May 2014 archive

May 29

How to Get Your Elders to Say “Yes” – Part 2

I am sharing 7 steps to get your elders to say “Yes” to your proposal.  In the previous post we shared the first three steps. Step 1: Keep the overall good and goals of the church as priority. Step 2: Don’t wear out your welcome. Step 3: Prepare thoroughly and have it in writing. Now …

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May 28

How to Get Your Elders to Say “Yes” – Pt. 1

Michael Hyatt wrote three posts on how to get your boss to say “yes” in the marketplace (see links in footnote).  These posts have been successful for him and helpful to many.  I wanted to take these concepts, and some of my own thoughts, and write a couple of posts as well.  Before sharing my …

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May 27

Keeping It Positive in the Strawberry Patch

It is an annual tradition of our family to go pick strawberries.  We go each year to a place near the Kentucky/Tennessee border.  The kids always enjoy going and have gotten good at picking them.  We try to make it fun by creating a contest to see who can pick the biggest strawberry and the …

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May 22

Do For One, What You Can’t Do For All

How many times have you heard, “Well we can’t do it for everyone, so we can’t do it for anyone”?  How many times have you thought, “Well, I would do that, but it really isn’t very much, and there is so much more that needs to be done, so I won’t do anything”? Although there …

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May 18

Heaven will be a Place of . . . .

I was thinking about heaven and these thoughts came to my mind.  I hope they spur your thoughts of heaven.  Feel free to share your thoughts or questions with me. Heaven will be a place free from money.  We lay up our treasures in heaven, but it is not monetary treasures (Mat. 6:19-21).  In heaven, …

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May 14

The Longing of Your Soul

For what does your soul long? I asked some teen boys that last night. They said a variety of things.  One heartbreakingly wanted his father who had passed away.  Others  said typical teen boy things like cars, college, graduation, and independence.  I am sure girls were probably a part of the list too! John writes …

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May 13

10 Ministry Ideas for Your Church This Summer

I wanted to share a list of ideas for your church to consider this summer.  This is certainly not an exhaustive list and I welcome any ideas you may have that we could use here at Seven Oaks.  You probably have heard of these before, but they may be a good reminder. Have some “Church/Eat/Church” …

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May 08

It is NOT Gossip because . . .

We have all heard the line, and we are all skeptical of it. It is the sentence that starts something like this:  “I am not gossiping when I tell you this …” Often after the conversation, we don’t feel good about it! But there are some reasons for sharing negative information about others.  In fact, …

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May 06

Just What is Gossip Anyways?

Gossip or slander was condemned in the Old and New Testament.¹  Gossip is the spreading of rumors or idle, fruitless tales.  It is usually negative and involves “juicy” details that incite our interest and curiosity.  Proverbs talks gossip being the divulging of personal information and secrets.² Four Questions to Use in Helping You Identify Gossip. Is …

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May 04

Dealing with Failure: A lesson from Golf!

I love golf.  I am not playing as much this year with the farm, but I still love the game.  I follow the pro game weekly and watch it when I can.  Austin loves golf.  Brooke and Landon enjoy it too and are just getting started with the game.  Austin and Brooke will start a …

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