Shadowboxing

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1 Corinthians 9:24-26 (NLT)  Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.

Have you ever read something in the Bible that has challenged you? This past month this passage of scripture has challenged me, haunted me and repeated itself over and over and over again.

This life  ahead of us is an opportunity to be disciplined, well-trained and knowledgeable of what we are here for, but most of the time the business of life itself keeps us shadowboxing. We know good and well what we have to do but we stay busy or selfish enough to just shadowbox. According to the dictionary to shadowbox is to to evade or avoid direct or decisive action.  

I ask myself am I shadowboxing?  Am I avoiding taking action to follow Christ completely? Running this race of life whole heartedly for the One I was created by and the One I am created for, Jesus Christ. The verse says “run with purpose in every step”  so this is my prayer run with purpose and quit shadowboxing!

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Together > Alone

We just finished another round of College basketball March Madness. Just like I do every year, I fill out a bracket  completely guessing and some years I do good and then years like this one it’s bad, real bad.

As I was thinking through who I would pick to win, I started to think back to some of the great teams of my childhood. These teams showed me that working together is greater than going at things alone.

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1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

( Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony, Larry Johnson, George Ackles, Elmore Spencer ) 

This undefeated team of 5 guys made it all the way to the semifinal game only to finally lose to Duke in the final seconds of the game.  They were the last team to go undefeated in the 1990’s during the regular season until 2004 when St. Josephs did it. Then Wichita State did it in 2014 and Kentucky in 2015.

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1990 Georgia Tech  /  Lethal Weapon 3

( Dennis Scott, Brian Oliver, Kenny Anderson ) 

These 3 guys averaged over 20 points per game in 1990. They were known as the Lethal Weapon 3 and made the NCAA tournament a lot of fun to watch as they would just roll over their opponents.

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1992 Michigan / Fab 5

( Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King , Ray Jackson ) 

5 Freshman coming into the league making waves ending the season 12-3. Working together they took down the number 1 seed as well as their rival Ohio State.

Together you have a team of people with different skills, talents, opinions and ideas. When you work together you bring more to the game than just your skills and talents.  When we look at all the things we do, there are things that we are passionate about and really good at and then there are things that we struggle with or even just despise doing. What if you were to find a team of people that love to do the stuff that makes you cringe. When you empower others to use their strengths and work together on your team you are a greater leader than doing things all by yourself.

What do you have that you can give away to do greater things?

A Toast To Volunteers

Ideas are meant to shared. There are great ideas and terrible ideas but you learn from the good and the bad ones.  This is a idea that we have found to be a good one, it’s called a “TOAST BAR.”

Each Sunday morning our volunteers get up early to come serve  at our church. Most of the time it’s so early that breakfast is not an option. They get their kids out of bed and jump in the car using all the energy they had saved up. They deserve to know that we as a church has their back and that we try to think through everything.  So our children’s ministry team has set up a simple, easy to maintain, inexpensive bar of bread, jellies and more.  Each week gathering together to pray and eat. they walk away feeling informed, loved and part of a team making a difference each week in the lives of these kids.

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Great ideas are meant to be shared. Here’s a TOAST to all Volunteers. Thank you!

God of Earth and Outer Space

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Had a childhood flashback this week. I was thinking back to the days of growing up in a Baptist church. Sunday Nights we would get the chance to pick our favorite hymn and if the Choir Director knew the song you and the rest of the church sang it to the top of your lungs.

My favorite hymn never got picked and it’s obvious why. So I thought I would share Hymn # 20 (God of Earth and Outer Spaceout of the Baptist hymn book.

God of earth and outer space, God of love and God of grace
Bless the astronauts who fly, As they soar beyond the sky
God who flung the stars in space, God who set the sun ablaze,
Fling the spacecraft thro the air, Let man know your presence there.

God of atmosphere and air, God of life and planets bare,
Use man’s courage and his skill As he seeks your holy will.
God of depth and God of height, God of darkness, God of light,
As man walks in outer space, Teach him how to walk in grace.

God of man’s exploring mind, God of wisdom, God of time,
Launch us from complacency To a world in need of thee.
God of power, God of might, God of rockets firing bright.
Hearts ignite and thrust within, Love for Christ to share with men.

God of earth and outerspace, God who guides the human race,
Guide the lives of seeking youth In their search for heavnly truth.
God who reigns below, above, God of universal love,
Love that gave Nativity, Love that gave us Calvary.

What was your favorite hymn growing up? 

 

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.”  Psalm 19:1

 

The Power Of WHAT

As I have said before in a previous post I was a huge fan of Professional Wrestling. I remember when Stone Cold Steve Austin would get up in the middle of the ring and begin one of his “rants” and the crowd would yell, “WHAT?”  The more Stone Cold talked the more the crowd said “WHAT?”

The thought of that brings so much to mind as a communicator:

What am I trying to say?

What is my goal in this?

What do I want to happen?

What is the audience need to know?

What, What, What….

If you don’t communicate clearly your audience begins to ask you that what question and you better be ready to answer it.  Think about the what first when planning anything or you go in unprepared and ineffective.

What should be the first question you ask and one of the most important.  Even in life:

What am I going to do today?

What will I need for the meeting?

What time will I need to be there?

What should i wear?

WhatWhatWhat….

What about you are you being effective? Do you know why you do what you do?  Do you know the what is your end goal?

Sometimes we just have to stop and ask WHAT?

VeggieTales on Netflix

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Starting November 26th VeggieTales releases a NETFLIX ORIGINAL series called “VeggieTales in the House”.  With all of the characters that we have grown up to love we now can pass the on to our children. Not only that but to be able to have access to media with a Godly view on life. You can make this show a part of your family routine and conversations. Each show is 11 minutes long and easy for you to be able to talk about it.

Here are some fun things to get you ready for November 26.

Watch the Trailer of VeggieTales in the House:

Here from the creators of VeggieTales:

Download  & Print 7 FREE VeggieTales In The House Coloring Pages HERE 

Watch on NETFLIX starting November 26th HERE