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Monday, December 3, 2012

Back for another year

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Sooooo its the last month in the Year....Whooo!  This is really exciting for so many reasons.  Seems that at this time people usually get nicer.  That is really weird that we have to wait til this time to be nice to others.  However, on the converse I am not complaining.  As the old adage goes better late than never.

Well I had promised that I would have been more proactive on my blog this year that I have kept up since around 2007.  What is shocking to me is that I have not updated this thing since September.  I think it was a matter of not having the time though.  So much has been happening.  

Nevertheless,  I am here and going to have some fun with this blog and just put some things out there. 

I am just so humble that I have an opportunity to be apart of this world by God's grace.  

Hey if you are reading this, Shout out to you.  You are awesome.  Whatever you wanted to accomplish this year just get started with it.  You will not regret it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

WANTED: Servant Leaders!

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The church wants Servant Leaders.  As the emphasis was put on the title I think the body of Christ is screaming at the top of her lungs looking and seeking persons who would seek leader with the attitude of a servant.  These are people who will seek to develop a Christ-like model of leadership in the local body.

So then to help the situation, let me answer the question, who is a servant leader? and how does become one?



Who is a servant leader?

A servant leader is called to exemplify Christ to the body of Christ and a dying world.  The example of Christ is one of sacrificial and unconditional love thus by its nature being self-less.  This is counter cultural in many respects.  The reason being is that the culture says, Me first!  Therefore, it is unheard of to seek to put others first.  This does not come easily for the mere fact of our own proclivity to think of ourselves first.  However,  there is a process that we can follow to change ourselves.  Its all in the how.



How to become servant leader?

1. Develop the Proper Attitude
Let this mind be in you,  which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)  Our attitude must reflect Christ's attitude when he served us lowly humans though He was God incarnate.

2.  Humble yourself
God doesn't give us humility, rather situations (and yes some people) in life that can develop humility and character in us.  We have to choose to be humble

3. Identify with humankind
Seek to be understanding and compassionate.  Identifying with the weakness, sufferings and needs of those we serve makes one more relatable.  Jesus identified with us by living as a human. 

4. Be Obedient
We are not our bosses but we are under the authority of God.  

5. Die to sin and self
We must die to these daily our own selfish desires. 

6. Serve in love
This is central to the heart of servant leadership.  What really helps is that God truely loves us and expects us to love His people or those that we serve.

Modified an excerpt from the Biblical Management Principles by Harvestime International Institute

The "love" Chapter in 1Corinthians teaches us a lot about loving as a Servant leader.  So since being a Servant Leader equates to having love, here is the modified version:

1 Corinthians 13

King James Version (KJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Servant Leadership, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Servant Leadership, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Servant Leadership, it profiteth me nothing.

4  Servant Leadership suffereth long, and is kind; Servant Leadership envieth not; Servant Leadership vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8  Servant Leadership never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, Servant Leadership, these three; but the greatest of these is Servant Leadership.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What type of Christian are you?

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So this week Team Impact (@impact180) is going to be at Bahamas Harvest Church (@BahamasHarvest) for what is turning out to be an annual period.  These guys have a real heart for missions and evangelism.  Its like they live to see life-change. You can check out their website to get some more information:   http://www.team-impact.com

Well today their leader Pastor Shonn Keels (@teamimpactshonn) preached a great message on Evangelism.  I thought I would mention a great point and embellish it a lil bit.

He spoke about a policeman who was a Christian and was living out his faith as a policeman.  When you talk about a policeman lets think training. In the training a cop is trained to be very critical.  As they approach an scene their first instinct is to assess the situation.  If it is an accident they have to judge the situation and also establish who is in the wrong and cast blame.  The policeman in the story did the same in his christian walk,  he would cast blame on others and sure to let them know when they were wrong.  Isnt this like some of us.  We love to cast blame and point out the wrong of other people.  We are trying to be Policemen Christians.

