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Harvest India

We just had an amazing Staff Meeting this morning with Suresh Kumar the President of Harvest India. He shared what the Lord has been doing in India and challenged our Staff about not only being uniquely positioned at the right place and at the right time, but more importantly doing the right things. Did you know that over 1 billion people live in India? Did you know that 75,000 people in India will die today without Christ? Did you know that 50% of the people in India have never heard the Gospel? What are you and I going to do about that?

In this amazing short documentary you’ll hear the sights, you’ll hear the sounds, you feel the need in India. And you’ll hear the story of one man and the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to him that is changing a country! Harvest India sees promise in the midst of pain and is fleshing out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in real and tangible ways to the least of these. They are ministering to the needs of orphans, the elderly who are tossed to the side as useless in this society, they are helping women come out of prostitution and the sex trade, they are feeding the poor, the are educating the uneducated, they are ministering to the lepers. This is a story that could change your life.


Posted in Spiritual Formation

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Avoiding the truth about ourselves and others

It’s ironic to me that in church-world where honesty is inherent we have such a difficult time telling the truth to ourselves and to those around us. Very few churches that I’m aware of have built a culture of or even simply have a plan to do evaluation well. My experience has shown me that the majority of people on staff or in a high level leadership role in the church are afraid of evaluation. Maybe it’s more convenient or simply easier to keep our head in a hole. But our lack of courage to take an honest look in the mirror does nothing to help us become more effective in reaching a lost world for Christ. Socrates said it this way, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” So here are a couple of reasons why we run from doing the work of evaluation.

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big move to the atl

I can remember as a young teenager going to bed praying and weeping night after night, begging God for the opportunity to influence thousands of people for Him. From the time before those prayers were ever uttered until today, God has been shaping me, forming me through His Word, His People, His Spirit, and His Wisdom for this very moment. For this moment, this community of people, this church, this mission…this is what I was made for.

Cornerstone, I could not do what the Lord has placed in front of me to do without you. What the Lord has done in my life through you and during my time among you will be treasured. I’m honored to have served along side of you and will take with me the many friendships, memories, and incredible moments that we’ve shared together. Thank you for your kind words in this moment. They have breathed affirmation, empowerment, courage and life into me and I am grateful.

North Metro, I cannot tell you how honored, humbled and excited Lisa and I are to be a part of what God is doing among you. You have already embraced us through emails, phone messages, and direct messages and it is so good to feel your love and affirmation, even from across the country. I cannot wait to get there this summer and get into the thick of life with you, and what the Lord has in store for us together.

While there is so much that could be said about how the Lord moved each step of the way in this process of calling us to North Metro and bending our hearts towards one another; I’ll simply say out loud to the Lord thank you for Your kindness and both shaping in us and leading us to what You know is best.

In order to finish well where I currently am, my family and I won’t I won’t be making the move to North Metro until later this summer. So as a result, we decided to have a video put together to introduce ourselves to our new church family! Below is the video that was shown this weekend at North Metro, happy viewing!

BTW got to give a big shout out to Chris Loope for doing the video work, the guy is simply amazing!

 


Posted in Creative Arts, Family, Leadership, Staffing

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meetings that work

You cannot meet and get things done at the same time. In a meeting you can develop plans to get things done, you can decide what things you are going to get done, you can form consensus and get buy in from team members about what things you are going to get done, but you cannot get things done in a meeting. Meetings that work are meetings that prepare you and the team to get the work of the organization done.

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a quick update on the fundraiser for the mcrae family

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Thanks to Pampered Chef and all of you, Holly McRae (Kate’s Mom) is going to receive a wonderful blessing! Trudy Maples, the Pampered Chef Representative for the party, donated all of her commission to the family, and all of the hostess benefits were donated to the family as well! As a result Holly is going to be able to stock her kitchen in preparation for Kate coming home and cooking meals for her family again. If you missed it and you’re wondering what in the world I’m talking about you can check out the story here.

I’m a typical guy I guess and I must confess that I don’t do much cooking other than a little mac and cheese out of the box for the kids. That’s best for everybody’s health in my family, trust me. So I suppose for some of us this may seem a bit trivial. But I can’t tell you how proud I am of all of you who participated and blessed the McRae family in this moment! I’m floored by your outpouring of love! Again, for all of you who are unfamiliar with Kate’s story and would like to follow along you can keep up on their blog here. Keep praying with us!

 


Posted in Family