Jun 28 2010

You Were Made to Make a Difference - Max Lucado

Pastor and author Max Lucado joins us again this morning talking about the concept of "outliving your life" - doing things each and every day that will have an eternal impact that will continue to make a difference long after you are gone.  For some ideas from Max, click here.

This idea - "outliving your life" is the subject of an upcoming book from Max and here's what Max has to say:

These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.

And is if a book wasn't enough, this Fall Max will be hitting the road sharing from his heart and also sharing the stage with Michael W. Smith, Third Day and Toby Mac on The Make a Difference Tour 2010.  For more on the tour (tickets went on sale last week), go here.

Jun 21 2010

Shine Your Light

On this first day of Summer there is more sunlight today than any other day of the year.  So we have more "light" to let our light shine.  Here are some ways you can make a difference today, courtesy of author and Pastor Max Lucado ...

  • Volunteer at a local prison.
  • Visit patients in a local AIDS hospice or hospital.
  • Read books or share music with the elderly at a nursing home.
  • Take a fast from drinking anything but water for a month, and donate the money saved to help bring clean water to those who need wells.
  • Look around your neighborhood and ask if single parents, handicapped, or elderly people need help with house or yard projects.
  • Throw a special dinner party at your house for people who usually eat alone.
  • Be a big brother or big sister to a child who doesn't have two parents.
  • Organize clothes or a food drive to aid local ministries.
  • Pack "snack packs" to hand out to homeless people to see on the street.
  • Take a working mission trip outside the country.
  • Write letters of support to soldiers stationed away from their families.
  • Learn about child slavery and work with service organizations.
  • Secretly pay for someone's dinner bill at a restaurant.
  • Identify a group of people you have previously disliked or held a bias against, then make an effort to move toward them in love.
  • Help to paint or fix - up worn down fences and houses in low-income parts of your town.
  • Help organize a community garden to aid those living on a fixed income.
  • Build teams to help raise funds and awareness for specific charities through walks, runs and other fundraisers (such as Hoops of Hope, 40 - Hour Famine, Soles4Souls).
  • Schedule prayer marathons at your church to pray about specific needs in your community.


Jun 01 2010

Hurricane Season

Today is the beginning of "Hurricane Season".  Now, you may live in an area that doesn't have to worry about hurricanes, but for some, hurricanes are an all-too-real part of your life. 

For those of you have never encountered one before, here are some of things people do to prepare for hurricanes (from the National Hurricane Center):

Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.

Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

May 27 2010

Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy has been a success on and off the football field - he won a Super Bowl as a player in 1978 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2007.  He's a tremendous man of God involved in numerous charities and author of the books Uncommon and Quiet Strength.  In addition to being an analyst for NBC's Football Night in America he also serves as a national spokesman for the website All Pro Dad.

Today, Tony joins us to help "coach" us through life's transitions. If you missed the conversation, click the links below to listen:

Tony shares advice for graduates

Tony coaches us through life's transitions (help for Brett Farve :-))