New Year's Resolutions is not a bandwagon thing for me. It is somethings that I enjoy doing every year. I believe by setting goals for myself and then looking back throughout the year helps me stay focused. In 2009 I met all my goals except one. This year I have broken them down into categories of physical, spiritual, emotional, and education. I know that it sounds crazy but I believe that it is the best way for me to become who God called me to be in 2010.


Physical
I would not only like to loose weight but I would like to be in better shape. I am no dummy, I realize the older I get the more my weight becomes a time bombe for me. How will I do this? I have to learn how to change my eating habits and patterns. I HAVE to go to the gym 3-4 times a week EVERY week. This is something that I have to quit talking about and start being passionate about.

Spiritual
Read through a yearly devotion with Scripture reading intertwine. I would also like to complete five youversion.com Bible reading plans. I love this website, I can read at my own pace, journal, and track my progress. I would like to take one personal prayer and fasting retreat. I did this several years ago and really loved it.

Emotional
I know this is a crazy category but for me rest is more about emotional health than spiritual health. I would like to take two weeks of vacation this year. One week travel somewhere like we normally do, but one week have a "staycation." Get things done around the house and rest at home. I would like for Paige and I to have at least two weekend get-a-ways as well.
I am going to try to cut back on my "one-sided relationships" (as a friend put it) this year as well.

Education
Begin college. I would like to pursue a Bachelor's degree. I am currently researching several university that will allow me to do it online. I would also like to read 20 books this year. That is about a book every six weeks.

These are just a couple of my goals for 2010, what are some of yours?

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Around this time of year a lot of people start reflected and looking forward all at the same time. Some people are ready for 2009 to get out of here with promises of a better 2010 and others are hoping for the same results in the new years as they have seen in the former. I believe that we it is healthy to look back during these time of seasons. The best way to learn where you are going is to see where you have been. Learn from your mistakes and be energized by your victories. Look at the valleys you have walked through and know that you can do it again if it is necessary and breath in the mountain tops again and be refreshed.


Here are some of the highlights of 2009 for me:

Played Broomball for the first time and scored a goal

Got to see Dawn, Paul, Derek, and the rest of the team from Southport England's Master's

Commission. Former students of RSM pursuing God's call on their life. So proud of them.

It snowed on my birthday. What a present!

Played flag football in Centennial Park in the snow on Spring Break.

Got my heart broken time and time again, only to see God put the pieces back together.

Hosted Rockstar night in Thrive and saw 100's of students playing Guitar Hero and worshipping.

Hung out with my awesome friends for a couple of days in Columbus at District Council.

My best friend had my first book published.

Got an awesome prank pulled on me by Sally and the boy's team at the Amazing Race.

Was reminded time and time again how awesome my Pastor and his family are.

Friends became family.

Saw a record number of students from all over Georgia come and let God rock their lives at camp.

Learned that life is full of seasons. Nature does not fight the seasons, and I should not either.

Spent 10 days in Bogota Colombia. Will never be the same!

Enjoy multiple Braves games in Turner Field. Glad I am living this close.

Celebrated 10 years with the most awesome, beautiful, hottest wife in the world.

Finished my third and final year of GSOM (Georgia School of Ministry).

Watched as God opened door after door in the schools.

Got to speak to the Henry County football team at a prayer breakfast on multiple occasions.

Spent a week in Pigeon Forge, TN with Paige on vacation. Reading and resting.

Watched 35 students fast for 24 hours, seek God with all their hearts, and serve like true Disciples.

Road through the Mountains of Georgia and North Caroline with my Dad, Brad, and Chris.

Hung out with my PK's (pastor's kids) and others from all Georgia at Stone Mountain.

Was blown away by a Church Family that has such a heart for their community that they would
serve at a Harvest Festival in the soaking rain.

Watched 35 Pastors, Youth Pastors, and Leaders ride a bike from Atlanta to Alabama. Would have rode back but Hurricane Ida came through.

Preached for a friend in South Georgia and watched God called and challenge students.

Loved spending the Holidays with my family.

Watched as Thrive Students pulled off their biggest event yet. 125 students at the Blizzard'09 and 18 giving their live to Christ.

Passed my Ordination test and interview.

Continue to be amazed at God's hand and favor that is on my life.

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In January Thrive will dream their biggest dream and launch their biggest series. 2010 will be a year that we never forget.

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Blogs:
Mark Batterson wrote a great post on the Status Quo Bias here.

Scott Williams blogged about The Art of Leadership here.

Chris Elrod wrote about Healthy Things in the ministry here.

My Pastor blogged about Voices we listen to here.

Books:
The Monkey And The Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church
Dave Gibbons

Primal: A Quest For The Lost Soul of Christianity
Mark Batterson

Follow Me To Freedom: Leading as an Ordinary Radical
Shane Claiborne & John Perkins

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Christmas Superstitions
  • January 6 is the date when Christmas decorations should come down. Supertitions say that it is bad luck to leave it for another day or take it down before that date.
  • If you are under the mistletoe with someone of the opposite sex, you should be kissed. Otherwise, you will both have bad luck.
  • At midnight on Christmas Eve, all the doors of the house should be opened to let out evil spirits.
New Year Superstitions
  • You must eat something leafy and green on New Year's Day. That will bring you money or riches during the year, and you won't have to worry about paying bills.
  • Your house should be clean and there should be no dirty clothes in the house on New Year's Day. This is for good luck.
  • The first person to come into your house on New Year's Day should be a man. Anything else is bad luck.
  • A candle should be placed in a window to burn all night long from 12 o'clock midnight. This will guarantee the household's luck for another year.
My family has practiced some of these superstitions and some other ones as well. What are some Holiday Superstitions that your family practices?

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Hope you are recovering from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Hope you got everything that you needed, enjoyed your time with your family, and will get plenty of rest. Leave the lights up one more day and enjoy the silence of the day after Christmas. If you have a gift to return, it can wait until next week. Rest today.

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We have had a great Christmas but I have to be honest, I am sort of glad it is over.

