Monday, October 24, 2011

Gold versus Dirt



We all know the Kingdom principals are backwards to flesh (sinful nature) principals.  EXAMPLE: Last shall be first, in order to lead you must serve, and so on...  With this thought process in motion, the Bible states that the foundations of Heaven are made of gold.  However, here on earth we make our foundations out of some form of "dirt".  With knowing that things in the Kingdom are different from what we are used to in the world - I want to challenge you with a thought.

We tend to ask God to help or bless us according to our needs.  Lately, in the circumstances of life, most peoples needs have been a lack of monetary flow.  Their (and my) prayer(s) have been: “God, I believe You are my provider, and You own the cattle on a thousand hills, You are Jehovah Jireh”… blah blah blah. I have prayed, tried to walk in faith and turn even my thoughts of the need over to Him.  I continue to pay my tithes and even sow seeds, but nothing -- well not nothing -- because I would hate to see where I would be if I hadn't at least been doing all this.

If I have ever heard from God, it was yesterday morning while I was ironing my shirt getting ready to go to the church.  I was once again trying to turn thoughts of my financial need over to my Daddy God, and just spend some time worshipping Him.  As I was praying something similar to the prayer above, I was on the phrase, "and the streets of Heaven are paved with gold."  At that moment I heard God say to my spirit, "Yes, and will you just obey Me, and go after what is valuable in My Kingdom."  I immediately knew exactly what He was saying.  Based on the Kingdom's economy gold is of little or no value.  This is the stuff God uses to do maintenance with in His Kingdom. The valuable thing in the Kingdom is "DIRT".  The Bible states in Genesis that He, formed and fashioned us out of dirt, and then breathed life into us.  The value in the Kingdom of God is us doing what He instructed us to do in the great commission -- to go into all the world and preach the good news of Jesus Christ.  

Until we decide to be obedient, and do what He has instructed us to do -- REACH SOULS, we are going to be like a teenager who still lives in his parent’s house but is grounded and on restriction.  He still gets to eat, sleep, have his needs filled, and participate with the family.  The problem is he is walking in complete and utter rebellion and disobedience. We are like that teenager if we are not fulfilling the great commission.  The Father continues to tell us if you will just obey, you can have an abundance of joy and fulfillment. Why?  Because the Father wants to give it to the son more than the son even realizes he wants it.

Friday, October 14, 2011



You are invited to join us at Valdosta Stadium Cinemas to see the new movie “Courageous”
Sunday Evening @ 5:PM

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Summit - Leadership Training


THIS SATURDAY

Registration will be $20/person which will include Lunch.  You may pay online at the SNM website after August 15th.  Everyone in church leadership should attend.

There will be classes on:
Leadership -- Getting Volunteers -- Youth Programs
TeamWork -- How to Support Your Pastor -- Networking
Outreach -- Children's Ministry -- Curriculum -- Counseling

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pizza with Pastor

Pizza with Pastor
The Couples ministry will be having a special night out Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30PM.  It will be at the new Marco’s Pizza across from Smokin’ Pig.  See you there!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Anniversaries

WOW! The month of August in my life and the life of the Winners Church is a special month.  The celebration of anniversaries comes in like a tsunami.  Pastor Shelisa and I celebrated 14 years of marriage on August 30, and the Winners Church celebrated its seventh anniversary back on August 4.  We are so blessed and privileged to be a part of this house and your lives.  We love you all and count it an honor to be your pastor, friend, mentor, spiritual parents and kingdom co-workers.  Let's have another great year and do even more in the next 12 months.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Area on the Website

There is a new page/area on the website that you will want to check out.  It is called the Man cave.  It is for men and by men.  Ladies you are welcome to visit, but don't plan on changing or redecorating anything.  Trust your pastor on this one, you will definitely want your man to come visit the cave on a regular basis.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Season of Declaration

