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Resiliency

February 11, 2015

“A whole lot of Christians want to change the world, but not change ourselves.” –Christine Caine

I am a disciple maker and teacher. I’ve been doing this for 23 years and have challenged thousands to grow and change. That withstanding, my greatest challenge lies in growing two little boys into disciples!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to build character into them. Kids can be quick to throw in the towel when they thinks success is unlikely (adults too for that matter).

This manifests itself in not wanting to look for “lost” objects or resigning themselves to never being able to spell certain words correctly.

I have sharp kids who I know are capable. My job is to help build character to take them to the place where natural ability can be sustained. Talent is not enough.

I recently had the privilege of blogging at the Catalyst 2014 Conference as a part of the Blogger Team!

Thursday nights session started with a worship time led by Matt Redman (his album Your Grace Finds Me is amazing.)

Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and the President of the Acts 29 Network spoke Thursday night. Here are some of his thoughts.


When it comes to the idea of change, I like to camp out in the Scripture of Revelation 7:9-10

This text is showing us what will happen. This infuses us with a confidence that knows no hurdles. Change will occur. We will succeed. Some of us have seen little fruit, but don’t lose heart.

There are the miracles, but most often changes occurs over time with scraped knees and busted lips.

Stay in Your Lane

October 4, 2014

The past few days I’ve been blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. The conference has finished, but with so much truth to chew on we need time to process it all.

Every year Catalyst introduces me to a speaker which I have not previously heard, but gives a message which resonates with my heart. This year that speaker was Robert Madu. His message has been churning in my heart ever since.

Robert is the Evangelist and Teaching Pastor from Trinity Church in Dallas, Texas. He spoke out of the following two passages:

Hebrews 12:1-2 – God has set a race before each and everyone one of us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus who initiates and perfects our faith.
1 Samuel 18:5-9 – Saul became jealous of David based on a comparison made between them. He took his eyes off of his own race.

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. Serving as a part of the Blogger Team at Catalyst has been a blast. Looking forward to more great content as we roll in to Day 2.

Craig Groeschel led things off. He is the pastor at LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma and the author of multiple books.

How do we create a culture of innovation?

In the past, the church led the way in creativity and changing culture.

Craig’s church created and gave away the YouVersion Bible app. They have had 155 million free downloads. People are shocked to hear that a church created an app.

We as a church as delegated innovation to Apple and creativity to Hollywood. We’ve handed off relationships to Facebook.

3 Thoughts to Create a Culture of Innovation:

1. Limited Resources  Craig-Groeschel

Deep, Enduring Change

October 2, 2014

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. I have been asked to serve as a part of the Blogger Team at Catalyst!

Tim Keller, the founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City spoke to us on the following topic:

What does it take to change yourself inwardly, deeply, and enduringly?

You won’t change society unless you know how to change yourself. I’ve seen lots of promising young leaders and movements go down due to character flaws.

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4 Things to KNOW about Biblical Teaching:

1. Know the magnitude of your sin problem. Romans 7:19-20. None of us realize how serious our sin is. We make excuses or explain things away. We are blind to the sins which can destroy us.

John Owen wrote On the Mortification of Sin – “Be killing your sin or sin will be killing you.”