Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chase the Lion (part seven)

Chasing Lions (part seven)
Looking Foolish

“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.”

· Things that were fun as kids are foolish now
· Ex. Bubbles, sprinkler, skipping, How about climbing trees?
· We are called to climb trees! Climbing trees is actually a biblical metaphor in Luke 19.
· Read Luke 19:1-10
· We read stories like this and don’t think much of it. But how many adults do you know that still climb trees? Not too many.
· I love the mental picture of this tax collector in a three-piece suit climbing a tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus!
· Zacchaeus had a reputation to protect. He had an image to uphold. But this distinguished tax collector in a three-piece suit climbs a tree like a little kid. He didn’t care how foolish he looked. He just wanted to get a glimpse of Jesus!
· This is one of those days you never forget. He never forgot the day Jesus came through Jericho—the day he climbed a sycamore tree and Jesus hung out at his house! This is the defining moment of His life. I’ve got to think that Zacchaeus would occasionally make a trip back to this sycamore tree. Maybe even climb it for old time’s sake. I bet he brought his grandkids there and let them climb the tree and told them that is where he met Jesus!
· And it all started with climbing a tree.
· God isn’t looking for religious protocol. I think God is looking for tree climbers. God is looking for people who will do anything to get to Him
· Read the gospels and you’ll find that God is looking for tax collectors who climb trees to get to Jesus and prostitutes who crash parties to get to Jesus. He is looking for people who push through crowds like the woman with the issue of blood.

 · He is looking for people who yell at the top of their lungs like the blind beggar. He is looking for people who cut holes in ceilings; jump out of boats; and follow stars to get to Jesus!
· It seems like the people that God uses the most are the people who are willing to climb trees or get out of boats or follow stars or chase lions! The greatest turning points in Scripture can be traced back to someone who was willing to look foolish.
· Noah, David, Beniah, Wise men, Peter
· Let me tell you why some of us have never killed a giant or walked on water or found the Messiah. It’s because we’re not willing to look foolish.
· Deep down inside I think all of us have this primal longing to do something crazy for God. We want to build an ark or kill a giant or chase a lion. We want to do something great for God, but we allow the fear of foolishness paralyze.
· Share faith, counseling, pray for a miracle, invite someone to church, mission trip
· Have you ever seen an animal in the wild?
· Part of the excitement was the fact that they weren’t caged.
· I love zoos. But it’s not the same seeing a caged animal. It’s too safe. It’s too controlled. It’s too predictable.
· I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals.
· We take something that is wild and we domesticate it. And we put it in a cage for easy observation. We remove the danger. We remove the risk. And the end result is caged Christians.
· It just seems to me that that isn’t the approach Jesus took. For starters, he handpicked a dozen disciples who were totally uncultured, uncivilized, and undomesticated. And Jesus didn’t cage people. He unleashed them.
· The goal of church isn’t to take people out of their natural habitat and domesticate them and make them look and talk and act like Christians.
· When we pronounce the benediction at the end of the service we’re releasing people back into the wild. And you go back into your natural habitat as an ambassador of God’s grace.
· I love the way Erwin McManus says it in his book Unstoppable Force: 
“The center of God’s will is not a safe place but the most dangerous place in the world. To live outside of God’s will puts us in danger; to live in his will makes us dangerous.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chase the Lion (part six)

Chasing Lions (part six)
Seizing Opportunities

“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.”

· Pray
· Life is like a puzzle—4pc, 9pc, jigsaw
· What if there was a missing piece? Almost complete is not the same as completed.
· Benaiah never had to look back at the lion and cave and think of what if.
· Nestled into Colossians 4 there is a verse that doesn’t get much air time, but I think it’s a great definition of spiritual maturity. If all of us obeyed this verse it would revolutionize our lives.
· Colossians 4:5 says: “Make the most of every opportunity.”
· This Scripture doesn’t specify how many or how few opportunities. It doesn’t quantify how small or how large the opportunity. We simply need to make the most of every opportunity.
· The English word opportunity comes from the Latin phrase ob portu.
· In the days before modern harbors, ships had to wait till flood tide to make it into port. The Latin phrase “ob portu” referred to that moment in time when the tide would turn. The captain and crew would wait for that one moment, and they knew that if they missed it, they would have to wait for another tide to come in.
· Seeing and seizing opportunities is an underappreciated dimension of spiritual maturity.
· Everyday we are surrounded by God-ordained opportunities—opportunities to love, opportunities to laugh, opportunities to give, opportunities to learn, opportunities to serve, opportunities to give.
· Seeing and seizing those opportunities is at the heart of what it means to follow Christ and be filled with the Spirit.
· Now here’s the catch. Opportunity doesn’t knock. The giant Egyptian that Benaiah did battle with didn’t knock on the door. He knocked down the door. And the lion didn’t roll over and play dead. Opportunity roars!
· Most of us want our opportunities gift wrapped. We want our lions stuffed or caged or cooked medium well and served on a silver platter. 
· But opportunities typically present themselves at the most inopportune time in the most inopportune place.
· Opportunities often come disguised as big, hairy, audacious problems, but lion chasers don’t see problems. They see 500 pound opportunities!
 · I love the way the Chinese language captures the two sides of this truth. The word crisis is made up of two characters—one means danger and the other means opportunity.
· Do you know when Paul wrote Col. 4:5?
· Col 4:2-3 - Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
· That’s right, he was in prison.
· How many times do we miss opportunities because we find excuses not to.
· Our prisons are often our finances, relationships, time, or age.
· Carpe diem is usually translated “seize the day”

· How about Carpe Leo - “Seize the Lion”?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chase the Lion (part five)

“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.”

