Where do you serve?

Ok, this is a short one.  Comment if you will.  The question is where do you serve? Where are you serving? The Gospel is clear.  When we were saved we were given gifts from the Holy Spirit.  These gifts are not for us to use for our own good. 

First off, let’s look at the number one thing. If we are saved, we have been gifted with eternal life.  That alone should motivate us to serve. More than just our salvation, the Holy Spirit has gifted us so that we can have the honor and opportunity to go beyond and serve in a particular role.

One of the most difficult areas to to find folks to serve is the nursery or preschool areas of the church.  Then there are the children and students.  And of course the senior’s of the church.  

How are you serving? Or maybe you are not serving.  

  1. Pray for the Lord to show you how He is looking for you to serve
  2. Seek counsel from leaders at your church
  3. Start this week.  You can find a way to serve that doesn’t take much effort or preparation at all, short term and long term.  Whatever you do, do it this week.  It doesn’t have to be weird.  Simply asking your pastor, “Is there something that the church needs done this week?” can lead to great opportunities.  

If you’d like, share in the comments below with what ways you are serving!

5 Podcasts I Listen to Every Week

So I spend a lot of time in the car.  My commute in the morning takes on average 20 minutes, sometimes longer in the afternoon.  I was taught long ago to spend my commute listening to podcasts or books on tape. The adage was to make the time productive instead of listening to talk radio.  I will say, if you have a radio station that broadcasts your favorite pastors, that counts too.  
However, for this post, I’m going to highlight the 5 podcasts I listen to every week. These aren’t the only podcasts I listen to as I have a long list of podcasts, so more frequent than others, but these are the top 5 podcasts that I listen to every single month.
In no particular order, as there are only 5 on this list, and I listen to all of them equally:

  1. Insight for Living by Chuck Swindoll.  Outside of the weekly sermon, these are the other sermons I listen to regularly.  I really appreciate Chuck Swindoll’s approach to preaching.  The fact that I am continuously challenged by his messages, keeps me coming back for more.  
  2. The Speaker Lab.  You know that I am a speaker. This is where I have learned the trade.  Grant Baldwin gives a down to earth, no excuse teaching that has led to my success as a speaker.
  3. The Art and Business of Public Speaking.  Again on speaking, however, this is an archived podcast, no new material, but all good information.  To dig deeper check out the SCORRE Conference.
  4. Rainer on Leadership.  This is a Leadership podcast that is dominantly focused on the church.  As a volunteer teacher at my church, this podcast helps me to grow as a leader within my church.
  5. Lead to Win by Michael Hyatt.  As a leader in the Navy, I have implemented a lot from this podcast into my leadership structure.  

BONUS:I said that my podcast library is full. Here are a couple podcasts I listen to that are not published daily that I stll listen to once they are listed.

  1. John Maxwell Company Executive Leadership.  Not just for Executives.
  2. Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast – Leads Church.tv, also the same church that launched the Youversion Bible App, commonly known as “The Bible App”.
  3. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
  4. Dad Tired.

There you go, you now have a view of what is on the speakers in my car during my morning and evening commute.  As you can see, most of these are very practical and mostly centered around leadership.  My goal as a leader is not to emulate a specific person, but to learn from other great leaders and establish my own position as a leader.
If you have any favorite podcasts that you would like to share, share them in the comments.  I’d love to see what you are listening to and how you are making your commute more productive.