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March 31, 2017

New Summer Lights Tour To Feature Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews and More!

 

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 30, 2017 – Compassion Productions has announced its first annual summer concert series, Summer Lights 2017, featuring Grammy-nominated headliners MercyMe, along with fellow Grammy nominees Jeremy Camp and Natalie Grant. The summer tour, which also features worship artist Meredith Andrews and newcomer Jimi Cravity, is slated to hit eight major U.S. markets in the month of July including Kansas City, Indianapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, Charlotte and Raleigh before wrapping up in Pittsburgh on July 16.
“Touring is a huge part of our lives, and anytime you can tour with dear friends, life is good,” says MercyMe frontman Bart Millard. “We are so excited to be partnering with Compassion on Summer Lights, and to be on the road with our pals Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews and Jimi Cravity. Good times will be had by all!”

“Compassion International is excited to launch our newest event, Summer Lights,” adds Compassion Productions Director of Marketing and Promotions Chris Farnsworth. “Part of our goal with this summer concert series is to help those who attend ‘escape the ordinary’ — the day-to-day whirlwind of life — and connect to God in a deep and meaningful way through their favorite artists and music. We couldn’t have asked for a better lineup with artists like MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews and Jimi Cravity, and we are thrilled to have them on board for what we hope will be the first of many Summer Lights events to come.”


Tickets for most Summer Lights events are on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. local time.  For details and ticket links, visit www.SummerLightsTour.com.

Compassion Productions is a division of Compassion International (www.compassion.com), a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 7,000 churches in 26 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.9 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research.
SUMMER LIGHTS 2017
Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice.
July 6 – TBA
July 7 – Kansas City, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 8 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
July 9 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheater
July 13 – Baltimore, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 14 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
July 15 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
July 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Key Bank Pavilion

 

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March 6, 2013

Latest Christian Publishing News – 4 March 2013 – Featuring Judah Smith, Mark Batterson, Billy Graham, Danny Gokey

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Mark Batterson, Bestselling Author Of The Circle Maker, Signs Multi-Book Contract With Baker Books

Billy Graham To Release Brand New Book With Thomas Nelson Called The Reason For My Hope: Salvation

American Idol And Country Music Star, Danny Gokey To Release First Book, Hope In Front Of Me, With NavPress

Judah Smith, The Pastor Who’s Best Friends With Bubba Watson And Skateboards With Justin Bieber, Releasing His New Book Jesus Is; Find A New Way To Be Human

October 23, 2012

The Latest Christian News Featuring Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Lecrae, All Sons And Daughters

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Francis Chan’s Crazy Love Tops 2 Million Copies Sold

Review Of Andy Stanley’s New Book “Deep & Wide”

All Sons & Daughters Release New EP “The Longing”

Lecrae’s New Album “Gravity” Sells More Than 72,000 Copies In Its Opening Week

March 19, 2012

Louie Giglio, Andy Stanley, Perry Noble And Other Pastors Share How They Prepare Their Messages

 

 

How do preachers, particularly megachurch pastors, prepare for sermons every week? Where do they get their ideas? Do they ever get nervous? And how do they deal with both criticism and praise?

Those are some of the questions that a group of well-known pastors responded to during a webcast Thursday that was designed to help pastors across the country preach better sermons.

According to Casey Graham, founder of PreachingRocket.com, which led the event, 90 percent of unchurched people choose a church based on the pastor or preaching. And 92 percent of people return to a church because of a sermon.

With that, the preachbettersermons.com event was launched to provide insights into the way some of the country’s most influential pastors do what they do and to provide a community in the lonely world of preparing and preaching sermons.

Ideas and Sermon Preparation

NewSpring Church Pastor Perry Noble advised the thousands of pastors watching online to begin with the Word of God and not a VH1 video or popular song.

“Let the text, the Bible drive the sermon. Don’t say I saw a video on VH1 and I want to establish a sermon around that,” the South Carolina megachurch pastor exhorted. “The Word of God has to be where it starts. I’m so passionate about that.”

Noble, whose church is getting ready to launch its eighth campus, said nearly every idea that he has preached on for the past five years came out of his quiet time. He made it clear, however, that his quiet time with the Lord is not sermon prep time.

“But while I’m reading the Bible to try my best to hear the voice of God, if something pops in my mind, I write it down,” he explained.

