26 10, 2021

what makes a mature disciple? (part 1)

2021-10-26T13:16:02-04:00October 26, 2021|

What makes a mature disciple? Previously I wrote some thoughts about how we tend to build the church on little rocks, neglecting the big rock that Jesus intended. This leads to a lack of maturity in our relationship with Jesus. In the next few blog posts I will share some thoughts about what it is that makes a mature disciple. A Mature Disciple Loves Jesus, [...]

25 10, 2021

I Was Wrong About The Church

2021-10-25T13:49:38-04:00October 25, 2021|

"Could I be wrong about the church?" I started asking myself this question a lot last year. Here's some context. Being a pastors kid (pk) comes with a lot of baggage that you wouldn’t expect. Every PK has a different experience, but I think one thing that’s true for all PK’s is that, because of our proximity to the church, we can easily become [...]

22 10, 2021

Starting A Business In Holly Springs, NC?

2021-10-22T07:14:58-04:00October 22, 2021|

If you own or are starting a business in Holly Springs, NC, then you might be encouraged by these thoughts. First, let me introduce myself. I’m Bill. A few years ago we started a new Church in the town of Holly Springs called “Oasis” and as a local startup ourself, I just want to come out and say…. I’m FOR you. (Of course - [...]

11 10, 2021

How Do You Deal With Failure?

2021-10-11T14:11:16-04:00October 11, 2021|

Sometimes I look back at various seasons, situations or circumstances in my life where I've missed an opportunity, dropped the ball, or just completely flunked. As a leader in a local church setting, it's uncomfortable to talk about failure, but failure is part of this game. For most of you, church is just a small part of your leadership life. You lead at work, at [...]

11 10, 2021

Healthy Leaders = Healthy Churches

2021-10-11T13:53:36-04:00October 11, 2021|

A few weeks ago I opened up about some of my own fears & insecurities in front of a group of pastors. I was originally supposed to be the one at the table with all the answers, but they quickly realized I only had questions After our time together I got a phone call from one of the more “successful” people in the room who [...]

10 10, 2021

A Tale Of Two Weddings

2021-10-11T13:41:48-04:00October 10, 2021|

I had a dream the other night and woke up with a leadership thought. In my dream, I had double booked myself for two different weddings. Both of the people getting married were very dear to me, and I truly loved both their families too. I really wanted to do both, so I said YES to both and agreed to officiate. I figured I'd [...]

9 10, 2021

Help! I’m Looking For a church in Holly Springs NC

2021-10-09T19:47:50-04:00October 9, 2021|

If you live in Holly Springs NC, and if you’ve ever left a church or felt displaced from your church after being engaged for 5-10 (or more) years, then these thoughts are for you… 1. Finding a new church home is HARD. You may have moved to holly springs NC recently and while the new job & new house is exciting, you are saddened [...]

8 10, 2021

A Letter To Young Men

2021-10-08T09:46:53-04:00October 8, 2021|

Dear Young Men, I see you posting stuff online like “I’m bored af” or “I have nothing to do” or some other whiney, complaints like  “nobody ever wants to do anything with me” etc. It blows my mind seeing you up at 2am talking about being bored. Brush your teeth and go to bed! Wake up at 6am and hit the gym. Get a [...]

7 10, 2021

This Sunday…

2021-10-07T14:24:08-04:00October 7, 2021|

OK…I am PUMPED about week 3 of our teaching series entitled “Doubting.” This Sunday is going to be special. IF you missed weeks 1 & 2, you can watch here. As far as this Sunday is concerned, we are going to change things up just a little.  Remember when you were growing up, and you used to have those really weird eating habits? You [...]

7 10, 2021

Don’t Be Exceptional

2021-10-11T13:54:14-04:00October 7, 2021|

I have never been “exceptional” at anything. Not academics, sports, church, performing arts, music, writing, clowning, or whatever... Talent might get you noticed, but TENACITY gets you wins. Dive on the ball, practice, show up, take risks, put yourself out there. Sometimes you don’t have to be the best, you just have to give it your best. The struggle produces endurance.The hustle brings favor. [...]

5 10, 2021

F3 & Me.

2021-10-05T13:07:04-04:00October 5, 2021|

I recently joined a community of men who are known by the title “F3.” It’s a really unique and powerful organization that supports men in the areas of Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith.  At first I thought it was a slightly cheesy old guys club with all the nicknames and Dad jokes you could handle. But after a few months, I’ve really come to enjoy [...]

4 10, 2021

Good > Great

2021-10-04T19:41:30-04:00October 4, 2021|

“...the main problem is, it seems like everyone wants to be great, but nobody wants to be good.” I couldn’t believe I said that out loud as I sat there among 4 or 5 other pastors talking about how to become great leaders. But I went on…. "There was a day when I was obsessed with becoming great. I watched all the great leaders [...]

