. The second speaker was Kirk Nowery, and the information that he shared was fantastic. A few specific quotes that he mentioned are this:

“There has been no great cause ever accomplished by one single person”

“If you want to know what a leader is thinking: Ask him!”

“It has never been about you or I, it has always been about Jesus”

“You will only be as good as the team around you”

“Sacrifice: When you give up something you love for something else that you love more”

“Billy Graham said: The three keys to my success: Prayer, Prayer Prayer”

Kirk Nowery was a great communicator and a true blessing: I am looking forward to checking out a few of his books:

making the most of your life

revolutionary generosity  

After lunch, the youth pastors went into the OBC Solution Youth Room where we were encouraged by OBC youth pastor, Wesley Beacham. He shared a testimony about how God has worked in his life throughout the last few years. Wes shared personal lessons that he had learned about Ministry Success, Ministry Killers, and Ministry Fences. Wes shared how we can kill our ministry when we do not put our family first, and he also told us about a great book he finished reading called: “Running on Empty” by Fil Anderson. I am excited about reading it and learning first hand some of the things that he spoke so passionately about today.

I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting today including the speakers, my family (who were visiting Orlando, from Jacksonville) the youth pastor session, and all of the creative aspects of the meeting throughout the day, but more than all that, as usual, I really enjoyed the 5 hours of fellowship, brainstorming, vision casting, and dreaming with my pastor on the way to Orlando and on the way home.

We talked about several important and exciting things, including future staff members, future building projects, upcoming building campaigns, books, preaching styles, upcoming events and lots more. I really enjoy the monthly BBF meetings, but more than anything, I love the travel time with my pastor.

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The Remarkable Purple Cow

While on vacation last week, I picked up a book called “Purple Cow” by Seth Godin, recommended by Steven Furtick. It was a great book on marketing a remarkable product. Here are some of the greatest thoughts that I wrote down:

“If a products future is unlikely to be remarkable,… it is time to realize that the game has changed. Instead of investing in a dying product, invest profits into building something new” (Pg.27)

“Services that are worth talking about get talked about” (Pg. 33)

“When you launch a clunker, the criticisms of the failure will be real, but it won’t be about you- it’ll be about the idea” (Pg. 48)

“If a company is failing… the problem is this: They are probably running a company, not marketing a product” (Pg. 97)

“Challenge your people to start with a blank sheet of paper and figure out what they’d do if they could do just about anything. If they weren’t afraid of failing, what’s the most audacious thing they’d try?” (Pg. 105)

I really enjoyed reading this book, It was astounding to me how many of these marketing statements could be applied directly to ministry. Think about each statement in regards to the Christian life and the Church.

1. If the “old traditions” are ineffective to reach souls for Christ, then we need to leave the traditions and look for new ways to reach people. This does not mean water down doctrine or lower your standards, it means use the creativity that God has blessed us with to share the gospel. Andy Stanley says: “If you want to reach people that have never been reached then you have to do what has never been done”

2. I love this one: Put the word “church” before the second quote I listed: Church services that are worth talking about, get talked about. Jesus was not boring, a “church” service about Jesus and for Jesus should not be boring either.

3. Every idea that I come up with will not be a success, but learn from it, accept the criticism and move on. If you sit in our staff meetings then you would know I come up with some crazy ideas, some stupid ideas, alot of bad ideas, and occasionally a good idea. Dont give up when the bad ones get shot down 🙂

4. What would we do if we knew that we could not fail? Let’s do it!

Conclusion: the premise of this book is this: the first time you see a field of brown cows it catches your attention, but then as you see more and more, it gets boring. But what if you saw a purple cow! Now that would be remarkable! (for a while) The book goes on to explain that commercials do not work like they used to, for a product to do great now, it must be spread by WORD OF MOUTH.

That is was Jesus has been telling us to do from the beginning!

My application from the book: We have the most remarkable product ever! Jesus Christ! If we are truly living our Christian life with the abundance that God wants us to, then sharing our remarkable product will not be able to be stopped. Our product is already remarkable, we just need to live it and share it.

Guys are Jerks 2

 Yesterday I began to lay out some thoughts about the quality of men in todays world. I explained my concerns and concluded by saying that I would check out scripture and a few blogs on the issue and post the best of everything that I could find.

Before I share what I found, I will first share my own thoughts…

I can talk about this issue of “guys being jerks” because I am one. If you dont believe it, ask my wife, and my son 🙂 (although he will only say hello and bye bye) But seriously, I know that guys are jerks, because far more often than I would like, I find myself being one. Let me explain something: guys do not wake up in the morning and think to ouselves, How can I be a jerk today. On the contrary, generally guys think, How can I be great today, how can I make everyone around me LOVE ME today, How can I not be a jerk today. The problem is not our intentions, but our methods. Guys become jerks when our desire to be great collides with our pride and our insecurities.

Let me explain: We dont plan on being a jerk, but when we fall short of the greatness we desire then our insecurities are activated and we immediately send the defense out on the field, pride quickly follows and we know from scripture that contention only comes by pride.

What can be done about it:

Guys:

We must live in the spirit and not our flesh.

We must remind ourselves that sometimes we will fall short of the greatness we desire, and when we do, we need to accept it and learn from it. We must not let our insecurities lead us to pride, frustration and “Jerk-ness”.

Remember: People do not expect perfection from us, and when we do fail, we need the humility of Christ more than ever, NOT PRIDE.

Ladies:

When you see the “guy” in your life fail or succeed, make sure that you show love and ADMIRATION for him regardless. Many times, the reason for his frustration is because of  he wanted your admiration and respect more than anything and he thinks that because he fell short of his plan to impress you, there is no way that you could admire him, therefore his pride blows him up with a false sense of greatness, and let the problems begin…

Guys, lets not be jerks, there are enough of them out there already who aren’t even trying not to be. Live in the Spirit and you will not be controlled by your flesh!

Good Reading on the subject:

You have GOT to check out this blog: PERRY NOBLE

Another good one: MARK WILSON

    

Current Read: Getting to NO

getting to no kindleA few days ago I got an urge to read a Lutzer book. Years ago I read an incredibly impacting book called “Winning the Inner War”. Well I am only a few chapters into this book and I am already recommending it to anyone who has ever struggled with a sinful habit, or to any pastor that plans on preaching on such.

I will share what I have already learned in the first few chapters. The reason I want to share it already is because I cannot get what I have read off my mind. It is an outstanding read so far!

Here are a few powerful quotes that stuck to me:

“If you doubt Gods goodness, you will only want to use God when you are in a predicament but keep your options open after things have returned to normal.”

“When you doubt Gods goodness, you hug sins tightly to your bosom, afraid that God will rob you of your crutch, your pastime, your pleasure… But is your way really better than God’s? Was Satan the good guy in the garden of Eden? And God the Villan?”

“If God did deliver you from sensual thoughts, would you feel cheated?”

“I’ve discovered that the most frustrating problem in helping those who come to me for counsel is simply that most people do not really want to change. Of course, they are prepared to make minor adjustments-particularly if their behavior is getting them into trouble… They would prefer to have God keep His activity in their lives to a minimum”

Wow! Such a great reminder that our first step toward failure is to doubt Gods goodness.

Isnt that what David said? “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord…” Psalm 27