My 2017 One Hundred Book Challenge – UPDATE

Reading-booksI’ve been asked by many of my friends about my progress toward 100 Books for 2017 and I’ve finally compiled a list compliments of an awesome site I’ve been using to track my challenge called Goodreads. Feel free to friend me on there for an up-to-date list of my current and past reads.

I’m not sure how this will format to my website, but the important thing is I’m ahead of schedule (57 to date) by only a couple of books thanks in part to some shorter ones I’m sure. As you’ll be able to see some of my favorite subjects are prayer, leadership, communication, ministry, and self-help.goodreads

I started out thinking I could write reviews of each of these books but between all of the reading, sermon prep, a full-time job, and the many hats I wear as a leader, it’s just not practical at this time. Suffice it to say however, I’ve gained a ton of wisdom and implemented, not all of this, but a great deal into my life and have found this journey so far very challenging, but extremely rewarding as well.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement, and for the recommendations. – Rodger

Title Author Date
Leaders Made Here: Building a Leadership Culture Miller, Mark * 12-Jul-17
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It McGonigal, Kelly * 12-Jul-17
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Gladwell, Malcolm 2-Jul-17
The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within McManus, Erwin Raphael 1-Jul-17
Moving Mountains: How You, God, and Prayer Can Change Things for Good Eldredge, John 27-Jun-17
Leaders Eat Last Sinek, Simon * 23-Jun-17
Ego Is the Enemy Holiday, Ryan * 21-Jun-17
Rising Above a Toxic Workplace: Taking Care of Yourself in an Unhealthy Environment Chapman, Gary 19-Jun-17
How Good is Good Enough? Stanley, Andy 16-Jun-17
Good or God?: Why Good Without God Isn’t Enough Bevere, John 13-Jun-17
Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success Vaden, Rory 29-May-17
Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward Cloud, Henry * 19-May-17
Becoming a Contagious Christian Hybels, Bill 11-May-17
The Principle of Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Stanley, Andy 2-May-17
Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be Batterson, Mark 27-Apr-17
The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff Andrews, Andy * 26-Apr-17
A Tale of Three Kings Edwards, Gene * 24-Apr-17
The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist Groeschel, Craig 21-Apr-17
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Gladwell, Malcolm 20-Apr-17
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others Furtick, Steven 13-Apr-17
The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy Howes, Lewis 11-Apr-17
The Lost Art of Spiritual Disciplines Whitley, Nathan 10-Apr-17
Prayer Bean, Verbal 3-Apr-17
The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play Fiore, Neil A. 2-Apr-17
Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time Vaden, Rory 2-Apr-17
StrengthsFinder 2.0 Rath, Tom * 30-Mar-17
Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life Groeschel, Craig 28-Mar-17
Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul Eldredge, John 21-Mar-17
The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible Batterson, Mark 21-Mar-17
Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World Groeschel, Craig 16-Mar-17
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Sinek, Simon * 15-Mar-17
Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People Frost, Michael 7-Mar-17
Seven-Mile Miracle: Journey Into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of Jesus Furtick, Steven 7-Mar-17
It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture Turner, Dee Ann 6-Mar-17
Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God Batterson, Mark 3-Mar-17
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God Keller, Timothy J. 25-Feb-17
Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small Batterson, Mark 25-Feb-17
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry Stanley, Andy 19-Feb-17
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars Batterson, Mark 17-Feb-17
Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts Rainer, Thom S. 13-Feb-17
Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms Tebow, Tim 7-Feb-17
With Christ in the School of Prayer Murray, Andrew 6-Feb-17
The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense Bevere, John 6-Feb-17
Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision Stanley, Andy 6-Feb-17
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life Miller, John G. 6-Feb-17
The Battle Plan for Prayer: Attacking Life’s Struggles Through Prayer Kendrick, Stephen 6-Feb-17
Influencer : The Power to Change Anything Patterson, Kerry 6-Feb-17
H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. Lomenick, Brad 6-Feb-17
Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance Dungy, Tony 6-Feb-17
Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge Batterson, Mark 6-Feb-17
Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture Stanley, Andy 6-Feb-17
Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation Denver, Rorke * 6-Feb-17
Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend Stanley, Andy 6-Feb-17
If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities Batterson, Mark 20-Jan-17
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever Stanier, Michael Bungay * 13-Jan-17
Praying Hyde Carre, E.G. 2-Jan-17

At the Mercy of the “Whether”

Whenever there’s a threat of a snowstorm school kids wait with baited breath as to whether the weather will give them the highly anticipated “Snow Day!”