“A preacher preaches best when he preaches out of the overflow of his heart. I really want to try my best to communicate that idea that God set my heart on fire with.”

Already, he has enough thoughts written down that he can create sermons for the next year and a half, he said.

For Charles Stanley, who has been preaching for 55 years, his ideas come from asking “What’s the need of the people who are going to be listening?”

The veteran pastor, whose sermons are broadcast around the world through In Touch Ministries, developed a little saying that some, including his son Andy Stanley, cite: “Until a preacher has as burden for the message, he’s not ready to preach.”

“I realized I needed to have on my shoulder – spiritually – the weight of what God has in mind. What does He want to accomplish in this message? … I’m preaching for an impact, not to impress anybody but just impact. I want to see their life change,” he explained.

Essentially, the feeling a pastor should have is: “I must preach this message, I have to preach it, I can’t wait to preach it,” he described.

While Stanley typically begins preparing for his sermon a week ahead and makes sure that is the only thing on his mind between Saturday and Sunday, Noble likes to plan much farther ahead – by several months.

With his sermons consisting not only of preaching but also of videos, illustrations and other elements, Noble likes to give his Creative Team time to prepare.

“One of the things I’ve discovered about preaching is … preaching is relatively easy if all I’ve got to do is read a text and apply it. But today … there’s so many creative elements around it,” he said during the “Preach Better Sermons” webcast.

“We all serve each other. The way I serve our Creative Team, Worship Team, and Video Team, is try my best to plan as far ahead as possible … Then everybody can give their best effort possible. They don’t serve me, we serve each other.”

Andy Stanley, lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., also chooses to prepare his sermons more than a week in advance.

“I can’t live that way,” he said of last-minute preparations.

Do Megachurch Pastors Get Nervous?

When it comes to getting up in front of thousands of people on a large stage every week, Stanley of North Point doesn’t believe nerves should be in play.

“When a preacher or teacher is nervous, it’s all about them,” he stated. “I can’t be concerned about me … and be concerned about them. I’m going to walk out there concerned about that group … or about me. [It] can’t be both.”

“If you’re nervous … you’re really not ready,” he stressed.

Rather than evaluating success based on how well the congregation applies what is preached, the pastor who is concerned and nervous ends up basing success on how well he or she did, Stanley noted.

“Don’t get up there so you can feel like you did a good job … don’t just cover the material,” he advised. “Walk out there with that person in mind.”

That person may be a teen who’s giving church a try one last time or (for Stanley) a middle-aged man who was dragged to church by his wife.

“Make sure it’s about them and not about you,” he exhorted.

The elder Stanley, Charles, also said he never gets nervous on Sunday morning. Rather, he’s more excited to preach what God wants him to say.

Dealing With Criticism

Citing Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll, Noble said pastors have many foes, fans and then very few friends.

“He said you’ve got people that think you’re worse than you really are, [those who think] you’re better than you really are, and some people who will tell you the truth.”

Noble chooses not to listen to the “foes.”

He also doesn’t listen to the “fans” – who will always tell the pastor “great job.”

Instead, he listens to friends – who love Jesus first, the church second and the pastor third.

“They’re willing to speak the truth to you so … ultimately it’ll edify the church,” he noted.

Other speakers featured in the webcast included Louie Giglio of the Passion movement, Judd Wilhite of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Dan Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, and Pastor Vanable H. Moody II of The Worship Center Christian Church in Birmingham, Ala.

October 19, 2011

Andy Stanley And Charles Stanley Speak At The Southern Baptist Pastors Conference

 

 

Charles Stanley — long-time pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta — and his son, Andy Stanley — pastor of the Atlanta-area North Point Community Church — appeared together on the platform of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 14.

Charles Stanley was honored on the 25th anniversary of his election to a second, one-year term as SBC president; Andy Stanley, who was introduced by his father, delivered a sermon titled “Some things I’ve been thinking about recently regarding local church leadership.”

In a video montage that included several Southern Baptist leaders and pastors, Charles Stanley reflected on the 1985 Southern Baptist convention in Dallas, saying, “It was a very tumultuous time. In fact, it was just warfare, a time of great strife, disagreement, hardship in everybody’s life.”

