Archive for March, 2009

Believe…Like a Child

Remember when you were a kid?

When you ran… you were fast. 

When you lifted something… you were strong.

When you could reach the sink… you were tall.


But pretty soon, you grew up and realized that someone was always faster, someone was always stronger, and someone was always taller and better than you.


When did we stop believing in ourselves? Was it when we started comparing? Or was it when we heard and believed, for the first time, the two little words that control a lot of our thinking: I can’t

Children don’t have to wait until everything is in order to go after something. They don’t care what others think, and failure is not even a thought.

So, is there a goal that seems out of reach? A dream you’ve put off because it overwhelms you? Is there a vision for your church, family or ministry that scares you into procrastination?


God believes in you, but do you believe in yourself?


“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 NLT

Mid-Year Resolutions

Most people have beginning of the year goals: AKA new years resolutions. These resolutions last about 2 weeks and are often forgotten. Because of that I’d like to make a few mid-year goals. Want to join me?

2009 Mid year goals:


            Physical: It might be funny to say, but I’d really like to I WILL get into a two-piece bathing suit this summer. I’ve never worn a two-piece and been comfortable in it. This year is the year to be different. I would like to reach this goal by June 15th.

            Financial: I’d like to I WILL pay off my car by the end of the year—December 2009

            Writing: I WILL have the first draft of my book written by December 2009. (If I don’t I will lose my brand new MAC book given to me from an influential person in my life! That was the deal!) I WILL have the first chapter written by April 15th.

            Ministry: I WILL be revamping my website to upload videos and get on a speakers rotation so that I can have more opportunities to speak. This will happen by July 2009.

What about you?

Do you have some mid-year goals you’d like to share? Writing them out raises the percentage you will reach them! Share!


ist1_237804-1-1-2.jpgTruth plus truth equals truth without limits 

Here’s how I got to that equation:

If you believe a truth often enough, hard enough, eventually you and the people around you will believe it as truth as well.

If what we believe really does effect how we act and who we are, shouldn’t we start believing the truth?


  • Truth: You are God’s workmanship. Created in Christ Jesus to do good works!
  • Truth: You are God’s masterpiece. Perfectly woven together and known from birth!
  • Truth: You are God’s chosen one. Set apart as His child before you ever took a breath!

That is truth, no matter how you feel, what you think, or what others say…

Truth is truth no matter who believes it. Might as well believe it.

Do you have a hard time believing the truth about yourself?

How do you think this hinders us in our lives?

What will you do TODAY to start living in God’s TRUTH?


ist1_3015755-genius.jpgHere’s an equation: 

If you believe a lie long enough, eventually people will begin to believe it as truth. 

I haven’t been able to get this saying out of my head. Dave Ramsey used this saying when he spoke at this past weekend to describe what people believe about money. But ever since hearing it I can’t seem to get out of my head how true it is when it comes to insecurity.

Let me give you an example: Whatever you believe about yourself, be it low thoughts of yourself, high thoughts, no thoughts, eventually that’s what people will believe about you too. Understanding this concept is so vitally important.

  • If you don’t believe that what you have to say matters… others won’t believe it matters either.
  • If you don’t think you can do something… others won’t think you can do it either.
  • If you think you’re insecure, you will act insecure… causing others to believe you’re insecure. (A lie)
  • Add some of your own…

Whatever you believe about yourself is how your actions and behaviors will follow your line of thinking. What we believe about ourselves determines our behaviors, and in turn effects what others believe about us as well.

Do you agree, disagree? Have you seen this play out in your life? 

Red Bud Classic…

redbud.jpgI just registered for the Oklahoma City Red Bud Classic. This year I’ll be running the 10k–which is 6.1 miles. This will be a good warm up for the Memorial Marathon coming up at the end of April.

The cool thing about the Red Bud is that it is easy enough that even first time runners can participate. They have a 5K (3 mile) run as well as a 5K walk. They even have a 2 mile stroller walk! If you’d like to be a part of the Red Bud this year, click on the link above and register!

My friend and team member @tonycobb will be doing the 5k this year! So proud of him! What about you?

