Monday, August 31, 2009

Are You Making Excuses?

I wanted to ask the question today "Are you making excuses?" As I was reading I was reminded of Paul and what excuses he could have made. In 2 Corinthians 11: he was not moved by beatings, stoning, or any kind of hardship and angers. Paul was not deterred by the fact that he was not tall and handsome, like me…just kidding, or that he had a great personality. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:10 that they said his letters were weighty and forceful, but in person he was un impressive and his speaking amounts to nothing. He pressed on past all these things and continued to write 2/3’s of the New Testament. He did not make excuses.

For a long time I always told myself based on some experiences I had in school that I was not good at reading, comprehending, writing or spelling. I did not really excel in any class. I was not athletic like my awesome older brother Brian—Love You man!! I was just Brad. I did not have a ton of friends, but I did have a few close ones. I was not outgoing and for years I was afraid to even wear shorts because my legs were too skinny. The enemy was at work until I finally left those excuses behind and did what Paul did and pressed forward.

Now I am not where I want to be but I am sure not where I was. I have made many excuses in my life that have held be back from the plan God has for me. And I will admit I might make more excuses however I wanted to remind myself and you today that even though we might make excuses we must press forward!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Be Men of Courage

The reason most messages for men ultimately fail is simply that they ignore what is most deep and true to a man’s heart, and simply try to produce external changes through various forms of pressure. “This is the man you ought to be. This is what a good husband, father, Christian, churchgoer ought to do.” Think about your life, your world. What is being asked of you? What do you feel the pressure to be...?

God made us in His image, as men. He set within every one of us a masculine heart. If we are ever going to find the life we were meant to live, we’ve got to get that heart back.

“Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Have Passion To Make A Difference

I have been reading in Jentzen Franklin’s book “Believe That You Can” which is a great book. But I wanted to share a quote from the book about some of the disciples who were passionate to make a difference---even unto death.

Matthew was martyred in Ethiopia. He was slain with an axe. Philip was scourged, imprisoned, and crucified. Thaddaeus died on a cross at Odessa. James the Lesser was stoned and beaten to death with a fuller’s club. Thomas was speared because he enraged a pagan priest. John the Beloved was forced into a pot of boiling oil. He miraculously escaped and was exiled to Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Peter was slain by Nero upside down on a cross, and his wife was crucified with him. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross. Nathanael was tortured and crucified with his head facing downward.

These men made a huge difference but ended up paying the ultimate cost which was death. We need to live everyday with the same passion to be so sold out to make a difference that we are willing to die for it.

In prayer recently God and I had a conversation and I was sharing with him that I am only one man, how big of a difference can I make. He said to me, “Yes, you are one man and any type of a difference starts in the hearts of one person. So stay the course and don’t look back.” I am committed to making a difference in my children, in my wife and in my life.

How committed to making a difference are you? Let's join together to make a difference.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Project McDonough

This past Saturday we had an awesome opportunity to help serve in our community with a group called The Fuller Center on Project McDonough. We had a team from Turning Point and other teams out at Mrs. Miller’s house on 185 Old Griffin Rd in McDonough where we were helping fix up a house. I consider The Fuller Center kind of a Habitat For Humanity meets Extreme Makeover. They are such an amazing group of people to work with. We worked closely with Mark Galey and Shane Persaud the two men who have been heading up this project. They are completely remodeling this house and by only volunteer work and work highly off donations to fund this entire project.

The entire experience itself was very well organized, with specific instructions coming from Mark and Shane so everyone knew exactly what needed to be done. And again the awesome thing is it was all volunteers doing the work. What is so amazing is that when someone gets a vision in their mind to help someone they have to cast that vision to others and get their buy in to participate. That is exactly what Mark and Shane have done in this project. They have been in the local news, the local newspapers and local magazines here in Henry County.

Upcoming for Project McDonough:

September 5th is the big day when they are dedicating the house back to Mrs. Miller and we only have one more Saturday to get this done. So I want to ask all folks in the Henry County area if you want to make a difference and participate in something completely awesome. Come out this Saturday at 8am or when you can make it and do what you can. I know I will be there again and will have another group from Turning Point participating in this event.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


My prayer today is for Turning Point Church to continue to be the “good soil.” We have seen some awesome things happening here and we are heading into an amazing season in our church.

