It’s been a tremendous year so far. We are four months in to 2018 and everything in my life is building tremendous momentum unique to other years… tremendous synergy. I’ve always had my hands dipped in a lot of things, but the weakness has been that it has spread me thin on lasting impact. About a year ago, the Lord began to show me how to bring together a few of my worlds that rarely interacted.
The gift of empowerment defeats the label of failure.
I’m a senior pastor, minister, conference speaker, church consultant ... and in every avenue I work in a common need I find is more transparency. Some of my favorite moments are when I’ve been brought in as a guest of honor and then share my current struggles. It gives permission for honesty, relationship, and the need for God as a human in process while also walking in honor and responsibility.
Lately I’ve found myself using the phrase “Courage Catalyst” to explain what I’m doing and who GenONE is when I travel to partner with other organizations. Over the last year I’ve had the chance to travel to four continents with invitations to speak, train and strategize with businesses and churches. I worked with companies ranging from real estate, financial services, to clothing production. In the church world I’ve been with Anglicans, Revivalists, AoG, Vineyard, Catholics, Mainline Evangelicals, Seekers, Traditional Pentecostals as well as those theologically “Progressive”. From a national religion (dominant-faith practiced) standpoint I’ve been in Catholic nations, Judeo-Christian nations, Muslim Nations, a Voodoo Nation, a Hindu Nation and Humanist Nations. First world and third world alike… they all have something in common.
I had the pleasure of being with leaders in Darmstadt, Singen, and Nuremberg in Germany as well as Zurich Switzerland in November and can I just say this: The church in Europe is coming alive in profound ways, especially in Germany. Churches are growing and igniting Kingdom valued cultures.
Temporary thinking is a limited belief system! One of the greatest limiting beliefs we have in Christianity is in how we celebrate the experience of salvation. We think it's about a quick thing I do today that will help me some day later. While most Christians would agree that there's more to Christianity than that moment of profession, the culture of the evangelical movement only celebrates the initiation and not the process.
I'm just getting back from a 9 day trip that included stops in New York City, Manchester, Hull, Bradford and London. I’m so thankful for the prayer and support of our @genonemovement family that allows me to do this. I had nine scheduled meetings and countless moments of loving those around me on trains, planes and automobiles.
I read a comment on a social media status update the other day discussing the topic of identity. The comment basically stated that if everyone would just get their eyes off who they are in Christ, and turn simply to who God is, that it would somehow fix what they believe are problems with the message of identity. I couldn’t help but chuckle at how human nature thinks throwing out the baby with the bath water is a solution finder.
The simple truth about life is that things come our way all the time that create challenges. Are these challenges problems or opportunities? A renewed mind understands that there aren't any problems in heaven and if we took "heaven's perspective" we would realize that God has a solution for all things.
Melissa and I’s life has been a journey of many beginnings, we have it in our DNA. Whether planting churches, going after real-estate investments, putting on a nationally headlined events, or planning to get up in front of thousands of people with a mission or cause, we have seen successes and learning opportunities. Many of these results where predicated on what questions were asked before starting to execute the projects.
I’ve been spending a lot of time the last couple of years forming a better understanding of God’s perspective of who I am. Many Christians today live a limited version of what I believe He was dreaming into when He made them and I believe it’s due to not knowing who we really are.
1. God loves the people of America, but God isn’t an American.
2. God isn’t picking the president, Americans are. Kings and presidents are our ideas. Yea, I know an old testament writer says God can promote or reject kings. Just because He can, doesn’t mean it’s His job.