Reading List….

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What are some “must haves” for my 2020 reading list.  Several years ago I purchased a Kindle for my reading.  I really enjoy it and the fact that I can “carry” multiple books with me at a time.

Leadership

Productivity

Entrepreneurship

Faith

Marriage

Feel free to share any other Titles even if they are not withing the above Genres.

 

Because Perople Matter…

KL

 

Influential Generation

Books

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

Mosaic Story

Being transparent is not something that comes easy to me. However, with the work that God is doing in my life, He demands total transparency. I know that after I share this I will have some critics, some who doubt what I say and hopefully some encourager’s. There was a time in my life that I walked away from God and ultimately walked away from my family and marriage. I was only concerned about Kris and what he wanted. In doing so, I found myself in an affair. I didn’t care how it affected my marriage or my family, I was simply living in the moment. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 3 times and had decided that I could take care of myself and did not need God. In the end, I lost my marriage and my family. It was then that I realized how important God was needed in my life. I moved from Greenwood to Fort Smith after arriving home from Afghanistan. I started a new chapter in my life and began to seek Gods plan and will for my life. My relationship with my kids was restored and I love daddy weekends with my babies. I met a very Godly woman and just recently started a new chapter together with her in marriage. I moved out of my apartment in Fort Smith and we have a house in Van Buren The Lord has been stirring my heart for something great for Him. It has kept me up at night and at times made it hard not to shout it out. The Lord has been burdening and stirring my heart about the number who people who have given up on church or been burned by church or who simply think they are to “bad” for church. They are over 22,000 people in Van Buren and an estimated 40% who are unchurched. That equates to around 8,000 unchurched people. This passion and vision that I truly believe the Lord has placed on my life is to plant a new church here in Van Buren: “Mosaic Van Buren”. A mosaic is a piece of art made up of broken pieces of glass and ceramic of different colors and shapes, and we are just like that…….a bunch of broken people of different cultures and backgrounds and different stories brought together to create God’s perfect art. It is my prayer and desire for God to use me as He wishes. We are in the prenatal stages of Mosaic Van Buren. There was a message at church a few weeks back that was a convicting one for me in that I must allow God to use me regardless of what I have done. God has a plan to use me and if I tell God NO and do not allow Him to use me then He will find someone else who says YES.

I have since learned that ALL I have is God and I seek to serve Him with my whole being. I have always known that God has called me to ministry but everyone around me told me that I was no longer fit because of my actions and the decisions that I made, especially after my affair and divorce. Some critics are even worse now that I am married again.

I have this passion and vision to to reach the unchurched. Many churches today are content with who they are reaching. Many churches dont want the “trash” that come with lots in the community. I have this passion and vision to plant a church here in Van Buren that operates to seek out those who have given up on church, have to much “garbage” to come to church, who are broken, hurting and an outcast. Mosaic Van Buren would be a place made up of shattered, broken people who come together and serve an amazing God creating a beautiful thing for Jesus. Just as the word Mosaic is defined.

Summer Reading List

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I am usually not much of a reader, but I have recently found a new appreciation for reading and here is what I have picked so far for my summer reading list.

Weird by Craig Groeschel

Crazy by Francis Chan

Plan B by Pete Wilson

Simple Church by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger

Radical Together by David Platt

The Millennials by Thom & Jess Rainer

12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching by Wayne McDill

Communicating for A Change by Andy Stanley

7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley

What is on your reading list this summer?  What other books do you recommend that I put on my reading list?

 

Because People Matter

Kris

Influential Genereation

Books

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

iPad and the Pulpit

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With the release of the iPad 2 a few months ago, the buzz among pastors recently has been about utilizing the iPad from the pulpit.

Many pastors have found that the iPad proves very useful for sermon preparation as well as delivering the sermon from the pulpit using the iPad.

I have an iPad myself and I can see where it would become very useful for the pulpit.

Various programs such as EverNote, GoodReader and Dropbox make it possible to store and access all study and sermon notes by organinzing them in folders with a central location accesable via any internet access.

What about you? How do you prepare your sermons? What "tools" do you use? Have you ever thought of utilizing an iPad within the pulpit?

Share your thoughts!!!!

Because People Matter
Kris

$86,400.00

How would you like to have a bank
that just gave you money. This bank deposits $86,400 a day into your
account. This money is free for you to use. Free for you to spend
however you want. Sound good?


However,
at the close of business each day you balance is reset to zero and you
lose whatever was left in their for that day. The remaining balance
each day does not carry over to the next. But at the beginning of each
day a new deposit of $86,400 is deposited. There are never any
overdraft fees with this bank. There is no limitations on you as to how
you can spend this money.


What
would you do with your money then? What would you do each day with
$86,400 to spend? Would you withdrawal all of it and invest it in your
future or would you go blow it all where ever you could? At the end of
each day, would you have anything to show for the money that you spent?


Who wouldn't want a bank like this one? Who wouldn't want free money? Who wouldn't invest it in their future?

Believe it or not, you have an account at a similar bank.
You
have access to the Bank of Time. You are given 86,400 seconds each and
everyday to use however you want. You can invest it or you can blow it.
At the end of each day the remaining time is lost never to be given
back. At the start of each day you are given a new deposit of 86,400
seconds to use for that day.


You
will never have overdraft charges. You will never be charged withdrawal
fees. You are free to spend your time however you choose.


The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes that there is a time and a season for everything.

Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1-8

1
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under
Heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a
time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear
down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time
to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to
gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to
search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to
speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time
for peace.


I
leave you with this thought for today: If you would take $86,400 and
invest it in your future, why wont you take 86,400 seconds that you are
given daily and do the same?