>Enter This Contest & U Could Win!

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I’m looking for the best caption for this picture. Submit one. All entries will go before an outsourced judging consultant, (DJ Palacios, Inc.) and the contestant, who’s entry he selects, will win a $10 gift card to Starbux or Dunkin Donuts. If you are entering out-of-state, and you win, your gift card will be mailed to you via snail-mail. Have fun and thanx for playing!!

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>Food for Followship, the last one

>For the most part, I’ve talked about following, as it pertains to people.

This time, I’ll spin it different: following, as it pertains to things.
With these things, what do you follow? The high road? The low road? The middle road? Or no road?
1. Food
2. Exercise
3. Books
4. Entertainment
5. Rest
6. Faith
7. Money
8. Internet
9. Tollbooths
OK, well I can’t very well ask you to answer and not answer myself. But trust me, its tougher to blog your answers to the public than just answer them in your head!! Here are my answers as they correlate to the above list.
1. High road
2. Middle road
3. Middle road
4. Middle road
5. High road
6. High road
7. Low road
8. High
9. Middle/Low (hey, if it’s a change-only booth and I don’t have any, what am I suppose to do!??!!)

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>Food-for-Followship, part 4

>Well let me be straight up, here…committing to FIVE blogs on followship is a tad challenging.
But right now what I’m feeling, is to share with you some of the peeps I follow. 

We all lead and have folks who follow us, but I hope this post will help you get to know who I follow 
AND help me keep a healthy perspective.
‘Cause leading can give you a big head, man. Perhaps listing who we follow can offer us a little head-shrinking, eh? 
And maybe you bloggers out there can list who you follow too? Or not. Anyway, here we go………………….
1. God -read more about my #1, here: biblegateway
2. Raul – he doesn’t blog, but he loves to read this one: swerve.lifechurch
3. Rob & Rach Funk – they don’t blog either, but my p.’s attend an awesome church,willowcreek
4. Troy & Steph Gramling, get to know them: troygramling & stephaniegramling
5. Allen & Sharon – lot of experience, lot of wisdom, lot of fun
6. DJ & Andy – I know they’re 4 & 2, respectively, but in a way only I can know, I follow them. If I don’t follow where God takes them, I’ll miss priceless opportunities.
7. John Ortberg – he’s mentored me even when I was a drunk-punk. I hope to meet him someday: mppcfamily
8. Nancy Beach -again, mentoring me from afar since I was in h-school. If you are creative & in ministry you should follow her too: nancybeach
9. Larry King – in a roundabout way, I follow him every night: larry.king.live
10. Long-Time Friends: Kim, Christia, Liana, Keri, Shannon, Jeni, Michele – they’ve stuck with me for a long time (no easy task) and I am grateful.

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>Food-For-Followship part 3

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As promised, here’s what I’d do if I was being led by more than one leader….

Pray.
Let me explain why in a parenting-analogy:


The Cast:
Raul -daddy-leader
Me – mommy-leader
DJ – our 4-yr old follower


The Case:
Tonight, while I was at the gym, DJ asked Raul if he could have some grapes. Raul said no.When I got home from the gym, DJ asked me if he could have some grapes. I said yes.


In this silly example, each leader had led right, according to gut,
but you guys, in our daily grind, this can happen to us.
Though DJ didn’t exactly pray for guidance,
when this happens to us, with childlike faith, we should.


Our leaders are here for us to follow,
but God has always been there to lead.
We can always consult with Him, up there,
if leadership ever gets confusing down here.

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>Food for Followship, part 2

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Food for Followship, part 2

Cont’ing w/ my food for followship thoughts, God got my wheels spinning about something.
Do you remember, in the NT, when Paul & Barnabas had a fight? (Acts 15,
biblegateway )
Two great apostles!
Two great leaders!
Do you think this messed w/ their followers when this all went down?
Like “torn between two lovers…” or what?
Sometimes, we follow one leader.
Sometimes, we follow more than one.
What do we do? Esp. if something weird or negative goes down?
I’ll tell you what I’d do….after you tell me what you’d do, K?

Let’s talk about it, and maybe, collectively, we can resolve this quandary!

