Why blog?

Five years ago, I started blogging. It’s hard to believe that I have blogged three times weekly for 5 years now!

Many of you are faithful in reading this blog and have told me how much it has encouraged you. For that I’m grateful. That is my purpose.

My goal is to write about things that serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration.

My topics vary from leadership to church growth, but 75% percent of what I write is about daily living and trying to add value to your life.

Thanks to all of you who read this blog, we reached over 500.00 views yesterday! (500.222.)

We didn’t reach our goal before Easter but we did just a few days later. Thank you for helping!

God has truly blessed. If this blog has encouraged you in any way, please take a moment to share!

Just Please God!

Solomon, the wisest man to ever live (besides Jesus) said in Proverbs 29:25, “the fear of man brings a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:10, “Do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”

Many, many years ago I was consumed about what people thought of me. I wanted people to like me,

I wanted to impress people, I wanted everyone to affirm me for my hard work and I wanted to please everyone. I just wanted everyone to like me.

No matter what you do for a living and no matter how hard you try, you will never please everyone so stop trying!

You will make someone mad and they will talk about you. I know this will shock you but not everyone will like you!

If you are in any type of leadership role, than I can guarantee you that people will not always understand you.

Your job and my job is to make a difference, to influence lives and to lead. It was difficult to move away from my “people pleasing” mission until one day when I realized these 4 things:

1. Your ultimate goal is to please God.
When you know that you are walking with the Lord and your life is pleasing to Him, that is all that matters!

2. You will NEVER be able to please everyone!
No matter how hard you try and no matter how you try to accommodate people and be there for them, you will always let someone down.

3. Is this taking away from your family?
Do your “people pleasing” duties take away from the most important people in your life?

4. You are okay with who you are.
You have to be okay with YOU. At the end of the day, know that you did your best.

Know that you lived with integrity and you sought to please God. Go to bed in the evening being okay with that knowledge.

Who are you going to please?

Living Life On Purpose

“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, a waif, a nothing, a no man…” Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881

Many people don’t have a clear sense of purpose and direction for their life. They don’t know who they are and why they are on this planet.

Everyone needs a strong sense of purpose and mission. Do you know what you are supposed to do with the one life – the ONLY life you have to live?

Every moment of our lives has value, and every decision we make either adds to our purpose and mission or takes away from it.

The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Paul understood why Jesus took hold of him…do you?

Our task in life is to “lay hold of that which Christ laid hold for us.”

My purpose is to make plain the gospel so that people can enter into a relationship with Christ and grow to their full potential.

I love waking up each day knowing why I have been created. I have a spring in my step and a smile on my face because not only do I know my specific purpose, but I am living it every day.

What is your purpose?
Who and what are you living for?

When you know your purpose, you live with energy and passion. Knowing what is truly important and living that way is a powerful position.

What changes in your life are you going to have to make to live out your purpose?

You are going to have to be more intentional in what you do with your time…what you say “yes” to and what you say “no” to. I am not saying that it is going to be easy because it’s not.

Please don’t wake up one day and discover that you lived your life for years but not according to your purpose! Live life on purpose.

Easter!

The biggest event of the year is here – EASTER!

We have several amazing opportunities for you to bring your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances to church this weekend.

We have two Easter egg hunt experiences…
Our Eggstravaganza in Tennessee will be this Saturday at USA Stadium in Millington. We will have food, inflatables, giveaways and thousands of eggs! Registration begins at 11 am and an airplane will drop the eggs at noon.

Our Hiram campus Eggstravaganza will also be this Saturday at P.B. Ritch Middle School. We will have food trucks, inflatables, giveaways and 25,000 eggs! Registration begins at 10 am and the helicopter will drop eggs at noon.
Bring your kids and invite all of their friends to come and join the fun!

We will have multiple
services for you to bring people to this weekend…

We will offer a service at 6 pm on Saturday evening and two services on Sunday morning at 9:00 and 11:00 am at our Hiram campus.

We will have a 10:30 am service on Sunday morning at Bolton High School in Arlington for our Tennessee campus.

We have incredible services planned! I am asking everyone at New Season to help us impact our county and surrounding area by doing the following:

Pray!
Without the touch of God’s presence and power, all is in vain. Let’s believe God to move in all of our services. Pray big, pray bold, and pray believing.

Invite!
Let’s go crazy! Let’s do everything possible to get people here. Call, text, email, Facebook, Tweet. Who are you going to bring? Offer to buy them breakfast or lunch. The gospel will be preached so get people here!

God give us all a sense of urgency as we invite and bring people to church this weekend!

Tell Somebody

When is the last time you told someone how to be saved?

When is the last time you shared your testimony?

When was the last time you intentionally sought out someone and told them how they could miss hell and make heaven?

The church is the hope of the world and we must be passionate about telling the good news. The church is not a social club where you come to meet people and make business connections.

The church is not a religious group that does good deeds for people to make themselves feel better. The church is a hospital for sinners.

People are sick with a disease called ‘sin’ and the church has the answer.

