Saturday, September 17, 2011

A 10 Point Strategy For Training Kids, by Willie George

Below is a 10 point strategy given by Pastor Wille George this past week on Twitter. I thought that it was so practical & excellent that I wanted to share it with you. Here's all of his words compiled together for the blog post. He's a great dispenser of wisdom & I recommend that you follow Him on Twitter & check out His resources at!

A 10 Point Strategy For Training Kids, by Willie George (via Twitter)

Every kid needs training. Some are easier. Some are fence-pushers. They're not evil just because they need correction. Most parents miss it by being inconsistent. Child-training is a long-haul game & good parenting is not a magic wand! Don't let your kids see you panic. If you don't know what to do with them, don't show it. There's always an answer!

#1- See each child as a gift from God. God doesn't give us kids we can't develop!
#2- Teach them the things of God. Kids learn in bits & pieces-not marathon sessions
#3- Correct them when they do wrong. Do it calmly, not in anger. Proverbs 22:8
#4- Reward them when they do right. Reward character more than talent!
#5- Teach them how to work. Let them earn money for the things they want. Inspect jobs!
#6- Do not undermine the authority you put them under. Support teachers, coaches, etc...
#7- Know what & who they are being exposed to. Some church members don't have your values.
#8- Participate in & help them with their interests. I built bike ramps, forts, etc...
#9- Claim God's promises for them. This saved my daughter's life. Know verses!
#10- Close the door on iniquity in your own life. What you allow finds your kids!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bringing Honor Back!

Last weekend we honored & prayed for local 1st responders, military & those affected by the tragic terrorist attacks 10 years ago on September 11th. I deviated from our current series & shared a message that I know will bless, challenge & encourage you! You can listen to this message right now by clicking here or watch it by visiting our online experience by clicking here!


HONOR: time (tim-may’); to value, respect, or highly esteem; to treat as precious, weighty or valuable. On the flip side, a lack of honor is: atimos (at'-ee-mos); to dishonor; to treat as common or ordinary.

Read Genesis 9:18-28-- The Story of Noah & His 3 Sons

1. You cannot honor what you don't recognize. (vs. 22)
2. Honor qualifies you to enter any future that God has for you! (vs. 23)
3. Honor will elevate your life, dishonor will deteriorate your life. (vs. 24-27)
4. Bring Honor back by…

*Honoring up (Exodus 20:3, Isaiah 29:13, Psalms 22:23, Proverbs 3:9, 1 Corinthians 6:20)
*Honoring down (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:2-3, 1 Peter 3:7, Leviticus 19:32,1 Timothy 5:3-4)
*Honoring all around (1 Peter 2:17, Romans 13:7, 1 Timothy 5:17, Romans 12:10)

5. Remember this about Honor, Adam lost it, Jesus brought it back!
"When Adam sinned, sin entered the world... the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through... Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift (JESUS) leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 11So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God." Romans 5:12-16,11 (NLT)
“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." Romans 4:7 (NIV) *see also 1 Corinthians 15:22, 1 Peter 2:16, 1 Peter 4:8

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

1 Way To Take Your Life To The Next Level!

Next week we will be launching something that has been in my heart for the life of our church! For well over 5 years I've been desiring to offer our church family, young & old, an opportunity to grow their faith to the next level through a college (like) experience. I've been wanting to offer something that will help people keep growing & gaining momentum in their lives without a great expense. The truth is that momentum graces our lives only when we keep moving forward & doing something new. My desire is that a holy momentum would permeate the life of every single person in our church & one of the ways to do just that is by continuing to learn.

After considering many different options for a continued learning experience, I came across Faith Works evening college, an initiative of Hillsong International Leadership College based in Australia. The material is excellent & the focus is life relevance versus test memorization. During year 1, the student will be able to earn a certificate in Biblical studies & learn how to live life well! Topics included in the course curriculum are:

The Heart of God and the Cross
The Word of God
Faith & God's Covenant
Worship & Spirit-Filled Life
Discovering Your Purpose In Life
Blessed To Be A Blessing
Transforming Your Thought Life
The Spirit of an Overcomer
Attitudes That Build The House
Heaven Is In This House

The cost is very reasonable, the material is first class & the opportunity is invaluable. I want to encourage you to seize the moment & consider being a part of Faith Works this year. If you are waiting until the new year to join, please understand that enrollment will not be open again until next fall. Year 1 is three terms of 10 weeks each finishing in May. If you attend another church or live out of the area, you're welcome to register & join us! For more details that will answer just about every question that you can think of, please visit us at! I truly believe that it will take your life to a whole nutha level!