Archive for March 2012

Refilled by reading

I’ve been writing a lot lately as I’ve shared on this blog. I can only write so much and then I start to see double.

Something I learned from Stephen King that has been helpful along my journey – as a writer it’s vital to read about as much per day as you write. I’m not sure it’s possible to keep up that ratio every single day, but I love the idea just the same. In the midst of writing I find it refreshing to read as a replenishing exercise. Try it and see if it works for you.

6 Outreach Leadership Lessons From Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman, aka the legendary “Johnny Appleseed” was a missionary who reached out to native Americans in the Ohio Valley in the early 1800s.


  • •He Had Simple Tools

His primary planting tool was a stick! Do you have a stick? When his current stick wore out he found a new stick. I heard recently through the grapevine that sticks are still easy to find!

The more elaborate we make our plans the more likely it is that we will fail.


  • •He Heard the Invitation.

He picked up on the invitation of the Father to accomplish his lifelong mission, therefore when the going got tough he was able to return to the beginning of it all to when God unmistakably spoke to him to go out in the first place.


  • •He Didn’t Talk About Outreach, He Did Outreach.

Johnny understood it’s about activism, not mere talk, nor continual preparation study, nor the accruing of more cool conference notebooks. He was all about taking risks and getting out there. If he were alive in 2012 his motto would be, “Missional schmissional! Stop the incessant talk, stop being a chicken and just do it for Pete’s sake!”


  • •He Did Small Things.

It doesn’t take much to change the world. A tiny apple seed grows into the largest fruit bearing tree in the plant world that will bear thousands of apples.


  • •He Was Faithful.

He was all in! He burned his bridges. There was no return.


  • •He Saw Potential in the Faith Realm

Some would find it difficult, if not impossible, to do the ministry of Johnny because it was long-term and not immediately fulfilling. He was called by God to do something great but something that not would fully bear fruit in his lifetime.
Each seed was destined to produce an amazing tree that would produce thousands of apples to the glory of God. It takes the kind of faith only God can provide to live from that perspective. We can’t work that up. “God empower us the ability to hear your calling, regardless of the timing.”
With servant evangelism ministry the fruit takes a while to come about, but guaranteed, but when a church remains faithful to strongly serve and show generosity to their surrounding community, astounding results will come about.

Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple, ?But only God can count the number of apples in a seed.

  • ÐRobert H. Schuller

Interment

By way of an explanation of my scarce blogs lately, I am in the final stages of writing a book with Thomas Nelson Publishing regarding the lessons I learning connected with my near-death experience. I’ll be done soon and will resume a more consistent blogging schedule then. Thanks for your prayers for clarity and creativity in this!

– Steve

Scarcity or Abundance Mindset

What we fear losing we grasp. What we grasp others tend to grasp as well. Thus we help to create an atmosphere of fear.

Fear is contagious – it moves from person to person quickly. The dynamic of fear is the opposite of the move of the Spirit of God.

It is only natural that ultimately the presence of fear creates a mindset of scarcity – a culture that is difficult to destroy. The scarcity mindset, is by and large, the ubiquitous atmosphere of the Church in America today. Yet God is on the march to change that.

The mark of the Kingdom’s presence is generosity – a willingness to share from an abundance mindset without hesitation – a willingness to give first and ask questions later – a mindset that says, “I am led to give to this cause so I will give. God will take care of the details.”

Do you believe like me? Let’s go and change the world.