Hello RLC! What an amazing weekend! You guys are simply awesome. I’m continually humbled and blessed to see so many of you each weekend connecting with Christ and each other. It’s truly a blessing. This is a special week at RLC. As it kicks off, here are a few things to celebrate and prepare for:
#1- Notifications for this week:
- Men’s Life Group (Meeting at Jamey’s Pad at 6:30pm) email here for directions
- Women’s Life Group (Meeting at the church for stuff Easter Eggs at 6:30pm)
- AWANA for all kids
- Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt (Beginning at 6:30pm at Preston Miller Park)
- Easter Celebration 2013
#2- 3 people committing their lives to Christ this Sunday is always worth a celebration!!! RLC has recently partnered with godlife.com to bring to every new believer a guide to help them get a great start on their new life of faith. Click here to visit this resource. Also, let’s remember to pray for these new believers every day this week.
#3- I Decided to Stay. This past week’s message is by far my favorite of this series. This lesson is something that has been a huge catalyst in my life and continues to be something I learn fresh all the time. There are definitely times to leave but there are also times to STAY. We talked about asking God if there is an area in your life where you need to stay rather than go. Maybe it’s a dream you think is too hard, a relationship that’s in a difficult place, or maybe a job that seems to be going nowhere. The easy thing is to go, quit, or say goodbye. Is God speaking to you to Stay?
Here were the tweet-able moments:
- “Sometimes the greatest act of faith is faithfulness.”
- “Of course it’s hard. Welcome to the world of doing something awesome.”
- “If you knew it the hard part were almost over, would you stay.”
- “What story does God want you to tell? Where is He speaking to you to STAY?”
#4- Passion Week. This past Sunday was the kick-off of Passion Week. It’s called this because this was the last week Jesus spent before being crucified. There are many great devotions and Bible reading plans on YouVersion or other various places. I would encourage you to do a special devotion focusing on this special week. This is also a great week to take time out every day simply to say thank You to Jesus Christ for the cross, for forgiveness, and His acceptance in our lives.
#5- Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt Friday night beginning at 6:30pm. In the words of Toby Mac, “Ain’t no need to say what’s already been said.” This is going to be awesome. Check the RLC website for details.
#6- Easter Celebration 2013. At RLC, every weekend is a celebration of what Christ has done for us. This particular weekend though we want to take it to a whole new level. We want to celebrate the fact that Jesus isn’t in the grave, He truly is Alive. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat and celebrate the Risen Savior at RLC March 31st at 9:30am and 11am.
This week is going to be awesome. We’re also in the middle of planning an exciting Summer as well. Great things are happening at RLC and the best is still yet to come. I look forward to seeing everyone at LifeGroup, AWANA, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, or Easter Celebration Sunday morning!
Book 17 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)
Good to Great (by: Jim Collins)
This book is a huge eye opener. So many times we wonder why we hit this glass ceiling. So many leadership books talk about not hitting the ceiling. About pressing boundaries and never accepting the status quo. There’s only one problem. Most of them do not tell you how to overcome being really good.
Jim Collins says, “Good is the enemy of great. Too many companies and organizations aren’t great because they are really good.” This has been the story of so many things I’ve been a part of. We were never truly great simply because we were really good…. and satisfied.
This book is for everyone who is not satisfied with being good. It might hurt but it’s worth the stretch.
Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Book 18 of 5o in my quest to read 50 books in 52 weeks. (2013)
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (by: Stephen Covey)
This is just one of those books. You read it and immediately begin re-reading it. So much good, applicable information. I love Stephen’s honesty as well as his process in teaching hisreaders to become the best they can be.
I love how it’s also not a quick fix. It’s a lifestyle of habits which have to be learned. The best things in life may be free but they’re not always easy.
Every leader should read this at least seven times.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
One day, when you “go the way of the DoDo” what story will you leave behind? Will it matter that you had so much money, invested so wisely, or worked so much? Or, will it matter that you loved so deeply, you shined so brightly, and impacted so many? This statement (the last part not the ‘dodo’ part) is something I felt God speak into my life a long time ago. The idea is no matter what you choose to do with your life you only have a short time to do it. The truth is all of us want to be successful in our respective fields of study.
We all want the house on the hill, nice cars, trophy spouses, genius kids, and retire when we’re 50. However, you’re life will not be measured in dollars and cents. It won’t be measured in how many hours you worked or the gold rolex you get for 25 years of service. Think about the great people of the past. We don’t remember how much money they made or even how much education they had. We remember what they did. We remember how they changed the lives of others.
We remember Abraham Lincoln for setting the slaves free.
We remember Martin Luther King for giving his life to make everyone equal.
We remember George Washington for giving the best years of his life to fight for our legacy of freedom.
Do you know how much any of these guys were worth numerically? Can any of us put a price how much they were worth historically? So instead of living your life to make a momentary difference, why not live your life to make a lasting difference?
“You can have anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar