Tuesday, June 30
Monday, June 29
Beyond being blessed with being married to my best friend, Christy and I have been also blessed with three ABSOLUTELY AMAZING BEAUTIFUL AWESOME CRAZY kids! And because inquiring minds want to know, I want to share a little about them.
Thursday, June 25
I want to call a time out and talk a little about my family the next few days. I want to start with my beautiful and amazing wife CHRISTY. I can honestly say I am married to my best friend! My wife is not only beautiful but she is an amazing mother of three, impeccable home maker, and she is just cool to hang out with. We love taking the motorcycle out and riding up the coast taking pictures by the ocean and just finding a cool bench to sit and people watch. We have been married now for 23 incredible years. One of the greatest things about CHRISTY is she loves the Lord and loves serving Jesus giving Him her best. It is such a high having my best friend by my side, as together we are living for the DREAM OF JESUS for NEW ENGLAND. I wish everyone could be as blessed as I am. Tomorrow I will tell you a little bit about my oldest daughter, ASHLEY!
Tuesday, June 23
Monday, June 22
Ephesians 3:20, "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." NLT
Friday, June 19
Wednesday, June 17
- If you find an exciting blog from a church leader that speaks to your heart, check out their website
- If you receive cool magazines like OUTREACH MAGAZINE always check out the writers websites
- Keep a favorites folder of cool websites you find and frequent them often
- Ask other leaders what sites they enjoy "stealing" from and learning from
Tuesday, June 16
- Work on making a friend
- Invite a friend to lunch
- Join a local community team
Monday, June 15
1 Peter 4:10, “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you.” NLT
You ask WHY do we stay true to the DREAM, the VISION? Because the GENEROSITY and LOVE of God FLOWS THROUGH US. Think about that, what a privilege, what a responsibility we have to show the world how AMAZING the Lord is. We don't "HAVE TO" we "GET TO" invest our lives in others so that when they step into eternity, they are READY! How cool is that! Thank you Jesus for using us to show NICK you GENEROSITY and LOVE, so that now NICK can be with you FOREVER.
Saturday, June 13
Its been said that great leaders help you go farther faster and I couldn't agree more. At GRANITE I am blessed to have an amazing TEAM made up of passionate followers of Jesus Christ who have bought into the dream of Jesus. If it were not for this TEAM the dream of Jesus who limp along, barley gaining any traction. What I have discovered is that when you have the right leaders in the right chairs around your leadership table God shows up in BIG WAYS! As a pastor I have discovered that the best thing I can do is to give my leaders permission to run! After-all Thoroughbreds are designed to run! As a pastor I know how important TEAM is and I want to encourage every leader to work and building a TEAM around you. Not for the sake of making you look good, or successful, but for the sake of the call of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of producing disciples. There is an old acronym for TEAM that goes like this - Together Everyone Accomplishes More. One of the mindsets behind building TEAMS is to remember it's not about you!
Friday, June 12
Years ago we had to make a decision and the decision we made then still navigates our the decisions we make in our church today. What was the decision? We had to choose between SELLING OUT on the dream of Jesus to please people, or BEING SOLD OUT to the dream of Jesus had given to our church, at the cost of losing "christians" at times, which reaching other "christians" was never our mission. So our church of just over 100 committed to BEING SOLD OUT to the dream of Jesus at all costs. Sure we lost some self-centered, all-knowing, what's in it for me "christians" who wanted to be blessed as opposed to being a blessing. But 12 years later at GRANITE, four church plants later, and well over a 1,000 people represented every Sunday I say we made the right GOD HONORING decision. Being SOLD OUT to the dream of Jesus is not always easy, but it is always worth it! To all who read this, know this, THE DREAM OF JESUS AT GRANITE STATE BAPTIST CHURCH IS NOT FOR SALE.
Thursday, June 11
Wednesday, June 10
1. You call your self a leader but is anyone following you?
2. You call yourself a leader but do you have a clear picture of where JEsus has
called you to lead His flock?
3. You call yourself a leader but are you willing to fight for the sheep and at
times fight with the sheep to keep them on God's path? Remember there are
reasons sheep need shepherds!
Three simple questions but the answers to them, will ultimately determine how effective we will be in accomplishing the DREAM of JESUS in our churches.