>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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>Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

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Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

In the bible, Paul wrote, But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.”
As leaders, let’s just get on the same page, right now: FACT – Leaders attend meetings. 
Can I hear an “amen?” Pound your chest,right now, if you agree that as leaders we will always have meetings.
OK, now, get a load of this…
Today, in an 8-hr planning meeting with 12 leaders, I witnessed theloudest manifestation of that verse up there.
Around our boardroom table, there wasn’t just 12 feet, or just 12 noses, or just 12 elbows. 
Today, what God did was put together a bunch of motley parts and HE created one cool body
As a result? 
Great things were accomplished. 
I’m not gonna give the names of the people around the table, but I do have one-word descriptor for each of them. Look at this list of those in attendance:

  1. The Thinking One
  2. The Creative One
  3. The Inquisitive One
  4. The Trendsetting One
  5. The Rational One
  6. The Lighthearted One
  7. The Wise One
  8. The Practical One
  9. The Challenging One
  10. The Visionary One
  11. The Dreaming One
  12. The Sensitive One

And now, tell me, is that not a cool body, made up of cool parts, by one totally cool God? Wherever you lead, look for lots of parts, and watch how God moves mountains thru them.

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>Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

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Leaders – Lets Talk About Your Body!

In the bible, Paul wrote, But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.”
As leaders, let’s just get on the same page, right now: FACT – Leaders attend meetings. 
Can I hear an “amen?” Pound your chest,right now, if you agree that as leaders we will always have meetings.
OK, now, get a load of this…
Today, in an 8-hr planning meeting with 12 leaders, I witnessed theloudest manifestation of that verse up there.
Around our boardroom table, there wasn’t just 12 feet, or just 12 noses, or just 12 elbows. 
Today, what God did was put together a bunch of motley parts and HE created one cool body
As a result? 
Great things were accomplished. 
I’m not gonna give the names of the people around the table, but I do have one-word descriptor for each of them. Look at this list of those in attendance:

  1. The Thinking One
  2. The Creative One
  3. The Inquisitive One
  4. The Trendsetting One
  5. The Rational One
  6. The Lighthearted One
  7. The Wise One
  8. The Practical One
  9. The Challenging One
  10. The Visionary One
  11. The Dreaming One
  12. The Sensitive One

And now, tell me, is that not a cool body, made up of cool parts, by one totally cool God? Wherever you lead, look for lots of parts, and watch how God moves mountains thru them.

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>LeadHership – “Nothing’s On”

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LeadHership – “Nothing’s On”

Easily, 5 days out of the week, our kids are in bed by 7:30pm. This leaves approx. 195 minutes for Raul and I to have selfish-time. And easily, I’d say 5 out of those 5 days, we stare at the TV and offer each other the same utterance, “Nothings on.”

Let’s press pause here: Do you ever say that?
OK, press play: Why is it that if “nothings” on…we don’t turn “nothing” off?

Though I’ve only done 2 food-fasts in my life…I’m telling ya, I think (for me anyway) a TV-fast could possibly be more challenging!

As leaders – Troy always reminds us that we need to be relentless thinkers, dreamers, and learners, and when we stop this, we stop leading.

Wouldn’t the primetime hours of TV actually be primetime hours of dreaming, thinking, and learning?
To shut-out the idiot-box and sponge-in things like books? journals? blogs? the Bible?

Is anybody with me on this? 
Post a comment, let me know your thoughts on, “Nothings On.”

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>Names! Names!

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Since Jan. I have been on staff at the GREATEST place of employment. Here is a picture. Is that a hot-looking staff or what?! Well, tonight Raul (my better whole) gave me some blogging-advice. He said that if I’m not myself when I blog then nobody’s gonna read it. Hummmm, OK, well, then…. this post is gonna be some of the nicknames endearingly given to some of our team. See if you can guess who I’m talking about, send me a response, the person who guesses the most wins a prize!

