Wednesday, February 24

Me and My Son

For the past three years Cody and I have started a tradition where we take a MAN TRIP and do something exciting. It's one of the highlights of my year to be able to spend this time with my son. In case you haven't picked this up from my blogs I love my family! I am a blessed man, with two awesome and amazing daughters, a very cool son, and a babe for a wife! Anyway, enough about that. So what are me and Cody doing for the next few days on our man trip? We are taking off for Florida and chilling at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!

So that's it! I'm shutting everything down and totally going to hang with my son. See you later BLOG WORLD, you won't be missed, lol!

Monday, February 22

All or Nothing

I don't know what you think of when you hear the phrase "ALL OR NOTHING" but it reminds me of one of the things the Apostle Paul said in his writings to the Romans Church.

Romans 12:1, "And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy -- the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?"


I wanna be the guy who leaves it all on the field for Jesus, because He gave it all on the cross for me. I get one shot, one chance to make a KINGDOM IMPACT, and I don't want to blow it! Everyday is a new opportunity to do something that will last forever, and I don't want to miss my chance to make it count. I want to follow in the footsteps of my SAVIOR and leave it all on the field, THANK YOU JESUS!









Thursday, February 18

Radicalis Declaration

Today I am stepping across the line. I’m tired of waffling and I’m finished with wavering. I’ve made my choice; the verdict is in and my decision is irrevocable. I’m going God’s way. There is no turning back. I will live the rest of my life serving God’s purposes, with God’s people, on God’s planet, for God’s glory. I will use my life to celebrate his presence, cultivate his character, participate in his family, demonstrate his love, and communicate his Word.

Since my past has been forgiven, and I have a purpose for living and a home waiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting, or faithless worrying. Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of his family.

Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, “we” over “me”, character over comfort, service over status, and people over possessions, position, and pleasure. I know what matters most and I will give it all I’ve got. I will do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today. I won’t be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics, motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. I’ll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal; not on the sidelines or on those running by me. When times get tough and I get tired, I won’t back up, back off, back down, back out, or backslide. I’ll just keep moving forward by God’s grace. I’m spirit-led, purpose-driven, and mission-focused so I can’t be bought. I will not be compromised, and I shall not quit until I finish the race.

I’m a trophy of God’s amazing grace so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for every day, and generous with everything that God entrusts to me. I am a radical in the original sense of the word: rooted in Christ, rooted in love, and rooted in his Word.

I hereby declare my supreme allegiance to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I say this: However, whenever, wherever, and whatever you ask me to do, my answer is yes! I’m ready. Anytime. Anyway. Whatever it takes Lord; whatever it takes! I want to be used by you in such a way that on that final day I’ll hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful one. Come on in and let the eternal party begin!”

Wednesday, February 17

BREAKING BARRIERS

One of the things I AM CONVINCED of is that God has called our church to THRIVE, not survive. I believe this is going to be a BREAK OUT YEAR for our church. Our leaders are excited, our church is excited and lives are being FOREVER CHANGED every week. We need to keep DREAMING BIG believing our God can do MORE THAN we could ever imagine.

How do you dream big? Learn to use the phrase "WHAT IF" when talking about our church. Not the negative what if, but the "WHAT IF" God showed up question, believing in your heart "WHY NOT". We must dream dreams that require God to show up, or why would he? If we can plan things in such a way where we have it all figured out, and don't need God, then guess what, we don't need God. Let's not go there.

So I ask you team, what "WHAT IF" questions are you asking, I would love to hear them.

Friday, February 12

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

To all my blog world followers (I believe there are 10 of you) I have something to share. Today is my awesome wifes birthday! So because a friend of mine has encouraged me to do some lists on my blog (Steven who is jealous of my writing abilities apparently) I want to list just ten things out of the million I love about my wife: DRUM ROLL PLEASE..............

