Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tale of Two Batteries

I just got a new phone.  I really didn't want to upgrade because the price for smartphones is getting insane; still, on some levels, it is a necessary evil.  I had learned to live with my old phone.  It was slow, the battery only lasted a couple of hours, the camera didn't work and the screen was cracked and actually getting more cracked as time passed.  I was able to look beyond the discomfort to my ear and the shard of glass in my finger from continuing to use the screen, despite the continued dilapidation.  Ya, I missed a few pics here and there because the regular camera didn't work, but I became a pro at using the front facing cam for more than selfies.  The speed became a problem but the battery was a real pain though.  I was charging it multiple times a day.  I got used to it and even justified it but finally, after a family intervention, I acquiesced and upgraded.

I didn't know how behind the times I was.  I looked it up, my previous phone was 4 years old.  This is beyond antiquated, especially considering technology doubles about every 12 months.  It was a slow side to where I was and I didn't realize it.  Things weren't working, they weren't normal and I didn't realize it because it had happened so gradually.  

This can happen with other things in life too.

I'm reminded of what a Pastor said last year on a Replenish Trip, "I didn't realize how tired I was and how much I was doing it on my own, without God."  Ya, his battery needed an overhaul too.

How long has it been since your last full battery charge?  Are you running slower, is your memory full or are those closest to you getting cut by your abrasiveness?  Time for re-evaluation, time for re-freshening, time for re-plenish.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Replenish 2017 Update

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2017 in review

2013 Pismo Beach
After 5 years of minimal effort we embraced God’s challenge to do more. We put together a team and forecast 5 times the trips we did in 2016. We spread the news of Replenish in churches, conferences, board rooms and online.  Developed a cohort concept took over 40 Pastors on 4 trips, created 4 Cohorts that meet monthly and developed a Replenish strategy that works for denominations.  

Rawd giving a Replenish talk at a conference in CA
2018 is coming

Our team is ready to really make things happen.  We will do 10 domestic trips, 2 internation trip, plan for 10 Cohorts, engage in major networking, finish our denominational strategy pilot  program and roll it out for test groups in Chicago and just outside of Winston-Salem.  We are also working on a Replenish In-service for larger churches and organizations. Needless to say, 2018 will be very busy for Replenish.  

Some voices from our 2017 trips

 “I didn’t realize I had been doing it in my own strength, I need to pray and trust God to build His church.”

 “In 25 years of ministry, no one has ever done something so nice for me.”

 “When we arrived at the ranch I looked at the stars and the mountains and wanted to stay there forever.  I needed a break, a God thing a didn’t even realize how weary I was.”

 “I didn’t realize there was such hatred hiding in my heart.”

The faces of Replenish

How do you do all this free?  Maybe a better question is WHY do you do all this free?
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Our first international trip for Haitian and D.R. Leaders

Replenish trips are free for all Pastors and missionaries.  

Pastors are burning out at alarming rates, up to 1,500 Pastors each month walk away from ministry for good!  We have seen the disastorus effecrts of Pastors leaving ministry and people are hurt, churches fail and thousands of lives are put at risk.  When a Pastor is healthy and leading from their strength, the exact opposte is true.  The question we are faced with is not how or why but WHY NOT?  How much is a healthy Pastor worth?  How many thousands of lives are impacted by a healthy church?  

We need your help

1,  If you know a Pastor or church in need of Replenish, please let us know.  
2.  We need prayer to help meet the right people and have access to resources.
3.  A one time donation of $500 or $50 a month will sponsor one Pastor on a trip,  $5,000 will sponsor one domestic trip.
4. We love year-end gifts and need to finish this year strong and start off next year well.  Any size gift helps.

More in 2018

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Soul Care

What is the value of a healthy soul?

We spend billions annual on health-care.  Americans are addicted to supplements, enhancements, fads, clothes, gyms, and lots of externals but we don't often talk about our souls.

The old Methodist preachers used to greet each other by saying, "How is it with your soul?"  

I like that.  I want someone to ask me how my soul is doing.  It will probably freak me out though.  It would kinda be like greeting someone by saying, "How are you?" and they actually answer.  "Hey, not good, actually, not real bad either.  Well, I'm hungry, had to skip breakfast because I'm using a cream that makes me sensitive to dairy. I got a new shirt too.  Thanks for asking.  How are you?"

I would still be OK with it though.  