Things You Learn on a Youth Mission Trip

new-image.JPG 1. 100 people can do A LOT of work and make A BIG difference.

2. Rain always = Mud

3. 100 shoes with mud on them makes a BIG mess!

4. 100 people will never do exactly what you want them to do.

5. Wood stain does not come off with soap and water.

6. Snipe hunting is FUN! 😉 (Especially with 6th graders! I’m so bad…)

7. Inspired, lead and given the chance, students will work their butts off and blow you away!

8. Leaders rock my freaking face off… (We have THE BEST leaders at northwest campus, hands down!)

9. Not every student in your core group has given thier life to Christ. (Some are still searching.)

10. God can do amazing things when we take the time to stop and acknowledge His GREATNESS!

I love what I do! Any fun mission trip stories, or lessons?

Too Young

All my life I’ve been “too young.”

  • Too young to graduate,
  • Too young to travel alone,
  • Too young to be a pastor,
  • Too young to have the success God has given me… 

yada, yada, yada…

Here are the top 5 ways you know you’re too young:

  • While visiting students at school you get repremanded and asked to return to class
  • You can’t drive the church van or rental car on the mission trip.
  • You turn the corner to meet with a parent about their troubled teen and they say, “YOU’RE the youth pastor?”
  • You can’t participate in you company’s 401K program for another year.
  • You end up leading adults who are old enough to be your dad (or they are your dad! 😉

I’m glad I’ve never listened to those lies about being too young!

What about you? Have you ever been too young?

Today is your LUCKY day!

clover.jpg Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is your lucky day… read below:

The Orange conference currently has 2,909 people registered.  If they get up to 3,000 registrants today, then they will give the church that registers person number 3,000 four free registrations to the conference AND preconference.  

Soooo… Tweet this, repost this to your blog, register for the conference here and get the word out! If you wanted to go to the conference and didn’t think you could, this could be your lucky day. :)


 images-2.jpegI’ve been invited to join a live blog group and attend the Orange Conference in Duluth, Georgia at the end of April. If you aren’t able to come in person, experience the conference through my blog as I divulge all that I learn over the few days we’ll be there. Starting April 29th through May 1st. I’m excited to get to meet the other live bloggers attending the conference, as well as enjoy the speakers and breakout sessions during the event.

Here is a list of the other bloggers in the live blogging group. Check them out!    

Carlos Whittaker – Production Director, Buckhead Church, GA

Twitter: loswhit


Jon Acuff – Creative Writer, GA

Twitter: prodigaljohn


Ben Arment – Director, Catalyst West Coast, GA

Twitter: BenArment


Brad Lomenick – Executive Director, Catalyst, GA

Twitter: bradlomenick


JC Thompson – Elem. Production Director, Brookwood Church, SC

Twitter: jconline


Kenny Conley – Next Generation Pastor, Gateway Church, TX

Twitter: kennyconley


Matt Mckee – Pastor of Students and Children, Horizon Community Church, OH

Twitter: mattmckee


Jonathan Cliff – Children’s Pastor, Trinity Church, TX

Twitter: jonathancliff


Sam Luce – Children’s Ministry Director Mt. Zion Ministries Church, NY

Twitter: samluce


Gina McLain – LifeKids Pastor,, OK

Twitter: jabberfrog


Chad Swanzy – Student Ministried Pastor, Gateway Church, TX

Twitter: theuprisinglive


Rick Smith – Youth Speaker, Seminary Student, TX

Twitter: Rick_Smith


Anna Meadows – Associate Youth Pastor,, OK

Twitter: anna_meadows


John Saddington – Creative Web Director, North Point Ministries, GA

Twitter: human3rror


Mission Experience 2009!

We are feverishly getting ready for our spring break mission experience coming up this Thursday.

We’ll be traveling to Sulpher, OK to stay at a ranch for deaf and handicap children. We will work the land and make it a great place for the visitors who will be coming this summer.

We have about 80 students and leaders going. It’s going to be a great trip!

Starting Thursday I will be updating on our progress and how things are going! Check back to be a part of this experience.

Did you used to go on mission trips? What is a favorite mission memory?

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