Every hurricane and typhoon season, extremely vulnerable places like the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. brace themselves for catastrophic and costly damage left in the wakes of these destructive weather patterns. Of course, these destructive weather patterns are not unique to the U.S. Their impacts can be felt on a global scale.

Despite man’s best advancements in science, technology, and mobility, we’re still at the mercy of the weather.

There is another destructive pattern I’ve seen over the years and even experienced myself. It’s not a weather pattern, it’s more like a “whether” pattern. I know, the grammar police are already seething right now, and probably have even passed up reading this blog post altogether because of my seeming misuse of “whether” vs. “weather.” But, rest assured this is intentional.

Living at the mercy of the “whether” is much like living at the mercy of the “weather.” The weather determines whether (there it is again) we’re going to have a picnic, parade, or other enjoyable outdoor activity. Sure, contingency plans can be made, but trying to have a barbecue or pitch horseshoes indoors just doesn’t have the same effect. Weather can either make or break an outdoor event.

But, what bearing does “whether” have, if any, on our life’s events? I’m glad you asked! As a formally diagnosed perfectionist, I find I can be at the mercy of the “whether.” Whether or not I can do a thing perfectly has hindered me in countless areas of my life. I often have to have “all my ducks in a row” to the point of almost OCD before I feel confident enough to pull the trigger on a project, or even make a blog post (ouch!). I’ve often been the victim of paralysis by analysis. I’m a great planner, but there are just times you have to gather whatever information you can, experts say 80% is a good number, and execute the plan!

Here is some more “whether” patterns for you…

Whether or not I can do it perfectly…

Whether I have perfect conditions for producing…

Whether or not someone else does their part, or lives up to their end of the deal…

Whether I have someone else’s approval…

Whether I “feel” like it or not….

Whether, whether, whether. This is just a  very small sampling. You may have a list of your own.

Being at the mercy of the whether can sabotage your future. Placing unreasonable conditions for our success based on whether someone else thinks we’re capable or not, worthy or not, or good enough or not, is no way to live your life. Be whom God called you to be in spite of the whether! God has uniquely gifted and qualified you with talents and abilities, whether others agree or not. Do not let their whether hold you hostage from the Divine plan God has wonderfully and masterfully orchestrated just for you.

There’s a term meteorologists use called “weather maker.” It’s a term used loosely to describe weather conditions or patterns that are ripe for the creation of rain, sleet, snow, or ice. These patterns are so powerful they have the potential to cause disruptions to our daily lives. On the flipside, what if you became your own “whether maker?” What if you created your own climate and allowed the atmosphere of your own life to be filled with faith, hope, strength, and courage?

I’m a believer in climate change. The Apostle Paul was too. He challenged us to create a powerful and positive climate of thought in our minds.

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

What if we started to intentionally stage our lives, even strategically position our lives, for the potential for success in whatever God has called us to do, and just as importantly…be?

We must pray, seek God, seek wise counsel, study, and prepare for success in our godly endeavors a.k.a. be “whether” makers!” Be a champion for climate change in your life and the lives of those you influence.

Don’t let the whether of others cloud your vision. If there are clouds, see them as ripe with rain and ready to pour out their abundance in your life. Weather may stall some of our plans, but whether or not you’re child of God is not up for debate if He has called you and sanctified you!

Like weatherman “wannabe’s” some may point their proverbial wetted finger in the air and say, “Nope, not today buddy! The whether isn’t looking promising for your future success.” You just look ’em in the eye and say, “You know what, it doesn’t matter what your whether says. I believe in climate change!”

Remember this verse as I close, Matthew 5:45, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

When it comes to living out your purpose God wants to rain on your parade in a good way. He wants to rain (and reign) in your life. He wants to allow the showers of blessings to be poured out in great abundance!

Never listen to the “whether makers,” listen to the original “Weather Maker!” As the old song says, “I know the Master of the wind and Maker of the rain.”

Birth of a Vision


Notes as delivered to ALJC World Missions University at Whitestone Inn – Kingston, TN (February 2017)


Everyone ends up somewhere in life. A few people end up somewhere on purpose. Those are the ones with vision. – Andy Stanley

Personally, I believe to be a missionary, you must be a visionary!

But, do you ever feel like you’re driven more by maintenance than you are mission?

  • You’re having to maintain your family responsibilities…
  • Your church and ministry responsibilities…
  • Your responsibility to your supporters…

And, really, if we’re being completely honest, we have a huge responsibility to God for ensuring we live humbly and righteously before Him.

But a man with a vision, and a man on a mission, is virtually unstoppable!

