First, I have to give a SHOUT OUT to my partners in ministry at The Community Fellowship. Our leadership team rocks! Trey, Cindy, Kasim, Cara, Eric, April, Gordon, Susi and Lee make life and church lots of fun. I appreciate you guys and want the world to know it!!!
Second, there are some people who encourage me in huge ways. My wife, Julie, and our three kids. My parents and my brothers. My buddy Rodney over at the TV station. My friend John in Texas too. And many others, too many to mention.
Third, we have to be powerful partners to the people we are around. That takes us making a choice to make a difference in the lives of the people we are accountable for. Starting with those close to us, as in family, all the way to those we simply see at the store or drive past on the street. We influence people every day. Even if you don't realize it or like it, your are an influencer and can be a powerful partner to people you encounter....
Philippians 2:2 (nlt) --- Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Galatians 5:13 (nlt) --- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 (nlt) --- And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.
1 Peter 4:13 (nlt) --- Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
Partnership is part of what the church and ministry is all about. Life is much more fun when you partner with other people who have shared vision, values and lives. Powerful partners make a difference in our world and in our lives. Be one...
In just a few weeks we will kick off our ONE PRAYER series along with over 800 other churches (totalling some where around 500,000 people). This series represents the church united around prayer and God purpose for His church. There is strength in being focused in the same direction. There is power in partnering together. God is in the stuff like this, and we need to join Him as we join others.