Got a Kindle from Paige. That thing is awesome. Been reading like a wild man.

Spend a couple of days in North GA with Paige's parents and we are in South GA with my family.

Ready to be back in Stockbridge this evening. I love seeing and visiting with family but I love being home as well.

Monday was a fun day. Thrive students and leaders went downtown Atlanta to ice skate and then to Southlake Mall.

Tuesday I cleaned my office and wrapped some things up for this year. We had our staff lunch at Red Lobster. I really get to work with some of the greatest people in the world.

Tuesday night Paige and I went and saw Disney's Christmas Carol. I had heard mixed reviews but I loved the movie. It was probably my favorite one.

Looking forward to some rest and planning this coming up week.

Really excited about Wednesday night's service and Thrive New Year's throw down.

Hope you are recovering from the Holiday Hangover.

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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I just wanted to tell you thank you for journeying through this advent season with us. Thank you for allowing us to share snippets of our life with you. It is our prayer that you were blessed, that you embraced this season in new and fresh ways, and that God was glorified in the highest way possible.


It is our prayer that you are your family have a very Merry Christmas. Whatever you choose to do during this season enjoy it with all your heart.

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Bible Reading:

Luke 2:1-20

Prayer:
May what I just read be more than I story in
history. May in come alive each day in my
life and through my life. You are the Liberating
King who came to set the captives free, who
came to open blind eyes and heal deaf ears. May
I give You proper honor and glory on this day.
Thank You for not only setting me free but for
allowing me to be a part of Your mission

Allow me to hear Your call clearly today. Give
me the grace and wisdom to navigate this journey
not just in this Advent season but for all of my
days. May I make Your name famous. Thank You
for the blessings and peace that You have give me.

In Jesus' Name we pray....

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Bible Reading:

Isaiah 9:6-7

Prayer:
You came to bring joy and peace. You came
to establish Your Kingdom here on earth. Where
sin and apathy run rampant, may your love
and grace abound. Give us the understanding
of Your coming. May we embrace this season
in a way that we never have before.

Make Your presence a reality in my life and in
the lives of the people around me. Help me
to share Your peace and love this Holiday season.

In Your Son's Name we pray....

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Bible Reading:

Ephesians 2:1-10

Prayer:
Gracious Mighty God, Your sent Your only Son
to bring us life and life to the fullest. Help me
to live that life. May my life bring glory to You.
Help me to live a life that allow Your light to
shine brightly through it.

May my focus be on You. Remove any distractions
that are in my life. Take away anything that takes
my attention away from You.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Bible Reading:
Psalm 89:1-4

Prayer:
Father, may we celebrate the birth of Your Son in
love and purity this week. May I walk in the freedom
that You have given me. May I love with the love and
grace that You have shown me. May I never take for
granted Your mercy that is every lasting.

May I see life through Your eyes this week. My I feel
the compassion for Your people with Your heart like
never before.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Bible Reading:

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Prayer:
Father, heading into this last week of the Advent
season, may I be aware of everything that is going
on around me. May I be aware of Your presence
like never before. May my focus be on You and the
birth of Your Son. May it be on the story of
obedience and redemption and how my life should
reflect that.

May I say yes as Mary did when I am faced with the
choice to obey you. You are the one that eases my
doubts and calms my fears. You are the passion of
my soul. Feel me with the light of Your presence and
light it shine for all the see.

In Your Son's Name we pray....

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This is it, the last week of the Advent Season. Actually there is only 6 days left until Christmas. My goal this season has been to find intimacy in the middle of the busiest season of the year. I challenge you to not only reflect of the story of Christmas found in Luke 2 and Matthew 1, but reflect of the things that are in our lives. Lets heighten the awareness of the things that are going on in our lives.


Christmas for you probably has changed throughout the years of your life. The innocents is lost and the business is increased. Loved ones have passed on and traditions have been forgotten. But there is one constant of the season. There would be no Christmas without birth of Jesus. We would not give any gifts if God hadn't given us the greatest gift of all. The Christmas season is what you make of it. No one can ever replace the loved ones in your life that are gone, but thank God for the new people that you have met and do life with. Traditions are forgotten and make room for you to start new ones.

For some Christmas is just another day. For others you are dreading the time with family because of the tension that comes with it. For some it will be the best day of the year, full of family, friends, and lots of memories. I encourage you this week to find the bright spots. To make the best out of what this season holds for you. Remember Jesus did not reject our world that was full of greed and poverty, but came to make a difference. Let us carry on His name and keep making the impact that He has called us to make.

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One of my favorite people in the and one of the greatest Kid's Pastors in the entire world wrote a couple of posts about Santa Claus here and I wanted to weigh in. I have some thoughts about all the Big Guy from the North Pole:


He's a stalker - He sees you when you are sleeping, He knows when your awake. He knows when you've been bad or good. This dude is watching us all the time, that creeps me out.

He's a great burglar - He will come down your chimney and if you do not have a chimney he will get in your house some how. How has this guy not went to jail.

He is a fashion disaster - Big guys should not wear red, they look like the Kool-Aide guy. Black is more slimming.

He is a little strange - He lets little kids that he does not know sit on his lap and takes there pictures. When is that okay?

He might be a vampire - He only works at night. He is either going to star in the next Twilight saga or he is actually a repo man. Either way I do not think he's seen the sun.

He is an egomaniac - He announces to everyone when he is coming and he wants you to leave him treats.

He is actually evil - Santa and Satan has the same letters.

Whether you believe in him or not. Whether you choose to recognize him as a part of Christmas or not, Santa is fun. I do not believe that you are going to scar your kids by letting them believe. Hope you are having a great Christmas season.

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Bible Reading:

Isaiah 12

Prayer:
Father, you have shown the world the splendor
of Your glory by sending us Your Son to redeem
the world. May the life that I live break glory
to you and proclaim your goodness.

Remind me today that you work ALL things
together for Your glory. May I share the joy
that You have given me with everyone I meet.
Allow my life to be the star that points everyone
to you.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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We finally have internet in the house again! Today is a good day!


