How Vulnerable Is Too Vulnerable?

The answer to that and more in this weeks episode of Between The Trees

BTT Episode 5 from Christ’s Church at Mason on Vimeo.

CCM Here Is Another One!!!

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Between The Tree’s Episode #3

If you are following along with our weekend services here at CCM this is another installment of our weekly web show “Between The Trees.” This is where we dig even deeper into the truths we talked about the Sunday prior. Feel free to repost and connect others.

BTT Episode3 from Christ’s Church at Mason on Vimeo.

Get Your Life In The Zone…No seriously!!!

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Over the past few weeks here at CCM you have heard us talking a lot about this conference we are having here in March. It is simply called Life In The Zone. Many of you have asked what it is all about. So I thought I would post the blurb here from our friends at Zone Insights. Below is all the info you need. Once you have read it, go on over to our CCM website and register you, your family, your neighbors, your boss, your friends, or some random person you just met. You get the point…we WANT YOU there!!!

On March 15th, 2014, we are hosting a seminar that is dedicated to helping you improve the communication within your family!  Family drama can strike at any time.  Whether it be with your kids, a spouse, or extended family members, that drama is unproductive, uncomfortable, and often unintended.  Join us to learn ways to reduce and eliminate dramatic situations in your home so that you can be more productive, raise your children to be stronger leaders, and find more joy within your family. 
 
The CCM leadership team and staff have already experienced this training.  Literally the following day, they called and asked if they could offer it to the entire congregation.  Trevor DeVage said “I fully support what you are doing and am telling whoever I can!”  The program normally has a price of $49 per person, but CCM has chosen to invest in you by underwriting the majority of the cost.  So, if you have heard folks around the building talking about who is red, yellow, blue, or green, now is the chance to become part of the conversation and understand what those differences mean.
 
Life in the Zone is a program that is designed to give you an easy to follow “playbook” that shows you how to quickly understand another person’s perspective and desired outcome, avoid conflict when you can and deal with it effectively when you can’t.
 
Here is what you can expect…
 
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Receive YOUR “Natural Gifts” Profile.
Each registered attendee will receive a profile that describes their “Natural Gifts” and communication style.  Understanding your natural style is key to making the necessary adjustments with others.  
 
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Better understand the Natural Styles of your family.
Each member of your family has their own style or “Natural Gift”. In this program we are going to help you understand why your spouse acts like they do, why your kids do what they do, and why you sometimes just don’t get them.  Guess what?  They often don’t get YOU either! 
 
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Reduce the Drama in your home
We all deal with drama in our relationships and many times that drama is caused by ineffective communication between two or more people with very different styles. This breakdown of communication can be fixed with some simple, yet effective, tools. We call it moving from “Gut to Guideline.”
 
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Your kids shouldn’t be in Trouble ALL the time!
Kids do kid things.  If you feel like you are constantly punishing your kids, imagine why they don’t pay attention anymore.  When there is trouble, treat it as such.  Most of the time, however, your kids will respond much better when you Train, Test, or Trust them out of a situation.  Learn the differences in the “Four T’s” and how to size up any situation you face as a parent, and react appropriately.
 
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Remove the word “attitude” from your vocabulary!
Have you noticed that talking with someone about their attitude rarely results in an improvement of said attitude? We are going to show you how to never talk about someone’s attitude again, yet see drastic improvements in it!
 
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Create a Leadership Plan for your family!
Do you wish your kids or spouse demonstrated more positive leadership? Have you taken the time to define what leadership looks like in your home?. We are going to help you define what leadership could mean in your household, then give you some practical tools to help you live the leadership lifestyle.  
 
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Lunch!
Lunch will be included for all pre-registered attendees!  The program will last approximately five hours including the lunch and other breaks.  
 
What is Life in the Zone?
Life in the Zone began as a proprietary management system for use in the corporate world helping managers do a better job of communicating with their employees and thus increasing the productivity of their departments. Over the years, we have had many people tell us how much they appreciated the training for their companies, but that it had really made an impact in their personal lives. We decided it was time to produce a program specifically for families!
 
 
Why should I attend?
The bottom line is that relationships are tough for all of us. Whether it is your kids, your spouse, your co-workers, your friends, or your neighbors, communication lines can easily get crossed and unintended consequences regularly occur. We have a system that has been proven to reduce drama and develop leadership skills within your family, and create the framework by which authority and accountability are welcomed. It will be our pleasure to share that system with you.

Families are struggling.   Kids are bombarded with messages promoting all kinds of agendas through their schools, television, internet and social media. It is up to us as parents, teachers, spiritual believers, and community members at large to learn how to demonstrate leadership that can be “caught” by those impressionable minds around us. 

