Cornerstone Kids & Fusion Middle School Ministry invited all volunteers to a Leadership Forum. The volunteers enjoyed dinner, fellowship and a great panel of leaders as we discussed the leadership theme “Working Together.” The Bible Says, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” Ephesians 4:16. Because of faithful volunteers Cornerstone Church has a healthy, growing, and loving ministry to children and youth. It is when we all work together that we bring all the Gospel to all the World and to every Generation!
God Bless you and your Family! I hope you too are inspired by our leadership panel. Enjoy the audio recording.
-Pastor Brett Owen
Only 20% of americans “Love” their jobs. Are you part of the 20% or 80%?
This is a problem because when we love what we do we reap far more personal satisfaction from our career and invest more of ourselves. One researcher, Dr. Mark Herbst says when we “fall in love” with what we do for a living it brings us joy and purpose.
Dr. Herbst also did a study where he had volunteers who were deeply in love view pictures of their loved ones. Just the sight of the photograph would deactivate the amygdala [uh-mig-duh-luh], which is the brains fear center. When this occurs you are calm and focused, it’s “relaxed happiness,” the opposite of fear.(1) By the way, according to 1 John 4:18, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” Isn’t it amazing that when we encounter God’s love within our brains the emotion of fear is cast out!
Fear & Anxiety are great distractions in the workplace and are major factors to the reason that 80% of americans do not love what they do?
So what’s something practical that we can all do today? How about loving and encouraging one another in the workplace?
“When the environment at work is one of encouragement, and one that meets the basic human needs to live, to learn, to feel valued and significant, we do more than just survive — we thrive.” – Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last
So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.
Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you.Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do.
Live in peace with each other. We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who do not work. Encourage the people who are afraid (FEAR). Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. Be sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.
Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-18
1. Hogshead, Sally. How the World Sees You. New York: HyperCollins, 2014.
The Four Oxen and the Lion An Aesop’s Fable
A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
Notice when the oxen made a circle they were “safe.” In a recent book I’ve read entitled Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek advocates for leadership in businesses and organizations to create a “Circle of Safety.”
As leaders, we can’t necessarily control the “dangers” from outside the organization, but we can try to avoid “dangers” inside the organization. Dangers like: an attitude of survival of the “fittest”, selfish ambitions, intimidation, isolation, distrust, paranoia, offense, rejection and unforgiveness.
In summary, our working environment should be a circle of safety where:
- People have a strong culture of shared values and beliefs
- People have a sense of belonging
- People have the power to make decisions
- People trust each other
- People empathize and care about each other
The Bible would agree with this type of environment especially among Christians.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you.Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking, because you were all called together in one body to have peace. Always be thankful.
Country Gospel is the perfect music genre. Today Matthew Hagee released his new album “A New Season.” I just downloaded it from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-new-season/id837059430 and here is my review of the album:
I follow Canton Junction, the quartet Matthew Hagee is a part of and looked forward to this solo album. I love country, I love gospel and I love this album. “I Don’t Want To Get Adjusted” & “This Ain’t Nothin'” are bound to get stuck in your head, but most of all the lyrics are worth singing.
No matter what you’re going through, God is a God of new beginnings. Every song on this album glorifies our Savior Jesus Christ who offers us all “A New Season”. I pray this album reaches many with its encouraging message of hope.
I’ve had the dream of becoming an author since 1st grade when I won a young authors competition and my book was “published” in the Scobee Elementary library. In 2009, I was studying at Regent University completing my Master’s Degree in Practical Theology. One requirement was an internship. At this time Pastor Matthew Hagee was in the process of publishing his book “Shaken Not Shattered.” He had shared with me some of his experiences writing the book and I was fascinated by the process. I asked Pastor Matt if he would be my mentor for the internship and we set a goal of developing a detailed manuscript for an illustrated children’s book.
With great enthusiasm I set out to write my first book. At that time, the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Kid’s program was in its inception. I was named the CUFI Kids Coordinator and as I worked on that exciting new program, I studied the biblical reasons we love and bless Israel. My studies turned to the life of Abraham. The words of Pastor Hagee resonated in my mind, “We serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!” Abraham is the father and founder of our faith, so I asked myself how can I communicate that message to children? In children’s ministry we often sing the song “Father Abraham” but do the children really understand what they are singing? Seminary taught me how to research so I read everything I could about Abraham. My studies brought me to the midrash. The midrash is a collection of Jewish stories that teach and explain the Bible. I was fascinated how these stories described a boy named Abram, raised in a nation of idol worshippers, found the one true God. The Bible says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13. That is exactly what Abram did. I had found the message for my first book.
I was so excited to present my first draft to Pastor Matt. He read it and gave me the advice, “Why don’t you make it rhyme?” He explained, “The books I enjoy reading most to my children are those that rhyme and are fun to read.” Like any good mentor, Pastor Matt challenged me to do something I wasn’t even sure I could accomplish. I prayed and said God I’m going to need your help with this one. I remember writing on a Sunday night and the words simply flowed. As I penned the words,
“Leave your country,” God replied.
“I will bless you far and wide.
As I lead this world to salvation,
I’ll make your family a great nation.”
“You will know My blessings and see My glory.
You are the beginning of the greatest story.
I literally got up from my desk and began to praise God! I completed the entire story in rhyme in one evening. I have no doubt God helped me and this book is certainly a result of my own friendship with God. Abraham had incredible faith and when we believe like Abraham we not only become friends with God, we can know God’s blessings and see His glory because we are now part of the greatest story.
I spent the next three years teaching myself to illustrate. I remember my wife getting me an electronic drawing tablet for Christmas and she supported this dream all along. There were many times when I thought I couldn’t illustrate the book myself and I was very close to giving up. I trusted God and spent many long nights drawing. Without a doubt, I put more time into this book and the illustrations than any other project in my life. But it was so worth it and this is just the beginning! I’ve written the story of Joseph and have already begun to illustrate it. Today my first book can be read by children all over the world and I pray they discover friendship with God. God wants to be your special friend too. Remember how much He loves you.
For information about this book including how to purchase visit – Abraham, God’s Special Friend
Psalm 105:4 – Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!
May 2014 be a year we Seek the Lord like never before!
Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. But why do we seek God when He’s declared himself to be Immanuel, The God who is with us? Because this seeking isn’t because God is lost or that he leaves us, rather it a conscious effort to draw near to God.
“Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
It’s constantly setting our minds towards God in all our experiences and challenges in life. Seek the Lord and His Strength = Put yourself under his protection. Look to Him as Lord of all and experience the power of His all sufficient grace.
Notice that First we seek Him, then His strength and then His face;
- We move from the personal reverence – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom & understanding
- We pass on to the imparted power – Spiritual Strength that comes from God
- and then to the conscious favor – Where we meet Him face to face
This seeking must never stop. It can be applied to every situation you face. Put God 1st and seek him as Lord over your situation. Seek his strength, you are an overcomer, more than a conqueror through Christ. Seek His face and His favor. Hold on for victory and the blessings that are yours as a Friend & Child of God.