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Strong Willed vs. Stubbornness

So I was having this thought late, late last night.  This was inspired by a very close friend.  I was thinking about my friend & actually I have a couple friends like this.  But this random thought came to me.

I was thinking about the difference between being a stubborn person & then a strong willed person.  I feel we blur the lines between to two.  When really there is a major difference between the two!

Being stubborn is being stuck on what you feel is right.  Scripture says in 1 Samuel 15:23 – “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and STUBBORNness is as iniquity and idolatry….”

Stubbornness is idolatry?

I started thinking about that.  Really being stubborn is a refusal to change based on selfish and limited knowledge or ignorance.  You really are putting your self & ideas first.  There’s no real humility in being stubborn. 

Stubbornness to me is being coupled with rebellion. Its manipulating. Here’s how: You believe You’re right everyone’s wrong.  And to prove it you start manipulating others to try and believe your point of view.  When in actuality you might have a skewd view of reality.  But because of your perception, it’s your reality. 

Strong willed doesn’t need the approval of trying to convince others.  Strong willed is knowing plainly right from wrong. Our doctrine for example is something to be strong willed with. Its unchanging, know what we believe & feel based on biblical truth. 

Truth is absolute when it’s based on scripture. 

There’s nothing wrong with being strong willed, just make sure it’s something you’re not being stubborn about.  Because you might be wrong…& if you’re wrong on the issue, then you’re not strong willed.  To me, if you’re standing on truth, you’re not stubborn.  But if you’re standing on something false, you’re not strong willed. 

Just a random thought,

later!

Thoughts on Vision from a Christ Life Church Staff Meeting

staff meetingHey Everyone, I just got out of our staff meeting, and I wanted to share a few thoughts that I think would help our leaders, and volunteers..really this is for anyone, esp in the ministry.  If you’ve got a vision for your life, PLEASE READ THIS!  But must caution you, it’s very challenging, but it’ll also put a fresh wind in your sail!

1.Take a stand for Greatness :

  •  What is Greatness?
  • What do consider greatness?  If you could be remembered for 1 thing, what would it be?
  • If you could only do 1 thing with your life & you knew you would not fail, what would you do?
  • Until you understand what it is, you’ll never sell out.  You’ve got to define what greatness is in your  life.

2. What’s the original vision God placed upon you as a child?

  • The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraints.”
  • MEANING: There’s nothing holding them.  And if you don’t have anything holding you, esp in your job, more importantly the ministry, then you’ll easily give up.

         -“Throw your heart over the bar & your body will follow.”- Norman Vincent Pealle

  • Have you  brought the bar down???

3. What’s really at Stake?

  • What is IMPORTANT??

            – Everyday we do our jobs someone’s life is at stake.  There’s someone son, daughter, husband, wife, father or mother that we’re dealing with. 

4. Listen to your HEART!

  • From your heart comes words: love, live, spend.
  • Solomon said, “Above all else…guard your heart.”
  • Meaning:  Out of the wise things he was going to say, the most important was guarding your heart.  You love, life, spend, parent, speak from your heart!

        – Sometimes we try to suppress this vision because God’s dealing with our heart. 

        -We can easily change the outside of our ways, we can act the part, but we start getting messed with when God really deals with our heart.

5. SPEAK UP!!

  • To keep the vision alive- SPEAK UP
  • A Goal is a vision you’ve given a voice to.” -Pastor Phil

        – This is why people HATE goals.

        -When you speak something, you’ve got to follow through.

        – If I could do this myself, then it’s probably not God!

       -God will not ask you to do something you can do on your own.  He wants you to trust in Him!

6. Learn to be Stubborn!

  • Never give up!!

         – Who are people that you admire? – The QUITTERS? NO!!!

              **You always admire those who never give up!

L.G. Hardwick, who is the Sr. Pastor of the 5000+ member Christ Church in Nashville, TN.  He has been at that church as Pastor for 60yrs. as of this year!  He built an amazing church there in Nashville, one of the most prominent in the country.  This is what he attributes his success in ministry to:

  • My success has been, I’ve outlived all my Critics.”- L.H. Hardwick
  • Pastor Brendon keeps telling me that we might not be able to outshine a lot of people.  You might be more qualified, smarter, & better…You outshine me, but I’ll out last you.  I’ll work harder & stay longer. 
  • It also goes back to what John Maxwell says, “Your talent carries you to places your character can’t sustain you.”

I hope this helps someone out.  It really gave me a breathe of fresh air yesterday in our staff meeting.  I was taking notes like crazy.  There are some people you want to follow around with a voice recorder & Pastor Phil is that kind of guy. 

Don’t let this fall on deaf ears, take it & apply it. 

You’ve been challenged,

Josh

ReFUEL 6/28 – Pineapple Songs!

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Well guys, as everyone found on this past Sunday at ReFUEL we have a new mascot that you’ll be seeing everywhere.  It’s weird, crazy, makes absolutely no sense!  It’s not your typical lion, tiger, bear or eagle that means strength & all that other jazz!  So without any other delay….drumroll please!

ITS A PINEAPPLE!  I know, I know, I know….you’re thinking, “WHAT IN THE WORLD?!”  Well a pineapple means friendship or welcoming.  And at ReFUEL that’s what we’re about, great relationships & welcoming.

So this past Sunday before we break for July, which by the way, ReFUEL during July Sunday nights will be at 5pm-7pm, but it’ll be in the Zone.  We’ll be hanging out playing games.  Well, sorry for the promo!  But these are the songs you all wrote this past Sunday & performed.  Group #1 was our winners!

GROUP #1: Juicers

This goes to the tune of Jingle Bells:
“Pineapple, pineapple, friendship all the way. 
We come to ReFUEL because its really cool.
So come & join us today – HEY!

