Have you ever had one of those moments where you felt like someone was twisting your arm to do something that you really didn’t want to do? Maybe it was to go on trip, host a party, lead a project, or take a new job. Or maybe for you it was something like trying that new food, talking to a new group of people, or helping a friend do something that you would have just rather not been involved in. It does not really matter what it is, but if we feel like someone is pressuring us into something or they are trying to make us do something that we just flat out don’t want to do, we start to get that strange feeling in the pit of our stomaches. We start to avoid the person twisting that arm, because quite honestly, arm twisting hurts and is uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we need a good arm twist to get us to do something that we never really knew was good for us. Nonetheless, we don’t like it when things feel like a time share pitch. We just want our free gift and then we want to go about our nice little way.
Working in church world I have seen this happen a lot. There is one area in particular that I see most churches deal with proverbial arm twisting. Churches don’t do it on purpose…most the time. In fact most churches do it because they know that it is vital. We are guilty of it here at CCM too. It is in the realm of getting people to volunteer in our churches. Maybe you have heard the old adage in church that 20% of the people do all the work. In some cases that is true. In fact, in a lot of churches that is true. Thankfully, I would not say that about our church here in Mason, but we have a good chunk of people that are not serving anywhere in the church. That does not really bother me, other than the fact that when you serve you connect, and when you connect, you have greater chance of sticking and growing in your relationship with Christ. But I get it. You have heard the sales pitch from the preacher, you have had someone with a clip board try and rope you in to working with middle schoolers and it felt more like a pressure cooker situation than an invitation to something greater. Every church is guilty of this, but remember the heart behind getting you to volunteer and serve is in the right place.
Yesterday I had two flights canceled, changed airports via car, and narrowly made it in time to speak for a CIY conference last night in Knoxville, TN. Watch how it all unfolded on today’s episode. More than that, I cannot wait for you to see what it looks like when over a thousand high school students worship Jesus with all their hearts. I can honestly say that I am not only excited about the future of the church in their hands, but submit that we could learn a thing or two from them now. They authentically, unashamedly, and fervently worship God with all their hearts. It is one of the most compelling things I get to see and experience. Towards the end of the episode you will see them throwing paper. It is not out of disrespect, it was actually a part of my message and the worship experience. In fact it was really powerful. I hope you enjoy the journey with me.
Today’s episode of the VLOG deals with our process of how we write sermons each week. Come along as I take you behind the scenes of research, writing, peach milkshakes, and creative ideas. Not only that, but we tucked this weeks episode of Between The Tree’s smack dab in the middle of this episode via a dash cam. Click the video and let us know what you think. Here’s to peach milkshakes and waffle fries!!!
Today we are going to be talking about the way that Satan tries to sabotage us through our fears and failures. If you have ever dealt with fear or the fear of failing, then today you NEED to be here. Statistics have shown that 100% of humans fail at some point in their lives, so it is a safe bet that you should be here. Before you gather with us today, here are a few Sunday morning thoughts to prime the mind and wash over your soul. See you at 9:00am or 10:30am today. If you are out of town make sure you catch the message online this week to stay tuned in.
“Success is never final; failure is never fatal; it is courage to continue that counts.” Winston ChurchillClick to tweet
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas EdisonClick to tweet
“God never wastes a single failure you have. Failure gives us more grace for others when they fail.”Click to tweet
Today we had our Build The Walls event here at CCM. It is literally one of my favorite events that we do all year. This year we had over 500 volunteers show up and build six houses that are all going into the Price Hill community. What is so incredible about that? That is where our next multi-site location is launching in September. So this episode of the VLOG is dedicated to all things hammers, nails, and walls. Click below and take a sneak peek at what today looked like.
Today Episode 3 of the VLOG drops. As you can tell from the image above, Dale Reeves is pumped about this one. If you missed the first two, click HERE. In this episode I walk through what my personal morning study time looks like, I learn how to teleport to Lifetime Fitness, I introduce you to some of our staff, two men lip sync badly, and I make smoke come out of the top of a gun. All this in one episode and a whole lot more. Hope you enjoy.