  1. Flipper
  2. “Dah Dweamer”
  3. Speedo-Baptizer
  4. The Metrosexual
  5. “hell-O”
  6. A boullabaisee of useless information & trivia
  7. The Grinch
  8. “Rock on!”
  9. The Swedish Chef
  10. “Pastor Gadget”
  11. The Big-Word User

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>LeadHership – Lets Get Honest Here

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LeadHership – Lets Get Honest Here

One topic I want a Sunday-front-row seat for is when my pastor talks about significance. As a matter of fact, that’s precisely what he’s talking about this weekend. Can’t wait. frclive.tv

And here’s why: THEE darkest day of my life was July 18, 2000, when I was locked up in a psych ward. The policy dictated that they strip me of everything. Well, except for my socks, they let me keep those. But they took all my personal belongings, they escorted Raul away, they took the clothes off my back. And the atmosphere there? It took my dignity. 
It was me, my socks, and a cell. Now where does one go from there?
With Jesus? You go up.

People can take alot of things from us, but nobody can take Jesus from a heart. 
That’s God’s home and He protects it fiercely.
As I laid there, on this pathetic communion-wafer of a cot, the enemy called me alot of things, but God was calling me significant, by His promise in Jeremiah 29:11. 
And that night, I clutched to this tightly.
To Him, I still had a name, a face, a purpose, a reason to live.
God wasn’t finished with me yet, and He was still preserving my life.

And right now, if you have a pulse in your wrist-He’s still preserving yours.

On the darkest day of your life, with Jesus in your heart, its still a brighter day.
Trust me. From experience, I can attest. 

In your leadership, help your people understand this.
Let them see the God-significance in your life so that they will look for it in theirs.

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>Lets Talk About Towels

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I am reading this really good book. You should get it! Anyway, I love learning about leadership, particularly Jesus’ leadership. I mean, really, who can out lead Him? He’s the best. And the part of HIS leadership that compels me the most is his 2nd to last display of leadership—where he washed feet. What a paradox, eh? To be the greatest leader and to do the lowliest thing. Where do you lead? Actually, let me put it this way: Who do you lead? And would you willingly and graciously and sincerely line up your people in a row and wash their feet?


I’ll close with this one-liner from this book, “On that night, the banner of the kingdom was a towel stained with dirt.”

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>Happy Dad’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, Rob Funk. Here is a picture of him. Of course, he doesn’t even know how to turn a computer on, but hopefully my mom will get this to him. Thanks Dad-for pointing me to God and for you & Mom showing us “what God put together let no man separate.” These are priceless legacies, and I am grateful!

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>THE WEEKLY REFRESHER: LAMBS & CIRCUSES

>“He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.”Psalm 95:7, NIV

I don’t think I’ve ever shared what my favorite animal is with all of you.
It’s a lamb.
I’ll never forget the first time I was able to hold one.
In college, I actually took a job at a circus and

I had to wear these goofy red overalls, and a white, plastic safari hat.
Each day, after punching in, I’d go to the schedule to see where I was to report that day.
Sometimes I’d be at the admission booth, sometimes the gift shop (you know what I’m talking about…I’m sure you’ve all worked at the circus before….)
This particular day I was scheduled to work at the petting zoo.
The Shireland Circus had the most precious lamb in its petting zoo.
Her name was something like Lucy, regardless, I got attached to her.
She was so little and fuzzy, and had the humblest disposition.
Ever since then, I’ve wanted a lamb (Raul says I’ll get my lamb in heaven).

Hey, in the Psalms, David frequently talked about lambs because he was a shepherd.
He instinctively knew lambs required great care because of their dependence and stupidity.
Consequently, lambs effortlessly find themselves in trouble.
Funny, so do we.
So often we find ourselves off the pasture, into trouble and wondering how we got there.
Every day I effortlessly get myself in some kind of trouble.
Thankfully, this verse doesn’t exhort that we are near God’s pasture,
but that we are OF His pasture, and we are UNDER His care.
The bible also says that when just 1 lamb strays out of 99, God goes after the 1.
Well what’s one dumb lamb out of a hundred?
To God?
EVERYTHING.NO lamb is worth leaving. EVERY lamb is worth going after.
He has great interest and concern in our lives, even if we are in trouble….especially if we are in trouble!
Today, clutch tightly to the truth that YOU are ONE lamb in God’s flock, that YOU are EVERYTHING worth going after
You are so cared for; you are so precious to Him.

And if you find yourself far from the pasture, don’t worry about how to get back,
He’ll come right to you.

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