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!!!
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We are getting ready to start the second half of the year.
As I think about the fact that we are almost to June, I look back over my life to reflect how my life is different now than what it was at the beginning of the year. I look back at the "Spiritual Markers" in my life to be able to see where I have grown and where I have not grown.
What is your spiritual growth plan?
How is God using you this year?
Will your life be any different at the end of the year than it was at the beginning?
What are the spiritual markers in your life?
Do you know how to recognize them?
How are you keeping track of your spiritual growth?
Because People Matter,
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.
We need friendly people, graphic artists, hipsters, rockers, financial planners, dreamers, connectors, people that are good with children and teenagers, web designers, all types of musicians, office managers, painters, lighting and sound technicians, film editors, humans, actors, singers and vocalists, sculptors, poets, writers, service planners, set designers, camera operators, licensed truck drivers, police officers and security workers, and more, If you don’t fit any of these categories, we are also looking for angry, bitter, sad, lonely, messed up, frustrated, and depressed people that want to change, Christ-followers, people far from God, and everyone in-between! Think you’re too messed up to be a part of our team? Think again.
Nothing in the world is more exciting than building a church. We’re not talking about bricks and steeples, we’re talking about building a community of faith that can change the world. We believe that the time for this movement is now and we want you to be a part of it. Your gifts, your input, your skills, and your social networks will be utilized as a part of something that is bigger than yourself that will bring depth and excitement to your life.
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We are now in the 3rd week for the year 2012. Many people have made New Year Resolutions and many have not. Many are doing well with those resolutions and already many are struggling to keep them.
How are you doing with your 2012 resolutions?
Just wanted to let everyone know that I will not be posting much if at all on here for at least the rest of the month. I am currently at Camp Atterbury, Indiana demobing after spending a year in Afghanistan.
Once I am home and settled, I will begin to post regularly on here
barefoot 4 Jesus
Yesterday I had the awesome privilege to worship with Pastor Ken Patterson and Grace International Church in lovely downtown Baltimore. This was the first time meeting Ken and Grace International Church. Ken is very passionate about the Gospel and about his relationship with Jesus. Kens’ passion overflows into his vision for Grace International and his passion to preach a unified Gospel message for all. What makes Grace International a unique church in my opinion is that they desire to be a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church in the Baltimore area. Kens’ message yesterday was out of Joshua 3. Ken made a profound statement that really struck me and has really got me thinking.
In Joshua 3, we read about the tribes of Israel crossing the Jordan River. The unique thing here is in Joshua 3:13. “And when the “soles” of their feet….shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing.” The people were able to cross unharmed. Ken encouraged the listeners to find out what “your “Jordan” is” and what is it that God wants you to possess?
Ken shared further that the passion of Grace International (@unthinkchurch) is that everyone will feel welcome and that we can become barefoot for Jesus and worship him together, leaving our differences at the door and worshiping together as one body.
I think that this is the beginning of an awesome movement of worship, where all people of all races, all life backgrounds, all walks of life can come together, united as one and worship our one true living Savior.
Will you join me and @unthinkchurch in becoming “Barefoot for Jesus” this year?
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As I am writing this post, I am 32,000 feet above somewhere between Incirlik Airbase, Turkey and Ramstein Airbase, Germany. It was a little less than a year ago that I was in the same area only headed in the other direction. A lot has gone on over the last year. I have been in Afghanistan since 18 December 2010. I have traveled all over Zabul Province in Southern Afghanistan. I have made many new friends and seen a lot of interesting places. This trip was a little bittersweet as I knew that it would be the beginning to the end of my 12 year military career. My contract is up in early 2013 and I have decided that I will not re-enlist for a 3rd time. I have spent 3 years in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 10 years of serving in the military. I am excited to see what the future holds and I am also excited to announce that for the first time ever, I have developed a Game Plan for Life. This plan includeds aspects of where I am at now in my life and a direction and guidance on where I want to go and be in as much as 3 years. I have developed a Vision Statement for my life in 2012 that will help my to stay on track with my Game Plan. I have also developed 7 Core Values that I believe are a neccessity in my life. I have also enrolled in school full-time for the first time ever and look forward to furthering my educational knowledge. I will share my Vision Statement and Core Values later in another post. I just wanted to share these things with you while I was 32,000 ft in the air.
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I ran across this and thought I would share it!!
–Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
–Do not stay at home because 17% of all accidents occur at home.
–Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedistrians.
–Avoid traveling by air, rail or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
–You will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in church
–Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is church!!
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