My Heart is Full…

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My Heart is Full…

God is up to something at Church at the Grove!

I am so thankful for Church at the Grove Social Circle and all that God is doing in and through our church. Below are five things I am really excited about.

  1. The past Sunday was incredible! Over the past couple of weeks we have asked you to invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to join you for our grand opening service, and this past week you not only invited but people showed up!! It was so great having a full room and having to put out additional chairs! #FoundPeopleFindPeople
  2. Even more important than the size of the crowd, we saw THREE people turn to follow Jesus on Sunday! They saw that they were dead and needed to be made alive!! – Ephesians 2:1-9 #GrowingPeopleChange
  3. After church we had our first of many church-wide fellowship lunches. It was so great having everyone stay after and enjoy each other’s company! It is truly a joy to be part of a church that genuinely loves each other. #YouCan’tDoLifeAlone
  4. On Tuesday, we were able to host the Social Circle Merchant Coffee in our new facility. Not only did we have a number of volunteers come out and help serve but we were also able to welcome business and community leaders into our church. It is so great having a facility where we can do ministry at throughout the week! #SavedPeopleServePeople
  5. We recently finished our series, “How to Be Rich” and since concluding that series we have seen a number of people take steps to honor God in their finances and giving. The past couple of weeks we have seen some of our best giving yet! This generosity is allowing up to reach people far from God and lead them to become followers of Jesus. #YouCan’tOutGiveGod

God is truly up to something incredible at Church at the Grove Social Circle Campus and I truly believe that the Best is Yet to Come!!

Best Weekend Ever?

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This past weekend was incredible! It has to be one of my most favorite weekends ever!!  Here are five reason why my weekend was so great:

1. I know this will not be popular but I am pumped up that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 5-0!! Not only are they undefeated but we are now ranked #22, that hasn’t happened in several years!!

2. Saturday was the 20th Annual Social Circle Friendship Festival. Not only did I get to go to the festival but Church at the Grove had the opportunity serve. We provided dozens of volunteers and were able to make a huge impact on our community. Always blesses me to see fellow Grovers getting their hands dirty doing community ministry!! I get to serve the greatest little city in Georgia alongside some of the best people you could ever hope to meet!

3. Fall Weather. Here in Georgia we are still trying to recover from the summer, so when cooler weather moves in we all get excited! We had greatest weather weekend – highs in the low 60’s and lots of sun!! Love it!

4. Sunday morning at Church at the Grove Social Circle Campus was incredible! Seriously probably my favorite Sunday in the history of our campus. Huge crowd! Powerful Testimony! Lives Changed!

5. Celebrating my grand-mom’s 81st birthday with my extended family, some of which I have not seen in several years. Love my grand-mom!

As great as this past weekend was I am looking forward to this upcoming weekend. This weekend I hope to see 6-0 Jackets and I know that we are going to have another powerful morning at the Grove! Don’t miss out on what God is doing through Church at the Grove.

How was your weekend? Comment below?

A really cool tool to help you manage your money

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If you know me than you know that I am a techie.  I am always staying up to date on the newest technological devices and I am always willing to try something new.

Last year Katelyn and I decided that we would try a new form of banking and try to do a better job tracking our finances.  The company is called Simple, and I LOVE what they do!  Simple is banking for the modern world.

Simple is a completely online bank and they have no brick and mortar stores.  Now for some this is a turn off, but if you really think about it, how often do you go to your bank now?  Some might say they go to deposit a check, with Simple you can take a picture of your check and within seconds your deposit is made.  Some say that they like a traditional bank because they get to know the bank employees and can refer to them if they have any questions. Simple has one of the best customer service departments that I have ever experienced.  You can call (and talk to a HUMAN!) or text questions through your mobile app.

Simple takes banking to another level!  They have a very user friendly system that allows their customers to set money goals, plan for upcoming expenses, track where their money is going, and you ALWAYS know how much money you have in your account that is “safe-to-spend.”  There are NO overdraft, minimum, or monthly fees! Need money out of an ATM? Simple has a partnership with over 55,000 ATM’s in their network.

Take a look at this video and hopefully it will better explain their product.  If you are looking for a new bank or maybe a new way to organize your finances maybe Simple is the product for you.  Banking shouldn’t be difficult, it should be simple.

Simple has changed the way that Katelyn and I manage our finances and because of this system we have been able to save, manage, and give more money than ever before.

As of this writing I believe you have to be invited to join Simple.  If you would like an invite comment below with your e-mail address and I will send you an invite (Only 9 available).

Click Here for a video from the CEO explaining the product.

One of the most important sermon’s I have ever preached…

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Yesterday, I shared my heart with our church on the importance of living a generous life.  I honestly believe that this is one of the most important messages I have ever preached mainly because I believe that the way the enemy attacks us the most is in our financial lives.  Watch the video above and hear how God has taught me to be generous over the past 10 years.

