Category Archives: Generation Church

30 Days of Prayer & Fasting: Day 1 – Schools

I have never been so excited with anticipation about what God is going to do through the lives of the people of Generation Church. Today we start a 30 day journey of prayer and fasting that leads up to Generation Church re-launching in a brand new location on April 17th 2011. 

The path that God has taken us on over the last two months has been almost un-real! I remember the day I felt God say, ‘Check on the availability of the Movie Theater!’ Now we start the home stretch to actually calling that place home! The two months in between have been filled with miracles, blessings and incredible favor from God. 

Only God could have made this possible! In fact Generation Church wouldn’t even exist without the awesome mighty hand of our God. 

So today we start praying and fasting. First up is praying for our local schools. I believe this upcoming generation has the potential to become greater than my generation, my fathers generation and my grandfather’s generation combined. Yet, if we as a church don’t lead them on the right paths that greatness will be wasted on things that will be here today and gone tomorrow, instead of the eternal difference they can make. 

Our schools are the primary source, outside of home environments that shape our kids lives. This is why prayer is so important for our schools! I’m especially praying for William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary today as this is the place we have been meeting as a church since we began at the end of last year and have a great relationship with the staff there. 

On the fasting side, I start seven days of fasting ‘noise’ in my life. My day today will be non-stop until about 10pm tonight. I’m taking an hour lunch today which I will fast all noise. My cell phone will be off, no computers, no ipad, no ipod. Just silence. Trust me; this is not easy for me to do! Hoping to hear God in the silence.


Self Made Millionaires

There are two types of millionaires in this world, self made and inherited.

I love to hear the story of a self made millionaire. Someone who went from rags to riches. Someone who through sheer blood sweat and tears made a name for themselves.

The reason for this I think is the way I was raised by my father. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up. I never received an allowance and we were always the last to get any new gadget. For example we didn’t get a VCR player until something called DVD’s were coming on the market.

As a child I would often resent the fact that I didn’t get what other kids got. I didn’t like the fact that if I wanted any money I’d have to go out and earn it. I realized that if I wanted to be a millionaire, I’d have to be a self made one.

After paying my way through college, paying for my first car and insurance and paying for my own wedding I started to realize the value of how I was raised.

I would look at my friends who had been given plenty as a child, they were not stable. I noticed others who had been given large down payments for their first home, or daddy had paid for their lavish wedding and seeing many who collapsed under the weight of problems when things got hard. I started to thank God that I had missed out on the free hand-outs because even though I didn’t have as much as others I knew I could survive through anything, even the loss of a job, home or support.

So when we made the decision to plant a church it came as not surprise to me that we wouldn’t get the free handouts some planters get. Did I want the handouts? Oh yes. Was it best for the course of our church to get those free handouts? Oh no.

You see planting Generation Church required more blood, sweat and tears that I’ve ever experienced. However, as I look back at our first four months of existence I’m starting to realize that there is a true grit in our church, and that is to fulfill the mission and vision of God at all costs! In the beginning it was just plain tough, but now we are starting to see a little bit of momentum. Those days of sweat and nights of tears we sowed are now starting to reap a harvest and I am so excited for the days ahead. They won’t get easier, in fact I know the larger we grow the harder it becomes, but we’ll know that those early days of working through college, doing a paper round, saving for a wedding, and self funding a church plant will be the foundation that no storm will be able to shake.

So if you’re one of those people like me who realizes that if you want anything in life you’re going to have to work for it, know this. Know that God sees those days, months and years where all you sow is blood, sweat and tears. He see’s that you watered them with countless hours of prayer and He will cause the growth!

No storm in life will be able to shake you!

Highs & Lows of 2010 – Part 4

As we continue in this weeks blog looking at the life lessons I discover through the highs and low of 2010, here is part 4:

4. Loving & Giving is so much better than Taking and Receiving

For me 2010 was the year where I found the gift of giving to others. From stretching my own personal finances, to giving to families in need, to giving my time and energy, to loving my spouse at a whole new level to also finding a depth of love for my creator, 2010 was a great year.

I remember the day I said to one of our team members Jill that I wanted her to put together some food baskets for families in need, but I wanted them to be extravagant. Her resposne was great, and the feeling of hearing her plan to extravagantly give brought me goose dimples.

The weekend I planned for my wife in New York to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary made me feel like I was a kid going to Disney world was my impatience to surprise her. That will go down as one of the top five weekends of my life!

The feeling of giving up TV time to go through a book study with one of my friends gave me so much joy.

Putting my tithe check into the Generation Church basket each week flooded my heart with such contentment knowing that I was not a financial burden on the church (trust me I have felt like that on staff at churches before) but I could contribute to it’s stability.

Looking at the people of Generation Church knowing that I have a love for them that goes far beyond and sense of empathy or compassion I have experienced before.

The incredible thing I have experienced in 2010 is that while I have really discovered the joy of loving and giving, I have now realized that there is so much more in me, and the more I extend my loving and giving the more I receive back!

2010 taught me that it really is better to give than receive!