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>Food-For-Followship, part 1, take 2

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Food-For-Followship, part 1, take 2

I’m the oldest of 4 kids, so alot of my instinct is about being bossy & leading. 
It’s been part of my “job” since I started pushing around my first bro, Jason, 31 years ago. 
And a lot of times this butts up against my non-instinct to follow. 
That being said, I’d like to compare two bosses:My current boss, troygramling atflamingoroadchurch and a former boss, we’ll call her “Loca” at XYZ Company.
These bosses were TOTALLY different. I am their common denominator.
They both led me, I followed both of them.
I have been working for Troy for 5 months, I worked for “Loca” for one month.
Troy hasn’t fired me yet. “Loca” fired me after 30 days.
What I didn’t do well under “Loca’s” leadership (even though it sucked) was follow well.
I didn’t trust her, I didn’t give her the chance to be trusted, I didn’t pray for her, I didn’t pray for our work-relationship. 
I didn’t give her the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t just let her get the “win.” 
I didn’t keep silent about her to my peers. 
And the list goes on.
I just wonder, at times, when it comes to the bad working scenario… is it really their bad leadership, or is it…our bad followship*
(thanks for the word, Fuller)
Have a great day, & let me know if you’re feelin’ it w/ this Food-For-Followship post!

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>Leading? Let’s talk about FOLLOWING

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Leading? Let’s talk about FOLLOWING!

  1. OK, so I realized something….who am I to sit here everyday and blog about leading?
  2. I mean, seriously, c’mon… isn’t the bulk of what I do way more about following??
  3. So for the next 5 blogs, I’m gonna spill my guts & glory about following.
  4. See you there.

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>Weekly Refresher: The Parable of the Dolphin

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In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you…You know the way to the place where I am going…”
-Jesus

We signed up for a 30-min. private encounter at a dolphin cove. First, we mingled & fed the dolphins; then we had Q & A with the dolphin trainers. During the Q & A, the trainer shared about the dolphin’s daily life, in so many words or less, she said, “the dolphins don’t try to leave the cove, but on the few occasions when they got out, all they wanted to do was get back in…” Based on my observation, I wouldn’t question that for one minute. The adoration between the dolphins and the trainers was unequivocally the same–trust and love went both ways. At the end of the meeting, I understood why the dolphins would inadvertently & passively get out, but would aggressively assert themselves to get back in.

This is the picture Jesus paints for us regarding heaven.
In the bible, Jesus doesn’t speculate on heaven, He testifies to it because He’s been there. And He only wants to see us there.
He came so we could have heaven; He died so we could have heaven; He resurrected so we could have Heaven.
And He only wants to see us there.
On this globe, I have intentionally and unintentionally found myself outside of God’s cove. Either way, I desperately wanted to find my way back in. Outside of God’s cove? It was hell.
The neat thing about being up in Heaven is we’ll never end up on the outside of it.
But the question that longs to be answered is: are you getting yourself ready, down here? Oh, sure, you may be a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat Christian, but what area of your life are you swimming to close to the outside of His cove?
And for some of us, we gotta be certain we’re in God’s cove on Earth. ‘Cause this is what we need to eternally swim in Heaven.
Let’s talk about it, pray about it, and let me know how I can pray for you.

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>A Fantastic LeadHership Sentence…

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A Fantastic LeadHership Sentence…

“I am convinced that no servant leader should stand to lead until he kneels to pray with those he serves.”
-C. Gene Wilkes, “Jesus on Leadership”

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>Leaders – Evan Almighty

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Here’s this Evan-guy, who Morgan Freeman raises up to be a leader, to lead something that is way bigger than he is.

Tonight, for two hours, it was entertainment;
4000 years ago, it was reality.
After I left the theater, I was able to come home, open up my bible to Genesis 6 and see for myself that this wasn’t just a manuscript or a screenwriting.
This was the truth.
God really raised up a leader named Noah.
God really did use Noah to lead something way bigger than Noah was.
And Noah did it.
How about you?
Where are you being Noah?
And what ark has God led you to build?
Seems like God did this often, eh?
He raises up leaders and gives them a mission way beyond themselves.
(Moses, Noah, Mary, Paul)
And before they were biblical, timeless heroes,
they were straight-up, real people, like you, reading this.
If they could accomplish the mission God led them to lead,


SO


CAN


YOU!

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