Pastor Shonn didnt mention this though (I dont think?) but I think there are Passerby Christians as well.  These are the Christians who see a disaster happening but resolve to do nothing about it.  They are more comfortable to pass-by and keep things to themselves rather than get involved to restore anyone in the accidents that happen in life. 

However,  in the same scenario of the accident.  The policeman would be there but then usually the paramedic would show up.  The paramedics doesn't care who is at fault in the accident.  There only concern is to bring healing and restoration.  Their ministry is to be compassionate.  They are there to show how much they care.  They want to work to help the persons in the accident to be restored to where they need to be.

I am would say that we are called to be Paramedic Christians.  Jesus reminds us that the well/health don't need a doctor but it is the sick, that is why he came, for the sick.  We are called to minister to everyone rather than casting blame just like Jesus did.  I am hoping that many more of us would seek to be Paramedic Christians and help to win this generation.

Thanks for reading.  Follow me on twitter @bjornjb.




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What if Mickey Mouse ran a church?

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What would it look like if Mickey Mouse or Walt Disney ran the church?  Or were a Senior Pastors?  Pastor Mickey? or better yet Rev. Dr. Walter Elias "Walt" Disney?

"What trouble? Blasphemy"  Yup, I heard you.

But seriously what if Mickey did run the church? What would that look like? Let us look at Disney and Mickey's other big venture and see how they do things.  At that point perhaps we can surmise how they might have run the church.


Facts about Disney and Mickey's organization in Florida:


1. The June 2011 AECOM Theme Park Attendance report for the year of 2010, included the following information:
  • Magic Kingdom, 16.97 million visits (No. 1 worldwide)
  • Epcot, 10.83 million visits (No. 5)
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom, 9.67 million visits (No. 7)
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios, 9.60 million visits (No. 8)


2. In a March 30, 2004 article in The Orlando Sentinel, then-Walt Disney World president Al Weiss gave some insight into how the parks are maintained:

  • More than 5,000 cast members are dedicated to maintenance and engineering, including 750 horticulturists and 600 painters.
  • Disney spends more than $100 million every year on maintenance at the Magic Kingdom. In 2003, $6 million was spent on renovating its Crystal Palace restaurant. 90 percent of guests say that the upkeep and cleanliness of the Magic Kingdom are excellent or very good.
  • The streets in the parks are steam cleaned every night.
  • There are cast members permanently assigned to painting the antique carousel horses; they use genuine gold leaf.
  • There is a tree farm on site so that when a mature tree needs to be replaced, a thirty-year-old tree will be available to replace it.


3. When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, the site employed about 5,500 "cast members". Today it employs more than 66,000, spending more than $1.2 billion on payroll and $474 million on benefits each year. The largest single-site employer in the United States.

(For further info click here)

These facts about are Walt Disney's enterprise, sadly Walt died before he could see the full extent of his vision come to pass.  Yet it still became a reality.  How does this relate to the church though?  Simple:  The church is the only entity that was established by God through Christ that deals with eternal merchandise.  We should be doing everything in our power to ensure that everyone that comes through the doors of the church has the same feeling as they would if they went to Disney World.  It would be the WOW factor.  What would be the "WIN" then?  For guest at church to be so engaged by the attention to details in the church that it would be easier them to be open to the life-changing message of the Gospel.

Let us face it people are not changed over night.  Everyone needs to be exposed long enough to something for it to have an effect on them.  The reality is that less and less people are growing up in the traditional Christian homes so they don't have those Christian values.  Therefore, it would be impossible for them to understand and relate to Hymns, standing for hours on end in church because of you are supposed to,  or even Sunday school.  It would be fair to suggest that we should not get rid of many of the church's traditions but many of our methods and environments need to be critiqued.  So we should embrace some level of change.

Why should this change be embraced?  Because its a matter of someone's eternal future.  Here is the catch:  The average package of for a family of 4 on a Disney world Vacation experience can range at a minimum of $3000 and that is a quick thrill and goosebumps on their goosebumps.  But that same family coming to church and hearing the gospel would be FREE and would have eternal dividends.  There is no comparison but that family must feel engaged so that they church experience would be have some of the WOW as a Disney vacation.

