Voltaire said, “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” Continue Reading
Knows no creative boundaries. Uses her imagination for everything. Has the most fun with just a piece of paper and crayons. Of course, she draws outside the lines, why wouldn’t she.
This is part four the final post in of the 7 Keys to Staying on Mission series. All the previous posts had been posted in one way or another on my other blog.
When I sat down to plan posts for February and March, I had planned to break the series in two posts, but the more I thought about it I felt like I had to break it down even smaller.
One reason was because I had individually published those posts in the past, so together they were much longer than any usual article on this blog. But the more important was the fact that the first five points were about the life of Moses, and in point five we see how he steps down and hands off the reigns.
The last two points are for new leadership. Christian leadership in particular. Do you ever feel like you have too much garbage or have sinned too much to be a Christian leader? Do you ever just feel plain disqualified to do whatever you do?
Let these two thoughts speak into your life today.
- God’s assignment is not determined by my personal deficiency.
- Failure is never final and victory is rarely instantaneous
This is part three in the continuation of the 7 Keys to Staying on Mission series. Next week I will post the final two points.
As I said before, this series of posts was taken from a sermon that my pastor preached over a year ago. Today we will focus on the next two points:
- Attitudes and actions should never be determined by personal disappointment.
- God’s mission is indispensable, I’m not.
And in case you were wondering, yes, my pastor is ok with me sharing this. Continue Reading
This is a continuation of my post from last week, 7 Keys to Staying on Mission.
As I said last week, this series of posts was taken from a sermon that my pastor preached over a year ago. Today we will focus on the first three points:
- The credibility of the mission is not measured by the opinions or decisions of people.
- The journey is always more difficult than first perceived.
- Focusing on the vision (and future) does not devalue previous experiences.
This information is of course used with the permission from my pastor, in case you were wondering. Continue Reading
This is a repost from a sermon that really impacted me. My pastor preached it about a year and a half ago, and I go back to revisit the notes from time to time. Since I’m migrating content from my old blog to this space, I decided I would repost it today. Next week I will touch on the first three point of his message and the week after on the last four point.
This sermon is on the importance of moving forward keeping your eyes on the target. It was titled “Staying on Mission.” Pastor Bryan reminded us that:
I’m wrestling with these thoughts about appearing to be perfect all the time. I ran across this quote from John Saddington a few days ago:
You’ve been trained to put your “best foot forward” your entire life and that’s just not what writing is about.
You know what writing really is? It’s about putting your completely incomplete and perfectly imperfect thoughts on paper. It’s about facing the stark reality that you’re not as smart as you thought yourself to be and that your beliefs about life (and everything within it) are not as clear as you had hoped them to be.
Blogging, Bye Bye
As the excitement of the 2013 holiday season was at its peak, I decided that I would do more writing in 2014. I had a posting calendar. I interviewed people for my other blog. January came, and I started publishing following my aforementioned calendar.
And then as February approached I had this thought in my head: “What if I just take a long break from blogging and social media?” A break longer than I had ever taken before. So I took my Facebook posts down one notch. I lowered my Twitter presence, basically becoming just an Instagram aggregator. And oddly enough, I increased my activity on Instagram, but I dedicated it mostly for family pictures. Continue Reading
I met Matt Deras years ago when we were both students at SAGU. We worked on several projects together since our days in Video Production 1 class.
Matt is the Media Pastor at TheAssembly.org
“When I was first hired on in 2011 I just made up my own title; Media and Video Producer. That seemed to describe things pretty well. But a few months ago we made business cards for everyone on staff and behold my title was listed as Media Pastor. So I just went with it!”
I’ll explain why this is cool.
- My first daughter will be born at the end of May, so I’m getting ready to live the dad life.
- What he does at 2:24, is exactly how I felt for the longer part of this week. Back pain is horrible.
- The clip is original. I like seeing churches come up with original lyrics and everything.
- Use of all the Hip Hop videos cliches. Love it!!
First published on my other blog in February of 2013