Jun 242009

14 years ago today I exchanged holy vows with Jill Sammons.  I love her more today than I did then.  I am so thankful for her.  Here are fourteen things I love about Jill:

  • I love her unashamed passion for Jesus Christ!
  • I love her unwavering commitment to God’s Word and living it out in her life.
  • I love the way she serves and loves me unconditionally.
  • I love the way she mothers and invests into the lives of our children.
  • I love the way she laughs. (Loud)
  • I love her commitment to the local church, the body of Christ.
  • I love her passion for building relationships with people in need of a relationship with Jesus.
  • I love her hospitable spirit toward the people with whom she crosses paths.
  • I love the way she sings.
  • I love her legs.  (I have to be honest)
  • I love her passion for educating our children.
  • I love how she overlooks my shortcomings and hardheadedness.
  • I love her beautiful smile and perfect teeth.  (That happened to be in braces when we dated.)
  • I love to go to bed and breakfast inns with her.  That is where we are now! June 24, 2009.
 Posted by at 7:58 pm
Jun 242009

Big Idea:
God is Good; God is Great

Key Scripture:
Psalms 62:11-12 (NIV)
11 One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,
12 and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

Random Thoughts:

  • It was great to be back at Church at the Grove this Sunday.  I learned a lot the week before at Church at the Ridge but I miss Church at the Grove. 
  • Steven Furtick’s message on God’s Goodness and his Greatness was awesome!  I have had a lot of great feedback on this past Sunday.
  • What a great crowd for Father’s day!  It has been our lowest attended week each of the past 2 years, and although it was down from normal, it was a great crowd for Father’s Day.
  • I was so blessed to have Walt, Mercy, Bliss and Thomas with us on Sunday to share what God is doing in their family and how God is leading them in mission work.  I love Walt’s family.  It was great having Marjorie and Philip with us. 
  • What a great Father’s Day.
  • I hope you are all keeping up with your Acts of Kindness for 40 Days! 
  • Today (June 24) Jill and I have been married for 14 years.  I am so thankful for her!  God could not have blessed me more with a wonderful wife. 
  • We leave today for a getaway anniversary trip.  That is why this is a short reflection. 
  • I will see you all soon.  Have a great week and don’t miss this Sunday’s final week of OnePrayer.


 Posted by at 7:50 am
Jun 202009

Visionary Leadership is essential but is potentially dangerous.

  • It has proven the most effective leadership style.
  • It has the danger of becoming leader centered.
  • It has the danger of becoming hyper visionary.  Count the cost.

Luke 14:28-32 (NIV)
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

  • The leader can become autocratic.
  • The leader must listen or skilled incompetence will emerge.  Avoid the CEO disease. 

Proverbs 18:13 (NIV)
13 He who answers before listening– that is his folly and his shame.



 Posted by at 8:37 am
Jun 182009

Remember your gifts and from where they come.

1 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

*He gave gifts to men:

Ephesians 3:7 (NIV)
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

*You are not superior to others.  You are simply leading through the gifts given to you by God.

*Pride is the root of all sinful leadership issues.  If you think you are above succumbing to leadership woes and sinful steps, you are in a position of pride.

Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.



 Posted by at 11:02 pm