Reluctant to allow his name for nomination as president in 1984, Stanley recalled that he had prayed, fasted and enumerated the reasons he couldn’t do it — and cited the others who’d do a better job. But after encountering God in a way “that scared me to death,” Stanley relented.

“When there’s so much at stake, you don’t count the cost,” Stanley told the Pastors’ Conference audience regarding the Conservative Resurgence. “You just decide you’re going to obey God and leave all the consequences to him. And one thing is for certain: you cannot fail obeying God; there’s no way.”

Shifting his attention to his son, Charles noted that the three campuses of North Point Community Church where Andy Stanley is pastor have a combined membership of 20,000 people, and that the church has started 20 congregations in other parts of the United States.

“As I look back through the years, and what’s happening in [Andy’s] life today,” Charles said, “I could not be more grateful than to say: I want to ask you to welcome my son, Andy Stanley.”

Andy called it “a real treat” to be with his father at the Pastors’ Conference before turning to the subject of church leadership. Andy recalled when, in the early 1990s, the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A restaurant was facing stiff competition from the upstart Boston Market restaurant. Chick-fil-A leaders were trying to figure out how Chick-fil-A could get bigger, faster. Company founder Truett Cathy pounded on the table and said, “I am sick and tired of listening to you talk about how we can get bigger. If we get better, our customers will demand we get bigger.”

Applying Cathy’s prescription to church growth, Stanley said that getting better, and ultimately bigger, requires evaluation and clarification. “I think the local church should be the best-run organization in your town,” he said, because the church is “the vehicle through which the Gospel is fed to and communicated to the whole world.”

Too many churches are making it difficult for unchurched and unsaved people to attend church, Stanley said. “We’ve created church for church people,” he said. “And that reflects a desire more focused on keeping people in the church than reaching those outside of it.”

For North Point, Stanley said that if any program or project isn’t about “bringing people to faith … we don’t do it. … We want an organization that reflects the Great Commission.”

“Identify and remove unnecessary obstacles,” Stanley advised the pastors. Being careful not to discount the gospel, he said it is offensive, but that neither the parking lot nor the children’s ministry should be offensive. “It’s OK to offend people with the gospel, but, good grief, let’s don’t offend them with something else.”

June 25, 2011

FREE Excerpt of ANDY STANLEY’S New Book ENEMIES OF THE HEART: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

Break free from the destructive power of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

Divorce. Job loss. Estrangement from family members. Broken friendships.
The difficult circumstances you are dealing with today are likely being fed by one of four emotional forces that compels you to act in undesirable ways, sometimes even against your will.
Andy Stanley explores each of these destructive forces—guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy—and how they infiltrate your life and damage your relationships. He says that, left unchallenged they have the power to destroy your home, your career, and your friendships.

In Enemies of the Heart, Andy offers practical, biblical direction to help you fight back, to take charge of those feelings that mysteriously control you, and to restore your broken relationships.

Includes a six-week discussion guide—a valuable resource for small groups!
FREE EXCERPT:
It Came from Within

It came from within. But at first I wasn’t sure.

It was a Tuesday night. I was lying in bed, trying to go to sleep, when I felt a thump in my chest that actually shook my whole body.

I sat up and looked over at Sandra to see if perhaps she’d felt it too. No pain. No pressure. Just a larger-than-normal thump in my chest. I lay back down and tried to pretend it hadn’t happened. And then it happened again.

This time I said, “Did you feel that?”

No answer.

As I laid there staring at the clock, I put my hand over my heart and tried to listen as well as feel my pulse. About a half minute later I noticed that my heart skipped a beat and then, THUMP! This happened over and over. About a minute of normal heartbeat and then nothing. And then the big thump that literally coursed through my entire body.

Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much that night.

The next day I called my doctor. He sent me to the hospital with a prescription for this nifty device that records what’s happening to your heart while you go about your normal routine. I say normal. There are a few “normal” activities I would advise anyone against trying while wearing such a device.

The following day I went back to the hospital and they plugged the device into a computer to see what they could find. An hour later the technician came out and informed me that I had an irregular heartbeat. I was shocked. “Really? An irregular heartbeat? You don’t say. You mean my heart isn’t supposed to miss a beat every minute and then make up for it with increased seismic intensity?”

Of course, I didn’t say that. He was about to draw some blood, and I’ve always tried to stay on the good side of anyone who’s about to poke me with a needle.

