Thursday, January 28

Ministry "CHOICES"

I know I have taken some time to post the next ministry "CHOICE" I have made but here it is, ARE YOU READY!

"CHOICE" #4 - I HAVE MADE THE "CHOICE" TO WORK WITH A TEAM

Years ago I realized that there is NOTHING that can replace a QUALITY TEAM! For me there is NO GREATER JOY than ministering side by side with people who are as PASSIONATE about the DREAM OF JESUS as I am. As the LEAD PASTOR of Granite United Church I have the awesome privilege of working with some of the FINEST LEADERS I believe in the church world. So it is to my ministry team that I say THANK YOU because although ministry is not always easy, having all of you by my side ENCOURAGES ME and INSPIRES ME to keep on keeping on!

So the "CHOICE" to work with a TEAM has been one of the greatest "CHOICES" I have ever made, and I am thankful that the Lord taught me this lesson early in my ministry life. I want to keep this brief, so I will end by simply saying, I AM A BETTER PASTOR BECAUSE OF THE TEAM AROUND ME. I LOVE ALL OF YOU and couldn't imagine doing ministry without you (especially the G.U. Producer)!

"P"


Wednesday, January 27

Ministry "CHOICES"

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” (Denis Waitley)

"CHOICE" #3 - I REFUSE TO GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS

I have made the "CHOICE" not to be the type of person who accepts the STATUS QUO especially when it comes to God's KINGDOM WORK. I REFUSE, absolutely REFUSE to be the person who looks back over his shoulder over time and is haunted by the thought of WOULD OF, COULD OF, but DIDN'T. The song MOTIONS by Matthew West describes some of what is in my heart...

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
What if I had given everything,
Instead of going through the motions?

Without a doubt I believe I have been saved to be a KINGDOM IMPACT PLAYER and it's not because of what I bring to the table, it's because we serve and AMAZING GOD, and He is always looking for someone to do His work through. I'm that guy with my hand high in the air praying and begging USE ME. There is too much at stake to go through the MOTIONS OF DOING CHURCH. I want to see a REVOLUTION start in NEW ENGLAND and I know that won't happen unless I allow His all consuming passion burn inside of me, and I get up and do something about it!

I Anthony Milas have made the "CHOICE" to REFUSE to go through the MOTIONS!

Tuesday, January 26

Ministry "CHOICES"

"CHOICES" we all make them and they all have either positive or negative consequences. Because I want my "CHOICES" to be positive and have eternal value I have made the following "CHOICE"...

"CHOICE" #2 - TO POUR MY LIFE INTO PEOPLE

We can make the "CHOICE" to live for fame and fortune or for the one thing that actually matters in eternity, PEOPLE. Jesus didn't give his life so that I could attain STATUS, or accumulate WEALTH. And He certainly didn't lay down His life so that I could take the NEW LIFE He has given me and squander it. Jesus came to give His life for the one thing that mattered in eternity, ME, YOU, PEOPLE! PEOPLE matter to God, and because PEOPLE matter to God PEOPLE SHOULD matter to you, to me. One of the prayers I pray every day is actually taken from an OLD SCHOOL song, that says, "Let me see this world, dear Lord, as though I were looking through your eyes."

I have made the "CHOICE" to LIVE FOR THOSE JESUS DIED FOR! It's the easiest "CHOICE" I have ever made, NOT, but it is one of the "CHOICES" that I know I will never regret. The Scriptures I am often challenged by are found in Paul's writings...

Philippians 2:3-5, "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had." NLT

My prayer is that I would DECREASE knowing that as I DECREASE CHRIST INCREASES, and when my life is consumed with CHRIST then what CONSUMED CHRIST will CONSUME ME, and what was CHRIST consumed with, PEOPLE. How do I know, He laid His life down for THEM, for US, for ME. Lord help me to always make the "CHOICE" to follow in your steps and to be willing to lay my life down for those you love! Help me Lord to always see PEOPLE through your eyes.

Monday, January 25

Ministry "CHOICES"

We are in a series at GRANITE UNITED called "CHOICES". We are journeying together working through our HURTS, HABITS, and HANG-UPS, not through will power but through HIS POWER. It's been a wonderful study so far and life changing. Well the theme of "CHOICES" really got me thinking about MY MINISTRY "CHOICES" so for the next few days I want to share the "CHOICES" I have made and am committed to concerning GOD'S CALLING in my life.

"CHOICE" #1 - It's All About JESUS

Even though there are pulls in every direction to do this and to do that, I have committed my life to doing ONE THING, and that is keeping MY LIFE and OUR CHURCH ALL ABOUT JESUS. I have made the "CHOICE" to lay down my life and my will to THE ONE who GAVE HIS ALL for me. Although I value the opinions of people, there is ONE VOICE I strive to be in tune with, and to obey, the sweet voice of MY SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.