Ultimately, the concepts and ideas presented here are rooted in scripture. While the message will not be overt, we take a biblical foundation and put it into a practical process that every individual can embrace. We do so with the knowledge and belief that God will use this content to lead the unconnected to Christ.

Episode #2 Between The Trees

 

CCM Check This Out…This Is For You!!!

 

Come See How Yours Collides With God’s…

This starts tomorrow and I cannot tell you how excited I am to start this 32 week journey.

This is a journey that will absolutely change your life and our churches life.

It is all about our story colliding with God’s story.

Come snow or shine, we will be starting tomorrow.

Make a point to get there and bring someone along.

I believe in this series so much and have seen it change lives all over this country over the past couple years.

Yours Is Next…

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I love art and creativity done well…hope you enjoy.

 

Today’s High/Low

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Every morning when I wake up, one of the first things I do is grab my phone and check the weather.

Every single day it tells me two main things.

It tells me that today is going to have a high and today is going to have a low.

Without fail, it is always right.

Usually the peak of the day is where the high comes in and in the darkness of the early morning or late evening is where the low comes. But everyday…it happens.

However, this is not just true of the weather.

This is also true of most days for us as humans living life.

Everyday there is going to be a high and there is going to be a low.

In fact most days, the high comes at the peak of whatever your day is wrapped around.

That moment is awesome. You are happy, you are smiling, you are ready to conquer the world, you are ready to take it all by storm.

But then…the low hits. Maybe it is in the darkness of the early morning or the quiet of a dark night, but inevitably it comes.

  • The lie
  • The pain
  • The hurt
  • The gossip
  • The fear
  • The unrest
  • The fight
  • The bad marriage
  • The rebellious child
  • The diagnosis
  • The uncertainty
  • The low…

In fact the low seems to consume the high of the day. You don’t want it too, but for some reason the low voice screams way louder than the high voice.

It seems that it is the only voice we hear some days. In fact some days you would kill to hear just a glimpse of the high for your day or your life.

Hold firm though…just like everyday has a weather pattern that has a high and a low, every life journey will be met with hi’s and low’s.

But remember that each day has new mercies and new high’s that God longs to speak into you.

Today may we rest knowing that God is with us in the low’s and he provides the high’s.

 

Slapping The Water To Manufacture Waves

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Most of my formative years, I grew up near the beach.

I love the sound of the waves kissing the shore.

I love standing at the spot where they crash around you and you have to catch your balance.

I love being in the midst of the expanse of the ocean to realize how small and powerless I really am.

Now what is funny, is that as many times as I have stood in the middle of the ocean, I have never tried to slap the water to manufacture my own waves. In fact that would be ridiculous. There is no way possible I could come close to out doing that kind of power.

As much as I love the beach though, I love a good water park.

I love the slides, the giant bucket that dumps water on you, and of course the lazy river.

But my favorite thing in the water park is always the wave pool. However, the interesting thing about the wave pool, is that you always know when the waves are coming.

There is always a loud alert to let you know that the waves are about to hit. You don’t have anticipate its power, you know exactly when and how long it will last.

In fact, if you look close, every park has an emergency shut off button just in case things get out of hand.

 

There are two huge and glaring differences between the ocean and the wave pool.

1. You cannot shut off the power of the ocean. 

2. Man controls one and God controls the other. 

A few weeks ago my wife gave me a book that I wish had been written 15 years ago. It is a book called Replenish by a guy named Lance Witt. It is a book all about leading from a healthy soul in the world of ministry. I feel like every chapter has hit me right between the eyes. It has grabbed me at just the right place and just the right time. The whole premise of the book is that many church leaders are continually leading from a place of emptiness in their soul’s. And the stark reality is, is that it is true for many in ministry. At one point Lance says this…

“In the introduction to Purpose-Driven Church, Rick Warren talks about catching spiritual waves. It is God who creates waves and movements of his Spirit. We don’t get to decide when the wave comes, where it comes, or how big it will be. But it’s our privilege to ride a great wave and participate in what God is doing. My fear is that Christian leaders will no longer stand on the shore looking for and praying for a wave of God’s Spirit. When ambition does not have a healthy soul attached to it, we can start trying to create waves ourselves.”

After reading that I could not stop thinking about it. In fact I wrote at the bottom of the page these words.

“I want to always be on the shore praying for God’s waves vs. slapping the water trying to make my own waves. A wave pool is never as powerful as the ocean. Man can turn off his own wave pool, but man cannot shut down the power of God’s waves.”

My prayer for each of us in ministry and each of us that claim Christ, is that we would all unite on the shore and pray for God’s waves vs. trying to manufacture waves with slaps and pools. It is the standing on the shore that God shows us the incredible beauty and power of serving a God who can never be mimicked or manufactured. Today may we be a people who live in the power of God’s waves.