So Pastors and church leaders lets look at what we are doing in church? Regardless of your religious practice or dogma their is something you can improve on.  I am not suggesting that you should break out a whole production program but have you paid attention to some details: like are the bathrooms working properly and fully stocked?  Is the building well painted?  is it hard for a guest at the church to find a seat?  Does that guest feel welcomed? Are guest followed up on?  Do they know you care? etc etc

If you have no clue to some of these questions.  Here is a free resource that can help you and start you on your way to helping you to build God's kingdom by His grace.  The link is below:

http://www.churchleaderinsights.com/index.php/free-stuff/fusion-book-summary  (Its FREE until Friday, June 29th, 2012)

There is also a great resource that all Pastors who are serious about building ministry should read.  Its called Fusion by Nelson Searcy.


This pastor, Nelson Searcy took everything he learned about assimilating people into a church community and put it into a book.  I would say that this is not exhaustive or a rule book but it is a tremendous aid that has great ideas that can be easily implemented and managed.  Another good book is by Ed Young, The Creative Leader.



So then maybe who knows by making a few changes you can help to change a generation for Jesus.  Also, remember we may have tons of resources at our disposal but we have also have God's Spirit.

Why is this important:  The story goes that two guys went to a revival service and it was crowded.  The guys turned to leave.  A very alert and welcoming say them and called to them.  These two guys were able to be ushered to some seats.  At the end of the service the young men gave their lives to the Lord.  One of those young men was Billy Graham.  Now just think if that Usher wasn't there?

Little changes can render limitless results.

Thanks for reading.  Follow me on twitter @bjornjb

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Movie Review

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The Summer is here!!! Woot Woot!!  This is going to be some, Sweet Action!

I am Happy for those who get a break from it all though like Teachers.  You all work really hard and then get to chill for a couple weeks.  So in honour of Summer, I spent the bulk of my time yesterday watching movies.  So here is a quick review of them.

                                                                 

Men in Black 3


This new movie in the MIB franchise for me is pretty good.  It had great sentiments and the plot was plausible if we lived in the Twilight Zone (and I don't with Vampires and Werewolves)

Ratings: 3/5 stars
                                                                                                                                                                       



Taken

Lets just say this movie was just some SWEET ACTION!!!
I am not a guy to normally be moved my like gushy stuff like  what I will call lovey dubby movies.  But as a father of a wonderful daughter I feel like I could actually relate to this character. This is so moving from a guys perspective.  

Rating: 4/5 stars


Underworld


I remember watching this movie when it came out and was captivated by it.  I would go as far as to say that apart from Blade, this movie helped to make Vampires look like cool cats.  But I wouldn't want to hangout with em.  Also, for me the concept of the Lycans aka Werewolves was pretty cool.  I like the plot and how they unpacked it in the subsequent sequels and the prequel.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars



Wrath of the Titans


This movie didn't have to be made.  Well I guess it helped get some people paid but this was not good.  It was really confusing and seemed disjointed or maybe I didn't get it. I was also expecting a little more because the first one "Rise of the Titans" was alright.  If you are looking for such memorable lines like "Release the Craken!" you will not find it.


Rating: 2/5 stars
















A Thousand Words

Eddie Murphy is back! This movie was enjoyable.  I really appreciated the effort that this film took to highlight the importance of balancing family and work.  I think in this age where its so much about self this was kind of refreshing.  Words are so powerful.

Rating: 3/5 stars











Well that is the begin of my movie reviews for the summer.  Yup, this movie will be packed with some good movies.

Hey be sure to follow me on twitter, @bjornjb.  
"At me so I know its real!"

Till next time!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

ReGenesis

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Well I am back again telling apart of my story.  Why? Because no one else can do like I can.


