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Preaching to the choir

Well I had the privilege of serving our congregation on January 4th by preaching the sermon and filling in for announcements etc. This is by far a privilege and joy but I often feel I am preaching to the choir in my own element of Youth Ministry talks, which happen at least 3 times a month on Sunday Nights… But that has me thinking…

Jesus spoke of the challenges of speaking in your own town… He experienced it when others questioned him because of His family line… His dad was a carpenter…. How could he be a preacher?
Well I think this is quite revealing of people and our society..
I knew going into the sermon… those who really like me will say it was a good job… those who dislike me (I know… I can imagine some don’t care for me) and then my desire for life change to occur.. Which I pray for every time I speak no matter what the audience.. That my words could be a fuel for change.

So how do we avoid speaking to the choir mentality?

I think we need to take each opportunity to pray, focus and touch.. God has given each talk, lesson, sermon or message as a tool for someone to be interacting with the one true God.. a face to face collision with God.. When I think of it in this term it makes me prepare a bit different. I don’t get all hyped up or nervous about failure but I get focussed on teaching, preparing and sharing words that God can inspire and excite people to change and move in their relationship closer to God and Christlikeness.

So you have prayed….. good  keep praying

Next prepare… spend the needed time then a little bit more seeking God and reading the scriptures. I would add adding any special items you will use, for example a video clip, a picture, a prop but don’t allow those items to be the focal point but to high light and accentuate the scripture.

Thirdly, write it out… put it down on paper, or use some online tool like Evernote to work it out. I think this is an important part for multiple reasons, it keeps us on topic, it keeps us on time and it keeps us on the right track for a great message. I would also then build your power point or presentation depending on what media form you use.

Fourthly, I would go to the space you are teaching, preaching etc. in a do a dry run through of it. I know it takes a lot of time but it is important to get a feel of the environment and atmosphere… heck you will even know where certain people sit due to our assigned (just joking here) seats.

Followed, I would go back to the desk or Starbucks if that it your sermon, lesson prep place and rework or tweak the talk when and where it needs to be.

Finally, you are ready to speak and deliver it.. pray pray pray and get your prayer warriors to pray on your behalf.

One note in closing this post out.. make it personal… most people in a space where you are speaking want to know you.. they really want to know you are human… it isn’t for them to go oh He or she is awesome but hey he or she is the real deal and struggles with life much like me… He or she can be a Christ-follower, I need to up my game and do it too….

Remember it is a gift and privilege to give a talk, lesson or sermon on behalf of others and I would continue to encourage you to bring your best and allow God to do the rest..

Good prepping to you all

Sign in and Password, Please

I have now am the not so proud owner of 5 different email addresses.. Not of my own doing mind you. I also have way to many sign on and passwords to manage. with that all being said… it has me thinking about several things in life that we have to keep track of…. Take a minute to create a list of things you need to keep an eye on…

1. Your kids…. lol
2. Your keys.. which might be harder to find than your kids
3. Your sign ons and passwords
4. Your purse or wallet
5. Your schedule for school… especially with new classes starting up
6. Your keys…
7. Your socks.. well I always seem to be one sock short
8. Your shoes

well, you get the idea, we have some important things to remember …. meetings, grocery lists, sports events, the kids musical performance… well their instrument too…

What about your sign on and password….with God?

Based on the list below where would you find yourself…

1. MIA.. never seen it
2. Always on my mind
3. Never forget it.. it is an auto sign on throughout the day.
4. My friend has those things for me
5. On the shelf some place….

Well this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone… we make our priorities just that… important.

The things that matter we make happen.
I would suggest the following ideas:

1. Plan some time to make a short list of things that matter.
2. Stick to your guns… make the important things matter.
3. Get some support… I use a sign on and password tool… what tool could you use to help in your day to day commitments?
4. Get some more support… I Funnel all my email accounts into one place.. again what tools can you use to help you?

I think this is a good starter list… try to look at your own life and add some or remove some to create a solid success list of accomplishment potential.

Well I am off to get my list started and to set myself up for great success
As soon  as I figure out my sign on and password to the list maker…. grrrrhhh

New Years Commitment

I like to think of New Years resolutions as New Years Commitment this year….

I know many people across the world will make resolutions….

1. Lose weight…  get to eating right or maybe start a diet plan
2. Exercise more..  the one time of the year gyms make their money… yeah get a membership but don’t go
3. Read some books… Amazon, Ibook.. or just go old school with some hard cover, real pages..  stack the books on the shelves to collect dust.
4. Spend more time with family and less at work.. until our work schedule just gets to demanding then we are out.
and I am sure more and more can be added to the list
I am sure this one thing crosses all religion, all races, genders and ages.. It is something we all agree on.. make a resolution or not… but we all know about them…

It has been in my mind for a few weeks. I am preparing for a sermon for January 4th and it is something I will be addressing and teaching on. So.. what if we as people changed some words around?

I think I will make the following New Years Commitments…

1. Lose weight.. I have to get a system that will help me for the long haul.
2. Exercise more… I have to be intentional and get someone to support me.. a trainer.
3. Read more books… yes, maybe even books on commitment… and read in the morning with your coffee time.
4. Family time.. Make sure you organize your calendar and schedule time away from work, even if you work from home.

I know this will all work for more people.. Due to a simple word change…
We go from resolution to commitment… that brings a new meaning and emotion to completing our tasks or commitments.

I would encourage each person reading this to switch words throughout the year and allow yourself to pick words that will drive you to complete the things you hope to in 2015.. Good Luck

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