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My Dreams Are Bigger Than Me

My dreams are bigger than me and I like it that way. My dreams will require divine intervention if they are going to be realized. My dreams are a vision that needs to be communicated to God’s people so that they can join in on the privilege of doing something that is greater than themselves. My dreams require responsibility, sacrifice, and teamwork. My dreams require prayer and perspective. My dreams are bigger than me and I would not have it any other way.

I listened to a sermon by Mark Batterson recently on the topic of courage. He pointed out that throughout history and throughout Scripture the people whose stories are passed down and stand the test of time are those about people who did something courageous. We don’t tell stories of those who chose to be comfortable rather than challenged. We tell the stories of those with a passion and zeal for life. We tell the stories of those who had dreams that were bigger than themselves.

Erwin McManus once spoke on the topic of passion and leadership. He pointed out that we follow people that are confident and passionate about the adventure that is in front of us. Leadership is influence. Often those leaders that are passionate are followed even if they are going the wrong way.

The Bible has tons of stories of people who made poor decisions and went the wrong way. We can learn from the mistakes of others. But we can also be inspired by those same men and women who realized if they were going to be successful in accomplishing God’s call on their future that they would have to ignore the doubters and pursue God ordained dreams that can only be accomplished if there is divine intervention. Dream big because God is big. Give him a chance to show his power and might and give him the glory when what you dreamed becomes reality.



JD Greear on Two Kinds of Churches
November 5, 2008, 7:28 am
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Pastor Greear notes that “there are two kinds of churches–the kind where the church is an audience gathered to share in the personal fruitfulness of the pastor, and the kind where members are equipped to be fruitful themselves.” I have seen so many well-meaning churches limit their ministry to one main thing in the name of “Good to Great” and not in the name of Christ Jesus. These churches make it all about Sunday morning and forget that ministry also happens in the life of the believer Monday – Saturday. It is not about a Sunday Morning show centered around one charismatic leader. It is not about observation, it is about multiplication. Church leaders should equip the saints for the work of ministry. Go and make disciples – be a fruitful church that glorifies the Father (John 15). Read Pastor Greear’s complete post here.



Produced a Video for Preach It, Teach It
November 4, 2008, 11:27 am
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I spent the weekend working on a video for Preach It, Teach It. Take 5 minutes and visit the website and watch the featured video in the top right corner. It is a song of hope for those who are hurting. Have you recently lost a loved one? Is your marriage falling apart? Do you feel all alone? Does your heart break for the widow and the orphan? They are hurting and alone, too. Are you struggling with an addiction of some kind? Don’t miss this video. Consider giving this link to a friend that you know needs a word of encouragement. We all have challenging times in our lives when we desperately need to “Cry Out to Jesus”. Click here to visit Preach It, Teach It and see the video.



Laughter is Good Medicine
October 29, 2008, 7:24 am
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If you can’t laugh at yourself then you are taking life too seriously. This morning I had a great moment to laugh at myself. I rolled the trash bin to the alley and then jumped into my truck parked in the driveway just above the container. I buckled my seat belt, cranked the ignition, turned on the music, and the heat, and of course put on my shades. Then it happened – I glanced at my sunglasses in the rear view mirror – and once convinced that I was both handsome and cool, I slammed the truck into reverse and backed into the trash container. Boom! Trash everywhere…everywhere!

What was your trash can blooper today? Yesterday? Oh come on…I know you had a moment. Did you laugh or curse? If you didn’t laugh – try it next time – and lighten up because laughter is good medicine.



Currently Reading: 11 (Leonard Sweet) and It (Craig Groeschel)
October 27, 2008, 7:31 am
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“11: Indispensable Relationships You Can’t Be Without” by: Leonard Sweet

As believers, our journey is just as important as the destination. And because relationships are essential to our walk through life, it is vital that we partner with people who positively impact our world. Dr. Leonard Sweet believes these essential people are found in the pages of God’s Word. Using eleven classic figures from the Bible, Sweet details key personal attributes that make up God’s Dream Team for your life. Readers will be encouraged to not only seek out such people, but to find their place with those around them.

“It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It” by: Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel, founder of LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK), witnessed a powerful presence from God that he calls It at work in many churches. What is this transformational force? How can you and your ministry get—and keep—It? Combining in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, this lively book tells how any believer can obtain It.



Live a Life Worthy of the Calling You Have Received
October 26, 2008, 12:00 pm
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“Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” These words are an exhortation of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1b. What are the characteristics of a life lived in such a way that it is worthy of the calling we have received from God? To discover the answer to this question you must first identify your calling. I believe that God will give you the passion to do what he has called you to do. For example, I am passionate about the calling on my life to equip believers to make the most of every opportunity to reach out to people who are far away from God through the most creative and relational means possible. Now if that is my calling, then how do I live life in such a way that it would be worthy of this calling I have received?

Colossians 4:5-6 offers further insight into my calling and the answer to this question: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” I looked at a number of Bible commentaries and based upon careful exposition have drafted a version of this selection of Scripture in my own words: Believers should live in such a way that they will attract, inspire, and convict non-Christians, giving them a favorable view of the Gospel and the church. Believers should have a verbal witness that is winsome, full of character and worthy of respect.

A healthy balance of faith and practice make a lasting, positive impression on a person who is far away from God. This means that we are responsible for living a life worthy of the calling we have received.



Sports Headlines, Commentary, and Thinking Out Loud
October 23, 2008, 8:55 pm
Filed under: Life and Leadership, Sports Headlines, sportspastor

Starting tonight and from here forward, I will be posting links to the best sports headlines of the day from around the web and I will be adding my own commentary (sometimes insightful and sometimes attempted humor). Also, starting tonight, I will be posting on a more regular basis on a broader range of topics than just sports outreach ministry. What intrigues me the most about other bloggers is when they speak the right words at the right time into my life and it encourages me, makes me laugh or cry, challenges me in a particular area, or just offers perspective from another person just thinking out loud. Make plans to stop by the SportsPastor blog for the latest in sports and ministry and much, much more.