They ran some tests. A lot of tests. After a couple hours of blood work, an EKG, an ultrasound—I told them there was no way I was pregnant, but they insisted—and a chest X-ray, a doctor came in to see me. He sat down with his clipboard and started asking me all the usual questions. Eventually he came to the “What medications are you taking?” question. Ordinarily that’s an easy one: “Nothing.” But it just so happened that I was taking something for my annual case of poison ivy. I’m never certain how I got it, but I always manage to come down with it every spring. Truth is, I don’t even know what poison ivy looks like—which may be part of my problem.

I tried to pronounce the name of the drug I was taking. After three or four failed attempts, the doctor deciphered what had been prescribed and wrote it down. Then he asked, “They didn’t prescribe a steroid as well?” No, they hadn’t. The reason being, I’d insisted that my family doctor give me the steroid in the form of a shot. Two shots, actually. When I shared this bit of seemingly insignificant news with the doctor, he put down his pen and smiled. “I think I know what your problem is.”

This was good news. Sandra has been wondering since we were married.

“What?” I asked.

“It’s the steroids. You’re going to be fine. Once it works its way through your system your heart will settle back down.”

And you know what—he was right. The problem took care of itself.

Wonderful…and Confusing

As you’ve probably guessed from this story, I’m not a doctor. And this is not a book about your physical heart. It’s about your other heart. You know, that invisible part of you that philosophers, poets, and preachers refer to all the time. That thing that got broken in the ninth grade when what’s-her-name said she just wanted to be friends. I’m
talking about that part of you that swells up with pride when you see your kids do something great. It’s that thing that gets all nostalgic when you hear an old Journey tune (or whatever music served as the soundtrack for your senior year). It’s that part of me that fills up when Sandra sits down next to me on the front row at church every Sunday
morning. Amazing how that still happens after all these years…

And to be fair, the heart I’m talking about is also that part of me that wanted to wring the coach’s neck for keeping my son on the bench throughout an entire all-star game.

The heart I’m speaking of is that mysterious, wonderful, confusing part of you that enables you to love, laugh, fear, and experience life. It’s the sphere in which relationship happens. And it’s the sphere in which relationships are broken.

Damage Control

Life can be hard on the heart. The world is full of outside influences that have the power to disrupt the rhythm of your heart. Most are subtle. Some may even appear to be necessary as protection from further disruptions. Over time you develop habits that slowly erode your heart’s sensitivity. The inevitable pain and disappointment of life have caused you to set up walls around your heart. Much of this is understandable. But at the end of the day, there’s no way around the truth:

Your heart is out of sync with the rhythm it was created to maintain. These disrupters that throw your heart out of sync are not like the steroid that eventually worked its way out of my system without any effort on my part. Those things that disrupt the rhythms of the invisible heart linger. If left alone, some will linger for a lifetime. After a while we come to accept these disrupters as part of us, part of our personality. And so we catch ourselves saying, “That’s just the way I am.” But you weren’t always that way. And those closest to you know it. So let me ask you, how are things with your heart?

Close the book and think for a moment. How are things with your heart? Not your career, your family, or your finances. Your heart. Chances are, you’ve never stopped to consider your heart. And why should you? There are meals to fix, calls to return, interviews to prepare for, and bills to pay. If at the end of the day you’re all caught up with these things and someone asks, “How are things?” you can smile and sigh and say, “Fine.”

But this is a different question.

It’s a more important question.

And yes, it’s an awkward question.

Another Me

Perhaps the major reason we rarely stop to monitor our hearts is that it was never encouraged. As children, we were taught instead to monitor our behavior. In other words, we were taught to behave. If we behaved properly, good things happened, regardless of what was going on in our hearts. If we misbehaved, not-so-good things happened. My parents believed in spanking. So the not-so-good things got my attention early. I modified my behavior so as to avoid pain, and I’ve been doing that ever since. I bet you have too.

Years ago a buddy and I decided to move a road sign. We thought it would be funny to route traffic up an entrance ramp that led to a highway that was under construction and not opened yet. As a result, I spent the good portion of a night in jail. So I modified my behavior. I never moved another road sign.

Pain, embarrassment, fines, and spankings are generally considered effective ways to focus an individual’s attention on his or her behavior. Consequently, you and I have become much better at monitoring our behavior than our hearts.