5 Reasons why I am excited…

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I am so excited about what God is doing at Church at the Grove! Here are 5 reasons why I am excited:

  1. Salvations! Over the past couple of weeks we have had several people turn to follow Jesus for the first time! It is always exciting to see people pass from death to lifet!!  This is what we are all about at Church at the Grove!
  2. Baptism! How great was it seeing Clay Boggs get baptized this past Sunday!  I love it when anyone gets baptized but there is something special about a grown man telling the world how Jesus has changed his life! If you missed the service you can watch it by clicking here – Clean Slate, part 1
  3. Guests, Guests, and more Guests! Over the past month we have seen a surge in the number of guest that have shown up at our Sunday morning gathering.  So exciting to see new people connecting to God and to the church!
  4. New Volunteers! This past Sunday we had several new people jump in and commit to help serve at Church at the Grove!  Remember saved people serve people, if you aren’t serving, START NOW!
  5. Coffee and Doughnuts! Sounds silly but I am excited about our new hospitality area on Sunday mornings! A warm cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut, doesn’t get much better than that!

I am excited about what happened this past Sunday but I am even more excited about what God is going to do this Sunday as we continue our series, Clean Slate!  I believe a lot of people are going to be set free this Sunday.

(FYI – There are 15 exclamation points in this post #lotsofexcitement)

Do you ever wish you could have a clean slate?

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When I grew up I loved playing kickball and baseball with some of my neighborhood friends.  We had a blast playing outside until the ball was no longer visible because of the dark.  Many times when we were playing there were no referees so we would have to use our best judgement on weather someone was safe or out.  Many times because we were unable to come up with an unanimous call we would have to settle with a “do-over.”  A do-over is simply when you got to do the play again and act as if the previous play never happened.  In golf it is called a mulligan.  In acting it is called a take.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a do-over in life? A fresh start? A new beginning?

It seems like every time we begin a new year we hear a lot of talk about fresh starts and new beginnings but the same habits that we dealt with the previous year seem to follow us into the new year.  What if you could have a clean slate?  What if you could have a do-over in life?

Maybe you would change a decision that you made in your marriage, or the way that you raised your kids, or maybe you would change the way that you handled a business decision.  We all have things that we wish we could go back in time and change.  But is that even possible?  Watch the above video to see if it is possible for you to have a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate.

 

How to have the BEST year of your life.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 9.26.00 AMWas 2013 a wasted year for you?  Do you want 2014 to be the best year of your life?

My prayer is the 2014 truly would be the best year of your life and you would become all that God wants you to become; however, in order for this to happen you must make changes in your life.

Direction, not intention determines your destination. Your intentions never get you to where you want to be it is all about the decisions you make and the direction you are heading.  Direction, not intention determines your destination.

So with that said here are 6 things that if you make a priority will allow you to have one of the best years of your life (In no particular order):

1. Determine to be healthy this year.

Many people make New Years Resolutions to lose weight and be healthy but few follow through.  The way we manage our health is ultimately a spiritual issue.  Here are some things to consider when it comes to your health.

  • If you are a smoker, STOP! Smoking is stupid and it kills you, don’t do it.
  • If you are drinking alcohol in excess you need to cut back or maybe stop all together.
  • Weight.  This is the issue that plagues many people in our culture.  Obesity kills more people than smoking and alcohol combined.  For some, the best decision you could make today would be to join a gym or hire a personal trainer.

Commit to getting healthy.  You only get one body, take care of it.

2. Get connected and involved in church.

I can not stress the importance of being connected to a group of people that are following Jesus.  This is more than just joining a social club this is where life change occurs. 

Now when I say get connected I mean more than just attendance, you need to be involved.  Attendance does not equal involvement. Involvement in church causes us not to drift away from the Lord and helps us grow spiritually.

3. Discover God’s vision for your life.

If you are not dead than God is not done with you.  God has a plan for your life and wants to use you to do something incredible to change this world.  Prayerfully seek after God and ask him to reveal his plan for your life.  Get in the scriptures and see how God speaks to you.

4. Put God first in your finances.

People hate to talk about money but the way we handle money is a spiritual issue and impacts every area of our life.  Greed is this nasty thing that sneaks up on us and causes us to become a lover of more rather than a lover of God.

In order to get rid of greed in your life: 1. Give the first 10% of your income to the local church.  This is what is called tithing and it teaches us not to trust in riches but to trust in the God who richly provides.  2. Get out of debt.  You don’t have to live in debt, in fact God wants you to be debt free so that you are free to do all that he calls you to do.  Commit to take steps to get out of debt this year.  3. Generosity.  Be generous, give more than 10% of your income, no one ever regrets the money they give to help others.

5. Read your Bible Everyday.

It is hard to know God’s will if you don’t know God’s word.  Get in the scriptures and read every day.  Find a reading plan and stick with it!  Check out this blog post on how you can easily read the Bible.

6. Take the Next Step

Maybe there is something else in your life that you know you need to change.  Make a plan to take the next steps so you can experience breakthrough in your life.

Remember: It is your Direction, not intention, that determines your destination.

For more on how you can have your best year ever check out my sermon from Sunday:

How to Have the Best Year of Your Life – SC from Church at the Grove on Vimeo.