1. We are not going to be referred to as a non-denominational church anymore.
We are a Pentecostal church.
We will not apologize, but embrace the power of the Spirit

The power is what is going to attract people

2. This house will be the logistical hub for other ministries and churches to be birthed out of.



3.We will have a dynamic youth and children's ministry that is talked about all over this region.
Children:
We will be a teaching children from the youngest of ages that the Bible is the greatest of story books as well as a life book.
Youth:
This building will be a place where young people come on a regualr basis...
Ministry will be happening to teenagers and young adults at a greater level.
The power of God resting on them that sparks a fire in everyone around them
Our youth will not be content to walk the way everybody else walks,
but will run in the direction of their destiny.

4. We will become an impacting force in the everyday lives of people in Valdosta.
There is no Impact without contact
Until you turn around and go the other way you won't make impact with people.
Souls saved will be a common occurrence

5. We will be a muti-cultural, multi-generational church full of men and women, all nationalities, married couples, families, singles, young, old...A diverse church to represent a diverse Kingdom.

6. We wil be known as a church of prayer, praise, and power!!!


We will have a praise and worship band as well as our praise and worship team who will release the sound of heaven into the atmosphere.

7. We will be an apostolic house with a prophetic voice to speak into the region and lives of people to set in order misshaped, misaligned Iives.

8. We are going to set goals that are obtainable but stretch our faith...
First goal...We will have 100 in the sanctuary.We will go ahead and prophecy...We will outgrow this building.

9. This will be a year of transition...
Bishop Tony confirmed in Pastora on Friday that there is a gift in her that is about to open doors of opportunity to the nation. 
We are declaring this is the season.
The next 6 months Pasotra will transition into full time ministry

Declaration:
The Winners Church is blessed and highly prosperous.
We are the head and not the tail, we are above and not beneath.
We have access and favor in our city.
The Winners Church will be...
Debt free and the finances will always be in place.


There will be more than enough to take us where we need to go and do what we need to do.
The Winners Church will be...
Equally representative of our community.
As white as it is black and as black as it is white
Young as it old and as old as it is young.
The Winners Church will be...
A Kingdom minded church.


A church that God is blessing because we a doing what He is blessing.
A place where God's love will always be the file that sharpens us and motivates us.
We will be a healthy church spiritually, financially and naturally.
We will be a church of success that teaches others how to win in every area of their lives by using the principles found in God's word.


We will have a bigger building, bigger people, bigger check books, bigger faith, bigger vision, bigger leadership...... Thingk big, be big, live big!!
We are winners!!!!!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

He was a Man's Man

Found this great little article that is perfect for Father's Day.

As a carpenter, Jesus must have learned many tricks of the woodworking trade from Joseph. While tools and techniques have changed a great deal over the past 2,000 years, three simple rules that Joseph lived by still hold true today.

1 - Measure Twice, Cut Once
Wood was scarce in ancient Israel. Joseph and his apprentice Jesus couldn't afford to make mistakes. They learned to proceed with caution, anticipating the consequences of everything they did. It's a wise principle for our lives, too.
As Christian men, we need to be careful in our behavior. People are watching. Nonbelievers are judging Christianity by the way we act, and we can either attract them to the faith or drive them away.

Thinking ahead prevents a lot of trouble. We should measure our spending against our income and not exceed it. We should measure our physical health and take steps to protect it. And, we should measure our spiritual growth from time to time and work to increase it. Just like the timber in ancient Israel, our resources are limited, so we should do our best to use them wisely.

2 - Use the Right Tool for the Job
Joseph wouldn't have tried to pound with a chisel or drill a hole with an ax. Every carpenter has a special tool for each task.
So it is with us. Don't use anger when understanding is called for. Don't use indifference when encouragement is needed. We can build people up or tear them down, depending on which tools we use.
Jesus gave people hope. He wasn't embarrassed to show love and compassion. He was a master at using the right tools, and as his apprentices, we should do the same.

