On Saturday, July 16th, I awakened to a headache, body aches, and dizziness. That afternoon, I tested positive for COVID-19. During my time in quarantine, I’ve had several thoughts about my experience and I’d like to share a few with you. It could’ve been worse.I’m vaccinated but remember, vaccination doesn’t prevent a person from contracting … Continue reading Lessons From My COVID Experience
Reclaiming the Moral High Ground
Our county is once again mourning the loss of multiple lives at the hands of misguided individuals. We are at a moral crossroad that must be navigated with care. We can either abandon the truth and retreat deeper into apathy, or we can reclaim the moral high ground and revitalize our community. I’d like to … Continue reading Reclaiming the Moral High Ground
Using Empathy: How to Help Members Return to Church
As churches look to recover from the separation caused by the pandemic, many pastors have lamented their poor church attendance. I've heard pastors say things like "we're back open but we only have a few people each week." Some have said "our members won't come to church but I see them everywhere else." I've considered … Continue reading Using Empathy: How to Help Members Return to Church
5 Ways to Build and Strengthen Our Church
Every church member is important. However, it’s not always clear how we can help make our churches better. Here are 5 ways every member can help build and strengthen our church. Make a commitment to spiritual development.“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the … Continue reading 5 Ways to Build and Strengthen Our Church
7 Steps to Evaluate Post Pandemic Ministry
Things have changed in our churches and may never really go back to pre-pandemic standards. Sunday schools, missionary ministries, and special services may not survive the pandemic. Youth and children’s ministries will be unrecognizable as we adjust to new social norms. Small group teaching ministries and community fellowship gatherings may die out because of a … Continue reading 7 Steps to Evaluate Post Pandemic Ministry
What do you mean, “white blessings”?
Earlier today, I watched a clip where a mega church pastor named Louie Giglio (@louiegiglio) suggested instead of saying "white privilege" he would suggest "white blessings". You can watch the clip here: https://twitter.com/namenzie/status/1272692946907824135?s=20 . This is disturbing for many reasons but I want to use an analogy to show why this statement along with "all … Continue reading What do you mean, “white blessings”?
Is it alright to pray angry prayers?
Is it alright to pray angry prayers? In my sermon yesterday, watch it here, I introduced the idea of praying angrily. I know this is not a concept we discuss much in church, but I believe we need to understand this concept in difficult times. Someone may be wondering “is it alright to pray angry … Continue reading Is it alright to pray angry prayers?
Tips for Lent 2020
Tip 1: Understand the time limit for your fast. During Lent, we will fast for 40 days, Monday – Saturday, each week. We will not fast on Sundays. Lent 2020 begins on Wednesday, February 26th, and ends on Thursday, April 9th. Tip 2: Decide what you’ll be fasting from. One of the biblical definitions of fasting is … Continue reading Tips for Lent 2020
You are …
You are here. You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be at this time in your life. God created you and knew you would be at this stage of your spiritual development. He knows every challenge, failure, and victory that has shaped your confidence. He also knows the path you must take to arrive at the … Continue reading You are …
Say Yes to No. Here’s how.
Here’s a great post about saying Yes to No. Every busy person needs to read this.
Remember the anti-drug ad campaign, turned catch phrase, in the late 80’s and early 90’s “Just say no!”? It went viral!
The message of NO was empowering. It was a celebratory mantra promoting self-worth and a direct challenge to protect your future.
Today, NO is still a valid answer to issues that threaten our futures. The message of NO can be just as empowering today and can help you stay focused on reaching the goals that are most critical to your livelihood.
Here are 7 things you should say no to:
1. Say NO to time stealers. Some people will distract you simply to get you off your game. It makes them uncomfortable when you’re succeeding and surpassing their efforts. Stay focused.
2. Say NO to time wasters. Some things don’t deserve your time or attention. If it’s not critical to your current goal, skip it.
3. Say NO to…
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