Catalyst: Emotional Fuel

27 03 2008

running on emptyIMAGE: Fuel. A leader’s future is shaped by the people closest to him or her. A leader’s personal network is his/her emotional fuel: his models, heroes, mentors, inner-circle and accountability partners. It is common for leaders to run out of “gas” because they don’t take time for emotional and relational replenishing. We will be the same people we are today in five years unless we fill up our “tank.”

VERSE: Proverbs 11:14, 27:17

LEARNING: You hit the gas in your car. There is no response. You hit it again, the engine Read the rest of this entry »


Tailgating this Sunday, March 30

26 03 2008

menwomen-small.jpgSunday we’ll be celebrating all things male with Tailgating before worship (the men are grillin’) and Opening Day Tigers Trivia with prizes. We’ll unpack the masculine character qualities God placed on Men and learn how to be freed up to be the kind of Guys that we wired to become. Women, this will help you connect and communicate better with the men in your life.

30/30: Easter. Superman. Reverse the Irreversible.

26 03 2008

superman.jpgWhen I was 11 years old a movie came out that blew me away…Superman. Okay, Christopher Reeves was a little plastic and the story was contrived, but the effects were off the chart for 1978. In one scene, the classic girl-next-store Lois Lane is in the dessert and her car is swallowed up in an earthquake. Superman can’t get there in time to save her. Oh No! He gets super angry and starts flying around the Earth at super sonic speed which results in reversing the rotation of the Earth, reversing time and saving Lois Lane. Awesome Stuff if you could Read the rest of this entry »

Being Sick

24 03 2008

sickextension.jpgLast week, I came down with the flu that really knocked me out. The week before Easter is not the time to be out of action as a pastor, but despite my best effort I could only get in a few hours of work on my good days. Here’s some things I learned…

1. Epic is God’s church and He is the one who is building His church. I get the joy of working with Him, but He’s the one who is going to build His Church, in His way and in His time.  God was still moving despite me being stuck in bed.

2. Life is Short. Enjoy the Moments. I ran across an old “Out of the Grey” tape  Kathy and I listened to a lot the year we went to Africa. The songs were still as good as they were in 1993. The opening lyrics from “Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You” still resonated like it did back in the day:  “Sometimes life makes me crazy. Can’t make sense of what my eyes see. All that I can hold on to…Is Your hold on me.” It really blew me me away how fast life goes. In a moment, 15 years have passed from my life. In all the movement of life, enjoy the moments.

3. Game Shows from the 70s and 80s are FUNNY! Tic Tac Doe. Family Feud. Newlywed Game. Love Connection. Match Game.  Forget the drama of “Moment of Truth,” it’s all about people with feathered hair, leisure suits, and no filter between their brain and mouth. Freakin Hilarous!

Everything Skit @ Epic

19 03 2008

The Epic High School Youth performed a powerful piece to end the My Secret Series last Sunday at Epic. Everything by Lifehouse. I could say a lot about how incredible it was, but I’ll let the video do the talking.

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

Catalyst: Pop Quiz

13 03 2008

school_desk.jpgIMAGE: Pop Quiz. Leaders experience tests as they mature. These tests range from motive checks, to authority tests to integrity checks. They reveal the leader’s potential and maturity. Further, they are a bridge to progress. Testing always precedes promotion, and human promotion can never replace divine promotion. Just as a product is never used until it is tested, so it is with leaders.

VERSE: Genesis 22:1-2

LEARNING: When I was in school I actually enjoyed tests. Does that sound strange? Am I sick? I would love trying to guess what the teacher was going Read the rest of this entry »

30/30: MyMarriageStinks. Change. One Story.

13 03 2008

Marriage isn’t the easiest thing; it’s the hardest thing. But when we do it God’s way, it can definitely be the greatest thing.

After 16 years of marriage, Kathy and I would say that our relationship has required more work than we ever thought and challenged us to grow in ways we never imagined. There have been moments where we couldn’t get enough of each other and moments where we’ve had enough of each other. If you feel your marriage is struggling, don’t give up. Get some help. God can make all things new. Epic Members Craig and Starr had separated and decided to go through a divorce, but God intervened and they responded. Check out their their story…

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