Probably, before we could tell what is a healthy soul we would need to find out what a soul actually is.  Good luck with that.  The answers are probably as varied as the person answering.  So we probably won't nail that down anytime soon.  So let's just look at what some current thinkers on issues of soul are telling us.

There are six soul domains and they all impact us.  I just wanted to surface these for now but we can deal with them later.  I wonder if we should add or subtract from them?

o Spiritual
o Emotional
o Relational
o Physical
o Intellectual
o Financial

Here are some great resources on soul care:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Time for Team

Nobody likes to wait. One of the inherent challenges in the human race is that we are are impatient. Not just a little impatient, we are selfishly and often angrily impatient. Whoever called us the human RACE sure didn't do us any favors or perhaps they were just calling things like they are.  We rush, we speed, we lack margin and when push comes to shove, we push and shove and look out for number one.

Such is the case I often find when the dinger dings and the lights come on and everyone is scrambling to get their jacket or junk and get off the plane first.  Ironically, lots of people only rush to wait.  They try to be first off only to be first to arrive at an empty baggage carousel or rental car shuttle and wait along with everyone else who was not first to get off the plane.  Hurry up and wait comes to mind, so does futility.

Rushing, going faster and hurrying are not our best qualities.  But we cling to them, need them, embrace them and at times they become our values.  There are better ways and better qualities that bring out the best in us.  Other values that are more becoming.  Instead of listing a lot of them, I'll just say we are better when we value others.

There is often another scenario that happens when the ding rings..... and i much prefer it.  People stop, make eye contact, smile, allow others in the aisle and genuinely care for each other.  Pleasantries are exchanged and people help each other with their bags, passing them down the aisle or helping with the heavy ones.  Its like spontaneous teamwork breaks out.  Everyone is happy and helping and its contagious.

Teamwork is the dreamwork and it comes to those who have time for other team members; be they strangers on a plane or colleagues on a call, across the table or in the cubicle next door.  When we go slower more often, we can take time for each other. When we do that their life is enhanced and so is ours.  If we take time and value people instead of competing with them, more spontaneous teamwork may result.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Jesus was born... big deal

That sounded sarcastic, it wasent, thats a big deal, a huge deal. God became flesh. He wrapped himself in a cloak of humanity and humbled himself to be born a human baby. That is Christmas, the reason for the season.

You know what else is a big deal? You being born. Ya you...big deal.

The first chapter of Ephesians says he chose you before the foundation of the world. Wow from the very begining, he knew you, he loved you and he chose you. So before he created anything with life, before the foundation of the world, he saw you, he knew you and he chose you.

Big deal.

You are pretty special. You are a big deal. This Christmas consider several big deals. God created light, life and everything we know, he sent his son at Christmas to be born to die to save you. Without those big deals, the next one wouldn't happen. Those are really big deals, but dont forget what Ephesians says, you are too a...

Big deal.

Sunday, October 09, 2016


 What is truly important in life? Once we find out what we think is true important how much we actually give to get it?

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

Here is one way to look at it.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Losing Jesus

Luke 2 tells the story where Jesus and Mary return from Jerusalem and realize Jesus was not with them.

Uh oh, somebody went and lost Jesus.

What was going through their minds?  How could we have lost Jesus?  What would it be like to realize YOU have lost Jesus?

I'm sure most parents have had the horrific notion at one time or another that they have turned their back on their child and they wandered away, only to find them hiding behind something in the store or finding their way to the candy isle. The shock and horror of those few minutes could seem like hours. I can tell you from first hand experience - not fun.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to be separated from a child for a couple of hours not to mention a couple of days. Oh, and the fact that this child is Jesus, God himself, only makes things worse.

So they did what any good parent would do… They asked around and started making their way back to where they first lost him. Here is where our analogy breaks down. When you "lose" a child the reason you do could be many. When you "lose" Jesus there is really only one reason… You left him.

He will never leave you, NEVER.

If Jesus is not close by your side, if you do not see him or feel his presence, you may have lost him.  Maybe you need to work your way back to where you lost him.  Finding him sooner than later would be advisable since we only get more turned around, more lost and more distant.

It is a sad thing to lose Jesus, but we all do.  Sometimes we know immediately, we feel his presence distant or we knowingly walk away, other times like in Luke 2 it can take a couple of days but when you realize it it's never a good thing. The smartest thing to do is take immediate action - FIND HIM.

When you do realize it there's only one place he will be… About his father's business. That is where you will find him that is where he will be and that is where we need to be as well.