I got some blogging to catch up on.

This was a monster of the week!

Went through the Ordination process the first part of the week. Monday had a Sectional interview with my Presbytery. Then Tuesday went to the District Office in Macon, GA for my test and State interview. Everything went smoothly.

This week was also The Blizzard. The biggest service of the year. We had 125 students and 18 made a decision to follow after Jesus. Our students and leaders did an incredible job making that night a HUGE success.

A big thank you to Andy Williams from Soul Sister Sally for coming and playing the drums for us. That dude rocks!

Clean up was not that bad. Patric, Robin, Lezlea, Rachel, and Jordan made it easy.

Last night we went and hung out with some really good friends from camp. I loved watching the kids that work at camp go from wild and crazy teenagers to young adults. I am proud of them.

Got all of Paige's Christmas shopping done yesterday. I am a fish out of water in the mall. Just saying.

This is Christmas week. I am starting to feel the Christmas Spirit build up.

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Bible Reading:

Psalm 96

Prayer:
Mighty God, You are so awesome
and powerful. It was by Your hand
that everything was created. Thank
You for Your protection and provision.
Thank You for the blessing and favor that
is on my life.

During this season may I not get caught up
in the hustle and bustle that comes with the
consumerism and commercialism. May I
find the true meaning for the season again.
Renew Your love in my heart again today.

In Your Sons Name we pray....

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Bible Reading:

1 Peter 1:3-9

Prayer:
Father, creator and redeemer of us all.
Thank you for sending Your send to save
us from the power of sin and death. Give me
a passion for Your Word so I am know
You better.

I lay my life down at Your feet once again.
Have your way. Guide my steps. My plans
are Your plans. Give me the wisdom and
humility to be Your servant.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Tonight is the biggest service of the year for Thrive. A lot of people have asked what the Blizzard is. Let me see if I can explain it:

  • We decorate our Youth Center like a snow storm hit it.
  • We have a have free pizza and drinks for every students that comes.
  • There will be snow cotton candy.
  • Every student will leave with a Christmas present from Thrive.
  • We have special guests that come help us with worship.
  • There will be a dramatic message that goes with the theme.
  • Lots and lots of students from all over Henry County.

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Bible Reading:

Psalm 66

Prayer:
Father, I place all my hope and trust in you.
You alone are the source of my strength and joy.
You alone are the source of life. Help me to
remember that throughout the day. Let your
peace be my constant reminder that you
are in control.

I stand on Your promises for my life. I cling
to the cross that sets me free. I will no longer
be bound by the things that I held me captive.
My I experience the fullness of Your joy today.

In Jesus' Name we pray....

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Bible Reading:

Isaiah 55:9-13

Prayer:
Gracious God, help me to remember that today
is full of new opportunities. Remind me that You
are in control. That You hold everything in
Your hands. That everything works together
for Your glory.

Help me to exalt You and ignore my selfish desires.
Give me the courage to live a life of mercy and
grace. Give me the strength to help the helpless,
to love the unloved, and have a heart for the hurting.

In Your Sons Name I pray....

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Bible Reading:

John 16:5-8

Prayer:
Father, may the light of our lives point others
to you. May the light of your love be freeing for
people bound in darkness. I rejoice in the
in the victories that you have brought into my
life. Remind me to today that my battle is actually
Yours to fight. That you have already won.

You are so faithful in Your love for me.
Light the way that is before me, put my feet on the
right path, and guide my every step. I give my plans
to You. Have Your way.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Monday, December 14, 2009 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

Bible Reading:

Habakkuk 3

Prayer:
God, we are celebrating the birth of Your Son,
may we realize anew the joy of salvation.
Thank you for the blessings that You have given
me, may I never take for granted Your hand
that is on my life. You are the joy of my soul
and I know that through Your love that I am
held and protected by you.

You are my rock and my refuge. May I live my
life in such a way that I point others to You.
Clear the clutter that is in my life that would
distract my from hearing Your voice in my heart
today.

In Your Son's Name we pray...

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Today is "Gaudete Sunday." Gaudete means rejoice in Latin. Even we were lighting an Advent candle in the wreath today it would be the rose colored one. This week we take time and reflect on the joy that the coming of the Lord brings. That the Lord came to bring joy and fullness to us all. We are called as His followers to do the same for those around us. In a season that is full of consumerism and commercialism, it is our responsibility to point people to the message of the season. It is our call to be the candy that is light in dark places.


In a season that we are trying to pack as much stuff in a few weeks as possible, we make ourselves miserable. May we show the world around us that we can have joy this time of year. Every morning this week take time and reflect of this. Ask God to give you opportunities to share the joy that He has given you.

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I am in the middle of one of the most stressful chaotic weeks of my life. I will be okay, I tend to work better when there is pressure.


Has not felt like Christmas at all until last night when Paige and I went to Atlantic Station. Enjoyed may time with my awesome hot wife and all the Christmas decorations they have up.

Wednesday night was awesome. Island of Misfit Toys was a HUGE success. Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week by far.

Got to feed the Woodland Middle School Basketball Teams yesterday. Very grateful for the doors that God has opened in my life and in our ministry.

Had this thought Friday while cooking, "never pray for God to open a door that you are not willing to walk through."

Thursday night I got to support some of our Stockbridge High students at their chorus concert. They did a really good job.

The busier life gets the more I just want to sit in a quiet place and listen to God.

I am missing my family this week a lot for some reason.

Hope you are staying warm and having a good weekend.

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Bible Reading:
Isaiah 52:7-10

Prayer:
Father, You sent Your Son to bring hope to
the hopeless, love to the unloved, and salvation
to us all. Help me to share what You have done
in my life with everyone I meet. May I be
passionate for the things that You are passionate
about.

Make Your presence a reality in my life. May I
be aware of You at all times. May I not take for
granted Your hand that is working in my life.
Thank you for Your call that You have placed on
my life.

In Your Son's Name we pray...

