Pastoral Change From a Preacher Kid’s View

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This weekend our church celebrated our new Lead Pastor.

That’s right, we celebrated. Unlike most pastoral changes, this was a celebration.

You see, when the leader of a church is dead-set in a desire to honor God, it gives the people of God opportunities to celebrate when others would be split.

Pastor O’Neal set out 37 years  ago to honor God.

So many of us struggle to see months down the road, much less 37 years down the road.

From a 20 person, 4 family beginning, to the Family Church we know now.

None of which would be possible if a man had not committed

Welcoming a New Lead Pastor To Family Church

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In case you haven’t heard we at Family Church are in the midst of what most churches would hate to hear about, a pastoral change.

Most pastoral changes are at best heated debates and at worst church splitters that go directly against what the Bible says leaders should do.

Our soon to be new lead pastor Beck Payne has referenced in staff meetings the process that Moses and Joshua walked through.

So today, as we prepare for this Sunday morning I think this is as good an excerpt to read as any.

The Lord’s Charge to Joshua

After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant.

He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.

I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you—

from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea[a] in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’

No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This Sunday will be an incredible day in the life of Family Church. We look forward to seeing you there!

What Is ALS and Why The ICE Water?

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You are probably being bombarded by all of the ice bucket challenge videos like I am. Well here is what this challenge is all about.

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease.

Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death.

When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.

Here is a video of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason.

I’ll welcome videos of people pouring ice water on themselves if it helps one person deal with this.


Podcast Ep: 033 Back To School Fresh Start

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I don’t know about you but for me school starting was good and bad.

Good from the angle that I had a chance to do good this time around.

Bad from the angle that I just didn’t like school.

Today’s podcast is about making the most of a new school year as a student and family.


Get a Discount for Public Prayer


Mary Haglund is the daughter of a preacher and missionary.

Her father’s faith journey lead Mary’s family to live in Philippines in her teen-aged years. That’s where she saw true poverty and learned a thing or two about gratitude.

Mary admits that she has fell away from her faith, but not all is lost. She runs her Winston-Salem, NC restaurant in a way that leaves customers leaving out of her doors satisfied with more than the good food.

Mary’s Gourmet Diner generously gives its faithful customers a 15% discount for the simple yet bold act of “praying in public” and she has been doing this for over four years now without anyone noticing. Mary points out that “We are fortunate to live in this country.”

“For me, every plate of food is a gift,” said Mary. “And I never take that for granted, and when I see someone in a restaurant honoring their gratefulness at my table … it touches my heart.”















The receipt above was what surprised customer, Jordan Smith, who traveled to the city and ended up at Mary’s diner while on a business trip, received after the meal. “[We] prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15% discount for praying,’ which I’d never seen before,” Jordan recalled.

But Mary thinks that the discount is just her reasonable service, “It’s just a moment or faithfulness about the plate of food,” Mary said. “It’s not even a policy — it’s [something] we only do when we’re moved to do it.”

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Why You Must Be a Mentor

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The term “Mentor” is defined as a trusted counselor or guide.

Aly and I watched Bear Grylls’ new show for the first time last week.

Bear Grylls is a survival expert that was in the British Special Forces, with 21 SAS.

His new show is about him taking celebrities on three-day adventures. Not so much about true survival as it is about seeing a different side of Bear and the celebrities.

Last week Zac Efron was the participant. What I see when I watch the show is one man trusting another.

At one point they cross a canyon on a rope. My assumption is Zac Efron would do whatever Bear Grylls says.

Bear Grylls has done this before, successfully.

Because of their trust in his past life experiences and expertise,coupling their life in his hands, he is an immediate mentor.

About 18 months ago I encountered my first opportunity to purposefully mentor.

Becoming a Servant not a Saint

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Learning to be a servant is so much easier than being a saint.

When I have tried to be a saint I have failed miserably.

I have never, marked my words NEVER failed at serving. Go mow someones yard who can’t and I promise, you will be enough.

Go take a homeless man or woman to have a fresh shower, new clothing and food for the day. You cannot fail at that.

Find someone in your world who is hurting and truly serve them.

You cannot fail at serving.

You can fail at