3 - Take Care of Your Tools and They'll Take Care of You
Joseph's livelihood depended on his tools. We Christian men have the tools our employer gives us, whether it's a computer or an impact wrench, and we have a responsibility to take care of them as if they're our own.
But we also have the tools of prayer, meditation, fasting, worship, and praise. Our most valuable tool, of course, is the Bible. If we sink its truths deep into our minds then live them out, God will take care of us, too.

In the body of Christ, every Christian man is a carpenter with a job to do. Like Joseph, we can mentor our apprentices--our sons, daughters, friends and relatives--teaching them the skills to pass the faith on to the generation after them. The more we learn about our faith, the better a teacher we'll be.
God has given us all the tools and resources we need. Whether you're at your place of business or at home or at leisure, you're always on the job. Work for God with your head, your hands, and your heart and you can't go wrong.

Jack Zavada

Friday, May 27, 2011

Winning Word for the Week

Wednesday at service I shared with everyone the need to journal.   Some may think this is not a necessity.  I must admit it has never been a priority of mine either.  However, as I grow spiritually in the Lord and naturally grow older I find myself desiring to chronicle what God is doing in my life and the life of those around me.  For me there is a correlation or parallel to the ancient times of leaving landmarks for those that will come after to point there way through the empty places of their lives.  My goal in advancing the Kingdom is not just to make it to heaven for myself, but to take as many with me as possible.  That can happen right now, and even after I am gone through the generational process.  You may be asking yourself "how is there a correlation between journaling, landmarks and generations?"  For me, I have discovered the more I document what God is doing through me and around me -- The more I actually realize (see) Him do.  So, as I see God moving and train those that I have reproduced myself in spiritually to also document His mighty works it allows for encouragement and it helps them build their faith muscles to believe for bigger things.  This is the same process used in ancient times when the children of Israel would leave landmarks and altars at certain places along their journeys.  Don't miss out on what God is doing.  Start noting the small things so that you can be found faithful to handle the BIG things.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A New Dynamic -- Leading Leaders

The Life of the Winners Church is in the process of evolving.  As the pastor I have been seeing the subtleties of change for several months now.  This is something that is always a matter of prayer and part of what God has called Shelisa and me to do -- Lead leaders.  The "new" part of that dynamic is were actually leading leaders now.
I opened up the website this morning with a level of excitement to share what God is doing -- only to see -- He is doing it all over.  We are not the only corporate body God is moving through.  That in itself is an encouragement, but someone beat me to the punch.  So I am going to share a blog written by a fellow pastor Matt Keller out of the Fort Myers area.


From Leading Followers to Leading Leaders
An important shift that takes place along the leadership journey is the move from

Leading Followers to Leading Leaders.

In the early stages of a new company, organization or church the emphasis is on leading followers. Just getting people to show up, fill a slot and be present is success.

However, as an organization grows, so must a leader's emphasis and priority shift from a "Whosoever Will" mentality to a "We need you exactly to..." mentality.

Here are a few things I've learned about making this all important mindset shift as a leader:

1.  Start seeing the Organization differently.

     In order for you to change your perspective from leading followers to leading leaders, you have to begin to see the organization you're leading from a different perspective. It's a little like parenting. At every phase of parenting I have this moment where I look at my child and think, "Wow, when did they get so big?!?"

     And the same thing is true of our organizations. There comes a moment where we have to step back and see that the organization we're leading is bigger now. And bigger is not better or worse, it's just different. A bigger child requires different things from their parent. And a bigger organization requires different things from it's leader.

2.  Start seeing People differently.

     As an organization grows, a leader must change their perspective on the people who fill the leadership seats. Good hearted, well-intentioned people only go so far when it comes to leading at a higher level. If someone is good hearted and insufficiently skilled, they'll hold an organization back.

     As a leader, its your job to keep your eyes open for those people in your organization who have the skills and potential to lead at a higher level.

