Feb 212009

Times of uncertainty like we are currently living in are great times for personal growth and evaluation.  During tough economic times, all employers will have to consider who in their business is indispensable.  Who has added value to this company or business in such a way that we simply cannot move forward without them? 

I will do a short series of post regarding ways to make ourselves indispensable to the organizations we are a part of.  How can I become so valuable that I am completely secure in my present employment.  These principles we will look at cross over into every facet of life and are principles that come right out of God’s Word. 

These five laws come from a book titled The Go-Giver.  It is a parable about adding value to others as a way of achieving success for yourself.  It was recently given to me as a gift from my friend Casey Graham of ReThink Money.

It is based on five “laws” or principles and over the next week I will look at each one individually and discuss how practical each principle applies to our lives as followers of Jesus.  If we apply these “laws” to our life in the workplace, it is quite possible that we will make ourselves indispensable to our company or employer.  When layoffs begin and cutbacks take place, most leaders will make their decisions based on added value to the organization.

The Law of Value

The Law of Compensation

The Law of Influence

The Law of Authenticity

The Law of Receptivity

 Posted by at 11:19 am
Feb 182009

I came across a great post on addressing the ROOT issues related to accumulating debt by Joseph Sangl.  You can check out the post on his site here and/or read below.  I am so proud of our people and how they are taking steps.  Keep it up Grovers!

You Cannot Borrow Your Way Out of Debt!
I have seen so many people attempt to borrow their way out of debt.  I have personally tried to borrow my way out of debt.  The problem is that it does not work!

Here are some ways I see people try to borrow their way out of debt:

  • Debt Consolidation Loan  Roll all of the credit cards into a single loan.
  • Home Equity Loan  Roll all of the credit cards and car payments into a single loan using home equity.
  • Loan From The Parents  Roll all of the debt into a single loan from Mom and Dad.

I have never seen it work because these “solutions” only address symptoms!  You must address the root cause of what created the debt in the first place.

It is necessary to change spending behavior and money management behavior. 

I have seen a lot of people use the crutch of “it is medical bills” and expect to receive a free pass on the debt.  That is so frustrating because in nearly all cases, the reason the medical bills exist is because the individual or family opted out of carrying health insurance.

I have seen a lot of people use the crutch of “I lost my job” and expect a response of “Oh, that makes your debt OK.”  BUT it would have never happened if they would have made an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses their top priority instead of a house, cars, furniture, and numerous other “gotta-have-it” purchases.

You simply can not borrow your way out of debt.  It requires a written plan and a ton of focus.  You can start your journey by reading THIS SERIES and preparing your own written spending plan using the FREE TOOLS

Related Resource

 Posted by at 12:51 am
Feb 162009

Big Idea:
In spite of our sin and flaws, Jesus calls us to follow Him as an adopted child.

Memory Verse:
Romans 8:15 (NIV)
15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Random Thoughts:

  • Wow!  Another great day at the Grove!  I was expecting our crowd to be smaller with school out this week.  I am so proud of our church and how you guys are inviting people. 
  • Nathan did an outstanding job sharing truth with us this morning.  I am so thankful for our team and it is great to be able to have a week off and know that we are not going to skip a beat.  I am amazed that God would allow me to be a part of His redemptive work on this earth!  I’m accepted!
  • Ric and the band have done a great job of making this an absolutely fun series with the trivia games and the music. 
  • A big thank you to Gabe Shababy and the “Skip’s” team for catering lunch for us.  It was great!  Thank you to the band for cooking and serving us!  You guys are awesome!  Especially the old guy on the electric!
  • I loved not having to rush off after our service and simply hang out and talk to people yesterday.  What a great idea to eat together since we didn’t have to break down.  It was absolutely beautiful and I loved seeing people outside eating and talking.
  • This “Come As You Are” series has been a blast!  The message have been challenging to me personally!  I am looking forward to kicking off “THREAD” this week. 
  • I am already praying for our Easter services this coming April.  We have the chance to have a HUGE turnout for Easter!  Be praying about who you can invite!
  • Josiah and I went shopping on Friday for the “girls” in the house and picked out some great valentine gifts.  We got up first thing and surprised the girls with their valentine gifts and had a blast enjoying the fun.  I am thankful for my two sweethearts and I am especially thankful to God for bringing Jill into my life! 
  • I can’t wait to see what happens this next week.



 Posted by at 5:23 pm
Feb 132009

February is known to be the worst month for depression.  The unending cold, lack of extended sunlight and lonliness connected to “Valentine’s Day” are a few of the reasons people struggle with depression in the month of February. 

Those involved in education often find February a tough month because the academic workload is heavy and the end of the semester seems so far away.

We began “Starbuck Thursday’s” last year and it has become “Thankful Thursdays” this year.  It is a “cafe” experience we (Church at the Grove) create for the teachers/staff at Youth Middle School each Thursday during the month of February that hopefully gives those in education a brief respite from the daily rigors of investing in the students of our community. 

Church at the Grove exist to develop people who follow Jesus and Make Disciples.  We seek to accomplish this through:

  • Creating Environments where people can EXPLORE faith.
  • Encourage Relationships where people can ENCOUNTER authentic relationships and community.
  • Start Discussions that EXTEND the hope found in a personal relationship with Jesus. 

Thankful Thursdays is a practical way to show God’s love and hopefully starts an ongoing discussion about the joy of exploring and knowing Jesus. 

Thank you Church at the Grove and the numerous volunteers that make Thankful Thursdays a reality!  Check out the pics and notice the happy faces!

Happy Teachers lead to smart students!

Happy Teachers lead to smart students!

Yes!  That is guitar hero!

Yes! That is guitar hero!

Church at the Grove leaders are second to none!

Church at the Grove leaders are second to none!

We love educators!

We love educators!

 Posted by at 12:16 pm