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Bible Reading:

2 Corinthians 1:2-5

Prayer:
Gracious God, may we live a life that is pleasing
to you. May I be guided by the light of Your
Word. Give me the humility to be lead by
You and the wisdom to learn from those around
me.

I am grateful that I can trust You to guide my
every step. That You will protect me and provide
for me on this journey.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Bible Reading

Zechariah 9:9-17

Prayer:
Lord, may we experience the full joy of
Your love. Help us to better serve you and
one another. Let all I do and say point other
people to You. May my life be a light in a
dark place.

Thank You for Your blessings that you
have given me. Thank You for hearing and
answering my prayers. Thank You for
reminding me that through You that nothing
is impossible.

In Your Son's Name we pray...

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Bible Reading

Isaiah 42:1-9

Prayer:
Father, let us not be discouraged by our
weakness. May we stand steadfast in your
love. May we help those around us walk in
the freedom that we have experienced
through You.

I stand in awe of your love and power.
I am amazed by your grace and mercy.
Grant me hope in this Advent season.
I want you to be my focus and I want my
life to glorify you.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Bible Reading:

Jeremiah 33:7-16

Prayer:
Father, help us to look forward and not backwards.
Help us to see what You have for us today and not be
stuck in yesterday. Show us new opportunities to share
Your love, Your hope, and Your mercy today. Today
You make all things new, and for that I give You praise.

My desire is not to be a better leader, it is to be a better
follower of You. To know You more deeply. To love
You with all my heart. To go where you call me to go and
do what you have called me to do.

In Your Son's Name we pray

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Bible Reading:

Philippians 4:4-7

Prayer:
Lord, help us walk in the freedom that you have
given us. May our desire be your desire. May
we be vessels of hope to the hopeless. Help us
to show love to the unloved.

I need Your courage to stand in the places that
You have called me. You bring strength to the
knees that are week. I can not do this on my own
no matter how often I think I can. Give me the
humility to ask for help and the openness to accept
it.

In Jesus' Name we pray

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My Father-in-Law is one of my heroes. He has made HUGE investments in my life and in my ministry through the years. He believed in my and loved me when I was even lost. Caryl Martinez is an awesome man of God, an incredible Pastor, and a good friend. I say all of that to tell you that years ago he introduced me to a saying. "Keep the main thing the main thing." Over the years this phrase periodically has come back around and kept me in check. It is guardrails in my life, keeping me on the right path.


Keeping the main thing the main thing means:
  • Not getting ahead of God in tough situations.
  • Being a better Follower of Jesus than a Youth Pastor or Leader - not leading the Ministry of the Lord come before the Lord of the Ministry.
  • Remembering in is about Jesus changing lives, not how many people sit in seats.
  • Preaching the Gospel of Truth more than any fancy new sermon series.
  • It is about being real more than being relevant.
  • It is about being formed more than being found.
  • It is not about me at all.
This is what keeping the main thing means to me. What does that mean for you? How does that look in your life?

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Bible Reading:

Isaiah 40:9-11

Prayer:
God of hope, remove any hinderances from You
in our lives. Let Your Word give us the strength
to stand during temptation. Where there is a
flicker of hope fan than flame. Where there is
people who have given up hope, show them
Your love again.

In Jesus' Name we pray...

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Going into the second week of Advent our prayers deepen a little bit. This week the candle that is lit in our hearts represent hope. All throughout this week maybe we can pause and take a deep breath and exhale the words, "Lord my hope and trust is in you and you alone."


This week no matter how busy or hectic our schedule becomes or how weary and tired our bodies begin to feel, we must remember where our hope is. Remember no matter how difficult the challenge we are facing our God is still in control. There is no situation that is hopeless or that He can not handle.

Remember that Christ in us and through us is the hope of the world. He chose us and commissioned us to spread His love and hope. This week be the candle of advent and share that hope with the ones that you love. Share that hope with people at your work or in your neighborhood. This week share that hope with a complete stranger, but whatever you do make sure you share hope.

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It was a crazy busy week that is honestly a blur.


Monday we had it out with Charter. Done with them, we are now apart of DirectTv world. So I have had limited internet connection this week.

Got to spend sometime this week with one of my heroes. A man that invested in me and my ministry years ago and now is a good friend.

Wednesday night was incredible as usual. Fulfill The Call out of Church At Chapel Hill in Douglasville, GA did an awesome job.

Went to a special called District Council on Tuesday. Man that was a long meeting. Got to hang with some of my friends so it was worth it.

We put up the Christmas Tree this weekend. Paige did an awesome job as usual. The Gordon house is ready for Christmas.

This week we laid out of speaking calendar for the first quarter of the year. Really excited about what God is doing in Thrive.

Next week is going to be crazy busy.

Excited about next Wednesday message, The Island of Misfit Toys: Where God chooses leaders.

Hope everyone has had a good weekend.

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Bible Reading:

Isaiah 35

Prayer:
Father, You loved us so much You sent
Your Son to die for us. Help us show that
kind of love for those around us. Help us
to love without an agenda and serve without a
motive. Allow us to see people through Your
eyes and embrace them with Your grace.

May I not read Your Word and not act. Give
me the strength to be a doer. May I not just
stand idly by and let injustice take place.

In Jesus' Name we pray

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Bible Reading:

Psalm 33

Prayer:
Jesus our Lord, save us from our sins,
protect us from all danger, provide for us
in the dry and weary places. You alone
are Lord. Teach us to love each other as
You have loved us. May we show the same
love and mercy that You have shown to us.

Give me the strength to be the light in dark places.
Guide my steps, make Your plans my plans, Your
ways my ways. Help me walk in Your peace and
share it in the world around me.

In Jesus Name we pray

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Bible Reading:

Hebrews 6:13-20

Prayer:
Father, we need you more today than ever.
It is by your power that we are free. It is by Your
hand that we are rescued. May we walk in Your
freedom by Your power. May we help free others
like You have freed us.

Help me to trust in Your power and strength.
You are my refuge and safe place. You are my
protection and peace when life becomes overwhelming.
May I stand upon the Rock that is You.

In Jesus name we pray

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Bible Reading:

Isaiah 11:1-10

Prayer:
May my life today be filled with hope. May I live out
the grace that You have extended to me. May I learn
to trust you in any situation that I might face. As I
am on this journey remind me that You are all that
I need. You are my provider and my provision.

Give me the courage to listen to your voice and the
freedom to act on it. Break my heart for what breaks
your heart.

In Your Sons Name we pray,
Amen

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Bible Reading

Romans 8:18-27

Prayer:
Father, I thank you that where I am weak You are made strong.
It is in my shortcomings that you receive the glory. Forgive me of
my sins and free me from the things that bind my soul. In my
weakness I turn to you for help. Help me experience the joy of the
anticipation of the coming of Your Son.

Let me be changed and transformed by Your Word that I read.
Help me grow and bloom and live out the Word that is
changing the world.

In Jesus Name we pray

Amen

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Bible Reading:
Psalms 42

Prayer:
Lord help us be prepared for the coming of Your Son.
May we be found busy spreading your love and shining your light.
Help me be a person of peace, to speak about it in an uneasy world,
and to live it among the people you have put in my life everyday.

Light in me a desire to prepare for your coming.
To stand in the darkness, waiting, anticipating, and filled with love.

In Your Son's name we pray,
Amen

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We always lit candle every week of Advent. We did that so that light can shine in the midst of the darkness of this world and in our lives. It symbolized our longing, our desire, our hope. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.

So, we begin with our longing, our desire and our hope.

You are that candle. You are the light of the world. The light of one single candle can push back the darkness of the entire room. I challenge you this week to pray that God makes you a light in dark places. To live your life in such a way that His light shines. Shines so bright that everyone sees.

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Today is the first day in the Advent Season. I grew up in a small Methodist Church in Sparks, GA and every year we would celebrate the Advent Season. As a kid I did not pay attention or really understand the meaning of it. I would even help the Pastor light the candle, but I did not know what I was doing. As I got older and we left that church I really did not think anymore about the Advent Season. Even as I became of follower of Christ and went into Vocational Ministry (full-time ministry is an oxymoron), I really did not give much thought about it.


This Christmas Season I am looking for more. I am looking past the commercialism and consumerism that has taken over our lives and this time. Advent has to be more than lighting candles or eating candy from fancy calendars. There has to be even more to this, so I am on a search.

Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. It is a season of expectation and excitement built upon the coming of Jesus. The Latin word adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming. We believe that the season of Advent serves a dual reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure for the second coming of Christ.

I am not saying you have to celebrate Advent with me, but I am challenging you to take time and recognize the heart behind this season. Not to get so caught up in the consumerism and commercialism that has taken over. Use this time to deepen your relationship with Jesus. Do not be satisfied with what you have always done.

Through out this season I will post some Advent blogs. I am not an expect and this is the first time that I have really taken in serious. I just want to do more that celebrate Christmas.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

It has been a crazy week.


In the last 7 days we have been 1700 miles and never left the state.

Really enjoyed the Amplified Conference last weekend in Waycross. God moved and I got to visit with friends.

Sunday had a great lunch with leaders from Thrive. Really enjoy brainstorming, dreaming, and planning with those guys.

Monday and Tuesday we went and found Paige a new ride. 2004 Buick Rendezvous. She likes it, so that makes us all happy. Got a great deal.

Monday night we did Thanksgiving with some of my favorite people in the world. Food was really good, but the company was even better. I love the people God has put in my life.

Tuesday afternoon I got on my motorcycle and headed down to South Georgia. We ran out of daylight and it got cold. I would have given my bike away in Tifton if I could have found someone to give me a ride to my parents.

Thanksgiving was great this year. Spent Wednesday and Thursday in Adel, then drove up to North Georgia and spent Thursday evening and Friday in Calhoun.

Went a watch Blind Side the movie Friday. I refused to get out in all the chaos of Black Friday. Blind Side was incredible. I have to be honest I cried the whole way through it.

Have not been home since Tuesday. The older I get the less I like being away from my house.

Really have some neat things in my spirit and mind that God is dealing with me about. I just have to take some time and write them out.

Georgia / Georgia Tech game is today. Just praying that my GT friends take it easy on me. Plan on frying some chicken wings and watching the game.

I am a bit of traditionalist. I refuse to acknowledge Christmas until after I see Santa Clause in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Plan on listening to Christmas music on the drive home and drinking a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. We will be putting Christmas decorations next weekend.

Really looking forward to the Christmas Season this year!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Get some rest and recover from Thanksgiving.

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Hope everyone that went out this morning stayed safe. What deals did you get? Was it worth it? Do you go every year or was this your first? Just curious.

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Barbara Graves wrote about why she uses Twitter here.


Pete Wilson blogged about microwaving spiritual formation here.

Mark Batterson writes about your focus determining your reality here.

Perry Noble believes 10 things about your ministry here.

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Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving with your friends and family!


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It is that time of year again and people are listing the things that they are thankful for. It is funny that we are only thankful during a couple weeks in November. We take everything else in our lives for granted until that point. Saying thank you and appriecating people is not that difficult to do. Instead we live like we are entitled for everyone else to serve us. Everyone owes us something.

Tell someone how much you love them as often as you can. Let the people in your life know how much they mean to you. Know that if someone has to guess how you feel, then most of the time they are going to guess wrong. Being grateful is a choice and it is a choice that you have to make everyday.

Here are some things I am thankful for (after the first two these are in no particular order):

  • My God that allows me to have a relationship with Him. I did not deserving saving and yet Jesus still died for me.
  • My wife that loves me and puts up with my crap on a daily basis.
  • Tivo. One of the greatest inventions ever.
  • My hertiage and my legacy. My family that laid a strong foundation in my life that I can pass on. and my spiritual children that I have had the priviledge to pour into.
  • My Blackberry, greatest phone in the world.
  • Food, some people eat to live but I live to eat.
  • An awesome Pastor and family who love us and let us be who God called us to be. Thanks for believing in me and always having my back.
  • Friends, family that you were not born into but chose and who chose you. I have the greatest friends in the world and do not know what I would do without them.
  • The most awesome students in the world, Thrive!
  • Steve Jobs for starting Apple and making Macbooks and Ipods.
  • Second chances.
  • A wonderful church that loves us and has a heart for the students of Henry County.
  • College Football
  • This blog and the three people that read it!