The Domino Effect
· On October 31st, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther walked up to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and posted a piece of  paper on the church doors. His 95 theses attack the practice of indulgences—the selling of forgiveness by the church. Luther was put on trial. He was excommunicated from the church. But that one act of courage had a domino effect—it ignited the Protestant Reformation.
· On April 18th, 1945, a factory owner named Oskar Schindler had a list of 1097 names manually typed—297 women and 800 men. He rescued them from Nazi Concentration Camps. Schindler lost everything. He died broke. But that one act of courage had a domino effect—a half-century later, there are more than 6,000 descendants of the Schindler’s list.
· On December 1st, 1951, a seamstress named Rosa Parks got on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Segregation laws required black passengers to give up their seat for white passengers. Rosa Parks refused to do it. She was arrested. She lost her job. But that one act of courage had a domino effect—it inspired a citywide boycott and a court battle. Within two years, bus segregation was ruled unconstitutional.
· Let’s make an observation: It’s small acts of courage that change the course of history. Someone takes a risk and it has a domino effect.
· Now here’s the thing. We think about people like Martin Luther and Oscar Schindler and Rosa Parks in heroic terms. But they didn’t know they were making history when they were making history! They were just ordinary people taking risks! But when you take a risk you never know what kind of domino effect it is going to have.
· During the Chase the Lion series we’re looking at an ancient warrior named Benaiah chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed it.
· Scripture goes on to list his military achievements and they are pretty impressive. He was one of the most decorated and celebrated warriors in Israel’s history.
· He was the captain of King David’s bodyguard. He was one of David’s thirty mighty men. In fact, Scripture says he was more honored than the other thirty. And Benaiah goes on to become Commander-in-Chief of Israel’s army.
· But the genealogy of success can always be traced back to the risks we take. II Samuel 23 records three dominos. Benaiah took on two Moabites despite being outnumbered; he chased a lion despite snowy conditions; and he fought an Egyptian despite the fact that he was out armed. And those three risks had a domino effect.
· As I reflect on my own life, I realize that most of the good things that have happened are the byproduct of a few risks. And the bigger the risks the bigger the rewards!

Buried Talent
· Let me try to put risk in biblical context. We don’t tend to think of risk in spiritual terms, but risk is one dimension of righteousness.
· In Matthew 25, Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven in terms of risk.
· Matt. 25:14-18
· If you really want to appreciate this parable you’ve got to realize that one talent was the ancient equivalent of twenty years of a day laborer’s salary. I don’t know about you, but if someone gives me a hundred years wages I don’t know if I ever take another risk. I’ve got enough money to last the rest of my life. You know what I’m saying? It had to tempting to play it safe. He had more to lose! But he also had more to gain!
· Verse 19-21
· Now let me stop right there and give you a biblical definition of faithfulness. Faithfulness is risk and risk is faithfulness. I think we tend to think of faithfulness in maintenance terms. Faithfulness is holding the fort. Faithfulness is maintaining the status quo. Faithfulness is hanging on to what you have. And nothing could be further from the truth. Faithfulness is ROI—return on investment.
· Faithfulness is multiplying what you have to the best of your God-given ability. Faithfulness isn’t minimizing risk. Faithfulness is maximizing risk because maximizing risk is maximizing reward.
· I’m concerned that too many of us have a savings mindset—we want to keep what we have. We’re playing not to lose. And the parable of the talents is all about an investment mindset—risking what you have to get more. It’s playing to win.
· Verse 24-30
· These are some of the harshest words in the gospels, and the servant broke even. Evidently, breaking even isn’t good enough.
· In the context of this parable, wickedness is burying your talent in the ground. And it is the byproduct of focusing on action regrets instead of inaction regrets. The wicked servant was afraid that he might lose what he had.

Play Offense
· A few months ago I read a fascinating story about Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Capitals. Let me pull a Paul Harvey and tell you the story behind the story.
· Leonsis made his fortune as an executive at AOL. And he is a highly regarded as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. But if you want to really appreciate who he isand how he got there, you have to hit the rewind button and go back to an incident that happened in 1983. Ted Leonsis was only twenty-five years old. He was on anEastern Airlines flight that lost its ability to use its wing flaps and landing gear. The flight attendants cleared the overhead bins; shifted passengers; and gave them a crash course in crash landings. And Ted Leonsis said he began to think about what he would do if he survived. He said, “I promised myself that if I didn’t die, I’d play offense for the rest of my life.” Leonsis survived the landing and compiled a list of 101 things to do. To date, he has accomplished 74 of those 101 things. He came up with categories like family matters, financial matters, travel andcharities. And he started setting goals. Here are some of the goals he has accomplished to date:
1.) Fall in love and get married
14.) Net worth of $100 million, after taxes
22.) Create the world’s largest media company
24.) Own a jet
35.) Give $1 million to Georgetown University
37.) Start a family foundation
40.) Own a sports franchise
83.) Produce a TV show
86.) Invent a Board Game
92.) Hold Elective Office
· I love those life goals. But what I love even more is the motivation behind them. Leonsis has a simple mission statement: play offense with your life.
· Satan wants to put us in a defensive posture. And he uses two primary tactics—fear and discouragement. He wants us to run away from fear, uncertainty, and risk. But Christ calls us to chase lions. Satan would love nothing more than for our ultimate goal to be not to sin. But doing nothing wrong doesn’t constitute doing something right. Goodness is not the absence of badness!

 Inaction Regrets
· Action regrets vs inaction regrets
· Action regrets taste bad, but inaction regrets leave a bitter aftertaste that lasts a lifetime. Inaction regrets haunt us because they leave us asking what if. We are left to wonder how our lives would have been different had we taken the risk or seized the opportunity. 
· What if we had chased the lion instead of running away? Somehow our lives seem incomplete. Failing to take a risk is almost like losing a piece of the jigsaw puzzle to your life. It leaves a gaping hole. When we get to the end of our lives, our greatest regrets will be the missing pieces.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Chase the Lion (part four) **part 3 was done by a guest speaker so no sermon notes from me

Chasing Lions (part four)

“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.”

· Benaiah didn’t wake up on that morning and have it all planned out.
· He was confident in whatever the day held that God was in control but there was still uncertainty.
· It is so easy to read about an incident that occurred three thousand years ago and fail to appreciate the element of surprise because we know how the story ends. What you need to see is that killing the lion was not a foregone conclusion.
· Hand-to-hand combat with another human is one thing. Humans have tendencies. You can predict punches and counter punches with a higher level of certainty. But savage beasts tend to be volatile and unpredictable. Their actions and reactions are less certain.
· How heavy was it snowing? Was it packing snow or slippery snow? What was the footing like in the pit? How about visibility? What time of day was it? How hungry was the lion? How well did Benaiah sleep the night before?
· There are a thousand variables and they all add up to one thing: a high level of uncertainty!
· Think of your favorite book or movie. What do they all have in common? The element of uncertainty.
· It is the uncertainty that makes those movies worth watching. And I would suggest that it is uncertainty that makes like worth living!
· High levels of uncertainty don’t just make the best movies. High levels of uncertainty make the best lives! And that is what faith enters the equation.
· We can know that we know that our sins are forgiven; our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life; we have been adopted as God’s children; all the promises of God are yes in Christ; every spiritual blessing is ours in Christ; and when we cross the space-time continuum we’ll spend eternity in a place called Heaven.
· But here’s the trick. I think it is those spiritual certainties that enable us to embrace circumstantial uncertainties.
· Faith results in a reduction of spiritual uncertainty, but it often results in an increase in circumstantial uncertainty because God is going to call us to go places and do things that require total reliance upon God. And in many instances, the more faith the more uncertainty.