Operation Auca

Five dedicated and committed Christian Missionaries headed to the deep dark recesses of the Ecuadorian Rainforest in search of the Huaoroni Tribe. It was purported this tribe had never heard of the name of Jesus, and for these five missionaries that was reason enough to launch out.

After several successful supply drops to the area that included food, clothing, and even toys for the children, Nate Saint, their pilot felt confident he could land his bi-plane on a narrow sandbar along the Curaray River.

On January 8, 1956, the team set up camp at “Palm Beach” and awaited contact with the tribe. To their delight a curious Huarononi Family showed up and seemed receptive to the kind gestures of the team.

After several hours, the family retreated back into the heart of the jungle and the missionary team was thrilled beyond words. They radioed back to base reporting their success.

Shortly thereafter their radio fell eerily silent. Hoping against hope the radio was simply out of range or had somehow failed, a search party was sent to check on the team.

Their worst fears were realized. Huarononi warriors had returned after the initial encounter and ran all five missionaries through with spears, leaving their lifeless bodies bleeding in the very river they had only hours before been playfully interacting with the tribe.

Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian, all paid the supreme price for a vision they felt was worth giving their lives for.

News of their untimely and horrific deaths was broadcast across the globe and a photo essay was published in Life Magazine.

The deaths of the men galvanized missionary efforts in the United States, sparking an outpouring of funding for evangelization efforts around the world.

Elisabeth, Jim Elliot’s widow, and Rachel, Nick Saint’s sister, returned to Ecuador years later to live among the very people who had slain their family. Great in-roads were made, and even the very warrior who had slain the brave missionaries came to know the Lord.

The heroic story was further documented and made into a book and movie entitled, End of the Spear.

Despite the dangers and uncertainty, these brave missionaries had such a strong and compelling vision they were willing to lay down their lives to share the Gospel with every living creature.

A God without Limits

We serve a God that can do anything and everything. The Bible states and restates, there is nothing too hard for God. God has no limits other than the ones He chooses to impose upon Himself. One of those limits is He refuses to work where faith is not present.

In fact, Hebrews tells us without faith it is impossible to please God.

So, if God has no limits, wherein lies the challenge for us? Where do our own spiritual limits come from? We’re only limited by the size of our vision men.

Write this down: Vision is believing what COULD be SHOULD be.  

It is the deep-seated conviction that things can no longer continue the way they are.

Typically, we see vision as only being necessary in the context of leadership, running a company, and definitely in pastoring a church.

But, I submit to you today, we must have a vision for every area of our lives but especially in each of the key roles we are assigned along life’s journey.

We are multi-faceted people, and therefore our vision must be multi-faceted. We should have a vision for not only our church, our ministry, and those we lead, but a vision for our marriage, our relationships, and our personal lives.

Visionless Dead People

I would be remiss if I did not reference this vital scripture in the discussion of vision: Proverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

I get that the portion that states, the people perish, is better translated to mean, the people cast off restraint, or, the people run wild.

But let’s not get too sophisticated in our original Hebrew and maintain for a moment the inspired King James translators’ original statement.

I mean, if the King James Version was good enough for Peter, James, and John, it’s good enough for me! (Just kidding)

It says, Where there is no vision, the people perish…

I submit to you, visionless people die.

If you rewind in scripture for a moment to Numbers 19:13, Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.

The Old Testament Law was very explicit on the handling of the dead. If you touched dead things, or dead things touched you, you were defiled, and ran the risk of being cut off from God’s people. You were unclean!

See, if you hang around visionless people long enough, if you allow yourself to become contaminated by visionless, dead people, you’re going to defile the vision God has gifted to you.

Don’t allow dead people to defile your vision. It’s a gift from God!

See, this holds true with our influence as well. Hanging around the wrong people can defile your testimony, it can contaminate your calling, it can desecrate your God given vision.

Psalm 1:1-2 says, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Brothers, we need to be careful about the company we keep! Don’t let your good be evil spoken of! You need to protect the vision God has given you, your family, and your ministry at all costs!

We can’t afford to be numbered amongst those who are being cut off from God’s great plan in this last day.

Adding Meaning to the Mundane

Your vision is critical to the success of not only your family and ministry, but to the people God has called and ordained you to reach!

Write this down: It takes courage to cast vision. It takes clarity to carry out the vision. And, it takes consistency to continue to the vision.

One of the beautiful things about vision is it will add meaning to the mundane. Vision adds significance to an otherwise meaningless existence.

Let’s be honest; vision takes work. And much of the work we do can seem mundane and meaningless.