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No not the band. It is a saying that everyone has been taught at some point in their life. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. I believe that we overcomplicate things. We take things that were meant to be simple and make them difficult. Things that we are meant to enjoy, we are not truly happy unless they are complicated.

We have done this with our relationships, we have done this with church, and we have even done it with the Gospel. You can explain anything away and you can put so many hoops in something that no one will jump through them.

I believe that a lot of times we do this and do not even realize it. We believe that we are helping or making something better. If it is not broke don't fix it.

KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID

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Am A Worrier


I worry about everything. I always have been. I am not saying that it is right or I do not need to change. I feel guilty. I feel like me worrying is saying that I do not trust God. I feel like me worrying is even at times doubting God. That is not the case, I understand and I am grateful that God is in control. I understand what the Word says about worry:

Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I have to fight not to let worry control me. I understand that worry leads to fear and that fear paralyzes me. I try my hardest to turn my worry into intercession. I try to let it drive my prayer about whatever it is I am focusing on. I find that is what builds my faith the most.

I guess you could say that this blog was a confessional of sorts.

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This week has been super busy.


Bama and Back got rained out on Tuesday because of Hurricane Ida. Who can plan around a hurricane? Very proud of all my friends who rode their bikes on Monday though.

Tuesday Paige got in a car accident on her way home from school. Her Trailblazer hydroplaned and hit a tractor-trailer. She is fine but the Trailblazer was totaled. I am grateful for God's hand of protection and favor.

Wednesday was an awesome night. The Hostage series has been one of my favorites in Thrive so far. Looking forward to what God is going to do this week.

Excited to be traveling down to Waycross, GA this coming weekend to speak at the Amplified Youth Conference.

This weekend is my last Georgia School of Ministry class. I am done baby!

Mailed off my Ordination packet last week. Nervous and excited about going through this process.

My family is camping down out Indian Springs State Park this weekend. I am going to try to stop and visit on my way back through from Macon.

Very stoked about our combined service tomorrow with our Hispanic and Haitian Churches. I believe that we are going to get a small glimpse of what Heaven is going to look like.

Hope you are having a good weekend!

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Am A Control Freak


I have a confession to make, I am a control freak. I have a tendency to be a micro-manager. This is something that God is dealing with me about. Feeling like I have to have my hand in everything. If I do not do it, it will not be done right.

I am out of place and out of the plan of God when I am in control. When I think I have to be the one in control, I am saying that I do not trust anyone else around me to do the things that I can do. The funny thing is that when I hold on to control things usually get worse instead of getting better. Here are some other things that I have found when I was in control:
  • When I am in control, God is not.
  • When I am in control, people can not become who God called and created them to be.
  • When I am in control, my leadership foundation shrinks.
  • When I am in control, I get the glory for the victories instead of God.
  • When I am in control, I can fix it and do not need God.
  • When I am in control, everyone loses.

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Monday, November 9, 2009 Posted in | | 1 Comments »

Ever look back at a week and do not have a clue where it went?


This coming Monday and Tuesday is the annual Bama & Back Speed-the-Light Bike ride. A group of Youth Pastors, Pastors, and people who love missions will be riding from Atlanta to the Alabama State line. I will be helping with the support side of things. This is one of my favorite events of the year. We have three riding from Stockbridge Assembly.

School was out Tuesday so we had a work day at the church. So proud of Thrive for showing up strong. We painted the backdrop from the Hostage series and cleaned up from the Harvest Festival.

Wednesday night we kick off our new series Hostage. Pastor Steven spoke and did an awesome job. God is going to change a lot of lives this month in this series.

The students did cardboard testimonies Wednesday night. They wrote out on cardboard what God has done for them and showed it during the first part of worship. Really awesome.

Yesterday was a marathon day. I spoke to the Henry County Football team for the last time this season. Then came to the office and worked on week 2 of Hostage. Yesterday afternoon we cook chili and hotdogs for the Woodland High Marching Band and fed them. I am glad to be home last night.

Very excited today to hang out with Thrive at a corn maze in Hollonville, GA and then have a Bon-fire. Going to be a fun day.

Is it me or do we seem like we skip Thanksgiving? They already have Christmas music playing and decorations out in the stores. SERIOUSLY?

Hope you are having a good weekend.

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  • I am looking forward to hanging out with some of the most awesome students in the world all afternoon and into the evening.
  • I am more than likely going to get lost but it is going to be fun.
  • There are some that I would probably like to loose in the Maze (just kidding)!
  • Bon-fires are some of my favorite things to do. There is nothing better than a roast hotdogs and marshmallows over an open fire.

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Great opening night for the Hostage series. God is going to set students free through this series.

Cardboard Testimonies were really awesome. We plan on doing them all month long as we celebrate God changing the lives of students.
Had some major sound issues but feel like we recovered okay. Very proud of our students.
Our crowd was off tonight, but really proud of the students that were there and how they engaged.
Pastor Steven threw down! Love my Pastor and love that I get to work with him.

Some things we talked about:
Pastor Steven kicked off the Hostage series with a message called Task Masters. In Exodus 1 it says that Pharaoh places Task Masters over Israel. Task Masters had three main jobs:

To crush their spirit - they wanted to silence their worship. Israel found their worth in their worship.
To steal their future - they close your vision so you can not see past the moment.
To separate them - to cause pain so they put up wall that isolate them.

Upcoming Events
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Join Thrive this Saturday for our Corn Maze Adventure and Bon-Fire. Meet at the church at 1 p.m. and we will head down to Connell Farms in Hollenville to navigate their corn maze. After that we will be heading into Butts County to have a Bon-fire where we will roast hotdogs, marshmallows, and make smores. We will return to the church at 10 p.m. Cost is $10.