But it’s not just the avoidance of pain that drives us. Good behavior can be rewarding. As a professional Christian—a pastor, by trade—I’m paid to be good. So I’ve learned to modify my words and behavior so as not to damage my reputation and, thus, my career. You’ve no doubt done the same thing. Whatever your job, there are some things
you just won’t do. Not because you don’t want to, but because of the professional ramifications. Perhaps there are some words and phrases you won’t use, in spite of the fact that they would accurately convey what you’re feeling. I’ll bet there are some people you pretend to like because it’s beneficial to you. And all of that is fine. More than fine, it’s
necessary. After all, like my buddy Charlie is fond of saying, everybody’s got to eat and live indoors.

But all this pretending can be problematic because pretending allows you to ignore the true condition of your heart. As long as you say the right thing and do the right thing, you’re tempted to believe that all is well. That’s what your childhood experience taught you. But when your public performance becomes too far removed from who you are in your heart, you’ve been set up for trouble. Eventually your heart—the real you—will outpace your attempts to monitor
and modify everything you say and do. The unresolved issues stirring around undetected in your heart will eventually work their way to the surface. Specifically, they’ll seep into your actions, your character, and your relationships. If your heart continues to go unmonitored, whatever “thing” is growing in there will worsen to the point that you’re no longer able to contain it with carefully managed words and behaviors.

So let me ask you again: How’s your heart?

Slippage

Maybe you’ve already noticed things starting to slip a bit. Maybe you’ve always been able to contain your anger, but lately there’s an edge in your voice that scares even you. And what about those occasional outbursts that slip through your normally ironclad facade?

You know you ought to be happy for Frank on his promotion, but for some reason you’re not. The truth is, Frank represents that person from your past who bought something or won something or was given something you wanted, and now you find yourself resenting Frank for it.

Ladies, how about your …

June 17, 2011

Incredible Andy Stanley Quote On What To Do If You Ever Want Your Kids To Abandon Church When They’re Older

Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel at Catalyst

“If you want your kids to abandon church when they are older, force them to attend a church you secretly wish you could abandon now!”

All I can say is wow. wow. wow.

I know there are many Christians who believe that the way to raise kids are to force them to go to Church every week, which usually just means they’ll bail at the earliest opportunity in life to stop going.  And, worst of all, that horrible experience of Church will remain with them.  That’s why I love this quote.  But more than anything this quote is a massive charge to pastors saying, “you should create the kind of churches that families (especially children) would want to attend, and can’t wait to attend each week.”

April 13, 2011

Andy Stanley Passion 2011 (Video)

 

Passion 2011 :: Session 4 :: Andy Stanley

 

 

“Managing Your Appetite”

Andy Stanley discusses and challenges students at the fourth main session of Passion 2011 on the topic of what do you worship and the importance of killing sin or it will be killing you. You may realize in the video that this is said very vaguely and indirectly in Stanley’s seeker sensitive manner.

Below are the notes from Andy Stanley sermon at Passion 2011:

Managing Your Appetite

“I want to talk about a little slice of life that no one pays too much attention to. This little slice of life has the power to determine the direction and quality of your life. It will overpower your prayers, worship, your commitment to Christ. It is the thing that shipwrecks more individuals than anything else in the world. You will either rule it, or it will rule you. But you have the potential to rule it.”

Your Appetite

“Your appetite will either be ruled by you, or it will rule you. You have no idea just how powerful your appetites really are.”

“Your parents are in the place they are because of the way they managed their appetites.”

“Some of you were abandoned because your parent had a better appetite for alcohol.  Some of your deepest pain may not be because of your appetite, but because of the way someone else managed their appetites.”

“It seems that the momentum of worship, and Bible study should be so powerful that it should override that appetite. Yet it is still there. That is the power of the appetite. I can stand up here and tell you about influential leaders that lost their place because they were ruled by their appetite.”
“We think about appetites we immediately think about food, but there are several appetites. Progress. Responsibility. Respect. Win. Love. Acceptance. Fame. Recognition. To be envied. Things. These things are never, ever going away.”

“3 things to know about appetites: God created them, sin distorted them – every single appetite you have has been broken and distorted. They’re not bad, they are just broken.”