     It will also be necessary to move good-hearted, well-intentioned people who lack the skills and capacity to lead at a higher level into new seats on the bus that better fit their skill set. I believe this is one of the most difficult decisions a leader must make. But it's also one of the most important to the long-term health of the organization.

3.  Start seeing Yourself differently.

     As an organization grows, a leader must begin to see themselves differently as well. With more at stake, a leader must know and understand the role they're required to play and be willing to face their own insecurities and fears for the sake of the good of the organization.

     Leading at a higher level requires boldness, confidence and clarity that leading a smaller organization does not. The leader who is unwilling to see themselves through a new lens will struggle to lead well as the organization grows.

At the end of the day, developing the ability to lead leaders not just followers will set up our organizations for success long-term, and it all has to do with changing the way we see.

Just a Leadership Thought...

Matt Keller

Friday, May 6, 2011

Share

Growing up as a PK (Preacher's Kid) I had to always share my mother with everyone else at the church.  Don't get me wrong Mom was always there, and took amazing care of all four of us kids and Dad too.  But, she made herself available to minister to those in need and those who were just needy.  Looking back I so wouldn't change the process of my growing up.  It has made me the man I am today.  For that I have my mom Rebecka Hull to thank, and also my dad who is the greatest, but it is mother's day.
Now as a dad, a pastor, a business owner, a computer hacker and everything else that makes up my 24 hours -- I don't get to see my mom very often.  Sundays (Mother's Days) come and go and I don't get to see mom on her special day.  She is still a pastor's wife at her church, and I am still sharing.
This process though has made me the father and pastor I am today.  I have been given the opportunity to share my life and parent numerous spiritual children because I watched my mom & dad share their lives with countless people over their 40 years of ministry.
This process has also allowed me to have several other great women in my life that shared their lives and families with me throughout my growing.
Kay Miller - The Greatest Aunt Ever!
Sharon Graves - Justin & Stephanie thanks for sharing your mom while I was in college
Kathy Miller - A spiritual mom like no other...So miss hanging out with you PK
Peggy Willis - not a Mother-in-Law but a Mother-in-LOVE -- You're the Best
and of course my wife -- Shelisa Hull -- I love you so much and I am so glad to be a part of your life.

God will return to you multiple times over what you give to Him.  In ministry you give up (share) certain things -- holidays, easy Sunday mornings and sometimes family.  But He is so faithful to always make sure He gives you back more than what you gave Him.  My wife and I both are so blessed with an awesome church family that loves us. Along with numerous people in our lives that are stand-ins for the family that we grew up sharing, and even today share with the world.

Happy Mother's Day






Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

"If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible."

This is a quote from one of my spiritual daughters -- Valencia Johnson

Friday, April 29, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.
Pat Riley

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day -- I don't think so!

Subtitle:  "anti" Christ is a tree hugger...

The prefix "anti" according to the dictionary is as follows:
Preposition
opposed to; against
Adjective
opposed
Noun
a person opposed to a particular policy, activity, or idea
Prefix
opposed to; against : antiaircraft.
• preventing : antibacterial.
• reversing or undoing : anticoagulant | antigravity | antipruritic.
• the opposite of : anticlimax.
• Physics the opposite state of matter or of a specified particle : antimatter | antiproton.
• acting as a rival : antipope.
• unlike the conventional form : anti-hero.
ORIGIN representing Greek anti ‘against.’

Why grammar 101?  Because society in general and, especially religious society the term "anti-christ" is so thought of as simply an individual that will eventually show on the scene of the world's stage and mark the next chapter in the saga "'The Beginning of the End' but, That's Not Really the End, It's Just the Beginning".  That is true and will happen, but the spirit of "anti" CHRIST is already running prevalent in our world today.  We need to as Christians recognize that there is not an anti-religious movement -- It is strictly an anti-Christ movement.

