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“Plan B” by Pete Wilson May 4, 2010, Tuesday

Posted by Kyle Black in Book Review.
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If there is one certainity in life, it is that things won’t always go as planned. The problem with this, especially if you’re a Christian, is what do we do when the unexpected happens. In his book “Plan B” Pastor Pete Wilson shows you how God is still working even when you are walking a path you never expected. Wilson uses personal “Plan Bs” he has faced as well as numerous other stories to that reinforce the fact that God is sovergn despite what your current situation might lead you to believe. Here are some quotes that I really identified with from “Plan B”:

  • Despite what your current circumstances are telling you, God is for you.
  • Fear, of course, is a universal human experience, and it’s not limited to Plan B experiences.
  • The best step is to know God.
  • Throughout life you will face one situation after another that will be completely beyond what you can handle.
  • We’re called to love him even when we feel abandoned.
  • It may feel like it’s over, but it’s not over.
  • Once again, I realized I didn’t have a good answer.

After reading this book you will come away with the fact that there in no definite answer to why you are hurting except that God is working in your life through your pain.  If you are currently going through a “Plan B”  this is a must read and if your not in a “Plan B” situation you will be, so grab a copy of this book it.

Steering Through Chaos March 17, 2010, Wednesday

Posted by Kyle Black in Book Review.
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Have you ever found yourself in a leadership role and wondered, “How do we get there from here?” If you have, then Steering Through Chaos is a must read.   Author Scott Wilson draws from his experience (both personally and organizationally) to share down- to-earth methods that will have you embracing the chaotic times ahead instead of running from them. Here are a few things I enjoyed while reading this great new book.

  • “We had to face the honest truth: if we continued to follow our present methods, we’d keep hitting the same ceiling again and again.”
  • “Understanding demographics isn’t only significant only for the U.S. Census Bureau.”
  • “When you communicate vision to the congregation, never communicate beyond the level that your leaders have embraced.”
  • “Vision isn’t something I determine – it’s something I discover as I walk with God day after day.”
  • “Make no mistake: Leadership can be incredibly lonely.”
  • “Let’s learn all that we can can from business principles but make it a priority to look to the spirit for guidance.”
  • “Visionary leadership necessarily involves a strange blend of certainty and ambiguity.”
  • “Share set backs as well as successes.”

If you’re ready to grow as a leader and if you’re ready to lead your church through the chaos that leads to growth then you owe it to yourself to read Steering Through Chaos.

Becoming: 8/2/09 August 2, 2009, Sunday

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Becoming a people of…

  1. Vision
  2. Prayer
  3. Compassion
  4. Stewardship

Today we are focusing on VISION.

John 9

A lack of vision leads to the following:

  1. Distorts reality
  2. Skews Judgement
  3. Results in poor choices Proverbs 14:12

Proverbs 29:18

John 8:12

Walk in the Light… John implies the need for vision.

The Darknesses We Must Avoid

  1. The darkness of limited thinking: John 9:2

2 myths of limited thinking..

  • Someone had to have sinned for this to happen
  • God causes bad things to happen when we fail Him
  1. The darkness of missed opportunities: John 9:4
  • Why are you here?
  1. The darkness of blind legalism: John 9:14-16
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