2 Strikes and You’re Out

I just completed a read through the first 5 books of the Bible. As I read through the seemingly monotonous details of the law that God gave Moses to give to Israel, it becomes abundantly clear, God is as interested in the details as He is in the Big Picture.

Details that many seem inconsequential to us, have far-reaching effects in God’s eyes. If you think God isn’t concerned with details, just ask Moses what disqualified him from entering the Promised Land after contending with the most stiff-necked and stubborn people of that day.

We think it’s 3 strikes and you’re out. For Moses, it was 2 strikes. Why? Because God commanded him to strike the rock one time, not twice.

God stated it this way in Numbers 20:12, “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.”

It’s not just another church service, it’s the opportunity to restore families, lead people to Christ, and to sanctify the Lord in the eyes of His people!

You may think it’s just another Bible study, another sermon, or another visit to the hospital, but it’s another opportunity to sanctify the Lord in the eyes of the people.

The Birth of YOUR Vision

As with any birth, the birth of a vision is to be celebrated and even highly anticipated.

I can still remember the announcement that I would be a father. I celebrated that. And, just as importantly, I remember the day I found out we were going to have a grandson, a granddaughter, and yet another granddaughter is due this June 2017!

The joy, the anticipation, the excitement is wonderful.

To me, the birth of vision is much the same way. When God gives it to you, it’s something that brings such joy and anticipation.

You may not have all the details right away, but at that particular moment all you can focus on is, “I’m going to be a daddy…or granddaddy!”

As the vision begins to take shape, the maturing process is critical, as are each of the other phases of the birthing and development process of vision.

Deliver too soon, and your vision could be premature. When God first gives you a vision, allow it to incubate in your spirit, heart, and mind. Allow it to mature, develop, and come to life in God’s perfect timing.

I know when we were expecting our children, the toughest part, so we thought, was the waiting, but waiting is not wasted time.

As young parents, as inexperienced as we were, we took the time to prepare.

See, you don’t wait until the baby arrives before you prepare the nursery. You buy the crib, you paint and decorate. You buy clothes, diapers, and the essentials.

We took classes in preparation of the birth of our children. They even taught us how to breath during the delivery process. That sounds crazy now, but hey, we were getting ready to give birth, and we were willing to do anything to get ready!

If you’re a person of vision, you typically will have characteristics of a person of action. You’re NOT content with the way things are, and you’re so impassioned that you believe things must change, and they must change now!

The birthing of your vision is critical to the long-term success of your vision. To hurry the developmental process of the vision is to potentially shorten its lifespan.

If you’re serious about your vision, never look at the waiting period, the incubation period, as a waste of time. Use the waiting time to prepare, gather materials, take classes, read, study, and plan on being the best parent of your vision possible!

Abraham and Sarah were given a vision of being the father of many nations, yet they lacked the one thing that would make that vision a reality; a son.

In her haste to rush the process, Sarah gave Abraham her hand maiden to fast-forward the process. It resulted in thousands of years of conflict!

Moses spent 40 years waiting on the vision to come to pass that he would be the future liberator of his people. When he tried to rush the process, he committed felony murder and was exiled from the people he knew God had called him to rescue.

But David on the other hand. Despite being anointed King at a very young age, he didn’t pack his bags and start making a trek to the Palace. Nor did his father and brothers who could have easily allowed themselves to hurry the developmental process.

Christ as well set the supreme example of preparedness. He used His wilderness experience as the catalyst for His future ministry. And, even when it came time to perform His first miracle, at the urging of His mother Mary, He took her lead on whether or not He was ready.

Just as a mother’s body begins to take on the hormonal changes, and physiological changes, in preparation of the birth, so too must our spirit, mind, soul, and even at times our body, be in preparation for the birth of our vision.

Your incubation period is critical to the long-term success of your God given vision! 

H3 Approach to Vision

In his bestselling powerful book on leadership called H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, and Always Hustle, Brad Lomenick details components of a successful vision statement:

Optimistic: Our vision should be a message of hope. They answer the “why” an organization exists. It must motivate, inspire, and be a call to action.

Lastly, it should devote more words to the solution than to the problem.  

Simple: Hab. 2:2, “Write down the vision, make it plain, so he who reads it may run with it.”

If it takes more than five minutes to memorize, your vision statement is too complicated. If it has bullet points, it needs refinement. It should contain words that are simple, direct, and to the point. And, never use words people will need a dictionary to understand. Never load it down with churchy “christianese.” K.I.S.S. Keep it Super Simple.

Personal: People will work for other people in a way they will not work for anything else. Dan Rockwell wrote, “Vision always centers on people, never projects, programs, properties, or profits.”