Psalm 1:3 says,

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf do not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8 says,

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”

Matthew 13:3-8 says,

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

I pray this today that we will all be the good soil and we will be like the tree planted by the streams of water.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Three Words (I AM HE) Part 2

This is continued from “I AM HE” post from yesterday. It talks about after Jesus said this in John 18:7 He asks again;

“Who is it you want?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

You see they came to take Him and arrest Him but He had some of His disciples with Him and I believe that in verse 4, 6 and verse 8 , He was emphasizing that Jesus cared for the disciples even as He was going to His death. Twice he made them say plainly that He was the one they wanted.

And then to continue in Verse 8:

“I told you that I am he,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words He had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I wanted to share a few verses that really stood out to me and we discussed them in our small group tonight. The night that Jesus was getting arrested in John Chapter 18 it says that Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place that Jesus had often met with his disciples. So Judas came in the grove, guiding a DETACHMENT OF SOLDIERS and SOME OFFICIALS from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were all carrying TORCHES and WEAPONS.

And of course Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen, went out and asked, “Who is it you want?”

"Jesus of Nazareth", they replied.

“I AM HE” Jesus said. And it says in verse 6, that when He said that THEY DREW BACK AND FELL TO THE GROUND!!!

Seriously how powerful is that. They literally drew back and fell to the ground from the three words Jesus spoke. They came to arrest a meek peasant and instead were met in a dim light by a majestic and powerful person.

Monday, August 17, 2009

I was encouraging out awesome welcome team at Turning Point Church this past Sunday. I was reading this past week in 1 Samuel when Samuel anoints David in chapter 16 in verse 7, The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” And then David goes on to take on Goliath but before he does he meets with Saul and in 1 Samuel 17:33, Saul says to David, “you are only a boy, and he has been fighting man from his youth.”

It is very true that God does not look at our outward appearance however what I was taking out of these verses might be a little controversial in saying that man does look at the outward appearance. So as the church and the volunteers in the church we need to make sure we are keeping things clean, if you see a piece of trash in the parking lot, or on the floor let’s make sure to pick it up. If there is water on the sink in the bathroom lets wipe it down.

The true fact is that yes God does see our heart but on Sundays when we are seeing anywhere from 10-30 visitors seeing our church for the first time we need to make a good impression. It is said that people make a decision in the first five minutes of their church experience whether they will come back or not. So let’s make a good impression.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

By Faith

Inspired by Hebrews chapter 11

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.

By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did.

By faith
he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings.

By faith Enoch was taken from his life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found dead, because God had taken him away

And without faith it is impossible to please God.

By faith Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith Abraham even though past age and Sarah was barren was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. By faith Abraham when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.

By faith
Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

By faith
Jacob when he was dying blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

By faith Moses parents hid him for three months after he was born. By faith Moses, when he had grown up refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

By faith Rahab, because she was welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Run Fatboy Run

I watched a movie last night called “Run Fatboy Run” where a guy named Denis leaves his fiancĂ©e at the altar running away and spends the next five years trying to get her back. He decides to run in a marathon to prove to her that he can finish something. But unfortunately he is out of shape and he has only 3 weeks to train. Another guy is trying to scare him and tells him about the wall that a lot of runners might run into where you hit a point in the race whether it is 5 miles in or 25 miles in and you can’t breathe, can’t move and can’t think.

Ever ran into a wall in your life? This reminded me of Paul in Philippians 3:14 where he says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Paul is reminding us that we have to press on and not let the “Walls” in life set us back. Your wall might be limited thinking, lack of money, lack of knowledge, or something holding you back to doing something significant in your life.

God has called each of us to “Do Something Significant” in our lives and it needs to start today. I have never talked to anyone who has done something significant in their lives that did not run into a the “Walls” of life that set them back.
We are called to do something significant.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Never Stop Exploring

We had our small group meet tonight where we had men around the table and discussed a few things inspired from our readings:

The Core of a mans heart is undomesticated and that is good. “I am not alive in an office” as one Northface ad has it “I am not alive in a taxi cab, I am not alive on a sidewalk.” Their conclusion is never stop exploring.

Proverbs 20:5 says “The heart of a man is like deep water”..and Deep in a mans heart is some fundamental questions that simply cannot be answered at a kitchen table…Who am I? What am I made of? What am I destined to? A man is called out called up into something bigger than he ever imagined.

Ever taken a step that was even bigger than you? Explain how and where? Maybe a marriage, maybe a new job, maybe a new house..etc

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Harvest

Isaiah 9:3
“You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy, they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest.”

