October 15, 2010 Leave a comment
December 20, 2009 Leave a comment
#3: Be An Example
Our families don’t need us to be passive. We have to be ourselves and we have to be proactive. Especially if we desire to be a leader in the world.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 that “We have to let our light shine before men.”
Let your family see into the change that is happening in you.
This may mean for some of you to sit down and tell your family about Jesus. You got to do it in a way that doesn’t seem like you have arrived and now they better do what you’ve done.
But I believe the best way to let them see the change inside of you is to be an example.
You are no longer just a child underneath your family. You are an adult. And beyond that most of you have declared that Jesus is the leader of your life. So you have a responsibility and that responsibility is to be Jesus wherever you go. Including your family. Don’t hide who you are in Christ.
YOU are called/anointed/set apart to love and serve your family.
So be something that shows them what God is really like.
December 4, 2009 Leave a comment
- We had a great staff retreat in Hot Springs with all of the NLC pastors. It was a great time to getaway and hang out, share vision of 2010, drink coffee, play games, bowling, and play football on concrete (don’t ask).
- I’ve been Mr. Mom this week. Ashley has a pinched nerve in her neck. She could barely move. Poor girl. She’s feeling better and hopefully will be fully recovered by the end of the weekend.
- Our last Elevation service of 2010 is this Sunday night. The semester has FLOWN by! Can’t believe it.
- Oh yea, and I’m going to this tonight:
October 8, 2009 Leave a comment
Christianity Today magazine described Bishop John as Rwanda’s Christian leader with the biggest network of friends in America.
He is author of The Bishop of Rwanda
Full bio HERE
March 11, 2009 4 Comments
Milestone: a significant or important event in somebody’s life.
I want to share something personal with all of you. I made a promise to myself when I started blogging that I wouldn’t just post fluff. I promised myself I would write about all things. Struggles, victories, confusion, God, sports, family, and anything else I care about.
This past weekend was a milestone for me. I was given the privilege to speak at all of our weekend services here at New Life. I spoke to over 3,500 people. 5 services were live and 1 video. It was an incredible adventure. I enjoyed every bit of it.
But I had a lot of different emotions before, during, and even after the weekend. Nervous, excited, fearful, honored, humbled. Here is why. For a long time, I disobeyed God and ran from Him because I didn’t want to speak in front of crowds. I knew that God was asking me to serve the church full time and be a pastor but I wasn’t willing because of this fear. I knew ministry involved public speaking. I was terrified.
I finally accepted it, began working in ministry, and started trying to speak. For the last 7 years I have struggled with my confidence in speaking! Like a lot. Before I would speak I would start freaking out and sweating like a nasty man. Haha! Seriously! I would feel sick to my stomach and completely paralyzed by fear. I don’t know if you have ever experienced fear like this or not but it’s not fun. I would compare myself to others and rely too much on myself. There were times of internal pain and anguish and dread. No lie. I’m not exaggerating. It was so painful.
I hated what I felt led by God to do.
Only recently have I found the peace and confidence that I need to do what God has called me to do. I honestly don’t struggle with any of that stuff anymore. I’m so thankful for God’s strength to overcome insecurities and fear and I hope that you do as well.
I’ll share with you a few things that helped me:
- I stopped taking myself too seriously.
- I started focusing on vision.
- I have spent hundreds of hours working diligently on my communication skills.
- I decided I would be willing to fail.
- I learned to be myself no matter what.
- I changed my thinking.
All of this took years of pain to do but I’ve finally done them. I will continue to rely on God for my confidence and security in this area.
I share this with you to encourage you in your area of anguish, pain, insecurity, or trial. There is something around the corner even if you can’t see it.
God will use your weakness to show HIS power. If you are a disciple of Christ then you will be stretched beyond your limits. Your hard work and preparation will pay off.
You will have a milestone moment even if it takes 7 years!
February 27, 2009 Leave a comment
Kris Allen, one of our worship leaders at New Life Church has made it to the top 12 on American Idol!
He definitely has the best vocals in this competition. It’s so crazy to see him dominate on national television.
Do me a favor and vote, vote, vote!!
February 8, 2009 Leave a comment
Our new series on dating starts tonight! This is by far my favorite series that we do at Elevation. Why? Because so many college age students struggle with this topic and I believe there are some very simple things that everyone can do to relieve pain from this area of their lives.
So I will be addressing issues of sexual temptation, loneliness, breaking up, emotional boundaries, physical boundaries, what qualities to look for, and all other kinds of great stuff along with practical application.
So many students were positively impacted last time we spoke on these topics so I’m ready to see what happens.