20
Sep
2014
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Priming The Pump For Sunday

Sorry for the lack of posting this past week. A lot of heavy things happening in our community this week. I will post more this week on what has been happening and what God is doing amidst the heaviness.

Every Sunday morning I like to post a few quotes to get us thinking about what it is we are going to wrestle with in our worship experiences here at CCM. So with that said, I am going to give them to you 12 hours early and let ya get a head start on where we are headed tomorrow.

“If all we do is criticize the bride, we miss the beauty of the bride.”

 

“A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” -Pauline Phillips-

 

“Healthy church membership means you find your joy in being last, instead of seeking your way and being first.” -Thom S. Rainer-

 

14
Sep
2014
0

Thoughts From A Preaching Hangover

Here it is another Sunday evening. If you are a preacher, you understand the preaching hangover. By definition it is the feeling of complete and utter tiredness after preaching. Your body is tired. Your mind is mush. Your voice sounds like Barry White. You may even have a headache and need medicine. For some reason today’s message was more tiring for me than normal. Most Sunday afternoons I come home and crash, but today I was ready to fall through the door onto the couch. After a short lived nap and the watching of a great golf tourney and good football, my house is now bustling with a bunch of our ministers’ wives. I can hear laughter, smell baked treats, and there is a wafting of caffeinated goodness rolling up the stairs to the bed I am laying in. I love that my wife loves on the other ministers’ wives. Once a month she gathers them together to love on and encourage them. I guess it is kind of like a sorority of sorts. They get each other. They know each other’s struggles. They know each other’s joys. I like that they have a safe place here where they can simply be with other ladies that get them. I also love that my wife gets to have this as a part of her ministry. She is really good at it. I also like the left over baked goods…that is her other ministry she is really good at.

As my mind ponders the day, my heart is full and my thoughts are many. Here are a few of my favorite parts of the day today:

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14
Sep
2014
1

Sunday Morning Quotes

“Unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, charity in all things.”

-The Puritans-

 

“One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.”

-Henri Nouwen-

 

“Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous.”

-Ravi Zacharias-

 

10
Sep
2014
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Bleed For Those You Lead

Long before the movie 300 came out I was enthralled with the Spartan leader Leonidas . Now I am not here to debate history or the battle, but here is what I know about he and his army, they were literally willing to bleed for those they were leading. Why? Because the cause was worth the fight. Was it easy? By no means. But were they willing to risk it all? ABSOLUTELY. All for the sake of people knowing freedom.

Now I will not be the first or the last to make this statement, but leadership is hard. No matter what profession you are in, leadership is hard. If you are making decisions that affect others it is hard. It does not matter if it as a parent with your kids, or with your high level corporate executive at a fortune 500 company, leadership is hard. Inevitably you are going to make a call that someone does not like. You will probably miss the mark from time to time. In fact you will probably fail more than you succeed. However, it is the times you get it right, take the risk, and it all works that keeps you coming back time and time again to keep leading.

The one thing I do know about leadership is this. It is that you have to bleed for those you lead. You may be thinking to yourself, “What in the world does that mean. I don’t want to bleed.” Stay with me. Why is it that you are willing to make hard decisions as a leader? It usually has nothing to do with your agenda. It usually has nothing to do with you being a tyrant or a dictator. It has everything to do with the fact that you absolutely LOVE the people you are leading and want to see them live a life greater than they ever imagined. It has everything to do with you knowing they have more potential than they have ever given themselves credit for. In fact in most instances you are willing to die on the hill with those that you are leading.

“We must be willing to bleed for those we lead.”

You may be thinking that you are not a leader. You think that you don’t have any influence over anyone. I promise you that someone is watching who you are and what you do (not in a creepy stalker way). Every one of us has leadership influence. I will go back to the parent illustration. Almost every decision that you make affects that kid as long as he or she is in your house. Some of those things they will love and others they will not. Sometimes you will knock it out of the park as a parent and other times you will miss it completely. But my guess is that you would be willing to even literally bleed for those little lives you are leading. Read More

7
Sep
2014
1

Sunday Morning Quotes

“The idea of an inactive church member is an oxymoron.” -Thom Rainer

 

“An inactive church member is one who spectates and does not participate.”

 

“The gifts given to those in the body of Christ are not for individual enjoyment, but for corporate employment.” -IVP Commentary-

 

“We ALL have a gift, but we don’t all have the SAME gift.”

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