· I think some of us are bored to tears with our faith. And I’ll tell you why. We’ve settled for certainty. But if we actually stepped out in faith relationally or financially or spiritually we’d be anything but bored. Go on a mission trip. Share your faith. Start tithing on your income. Quit walking the path of certainty!

· Do you remember what Jesus said to those who wanted to follow him? He gave them a warning in Matthew 8:20.
· “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
· Here is my translation: when you follow Christ you never know where you’re going to end up. Anything can happen. All bets are off! That is scary, but it is also exciting. Jesus was promising high levels of uncertainty—the element of surprise.

Sacrificing Certainty
· Matthew 4:18-22 records the calling of the first disciples. All of them were fishing at the time. And I’m guessing they enjoyed fishing. It was all they had ever known. It was their family business. But when Jesus called them it says they left their boats and left their father to follow Him. In a sense, Jesus was calling them to sacrifice certainty. He was telling them to leave everything they knew behind. They were leaving family behind. They were leaving their business behind.
· I wonder if their families ever tried to pressure them into coming back. So when are you going to come back and take over the family business? I wonder if they ever used the guilt card. Dad really needs your help.
· What we fail to appreciate is that following in the footsteps of your father was a cultural expectation. They were expected to carry on the family business. The fishing business had probably been in the family for generations! And there was a degree of security and certainty in that. But following Jesus required sacrificing certainty!
· When we look back on our lives, the defining moments are going to be those forks in the road where we could have stayed on the path of certainty, but we made a decision to walk down the path of uncertainty. Peter, Andrew, James, and John could have spent the rest of their lives fishing on the Sea of Galilee! But they made a decision to walk the path of uncertainty!
· In a day and age when the average person never traveled outside a thirty-mile radius of their home, Jesus told these fishermen to “go into all the world.” This was fifteen hundred years before the age of exploration!

· These fishermen who grew up and lived their whole lives within a stones throw of the Sea of Galilee traveled all over the ancient world and turned the world upside down!
· According to historians, Peter went to Italy. John ended up in Asia. James traveled as far as Spain. And even doubting Thomas ventured to India.
· They could have walked the path of certainty and spent the rest of their lives on the Sea of Galilee. But Jesus turned them into World travelers and history makers.
· Not only that, think about all that they experienced during their internship. They had box seats to every sermon Jesus preached and every miracle Jesus performed.
· So here is the question: what certainties do you need to sacrifice?
· Maybe it’s a relationship, maybe financial, maybe occupational.
· I’m not sure what certainty you need to sacrifice, but I have one last word of advice. Don’t wait for perfect conditions
· Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, "Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap."
· In other words, if you’re waiting for perfect conditions you’ll never do anything. There is a time to be cautious and a time to throw caution to the wind. There is a time to be prudent and a time to be valiant.
· And it takes an awful lot of discernment to know when to do which.
· But here’s what I know for sure, if you wait for certainty you’ll never do anything.
· In the words of Andy Stanley: “There will always be an element of uncertainty. Generally speaking, you are probably never  going to be more than eighty percent certain. Waiting for greater certainty may cause you to miss an opportunity.”
· "Uncertainty actually increases with increased leadership     responsibility. The more responsibility you assume as a leader, the more uncertainty you will be expected to manage. The cost of success as a leader is greater uncertainty, not less."
· If Benaiah had waited for perfect conditions he would have never chased the lion! After all, it was a snowy day!

Walk the path of uncertainty!
· In his book, The Barbarian Way, Erwin McManus writes about different animal groups. If you’ve studied animals at all, you know that different groups of creatures have different names.
· A group of fish is called a school. Ants are called colonies and bees are called a swarm. Cattle are herds, birds are flocks, and a tribe of lions is a pride.

· For what it’s worth, a group of buzzards is called a committee!
· A group of rhinos is called a crash.
· That name seems so fitting! Believe it or not, a rhino can run about thirty miles per hour which is pretty amazing considering how much weight they are carrying!
· Here’s the funny thing. Rhinos have terrible eyesight. They can only see about thirty feet in front of themselves. So they are running thirty miles an hour with no idea what’s at thirty-one feet! You would think they’d be timid creatures because they can’t see very far in front of themselves. But God, in his amazingly creative foresight, gave rhinos a big horn on the front of their head.
· Erwin McManus piggy-backs off the crash analogy: “The future is uncertain, but we need to move toward it with confidence. There’s a future to be created, a humanity to be liberated. We need to stop wasting our time and stop being afraid of what we cannot see and do not know. We need to move forward full of force because of what we do know.”

· Chase the lion!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chase the Lion (part two)

Chasing Lions (part two)

“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.”

· Easy to read that passage and overlook the fear factor
· I’m sure Benaiah had to of been a little scared.
· The thing that sets lion chasers apart is they do not run from the thing that scares them.
· Easy to look at our own fears in terms of phobias.
· But what if we looked at our fears through the lens of conditioned response.
· What if we fear because we have programmed ourselves to?
· During the 1890s Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov was looking at salivation in dogs in response to being fed, when he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever he entered the room, even when he was not bringing them food.
· Pavlov (1902) started from the idea that there are some things that a dog does not need to learn. For example, dogs don’t learn to salivate whenever they see food. This reflex is ‘hard wired’ into the dog.
· However, when Pavlov discovered that any object or event which the dogs learnt to associate with food (such as the lab assistant) would trigger the same response, Pavlov knew that somehow, the dogs in his lab had learned to associate food with his lab assistant.
· In his experiment, Pavlov used a bell as his neutral stimulus. Whenever he gave food to his dogs, he also rang a bell. After a number of repeats of this procedure, he tried the bell on its own. As you might expect, the bell on its own now caused an increase in             salivation.
· So the dog had learned an association between the bell and the food and a new behavior had been learnt. Because this response was learned (or conditioned), it is called a conditioned response.
· What if because of something that has happened in our past we fear something now?
· Ex. My fear of heights
· If our experiences condition us and effect what we are afraid of, could the same be true with our failures?
· John 18 tells story of Peter denying Jesus, rooster crows 3x
· Every time he heard a rooster crow it was a reminder
· We do the same (thought, smell, song, action, words, etc)