I am back in the Saddle.  I am going on a very strict plan about what I eat.  This is not strange to me but  I took a break from my weight loss challenge. However, this break cost me dearly because it was about 20 pounds.  Now I am back in the saddle.  I shall call it ReGenesis! (can you hear the music?) lol

This is serious though.  The reason why I started this blog was to kind of talk about this reshaping of my life.  I wanted to have a place where I kinda of could talk about this ReGenesis, publicly.  This way I can air out the Highs and Lows, also share my strategy.

Lets start with today:

Today actually begun last night because I did alot of my preparation.  I cooked my Oats that I had for breakfast this morning last night.  The reality is that mornings are hectic and you do not always eat right even though you have good intentions.  So I cooked a pot of Oats last night, that I will use for breakfast and dinner for about two days.

For my meals today, it was green salad.  While the oats cooked, I prepared my salad ingredients.  I cut up all my veggies and secured them in containers.  I did enough for two days.  This way when I am hungry and ready to eat I can cut my prep time in half.

Lots of water is the order of the day.  I am cutting out juices and sodas from my diet.  I have a 32 ounce bottle that I will drink atleast 3 times filled today.  Yup, that is alot of water but tends you keep you feeling full most of the day.

So there you go.  That is the plan for the day.  Here is the actual breakdown on the meal plan:

Wake up    -     Drink Water (32 oz)
1st meal (7 am) -  2 cups of Oats/ tablespoon of Peanut butter. Prepared with 1 cup Almond Milk.
                               Total caloric intake:  424

2nd meal (11 am) - Side salad/1 tbsp - dressing/ side of fruit
                                     Total caloric intake - 151

3rd meal (2:30 pm)   - Repeat of 2nd meal

4th meal (5:30 pm)   - Repeat of 1st meal

5th meal (7:00 pm)   -  Serving of Mixed veg melody
                                      Total caloric intake: 203

Total Calories for today - 1353 (lets hope I stick with that lol)

This is going to be tedious I know but I thought I would atleast I would go through this for today to really cement my determination for a turn around.  So as I typed this I had my 2 meal of the day, chewing ever so slowly to make it feel like a big meal.

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

I will be taking my challenge to self on twitter. So follow me on twitter, @bjornjb

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thoughts on Discipleship

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So my church is now doing a Conference that we are calling "Driven to Purpose" and all systems of the church were asked to write and article that would be published in the conference workbook called "The Accelerator".  Thought I would share that article on this blog.  Now I have a real published piece lol not a Journal but this will have to do *smile.

By the way I didn't mention what system I direct.  It is called Assimilation System.  What is that you may ask?


Noun
1. as-sim-i-la-tion

 - the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family

Simply put Assimilation is the process of taking 1st time guest of our church and guiding them through the processes of the body so that they can become apart of the Core.  The Core meaning fully functioning believers who are maturing in the things of God.  The more "churchy" or theologically correct term would be Discipleship.  My thought is that we have become so good at doing church that we have forgotten or slighted the understanding that we are called to be a disciples or followers of Christ. In other words:

"Discipleship is less about what we do and more about who we become" Pastor J. Mario Moxey.  

So here is my article on Discipleship.  Tell what you think.  Thanks.  In another post, I will go into greater depth when it comes to Assimilation and what it entails; going deeper not wider.


Discipleship

“Salvation occurs in a moment, but discipleship takes a lifetime.” – Pastor Mark Driscoll

Have you ever played a game of “Simon says” or “Follow the Leader”?  Ever noticed as kids we are determined to “follow” so well that we win the game?  Similarly, I believe Jesus also wants us to win as we follow Him not as a game but as a matter of our spiritual growth and eternal destiny. 