10. Creative
9. Sold out to Jesus and His church
8. Makes me laugh
7. Amazing mom
6. Golf champion - Won the first annual Milas family vacation par three tourney!
5. Sensitive
4. Dedicated
3. Sweet
2. Beautiful outside and inside
1. My best friend

So there ya go. This may not be a life changing or ministry changing blog, but she has changed my life and made me a better man. I love you CHRISTY LYNN MILAS, HAPPY 45th BIRTHDAY.

Wednesday, February 10

How to Develop a THRIVING Ministry

I'm want to blog a little bit about how to THRIVE IN ministry as opposed to SURVIVE THE ministry. Just in the last 5 days I have had two people I have personal TRIED to encourage in their churches FAIL. One church closed its doors, and the other has quite on the "DREAM OF JESUS" and will more than likely be closing their doors as a POTENTIAL GOSPEL WITNESS to their community. In both of these scenarios I am convinced:
  1. That it wasn't the Lord who failed His church
  2. That God did not make a mistake in leading these churches to be birthed in their communities
  3. That God's heart is broken over the fact that the church failed in their mission
So probably more for me then you I want to talk about why I believe God has blessed GRANITE UNITED and our NETWORK CHURCHES. THRIVING MINISTRIES are fueled by CLEAR VISION. It is VISION that gives churches their PURPOSE push the limits and pay the price that is required to flesh out God's dream for the community among them and the community around them.

What's GOD'S VISION for GRANITE UNITED? To reach NEW ENGLAND with the GOSPEL by GROWING our church, MULTIPLYING campuses, and birthing NETWORK churches.

So what's your vision for your church or ministry? If you are part of the GRANITE UNITED TEAM how are you aligning your ministry in LIVING OUT God's vision for our church? If you are not part of the GRANITE TEAM let me ask you, what's the vision God has placed in the heart of your church, and do they know it?






Friday, February 5

PUMP YOU UP!

So how does one get PUMPED UP for Sunday?
  1. Seek God
  2. Expect great things from God
  3. Pray all week
  4. Think about people experiencing life change
  5. Get your worship on
  6. Get to sleep early Saturday
  7. Get up early Sunday
  8. Sunday morning pre-game warm ups
  9. See it before it happens
  10. Hug some leaders

Thursday, February 4

Ministry "CHOICES"

My Great Friend PERRY NOBLE asked (haha, no Perry has no idea that I exsist, lol) what are you doing right with your life thats going to matter 100 YEARS FROM NOW? When I heard him ask this I smiled because it reminds me of a "CHOICE" I have made in my life...

"CHOICE" #5 - TO POUR MY LIFE INTO OTHER LEADERS

One of the things that has always concerned me when I look at most ministries is that many are one person away from EXTINCTION. I heard a leader say many years there is no SUCCESS without a SUCCESSOR. For me there is no GREATER MODEL of this than JESUS! Think about it, from the very beginning of His public ministry He began pouring Himself into OTHER LEADERS. WHY? Its simple really, because Jesus knew that in just a few short years He would leave planet earth but the MISSION OF GOD needed to live on. So by POURING HIMSELF into other leaders, those LEADERS continued the PURPOSES and MISSION of God after Jesus physically left earth.

I have been blessed to be able to see so many of my "TEENAGERS" from my past, "YOUTH WORKERS" from my past, and "MINISTRY TEAM" members through the years to this day blowing and going for the glory of God in many parts of the country and even around the world. Although at times I might wonder if my INVESTMENT actually is making a difference, but the PROOF is in the PUDDING. I am so glad that many years ago I FIGURED IT OUT that ministry is not about ME but it is about WE.

I believe with all my heart that 100 years from now, although my name may not be known (oh and by the way that doesn't matter to me because there is only one name that matters - JESUS) the investment I make in leaders will continue to have a KINGDOM IMPACT should the Lord prolong His return.

So I know the "CHOICE" I have made and when I look around I see the LEADERS I am intentionally investing in. How about you? Look around, do you see any LEADERS YOU ARE INVESTING IN? If not you should know this your MINISTRY, your INFLUENCE and MINISTRY is one person away from EXTINCTION? Why not follow the EXAMPLE JESUS LEFT YOU and INVEST IN LEADERS!