Sunday & Tuesday Niiights, we come to hang & learn. 
Satan is a fool & Jesus is way, way cool! 
Come with us to ReFUEL, cause we’re the pinapples that rule!  lalalal hey!

GROUP #2: Pineapple Palms

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Joshua O’Bannion  (REPEAT MANY TIMES)
Who’s the bald, harry & funny guy is he? Joshua O’Bannion.”

GROUP #3: The Standing L’s

“Who’s mascot is a pineapple under the sky? REFUEL YOUR SOUL.
It’s orange, it’s green, it’s yummy as can be.  REFUEL YOUR SOUL.
It’s friendship & fun is something you wish.  Then this s the place you get all of this.  REFUEL YOUR SOUL. (REPEAT 4 TIMES)

GROUP #4: The Pin Apples

“Pineapple stands for friendship & it’s…juicy, tasty, flavorful & yummy!  It’s a pinapppppppple, it makes me feel so good & could just do a dance then sing along.

P-I-N-E-A-P-P-L-E is the treat for you & me.

I’ll have to add you guys music videos if someone taped them.  You guys are so much fun, I’ll be looking forward to hanging with all of you on Sunday nights during July.  DON’T MISS IT!

Video: UPDATED

Sorry about the video yesterday, here it is with the sound!

The Old Office Videos

I posted all of the old church office news videos that we did.  Check them out on youtube.  Look them up on youtube.

ReFUEL June 14, 2009

I believe I should start at with apologies to Spencer & Michael who were juiced last night!   But hey you got a free T-Shirt & other free stuff.  haha

ReFUEL was a blast last night!  You guys came up with some creative stories once again.  In our series ‘HOOKED’, we’re in week 3 & talked about “Getting Rid of the Hook”.  We learned what we’re supposed to do when we get hooked.  Satan is like a fisherman.  He’ll keep trying different baits to hook you. 

Well, during the night in small group times you had a task.  Write a funny story of someone getting hooked on something.  It couldn’t be the normal drugs or alcohol.  So once again, here are your stories ReFUEL:

GROUP #1:  TAPOUT

ADDICTION:  Making Goats Faint

“Back in Africa, in a country called Mozambique, I made a goat faint.  Then I laughed, it filled me with such joy that I continued to do it.  It was awesome, the goats all of a sudden made better milk.  The goat said, “Milk me!”  But then the goat started to fly & became SUPER GOAT!  Eventually, the goat started to fly away.  And you couldn’t catch him anymore.  It flew too far & ended up in heaven.  Making goats faint brings them closer to God.”

GROUP #2: CHOCOLATE ROBO-COPS

ADDICTION: Sniffing People’s Socks

“So there’s this guy…& from he outside he looks like your normal squirrel, but do not be deceived.  He really is a 1 eyed, 1 horned, flying purple people eater.  With his humongous nose he loves to sniff socks.  He lives in the locker room & takes people’s socks.  From babies to old men, he smell them all.  And…it’s awkward.”

GROUP #3: CHIMICHANGAS

ADDICTION: Josh hooked on hot dogs & Scorpions

“One day an orphan named Josh O’Bannion owned a hot dog shack full of snakes & scorpions.  He was poisoned & the only thing he could eat was a hot dog.  He lived in the mountains like a caveman.  His best friend Keith Suggs was in town being held for ransom & the payment was 4 hot dogs, a box of scorpions & a chili cheese fry.  Josh lost 350lbs. & decided not to be hooked on hot dogs & scorpions.  5 days later he was called to be on the Pastor Phil show in regards to his addiction.”

GROUP #4: THE ALPACAS

ADDICTION: Jacob Preciado Hooked on Nail Polish

“Jacob Preciado got hooked on nail polish.  His favorite colors were hot pink & rainbow.  His favorite brand was PRO.  He is allergic to acitone & peanut butter.  One day it was sunny & Jacob brought in Phillip’s tighty whities to refuel.  He was wearing purple nail police & was showing it off to everyone at refuel prom.  Then he wore phillip’s, ate soup & became a ninja with tighty whities.  THE END.”

Well, there are your stories.  Don’t forget to get your refuel wrist bands!  Coming soon…T SHIRTS & MUGS!

Running Away with the Gates

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Well everyone from ReFUEL, I just wanted to say hey & hope you’re all having a great day!  Just wanted to let you know our new podcast will be up later in the day.  We had a special guest with us this week.  It was Eugene Scott, so be sure to check it out! 

A thought occurred to me of just exactly how much destiny is over the head of my generation! 

Think about this just for a second…

God gave a prophecy to Abraham, & we are part of that same family…

Genesis 22:17 – “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

Samson fulfilled this prophecy when he carried away the gates of the city where the Philistines were.  The gates of the city was where politics were debated, Proverbs said that a virtuous woman would make her husbands name known in the gates of the city.  The gates were the protection of the city. 

So if you possessed the gates of a city, you pretty much possessed that city!  You could have access to that city & take it over…

I have never walked down the street & had a gate jump up & smack me in the face!  The only reason you have a gate is to keep things out & protect the things that you possess…

There is the same prophecy that was spoken again in the New Testament to be fulfilled…

Matthew 16:18 – “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

MEANING:  There is a strong message of destiny echoing through time directly to me!  HELL CAN’T KEEP ME OUT!  And HELL CAN’T PROTECT WHAT IS POSSESSES! 

I make a strong statement when I say this, “I REFUSE TO ALLOW ANYONE TO USE THE EXCUSE THAT THEY ARE A LOST CAUSE!”  – Don’t make me pray about something…IN JESUS NAME, I’m coming for you!

I’m going to take the gates of my city, TEMPE IS MINE!!!!

So I challenge you to be God’s answer to hell’s challenge…Start taking the gates down…