This Sunday is the Middle School small group. Meet at the church at 6 p.m. and we will head to Brewsters Ice Cream and have a scavenger hunt.

For more information check out our home on the wed at thriveyouthchurch.com

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November around Thrive we are going to be talking about the things in our life that are keeping us from the freedom that Jesus died so we could have. You do not want to miss a single Wednesday night.

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It is less about about things and more about people.

People are the most precious commodity there is. You can make investment in anything else and it will be a bad investment. People are the only thing that we can take into eternity with us. Things break and rust, but people will change the world. So where do you place your value? What do you cherish the most?

If you do not have something please do not fake it.
I used to think that you could just fake it till you made it. That if you did not know the answer, just make something up. Never show any sign of weakness, never let them see you sweat. Everyone struggles some time with something. People are not looking for perfect people to be leaders, they are looking for people that do not have all the answers but know where to find them.

It is better to know your seasons that fight them.
You never see a tree trying keep it's leaves after the frost of Fall. You never see a healthy flower refuse to bloom. Yet we have a tendency when God is taking us through certain seasons we fight what He is trying to do. We need to understand that every season that God walks us through He is either trying to be put something in us or take something out of us. Like a woodworker that gently sands a block of wood to create his masterpiece, God is always working the rough edges off of our lives.

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You have to hate where you are at before you can go where you are called.
You can not lead where you have not been. In ministry if you want those you lead to go to a new level you have to have already been there yourself. You have to pay the price, you have to abandon the things that you are comfortable with where you are at. You will never walk on water unless you step out of the boat. God can not give you something new as long as you are holding on to what you have. The next level that God has for you is so much better than where you are. The price you will have to pay is so worth where you will walk. We have to leave the comfort of where we are and step into what we are called to.

People will only believe in your dream as much as you do.
Do you really believe that God has called you to do what you do? If you do then it will come out in everything that you do. It will come out in everything you do. People follow passion. Your choices and decisions are a direct reflection of what your passion is, what your dream is. Do not expect people to be more committed than you are to what God has called you to do.

At times you're a coach, at times you're a cheerleader, and then at times you're a fan
I just want to be in the game. I heard someone say one time that they were called to be a dream facilitator. If I could ask God for one calling that is what it would be. To help people reach the dreams that God has given them. One of the unique things that I am learning is that when investing in people at times you get to be their coach. Helping call the plays, giving direction and input. On the sidelines and in the action. Then other times you get to be a cheerleader. Cheering them on, encouraging them. Not the big role you have had, but still a role. Then all the time, you get to be a fan. I am a fan of every student that I have had the privilege to work with. From a distance I get to watch them change the world. I may not play a big role in their lives but I still love them and love to root them on.

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Right now I am reading "Forgotten God" by Francis Chan. I read something tonight that made me think:

It used to be that if I had a great worship experience, I asked God to duplicate it the next time I came to worship. Like the kid impressed by a silly magic trick, I would pray, "Do it again!" One thing I have learned about God over the years, however, is that He rarely "does it again." He's the Creator, which means that He is (among other things) creative.
How many times do we ask God to "do it again" and He is desiring to do something new and something fresh. How many times do we ask God to "do it again" for selfish reasons? We stop thinking about what God wants to do for others and we are only concerned for ourselves. As long as God moves like we want that is all that really matters.

Instead of praying for God to "do it again," we need to pray that God does it like He wants to do it.

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Here are some blogs that I found interesting this week...


Perry Noble talks about 10 ways to kill vision in your church here.

Steven Furtick writes about three reasons we stay stuck here.

Mark Batterson blogs about 5 creativity equations here.

Craig Groeschel talks about Higher Threshold for Chaos here.

Al Force writes about leaving a legacy here.

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It is easier to settle for what is comfortable than push for what God has for you.
The easy thing and the right thing are not always the same thing. When we settle for a cheap imitation of the dream that God has given us then we are saying we worship an imitation god. When we settle for the little things and the easy things then we are not truly reflecting how BIG our God really is. The easiest road often leads to dead ends and it the hardest to backtrack from. The roads that lead to the dreams that God has for us are often uphill but that is because they lead us to the mountain top. The deeper the valley the higher the mountain top. Never settle for the valley.

Relationships gets messy so you are going to get your hands dirty.
The journey of our lives sometimes takes turns down muddy paths. You have to walk through crud in your own journey and with people you are walking with. You have to be willing to put it in 4-wheel drive sometimes. People do not need friends that only stick around in the easy times but will walk with them through the rocky times as well. Real friendship is gauged not by the mountain tops but by the valleys. I am so grateful that God has given me friends that walk through the valley with me.

There is a thin line between routine and rituals.
This is a line that we cross in church all the time. We set routines in place of how we do things and we make them rituals and believe that they are given by God. From the music we sing to the way we decorate our buildings. We have to guard the way that we view our routines and make sure we do not worship them instead of God. It is really easy to focus of tradition and not leave a legacy. Tradition focuses on how things used to be and legacy focuses on how things are going to be. Tradition emphasizes the past and legacy points us to the future. Tradition is about us and legacy is about others. Routine is good. Rituals are good, as long as they are not the things we worship. When they become the things that we worship, then they become a god in our life and we are guilty of idolatry.

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Happy Halloween.


Getting ready for Stockbridge Assembly's Harvest Festival this evening. It is a lot of work but an event that is well worth it.

Wednesday night was an awesome night at Thrive. Really excited to see what November holds.

The Hostage series is going to be a real unique series. Pastor Steven will be speaking this week to open it up. Love to hear my Pastor speak.

Really praying and seeking God for some wisdom right now about some things. Really not satisfied in a lot of areas in my life. God is challenging me to step it up and go to another level.

Today is the Georgia-Florida Game. Also known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." Georgia has not had the best season but I am hoping for an upset.

