Tuesday, November 16

Pull the TRIGGER!

PULL THE TRIGGER is a common expression meaning to make a decision that causes an important action to take place. So what decision have you been toying with making that just needs to be made? Here are some thoughts about making decisions...

1. DECISIONS are necessary for the dream of Jesus to advance.
2. DECISIONS are not about being popular, they are about doing right.
3. RIGHT DECISIONS will make a ministry, WRONG DECISIONS will break a ministry.
4. DECISIONS should be made in light of WHAT SHOULD BE, NOT WHAT IS
5. DECISIONS force us to think forward
6. DECISIONS are what leaders do
7. DECISIONS should be well thought out

These are just some random thoughts off the top of my little brain. What DECISION do you need to PULL THE TRIGGER ON?

Saturday, November 13

VISION for GREATER THINGS

Andy Stanley in his book "VISIONEERING" says that visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension of WHAT IS and WHAT COULD BE. Every time I think about these words I get fired up! I get fired up dreaming that God has...
  • So much more for GRANITE
  • So much more for New England
  • So much more for our kids, students and families
  • So much more for His Kingdom
  • So many more campuses to start
  • So many more church to plant
  • So many more groups to start
  • So many more souls to be saved
  • So many more disciples to be made
If we are going to live inside the tension of WHAT COULD BE, we need to get to the point of becoming DISCONTENT with WHAT IS. That doesn't mean we don't take time to celebrate WHAT IS, it means we use what God is doing as the fuel to move us beyond WHAT IS to WHAT COULD BE. God has so much more, I believe it with all my heart, but we need to move into becoming leaders who are not leading from the point of WHERE WE ARE, but leaders who are leading and making decisions for WHERE WERE GOING.

But in order to lead from the vantage point of WHERE WERE GOING, you have to have a VISION for what that is, what that looks like, and what it will take as a leader to GET THERE. VISION doesn't worry about parking spaces, seat capacity, or building size, it doesn't focus on the hundreds that are connected but on the thousands who need to be connected. This is where we begin transitioning from WHAT IS to WHAT COULD BE!

Vision carries with it a a sense of urgency and expectancy, and drives us to REFUSE TO STAY WHERE WE ARE. So let me ask you, WHAT DO YOU SEE? Do you see WHAT IS or do you see WHAT COULD BE? Are you leading for WHAT IS, or are creating teams and systems for WHAT COULD BE? Are you coasting and basking in WHAT IS? Or are you pushing yourself and leading your teams to the edge of WHAT COULD BE?

Granite is at a HUGE HUGE CROSSROAD a DEFINING MOMENT, and we will be making GOD SIZED DECISIONS in the next few weeks. If you are stalled at WHAT IS you will become overwhelmed, but if you step into the realm of WHAT COULD BE, you will find yourself overjoyed at the thought of WHAT GOD WILL DO through you!

Its your call!

Thursday, November 4

I'm Just Saying...

I want to take time to say THANK YOU to some people who have BLESSED me big time! October was pastor appreciation month and I was reminded once again how BLESSED I am, but I also know like a quarterback who gets too much credit when the football team wins and to much criticism when they lose, I know that there are a lot of people who make GRANITE what she is...

I'M JUST SAYING...I have the most amazing wife! I am blessed to be married to MY BEST FRIEND of almost 25 years! Lots of people refer to the spouse as their best friend, CHRISTY is my best friend. There isn't a person on the planet I would want to spend every minute of every day with more than her. Christy has a passion for the Lord and His work and it is awesome having a partner like her to serve Jesus with. THANK YOU Christy, I LOVE YOU!

I'M JUST SAYING...I have been blessed with an incredible TEAM! I have the privilege of working with an amazing pastoral team who go above and beyond to see the Dream of Jesus come alive in New England through GRANITE UNITED. I wouldn't want to do ministry with any other team, I love you guys and your families, and I thank the Lord everyday for the chance to be part of such amazing people! THANK YOU pastors and pastors wives for always striving to bring glory to Jesus!

I'M JUST SAYING...I have been blessed with a phenomenal team of H.L.L.'s (HIGH LEVEL LEADERS). These are the people who work countless hours to make sure Jesus is high and lifted up at GRANITE. It humbles me every time I think of your dedication and watch how much you willingly as volunteers go ABOVE and BEYOND the call of duty. It is because of you that lives are being changed every week, I am so grateful that God has brought you into my life and our church, THANK YOU for all you do!

I'M JUST SAYING...I have been blessed with a SECOND TO NONE church family. Honestly if I wasn't a pastor the GRANITE family would be the family I would want to be a part of. I am so proud and honored to pastor such an amazing church family. Although we are not perfect, we are in this together! I love you church, and THANK YOU for loving me, dreaming with me, and working with me to bring New England to the cross of Jesus.

I'M JUST SAYING...JESUS YOU ARE WORTHY! THANK YOU JESUS for not only loving enough to doe for me, but for taking me and using me. I am blown away that you would choose me, but i want you to know I will give my life to see your dream for the world come true. My we never forget that although we are to give honor to whom honor is due, the truth is ALL GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST! I love you Lord Jesus, and THANK YOU for the privilege and honor of serving you in this capacity.

THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to send us cards, emails, facebook posts, and so much more. I am humbled by your love!