I know this sounds either overly simplistic or super pious, and I also know there are plenty of times, I miss the mark, but the prayer of my life it to keep IT ALL ABOUT JESUS! I have made the "CHOICE" to LIVE FOR HIM and to SERVE HIM and I don't need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for or catered to! I have made my "CHOICE"! I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to turn me around! I cannot be discouraged enough to turn me aside! I cannot lose enough to cause me to quite! I have made my "CHOICE", His name is JESUS!




Saturday, January 23

10 Reasons I'm PUMPED about GRANITE UNITED

10. SWEET church family
9. LIFE CHANGE
8. AMAZING Worship
7. Fired Up WARRIORS
6. Kids LOVING church
5. Room to GROW
4. SALVATIONS
3. DREAM of JESUS coming true
2. HOPE found
1. LIFTING UP JESUS

Wednesday, January 20

COME APART BEFORE YOU COME APART


If you spend any time reading the Gospels you will read about times Jesus stepped away form the busyness of ministry to set aside time to spend with His team. WHY? Because of we do not take the time to COME APART the truth is we will COME APART. Our church has been blessed with amazing and growing leaders, and recently three of us had the chance to escape to MYRTLE BEACH for a few days. One of the cool things all pastors should do is to build a team of people they not only would like to work with but a team of people they would would like to hang with. Thats the kind of team we are building at GRANITE UNITED, its the kind of team I look forward too LIVING OUT THE DREAM OF JESUS with, and its the kind of team I enjoy being around.

Cultivating a real team takes a serious investment and for every lead pastor the choice will always be to USE PEOPLE to do ministry or to do ministry WITH PEOPLE. The ministries that use people will always experience high turnover, the ministry that does ministry with people will experience longevity. My prayer for GRANITE UNITED is to continue investing in relationships that will be healthy and growing and to develop a network of CHURCHES, CAMPUSES, and TEAMS who not only want to work with each other, but seek to be with each other.



Tuesday, January 19

MY BEST FRIEND!

For the THOUSANDS of people who follow my blog I thought I would take the time to tell you about MY BEST FRIEND! It is my amazing and beautiful wife Christy. I just had the chance to spend three days with her and some other friends in MYRTLE BEACH and what a great time we had. Christy and I have been MARRIED for what will soon be 24 YEARS and after all this time there isn't another person on the planet I would rather spend time with then her. Yep, I know what your thinking SAPPY, but I want everyone to know how blessed I am not only to be married to a beautiful lady but to be married to MY BEST FRIEND.

Christy is an amazing person who loves the Lord, His church, and the ministry. It is cool having a wife that not only supports me in the ministry, but is in the ministry with me. Christy is also a phenomenal mom to our kids. She is loving, caring, giving, sacrificial, faithful and a wonderful example to everyone who knows her. Christy is one of the most creative people I know, and she uses her gifts for God's glory investing her talents in His church, taking GRANITE UNITED to a HOLE NUTHA LEVEL. I could go on and on about how awesome she is, but I won't I think you get the point.

Christy makes me laugh, she makes me think, she challenges me, and Christy motivates me to be all I can be, and for that I am thankful. So in case your wondering, its true, I'm in love with my best friend!

Proverbs 18:22, "Find a good spouse, you find a good life—and even more: the favor of God!" MSG


Friday, January 1

Reflections on 2009


Let me share some of my 2009 HIGHLIGHTS
  1. God's AMAZING GRACE
  2. Growing closer to Jesus
  3. The privilege of another year SERVING MY SAVIOR
  4. Celebrated my 23rd wedding anniversary with the love of my life, CHRISTY
  5. Had an amazing vacation with my kids, parents, and friends
  6. Got to see people I care about come to Jesus
  7. Was blessed to see WARRIORS for JESUS rise up at GRANITE UNITED CHURCH
  8. Was part of seeing over 120 people follow Jesus in Baptism
  9. Blessed to know that all our church plants are healthy and growing
  10. Got to get away with Christy to Maine
  11. Spent time with dear friends from around the country
  12. Cody and I won our fantasy football league - more Cody than me
  13. Was incredibly blessed to be a blessing
  14. Moved our church to new location - at least when its not snowing, lol
  15. Saw our ministry team mature and lead on a HOLE NUTHA LEVEL
  16. Saw our church exercise faith which intersected with God's faithfulness
  17. Catalyst with team
  18. The huXtable - added over 100 new WARRIORS for Jesus in ministry
  19. Hanging with my kids at HAMPTON BEACH
  20. Houston Trip- Giving Joel Olsteen the blessing to meet my family
  21. Watching Cody catch a 35 inch fish in Bay
  22. Watching my daughter ASHLEY lead worship
  23. Watching my daughter CALEY pour her life into her girls
  24. Chillin with my HARLEY!

Psalm 103:1-5, "1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." NIV