So, let me begin.  I was on my way to work this morning, and was listening to the radio and heard that today is Earth Day.  Immediately! My spirit-man leaped inside of me.  Not with a since of joy, but of a call to arms as if a ranking officer in the military just walked in the room and said someone just attacked our home base.

Why you asked so serious and dramatic?  Once again, if we as Christians don't awake, rise up and answer the call to arms this -- anti-Christ, anti-Cross, anti-Blood, anti-Easter, anti-Good Friday --  peaceful, tree-loving, wonderfully encouraging day for simply recycling (sarcasm),  pagan, humanistic, snake-fully sly, political deception will; in all its efforts try to make the Cross of Christ null, void and to no avail.  The same thing has already been in the works for years now in the callusing cold and hard, the hearts of Christians in the defense of the "Christmas" story, season and holiday.  It is not that people want to do away with a holiday -- they simply want to evolve it into a more politically correct coexist-ance of an anti-Christian holiday.  If we sit idly by at this kairos moment in the Kingdom we are forfeiting our most significant event in the history of all time.  The Blood that Jesus Christ, Redeemer of all mankind, Savior of the world is worth standing up for.

The news piece that was referencing earth day was not a Christian broadcast or even FoxNews, but they gave the statistics that -- out of 1000 different stories that were broadcast: 100% of the earth day stories were positive, and 92% of the Easter stories were of severe negativity (siting mostly the Catholic church's child abuse scandals).  The story went on to site several communities in Florida that have, for several years been making concentrated efforts to change the naming of their Easter events to "Spring" events -- including the "Spring Bunny". (You have got to be kidding me!)
Do these few illustrations mean that Easter as we know it is now gone?  Of course not! However, the peaceful, well-meaning efforts of so called activist are being used knowingly or unknowingly by the enemy of the Cross, Satan, the anti-Christ spirit to steal, kill and destroy the one place that divides everything -- even time.

The ultimate show of love that God sent His son to die on a cross as the Savior of mankind on this day over 2000 years ago shall and will stand alone as the only event marked on this day.  It is not going to be watered down and forgotten, swept under the rug by the media as an unacceptable gruesome event that is not politically correct, or coincidently embraced as Earth Day so as to distract the true reason for Good Friday.  I challenge you, do not be deceived, do not take this lightly, do not simply hug a tree -- You need to kneel at the CROSS.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

Emotions and perceptions are two of the main weapons the enemy uses to cause your focus to become blurred from your Kingdom purpose.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Embrace the Embrace

In my process of trying to discipline myself to be consistent and create a habit of journaling -- through this blog -- I discovered a phrase, "Embrace the Embrace".  A couple of days ago I was sharing about metamorphosis how there is a stage in that process that the cocoon so engulfs the caterpillar that a level of suffocation seems inevitable.  The organism is still alive, it is still the same being, but it is going through a process.  For it, it will only go through once. For us, it might take a couple of times before are wholly what God desires us to be.  Thank God for grace.
Embrace the embrace is more than just a changing process though.  So many people refuse the changing thing that they never learn to accept the suffocating embrace that accompanies it.  Two visual pictures of the "embrace" that I have played with in my minds eye; are that of a child after something doesn't go their way and the parent is trying to bring the situation to an end they try to give the child a hug -- embrace them, and the child refuses.  Stiff as a board they pull away, or simply stand there and let the parent try to give love and affirmation.  But to no avail the child just wants no part of it at this time.  Even though it is for their best in the development and proliferation of problem solving and relational growth.
The second happens to be my favorite memories as a dad, and previously as a son.  That moment in time when you fall asleep, just enough to be asleep, but you still kind of know what is going on around you.  Dad reaches down and picks you up to carry you to bed, and you wrap your arms and legs around him, and embrace his embrace for the ride that is like no other.  The peaceful security that daddy is carrying you.  You bury your head in his shoulder to the point of suffocation.  To be tucked in and wrapped in a cocoon of blankets until morning.  Only to awaken one day to big to be carried to bed any longer.  Those days have passed for me as a son and as a father, but as a son of the Most High those days never have to end.  Because no matter my size, age, status in life, or even what time I go to bed -- He is still a BIG ENOUGH DADDY GOD to pick me up in His embrace.

