Do For One

This post is part 3 of  the “A Thankful Giving” series.  You can check out part 1 & 2 before or after you check this out.

Wednesday 11/23

By 1:30PM all food had been cooked, and the cars where loaded… and we were off to deliver that meals.  The team split into 4 different groups and took 4-5 meals each.  I think my mom’s car will forever smell of turkey… the leaky turkey just happen to be the one we delivered last.

On our way to our first house we had to stop at a small parking lot in the community where we were delivering.  Mom and I started talking about all that is needed in this community… in fact we where gazing at a barren field that could easily be converted into a soccer field or small park.  The poverty that sits only a few miles from my house was mind blowing… Continue reading

Clear The Clutter: Emotional Clutter?

Emotions are a lot like clutter… the cluttered objects are useful, but when they get in the way of our life they become hazardous and confusing.Cluttered Emotions

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about clutter called Clear The Clutter if you haven’t read it I suggest you check it out before moving forward.

Emotional Clutter

As I was wrote about clutter in my life a few weeks ago it started out as a post about my schedule (and maybe yours).  However, as I began writing I realized that we all have clutter and it’s not just a cluttered schedule, but in fact MUCH more.  I wish you could see my notes in this topic… the lists just begin and seem to never end.  After making list after list of types of emotions, emotional responses, and behavioral reactions… I’ve come to the conclusion that much of who we are is shaped by our emotions; yes, both good and bad.  Now, this isn’t a new discovery for me or you, we know it to be true… but I’ve recently learned that my emotions often get cluttered and therefore take on the same characteristics as physical clutter. Continue reading

Missional Distractions: Depression

As we enter the greatest season of the entire year… or at least what should be the greatest season of the year.  Not because of the gifts, the lights, the decorations, or the wrapping, but because of our Savior’s birth.  However, in many cases we don’t feel like this is the greatest season.  In fact, studies show that a large portion of American’s feel that this is the most stressful and depressing time of the year.  Satan wants to distract us from the mission of Jesus in every way possible… and depression during this season is one of the greatest distractions.

One of our friends Brian Sloan started a series of blogs that deal with this very topic of depression.  It’s not the best thing to talk about or read about… but I’m learning that we NEED each other more now than ever.

No matter if you are in the trenches of this battle or an outsider helping friends… you gotta check this blog post:

Ok, we pulled out the “D” word last time. It happens to quite a few folks during the holiday season. We’re not going to dwell on the topic of depression for very long right now, but we would be less than honest, and less than helpful if we tried to ignore that topic. This is a part of our “Most Wonderful Time..” series, so if you haven’t, you might want to look at the previous post… read more…

We hope that you will fight in the trenches for you and your friends during this Christmas season!

Changing the Future

The future of my family is changing and I can’t believe it’s taken this long for God to get our attention about such a huge need.  Last week I started a series of posts about my family and friends Thanksgiving experience that I called  “A Thankful Giving”.  This series of blog posts are my way of journaling about my experience and the insights that God has shown me.  My hope is that God nudges you to begin changing your family culture…

Culture

Culture is a world that is used a lot right now.  In most cases it can be loosely defined as the behaviors and beliefs that drive a particular group of people.  For the longest time my family (parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins) have had a tradition of gathering together every Thanksgiving.  Since my grandmother passed away a few years ago, we have been gathering at my mom and dads house for the Thanksgiving feast.  This year our culture has changed… Continue reading

A Thankful Giving – The Backstory

Giving a Meal

As my family and I bring this Thanksgiving weekend to a close or at least as it slows down. I want to share with myself (as a way to journal) and anyone else who cares… why more than giving thanks I’m thankful for giving…

Backstory (Thanksgiving 2010)

Over the past year my family and some close friends have become aware of the poverty in our community… yes, in our little town we have people who don’t have food.  Thanks to some teachers in the Hall County school system we have been able to get a glimpse of what poverty in Hall County looks like.  Last Thanksgiving the small group that April and I were part of gathered together and cooked Thanksgiving dinner for about 4 families who wouldn’t have the resources to have a Thanksgiving dinner.  We became motivated to do something after reading “Radical” by David Platt and “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan.  To our surprise it was a challenge to find names of families who were in need.  After contacting people through some channels at Chestnut Mountain Church and the Hall County School system, we managed to come up with 4 families.  We cooked, delivered, and it was a great experience… but this year took it to a whole new level.  Only a few times in my life have I had an experience where I tell myself… “I will never forget what just happened.”  Well… this week was one of those times. Continue reading

Clear the Clutter

Clutter is a fascinating thing… To be honest my wife would call me a cluttered person… I leave things everywhere.  Recently I’ve had the house to myself for a few days (April and Paisley are in Florida), and while they are gone I can see a trail of my stuff throughout the house.  Most of the time it’s a frenzy to get things cleaned up before they get home and I am never successful.  Anyway… back to the clutter thing.  While sitting in a house full of clutter (this week only… I pick up after myself when April and Paisley are around), I find that it can distort my view of reality.  You might ask… WHAT?  Are you CRAZY..?  Just hear me out. Continue reading

A Simple Mission

As I was getting ready for work this morning God brought this passage to my mind.  This passage reminds me that our mission is simple.  We might argue about style, strategy, and the hows of the mission, but it’s really simple.  My prayer today is to sell out more to the Mission than a style of ministry.

[18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21 ESV)

What are you doing today to purse the Mission of Jesus?

A Never-ending Destination

The other day I was praying for a few of my friends who are going through a lot of terrible life junk.  I have seen them at their worst and their best.  To be honest; they have seen me at my worst and best too…  Did you know that we play the roller coaster game all the time?  At one moment we are living an awesome and blessed life… then all of a sudden the walls are caving in.  For me it’s the battle of the extremes… it’s awesome one minute, then out of nowhere I can’t seem to get out of the never ending tunnel…  This all got me thinking about the things we say in those extremes… Continue reading

A Jesus Famous Budget

Is your budget Jesus Famous or something else?

Last weekend I had the privilege of partnering with 8 other Churches to pull off an incredible student ministry event.  It was a blast!  God showed up and changed the hearts of teenagers and adults!  I truly believe that we are on the brink of a revolution with our teenager population!

With that being said… the theme for the weekend was RENOWN, which means – “widespread and high repute; fame.”  The theme verse is taken from Isaiah 26:8 “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” (NIV)

This weekend got me thinking about the blog series about money.

As we attempt to live Jesus famous lives… which means to live a life that makes Jesus famous to those around us; do we really have financial budgets that make Jesus famous?

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Surrender to a Budget

One of my favorite songs right now is the recent edition of “Forever Reign” by Kristian Stanfill.  The chorus says, “My heart will sing no other name; Jesus, Jesus.”  There is something powerful about singing words like that to God.  It is declaring who is boss, King, and controller of our lives.

If this is true then we must give him ALL of our lives… yes, that includes our money.

As April and I set out on the journey of financial stewardship we had to start with a budget that worked for us.  In an earlier post I wrote about our journey of surrendering our money to God.  The real nuts and bolts of our journey isn’t nice and pretty.

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