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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

I AM YOUR BROTHER American Idol/Northside Assembly Edition

Many if not most of you probably saw the American Idol episode the other night with this guy singing his own original composition, "I am Your Brother" to Simon. It was just priceless. Well... here's my own funny story about it.

In our household we were laughing hysterically as this guy sang the song. But I told Larry, "you know, the guy has a terrible voice but it wouldn't be THAT bad of a song if he right person were singing it, in fact it would kind of be a nice song." And he says, "WHAT?! You're crazy." So I (who have a decent singing voice)proceeded to sing it for him myself. Only I was laughing so hard I couldn't get through it properly and do it well. So instead, because my family was telling me it was still a stupid worthless song no matter who sang it, ran to the piano (I play pretty well by ear) and I said, "hold on, at least I can play it right while laughing and let you hear how it should really sound..."

So I played it and my family was laughing like this was the craziest thing ever. But I thought I had proved my point. I said, "see! It's not a bad song."

Well this morning before prayer, I was telling this to the worship team and Joel Powell (one of our singers) says, "Pastor Deanna, I dare you to play that song in the background while the Royal Rangers are having their council of achievement presentation today in the morning service!"

Well, anyone who knows me well knows that many times I'll take a dare especially if it's something really crazy. (I am not into dangerous stuff, just funny stuff.) So.............

This morning after the opener of the service, the Royal Rangers get up there to do their thing and I just inconspicuously start playing the keyboard in the background while the senior commander, Alex Rivera is talking, and I'm playing my rendition of, "I am your brother." The worship team was trying hard not to lose it and bust out laughing and Pastor Lindsay was even mouthing the words as I played it.

Actually, it worked. The song worked. I'm telling you, it would even work for an altar call and your church people would be none the wiser. For all they know you could be playing some old hymn they never heard.

Maybe some of you should try it next week. Mix up the repertoire.

Try it for offertory.

You never know, a few people might even get saved or at least be really blessed! (LOL)

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