· John 21 - post denial, went back to fishing, old life.
· Jesus Reinstates Peter
· Early in the morning, when does a rooster crow?
· God wants to recondition our guilt with grace!
· He wants to recondition our fear with faith!
· See we’ve been programmed to run based on a past failure.
· F. Scott Fitzgearld - “In any case you mustn't confuse a single failure with a final defeat.”
· We’ve all failed and we’ve all been hurt. And those reminders often keep us from chasing lions.
· It’s not easy (I’m sure Benaiah had some cuts, bruises, scars)
· It may take time (ex. Wrong exit, 2 mile mistake)
· Don’t let your fears due to past pains determine your future.
· Don’t let the lions you face in this life keep you from experiencing everything God wants to do in you and through you.
· You can be a lion chaser, but it may mean facing your biggest failure.

· May God take your biggest failure, which has become your biggest fear, and turn it in to your biggest victory

Friday, October 16, 2015

Chase the Lion (part one)

Chasing Lions (part one)

· Let me make a prediction: your biggest regret at the end of your life won’t be the things you did that you wish you hadn’t.  Your biggest regret will be the things you didn’t do but wish you had.
· Prediction based on a study that showed that time is a key factor in what we regret.
· Over the short-term, we tend to regret actions—things we did that we wish we hadn’t. 53%-47% But over the long-haul, we tend to regret inactions—things we didn’t do but wish we had. 84%-16%
· Fair share of regrets, things we wish we could take back (superman)
· But I’m convinced that our deepest regrets at the end of our lives will be the risks not taken, the opportunities not seized, and the dreams not pursued.
· Church has become fixated on sins of commission.  Don’t do this.  Don’t do that.  And you’re alright.
· You can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right.
· We operate by a holiness by subtraction principle. If we just subtract that which is wrong in our lives we’re ok.
· I think God is just as concerned about sins of omission—those things we could have and should have done. 
· Maybe holiness has as much or more to do with seizing opportunities as it does resisting temptation?  Those who simply run away from sin are only half-Christians.  Our calling is much higher than simply running away from what’s wrong. 
· Maybe we’ve measured spiritual maturity the wrong way?  Maybe following Christ isn’t supposed to be as safe or as civilized as we’ve been led to believe?
· Maybe Christ was more dangerous and uncivilized than our Sunday school flannel graphs portrayed?  And maybe God wants to raise up a generation of lion chasers? 

· II Samuel 23:20-21 highlights one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, but it’s more than that. It’s a microcosm on how God calls us to approach life.

Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.

· Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit.  Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it.
· Scripture doesn’t tell us what Benaiah was doing or where he was going when he encountered this lion.  We don’t know Benaiah’s frame of mind, but Scripture does reveal his gut reaction.  And it was gutsy. 

· It ranks as one of the most improbable reactions recorded in Scripture.  When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optical nerve and registers in the visual cortex, the brain has one over-arching message: run away. 
· That is what normal people do, but lion chasers are wired differently. They don’t see five-hundred pound problems. They see God-ordained opportunities. 
· For most of us, finding ourselves in a pit with a lion on a snowy day would pose a substantial problem, but you’ve got to admit something: I killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day looks pretty   impressive on your résumé if you’re applying for a bodyguard position with the King of Israel!  
· Not only does Benaiah land a job as David’s chief bodyguard, he climbs all the way up the military chain-of-command to become Commander-in-Chief of Israel’s army. 
· Benaiah was the second most powerful person in the kingdom of Israel, but his path of success can be traced all the way back to a life-and-death encounter with a man-eating lion.
· It was fight or flight.  Benaiah was faced with a choice that would determine his destiny: run away or give chase.
· If you run away, you’ll always wonder what if.
· So what kept Benaiah from running?
· He knew God was bigger.
· Most of us do not have God-sized problems, we have a God size problem.
· At the end of Prince Caspian, one of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series, there is a great dialogue between Lucy and Aslan—the lion who is the Christ-figure in the book. They haven’t seen each other in over a year and Lucy says:
“Aslan, you’re bigger.” Aslan says, “That is because you are older, little one.” She says, “Not because you are?” And Aslan says, “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
· So it is with our relationship with God: the more we grow the bigger God gets.

· Maybe it’s time to apply for your dream job; admit your addiction; reconcile a relationship; ask her out; take the test; go on a mission trip; mentor someone; stop attending church and start serving; add a stamp to your passport; take a night class; start a business; or write the manuscript.  
· There is an old saying: no guts no glory. 
· When we don’t have the guts to step out in faith and chase lions, then God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to him! 
· Chase the lion! 

Format Change

If you've been a follower of "Jesusgreek" for the past few years or if you have just randomly stumbled upon this little blog by accident, you'll notice there ain't a whole lot gong on. My post are either repost from other blogs and articles I like or if they're my original thoughts then they're few and far between. Although I have lots to say and often find myself thinking, "Hey that would be a good blog post", between family and leading a mission organization / church plant I just don't have the time. So I think a happy medium for me would be to post my sermon / message notes each week. This way I'm at least staying somewhat committed to this blog and at the same time contributing my somewhat original thoughts and ideas.

Sure there might still be a random shared article or movie review update, but for the most part I'm going to try to jump back on the blog horse by keeping you, my followers (and by follower I really mean my mom), up to date via my sermon notes.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Movie List 2015 (updated June 27th)

Each year I keep a running list of the movies I've watched from that particular year. As I watch more and more films, the list will grow. On average I see about 20 movies a year in the theater. I've also got three kids under the age of twelve, so yeah we see a lot of kids flicks.  My 5 star ratings system is pretty straight forward...

