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Jesus Needs New PR (part 4)

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"Maybe you should ask your daughter to help you figure out Internet Explorer." -Jesus

"Okay, so you juggle AND wear a bow tie. Well, I'll clap, but I'm not sure I can help you, son." -Jesus

Giving credit where credit is due - Jesus is always with you

I have long been a critic of the part of Christian society that does more to hurt the image of Jesus and who He is then helps it. Case in point: these ridiculous pictures of Jesus being with everyday folks in everyday situations. First of all Jesus looks more like drug crazed member of the Manson family then any image of Christ I have ever imagined. Then there this notion that Jesus is with you as you drive, work on your computer, or kiss your mom.

That is why I have fallen in love with this new web site sent to me from my good friend Kristie:
http://jesusneedsnewpr.blogspot.com/

It's simply ask the question, "Does Jesus need new PR?" And the answer is an overwhelming YES!!

Jesus Needs new PR (part 3)

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"Just a second or two more, Billy. Okay, stop." -Jesus

"Your shoulder hurts? How does that feel? Nice, huh." -Jesus

Jesus needs new PR (part 2)

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"So I hear you killed somebody yesterday." -Jesus

Jesus is with you always OR Jesus needs new PR (part 1)

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"Open wide, Henry. I could numb the pain if I wanted to, but I think I'll let the doctor do that instead. Darn that Eve, huh?" -Jesus

Catalyst 2009: Chuck Swindoll

Chuck Swindoll
www.insight.org

Top Ten Things Learned During 50 years of Leadership
1) It's lonely to lead
2) It's dangerous to succeed
3) It's hardest at home
4) It's essential to be real
5) It's painful to obey
6) Brokenness and failure are necessary
7) My attitude is more important then my actions
8) Integrity eclipses image
9) God's way is ALWAYS better then my way
10) Christ-likeness begins and ends with humility

Five Statements To Live By In Leadership
1) Whatever you do, do more with others and less alone.
2) Whenever you do it, focus on quality over quantity.
3) Wherever you go, do it the same as if you were among those who know you best.
4) Whoever may respond, keep a level head.
5) However long you lead, keep on dripping with gratitude and grace.

Catalyst 2009: Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey
http://www.daveramsey.com/

The Momentum Theorem

- When you have momentum, you look better than you are. Whne you don't have momentum, you are better than you look.
- Momentum is created. It does not randomly occur.
- Fi over T multiplyed by G equals M
- Focused Intensity over Time multiplied by God equals Unstoppable Momentum!

FOCUS
- Focus is lost for two reasons: Fear and Greed
- James 1:8
- Rick Warren calls focus being Intentional
- Stephen Covey calls focus being Proactive

INTENSITY
- Pour intensity into things that really Matter.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
- Intensity causes things to move.

OVER TIME
- "If I persist long enough, I will win" - Og Mandino
- 1 Cor. 9:24
- The Tortoise wins the race every time!

MULTIPLIED BY GOD
- You and I are finite. God is Infinite
- He is in Charge, and He carries you in the plam of Hid hand.
- Luke 18:27
- Get Plugged in to Him as a power source, and your momentum will become unstoppable!

Catalyst 2009: Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer
www.goingbeyond.com

Joshua 3:1

Four Attribute / Characteristics of Joshua as a Leader

1) He rose early. Acted immediately in obedience to God
2) He acted fearlessly. The Jordan river was violent, far from the calm river we imagine.
3) He acknowledged the presence of God. Go only when God says so.
4) He anticipated God's miracles and activities. Refused to pray "safe" prayers. Wanted God to blow the top off his box.

Catalyst 2009: Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
www.gladwell.com

During his time at Catalyst, Malcolm Gladwell brilliantky described the story of the Civil War battle of Chancellorsville.

