Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I am second

He’s been an NFL head coach for 20 seasons, leading teams to the playoffs and a Super Bowl. But despite wild success, Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams knew something was missing. “And in my world, there’s never time to figure out what is, in fact, missing,” he says.

That was until a moment in 2010 when he stopped his car on a bridge and pulled over. There, a friend asked him a question he couldn’t answer. A question that would change his desire for first place, and lead him to be second.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Purpose Driven Life

Pastor, philanthropist and author Rick Warren reflects on how the success of his book The Purpose-Driven Life triggered his own crisis of purpose. What should he do with this unanticipated wealth and attention? Warren uses his own story to explain the central tenet of his teaching: that the antidote to spiritual emptiness is recognizing what we have been given -- wealth, creativity, talent -- and using those gifts to make the world a better place.  This is one of my favorite TED moments from 2008.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Poor in Spirit

“‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’ means: ‘Blessed is the man who has realized his own utter helplessness, and who has put his whole trust in God.’ If a man has realized his own utter helplessness, and has put his whole trust in God, there will enter into his life two things which are opposite sides of the same thing. He will become completely detached from things, for he will know that things have not got it in them to bring happiness or security; and he will become completely attached to God, for he will know that God alone can bring him help, and hope, and strength. The man who is poor in spirit is the man who has realized that things mean nothing, and that God means everything.”
                                                                                                  - William Barclay
Just a thought about this thing called GRACE:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Preparing for a new teaching series at Gastonia 1st!

Tomorrow at Gastonia First Wesleyan Church I plan to launch a new teaching series entitled:
The Beatitudes: The Great Contradiction.

I have never preached the messages in this series but have been working on this series for over a year. I look forward to what God is planning to say through me as He works in me.

 Success in the world is often defined by popularity, wealth and power. But Jesus broke the standard measure of success with the Beatitudes, teaching that God doesn’t reward the rich and powerful just because they’re rich and powerful. Instead, he rewards the meek, the persecuted, the gentle — he rewards those who seek Him. 

Beatitudes: The Great Contradiction is a nine-week message series that breaks down the atypical characteristics of a Christ-follower. The first four guide us in our relationship with God, the second four in our relationships with other people, and as we grow in each of these areas so does our influence. There can be tension between the way Christ calls us to live and the way the world wants us to live.

I hope you will plan to be in attendance if Gastonia First Wesleyan is your church - and that you will also plan to bring someone for this series. Exciting things are going to happen in our midst during the next few months. 

Friday, August 19, 2016


I am really looking forward to our 2nd Indoor Drive In Movie at Gastonia First Wesleyan Church.

I hope you will join us and invite a friend for this movie this evening.  The doors open at 6:00pm and the movie begins at 6:30pm.

Here is an interview with Jim Caviezel that gives a unique view of what the message of this film is all about.

Jim Caviezel: Standing Tall in Hollywood

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Join us tomorrow night for our Indoor Drive In

All are invited to our Indoor Drive In event at Gastonia First Wesleyan Church this coming Friday!  doors open at 6:00 and the movie starts at 6:30.  Bring your friends and prepare for football season to begin with a great feature: When the Game Stands Tall.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Changed life - An Olympic Story

Michael Phelps on how reading “Purpose Driven Life” saved him from suicide

The power of sharing with others - the answer you have found -the hope that lays within you.