When I found out why he took off running I couldn’t believe it…

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It was late, almost midnight – years ago. My friend Michael called me after a long bike ride where he was praying for what was next in his life. He had recently lost his father. He had some major life changes happening and I knew he was ready for change himself. But, when he told me he was walking into work to quit the next morning – I knew he was serious and he knew he was on the right path. I’m so thankful for a friend who listens when God is telling him to do something crazy, because Mike has been changing the world ever since.

Mike’s story is amazing and inspiring. Check out this video on the release of his new book, The Ability To Endure.

Michael Chitwood heads up Team World Vision for the World Vision organization. Here is what Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US and author of Unfinished and The Hole in Our Gospel , had to say about Mike’s new book:

“Heartbreaking. Encouraging. Passionate. Look out. This book may bring you to tears. It may inspire you to run a marathon or change the world. Michael Chitwood has that effect on people, and this book will show you why.”

Get Mike’s book here.

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“Heart Won’t Stop” Lyric Video on YOU ARE THE AVALANCHE – by John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

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The new release from John Mark McMillan and his wife Sarah McMillan, Avalanche, is now available–and it’s destructive in the greatest way imaginable. You can get the new album here at iTunes. JMM continues in turning the mundane to magnificent with the images used in the lyric video from the song “Heart Won’t Stop”.

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Don’t forget what an Avalanche looks like.

Heart Won’t Stop Lyrics and link to the Chord Chart:

Verse 1: There is not a man or a beast, nothing on the land or underneath, Oh nothing that could ever come between,  the love you have for me

I could lay my head in Sheol, I could make my bed at the bottom of the darkness deep, Oh but there is not a place I could escape you

Chorus: Your heart won’t stop coming after me,Your heart won’t stop coming after me, Your heart won’t stop coming after me

Verse 2: There is not an angel of the stars, there is not a devil in the dark, Oh nothing that could change the way you are, the love you have for me

I could lay my head in Sheol, I could make my bed at the bottom of the darkness deep, Oh but there is not a place I could escape you

Chorus: Your heart won’t stop coming after me,Your heart won’t stop coming after me, Your heart won’t stop coming after me

I could lay my head in Sheol, I could make my bed at the bottom of the darkness deep, Oh but there is not a place I could escape you

Chorus: Your heart won’t stop coming after me,Your heart won’t stop coming after me, Your heart won’t stop coming after me

(Heart Won’t Stop Chord Chart Here)

Be Steadfast.

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This is one of my favorite verses. It represents one of the three commitments I have made to myself and others.

1) I will embrace responsibility.

2) I will reject passivity.

3) I will believe in God for the greater reward.

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James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (Graphic design from the faithlife.com team.)

Show’m what to expect

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One of the most valuable things you can do is remove the doubt for people looking at your product – and your church is a product. Families shop, visitor dip in and out without you knowing, and people in the community drive by your building and wonder, “What’s going on in there?”. At 4Corners Church we set out to develop a video that did just that. We wanted to show people what to expect on a typical Sunday morning. Staff member Lisa wrote a killer script, other staff members weighed in, volunteer Katie did a great job on camera with her infectious personality and my boy Bill and I shot and edited. Mostly importantly, everyone in the church did what they always do every week to make 4 Corners a great place to visit and an even greater place to attend on a regular basis.

How do you convey what happens in your church to visitors before they get there? How easy is it for your church members to share with their friends? If you’ve shot one of these type of videos, post the link below. I would love to see it.

Oceans by Hillsong United

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This song, Oceans by Hillsong, kills it. The lyrics are on point. Watch the lyric video below and find the songs lyrics below.

Lyrics
“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
by Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

The Most American Man Ever

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The most American man ever.

I grabbed this shot of my cousin as he walked in front of me during our family 4th of July get together. Later, this pic was dubbed, “The Most American Man Ever”.
Truth is – he kind of is. He is the most American man ever.

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Call him what you will, the most American man ever, the most patriotic man ever, the great American badass – it all leads to the same image. No funny post on collegehumor.com or pic of Abraham Lincoln riding a bear waiving guns could ever be as American and Patriotic as a marine who stood up for you on foreign lands, hand in hand with his fellow marines, to be certain we can continue to live in freedom.  Here’s to the most American Man Ever – which does (in turn) make this the most American blog post ever.

Cheers.

(image rights Matt Peterson 2014 “The most American man ever”)

You won’t believe how he saved his baby’s life with a song

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Behind every great song is an even greater story. When I was with Integrity Music we knew this song was an amazing anthem and was rising quickly. What I didn’t know then was how powerful the story behind the song is. When you hear Daniel Bashta share the story of what happened with his song, Like a Lion, you will honestly not believe how it saved the baby he would soon call his son.