Better People Than You Have Fallen

Since my days at Dallas Theological Seminary ,  I have tried to remember this mantra. “Better men than you have fallen.”
Another example of why we need to guard our hearts: Hillside Christian Canyon pastor arrested on prostitution charge.
If you are in ministry,  don’t do it alone. If you’re in youth ministry let the National Network of Youth Ministries help you be stronger and have a better defense to this type of nightmare.
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Marvel Studios and Networking

Recently read Marvel Exec Talks AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Special Effects And More which interviewed Victoria Alonso, Vice President of Special Effects, and she’s also Executive Producer for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

She mentioned how Age of Ultron is going to have more special effects than any Marvel movie, so far, and how they have to work with seven to twelve special effect companies in the production.  She then mentioned how working in multiple countries and cultures benefits the creative process.

“They sometimes have ideas that we don’t have. That’s what we gain by being global.”

A key value for the National Network is collaboration and living by the value that we are better together.  This is done by building effective youth ministry partnerships on national and local levels, through healthy youth worker networks.

She also shared a key is that they don’t allow their ego’s get in the way and they have to “forget who we are and focus on the story.”
One of our classic stories is that when Paul Fleischmann would tell a gathering of denominational and national ministry  leaders, “We need to leave our egos and logos at the door”
To build healthy local networks we have to forget who we are and focus on God’s story.  Part of that story is continually striving for unity and reaching more students with the Gospel.
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September Prayer Letter

Sept Prayer Letter 2014

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13 Years Ago Today

I was traveling to Hartford, CT to get some DMV stuff done for a church van. I heard about it on the radio and then talked to my wife. I stopped in a store for something and I watched the 2nd plane hit in the back of the store with the employees. We sat in silence and after 5 minutes or so I decided to head home.

I made it to back to church and I’ll never forget the arrogance of one woman who told me, “I’ve done crisis counseling before, I’m prepared to help.” All I could think was, “You are not prepared because there’s never been anything like this before.” I just told her “Thank you” and we’d call her if we needed her.
I went home to be with my wife and youngest, who was 2. We went to the beach to see if we could see the smoke across the Long Island Sound. We couldn’t but we heard later that you could about 3 miles down.

Living in Fairfield, CT it hit close to us because 3 of our 5 neighbors worked in the Financial District and we didn’t know where they were. They all got home safe but one of them worked in the WTC but had been in Dallas that morning. My dad worked in the Pentagon a few days a month then before he retired and I knew he probably wasn’t in DC and even if he was, he probably wasn’t in the section that was hit but it took 6 hours that day to get a phone call through to confirm that.

Our daughter’s school (she was in 1st grade) the next day didn’t allow anyone to talk about the attacks in class because there were enough students in the schools whose parents had not been found yet.

We had been in NYC about 4-6 days before it happened and just wondered what if we had been there. Another friend was one of the first responders and worked there for weeks. He still can’t talk about all he saw at Ground Zero.

We Must Never Forget.

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August 2014 Prayer Update

Hit the link for the entire August Prayer Update

* Highlight: I’ll be at Rock The Desert today through Saturday.  Meeting youth workers from across Texas and New Mexico, telling them about NNYM & Accelerate.  I’m also blessed to be sharing with a herd of them tomorrow in the Interlinc tent.

As always, any and all prayers are appreciated.

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Prayer Update May 2014

May 2014 Prayer Update

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I Don’t Need Your Prayers in April

That’s the biggest April Fools’ lie ever.  I desperately need your prayers.

Late addition Prayer Request is I’m traveling to Fayetteville, AR April 15-19 for a Support Raising Bootcamp

I’ll be joining other NNYM staff members and others as we all keep working and praying towards being fully funded.

April Fools Prayer Update

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My Advisory Team

Tonight I had my first Advisory Team meeting.

This is a Lubbock based group that will meet quarterly.

Their role is to encourage, guide, provide feedback on ministry opportunities and to help me become full time with the National Network of Youth Ministries and to eventually become the South Central Regional Coordinator overseeing Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Louisiana.

Part of becoming full time is to gather more financial supporters. I told all of them that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. After working for NNYM for four years, I have yet to be fully funded, so part of their service is to help in that area.

Three people were able to be here tonight and I have another person who is part of our group.  By the end of the year, we want to have five to eight members of this team who are making this ministry stronger.

I’m blessed to have a diverse group that brings their strengths together to form something stronger than all of us.  Sounds a lot like what I do with NNYM. :-)

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March 2014 Prayer Update

Hit the “Pray for Accelerate” link below and read/save the PDF.  This the first time, in a long time, I’m asking you to pray for this, as often as you can.  Put it on your refrigerator, put it in your calendar and pray for Accelerate as often as you can, until November.  It’s going to be HUGE, but only if it’s bathed in prayer.

Thank you for supporting my ministry with the National Network of Youth Ministries with your prayers.

Pray for Accelerate!

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Life is a Game, Play by the Rules of the Game

Every game you ever played as a kid, had rules.  They went from the simple, (Tic-Tac-Toe or Rock-Paper-Scissors) to organized sports that had rulebooks that officials have to memorize and enforce while you played.

Rules are a part of life. Whether it was a bedtime, having a school project due on a certain date, a time to show up at work or the speed limit in your neighborhood.

Depending upon your natural bent, you either like rules or you see them as restraints that keep you from being creative and enjoying your own rules.

It  doesn’t matter if you like the rules or even if you know the rules. It only matters that you live by them.

Too many of us have gotten traffic tickets when we weren’t aware of the the law we broke.  Whether we missed the posted speed limit, didn’t yield the right of way, using our cell phone while traveling through a different state, or speeding in a school zone. As the old saying goes, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”.

In life, you have to learn the rules if you are going to play the game. More importantly,  if you want to win the game you have to follow the rules.

Depending on the job you have or will have, you have to follow a dress code.  It varies, according to your job what you have to wear but it’s important you wear what you’re told to.  Some jobs you’re not allowed to wear jewelry. It’s not that your boss hates the “bling” but it might cause a permanent injury if it gets caught in the machinery.

If I had my choice, I’d wear shorts, t-shirts and go barefoot to work.  Since my employer requires I wear dress clothes, I do.  I can be paid zero dollars an hour and wear what I want or I can be paid and follow the rules. My boss doesn’t hate me nor does she want me to be unhappy, it’s just the way it is.  Since I like being paid and can use that money for my benefit and to benefit my family, I do what I don’t want to do because it’s playing by the rules.

When it comes to appropriate dress, being late and talking back to your boss if you get three strikes before you’re out, you’re lucky.

If you’re in school, read the syllabus, put all the projects and papers on your calendar and turn them in on time and if you want to get crazy, turn them in early.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a job, pay attention and follow the guidelines to your job with your company. For bonus points, show up early.

So learn the rules at whatever you are doing, whether it’s school, work or in a relationship and do your best to follow the rules.

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