Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Death Announcement - Eunice Moore Pennington

A memorial service was held today at the Peerless Road COGOP in Cleveland, Tennessee for Eunice Moore Pennington, widow of Bishop C. S. Pennington who served as a General Official of the COGOP for many years.

Bishop C. S. Pennington most notably served as General Secretary of the Church of Prophecy Marker Association.

Please be in prayer for this family.

Developing and Communicating Vision

The key point on vision is that it is unique to every leader. Your vision must be cultivated out of experience, inspiration, or analysis. If you borrow a vision, you are simply managing another person's vision, you are not leading. To borrow a vision is to fail to lead...


A Wall Or A Door?

[From Pastor Steven Furtick by sf]

When you face an enemy, obstacle, or setback, you can either see it as a wall or a door.If you perceive your adversity or adversary (whatever the case may be) the first way, you’re finished. The dream is dead. You’ve hit the proverbial wall, and you can go no further. When you see the challenge as a door, it’s a really different story altogether.

Israel had never heard of David until he stood toe to toe with Goliath. To the rest of Israel, Goliath appeared to be a 9 foot wall. For forty days, they stared at the wall and hoped it would go away.David saw things differently. Where others saw a wall, David saw a door. And because he ventured through the threshold, God gave him access to a whole new level of favor and opportunity.

Your dilemma doesn’t have to stop you dead in your tracks.It can become the gateway to another dimension of God’s activity in your life…If you’re willing to walk on through.

Don't Skip Breakfast

[Health Stewardship]

Hundreds of experts agree: If you skip a good breakfast, you torpedo your chances of working and living at your potential every day. Because . . . you’ve been sleeping for seven or eight hours, and your body—especially your brain—is starved for nutrients. If you skip breakfast, your body detects the lack of calories and, not knowing when food is coming again, goes immediately into starvation mode and starts to store fat reserves.

Furthermore, since you have nothing in your stomach, your brain begins to receive desperate “I’m hungry” signals. If you don’t get to good food soon you will freak out and hit the donuts or the vending machine. If you have a high-protein and high-fiber breakfast, you not only have more energy and creative juices flowing, you likely won't be hungry again before breakfast.

Why We Need New Churches

[From daveferguson.org by Dave Ferguson]

I have been thinking again about innovation. Ed Bahler was challenging me with the idea from the Innovators Dilemma (which I have just ordered). The basic concept is that even the best-managed companies (or churches), in spite of their attention to customers and continual investment in new technology, are susceptible to failure because these companies (or churches) tend to continue to do business the way they always have done business.

It seems to me that the only way to break out of that innovators dilemma is to continually surround yourself with innovators and people who are inventing the new tomorrow. And the best way to do that in the church world is to become a reproducing church. Start new sites with young emerging leaders and listen to their new ideas. Start new churches and get close enough to them that you can learn from them and break out of your old paradigms. Begin a church planting network and find yourself immersed in a conversation of new and innovative thinking about reaching people far from God. I think we need to be reproducing churches not only so that we can start new sites, churches and networks to help people find their way back to God; we also need to be reproducing churches so that our existing churches remain relevant to an ever-changing world!

Agree? Disagree?

Today's Prayer

Dear God, So many things just look impossible. Sometimes I wonder how I will make it through this trial or how will we survive or where is this problem leading? But, when I stop concentrating on the problem and look to You and Your promises, I am relieved. For I know that all things are possible through You. You are in control and will make all things work to the good for those who love You. Thank You for those promises and for the "breath of fresh air" I feel in knowing You are here with me, for me, and in me through Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, amen.

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