Episode 4 : Joshua Ngao on Reaching Refugees in Your Community

Pastor Joshua Ngao from Fisher’s of Men Ministries joins me for a second interview to talk about ministering to refugees in your community. Also, we talk about being involved in local missions before going to a foreign mission field and why short-term trips matter. If you missed Pastor Ngao’s first interview on African missions and his personal testimony, you can find that here

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Question: Do you know someone from a different country in your neighborhood? What are ways you can bless them? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Why You Should Get Your Kids Involved With End Of The Year Giving

It’s just about that time of year when you are probably thinking about tax deductions and end of the year giving.If you bring your children in on the process by creating teachable moments for them throughout the end of the year giving process, it is a great way to teach generosity and make it more fun for you.

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As I was growing up, my parents were constantly trying to show us how to live as a believer in Jesus. My parents owned a business, which created moments for my dad to teach us about generosity. One example was when he would do his end of the year giving. Dad would give each of us a curtain amount of money. He asked us to do research on a missionary, report back on our findings, and then he would write them a check. This memory changed my life, and let me in on how generous my parents were. This is the process I want to share with you, but first we have to start with the reasons why?

Episode 3 : Pastor Joshua Ngao from Fisher’s of Men Ministries on African Missions

This podcast dives deeper in to the global mission field with the topic of African missions. Pastor Joshua Ngao brings his experience to the table from working with Fisher’s of Men Ministries to talk about about poverty in Africa, ministry in and trips to Kenya, accountabily for mission groups, supporting national pastors, and much more.

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Question: Who has Jesus called you to reach? What is the calling on your life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

“James 4: Following God’s Will [Sermon]”
by Matt Shaw

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October 19, 2014

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At BCC we are working through the book of James.

This week, in Chapter 4, I focused on the topic of Following God’s Will.

Everyone needs to answer in their own mind this question, Is your aim in life to follow your own path or to follow God’s will?

How To Follow God’s Will

  1. Pick a Team
  2. Press Into Jesus
  3. Pursue God’s Plan, Not Your Own

Question: When do you find yourself choosing your own will over God’s? How do you overcome it and get back on track? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Episode 2 : Rusty Boruff from The 180 Zone – Crisis, Poverty, and Addictions

In this podcast, Rusty Boruff brings his passion and experience from founding and working with The 180 Zone to the table to discuss reaching those in your city who are in crisis, poverty, or addicted. We also discuss how to identify the needs in your community and how to get your local church involved outreach.

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Question: What is the best way you have found to get involved with people dealing with crisis, addiction, or poverty? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Episode 1 : Welcome to the Renewing Our City Podcast!

Welcome to the first episode of The Renewing Our City Podcast. In the first episode, I introduce myself and give some details about what this show will be about.

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Question: What are your problems, pain points, and needs that you would like to learn more about from the Renewing Our City Podcast? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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The MacSparky Presentations Field Guide (Self-Published, 2014)

One major pain point for pastors, missionaries, or teachers is presenting in a way that keeps that audience engaged, but also communicates their message to create buy in. We want to do a great job, but usually our training is in preaching, leading, or serving, not presenting.

I have listened to many presentations to raise funds or share a ministry with a group. Sometimes they are an engaging and spark the thought of ‘I want to support anything you do!’ But, more often then not, the presentation skills get in the way of the message you are trying to communicate.

Presentations by David Sparks has great info on how to tell and communicate a great story to keep your audience on the edge of their seat. Also, Sparks teaches a ton of ‘tricks of the trade’ and technical skills of how and what you need to do to make great slides.

It’s available for $9.99 as a pdf or on the iBooks store for iPad and Mac.

This may be the best $10 you spend on your ministry this year.

Question: What are the resources that have helped you present the most? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Count it all Joy! Devotional

This is a guest post written by my beautiful wife Kristen. She wanted to encourage you by writing a devotional on Joy. Hope you like it.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

I love the words, Count it all Joy! When I am going through a trial I don’t feel joyful. I usually have feelings of disappointment, defeat, or failure.

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I have realized that when I feed into those feelings, I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like this trail is in a downwards spiral into a black whole that will never end!