Our mission is to reconnect humans to God! Our vision is: “We exist so people far from God may experience life in Christ and become fully engaged followers.”

We have been given marching orders. Matthew 28:18-20 says, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Did you notice the word “go”? It is an action word. It is aggressive, not passive. God has called us to Go!

Every poll and every survey says that Americans are more interested in spiritual things now more than ever before. Not less but MORE!

We must be about sharing the gospel. Tell your story, share your faith, give out the gospel. People are more desperate to hear than we are to tell!

This weekend is an excellent time to invite people. People will come Easter weekend more than any other time.

Who are you going to bring? Whose life will be changed because you took the time to share with them?

Tell somebody!

500,000 Hits

Five years ago, I started blogging.

My goal was to write things that would be a source of encouragement and inspiration.

My topics would vary from leadership to church growth, but 75 percent wound be daily living and trying to add value to your life.

Thanks to all who read this blog, we have reached 494.128 views! We are just shy of 6000 to reach our goal of 500,000 hits by Easter.

We can’t reach this without you. I sincerely thank you for helping us make all this possible!

God has truly blessed. If this blog has encouraged you in any way, please share!

Thanks again for sharing this blog. It will help us reach our goal.

Numbers Matter

In the book of Acts, it says 3000 were saved and baptized. How did Luke know? Someone counted!

The Holy Spirit made sure we knew the numbers. There is a book in the Old Testament called Numbers. Evidently God cares about numbers.

God cares about the number of lives that hear the gospel.

God cares about the number of people who respond to the gospel. Heaven rejoices over just one.
The number of people who have their marriages restored,
The number of people who have been set free from addictions, The number of people who were saved last week in your church,
The number of lost people who will attend with you this week…

The more people who hear the gospel, the more we will see saved!

Here are a few reasons you should bring someone with you this Sunday:
Numbers matter!
People matter to God!
Everyone will spend eternity somewhere.
Hell is real.
Heaven is sweet.
The gospel will be preached.

Numbers matter!

Dark Hole

I won’t lie, I have been in a spiritual funk and fog many times in my life. Life happens, circumstances kick us in the tail and we feel as if God has abandoned us.

Most of us can describe our walk with God at one time or another as distant or as a roller coaster ride. We have spiritual mountain top experiences and we have the dry valleys. We know the thrill of victory, but we also know the agony of defeat.

Have you ever been so down you didn’t think you would ever get back up?

At that point, you have no energy, no drive and your “want-to” is broken. You feel like God has abandoned you. You feel that God has left you and you will never be able to get out of the hole that you are in.

There is nothing worse than not sensing the presence of God…that divine absence, spiritual loneliness, the feeling when you pray but are not getting through…that dark hole.

We all know too well the spiritual slumps that plague us. When I’m in this funk I have to “will” myself to pray and read. and lean into and trust!

Even when you’re in that dark hole, you have to believe, “I will come out of this. I will be stronger. God is teaching me…I will survive!”

You will make it to the other side!

Can’t Help Myself

Do you have a case of “I can’t help it”?

You know, when you really get the fact that your sins are forgiven and Jesus is your whole life? When you are so consumed with him that you want the whole world to experience what you have!

When Matthew the tax collector was saved, he threw a party and invited all of his friends to attend with the hopes of introducing them to Jesus.

When Cornelius was getting ready to hear the gospel, he invited his family, friends and work associates.

When Andrew was saved, he went to go and tell his brother.

When you meet Jesus and have your sins forgiven, you can’t help but tell others about it!

Jesus said I will make you fishers of men…if you’re not fishing, you’re not following!

Easter is two weeks away! Who have you been praying for? Who have you been inviting?

When is the last time you invited someone to church?

When is the last time you shared your story/shared the gospel?

When is the last time you led someone to Christ?

When is the last time you tried?

Do you have a case of the “I can’t help it?”

Stress Management

I’m no expert in stress management but I do know the agony of stress and what works to relieve it.

All of us know about the word, STRESS. We are all involved in circumstances that send us head first into an ocean of stress.
Marriages are falling apart or hanging on by a thread. People continue to struggle financially and continue to lose jobs.

Life happens and sometimes, it happens badly. Someone betrays you, you get sick, a loved one dies, the treatment doesn’t work, your savings is depleted, the engine in your vehicle goes out, the divorce is final, the kids keep getting into trouble, etc…
We all know stress. We all know the pain and frustration.

How do we overcome stress? Is there something that we can do to relieve some of the stress in our lives?

Here is my top 10 list for relieving stress. I hope it helps.

1. Maintain regular devotional times. (Intimacy with Jesus )
2. Manage your time efficiently.(Plan and organize)
3. Anticipate those engagements that will put you under stress and relax ahead of time.
4. Conserve your energy for essential tasks.
5. Regularly take time off to relax or give yourself a change of activity. (keeps perspective straight)
6. Always plan a period of rest to follow a period of high activity.
7. Slow down. God needs stillness and time to work in our hearts.
8. Learn to sleep properly.
9. Get some exercise. Take a walk.
10. Trust your creator (Relinquish control!)