Replacing my Macbook Pro

March 15, 2012 — 2 Comments

My Apple Macbook Pro is almost 5 years old and is starting to show some early signs of motherboard problems, so I decided to make the plunge and replace it. This time, I decided to go with a refurbished 13″ Macbook Air. It’s cheaper, lighter, faster, and just plain awesome. I went with the i7 model with 4Gigs of RAM and the 256Gig Solid State Drive. There are a lot of rumors about new larger Macbook airs that will be released soon, but it’s hard to beat the deal I got on this refurbished one. I’m really looking forward to having a computer this fast and lightweight. I’ll post a longer review after I get it and start using it.

Live Bible for Teens

I’ve seen a lot of teen Bibles over the years, but the Live Bible by Group Publishing has to be one of my favorites. My two oldest children are now in youth group and are spending a lot of time reading their Bibles. We bought them each a copy of this Bible, and they both love it. I grabbed their Bibles and took a quick picture with my cell phone. Not only do they look cool for a teen, but they truly have helped my children get in God’s Word.

My thirteen year old daughter just finished reading through the entire Bible, and my eleven year old son has finished the New Testament and is working through the Old Testament. The graphic design is contemporary, the content is applicable, and the translation is the easy to read NLT. If you are looking for a good Bible for your teen, then click here for more information from the Publisher.  You can click here to purchase from my amazon estore.

I’m recommending this because I’ve seen how it has helped my own children. I love seeing teenagers develop a hunger to read and learn from God’s Word.

From the Publisher,

Most youth Bibles are just teen versions of adult Bibles. Live takes an all-new, teen-centered approach. It includes a wealth of experiences and activities that help teens discover surprising things about God, see God involved in their lives, and express their faith creatively. Teens will see how God works in the lives of other teens and be encouraged to express their faith, too.

I wanted to share this online conference for all of my ministry friends. Preaching can be tough. Every week you have the responsibility to share multiple messages with the people of your church. If you are like me, you appreciate all the help and training you can get. Here is an opportunity to learn from great communicators and pastors who do a great job each week preaching God’s Word.

On March 15th, from 1-4pm, you can watch this free online conference to learn how you can preach better sermons. Just go to the website and signup, and then login on the day of the event to watch and learn. For my local friends, if you would like to come join me, I’ll broadcast it on the big screens at Cornerstone. Let me know if you can join me for this. Here’s more information about the event

After talking to hundreds of pastors, we’ve realized that while preachers love preaching, it’s the preparation that often hurts.  So we’re going “behind the scenes” with some of America’s best preachers to find out how they bring great content week in and week out.

Would you like to hear how Andy Stanley, Perry Noble, Dr. Charles Stanley, Louie Giglio, and Vanable Moody prepare their messages?  How would you like to learn communication principles from one of America’s best comedians…Jeff Foxworthy?

All of this happens on Thursday, March 15 at 1pm EST.  And best of all, it’s 100% free. Preach Better Sermons is a free, three-hour, online conference focused on helping communicators prepare and deliver messages that matter.  Some of the best communicators in the world will unpack these seven preaching principles.

  1. Start with the Scripture.
  2. Keep it simple.
  3. Make it portable.
  4. Show it, don’t just say it.
  5. Find common ground.
  6. Finish early in the week.
  7. Preach with the end in mind.

It’s 100% free and since it happens online, there are no travel costs.  Register for the free event here.

 

Last year, a group of community leaders came together to host the Chick-fil-A Leadercast here in our own community. We are excited to bring it back this year. The Leadercast will be on Friday May 4th, and will be from 8am to 4:30pm at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. Speakers include: Soledad O’Brien, Tim Tebow, Patrick Lencioni, Marcus Buckingham, John Maxwell, Angela Ahrendts, Roland Fryer, Urban Meyer, Andy Stanley, and Sheena Iyengar. Click here to order tickets or find out more information about this great webcast.

 

I just updated the site for Because We Care Ministries. I moved the site over to WordPress so it would be cheaper and easier to maintain. Don and Pam Gillette do an incredible job of ministering to the people of Nicaragua. Our church has been on numerous trips there to work with them, and I highly recommend that you check out their ministry and see how you can partner with them. I’m planning on returning in April for a week of training local pastors.

If you are interested in any website work, check out my other site at FEDesign.net.

I finished The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham today, and I must say this was a great read. I had to read this for a class I’m taking in seminary, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It turned out to be a fascinating glimpse into the life of a great man of God. This was one of my favorite leadership books, so I highly recommend it to others wanting a Biblical view of true servant leadership.

The book reminded me of the very first event we ever took a youth group to. In 1996, Jennifer and I took a group of teens to Panther Stadium in Charlotte for the youth night of one of Billy Graham’s crusades. Michael W. Smith and D.C. Talk were there in concert and it was a night I won’t forget. Billy Graham spoke powerfully, yet simply, and we saw many people respond to the power of the Gospel. It taught me a valuable lesson early in my ministry that true power lies in the Word of God.

While I knew a lot of facts about Billy Graham and recognized him as a great preacher, I don’t think I had ever realized he was a great leader. It was something that I really had never thought about. This book talked about the many different facets of his ministry. It is amazing to think of how many lives have been touched through his preaching and through the different ministries he started or helped. It was refreshing to read stories from the people who were closest to him and learn about his humbleness and authenticity. Here is the description from the book.

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App Review: Ninite

February 13, 2012 — Leave a comment

If you have ever setup a new computer for your church, home, or business, then you know how time consuming it is to download and install all the typical programs that you need. I like installing iTunes, Chrome, Dropbox and lots of other freeware utilities and apps that will make my life easier. One of the students at our church turned me on to the website Ninite.com. Ninite is a service that allows you to visit one website and select all the programs you want to install. After you hit the Get Installer button, an install script is downloaded that does all the work for you. Below is a screenshot of just a few of the apps offered. Believe me, this is a great time saver. You’ll thank me later.

 

We just worked out the details to host Coffey Anderson at Cornerstone next month. Coffey is an incredible musician and an all around great guy. He was a finalist on the show Nashville Star and his website iCoffey.com is a great place to learn more about his music. I first found out about him through his YouTube channel several years ago. On YouTube, he shares both his original songs and his great covers. I love his guitar style! You can help us spread the word by downloading the poster below and sharing it around town.

Click Here for a pdf poster you can print out

 

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