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Marc Broussard - S.O.S.Just picked this album up on iTunes. It’s all soul covers and I’m lovin’ it. Here’s the deal, if you like old school R&B this album is right up your alley. (And for all you college kids, when I say old school I’m NOT referring to Boys to Men. Old school is Aretha, Stevie, and Marvin Gaye!)

Broussard’s gritty voice and simplistic approach (there are five first takes on the album) is a refreshing listen in contrast to the often over produced music of today. His take on Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” is on one my favs, as well as “Respect Yourself”, “Come in From the Cold”, and “Yes We Can”. If Taylor Hicks would have made this his first album, it would’ve blown up. Check it out!

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Our Wii… Uh, I mean Blake’s Wii… was such a HUGE hit over Christmas! After dinner on Christmas Eve, 4 generations of my family and friends got into an intense battle of Wii Sports bowling. EVERYONE had a blast including my 7 year old boy, my teenage nieces, my siblings and their spouses, my baby-boomer parents, and my WWII veteran grandfather. What an amazing toy! Maybe churches can learn something here about reaching difference generations… but that’s not what this post is about.

This video really demonstrates how popular this game has become with the more mature among us. In fact, I’ve read reports that their buying power plays a key role in keeping Wiis in such high demand right now.

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Reaching for the ‘Ought-ness’

I know I’m a day late here, but as the nation celebrated Martin Luther King’s life yesterday, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from him. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and during his acceptance speech he said:

“I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘is-ness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘ought-ness’ that forever confronts him.”

What a statement! Dr. King had a vision for how things ought to be. More importantly though, he passionately pursued that vision and refused to be content with how things were.

Followers of Jesus know He will set all things right one day and welcome us to our eternal, perfect home. This confidence fills us with hope for a glorious future with our Creator, Lord, and Savior. However, this confidence can dangerously lull us into an apathetic acceptance of our current reality. While here on earth, if more people had what Bill Hybells calls the holy discontent of Dr. King, this world would be a much better place and even begin to look a bit more like heaven.

Have you ever found yourself saying, “It ought not be this way!” Maybe while watching the local news about an issue facing your community or reading a story about a crisis in another part of the world. Maybe while working at your job, or even sitting in your church. Maybe after a fight with loved one, or when surprised by your own apathy at the decline of a personal relationship.

In moments like these we’ve all said, “It ought not be this way!” Dr. King’s lesson to us all is to refuse to accept things for how they are, and instead strive to find the solution for how they ought to be?

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At a recent GenesisKIDS staff meeting, I shared 5 priorities to focus on for the Spring of this year.

  • Prioritize Parents

We always do a great job of loving on the kids in our ministry, but we must not neglect the parents. We’ve got to remember that parents are the primary spiritual providers for their kids. And when it comes to their kids spiritual development, we are THEIR partners. Greet the parents! Welcome new parents! And communicate with them compassionately!

  • Build the Team

Everyone on our team should be looking for someone to train up. We believe God has growth in our future, but He’ll send the growth only when we’re ready for it! We’ve got to have a team in place not just for today, but tomorrow!

  • Execute with Excellence

I recently read a quote in Tony Dungy’s book: “Do common things uncommonly well, and the world will stop and notice.” It doesn’t matter if we’re changing diapers, playing a simple game Speed Stacks, or teaching an eternal truth with life changing implications, do it with passion and excitement. Be in the moment!

  • Own our Environments

Follow through with all of our security procedures to ensure a safe and secure environment. Intentionally notice ways we can improve the elements of our ministry areas. Pray for creativity from our Creator to constantly be improving our environments so we may capture the minds or children. Because, if we capture their minds, we can speak to their hearts.

  • Glorify God

What a privilege! No matter how hard we tried, we could never earn the right to get to do this. God has invited us into an adventure and in everything we do, let’s do it for His glory. We’re not looking for the approval of man, we’re serving the Lord!

What are some priorities you’ve made for your ministry this season?

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