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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You won’t believe her reaction when she finds out her bill has already been paid

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Proud of my boy Rob Westerman and all the work he and his church, SNC Norwood, are doing in Cincinnati. He recorded this with his friend and talented Cincinnati native, Mike Lewis of Jesus Painter Ministries. This is much more than a ‘pay it forward’ initiative. As Rob explained to me of all the final quotes Paul shared from Jesus with the Ephesian leaders before he went back to Jerusalem, it was this quote from Jesus that he left them with in Acts chapter 20, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The full verse is here:

Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. ”

Here is the local news coverage. Just one day after it was shared it had over 5.1 Million views, and now 10 million views as of this post! For a few hours work and $400 dollars it’s a good lesson to any business or organization to create moments that are sharable, and doing it is NOT expensive. As SNC Norwood states on their facebook page, just $400 showed love to over 5 million people.


So go, and give. It’s better than receiving.

“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.)

Plan now.

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Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind. (Proverbs 21:5)Runner Start Runway 2015Make plans. Write them down. Cross some off. Add a few goals you think are too big. Plan out your steps to get each goal accomplished. Tell someone about everything you want to do this year.

Start.

 

 

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.

Creativity in Church Spaces

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How are you transforming your space into something that turns people toward a posture of worship? Are you called to rebuild the creative walls of the Church? Man, that calling resonates with me. The Church largely has built spaces for function and less for definition, but what’s emerged is a canvas to play with. Bending light is a high calling. The journey of being creative with our spaces and using them for something other than a place to sit in, is a journey that is transformational and demands our interactions with others. Watch this video from my friend and someone I highly admire for his creativity and leadership, Luke McElroy of Salt Nashville for insight into his manifesto for the Salt movement.


 

Take my unsolicited recommendation to consider attending Salt Nashville this year.