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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

This is the day the Lord has made

I am rejoicing...I am glad in it! Very good day in the house at Northside today. It's all about expectancy and I for one was believing for a great day.

I thought we had a good number of people for Thanksgiving weekend. So many are away and with all the folks telling me, "we won't be there this weekend...we'll be in ________________" I wondered if anybody but the faithful few would be there!

It was so good to get back to teaching Sunday School. I've been two weeks without teaching my class and I really missed it. I live for SS. This is my 25th year of teaching, can you believe it? I always crack up at people who say, "I've been teaching SS for quite a while and dealing with some burnout...I think I need a break..." and I just shake my head. After 25 years you couldn't pull me away from this if you tried. And if somebody made me quit, oh well, I guess I'd just go down to McDonalds and gather a few unsaved people and form a new class or something, which doesn't sound like a bad idea for somebody to do anyway! (But not me for now, I'll keep the sanctuary class, thank you...)

It was good to see a number of people who I just haven't connected with since coming back from Kenya. I saw Kerry Todd in the hallway!!! Wonder of all wonders. (Kerry and I never cross paths at church although we are both there! We connect on the blog and happen to be in the same church and never see each other...but today I caught her in the hallway after she was done teaching.)

I preached today - the last message in our "Life Swap" series. My message was, "Life Swap: A Consecrated Life." My message was from Romans 12: 1 & 2 and it was interwoven with testimony from my Africa trip. We ended with a DVD of photos of my trip to the song, "Here I Am" by Michael W. Smith. (Pastor T put it together for me...thank you, are always so faithful to help me!) Then I gave an altar call and we sang, "The Potter's Hand". We had about 4 re-dedications this morning and I think one new salvation. And lots more people coming forward for prayer to set themselves apart for God in a greater way. Good stuff!

I met some first time guests in the hospitality room afterwards and then Larry and I headed to lunch with John Torres. Always a delight to spend time with him. (For those who don't know him - he is the head of our media at Northside ~ got saved in the last few years and is just a wonderful man who loves Jesus so much...we are blessed to have him as part of our family.) We go to a Peruvian place with him - Terra's an incredible place he introduced us to. They have steak that is like NONE OTHER YOU HAVE EVER HAD. Everything there just melts in your mouth.

After that I came home, and have been laying across the bed with Teeby ever since, checking mail, updating some things, watching a little TV here and there. So good to just relax a few moments before the day takes off like a rocket tomorrow...


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