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One lousy sleep! But I am semi conscience!
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Walked downstairs to find out that the hotel is serving STARBUCKS! Yes, so I had a Quad Venti Americano! Ummmmm….Caffeine…now the drive to Mariners Church( http://www.marinerschurch.org ) You need to check this place out! A WOW experience.
The first session began with Andy Stanley and he gave a great talk on Tomorrow. Intertwined with the history of Rome and the cross, and the one thing that has stuck out to me was that it is the CROSS which is front and center.
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Once Andy was done I walked away with the question in my head “Have we as Christians, walked away from our first love?”
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The next person to share was Eugene Cho. He is a pastor of a church in Seattle of about 500 people. He is also the founder of an organization called One Day’s Wages. ( http://www.onedayswages.org/ ) Check it out and read Eugene’s story.
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Did you know that if your combined income is 68,000 a year that you are in .86 percentile of the richest people in the world? “Generosity is to rescue us from our greed.” This session has really inspired me regarding our plan to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity!
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Charlene Li is one of the co-founders of Altimeter (www.altimetergroup.com ) talked about using social media as a new way of thinking about leadership and connecting with the people you deal with. What struck out to me was the thing that I am the weakest on…the fact that people need to respond to all the feedback that is given. I always knew this was true, but I preferred not to do it, simply because it takes too much time. Well, I have to admit that I am rethinking my stand on that, add to it I am now going to make a conscious effort to work with Twitter. Yep, I said it. My Twitter tag is Soulpastor. How original!
And with that, focus on relationship.
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Lunch…..mmmmmm Carl’s Jr
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Mark Driscol from Mars Hill Church in Seattle is the speaker, and I must say that he was fantastic. He talked about the 11 things God does for church leaders and you can see his notes on http://theresurgence.com/
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Getting tired from sitting and listening. Had to stretch the legs and had a great conversation with a fellow Canadian. I walked the grounds and went to the chapel to check out the prayer path they set up there. WOW. That’s all….wow.
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Reggie Joiner was the speaker (www.rethinkgroup.org) and again…a fantastic communicator. His simple question was what is the ONE THING that gives one influence over those who do not have influence? That ONE THING is to treat every prodigal as the father treats his son (Luke 15:1)
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The ONE THING that I walked away with is that a loving father throws parties while older brothers throw fits!
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Met up with some friends who spend their summer in Manitoba. We went out for some good food, great talk and looking forward to the summer!
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Talked with the family, and I love my wife and kids!!!!! (XOXOXOX)
Wrote this blog for you and now plan to do some studying for Sunday…I am going to share my heart! I submitted my titled as ‘The Stupid Things We Do’ Be prepared to come and answer that question this Sunday!
With that in mind, our landlords double booked our parking lot this Sunday. I am going to ask all of you (able body folk with no kids) who call Soul home to park on the East side (if possible) or across the street from 1111 Chevrier (if possible) at the garage stations. As the church, we need to put others ahead of ourselves and I believe this is a simple practical way to do it.
OK Pet peeve. I can’t find a hockey game on the TV in this hotel. UGH! When will the Americans learn that HOCKEY is the ONLY sport! I must say, being at the Kings game last night was fantastic! I have GREAT IN LAWS…. YEAH TED AND DEBBIE!
Now, I need some alone time…you know me and GOD…..I need to hear what He wants to say to me…Then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz