Bill Perkins is Coming!

Next Sunday – Bill Perkins will be the guest speaker at The Grove.  Who is Bill Perkins?  Here are some highlights:

  • Bill Perkins is an entertaining speaker and insightful author. He has written numerous books, appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio shows and addressed audiences across the United States and Canada.
  • For six years Bill wrote an inspirational guide that was distributed to almost 200,000 people a month and aired daily on 200 radio stations.
  • He has appeared on the Bill O’Reilly Show on Fox News, partnered with Man in the Mirror, Promise Keepers, and numerous other leading Christian ministries.
  • His seminars and training events have won consistent high praise
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Bill has also been a catalyst in the men’s movement and has spearheaded a great website called Million Mighty Men. Click on the banner to visit the site.

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He will be speaking at 10:00 am during the main service.  It should be a very challenging, very entertaining, very helpful time of worship for us all.  If you’re anywhere near Peoria, I hope you’ll drop in for a great service on March 2.  For directions to The Grove, click here.

From Korn to Christ

I may be slow, but I’m not stupid.  When two people I respect, both recommend the same book to me in short order, I take notice.  The most recent referral came from Brooke M. (thanks Brooke) who is absolutely committed to spreading the news of this book.  The book is called “Save Me From Myself“, by Brian Welch, former lead guitarist for the hard rock band Korn. 

In 2008, we’ve been stressing the need to seek out and find the “something more” that Jesus told us was available to us.  In an earlier post, I shared an interview with Tom Brady (click here) when he appeared on Sixty Minutes.  What was startling about the interview was his open admission that in spite of all his success, there must be something more. 

Brian Welch, in the midst of living the “big life”, was struggling with the same question.  But he has found the answers that Tom Brady is apparently still looking for.  Watch this inspiring, convicting piece of video.  Then call a friend and send them this way too. 

The Four-Hour Workweek and “Something More”

OK, you may think you’re on overload now, but I am finding so much helpful information that directly relates to our desire for “something more”, that I just have to share it.  It won’t all apply to you, but if you discover one or two nuggets out of all of it that find a lodging place in your heart and soul, then I have served my purpose.  I came across this over at Tony Morgan’s blog.  The following are his thoughts (But I agree!):

The 4-Hour Workweek

4hourworkweek I recently wrapped up The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. This one was a stretch for me. The ultimate goal of the book is to help you become part of what Ferriss describes as “The New Rich.” That involves a combination of financial freedom and freedom from time constraints to be mobile–not tied to the responsibilities of your career. I, on the other hand, was more interested in the truths that might help me be more effective in my family and ministry roles.

Though I lost interest in chunks of the book, I pressed through and found some great insights that challenged me to revisit my priorities and how I invest my time. The book also provided a helpful reminder of how empty life can be when it’s void of the purposes God places on our lives.

That aside, here are some highlights from the book:

  • “Finding a market before designing a product is smarter than the reverse.”
  • “I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” –Herbert Bayard Swope, first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize
  • “‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”
  • “Measure the cost of inaction, realize the unlikelihood and repairability of most missteps, and develop the most important habit of those who excel and enjoy doing so: action.”
  • “Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.”
  • “Problems, as a rule, solve themselves or disappear if you remove yourself as an information bottleneck and empower others.”
  • “The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what’s going on so they can do a lot more than they’ve done in the past.” –Bill Gates
  • “People can dislike you–and you often sell more by offending some–but they should never misunderstand you.”
  • “The more options you offer the customer, the more indecision you create and the fewer orders you receive–it is a disservice all around. Furthermore, the more options you offer the customer, the more manufacturing and customer service burden you create for yourself.”
  • “People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.” (which is another way of saying we are looking for “something more”)–Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
  • “Lacking an external focus, the mind turns inward on itself and creates problems to solve, even if the problems are undefined or unimportant. If you find a focus, an ambitious goal that seems impossible and forces you to grow, these doubts disappear.”
  • “If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.” –Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize winner in physics

My prayer for Grovers (our affectionate term for people attending The Grove Church) and others alike is that 2008 will be the year that it all begins to click.  I will keep supplying as much ammunition as I can, but you will have to pull the trigger…with God’s help.

I’ve highlighted the two bullet points that particularly speak to me.  How about YOU?  What smacks YOU between the eyes?  Which ones do YOU see as nuggets of gold?

Sandwich Counters, Bloody Knuckles and “Text Conversations”

OK…I know the title to this sounds completely off-the-wall.  But trust me, there will be a connection.  We’ve been challenging ourselves and our church to pursue the “something more” that we all feel is out there.  As a result, that’s been the topic of many “non-Sunday” conversations in the last few weeks. 

On Saturday, I was having a lunch meeting with Brent Triebel, who has finally retired from Cat, and has started a family-owned franchise for Jimmy John’s in Florida (he says it’s warmer there).  Anyway, as we were talking about his business, we began to discuss a book we have both read, “Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless“, which I recommend highly.  The point we discussed was that for an average sandwich counter worker, they’re just counting hours.  It’s not something most of them are particularly excited about.  But if that person would just extend themselves, to go above and beyond with the customer, not only would the customer start to develop loyalty, but the sandwich maker would enjoy the workday much more.  It’s sort of a paradox, but the more a worker will give of themselves, the more they will enjoy the experience. 

That actually works in parallel with the spiritual principle of pursuing the “something more” that God has for us.  It requires extending ourselves.  It requires moving out of a comfortable mind-set, to go beyond the ordinary, the routine.  And in doing so, we begin to discover what life really is and can be.  But that requires taking some risks. 

Younger generations are much more prone to take risks these days, but not all risks make sense.  My youngest son came home yesterday with what looked like a broken hand.  He had decided to play bloody knuckles with several other kids….and apparently, they really were playing for blood.  His hand and knuckles were swollen like a grapefruit.  He said that several other kids were telling him he should stop, but he was determined to win.  [Part of me thinks that was unbelievably dumb, but part is also big-time proud that he could hang like that…. 🙂  ]

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