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  And they left their nets at once and followed him.  Matthew 4:19 - 20 (NLT).  I am sure to Peter and Andrew, this perhaps was not a strange question.  As fishermen they were very familiar with the act of fishing after all that was their heritage.  Enter Jesus via heaven, who comes and gives them an alternative, continue to fish or follow me and he could show you how to fish for people.  This offer was so appealing that the men had to follow him.  Now, have you every asked why did they do that; left a presumably successful business to follow a Rabbi from Galilee?  Historically, to be personally “called” to be the follower of a Jewish Rabbi was seen as great honour.  Therefore, this may have played a great part in the decision processes of Peter and Andrew.  Yet, I would like to think the great “why” would be because the Son of God summoned them.  The mere fact that Jesus took the time to come look for them would be a great privilege to partner with Jesus in His mission.   In a nutshell, to be a disciple would mean to be willing to leave our routine pursuits in order to partner with Jesus in His mission to the world.  Similarly, Jesus is still calling many of us to be followers. 

A disciple then is a follower of Jesus.  The original word sounds similar to martyr, one who willingly lays down their life for another.  This leaves us with the assumption that a disciple is a person who is willing to sacrifice their own will for that of Christ.  The good news though, is that Jesus has already done it all.  So then how do we live a life of discipleship?
  •      Sacrifice one’s will – We must be willing to deny our will and take up God’s will (Luke 9:23)
  •      Study the word of God – It is the Word of God that guides us on the Path to follow (Psalm 119:105)
  •      Share the gospel – as followers who are growing and maturing in Christ our jobs is not to be selfish but to help others to do the same thing.  It is called the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19)


Living a life discipleship is not easy because the hardest thing that one can do is to tell yourself No.  Yet, the comfort we have is that we are not doing it alone.  Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to help us, as well as our community of faith here at Bahamas Harvest Church.

Quick Tip: DO NOT QUIT.  The world is already full of too many quitters.  One of the root words for Discipleship is “discipline”.  Disciples are disciplined.  (1Corinthians 9: 27)  

So follow me on twitter @bjornjb.  Thanks.

Friday, June 1, 2012

1st of June Randomness!!!

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I was on my blog today and I am a serious blogger.  What does that even mean though?  I guess I do this when I am bored.  Power of free press.  lol

So its Labour Day in the Bahamas or as they say Beach Day....Shout out to Holidays. 

Well there ya go... Now back to my family. 

Being a family guy is tough work you know.  It means that somethings you might want to do you can do...

Hey here is another really random thought...its it amazing how the world has changed so much.  I mean we have facebook, twitter, all sorts of technology etc.  It like the world is so much more smaller now. 

Well I am going to just bounce a basketball outside or read.  Enjoy the Holiday.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hodgepodge

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Sooooo I am back!   That was a little anti-climatic there.  Do you know what Hodgepodge means?  The first time I heard the word was on Jeopardy.  Its means confused mixture.  This perhaps best describes this post.  My homage to Jeopardy.  

Well I have certainly been neglecting my lil blog.  My hobby as it were  So I am back now to do my lil doodlings on here.

Well what to talk about.....

 1. My country has a new government.  It was a vicious contest and quite the slanderous on, so for politics   that was pretty normal.  Well the PLP won.  That is the Progressive Liberal Party who defeated the Free National Party.  The PLP called themselves the "Gold Rush" or "Colour Gold"  the FNM call themselves "Red Splash" or "Colour Red".  This I found kinda weird but hey to each his own.  Any how there is too much to go on from this issue so I will not tackle it here.  Perhaps I will do this in another blog post.

2.  Then there is The Avengers.  The Avengers was the long waited lead up from the Marvel Studios.  I think Iron Man was the first one, then there was The Incredible Hulk, Thor and then Captain America.  All of these movies lead up to the team being assembled in The Avengers.  This movie for me officially kicks off the humongous summer movie season.  The next big thing on the radar is the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.  We are not there yet though.  By the Avengers has mashed all sorts of records at the box office.