***** I would own this movie
**** I would watch again
*** A good and enjoyable movie but not worth seeing again
** Waste of time
* I'm dumber for having watched it

So with that being said, here's my list for 2015:

1) Inside Out *****
2) Paddington *****
3) Ant-Man ****
4) Avengers Age of Ulton ****
5) Spy ****
6) Jurassic World ***
7) Hotel Transylvania 2 ***
8) Minions ***
9)  Home ***
10) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water *

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Struggle is Real...Why Hide It?

My friend Tami Rumfelt from and WBFJ radio shared the following post to her Facebook page yesterday. I love when transparency, vulnerability, honesty, and real life are able to be shared on a public stage without fear of rejection or judgment. Wouldn't it be great if more Christian leaders in the public spotlight were as open as Tami? 

“Yesterday, I was thinking about how difficult last year was for family. It was just one struggle after another, many of which were financial in nature. I became very discouraged and even depressed at times. But, now having a little distance from it all, I could see that we made it through. We never went hungry. BOTH mortgages were paid every month. We celebrated a beautiful and abundant Christmas with our three healthy children. By the grace of God, we made it. How much stress and worry was wasted on things that would eventually work themselves out?

As I continued to think about this, I wondered what it would be like if, this year, no matter what were to happen, I simply trusted God to work it all out. What if I didn't stew, stress or worry and instead really and truly allowed God to have my back? I mean, I've been saying that I trusted God to take care of me for years. But, maybe I've been faking it all this time. Hmmm....interesting thought.

This afternoon, my car broke down on the way home from picking Laura up from school. In the middle of Piney Grove Rd. it just completely died. I was able to push into the shoulder until it was mostly off the road. Andrew was on his way home from school and saw me on the side of the road so he was immediately there to help me. Unfortunately, the car's front end was in a slight embankment so we were unable to get it off the road any further. Thankfully, one of Andrew's friends saw us and stopped to help . He had a jeep and a tow rope (!) and was able to get the car completely out of the road.

Now I just had to figure out what to do to get this car somewhere where it could be fixed. Andrew remembered that our next door neighbor, John, is a mechanic who just so happens to also have a trailer for towing cars. Sweet Andrew even said he'd offer to do yardwork for John to help pay our bill. So, I called John and explained the situation. He said he would be happy to pick it up on his way home from work, take it to his shop tomorrow to work on it, and maybe even put it back on the trailer and bring it home to us tomorrow when he has it fixed.

Now, all I had to figure out was how we would pay the repair bill. When I got home after this little ordeal, I went out to get the mail. In the mailbox was a card from a family member who lives out of state. Inside the card was a check for $200! Here's part of what she said in the card:

"January has a way of sending costs, unexpected or expected, on a spiral. Holidays are cards come due; heating costs rise; the car needs to be registered, inspected, filled with gas or REPAIRED (emphasis mine). Here's a little breathing space or a step along the way."

I don't know what God may be preparing me for. Only He knows if this year will be less or more of a struggle than the last. But, today He showed me for, like, the gazillonth time, that He really can be trusted with everything. So often, it's in the times with broken cars, broken kids, bats in the attic and bills up to my eyeballs that I can see Him at work so clearly. But, when I become hyper-focused on the bad thing that is happening at that moment, and worried about what I am going to do to fix it, I totally miss God doing his best work!"

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Ministry, Pastor, and Church Conferences

There are plenty of choices for church conferences in 2015. So whether you are looking for a youth conference, creative ministry conference, or just a general Christian conference, here are some events to consider.


Jan 2 :: Passion Conference #1 (Atlanta, GA)
Speakers: Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, Carl Lentz, John Piper, Ben Stuart
Length: 3 days
Jan 5 :: National Conference Youth Ministries (Dallas, TX)
Speakers: Rick Atchley, Eugene Cho, Dave Clayton, David Fraze, Megan Hutchinson, Mark Matlock, Jonathan McKee, Kara Powell, Chris Seidman
Length: 4 days
Cost: $100-$375
Jan 13 :: Sentralized Conference (Chicago, IL)
Speakers: Brad Brisco, Dave Ferguson, Darryl Ford, Lance Ford, Michael Frost, Dori Gorman, Hugh Halter, Helen Lee, Eric Lerew, Scott Nelson, Sher Sheets, Tim Soerens
Length: 2 days
Cost: $89
Jan 15 :: Passion Conference #2 (Atlanta, GA)
Speakers: Christine Caine, Louie Giglio, Lecrae, John Piper, Judah Smith
Length: 3 days
Cost: $189
Jan 21 :: Children’s Pastors Conference East (Chattanooga, TN)
Speakers: Amy Dolan, Beth Guckenberger, David Laflin, Charles Lee, Chi Chi Okwu, Brittany Reedy, Jimmy Reedy, Aaron Reynolds
Length: 4 days
Cost: $393-$493
Jan 22 :: Catalyst Dallas (Dallas, TX)
Speakers: Jennie Allen, Eugene Cho, Charles Duhigg, Bob Goff, Caroline Leaf, Robert Madu, Robert Morris, Andy Stanley, Danielle Strickland, Lysa Terkeurst, Rich Wilkerson, Jr
Length: 3 days
Cost: $199-$299
Jan 22 :: PlanetShakers Awakening (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Speakers: Russell Evans, Sam Evans
Length: 3 days
Cost: RM80
Jan 23 :: PyroManiacs Conference (Houston, TX)
Speakers: Phil Johnson, Dan Phillips, Frank Turk
Length: 2 days
Cost: $80-$120
Jan 30 :: Passion Conference (Houston, TX)
Speakers: Christine Caine, Francis Chan, Matt Chandler, Louie Giglio, Ben Stuart
Length: 3 days
Cost: $199