In 1863 during the Civil War in Virginia, the Union army was in incredibly poor shape. And Lincoln in Washington was becoming increasingly worried. Fighting Joe Hooker came and happened to know more about Confederate General Lee than anyone. Hooker devised a brilliant battle plan by distributing his army in thirds and surrounding Lee’s army. Lee was significantly outnumbered 2 to 1. Hooker said that even God Almighty couldn’t prevent them from victory. What happened next was the Battle of Chancellorsville. Hooker expected Lee to retreat, became trapped by his confidence, and did not plan for anything else. In fact, the Union army lowered their guard; Lee attacked, and Hooker’s army ran away only to suffer one of the worst defeats of the war.

Here are some thoughts / quotes from Gladwell:
"More information doesn't mean better d…

Catalyst 2009: Andy Stanley (session one)

Andy Stanley
Lead Pastor, North Point Comunity Church
http://www.northpoint.org/

Key Thought: Every Leader leaves a mark. What kind will I leave?
Key Passage: Joshua 5:13-15

"It’s really not about who’s for you or against you – it’s really about who you are for."

Simply put, are you and I willing to submit our skills, abilities, opportunities, my person to God and His bigger story? God was in effect saying to Joshua, “I have not come to be a part YOUR story. I want YOU to become a part of MY story!”

When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord ’s army.” Joshua 5:13-14

The commander of the Lord’s army answered, “Neither”. Why? Because it’s not about who’s your friend or who’s your foe. It’s about who you are for. Are you for God and His plan? Is He Lord over your life? Are you wanting His mark to b…

Highs and Lows from Catalyst 2009

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I attended my first Catalyst Conference ( http://www.catalystspace.com/ ) last week in Duluth, Ga. It's hosted by a group from Andy Stanley's North Point Church in Alpharetta, Ga. Everything I had ever heard about Catalyst was how great is was so my expectations were extremely high. I'm glad to say that my Catalyst experience did not disappoint!

Highs (to many to list so here are just a few)

Speakers: Just check out this lineup, it's a virtual who's who of leadership - Andy Stanley, Malcolm Gladwell, Rob Bell, Tony Dungy, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Priscilla Shirer, Dave Ramsey, Chuck Swindoll, and Louie Giglio!! My top three talks/speakers would have been Shirer, Swindoll, and Chandler, although all could have easily been the best at any other conference.

Music: Steve Fee, although not as popular yet, is just as good at worship leading as Crowder, Redman, Tomlin, and Hall. The biggest complement he could have gotten was when my partner in ministry and senior pastor…

Fall TV Reviews

So far I've been disappointed in not only the new tv shows for the fall season but also with premieres of the few I do watch. Dexter was the best returning show by far. The Office and Parks & Rec have been average. And when will 30 Rock be back??

As far as new shows, here's my quick thoughts:
Hank: Stars Kelsey Grammer has a rich guy gone broke. Reminds me of a bad 80's sitcom. We didn't make it past the first commercial break. Do not watch.
Glee: Has potential but way to quirky to make it. We decided not to get involved since it will probably not last. Most unique shows like this get canned pretty quickly (see Pushing Daisies and The Unusuals)
Cougar Town: Courtney Cox tries way to hard to be believable as a 40 year old "cougar". Plus it's not funny at all. Turned it off 15 min into first episode.
Flash Forward: No matter what anyone says, this show is no LOST. The story is intriguing enough to keep me hooked but it reminds me of the long canceled ABC sho…

Is Kimbo Slice the next Rocky?

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I'll come out and say it, I'm a HUGE Kimbo Slice fan. Not so much because of the youtube clips that made him a worldwide sensation but more for the fact that there just seemed to be something likable about the guy. I think I was the only person on earth that was glad to see him on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter season 10. Most felt he was undeserving including UFC president Dana White.

But what has happened in the past 3 weeks has been a total Kimbo turn-around by all who doubted him. Not because he turned out to be a great cage fighter but because he has come across as a really nice guy who is caring, compassionate, teachable, and actually human. Behind the crazy beard, bald head, and gold teach there is a down to earth family man who only wants to provide for his family. He has made everyone on the show and the 6 million people watching believers. the guy has become a real life Rocky.
When he lost last night I felt sorry and a bit heartbroken for him, just as I did when I wat…