Love this song by Freddy Rodriguez "Wrap me in Your Arms"
More still coming on Embrace the Embrace

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”  Larry Bird

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Embrace the Embrace

 Metamorphosis as defined by the dictionary is:  a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.  I have to admit my remembrance of biology 101 was a little sketchy.  However, one of the first keys to wisdom is knowing where to find the knowledge.  There are stages of development in all things, whether they are natural or spiritual.  The life of the Winners Church has in many ways started its entrance into the metamorphosis stage.  We were birthed, developed, gained, grew and became a very good (even great in certain things) caterpillar.  The caterpillar though as wonderful and great as it may be is not what that organism is called to actually be -- it was birthed to be a butterfly.  As amazing, diligent, productive, _________________ (whatever description you want to use) the caterpillar is -- it is still not finished or even close to what it is SUPPOSE to be.   The Winners Church is in the same situation with the little caterpillar.  We are moving into a stage of transition, segue, shift, development, confinement.  Some of those words and the meaning behind them absolutely terrify some people, but they are the only way you make the metamorphosis productive.  You can chose to stay in the stage of the caterpillar and crawl around your entire existence and even be good at crawling, but why???  You have to embrace the embrace.  You have to be willing to find the secret place.  That place where God can develop in you the things He wants and needs in you in order to fly.  The things that many organism, churches and especially people are not willing to go through.  The metamorphosis is for YOU, and you are for HIM.  When we learn that principle we have the opportunity to make it through any process, any challenge, any storm, anything and know that it is for me -- not against me.

More coming later on "Embrace the Embrace" -- Living in the suffocating confines of transition...

Monday, April 11, 2011

There's No Place Like Home


Been out of the loop for several days, but I am glad to be back.  Even as refreshing as a get-away can be -- there's no place like home.
We are so excited about the coming weeks here at the Winners Church that sometimes its hard to communicate the excitement.  There are certain experiences that can only be communicated through the actual "Experience" itself.  For instance -- you can read all the books, watch all the videos, YouTube and Google it,  and even go into a simulator for "How to Skydive," but nothing is going to compare until you actually jump out of the plane.  So consider yourself invited to come experience the Winners Church.  Check back over the next couple of days and weeks to get plugged into the life of a WINNER.  It really is Better Experienced Than Explained!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April "Fools" Day

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." Psalm 14:1 NAS


WOW!  I was going to go through and post all the verses that are in the Bible to help us get wisdom rather than foolishness.  To my surprise there are a BUNCH! In the Message Bible there are about 130 references to "a fool".
I personally have started using the Message Bible to do a lot of my personal reading time...Simply for the easy of understanding and vast amounts of sarcasm it uses, and that we miss in other English translations from the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.
Here are just a few:

