Friday, September 13

WHAT A HEART...

There are so many AMAZING things about JESUS and HIS MINISTRY that just blow my mind! One of those things is OUR LORDS HEART!  Read the GOSPELS and you find that people who were nothing like JESUS liked JESUS!

THE QUESTION IS WHY?

Was it because they were convinced of His deity?  NOPE
Was it because He was born of a virgin? NOPE
Was it because He could walk on water ?  although that's pretty cool, NOPE
Maybe it was because He was such an amazing speaker? NOPE

As I am reading the GOSPEL OF MARK for the millionth time a verse jumped out at me that never caught my eye before.  To me its the main reason people were attracted to JESUS.  Ready for the verse, are you ready to be AMAZED, here it is...


Mark 6:46a, “After telling everyone good-bye…”

Come on are you as BLOWN AWAY and AMAZED as I am!!!!  LOL, okay here's a little context.  JESUS had just feed 5,000 plus people with a few fish and loaves!  In other words, JESUS was great at doing ministry, but while doing ministry, HE NEVER LOST SIGHT OF WHY HE DID MINISTRY, PEOPLE!

This was a long day for the LORD, He had worked hard, and He had just spent hours TEACHING! When the work was done, JESUS could have, and who would have blamed Him, He could have just taken off!  But not JESUS!

He loved the people He served that day!  He had come to give His life, to pour Himself into these people.  JESUS didn't care about the program, HE LOVED THE PEOPLE!  And that's why I LOVE this verse, it just shows the HEART OF JESUS!  Can you see Him standing there looking each of them in the eye saying goodbye!  WOW!!

What separated JESUS from all the "other religious" guys was HIS HEART!  He wasn't in this for Himself, He came to seek and to save them!

Thank you JESUS for taking the time to CARE!  To do for us what we couldn't do for ourselves, so that we can have what we don't deserve!  We love You, and we desire to be just like You!

Thursday, September 5

YOU GOT TO KNOW, IF YOU'RE GONNA GROW...

Whether its a NEW SERVICE or a NEW CAMPUS when it comes to LAUNCHING any new initiative INFORMATION MATTERS.  Let me clarify not just information, but GOOD INFORMATION.

Its IMPERATIVE to have GOOD INFORMATION if you are going to make GOOD DECISIONS.

At GRANITE we use an ONLINE DATABASE, but what you may not know is that a DATABASE only reports back to you what you put into it, lol!  So its IMPORTANT to try (because its very hard to do) to keep your DATABASE CLEAN and UP-TO-DATE.

As LEADERS, yes we are driven by FAITH!  We realize WITHOUT FAITH its impossible to please GOD.  But that does not take away from our responsibility to DO OUR PART.  

Mark chapter 6 records the miracle of the FEEDING OF THE 5,000.  Within the account JESUS asks the question in verse 38, "HOW MUCH BREAD DO YOU HAVE?".  What JESUS Says next is HUGE, BIG, I mean GINORMOUS, and it either was a response to either the look on the disciple faces, or maybe something they said that initiated the next recorded words of JESUS.  

What are those recorded words?  I know you want to know, lol.  JESUS tells them , "GO AND FIND OUT."  WOW!  There is so much for us as leaders to glean just from these few short words, but here's two simple things...

1.  Before STARTING/LAUNCHING/MULTIPLYING make sure you have GOOD DATA.  
     Know what you have and access what you need.

2.  Be encouraged because WHEN WE DO OUR PART, JESUS WILL 
   DO HIS PART!  After all an entire community was fed that day!

AS A LEADER BE IN THE KNOW, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GONNA GROW, YOU GOTTA KNOW!