Really enjoyed being a bum yesterday. Watched a couple of movies, read, and just rested. Got to have a couple of those days every now and then.

Hope everyone has a safe and good weekend.

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There is nothing that I hate more than a sleepless nights. Tossing and turning. It is miserable. See people that I care about are going through some stuff right now. Things that are beyond my control, but yet things that have bothered me for a little while. I am struggling to find the off switch. I can not help but look around at my own life during days like this and ask myself what I need to work on the most. I realized that tonight that I need to refocus my life.


When my focus is off, it is really easy to walk down the wrong paths because I really do not know where I am going. If I am not careful I will look around and be lost. All the time that you spend on the journey you have been on is for nothing.

When my focus is off, the things that are important all of a sudden are not important. Things that should take priority then turn into options. The little things become much bigger and take up too much of my time.

The only way to fix focus is to refocus. Maybe take a couple steps back and look at things from a different angle. Call people that I trust and have them take a look at the situation and get their input. The thing is you have to do whatever it takes to get things back in focus.

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  • This was week 3 of our Game On Series, our Homecoming Month, and our Campus Challenge.
  • It was character night this week. Loved that Thrive students were creative with how they dressed up.
  • Kyle dressed up as Napoleon Dynamite and did the Napoleon dance to open the service. It was hilarious and he did an awesome job.
  • We switched things around last night. I decided to do the message up front and worship last.
  • The Coffee Bar had it's best night last night. Chocolate Pumpkin Pie iced coffee seems to be a favorite.
Here are some things we talked about:
Week 3 of Game On's message was called Game Face. Our game face is an outward sign of our serious we take something. It also shows how important we take something.

In Luke chapter 8 we find a story of a lady who was serious about touching Jesus. Here are some ways she showed her seriousness:

She refused to settle for the way life has been - When we accept a counterfeit version of the dream God has for us we are worshipping a counterfeit god.
She pushed through the crowd - What do we allow to stop us from getting to Jesus?
She remained focused - By reaching for the hem of His garment she was acknowledging Him as the Son of God according to Malachi 4:2.
She was not afraid of risk - Some one who risk nothing gains the same in life.

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The last two weeks have really been a blur.


This weekend I am driving back and forth to Macon for GSOM (Georgia School of Ministry) classes. Only have one more left after this weekend. Excited to be Ordained in the Spring.

Loving the Game On Series in Thrive. Have seen over 20 first time visitors and 10 student make commitments of faith. We are shaking things up this week. Visitor points are triple and giving bonus points to the team who has the most visitors.

After class this afternoon we are heading to Stone Mountain to hang out with some awesome friends.

The structure of my life has been upside down for the last couple of weeks and I working on getting that in place.

Last weekend I went on a motorcycle ride with Dad and some friends. Had a great time riding around the Georgia Mountains.

Really excited about the weeks an months ahead. God has some big things up his sleeve.

This last week mark a year that we have lived in Stockbridge. Time flies when you are having fun.

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend.

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It has been a while since I blogged last. Over two weeks. I would love to list off the things that have been keeping me from Challenging Normal, but I can't. It has honestly just been life. It has been poor time management and a longer todo list than I like. I could give a thousand excuses about where I have been but excuses are something that you can have a thousand of and still have nothing. Excuses will never get you anywhere in life.


This blog is a source of structure for me. I have learned through time that I work better with structure. Boundaries that help direct me and keep me focused. A life that is out of focus is a life that just wanders around.

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Friday, October 16, 2009 Posted in | | 0 Comments »

Are there specific callings?
youth ministry, children's ministry, missions, worship, etc

or

Is there one calling and different passions?

everyone is called and what we do with the call comes from the passion God has given us

I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter? Does it even matter. Is there such a thing as a full time or part time call?

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This went went by really fast. A lot of catching up to do from vacation. Seems like vacation was forever ago.


Did a lot of strategic planning this week. I am debating about sharing it on the blog.

We have a lot going in the next six weeks. Our calendar is a joke.

Spent some time pondering old wounds this week. At first I was mad at myself and then I realized that letting them "air" a little will help bring healing.

Wednesday was an incredible night for Thrive.

Mowing Mt Gordon was not a fun task this time. A week of rain is not kind to grass that already need mowing. It was like mowing hay in some areas.

There are some idea turning over in my mind for 2010 that is going to be unreal. Got to put them through my filter and my process to make sure I am not just crazy.

Excited about the Church Picnic tomorrow. I will be speaking in the service. Really feel like God has given me some thoughts to share. Praying for a good day.

Fast-A-Thon is a week away. Really excited about what God is going to do during that weekend.

Got to get back into the gym next week. Was rolling along really good but vacation messed up my pattern.

Got to finishing mowing today before the GA game and the Braves game this afternoon.

Hope you are having an awesome weekend!

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Every Wednesday is awesome but this Wednesday had a different feel to it from the beginning.

Love having Alex playing the violin with the Worship Band. It helps with the fullness and adds a really unique element.
Patric is doing an awesome with our pre-service stuff. I really believe that it is an important part of the night.
My favorite part of the night was when we were closing in worship and the students refused to quit worshipping and seeking God.
I believe that God is setting us up for something big. We just have to worship Him and be ready.

Some things we talked about:
Because worship was so long I just shared from my heart out of Acts 3. Peter was tuned into God that he noticed a man that should not have been on his radar. He was so tuned into God that he did not allow the failures of his past to disqualify the purpose of his future.

Upcoming Events:
The Speed-the-Light Fast-a-Thon is October 2-3. Meet at the church at 5 p.m. and the fast will begin then. We will spend the night at the church and the fast will last until 5 p.m. on Saturday. During this time we have two services, prayer time, service projects, team games, and more.

This Wednesday we start a new small group format in Thrive. The last Wednesday night of the month we will break out in small groups after worship and discuss the messages from that month's series.

Game On begins in October. It is our Homecoming month and we will have a campus challenge. It is going to be an unforgettable month.

For more updates and podcasts check out thriveyouthchurch.com

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