September Reading List

visioneering

I am currently reading “Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision” by Andy Stanley.  This book is packed full of principles and practical “how to’s”  that will help you develop and maintain a personal vision.  I am excited to get to the end of the book and then apply the principles to my personal and family vision.

What are you reading this month?  What do you recommend?

Helping People Pursue Jesus!!!

KL

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HOMEGROUPS: WHY DO I NEED TO BE A PART OF A HOME GROUP?

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I believe that we are better when we are together. I believe this so strongly that we are building it into the DNA of our family vision. I challenge and encourage everyone to join a Home Group—a gathering of friends centered around fellowship, Bible study and discussion, and focused prayer. A wise man once said,  “People aren’t looking for a friendly church; they are looking for friends.” I believe that’s true, and I encourage you to be a part of a home group.  If you desire authentic community, I encourage you to contact me and find out how you can connect through our Home Groups, each person in our community can engage in stimulating conversations as they fall into a circle of friends.

Helping People Pursue Jesus!

KL

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV)

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How to Survive Daylight Savings!

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Already mourning lost sleep from this morning? Most people will sleep about 40 minutes less on Sunday night after daylight saving time returns, bad news for the 47 million American who are already sleep-deprived. But those aren’t the only impacts it can have on your health.

You’re more likely to have a heart attack
In the three days after we spring forward, we’re five percent more likely to have a heart attack, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Another study found a jump as big as 25 percent. One possible explanation is that sleep deprivation releases stress hormones that increase inflammation, causing complications in those already at higher risk of having a heart attack. The good news? Our risk falls by 21 percent when daylight saving time ends in November.

Your performance suffers
It can be tough enough to guzzle enough coffee to function at the office on Monday mornings, and you can expect tomorrow morning to be even harder. A 2012 study in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that we spend more time online on non-work related websites the first Monday after daylight saving time starts than on the Mondays before or after it. There’s also over a five percent jump in workplace accidents that Monday.

Your sleep efficiency is lower
The impact of daylight saving time on our sleep quality goes beyond a lost hour. Researchers say that sleep efficiency—the ratio of time you spend actually sleeping compared to the amount of time you spend in bed—is disrupted for as long as a week or more after we spring forward. One study found that sleep time is reduced by up to an hour a day for five days following the change—and it’s especially tough on night owls.

 How to Deal:

Adjusting to the time change is different for everyone. Some people adjust in a few days; for others, it takes more time.

Wake up early. Exposing yourself to the bright light in the morning will help you adjust. After a dark winter season, the sun may seem harsh at first.

Don’t Take Naps. Avoiding naps is key for adjusting to the time change. Try not to take naps, If you have to take them, take them early and for no longer than 20 minutes.

Long naps are a sign of sleep deprivation and other underlying health issues. Research says short naps improve brain function, leaving you refreshed afterward.

Avoid Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks. Avoid coffee and caffeinated beverages four to six hours before bedtime.

It’s also important to follow good sleep hygiene habits

Turn off the House of Cards marathon. Power down distractions like the TV, cell phone, and laptop well before bedtime—the blue light they emit suppress melatonin secretion, disrupting sleep.

What are you doing to help adjust to daylight savings time and springing forward one hour?

Because People Matter

KL

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March Reading List

I have always enjoyed reading.  I actually have a pretty large library of books.   However, my time management has not really allowed much room for reading.  Reading was always the first thing to go when the schedule got crammed.

I enjoy reading books on my iPad via the Kindle app.  I usually have my iPad or phone with me anywhere I am which allows for reading pretty much at any time.  Also, If I read on my iPad and then later read on my iPhone, the Kindle app keeps up where I was at across all my devices.

I am including my reading list for March below!!

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SOUL DETOX by Craig Groeschel

As standards of conduct continue to erode in our shock-proof world, we must fight the soul pollution threatening our health, our faith, and our witness to others. Without even knowing it, people willingly inhale second-hand toxins poisoning their relationship with God and stunting their spiritual growth.Soul Detox examines the toxins that assault us daily including: toxic influences, toxic emotions, and toxic behaviors.

By examining the toxins that assault us daily, this book offers the ultimate spiritual intervention with ways to remain clean, pure, and focused on the standard of God’s holiness.

What are you reading this month?  What are you planning to read next month?

Share your thoughts!!

Because People Matter,

KL

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Morning Meetings with Jesus September 25, 2014

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John 2:1-11

On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, “They don’t have any wine.”“What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.”“Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants.Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then He said to them,“Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.” And they did.When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom 10 and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”11 Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

 

The hosts have done their best, but it isn’t enough. The wine has run out at the wedding feast. They are about to be embarrassed. Everyone is about to go home. The big celebration is about to fizzle. As diligent as the hosts probably were in planning for the feast, they didn’t accurately estimate the refreshment needed. Or perhaps they bought all they could afford and hoped it would be enough. It wasn’t.

The wedding feast at Cana is a lot like life. It’s a good attempt at a celebration, but it doesn’t quite satisfy. It requires lots of planning and preparation, but there are inevitably unexpected crises. Always visible are the laughter and dancing, but behind the scenes there is stress over whether it will all work out. And everyone knows it will eventually end.

But when Jesus steps into the situation, everything changes. His word is enough to take our stone jars and fill them with satisfying substance. At His word, these ritual cleansing jars-the utensils of legalism-become the vessels of abundant life. They shadow gives way to reality.

Application:
Jesus is the life of the party—Literally. He steps into our world and changes futility into fulfillment, blandness into flavor, obligation into celebration, law into life. And, like the servants at the party, we never see it happen! We don’t know how He does it, just that He does. We see the problem, we invite Him to be the solution, we hear Him give the command to prepare for a miracle, and we do so. We fill the pots with water of our faith and obedience, but we don’t understand the miracle that is taking place inside. He turns the water to wine without our understanding either how or exactly when. The dancing can continue, the guests can keep laughing, and we can relax and enjoy the celebration.

In John’s writing, the ministry of Jesus begins with a wedding feast. It also ends with one (Revelation 19:7). The kingdom of God is all about celebration. And it begins when Jesus speaks a transforming word and provides new wine.

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The Logsdon Five

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THE LOGSDON FIVE…..
are a family
are not perfect
do our best
get silly
tell the truth
listen give
are grateful
find joy
take responsibility
have faith
share trust
use kind words
respect each other
laugh every day
celebrate life
give grace
are messy
make mistakes
do loud really well
love each other
say please and thank you
give second chances
are Blessed

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Influential Generation

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Just food for thought-

In Thom and Jess Rainers’ book “The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation,” They suggest that the Millennial Generation (those born between 1980-2000) has become the most influential generation.  Over 78 millions births occurred between 1980-2000.

What does this mean?  This means that people from the ages of 11 years old to 31 years old have surpassed the Baby Boomers and have become the leading influence in America today.

What are you doing to reach this generation?  Churches can not afford to miss out on the opportunity to reach this generation.  I believe that if we are going to reach the world for Christ, we must start with reaching the Millennial Generation.

 

Share your thoughts!!!

 

Because People Matter-

Kris

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