3.  Chick-fil-la Leadercast @ Bahamas Harvest Church.  This event was phenomenal.  It merges the reality of needing to train good leaders and technology.  Chick-fil-la Leadercast is an annual event that is held in Atlanta and simultaneously broadcasted around the world via the internet thus the name simulcast.  The likes of Tim Tebow, Solidad Obrian, Andy Stanley and the world renowned John Maxwell were only a few of the key note speakers. Bahamas Harvest Church has made it a point to partner with this event every year and we have been doing it for two years now.  It was a great event. Follow Bahamas Harvest on Twitter @BahamasHarvest



Well that is what on my mind now.  Perhaps as I get more into my blogging I will remember more.  Oh by the way I will start with more reviews of books.  The book that I am going to begin to read is "7 practices of Effective Ministry".  This is an old book but is knowledge or insight ever old?  I think not.  Books are the Keys to knowledge.  So as I go along I will be making regular posts...something like a ongoing review.  So if you are reading this blog, thanks for sharing with me.  Remember you can follow me on twitter by clicking the link at the top right side of this page. 

Blessings. 

Speaking about elections.  Here is the party I voted for:





Monday, April 9, 2012

I got a new attitude...

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So what a weekend!!!

It is now the day after Easter or Resurrection Weekend as many like to call it. In the Bahamas its a holiday and I am loving it right now.  However,  since its a holiday I thought I need must update this blog.  So here goes.

 
I really like Easter season.  Its the season that there is a sense of newness in and through Jesus Christ. This is an awesome reality.  When you undergo life-change this is a phenomenal event.  The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus lets us know that there is eternal hope.  This means that no matter how bad things get or even if the reality of death greets us, we have the eternal hope that death is not the end.  Death is defeated and we have the victory and hope in Christ.  This for me is good news and worth sharing.


Easter is often associated with Baptism.  At Bahamas Harvest Church this Easter, the church celebrated with persons as they were baptized.  We dubbed this event, The Rebirth Experience.  These brave persons, has "drawn a watery line" between their former way of doing life and now embraced a new life in Christ.  See an article in a local paper chronicling this event here.  This event was extra special for me because it was my first time event coordinating an event of this magnitude.  It was a great leadership challenge. I learned so much,  most specifically the need to work in teamwork.  So reality I could not have functioned without my co-labourers at The Harvest.  One fellow staff member said, 'no problem man,  We on the same team. If you look bad, we all look bad.'  I was "wowed" by this statement, even more so really, really grateful.

So what is my new attitude?  One that realizes that I am new in Christ.  I may not have been in the water as a candidate but I was baptized in my new role in ministry.  So at one point I may have thought that I had to do it all by myself,  that is not the case because I am not alone.  This is going to be a wonderful time of ministry.  

In closing, I would like to share this video of a candidates of the The Rebirth Experience.  Additionally, at some point checkout anyone of our Worship Experiences at The Harvest. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Insanity is the way

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The working definition for Insanity is "doing something over and over again while expecting the same result".  I think that is a form of Insanity.

Therefore, so in the next six months I have one major goal.  I plan on losing 50 pounds.  Some people may say "Six months is a long time". Yes it is. "Oh you can do that is less than six months."  Sure I could but I am not to concerned about that.  I just want to follow my goal and keep at it.  That is part of the reason that I am making it public and posting my goal on my blog.  I read some where that sharing your weightloss goal keeps you accountable.  I thought to myself well then, why not write about it.

In the program, Get Well Bahamas I was able to lose 40 pounds.  This year Get Well Bahamas is getting ready to begin Phase 3 and I am going to be participating with them again.  I think this year it will be as a mentor type thing though similar to alumni.  This is going to be fun.  In addition to that I will be going to more faithful to the workout regiment called INSANITY.


This exercise program literally kicked my butt.  Every time I get started with a training session at the end I am wasted.  Last year I was doing this for about 30 mins everyday at the 5 o'clock hours. Also I followed a very strict 1200 calorie diet.  This was why I was able to reach my goals for the end of the year.  You might say that is "insane".  Yup. That is why I can say INSANITY works.  It is only through Insane Intensity that you will reach your goals.  So lets get it people.  Got to get our temples together.