30 09, 2021

I’m Average And Okay With It

2021-09-30T11:34:37-04:00September 30, 2021|

You’re not that special. Your whole life you’ve been pampered, bragged about, helmeted, and bubble-wrapped. When you were growing up, the entire focus of everyone around you was building your self-confidence. Even if you had a hard life or bad parents, you still had school teachers and church leaders and possibly aunts and uncles who tried everything imaginable to convince you to believe in [...]

10 09, 2021

Emotionally Healthy Leader

2021-09-10T08:01:27-04:00September 10, 2021|

I was angry, exhausted, and scared. It was the year 2020 during the dog days of summer.  We were a few months into this online-only church thing and we were all feeling like fish out of water. Racial tensions were high, there was literal pandemonium over a virus that was sweeping the nation, and with all the bad news headlines, it seemed like nobody [...]

4 07, 2021

An Umbrella Of Grace

2021-07-05T07:25:22-04:00July 4, 2021|

To the mom, dad, or foster parent who needs grace… Rarely does anyone ever say “thank you” but you’re sill always putting others before yourself. Do you ever wonder if you’re making any kind of difference…if what you do every day really matters? I PROMISE you all these little things you are doing over and over again that nobody seems to notice are SIGNIFICANT. [...]

26 06, 2021

These 5 Things Are A Must

2021-06-26T21:48:01-04:00June 26, 2021|

My phone has over 1200 “notes” in it, most of which are to do lists…but often it’s just stuff I write when I can’t sleep or when I’m up early drinking coffee in the mornings. Here are 5 notes I wrote in my phone that I can’t stop re-visiting…if we don’t embrace these 5 things, we will have a hard time gaining momentum this [...]

22 06, 2021

Daily Devotion

2021-06-22T07:32:39-04:00June 22, 2021|

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Wait” We wait at stop lights, We wait in the carpool line, We wait for our paycheck, We wait for retirement, We wait for marriage, We wait for college, We wait for a promotion, We wait for the kids, As much as we hate waiting, it is not an option. The question is…how will we wait? Will we be patient, trusting God? Or will we wait impatiently, frustratedly tapping our feet? Waiting is an important part of our faith walk with God. Throughout the Bible we read about waiting… Abraham and Sarah had to wait for Isaac, David had to wait to become King, Noah had to wait 40 days and nights for the flood to end, Mary and Martha had to wait for Jesus 4 days. When reading scripture, it seems waiting is a non negotiable part of life. To wait on God means to rest with hope & confidence that regardless of the circumstances, details or difficulties we face, God is our guaranteed assurance of defense, protection, guidance and provision. Waiting produces perseverance and patience in us. It forces us to trust God if the circumstance or situation is beyond our control. Waiting reminds us that God is in control and we are not. “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭NLT

18 06, 2021

Daily Devotion

2021-06-18T07:10:44-04:00June 18, 2021|

“For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬ How do I love my neighbor? 1- DO what you know is RIGHT, not just what feels RIGHT. Look for opportunities to help others. See a need? meet that need. Always ask the question, “how can i help?” What if you went to work tomorrow and asked “How can I be more helpful What if you went home tonight and asked your spouse, “honey, how can i help” 2- Do what is RESPONSIBLE, not just what is permissible. If you are not willing to take responsibility for the outcomes of a particular decision, DON”T DO IT Somebody has to take responsibility for your irresponsibility. 3- Do what the FEW do, not just what the MASSES do. There are only a few people who are committed to personal morality as defined by God. The masses are practicing immorality. Stop taking your moral cues from the people around you and begin taking your cues from a higher authority.

17 06, 2021

Daily Devotion

2021-06-17T07:54:04-04:00June 17, 2021|

Life can bring some pretty interesting seasons. The ebb and flow of life can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Some seasons bring happiness, increase, & relational equity. Other seasons bring death, despair, pain…some seasons are just plain overwhelming. Most of the time, life happens without our permission, and time goes by faster than we are able to keep up! These are all really good reasons, in our minds, to WORRY! Are you dealing with worry today? Worrying is similar to having goals and dreams, except its the opposite. In goals and dreams, you SEE positive outcomes of your future. You play out all the possibilities in your head. You focus on it. You consider it, talk about it, and eventually your dream becomes vision. Vision becomes realized when you organize your life around it. WORRY operates the same way, except it’s negative, not positive. You see the negative outcomes and possibilities. you play out all the possibilities in your head. You focus on it. You consider it, talk about it, and eventually your worry becomes vision. That vision becomes realized when you organize your life around it. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

16 06, 2021

Sunday Relections

2021-06-16T08:54:46-04:00June 16, 2021|

WOW! What a weekend! Here are a few thoughts: Our first Sunday "back" was awesome!!! Every team knocked it out of the park! The vibe was fun and exciting, but I reallly missed seeing my church fam in person! The worship team was 🔥 The altar was full of people praying and seeking Jesus at the end of the service. We relocated the Kids [...]

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