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Monday, September 1, 2014

Praying Hard

This post was originally written in May of 2013 when CCA was reading through the Chronological Bible together.

Today's Reading
1 Kings 2:1-12, 2 Samuel 23:1-7, 2 Chronicles 29:26-30, Psalms 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 &11
David, the man after God’s own heart, left us today.  But, one day we will stand in the halls of heaven and get to hear him recount his famous stories in person.  That’s something that’s hard for us to wrap our minds around, but it is true, and I can’t wait to hear him tell about Goliath & the one stone, the lion & the bear he killed with his bare hands, and his incredible faith in God whom he knew would never fail him.
Today, we read one of David’s psalms that said, Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
David was a man of war, but he was also a man of prayer.
There have been numerous prayers over CCA in the past 5 years.  In fact, this is a picture of the very first prayer Mark prayed over us.
CCA 2008
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
We had no idea what to expect God would do through this group of people who were gathered that day.
At times, it has been hard. But it is the hard times that teach us to pray hard. 
So we prayed, hard.
And waited, expectantly.
God has directed our steps, every step of the way.
God has made ways, where there were no ways.
God has changed the lives of people who were desperate for change.
Today, are you needing your steps directed?  Do you need a way made for you?  Is there a loved one that you are crying out for God to intersect their lives?
Pray, then expect.
Expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.
Do you need a miracle today?
Pray, then expect.
If you are seeking answers today you won’t find them, but if you seek God, the answers will find you.
Sometimes it will be exactly what you prayed for, sometimes it won’t.
But I promise, it is always better than expected!!
CCA Yesterday
If you are looking to learn more about prayer, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson is a great book to read.  I began 2013 by reading this book. And God has answered 3 HUGE prayers I have been praying, some for years.
God loves you and He wants great things for you.
Pray, then expect!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Empowered People, Empower People

Just wanted to share with you what I shared with our awesome leaders today at CCA.

Yesterday I read a great tweet and wanted to share it with you.  Here is what it said...

Never Delegate.  Always Empower.

I love that.  I am always looking for things I do that I can delegate to others, but empowering them to do it takes on a whole new meaning.

When people feel empowered by a leader they feel a part of the team and they feel ownership.  I have found that when people feel ownership, they complete their task with greater excellence, have more fun, and always seem to empower others to help them.  

Empowered people, empower people.

So, who can you empower today?  Maybe by letting them set the next menu for your next Life Group Meeting or letting them show the new guy/gal on your team the ropes? 

Empowering people is a way of training them, developing them, and allowing them to use their gifts and talents to advance the Kingdom of God.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Follow the Leader

When I was in elementary school, the teacher would line the class up, put a leader at the front of the line and say, “Ok, now everyone follow the leader.”

And where that leader walked, we walked.  When they stopped, we stopped.

There are times in our leadership life that we have to stop and take a look at where we are leading our people.  Because where we lead, they will follow.  

I have learned over the years that if I am feeling like my team just isn’t where it should be, then maybe it’s me. Ouch!

Many times we can get so focused on what we are doing that we forget to stop and pay attention to how we are doing it.

Here are a couple of great questions to ask ourselves that may help us out-

-On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my attitude when I serve and lead?

-On a scale of 1-10, how prepared am I?

-When I serve or lead, do I reflect the mission and vision of CCA to LOVE God, LOVE People and SERVE Others?

-Am I more focused and concerned with the obstacles than the opportunities? (We are a portable church and have PLENTY of both!)

Our people are not just following what we do, but they are following how we do it.

If we are never prepared, they won’t feel it is important to prepare.

If our attitude stinks, their attitudes will probably stink too. 

Here’s what John Maxwell says in the 21 Irrefutable Laws ofLeadership, True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned.  It comes from influence, and that can’t be mandated.  It must be earned. 

When I was in school it was mandated that I follow the leader.  If I didn’t, I would get paddled. (Do they even still do that today?)

At CCA the people on are teams do have a choice to follow or not to follow.  And when we are prepared to lead and have great attitudes,

they will want to follow.

And you will be leading them somewhere great!