Flexible: While it is important to have a certain level of specifics to your vision, allowing your vision to adapt to the inevitable changing tide of culture is imperative. When your vision statement is flexible, it will be liberating instead of limiting.

Pastor Rick Warren said, “Pastors are some of the most underrated change agents in the world.”

That’s absolutely true. As pastors and leaders, we help people navigate much needed change in their lives. Our job is to get them from here to heaven, and the transformation process isn’t always easy. Build your vision around being able to help people navigate change, and your organization, your ministry, or your church will be seen as an essential element of their daily lives.

According to Todd Smith, CEO and Founder of KINEO Resources, “Too many are waiting on God to grow the church. But, growing a church involves both God and man. We can never do what God can ONLY do and He will never do what He has ASKED us to do.”

He goes on to say, “Growing a church requires man doing his part, and letting God do His. Jesus said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers…” God is going to use workers.”

This is work! Harvest takes work.

Some want God to do it all…that’s not how harvest works.

What is Vision?

  • Vision is what you see, and what you want to see. Vision has to do with sight.
  • Vision is a portrait of your preferred future. What kind of future do you want? Have pictures, artist renderings, blueprints, etc. that will inspire people’s interest, support, and generosity.
  • Vision answers the “why” question. Why we are where we are. Why did we choose this location? Why did we plant this church? Everyone must comprehend why we are where we are. NOTE: When we lose our “why” we lose our way!
  • Vision is the dream in your heart…it is the God Dream. God loves dreamers. It would do you good to take a stroll down memory lane. Remember how God led you to that community. You were inescapably drawn to it by God’s call connecting you to your dream.

Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

God has gifted you with a unique vision. It’s been said that when your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near.  

I would encourage you to keep dreaming that God-sized dream. Don’t give into your critics. Don’t be paralyzed by your own fears or self-doubt.

That’s not to say your vision won’t be scary. In fact, one of the best indicators your vision is a God-sized vision is that it is too scary to do by yourself.

A true God-sized vision is a partnership between the Divine and the human.

But be warned, we must be willing to look foolish when it comes to vision.

See, the heroes in the Bible we admire most are those that fought behind enemy lines. They entered into impossible situations and came out victorious; not just because of their faith, but because of their crazy faith; crazy faith in God!

You have to be willing to look foolish; operate outside of your comfort zone; do something you’ve never done before; that’s where your growth takes place!

Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from doing what you absolutely know you MUST do! In fact, The willingness to fail is a prerequisite to success.

But here’s the deal, if you’re NOT willing to look foolish, you’re foolish. In fact, faith is the willingness to look foolish! 

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Noah looked foolish building an ark in the middle of dry land!

Sarah looked foolish shopping for maternity clothes at 90 years old.

Joshua and the Israelites looked foolish marching around Jericho and blowing trumpets!

David looked foolish attacking Goliath with slingshot and a stone.

The Wiseman looked foolish chasing a star.

Peter looked foolish stepping out of the boat onto the stormy seas.

And sadly, Jesus looked foolish hanging on a cross, naked, beaten, and tortured.

But that’s the essence of faith, and the results speak for themselves.

Noah and his family were saved from the flood.

Sarah gave birth to a baby boy.

The walls of Jericho came crashing down for Israel.

David defeated Goliath.

The Wiseman found the Messiah.

Peter was the only disciple to join Jesus walking on the water.

And, Jesus resurrected from the dead!

You know why some people never kill a giant, walk on water, or see walls come crashing down in their lives?

Because they weren’t willing to look foolish!

Visionaries can be branded fools because they call things that are not yet existent, as though they have already appeared.

See Romans 4:17, …God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not, as though they were.

Your vision is a direct result of your burden, your passion, your desire. It’s what keeps you up at night, and what gets you up early in the morning. Tap into that constantly.

Our vision is quite literally the ignition point between a God in Heaven, and a man on earth, which can set on fire the passions of man to accomplish God’s Divine purpose.

Suggested Reading:

  1. Visioneering by Andy Stanley
  2. H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick
  3. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley
  4. QBQ by John G. Miller
  5. If by Mark Batterson
  6. Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
  7. The Indigenous Church by Melvin Hodges
  8. Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
  9. All In by Mark Batterson
  10. Lasting Impact by Cary Nieuwhof
  11. 7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley
  12. Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson

Rodger Mangold is the pastor and founder of Turning Point Ministries in Rochester, MI. He also serves as the World Missions Director of the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ and is the ALJC World Missions European Field Supervisor to 6 Countries and 7 Missionary Teams.