Gotta love the cuteness here! Nathan enjoying an M&M or three. We just opened the back of the Yukon Denali and lost 8 out of 12 cans of soda due to a nice drop on the ground.
Ah, planning is essential, but the Enemy never works according to plan!
Today, our family took that first step. The first step, Lord willing, to the birth of a new church in South Boise, Idaho. We pulled our Yukon and Wilderness camping trailer onto Interstate 80 in Illinois, heading west. We hope to meet up with the rest of our belongings in Idaho after a short venture in California. We spent last night with dear friends we will never forget. It is amazing how the Lord brings some people into our lives who even in a short amount of time become closely knit to our hearts. We are thankful to have them praying for us. This is the second time that our family has taken the first step toward planting a church in Idaho. The first time was seven years ago, and although the Lord graciously allowed a church to spring forth (and another church out of that one so far), this time, we are beginning our trek with something we failed to get the first time, a network of prayer supporters committed to covering our family and our mission in prayer. We’ve learned that every step we make, whether the first or the last, or anything in between, must begin in and remain bathed in prayer. Will you pray for us as we set out on this journey? Please, pray for our safety as we travel, for God’s continued provision for all of our needs, and for fruitfulness and effectiveness in this new ministry.
Keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ. Living life is about our friendship with Jesus. He called us His friends, right?
Peter walked on water just like Jesus did. However, the only reason he remained on top of the waves was when he was fixated on Jesus. The moment he looked at his circumstances he instantly sank. That’s when Jesus lovingly said, “you of little faith… Why did you doubt?” Romans 8:1 is true. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The condemning voice you might be hearing in YOUR circumstances is not His.
Seek Jesus Christ, and you too will walk on water. Perhaps you’re in need of a miracle. Does a miracle look like significance? Family income? Safety? Security? Reconciliation with a spouse, a child, or a church board? Does it look like relocating to a new adventure? God pays for the work He orders, and if you are seeking Him, He will provide.
Who we need to seek is Jesus Christ. What we need to seek is our friendship with Him. Sad but true, after knowing Him for 20+ years and serving Him in ministry for 18+, you’d think I learned that a long time ago. But I feel like an infant in my relationship with Jesus and am learning to listen to His voice and guidance, instead of mammon.
I am defining mammon as self-help, self-preservation, self-seeking, self-reliance, self-dependence, self-worship. This selfish belief plays out in seeking after jobs, beauty, pleasure, money, and ultimately everything God is against. I believe that is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 6:24 when He said, “You cannot serve both God and mammon” (NIV translates this as “money”).
Yes, living life as a Christian is really about a relationship with Jesus. Seek Jesus Christ and you too will walk on water.
1. What are you seeking Jesus for right now?
2. May I pray for/with you about that?
Lord willing, we intend to start another church in Boise, Idaho with the Evangelical Fellowship of Free Churches. Please click the link above to read what’s going on with the campfire.
Please pray for us!
Please support this Boise, Idaho church plant!
Please help military and civilian alike to turn to and follow our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please join our team to reach Boise, Idaho for Christ.
Much has transpired these last few weeks, which is reason for no new posts. Thank you for being our reader and please consider how you might join us in whatever capacity you believe Jesus might be encouraging you, as outlined in our letter.
Neil, for Team Schultz and ChurchLeadersCampfire.com
Lord of the universe and Source of all spiritual power: I come to You to prepare for spiritual battle.
Please give me the Belt of Truth that I might stand against the father of lies, the devil. Jesus is the Truth and I choose Him to give me eyes to see life through His sense of reality.
Please help me to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness. Jesus is my Righteousness. I have none of my own. I am ready at any time to deliver the message of the Messiah Who died so the world may live.
I trust You to shield me from doubts and deception, for it is by faith that You saved me.
Protect my mind through the Helmet of Salvation. Remind me that I belong to You.
Teach me how to use the Sword of the Spirit–the spoken Word of God–to defeat my Enemy, the devil. Help me to defeat him just like the Warrior of all warriors (Jesus Christ) did.
