Month: July 2015

004 A Life Changing Formula

004 A Life Changing Formula

Most people feel they have no control over their lives. That’s not true! You have an incredible power called ‘response’. In this episode, I help you take back your life by giving you a formula for life change.

000 Start Now

000 Start Now

Most of us would like to change our lives in one way or another. Why don’t you? The problem isn’t that you don’t know what needs to change or even how to change it, it is simply that you don’t take action. You don’t take a first step. What would it look like to start now?

Why I’m Sick Of The Church Bashing And You Should Be Too

Why I’m Sick Of The Church Bashing And You Should Be Too

I heard another rant recently.  This one on the lack of relevance that the church has in today’s society.  The ‘rager’ relentlessly blabbed on about the large percentage of young people leaving the church and the impending ‘death of Christianity’ in the United States.  

I get it.  Church attendance has been declining over the decades and fewer churches seem to care. 

I get it.  Church leaders are afraid to push lazy congregations to do more, be more and impact more because it might take change. 

I get it, but I’m sick of it and I’ll tell you why. 

First, a bit of understanding.  For those of you who don’t know, the church is both organism and organization.  The organism-church is the alive, active movement of the people of God living in Jesus on the breath of the Holy Spirit. God describes the organism-church as the ‘bride of Christ’ and likens it to a body.  Seen and unseen, it is the Christ-followers that seek piety, purpose, and impact in our families, communities and world.  

The organization-church is the organism-church, gathered in clusters — big and small — around the globe.  These are the institutions.  These are the church buildings.  These are the budgets, programs and ministries that operate as a business hopefully with the intention of supporting and furthering the work of God in the world through the organism-church.

Organism and Organization.  Woven together in a beautifully messy dance that stumbles across the stage of a fallen world.   

No, we’re not perfect.  (Duh – palm slap my forehead).  We are human and humans are fallen.  We get lazy.  We get comfortable.  We are selfish and sometimes rude.  But we are the church and — whether you know this or not — most of us in leadership are trying to move the needle.  We see the stats.  We watching the dwindle.  We encourage our staff and the organized church toward mission.  Some don’t.  Many do.  

For me, I love the ambiguity of the thing called the local church.  I love how, even in our frailty, the Holy Spirit changes lives.   

When a women comes to me after the service in tears because our organism-church gathered as the organization-church has been praying for her family and she has started to see change, that’s when I love the church.  When people who have been marginalized by society can find a place of welcome, friendship and purpose, that’s when I love the church.  When a student realizes that when they die, they know without a doubt that they’ll be in heaven, not because of their efforts or by simply being a good person, but by the death and resurrection of Jesus, that’s when I love the church.  In all her brokenness

Ranter, we hear you, but lighten up.  Yes, we have a lot of work to do — work that is getter heavier with every passing generation.  But your battle isn’t against flesh and blood.  Your flamed cries of negativity deflates instead of inspires.  Spend your energy storming the gates of heaven with us, asking for a revival.  Put your relationship with the Spirit ahead of your ratings with the readers.  

Some day, we will celebrate together the fact that God never let his church — in all of her imperfection — be wiped off the face of the planet.  

Peace!

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003 How To Silence The Naysayers

003 How To Silence The Naysayers

We all encounter difficult people in life, especially when we are seeking to take a step forward. They are the naysayers who come up with reasons why your dream won’t work. Today, I tell two stories about people giving up on their dreams and how you can silence the naysayers in your life.

002 5 Ways To Balance Your Life

002 5 Ways To Balance Your Life

A balanced life is tough to obtain and maintain. But there are tips that can help you balance your life. Todd shares 5 ways to balance your life and a special offer for iTunes subscribers.

001 The Power Of Positive Talk

001 The Power Of Positive Talk

In this episode, Vicki asks how to change her attitude from being so negative all the time to being more positive. Todd gives the simple advice that focuses on how you talk and an exercise to begin training your brain toward the positive.