Friday, March 16, 2007

Wow! How about immigration?

Check out this videos based on Census data. It was an eye-opener for me. If we are here saving the rest of the world and we drown, who is left to save the rest of the world?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Men's Leadership Meeting - Thursday March 8, 2007, 7-8 p.m.

I have an opportunity to surround myself with a bunch of leaders next week during the New Cov Band of Brothers Leadership Meeting. I am really looking forward to our time together. We have a great group of guys and I love to hear their insights and see how they envision God using them to develop discipling relationships with other men.

Each meeting we do some planning but, most importantly, we spend some time studying leadership principles. This next meeting I am planning on discussing the first principle covered in the podcast - Practically Speaking. This podcast is based on a book written by the leadership team at North Pointe Church led by Andy Stanley called Seven Practices of Effective Ministry. I have listened to the entire series and got a lot out of it. I am really challenged by a couple of the suggestions being challenged is good and caused me to ask myself why I believe what I believe.

I plan on giving the guys a copy of the first topic "Clarify the Win" beforehand so they can listen to it and then it will be our topic of discussion for the leadership development portion of the meeting. I subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. You can find a link to the subscription page on the website liked to above.

The Clarify The Win audio is downloadable here.

Practice #1 - Clarify The Win
Even the best team can't score if it can't find home plate. In this conversation, we'll discuss the importance of clearly defining wins at every level of your organization.

Fear Not, My Favor Rests in You

I recently have been listening to some Andy Stanley podcasts from North Pointe Church located outside of Atlanta. I actually am reviewing the Christmas series from last year called Choosing Christmas. I am often challenged by Andy's teaching. I am so pleased that my buddy Pat Callahan got me interested in Andy.

At the end of the first week's message from Choosing Christmas Andy posed the question - "What if God spoke to you personally and said 'Fear Not, My Favor Rests in You'"? How would that affect you?

I know I started thinking about how I had just been empowered as a superhero of some sort. I could actually feel my back straighten up and my chest puff out. I can envision me wearing a cape, turned slightly to the side, with my fists resting on my hips. Doesn't it make you sense that you would be invincible? It is really awesome to think about.

The reality is that God has already said this to us. His favor was "rested" on us/in us when he sent His son to die for us. How can we live this out? How different should we be living our lives knowing that God has taken favor in us.

Are we going to ride the wave or generate the wave?