Speaking about temples,  last year I posted about a guy who is going from FIT 2 FAT 2 FIT.  Well here is his site and how he is going.  You can also follow him on twitter @fit2fat2fit








Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Demaryius Thomas vs. Tim Tebow and Jesus

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On Sunday past, I was like most average guys who was watching football.  I must admit that I haven't been as a frequent watcher of football, I am not a fanatic. However, my interest in the game was more grown alot more since the NBA lockout.  I particularly like to see the Denver Broncos take the field.  Now before you get me wrong I am not necessarily apart of the Tebowmania but I do respect the fact that he has skills.  But I was a fan of Denver since John Elway era when they won the Superbowl in 97 and 98.  Since Tim Tebow has joined the organization at Denver I know have another reason to watch then and pull for them when they play.

There is alot of noise in the market about Tebow's faith.  Alot of detractors say that he is too boastful sighting Matthew 6:6 as a reason for his error.

Prayer
    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
 Now upon looking at this verse,  it would seem that they have a point and they do.  Yet I think that it is to be put in a broader context.  Tim Tebow as I see him isn't seeking to be a hypocrite.  But who am I? I don't know the guy, yet this is my blog and my opinion lol.  Anyway,  it seems that he really loves the game of football and loves Jesus.  He has found away to incorporate the two recognizing that is is because of God that he is where He is.  Therefore, he has no problem with showing people that he is unashamed.

Romans 1:16

New International Version (NIV)
 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
 So all I can say is Tebow pray and give thanks away!!!  Represent!

As it pertains to title of this blog post that I haven't addressed yet.  Tim Tebow did not beat the Steelers.  The Denver Broncos did!  Football is a team sport.  Imagine that Tim threw the ball and Demaryius Thomas was not there, would the team be in the playoffs now? No, they wouldn't.  The point I am making is that they all had a role to play.  So it is not about Jesus being on Tebow's side more than the Denver Broncos had to operate as a team and the team rallied together and win.  Did Jesus have something to do with it? Sure, He allowed them to be healthy enough to play and allowed their efforts to be successful at that point.  Tim Tebow is good but would be no where without the rest of the team.

There is another great article that you can check out at:

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/157995-alise-wright-i-won-t-tebow-to-your-idol.html

Monday, January 2, 2012

In 2012, I am not a fan of Jesus.

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Happy New Year everyone.  During this time most people usually set out to make what they call New Years resolutions.  I guess the purpose of it is to fix somethings that went wrong last year or to challenge themselves to achieve greater goals in the new year.  Either way its not a bad practice and has its merits.

So then, here is one of my New Year Resolutions,  I will not be a fan of Jesus but I will be a follower


A fan would be someone who simply goes out every so often to cheer on their favorite team or player.  Let's take Kobe Bryant and his team the Lakers.  We watch the scheduled games and cheer the team on.  When Kobe is on the court we probably cheer as fans the most when he explodes to the rim.  Then when the game is over we go back to our normal life until the next scheduled game.  In my case,  I cheered for the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow, when they lost yesterday but still were able get into the playoffs.

Many of us are fans of Jesus.  We cheer on Team Jesus every time we gather for worship, or when something significant happens in our lives that can even be remotely linked to Him.  We have become really good at being fans of Christ but not many of us seek to be disciples or followers.  This is not saying that many fans have not become followers but many people are so caught up in our own lives that we content to just be a regular fan.  The commitment to be a follower requires sacrifice.  It would mean that we look less on ourselves as the source but to Christ.  Being a follower would also mean that we are not there just for scheduled engagements but it becomes our lifestyle.  As Christ lived, He always sought to have followers and not fans.

It is my prayer to be more of a follower than simply a fan.

Here is another resource that I found for people seeking to followers and not fans.  I also encourage you to read his book "Crazy Love"


For other ministry leaders who may be reading this and looking for other resources on not being a fan  check out >>>HERE.