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    Nov
    2014

    What Are You ThankFULL For?

    I am just finishing a sermon series called ThankFULL. I shared on the power of being FULL of thanks and praising God for His goodness in our lives. Today, I want to look back and give thanks to God for everything that has happened this year, and for what He is going to do in the coming year.

    It is easy to get to the end of a year and feel a little melancholy. Maybe things didn’t come together the way you wanted them to. Maybe you didn’t get the promotion or the opportunity you were hoping for. It might be that you experienced loss this year. The holidays can be a painful reminder of loved ones that are no longer with us, and that can be difficult. But I want to encourage you in this: God is still with you and He is still for you. I always believe that the best is yet to come. In Matthew 6:13, the Bible says that God leads us from glory to glory! In Romans 1:17, Paul adds that we are led from faith to faith. In other words, the best days for you and I are still ahead! We can head into this holiday season with hope, and because we have this hope, I want to focus on everything that I can be thankful for.

    This year, we have seen growth in our churches, seeing thousands saved, baptized, and plugged into the community of The Church. I am thankful for all the pastors, staff, and Dream Team members who serve at The Church MVMT. What happens each week would not be possible without each of you. I am excited and inspired by all the things God did this year and expectant for what He is going to do in 2015.

    Personally, I am so thankful for my wife, Wendy, my children, my family, and my friends. I have been blessed with friendships that are now decades long. I am thankful for our health and for living in this great country. It is not perfect, but we are incredibly blessed to live in this nation.

    Today, I encourage you to look back and give praise to God for all the things He’s done in and through your life this year. Focus on all the things that have been good and have been a blessing to you, and remember that your best days are still ahead!

    And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

    1 Chronicles 29:13

    I want to know what you are ThankFULL for! Share it with me in the comments and on social media using the hashtag #ThankFULLlife!

     

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    6
    Nov
    2014

    What Southwest Airlines Taught Me About Being A Christian

    As a pastor and speaker, I have traveled extensively for many years. I have had the privilege of sharing the gospel all over the world at many great churches and conferences. Whenever I travel within the United States, I usually travel with Southwest Airlines, and because I have traveled so much now, I have become an A-List Preferred member.

    As an A-List member, I receive some benefits that are wonderful when you are a frequent traveler. I am guaranteed A boarding, which then gives me choice seating. I also receive letters every several months with various offers and free drink coupons. I usually just take the coupons and throw the letters away. But recently, I actually took a moment to read the letter they had sent me. As I read the letter, I was surprised to discover that there was a perk available to me I had been unaware of. They were offering me what is known as a “companion pass.”

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    30
    Oct
    2014

    Do Witches, Mediums, and Halloween Have Real Power?

    I am currently finishing a sermon series on the supernatural called ExtraOrdinary, and I felt that this would be a great topic to blog about leading into Halloween. As the church, we face a lot of interesting phenomenon today. From the widespread acceptance of horoscopes and new age philosophies, to the Long Island Medium and Paranormal Activity, there is no shortage in demonstrations of real supernatural power—and this generation is hungry for it and curious about it.

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    23
    Oct
    2014

    What’s The One Thing That Could Ruin Your Legacy?

    We recently finished our annual Church Conference: Supernatural, and during this conference, I had the honor of meeting with young leaders from all over the United States for a one-day roundtable forum. I spent the day encouraging them and sharing the wisdom I have learned from being in full-time ministry for almost 25 years. I began the day by talking with them about self-leadership because I believe our ability to lead ourselves is the determining factor for our success and longevity in ministry. We have to understand that before we can lead others effectively, we must lead ourselves.

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