Feb 4 :: Next Level Conference (Savannah, GA)
Speakers: Dave Ferguson, Cam Huxford, Tim Liston
Length: 3 days
Cost: $35-$125
Feb 11 :: C3 Conference (Grapevine, TX)
Speakers: Mark Batterson, At Boshoff, Steven Furtick, David Hughes, Chris McGregor, Ed Young Jr
Length: 2 days
Cost: $99
Feb 12 :: Sentralized Conference (Kansas City, KS)
Speakers: Brad Brisco, Mischele Brisco, Darryl Ford, Lance Ford, Hugh Halter, Alan Hirsch, Deb Hirsch, Troy McMahon, Jo Saxton, Jon Shirley, Dan Southerland, Rob Wegner
Length: 2 days
Cost: $89
Feb 16 :: Children’s Pastors Conference West (Ontario, CA)
Speakers: Eugene Cho, Beth Guckenberger, Matt Guevara, David Laflin, Charles Lee, Megan Marshman, Brittany Reedy, Jimmy Reedy, Aaron Reynolds
Length: 4 days
Cost: $393-$493
Feb 19 :: Ligonier National Conference (Orlando, FL)
Speakers: Alistair Begg, Rosaria Butterfield, Tim Challies, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, W Robert Godfrey, Peter Jones, Steven Lawson, Russell Moore, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr.
Length: 3 days
Cost: $159-$219
Feb 20 :: Believers in Business (New York, NY)
Speakers: Thomas Healey, Henry Kaestner, Eff Martin, Diane Paddison, Shundrawn Thomas, Mark Washington, Mark Whitacre
Length: 2 days
Cost: $99-$189
Feb 20 :: Ignite Conference (Dallas, TX)
Speakers: Eddie Broussard, Craig Etheredge, Brian Haynes, Greg Ogden, Dann Spader, Barry St. Clair, Kennon Vaughan
Length: 2 days
Cost: $25-$45
Feb 20 :: Wheaton Evangelism Conference (Wheaton, IL)
Speakers: Gabe Bahlhorn, Jeff Bethke, Jon Bloom, Matt Brown, Richard Coleman, Roger Coles, Brandon Crouch, Will Graham, Carrie Headington, Jonathan Hulton, Pradeepan Jeeva, Sam Kim, Pedro Latorre, David McIver, Laurie Nichols, Jerry Root, Dominic Russo, Eric Samuel Timm, Frank Shelton, Dave Sterrett, Trevin Wax, Sammy Wanyonyi, Terry Weaver
Length: 2 days
Cost: $15-$30
Feb 21 :: NRB International Christian Media Convention (Nashville, TN)
Speakers: George Barna, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Lord Robert Edmiston, Kristina Halvorson, Katie Harbath, Guy Kawasaki, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, Claire Diaz Ortiz, David Platt, Priscilla Shirer, Ed Stetzer, Michael Youssef
Length: 4 days
Cost: 350-$550
Feb 23 :: Velocity Conference (Cumming, GA)
Speakers: Matt Carter, Leonce Crump, J.D. Greear, Shawn Love Joy, Joby Martin, Larry Osbourne
Length: 2 days
Cost: $29
Feb 24 :: Catalyst One Day (Lexington, KY)
Speakers: Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley
Length: 1 day
Cost: $79-$149
Feb 25 :: Bethel Prophetic Conference (Redding, CA)
Speakers: Shawn Bolz, Leif Hetland, Kris Valloton
Length: 3 days
Cost: $49-$95
Feb 26 :: Catalyst One Day (Parker, CO)
Speakers: Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley
Length: 1 day
Cost: $79-$149
Feb 26 :: Navigating the Change (Fairview Heights, IL)
Speakers: Melissa Bishop, Shane Bishop, Ashley Cooper, Joseph Daniels III, Lance Winkler
Length: 2 days
Cost: $50-$75

MARCH 2015

Mar 2 :: TMAI International Symposium (Burbank, CA)
Speakers: Mike Gendron, Choolwe Mwetwa, Miguel Núñez, Benedikt Peters, Mark Tatlock, Paul Washer, James White, Chris Williams
Length: 1 day
Cost: $50
Mar 11 :: Seeds Conference (Tulsa, OK)
Speakers: Andy Chrisman, Steven Furtick, Whitney George, Willie George, Greg Laurie, Patrick Lencioni, Todd Mullins, Tom Mullins, Andrew Stone, Ethan Vanse
Length: 3 days
Mar 19 :: Northwest Ministry Conference (Redmond, WA)
Speakers: Michelle Anthony, Bruce Adolph, Duke Dejong, Clint Gresham, Brian Haynes, Mike Howerton, Ron Hunter, Craig Johnson, Melissa MacDonald, Dustin Nickerson, Dan Reiland, Richard Ross, Toby Rowe
Length: 3 days
Cost: $29-$99
Mar 20 :: SEU National Leadership Forum (Lakeland, FL)
Speakers: Nancy Duarte, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Goleman, Jon Gordon, Marcus Luttrell, Mark Sanborn
Length: 1 day
Cost: $225-$525
Mar 20 :: Surrender (Belgrave Heights, Victoria, Australia)
Speakers: Justin Duckworth, Wanta Jampinjimpa Patrick, Jarrod McKenna, Ruth Padilla De Borst, Neville Naden, Paul Sparks, Melinda Tankard Reist, Sarah Thompson
Length: 3 days
Cost: $115-$165 AUD
Mar 24 :: Ignite Conference (Chandler, AZ)
Speakers: John Fuller, Scott Ridout, Ed Stetzer, Jud Wilhite
Length: 3 days
Cost: $59-$79
Mar 25 :: Squares Conference (Grapevine, TX)
Speakers: Jina Bolton, Carrie Dils, Joel Glovier, Krystyn Heide, Marc Hemeon, Kyle Kutter, Cameron Moll, Doug Neiner, Zach Schmid, Cap Watkins, Drew Wilson
Length: 3 days
Cost: $220-$295