I pray for all this in the strong Name of Jesus, the One Who is seated in the heavenly realms at the right Hand of the Father. The One Who has reserved a place for me at His table. He is the One Who deserves the credit and the glory always. Amen.
I tell ya! Finally! SOMEONE who understands me! Yes! I just figured out how to overcome scatterbrain. I just spent an hour with Jonathan Milligan, my blogging coach who leads Blogging Your Passion University. In his webinar, he mentioned “scanner personality” and then “scatterbrain.” My ears perked up and he mentioned another link to a website of absolute monumental proportions for me.
Now, I’m not talking about stressful situations where you lose your car keys or forget an answer on a test. Nor days in the church office where you lose yourself in tasks of lesser importance, look up and realize it’s already 6 pm and you’ve got to run home, slam dinner down your throat before Bible Study or small group begins at 7 pm. No, I’m talking about real, live, getting through to how to overcome scatterbrain once and for all.
I was told by my beloved music teacher in high school that I was going to be a John Lennon within 10 years of graduation. Although I LOVE music and LOVE to create, I haven’t “made it” in that profession yet. I HAVE made an income through music. I served a church in the worship leader role. I’ve played in bands. I guess by that definition, I was a professional musician.
But, my interests also have led me to PEOPLE, so I became a pastor. I love people. Christians are some of the neatest people ever, and I want to help them become more like their Lord and Savior. As a pastor, I love other pastors. They are my friends. I understand pastors. I’ve been in full-time ministry since 1994.
However, I love the MILITARY too. So, I’m an officer helping military people with their spiritual and emotional needs.
I have spent time with many jobs: selling books online, event planning, office machine sales, online education consultant, corporate recruiter, trainer… I even spent a year and a half troubleshooting computers for the Navy and Marine Corps. If I spelled out every job I’ve had on my resume, your head would spin. ALL OF THAT WAS WHILE I HAD THREE TO FOUR KIDS AND WAS PLANTING A CHURCH!
Overcome scatterbrain? No! I recommend you forget about overcoming it. Embrace your scatterbrain! Realize there’s even a word for it now: “multipotentialite.” Love it!
Thank you for unlocking the door to realize that although I haven’t “grown up” yet and “settled down,” I enjoy learning and helping people. I think self-actualization just cranked up a notch tonight! Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to be me. No, thank you for helping me overcome scatterbrain by embracing it. I believe You created me to have these many interests and experiences. Sure, I had a hand in it with some wild-eyed decisions (which my wife didn’t always appreciate by the way). I want to serve You with all that I am, with all of my varied interests.
Question: If you’re a church leader (or family member of one), how do YOU overcome scatterbrain?
Yes, I said compelled to create. I am compelled to create. I agree with Jeff Goins in this very thought-exploding statement. I grew up very musical. I even attended San Diego State University for a year so I could study Vocal Performance in Opera. I loved every music class. That strenuous training prepared me to take the stage as a speaker as well as a singer. After a year, I left there and attended Christian Heritage College, now called San Diego Christian College. I put music in the backseat of my life and kept it as a tool for ministry. However, I just read Jeff Goins’ “The Writer’s Manifesto” and about fell over backward to realize that he actually gets me. I love his writings and here’s his new book: Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life.
There are times when I wake up and I am just compelled to create something. A song, a ditty, a blog post, a legos spaceship, boat, or building. I HAVE to make something. Scrambled eggs, a sermon, a drawing, a workbench. SOMETHING!!!
Yes! I am compelled to wonder. To dream. To express. I have something to say! “Even if the words have yet to come.” The hardest part of my adventure in helping church leaders make a secondary income from simply blogging is to simply… start… myself. I’ve got to begin somewhere. Doesn’t it seem like I start a whole LOT of things, but at times, fail to finish? Or, as I have been told, I am “selective on the follow through.” Perhaps. But I’m learning. As Dr. John Maxwell calls it, I am “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success.” Yahoo! I am compelled to create because I am a child of the Creator of the Universe!
Every day is a latter day, leading up to THAT Day when the Lord Jesus Christ will call us up to meet Him in the air where we will enjoy a gnarly party (and the Bema judgment seat) like we’ve never known before! That’s worth spreading the message out to all the ends of the earth! The Great Commission message of “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead” can be expressed in numerous forms! The function is the same: Get that message OUT!