“Appetites are never fully and finally satisfied – we know this when it comes to food, the same is true for every other appetite. The lie is that there is someone, or something that can fully and finally satisfy an appetite.”

“Your appetites always whisper “NOW”, and never “LATER.” They always say “Trade the ultimate for the immediate.” You can’t pray it away. If you don’t rule them, they rule you.”

Genesis 25

  • Jacob and Esau.
    • Esau was a man’s man
    • Jacob was a momma’s boy
    • They were different, but Esau was born first and this is what brings tension.
    • The birthright was granted to the oldest son in the family. With the birhtright came 3 important things.
      • If you had the birthright, you got a double portion of the inheritance.
      • You also got to be the judge of the family after the parents are gone.
      • A sense of blessing came with the birthright.
    • So there was this desire of the younger brother to take the birthright from the older brother.
  • Genesis 25:29
    • In families the older brother never needs anything from the younger brother. The younger brother always wants something from the older brother.
    • Every once and a while the older brother needs something from the younger brother.
    • Older brother Esau comes to Jacob and asks for stew. So Jacob says, “ok, I’ll take your birthright in return.” “First sell me your birthright.”
    • Who would actually trade their birthright for a temporary bowl of stew?
    • We do it all the time. I see it happen all the time.
    • I don’t want you to do it, because you have no idea what God may use you to do in this world, if you harness your appetite.
  • Genesis 25:32
    • Esau says, “I’m about to die, what good is the birthright to me?”
    • When anyone of your appetites becomes exaggerated, things actually change and happen in your brain.
    • Impact Bias – Takes a simple appetite and magnifies it out of proportion.
      • It tells your brain that this thing, experience, or person is going to be extraordinarily satisfying.
    • Focalism – focuses our minds on one thing and blurs out everything else.
      • Your brain has the ability to put everything else around you out of focus, and focus you on one thing, person, experience.
      • Your brain changes when your appetite is inflamed.
      • They have the potential to determine the direction of your life.
  • Genesis 25:33
    • So Esau sold to him his birthright.
      • I wish I could jump into the story and tell him “Esau, you’re gonna have twelve sons, they’re each gonna have families, and all of them are going to end up in Egyp, and become a nation of slaves for 400 years, and become a might nation, and become God’s chosen people. This entire nation of people is going to come from your body, and they’re going to be God’s people. God is going to raise up a guy named Moses. Moses isn’t going to know God’s name. Moses will become a shepherd, and God is going to introduce himself to Moses. The God of the universe is going to introduce himself to Moses as ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.’ God is going to introduce himself with your name, unless you trade your birthright for a bowl of stew.” “Esau, do you want to trade all of that for a bowl of stew?”
      • I think just the knowledge of what God would have done through Esau would have stopped him in his tracks. But I wasn’t there to help him think through this future, and no one is going to be there to help you think through your future.
      • You have no idea what God might do through you if you will surrender your appetites to HIm.
  • Genesis 25:34
    • He ate and drank and got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
    • His destiny was changed because of an appetite that couldn’t be harnessed.
    • This is a tension that never goes away.
    • Every single day of your life you will be tempted to trade your future for a bowl of stew.
    • Refraining – looking at that bowl of stew, and saying “in light of my future, is it really worth trading my future for this? Is it worth trading the ultimate for the immediate?”
    • Get a piece of paper and write “5 years from now…” and look at it everyday and write down something.
    • Your appetite only knows one word “more”. And it only has one spot on the clock “now”.
  • What is your bowl of stew right now?
    • A habit? A secret?
    • What are you trading right now for your future?
  • Reframe
  • Regrain
  • Someday, some of you will lead this movement. Someday, some of you will lead the leading churches in America. Don’t miss that. Don’t trade your future for a bowl of stew.

 

February 2, 2011

Andy Stanley: ‘First Lady Michelle Obama To Speak At North Point Community Church,’ Wednesday, February 9, 2011 4 p.m.

 

North Point Community Church announced to their volunteers today that First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special appearance at the Alpharetta Campus on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011.  It will be a ticketed event where the First Lady will address the issue of childhood obesity.  Andy Stanley shared with the staff a few days ago that the White House had called to request permission to have North Point host the event.  The White House staffers will arrive on Friday, February 4, 2011 to start preparations.  No details were provided about how to obtain tickets.