I wanted to share some news about a new development in my career. This news has been announced that past two weeks at my local church and in Pastor Mike's blog statement. The past 6 years I have been a full-time associate pastor at my local church. Before taking on this role, I had worked in several different fields such as youth ministry, sales, biz development, substitute school teaching, pool and lawn maintenance, and even one failed attempt at starting a business in 2008. Now, I am phasing into a transformed role within the position I now hold. I will be expanding my ministry work into the community as an advocate for good and necessary change. I will also be taking more time to be an entrepreneur working for my own business(es). Thus, we will also be looking to hire three small (but vitally important) spare-time positions in key areas of our local church. I myself will equip and empower each of these three persons in the areas of Connections, Discipleship, and Volunteers. I will remain working in these areas as much as needed, and also in church communications, social media marketing, custodial oversight, and expanding local mission efforts. By May 1, my church office hours will slim down to Tuesdays, Wed afternoons, Fridays, and of course Sunday morning services. My wife Tracy will remain in her role as the children's pastor (see her blog), our kids will remain in their schools and we will remain living in the same house. Everything is going very well. I just believe it's best to branch out into new territories. If you wish to learn more about my outside work efforts, please contact me. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.
My wife and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary a few days ago. We are constantly working on our marriage relationship. It's very difficult on occasion, but so rewarding! Just when I think we're doing great, life can change in a moment. We definitely need each other.
In the video below, learn how to make your marriage last by doing things are actually earn you "points". Trust me, men, it's not how guys think! I'm the master of failure at this a lot of days. But this will make you laugh and cry. So get ready. Women, this will challenge you too. This is 21 minutes long so take a break and focus in.
Also, here are 15 scriptures about marriage that will help you grow in faith and understanding of your spouse. Are you growing in a mature, healthy marriage?
Who doesn't like to party? Over the past holiday, I was wishes that there was something local to do with my family after the downtown parade. Just for fun. At times, however, I believe we seek pleasure and fun because we also have problems we're trying to run from. Of course, much of what we deal with is the effect of our poor choices. We need to own up to our mistakes and failures. However, some of them can be an effect of being raised under poor parenting and hurtful childhood experiences. That holiday evening we all decided to watch a movie together called I Can Only Imagine. Bart Millard, the main character in this real-life story, struggles to get past the pain and agony of his childhood and teen years of dealing with his abusive father. As he tried really hard to find his purpose he pursued his untapped potential of being a singer/songwriter. Through the pain of his father-son relationship he penned one of the most famous songs ever written! It's a good watch, and a good lesson for people dealing with emotional baggage. I really enjoyed seeing how Bart's band Mercy Me got their start and claim to fame. I now own 10 CD's of that band! I'm looking forward to seeing them and lots of other bands at Alive Music Fest later this summer. Here's the movie trailer below, in case you're interested. Have a great summer!
I recently finished a book that was recommended to me titled From Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship. It was a fantastic read about the journey that author/evangelist Jack Frost experienced growing in faith and in the embrace of Father God, as he put it. In the final four chapters (chapter 7 having the title above), he presents eight defining truths from his own journey that helped him begin displacing an orphan heart and start feeling secure and at rest as a favored son.
He says, "The depth of humility we embrace determines the depth of kingdom life we will experience." I cannot think of another book that goes into the same level of spiritual truths with such heart-gripping stories that this author shares. I really enjoyed reading about his career as a deep sea fisherman (twice), his restored parental relationships, and his humbling path through pastoral ministry and launching a ministry of his own. I can see how my story relates with his story in several ways. I am thankful to the person who recommended this book to me.
If you are a believer, a child of God, renewed in the image of God, then remember that you have tremendous eternal worth to your heavenly Father. Even though he is listening and responding to millions of prayers all at the same time, he is willing to stop everything to bless you. Don't try to earn his favor, by striving for perfection on your own. He will give you a pure heart, by faith. Like Jesus, you are God's beloved child (son/daughter) with whom he is well-pleased (Matthew 3:17). So, move forward in the spiritual riches that he has bestowed upon you. If you feel alone or lost, then find the path home that is paved in part with restitution and forgiveness that you need with your parents and spiritual leaders; and you will inherently be at peace and rest!
For more resources about healing an orphan heart from Jack (now deceased) and Trisha Frost, visit their ministry at www.shilohplace.org.
I consider myself very adaptable and open to change. But then there are many things I cannot seem to get the hang of no matter how much I want to. Of course, if I have personally invested much time or money into something, I would be more adverse to changing it right away, even if it's inferior to something else.
Even when it makes sense to change your behavior, attitude or outlook, the brain chemistry associated with the change can prevent you from making the changes you need. Perhaps you spot in life or your career is in a stand-still because you won't open your mind.
So here's a tip from this article below: when you hear a new idea or challenging concept, pause for a minute before you make a conscious reaction for or against it. Take a minute to read this short feature...
NBC News: Why Hard Facts Aren't Enough to Alter Our Beliefs
One of my favorite coaches of all time is Lou Holtz. When I was growing up he was the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. My dad used to take me to a handful of games in the early 90's. Holtz won a national championship in just his third year.
Here Lou shares at a commencement speech in his hometown in West Virginia the keys to his success. This video is also hilarious! Take heed and you will go far.
Hi there. Thanks for taking time to look at my new blog page. I launch this website just a few days ago.
The reason I am creating a new blog on my site, is to encourage, empower, and enbolden others to be all that they can be. I know that every day can be a challenge, but it's also an opportunity to make the change that needs to be made. I feel that my own life is going in a new direction. I need lots of wisdom and inspiration.
We all have issues that we must face head on. We are better as we converge together to create outcomes that we need. Occasionally, I will post videos or articles that I feel will make you a better person. I really love Goalcast on Facebook, so I will try to post some of those.
Grace & Peace to you!
My blog covers several areas of life on a deeper level.