APRIL 2015

Apr 7 :: Planetshakers Awakening (Melbourne, Australia)Speakers: Reggie Dabbs, Chris Durso, Russell Evans, Sam Evans, Chris Hill, TD Jakes
Length: 4 days
Cost: $50-$199
Apr 14 :: Outcomes Conference (Dallas, TX)
Speakers: Christine Caine, Jonathan Evans, Israel Gaither, David Kinnaman, Ken Starr, Joni Eareckson Tada, Walt Wilson
Length: 3 days
Cost: $479-$799
Apr 15 :: Catalyst West (Irvine, CA)
Length: 3 days
Cost: $209
Apr 21 :: ARC Conference (Jacksonville, FL)
Speakers: Randy Bezet, Rick Bezet, Christine Caine, Nick Caine, Joe Champion, Herbert Cooper, Matt Fry, Willie George, Peter Haas, Chris Hodges, Scott Hornsby, Brian Houston, Matt Keller, Rob Ketterling, Joyce Meyer, Todd Mullins, Dale O’Shields, John Siebling, Dino Rizzo, Greg Surratt, Philip Wagner, Stovall Weems
Length: 3 days
Cost: $99
Apr 23 :: The Original Women’s Conference (Rockford, IL)
Speakers: Natalie Grant, Holly Wagner, Jen DeWeerdt
Length: 3 days
Cost: $69-$119
Apr 23 :: Q Conference (Boston, MA)
Length: 3 days
Cost: $475
Apr 23 :: The Uprising (Lexington, KY)
Speakers: Christine Caine, Pete Hise
Length: 2 days
Cost: $79-$119
Apr 24 :: Ignite Conference (Beaumont, TX)
Speakers: Ken Adams, Craig Etheredge, Jim Hamilton, Chris Moody, Greg Ogden
Length: 2 days
Cost: $25-$45
Apr 27 :: Exponential East (Tampa, FL)
Speakers: Brian Bolt, Dave Ferguson, Michael Frost, Derwin Gray, JD Greear, Alan Hirsch, Ajai Lall, Max Lucado, Joby Martin, Oscar Muriu, Steve Murrell, Greg Nettle, Bob Roberts, Danielle Strickland, Steve Stroope, Mario Vega, Larry Walkemeyer
Length: 4 days
Cost: $129-$299
Apr 28 :: ReachKeep Conference (Sinclair, WY)
Speakers: Dennis Fountain, Mike Holmes, Ted York
Length: 3 days
Cost: Free-$199
Apr 29 :: The Orange Conference (Atlanta, GA)
Speakers: Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Doug Fields, Jeff Foxworthy, Derwin Gray, Jeff Henderson, Reggie Joiner, Brooklyn Lindsey, Sue Miller, Perry Noble, Kara Powell, Joseph Sojourner, Andy Stanley, Virginia Ward, Heather Zempel
Length: 3 days
Cost: $199-$249
Apr 30 :: Thrive Conference (Granite Bay, CA)
Speakers: Nancy Beach, Lincoln Brewster, Chris Brown, Francis Chan, Wilfredo De Jesus, Tim Hawkins, Ray Johnston, Bob Smiley, Albert Tate
Length: 3 days
Cost: $169-$199

MAY 2015

May 4 :: Drive Conference (Alpharetta, GA)
Length: 3 days
Cost: $249-$329
May 4 :: Sticky Teams (Charlotte, NC)
Speakers: Chris Brown, Joby Martin, Larry Osborne
Length: 2 days
Cost: $149
May 12 :: The National Conference of Preaching (Jacksonville, FL)
Speakers: Jared Alcantara, Kristopher Barnett, Mac Brunson, HB Charles Jr, Charlie Dates, Ralph Douglas West, Michael Duduit, Chuck Fuller, Dean Inserra, Tim McKnight, Robert Smith, Dave Stone
Length: 3 days
Cost: $50-$125
May 19 :: National Worship Leader Conference (Washington, DC)
Speakers: Meredith Andrews, Jeremy Armstrong, Sam Batterman, Steve Berger, Debby Berry, Darren Brown, Brady Collins, Marva Dawn, Will Doggett, Scott Dyer, Vonda Dyer, Stan Endicott, Wayne Estes, Tim Foot, Chuck Fromm, Craig Gilbert, Gareth Goossen, Doug Gould, Shawn Groves, Erick Hailstone, Luke Hellebronth, Reagan Helms, Tim Hughes, Ray Jones, Joshua Kell, Ed Kerr, Reggie Kidd, Rich Kirkpatrick, John Lapham, Nikki Lerner, Luke McElroy, Rick Muchow, Joel Muddamalle, Steve Noble, Christy Nockels, Tony Payne, Andy Piercy, Steve Reed, Shawn Reed, Lester Ruth, Greg Scheer, Michael Smith, Scotty Smith, Aaron Stewart, Leonard Sweet, Tim Timmons, Dawn Vesco, Camron Ware, Aaron West, Vernon Whaley, Marcos Witt
 3 days
Cost: $149-$345

JUNE 2015

Jun 8 :: Pilgrimage UK (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Mike Breen, Keld Dahlmann, Rich Robinson, Mick Woodhead
Length: 4 days
Cost: $89-$169
Jun 23 :: National Worship Leader Conference (Leewood, KS)
Speakers: Mark Aardsma, Carl Albrecht, Meredith Andrews, Jeremy Armstrong, Greg Atkinson, Paul Baloche, Debby Berry, Ben Cantelon, Marva Dawn, Duke DeJong, Will Doggett, Craig Dunnagan, Cliff Duren, Scott Dyer, Vonda Dyer, Stan Endicott, Paul Finazzo, Tim Foot, Chuck Fromm, Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, Craig Gilbert, Gareth Goossen, Doug Gould, Shawn Groves, David Gungor, Erick Hailstone, Jim Hart, Paul Herman, Zac Hicks, Tim Hughes, Jay Jones, Ray Jones, CJ Jordan, Ed Kerr, Reggie Kidd, Rich Kirkpatrick, Tom Kraeuter, Matt McCoy, Wisdom Moon, Rick Muchow, Joel Muddamalle, Rory Noland, Roger O’Neal, Buddy Owens, Glenn Packiam, Tony Payne, Stephen Proctor, Steve Reed, Shawn Reed, Lester Ruth, Christy Semsen, Diane Sheets, Michael Smith, Aaron Stewart, Vaughn Thompson Jr, Tim Timmons, Camron Ware, Aaron West, Vernon Whaley, Lance Winkler, Eric Wyse
 3 days
Cost: $149-$345
Jun 22 :: D3 Conference (Louisville, KY)
Speakers: Dan DeWitt, Dan Dumas, Kurt Gebhards, Shannon Hurley, Albert Mohler Jr
Length: 4 days
Cost: $259-$354
Jun 23 :: North American Christian Convention (Cincinnati, OH)
Speakers: Mike Baker, Rusty George, Jodi Hickerson, Ajai Lall, LeRoy Lawson, Daniel Overdorf, Sean Palmer, Chris Seidman
Length: 4 days
Cost: $20-$99
Jun 29 :: D3 Conference (Louisville, KY)
Speakers: Eric Bancroft, Dan DeWitt, Shannon Hurley
Length: 4 days
Cost: $259-$354
Jun 29 :: Hillsong Conference (Sydney, Australia)
Speakers: Christine Caine, Mark Driscoll, Jentezen Franklin, Bobbie Houston, Brian Houston, Joseph Prince, Martin Smith, Rick Warren
Length: 5 days
Cost: $299-$349 AUD

