Back from Vacation

28 07 2008

We had an incredible time on last week on vaca in Maine. We usually take a crazy vacation somewhere we’ve never been before, but this was the first time in 15 years we revisited a park. Acadia National Park is one of our Fav 5 places we’ve been. We camped, hiked, laughed, got on each others nerves, but most of all build some great memories together as a family. I can’t wait to share some of the stories.

The Fam on top of Beehive Mountain.


Catalyst: Barn Building

21 07 2008

READING: John 15-20

HABITUDES IMAGE NINE: A Farmer Builds the Barn on the property before the house, because it will pay for the other structures. Leaders determine the critical transaction that enables everything else to happen.

LEARNING: Being a city boy, this is about the closest I’ve ever come to a barn. The door that made the “Moo” sound was worth doing over and over until mom said, “Stop it!”

When I was just began volunteering in the church, one of my youth mentors would often quote proverbs 14:4 when planning youth activities, “Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” He would say in order to reach youth, it’s got to get a messy around her. He always kept the critical transaction in the forefront of our mind…it’s not about the building, it’s about the people.

Here are My Barns:

  1. Personally as a Leader: “Intentional Self Development.” If I’m not growing spiritual as a leader the church won’t grow spiritually.
  2. My Team: “Vision Casting.” If I am not envisioning where Epic is going, we will never get there.

Spend some time really praying through this one. Think of all your tasks in your ministry area or your team. What is the critical transaction? What’s the make or break function that’s the hub for success? Where do you need to invest in barn building?

Catalyst: Taxi Principle

16 07 2008

READING: John 11-15

LEARNING: Always ask the price before you get in the cab. As leaders we need to count the cost and prepare in advance before we set out on a journey.

Good Leaders see where God is taking the team before the team sees it. Great Leaders also see the upcoming challenges and difficulties the team will have to overcome before they get there.

Good Leaders know a price will have to be paid to reach the goal. Great Leaders identify the time it will take and the skills that will have to be developed for the team to achieve the mission.

Good Leaders set out to achieve great things for God. Great Leaders have the perseverance and tenacity to follow through until the very end.

What area of your life is God moving you from a good leader to a great leader?

For some inspiration to move from good to great…rent “Apollo 13.” One of the best movies on leadership.

God@the Box Office: Fanatic Intermission

16 07 2008

We’re going behind the music with the worship band to ask the question, “What do I worship?” You might be surprised by the answer. Do you spend the same time and energy toward God as you do with sporting events, concerts or even your Wii? Are you as fanatical about showing your praise for God as you are about showing off your house? If not, then maybe you’re worshiping the wrong things.

Join us for Fanatic

Sunday July 20 & 27

Marriage Vows 2.0

15 07 2008

As part of The Love Guru message, I rewrote Wedding Vows if they were based on the popular notion that love is a feeling.

“I, in the presence of God and these witnesses, take you to be my wife/husband,”

“to have and to hold from this day forward”…as long as I’m feeling the rush that I’m feeling right now.

“for better, for worse”unless someone comes along who I’m more excited about than you and I feel is a better fit for me than you.

“for richer, for poorer,”…preferably the richer, because lack of finances will strain our relationship to the breaking point.

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30/30: The Love Guru. Is love a feeling or choice?

15 07 2008

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. I John 3:16

Kathy and I went on a date night to see “The Love Guru” last weekend (it wasn’t very funny) and it got me thinking. Is real love a feeling or a choice?Almost every movie, song and TV show celebrates the popular notion in our culture that you just “fall in love” with someone. The Bible says real love is not based on emotions, but real love is a choice. Emotions and are part of love…but real love is a choice. You don’t fall in love, you choose to be in love.

Think about it. You don’t just fall in love with someone. You choose to spend time with them. You choose to be close to them. You choose to vulnerable to them. You choose to be open and honest with them. All of these choices you make lead to falling in Love. The truth is feelings follow actions. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Worship Experiences @ Epic

14 07 2008

You now have a second opportunity…to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light. Acts 26:18

Two Epic Worship Experiences @ 9:45 & 11:15

Epic Church…you reached out…you invited…and God moved. Things got crowded around Epic this spring and in order to make room for new people in the community, Epic is adding a second worship experience. This will provide space so an ever-increasing number of people can discover both the light of Christ in their life and their unique role in God’s story.

When Will the Services Begin? September 14th

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