We are entering a time where I really feel like we are going to see a harvest of souls in the church. We all need to be in prayer during these times that we continue as the Body of Christ to enlarge the nations, enlarge the territory, and enlarge the harvest for His glory. We have been very intentional here at Turning Point Church to make sure we are focused on the harvest. We have recently started a new season of our small groups, started a new growth track for spiritual growth and have been creative in presenting the message of hope for Jesus Christ during our morning worship services.

I will ask you to continue to keep us all lifted up in your prayers and keep the Body of Christ (other churches) lifted up in prayer. We have to remember that we as the church are not in competition with each other but furthering His Kingdom for His Glory!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


So my wife and I go on a date day on Friday and after dropping the kids off at school and going to Starbucks for a coffee and breakfast, I take her to get pedicures. We get right in and we are able to sit next to each other on those amazing chairs that massage you the entire time you are getting a pedicure. I really think that the chair alone is worth the $15 dollars it cost for the pedicure. I start reading my book called “Believe that you can” by Jentzen Franklin and Stacey starts looking at her IKEA catalog. The women doing our pedicures are extremely nice however don’t speak too much English. The girl doing Stacey’s pedicure whispers to her is he—pointing to me—a pastor? And Stacey briefly explains yes he is a connections pastor for our church.

So they continue to talk to all the other women in the shop in Vietnamese kind of making us feel a little awkward, if you know what I mean? But anyway we don’t mind because it is a Christian environment and all the women there are Christians. They even give a discount for those in the full time ministry.

So she finishes my pedicure and as I get up she says to me in broken English, “Bathtub” in Vietnamese is “Mon-soo.” I am thinking WHAT? I look back at Stacey like can you translate and she just nods not helping at all. She says it again “Bathtub” and now you say it in Vietnamese “Mon-soo.” I once look back at Stacey with a “do I really have to say this look” and she again just nods and gives me the ok. I say yes “Bathtub…Monsoo”. Just thinking like maybe she was just saying the thing I just put my feet in was a Bathtub. I awkwardly try to dismiss myself up to the front of the store exiting from the conversation while she finishes up Stacey.

2 hours later in the car---Stacey said, I think she was saying….”Pastor” not bathtub? I start cracking up and going OK that makes more sense. So even if you don’t know what is being said to you, you might want to do a little more digging into find out exactly what you are being told.

I learned from this lesson—If I don’t understand what they are saying, then just ask until you find out. Don’t be embarrassed to ask.

Have you ever had something like this happen to you?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Be Transformed!

I was in prayer yesterday and this verse was shouting in my spirit and I was reminded to make sure I am renewing my mind. Too many times the world is making deposits in our spirit that should not be there.

Romans 12:2 says,

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

With all the evil and corruption in this world we have to be transformed which in this verse is not a single event but a process. This leads to the spiritual and moral growth of the Christian. This process will have to take place continually especially if we are letting the world input fear, doubt and insecurity into us. We must remember to take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23) and remember that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Come Together

Life Group
We all started this week back with our Life Groups meeting. Stacey and I met with our group last night. We had a great meeting where we got to fellowship and have time to discuss the future of our group. We discussed in about making sure we are a group that is not only inwardly focused but also outwardly focused. The men and women split off while the men discussed prayer the women discussed our future outreach strategies. They came up with some awesome ideas.

Matthew 28:19 says,
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I am extremely excited to see some of the things we are going to be doing in our life group this upcoming semester where we will grow not only inside but also grow in our community development and fulfilling The Great Commission.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Power In Numbers

Deuteronomy 32:30

How could one person chase on thousand and two put ten thousand to flight?

There is power in numbers and I want to share with you today the power of teamwork. This past Saturday we held out biggest outreach to our community to date at Turning Point Church. Our amazing planning team had been meeting for months planning this when about two weeks out God told our Senior Pastor Michael Turner to go bigger. He told me to let the team know we were not going to give just 150 backpacks away filled with school supplies we were going to give 300 away. I said ok and let our amazing planning team know the new numbers. With little concern they knew they could pull it off with God on our side.

This past Saturday we served 300 kids and had more than 500 people out to receive backpacks, free hot dogs, drinks, chips and fun and games. With our phenomenal dream team of volunteers we did all this in 2 hours. Oh and did I mention we had 6 people give their lives to Christ and 3 get water baptized. PRAISE GOD!!!

So remember there is power in numbers and we can do so much more together as a team than we ever could do alone.