JULY 2015

Jul 6 :: Experience Conference (Dallas, TX)
Length: 4 days
Cost: $229-$449
Jul 22 :: Hillsong Conference (London, United Kingdom)
Speakers: Mark Driscoll, Jentezen Franklin, Bobbie Houston, Brian Houston, Joseph Prince
Length: 3 days
Cost: £90-£120
Jul 28 :: National Worship Leader Conference (San Jose, CA)
Speakers: Ronald Allen, Meredith Andrews, Jeremy Armstrong, Debby Berry, Todd Brown, Dave Burns, Scot Camden, Ben Cantelon, Scott Clay, Scott Cody, Marva Dawn, Duke DeJong, Scott Dyer, Vonda Dyer, Phillip Edwards, Stan Endicott, Joey Jam Flores, Tim Foot, Chuck Fromm, Dave Fry, Don Fugate, Craig Gilbert, Shawn Groves, Erick Hailstone, Jack Hayford, Luke Hellebronth, Ray Jones, Ed Kerr, Rich Kirkpatrick, Wayne Mancari, Raymond Massey, Luke McElroy, Rick Muchow, Joel Muddamalle, David Nasser, Thom O’Leary, Buddy Owens, Tony Payne, Steve Reed, Shawn Reed, Rob Robinson, Bob Sabellico, Christy Semsen, Michael Smith, Scotty Smith, Aaron Stewart, Vaughn Thompson Jr, Tim Timmons, Cedric Tsang, Tommy Walker, Camron Ware, Evan Wickham
 3 days
Cost: $149-$345


Aug 3 :: Send Conference (Nashville, TN)
Speakers: Ronnie Floyd, ouie Giglio, Eric Mason, Russell Moore, David Platt
Length: 2 days
Cost: $89-$169
Aug 3 :: Team Church (Tacoma, WA)
Speakers: Kevin Gerald, Sheila Gerald, Louie Giglio, Ed Young Jr
Length: 3 days
Cost: $99
Aug 5 :: Wave Conference (Virginia Beach, VA)
Speakers: Harrison Conley, Donna Crouch, Dharius Daniels, Steven Furtick, Willie George, Steve Kelly
Length: 3 days
Aug 7 :: BiVo Conference (Denver, CO)
Speakers: Brad Brisco, Lance Ford, Hugh Halter, Alan Hirsch, Brian Sanders, Joey Turner
Length: 2 days
Cost: $89


Sep 8 :: Experience Conference (Orlando, FL)
Length: 4 days
Cost: $229-$449
Sep 10 :: Circles Conference (Grapevine, TX)
Speakers: Kelli Anderson, Shawn Blanc, Dan Cassaro, Jeremy Cowart, Danielle Evans, Larry Hubatka, Bill Kenney, Helena Price, Charlie Waite, James White
Length: 2 days
Cost: $195-$235
Sep 16 :: D6 Conference (Louisville, KY)
Length: 3 days
Cost: $149-$299
Sep 18 :: Collyde Summit (New Brunswick, NJ)
Length: 2 days
Cost: $59-$129
Sep 22 :: Cutting It Straight Conference (Jacksonville, FL)
Speakers: HB Charles
Length: 1 day
Cost: $99-$150
Sep 22 :: WikiConference (Katy, TX)
Speakers: Oscar Benavides, Jeremy Erb, Chris Kopka, Justin Rossow, Tullian Tchividjian, Michelle Thompson, Bill Woolsey, Steve Young
Length: 3 days
Cost: $99-$129
Sep 25 :: KidMin 2015 (Chicago, IL)
Speakers: Jon Acuff, Greg Baird, Roddy Chong, Cynthia Crane, DeVon Franklin, Pat Verbal, Christine Yount Jones
Length: 4 days
Cost: $299-$385
Sep 30 :: National Worship Leader Conference (Dallas, TX)
Speakers: Ronald Allen, Gabriel Allred, Meredith Andrews, Trent Armstrong, Debby Berry, Pete Briscoe, Bob Brooks, Scot Camden, Brady Collins, Christine D’Clario, Ryan Dahl, Marva Dawn, Dennis Degen, William Doggett, Craig Dunnagan, Scott Dyer, Vonda Dyer, Phillip Edwards, Chuck Fromm, Craig Gilbert, Gareth Goossen, Doug Gould, Shawn Groves, James Mark Gulley, Erick Hailstone, Robin Harris, Reagan Helms, Dana Johnson, Mark Jonah, Jay Jones, Ray Jones, Stefanie Kelly, Ed Kerr, Reggie Kidd, Rusty King, Rich Kirkpatrick, Bradley Knight, Josh Lopez, Travis Maxey, Matt McCoy, Jeff McLeod, Rick Muchow, Joel Muddamalle, Rory Noland, Buddy Owens, Tony Payne, Bryan Popin, Steve Reed, Shawn Reed, Javier Rios, Christy Semsen, Diane Sheets, Alex Sherman, Phil Sillas, Amanda Singer, Michael Smith, Aaron Stewart, Tom Stipe, Leonard Sweet, Tim Timmons, Tommy Walker, Camron Ware, Aaron West, Vernon Whaley, Evan Wickham, Marcos Witt
 3 days
Cost: $149-$345


Oct 5 :: Exponential West (Lake Forest, CA)
Speakers: Dave Ferguson, Alan Hirsch, Greg Nettle
Length: 4 days
Cost: $99-$158
Oct 5 :: Gateway Conference (Dallas, TX)
Speakers: Jimmy Evans, Chris Hodges, Robert Morris, Todd Mullins
Length: 2 days
Cost: $109-$139
Oct 7 :: Catalyst Conference (Atlanta, GA)
Length: 3 days
Cost: $109-$299
Oct 19 :: Sticky Teams (San Diego, CA)
Speakers: Chris Brown, Larry Osborne
Length: 2 days
Cost: $149
Oct 21 :: Future of the Church (Loveland, CO)
Speakers: Drew Dyck, Josh Packard, Joani Schultz, Thom Schultz, Leonard Sweet
Length: 3 days
Cost: $275-$375
Oct 22 :: Hillsong Conference (New York, NY)
Speakers: Bobbie Houston, Brian Houston, Carl Lentz
Length: 3 days
Cost: $169-$179



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