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I Did Not Blog Last Week
March 30, 2009, 3:45 pm
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Yes, I know, I did not blog last week. Although I know the 40 of you that read my blog were probably not that disappointed. 🙂 So the good news is I am blogging today. It was a very busy week last week but good all the same. Sunday was a phenomenal day as Jamey Ragle spoke at C3 yesterday. Attendance was also incredible for a Spring Break weekend. Well that’s about it for now, for a Monday. I promise I’ll blog more this week.

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C3 Story Being Shared!
March 19, 2009, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Church

The story of C3 Church is starting to be shared more and more. If our story can help out other churches that have a desire to really reach people I am all for that! God gets the glory for how He is moving. “Connecting the Community with Christ” is not only for Orlando but where ever we can reach people for Christ. Check out the article featuring C3 at Worshipfacilities.com.

“A Traditional Church Tears Down Its Walls”



A New Way To Tell An Old Story
March 18, 2009, 8:31 pm
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“A new way to tell an old story.” Kind of the reason we do church the way we do, but this is not the subject of this blog. I watched a brand new television show tonight and was really surprised. The name of the show is “Kings” on NBC. Kings is a modern new way of telling the story of King David and King Saul in the Bible. These are a few of the characters: King Saul- Silas, David- David Shepherd, The prophet Samuel- Reverend Samuels just to name a few. In fact without giving too much away, David Shepherd faces off against a tank that is known as Goliath and ends up taking it out. The show was very good and an ingenious way to tell the story in a modern relevant way. Everyone should definitely check it out. Crazy concept, “a new way to tell an old story,” I like it!

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What An Opportunity!
March 17, 2009, 9:03 am
Filed under: Church, Connections, LOVE | Tags: , ,

I was talking with Barry Leathers this morning and he told me that we had a total of 32 first time guests on last Sunday! What? That is really incredible. God is really moving in the hearts of people and it is incredible to see what God is doing at C3 Church. I was so excited when I heard this that I immediately emailed everyone on the Connections Team and told them to keep up the good work of making people feel welcome because we are only going to see more and more people walk through the doors at C3! In these times of uncertainty we have a huge opportunity to reach people with the message of Christ! So keep investing and inviting C3ers and give God the praise for what He is doing in our Church! Love Wins!

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YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS! (click here for link)



Haven’t Blogged Lately
March 16, 2009, 8:25 am
Filed under: Andrea, Family, Personal, vacation

Here’s the deal. I haven’t blogged since March 5th because to be honest, we’ve been pretty occupied. We went on vacation down in Ft. Lauderdale and had a blast and then was pretty busy the latter part of last week catching up at work. Then over the weekend we had a big birthday party on Friday, an unexpected all-day hospital visit on Saturday (Mom & baby are fine), and church/community group yesterday. Now we are heading off for a follow-up Dr. visit for Andrea and then it’s full steam ahead this week. So when I get a little more time I will sit down and write a thoughtful blog but for right now this will have to do. See you later!



Trusting Again
March 5, 2009, 11:21 am
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I have written about trust many times in my blogs. I have written how trust is always a choice and many times is not easy. Well, I find myself making the choice again. And it is not easy because everything within me wants to doubt and worry. Andrea & I are entering a new chapter in our lives as we prepare for our new little life. Today I find myself overwhelmed but I am making the choice to trust totally in God. There is nothing that happens in our lives that doesn’t pass through our Lord’s hands first. Andrea & I are so excited but we are totally overwhelmed at times. I know that is natural and we don’t feel as prepared for this new chapter in our lives as we might have thought but we are still looking forward to our new life none the less and we know God has everything in His control.

So today I will:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.



My New Favorite Quote
March 3, 2009, 8:26 am
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I have twittered it and I even quoted it on my last blog. I told it to the guys on the C3 Management team on Sunday morning and have been telling it to people whenever I think they’ll listen. “CHARACTER IS EASIER KEPT THAN RECOVERED” It is usually my habit when I find something I really like that I tell people about it for days, so this little ditty, right here, is no different.

It really is a short quote but if you think about it, no, really think about it, it is very powerful. When I look back over my life and I look at circumstances that people have gone through when character is lost, it is devastating. Can someone recover character that has been lost. Of course they can, BUT, it is never an easy process and I would venture to say that it is never totally restored. Let me qualify that last statement. Restored in the context that not everyone will trust that person again. I believe there are degrees of actions that carry degrees of consequences that affect the overall character quotient of a person. I can not define these degrees because we all have lapses in character at some point or the other and based on the circumstances of the situation determines if the recovery is easy or hard.

Now some of you will say character is character, no matter how big or small the misstep, and I totally agree, but what I am discussing is the ease at which a person recovers after character has been lost not the definition of character itself. So, in my opinion and I think most of you would agree, an example of someone having an extra-marital affair would be much harder to recover from than someone lying about their age. Are both character issues and speak to the condition of a person’s heart? Yes, but is one much easier to recover from than the other? Yes.

So why am I talking about all of this? Well, like I said, looking back at people that have lost their character in any number of circumstances, and their difficulty in recovering character, it makes me strive never to lose it in the first place. I am by no means perfect, none of us are, but the struggles of trying to recover after character has been lost is an incentive to keep it in the first place. Keeping character will cause us to make hard choices that at particular moments seem hard and go against what our sinful nature wants to do. The cool thing is that God has promised to help us out during the times when the choices are the most tough and temptation is knocking. In reality it is much easier to hold on to your character no matter the choice than to recapture it after you have let it slip away.

So in conclusion, hold character tightly and don’t let it go. Character gives you the credibility you need to be a positive influence to all those around you. If you lose character you have lost your influence and it will never totally be recovered. My prayer is that I will keep my character close and God even closer. I’m pretty sure that if the latter holds true then the former will not be a problem. “CHARACTER IS EASIER KEPT THAN RECOVERED”