  1. You're only asking for trouble when you send a message by a fool.
  2. Hire a fool or a drunk and you shoot yourself in the foot.
  3. Answer a fool in simple terms so he doesn't get a swelled head.
  4. A proverb quoted by fools is limp as a wet noodle.
  5. The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day.
  6. Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.
  7. Having a fool for a child is misery; it's no fun being the parent of a dolt.
  8. Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.
  9. As a dog eats its own vomit, so fools recycle silliness.
  10. Pound on a fool all you like-you can't pound out foolishness.
  11. No more will fools become celebrities, nor crooks be rewarded with fame.
  12. Fools on the road have no sense of direction. The way they walk tells the story: "There goes the fool again!"
  13. Wise conversation is way over the head of fools; in a serious discussion they haven't a clue.
  14. Fools incubate sin; cynics desecrate beauty. Rescue the Perishing
  15. We no more give honors to fools than pray for snow in summer or rain during harvest.
  16. A whip for the racehorse, a tiller for the sailboat-and a stick for the back of fools!
  17. Putting a fool in a place of honor is like setting a mud brick on a marble column.
  18. Dullards never notice what you do; fools never do get it.
  19. Well, think again, you idiots, fools-how long before you get smart?
  20. Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
These are just 20 instances that God has given us to help show us how to not be a foolish idiot.  Our purpose and destiny is to advance the Kingdom.  It is hard to be an ambassador or a King's representative if we are constantly acting like the court's jester -- a FOOL.  This responsibility falls (in my opinion) directly on the father.  As the family unit has disintegrated over this and the last generation we see the level of foolishness skyrocketing.  If you look back at #11 in the list you see "No more will fools become celebrities, nor crooks be rewarded with fame."  There are more fools as celebrities and getting their 15 minutes of fame like never before.  Why??? Because the family unit has lost all ability to provide discipline, and that comes when there is no father present -- OR/AND -- a father as depicted   by the foolishness of the world.  Now, since this is online and online you can create a visual that you usually can't create.  Simply take a look at how the depiction of "Dads" have changed over the last 60 years just on television.

Father Knows Best

My Three Sons

Leave it to Beaver
Bonanza

Little House on the Prairie

As you can see up to this point the Dads were a very vital part of the story in level of foolishness that was present, or the lack there of.  The transition starts with humor and laughter to create a callousness for the removal of respect and nuggets of wisdom that was a normal occurrence being passed down from the father.  Let the laughter begin...
All in the Family

Sanford & Son

Brady Bunch

Good Times

Cosby Show

Now, that we have become accustom to the Dad being the punch-line rather than the life line...Let's see how foolishness abounds???
Married with Children

Rosanne

The Simpsons

Home Improvements
The modern portrayal of the father figure has a direct correlation with the downward spiral of the family, which in turn also causes "Foolishness" to abound in abundance.

All of this is meaningless if I simply present it, and don't provide you with a solution.  Here it is...He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children. Malachi 4:6

God is raising up fathers (Spiritual Fathers) whose desire is to grow a generation that has a heart for God; which roughly translates to having a "heart for wisdom".  Laughter is good like a medicine, but you can even overdose on medicine.  Have a great and fun April Fools Day, but don't get lost in the folly.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Upcoming EGGstravaganza

Coming Easter Sunday
April 24 @ 10AM
We are going to be hosting an
EGGstravaganza
Click here for the FLYER
and Here for Directions.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

Good morning Winners. The winning word for the day is "green up". Okay I know that is two words, but you get the picture. Everything you need to grow and produce for the Kingdom is already in you. God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, every sort of fruit-bearing tree.” And there it was. Genesis 1:11 Message Bible. We are dirt from the beginning we have had what we need already in us at the core of what we are.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

Wow! A lot of people seem really glad that Friday is here?!?! Can I tell you that your focus should not be on the day you escape to hide in your cave, but the day you face your giant.  Those days you get up and do the little things in life that prove faithfulness -- like toting cheese.  Faithfulness is your
"Measure of FAITH"
what you do with it will determine how your destiny will interact with God's divine will. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." Vince Lombardi

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Challenge Like Never Before


My wife and I returned a couple of weeks ago from a pastor's retreat, and I must say I was challenged like I hadn't been in a while concerning my own sphere of influence.  We each have a "Sphere of Influence", and what we do with it is OUR MINISTRY.  I use the term sphere purposefully to convey that you not only have people around you, but also beneath, and even above you that you have influence on.  See, because in the Kingdom, everything is backwards to our little dirt minds.  We all can witness to the homeless person under the overpass or the orphan in the foster home, but we haven't grasped the Kingdom fact that we are to also minister to the business owner,  a CPA or even the CEO of the company.