I’ve got to simply show up. I used to work for a friend who talked about others who were successful in life and business. He talked about how many simply just “show up” and grow beyond their excuse-making brethren who end up failures. Being compelled to create, I must show up too. Without applause, without fame, without expectation of greatness. Show up to get it out and leave the results of the Great Commission to God.
Questions: What are you compelled to create? Do you need help in showing up?
How do we put on a men’s breakfast at church? WHY do we put on a men’s breakfast at church? What is it about breakfast and men on (typically) Saturday mornings in American churches? Should we do away with the paradigm that believes that men should get together once a month to eat eggs, bacon, pancakes, orange juice and coffee, act with caveman-like butt slaps, grunts and charmless witless banter about sports, weather or sexual struggles? Do we really need another sermon–while eating breakfast?
The men’s breakfast idea came about in American churches for what purpose? To bring men together to talk about men’s personal issues. Is that important? You bet! However, I find it hard to believe that most American men feel safe in a public setting to discuss problems with listening ears around. Isn’t in smaller more intimate and intentional settings where we share our pain, struggles, victories and conscience? Such as in the car or in a friends backyard or basement or at the dinner table?
1. What is the goal of your men’s breakfast?
2. Does the men’s breakfast accomplish your church’s goals?
3. How would you know if it did?
But, you’ll have to wait until tonight when I can type them down for you church leaders. Today is important to me, and I want to share my happy birthday with you. My wife and kids are kidnapping me from my church office and taking me somewhere special. Funny, since I’m driving! See you tonight!
Ok, so here I am again. I’m watching and listening to the new Les Miserables (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) movie at home while I type this. So far… wow.
Here are my thoughts from earlier (it’s now 13 hours later!!):
“7 Yes, we are consumed by your anger; we are terrified by your wrath.
8 You are aware of our sins; you even know about our hidden sins.
9 Yes, throughout all our days we experience your raging fury; the years of our lives pass quickly, like a sigh.
10 The days of our lives add up to seventy years, or eighty, if one is especially strong. But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression. Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.
11 Who can really fathom the intensity of your anger? Your raging fury causes people to fear you.
12 So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely.”
Time is precious. And short. It’s the only commodity most of us still have. Happy birthday Neil! When I was 14 years old, I read that many famous 60′s and 70′s rock stars died at age 27 (Jim Morrison of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Mama Cass, etc.) as well as Kurt Cobain in the 90′s. Until I turned 28 years old, I had a fear I was going to die at that age too. Yeah. Happy Birthday Neil. I was a miserable sod every birthday since. This year though, I had these thoughts to guide me. To “number my days”–”consider my mortality”–”live wisely.” Here are some additional thoughts captured from a wise 90 year old man, adapted from a post here.
Happy birthday Neil. Happy birthday to a faithful husband for 15+ years and never-tiring father of five small children who adore you. Thank you mom, for giving birth to me. Thank You, Lord Jesus for giving me another day to live know You better.
Build your platform with Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. Wow! This is an essential must-have if you’re trying to reach an audience a larger scale.
I wish I had this course in seminary, almost as a Preaching 501 class or a how to communicate that burning message inside you… for church leaders like me who wish to truly influence others with my message.
I wish I had this course as a new business owner, perhaps from the Small Business Administration or some other organization that helps new business owners get their feet under them or at least on how to build your platform, whether through sales, networking, offering free seminars or speeches, SEO/SEM or social media campaigns.
I wish I had this course as a new military officer, seeking to spread a positive influence with those I serve alongside… how to build your platform in that environment is essential because the noise is loud!
May I suggest you pick up a copy of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World in both hardback AND kindle version? Hopefully I won’t sound like a total raving lunatic about this, but I’m a new fan. I’m in need of help in this area. I think I just hit the mother lode!
Here’s an infographic on how to build your platform, called 5 Steps to Building Your Platform:
QUESTION AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Would you like help in organizing yourself to build your platform by creating a broader and more effective influence on those you are trying to lead?