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HisKids.net is a great resource for Christian families. You can listen to Christian music made with your kids in mind. Featured artists include Yancy, Deano, Uncle Charlie and Seeds. There are also great stories and illustrations as well! This is a place to find family friendly music and messages! Go check it out!

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Craig had a few great posts last week on expressing gratitude. They’re definitely worth sharing.

Thanks Craig! Thanks for encouraging us to express our gratitude in creative ways. Additionally, thanks for passionately following God! Thanks for resourcing ministers around the world! And on a personal note Craig, thanks for delivering your ‘disturbing’ message at Catalyst last year. God’s still disturbing me!

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Legacy (Part 2)

Today at GenesisChurch.tv we started a new series entitled Legacy . During this three week series I’ll share about three outstanding women from the Bible who left an amazing legacy of love and grace even in the midst of unimaginable sin, terrible tragedy, and courageous obedience.

In this morning’s message we focused on Tamar and learned that in spite of her deception and sexual sin, God invited her to be a part of HIS Legacy. He’s inviting us to be a part of HIS Legacy and to play our part in HIS story as well.

Last week, I asked what kind of Legacy you hope to leave. Well, today I’m asking whose Legacy has affected you? Who has left a mark on your life? What is it about them and how they’ve lived that has made their lives stick with you?

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I just got back from the FOCUS Children’s Ministry Conference last night and man… it was a GREAT conference. Jim Wideman, Yancy, Jeff Smith, and Brian Hunter (my pastor) were our special guests. As a member of the leadership team, I had the privilege of hosting these folks and making sure they had what they needed.

Can I just say… all of these people are the real deal. Even with their extraordinary individual successes, they all had servant hearts and wanted to do whatever was needed to insure the conference was a win for everyone. Their talents blessed us all and they each did a superb job during our general sessions. Often, the words ‘creative’ and ‘difficult’ are synonymous when describing people, but not with these folks! It was a pleasure to have each of them.

Bro Jim, like me, recently transitioned in ministry and it was great to have a little one-on-one time with him. The man’s been in ministry for many years. But just ’cause you’ve been around for a while, and just because you’ve had some successes, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a person of character. Bro Jim’s been around for while, has had major successes, and beyond that he’s got deep, deep wisdom and integrity. It was a pleasure to hang with him for a bit. I’m grateful to have met him!

One of my favorite things of this weekend was watching Bro Jim as he watched his daughter, Yancy, lead worship. Yancy is an extremely talented musician, and she performs her music with excellence and creativity. I truly believe that God’s favor is with Yancy, and she certainly has a bright future! Evie and I had a blast with their family!

I love the FOCUS conference! One of my highest privileges in ministry has been to serve on the team that puts this thing together. I’ve developed life-long friendships through my work here and I know I’m the richer for it! I always leave feeling better than when I arrived, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

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Legacy (Part 1)

This Sunday at GenesisChurch.tv we’ll kick off a new series entitled Legacy . During this three week series I’ll share about three outstanding women from the Bible who left an amazing legacy of love and grace even in the midst of unimaginable sin, terrible tragedy, and courageous obedience.

What do you want your legacy to be? What one thing do you want people to remember about you?

Here’s another way of asking it: Imagine you’re at your 50th Birthday party. Your adult child stands up to say a few words. They start with, “The one thing mom/dad taught me that I will always remember is ______________.” You fill in the blank.

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Expelled

My buddy Lance posted this today and it’s certainly worth sharing. This is the extended trailer for the new documentary, “Expelled”. This movie calls attention to the plight of highly credentialed scholars who have been forced out of prestigious academic positions because they proposed Intelligent Design as a possible alternative to Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old theories about the origins of life.

Check out the trailer. If you’re in Tallahassee, it’s currently playing at Miracle 5.

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My Table is Full

When I was growing up (no, that’s not me in the picture), my dad would make a big breakfast just about every Saturday morning. And I mean BIG! Eggs, sausage, gravy, homemade biscuits, pork tenderloin, grits, hash browns, jellies and a bunch of other fixin’s. And if we had company, he’d often whip up some chocolate gravy!! Simply delicious! For those of you who’ve had it, you KNOW it’s good!

Well at our Harris home, we’ve picked up that family tradition… with a slight twist. Most of the time my menu includes chocolate chip pancakes. Why? They’re my kids favorite! And this morning we also had eggs, bacon, and some sweetened strawberries to pour on our pancakes. When we pile this much food on our tiny dining table, it fills up rather quickly. When this happens Blake will sit down, ready to eat (’cause he LOVES my breakfast), and say, “I LOVE a full table!”

This morning was no different. Blake made his proclamation once again, and Evie thanked God for His blessings. I watched my precious family enjoy our favorite meal together and thought about Blake’s words. I pondered the many blessings I have in my life.

I’ve got a wife I don’t deserve! My kids are beautiful, talented and healthy! I have a heritage of faith and family traditions to pass on to my kids! My church is all about knowing Christ and making Him known! I’m serving, and have served, in ministry with some of the greatest people on the planet! I have life-long friendships that I will always cherish! And I’m whole heartedly following Jesus on the greatest adventure I could imagine! Without a doubt, my table is full!

What’s on your table? Do you have any family traditions you’re passing (or planning to pass) on?

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