The presentation at the retreat was unlike any in my remembrance.  Not just because of the challenge, but also because of its simplicity.  We in the church world try, in our natural efforts, to constantly make things much harder than they are intended to be in the Kingdom.  The pitch was simply this: as the pastor and representing your church pick 3 to 5 local "Kings of the Marketplace".  Go to their place of business and let them know we are going to be praying for you and your company for one month, and even be so bold to ask "is there anything specific we can pray with you about?".  This straightforward uncomplicated method of Kingdom Advancement and Marketplace Ministry is now going to be utilized by us on a regular basis.  The fact is they are good at what they do -- thus why they are in business.  The fact is, I/we should be good at what I/we are and do -- thus why I/we are called "Christians".  We are excited about the interaction in the marketplace and our sphere of influence that this challenge has created.  Don't sit idly by.  Get up and run the race God has commanded you to run and let's make a difference for the Kingdom.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Declaration

You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy-do you know what comes next?  Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! Always cooking up something nasty. (Proverbs 6:6-11 Message Bible)

Today is the first full day of Spring 2011 -- Don't let the day come and go, and not take the opportunity to set some things in motion for the rest of the coming year.  Yesterday at Winners Church we set in motion a goal, a challenge, an opportunity to take what we are learning and growing in and be full of faith and share it with whomever God puts in our path.  We in the church world are not suffering from malnourishment or lack; we are suffering from obesity and laziness.  We have sat at the table of abundance and blessing for so long we can't get up and walk, much less run the race we have been called to win.  So, on this first day of spring -- revamp your new years resolution with a Spring Declaration -- to be faithful in the little things, diligent with the trivial tasks, and store up some stockpiles for the Kingdom!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Winning word for the day

Pride is the the root for the inability to receive.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Winning Word for the Day

In the words of a comic strip child named Calvin...  I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.
In church unfortunately, it happens the same way for many individuals.  God is trying to provide us with His wisdom and all "we want is..."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Forward After Service

It's not like you really got up at 2:13 AM to "spring" your clock forward... So from this point forward... It will happen after service.

WOW! What a weekend!  We had a great service yesterday, and have had so many wonderful comments about the "Moving Forward" together.  This will now become a tradition or hallmark here at the Winners Church.

The Azalea Festival Outreach was also amazing.  We had the opportunity to touch about 6000-6500 people on Sunday afternoon.  We prayed for laser beam focus to reach exactly whom God wanted us to minister.  Stay tuned for encounter feedbacks.

Friday, March 11, 2011

DON'T SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ON SATURDAY!!!

Good Morning Winners
I am calling an audible
DO NOT SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON SATURDAY!!!
We will change the time on Sunday after service is complete.
I want us in UNITY to symbolically and actually MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER.
Don't miss this opportunity to invite someone to get their extra hours sleep and still come with you to church.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The trial & errors of doing your own website.

This has been quite the endeavor.  It has been about a month long process of acquiring our URL (our website name) back from the company that was "hosting" it, and transferring it to another company that can advance at a similar pace with technology (plus they even provide real life actual phone support).  This exercise in "Internet Technology" was a must to facilitate making timely and current updates to our website, and allow for new and newer technologies as they are introduced.  This process is similar to getting the deed to your home, which you own, from the bank which held the financing.  "IT" -- once "IT" -- is done, seems much easier than while you are walking through the process.  However while you are progressing from one phase to the next with massive amounts of "knowledge deficiency," "IT" can seem overwhelming.  The key -- Don't Quit!

I have been able in the course of a short afternoon to create, develop, adjust, add and manipulate our website more than in the previous four years since its original launch.

Exciting is not even close to what I am feeling about this opportunity to share and link people for the advancement of the KINGDOM.

Welcome to the Winners Church

Welcome to the newly revised Winners Church website.  We are excited about now having complete access, ability to build and update now through some new processes.  Stay tuned and come back to see the changes and additions as we grow and develop our ministries online.