Archives For August 2013

1.If you don’t want the relationship don’t seek the attention.

2.Before God gave Eve to Adam, he made a job for Adam. If he ain’t working, he ain’t worth it.

3. Look for a bible. A different address than his mother. Not crazy.

4. You attract who you are. Those closest to you are most like you.

5. Most guys will exaggerate. 1st base becomes a triple by next week.

6. You can recover from a burn. But you will always see the scars.

7. The worse time to come up with a plan is when you need one.

8. You lose nothing by waiting. You can lose a lot by rushing in.

9. Serial dating prepares you for divorce.

10. If relationship drama follows you everywhere, YOU’RE IT!

Mejora Tu Power Point —  August 26, 2013

Si utilizas PowerPoint para tus presentaciones, aquí hay 4 buenas sugerencias de Seth Godin para mejorarlas:

En primer lugar, haz diapositivas que refuercen sus palabras, no que las repitan. Crea  diapositivas que demuestren que lo que dices es cierto, no sólo preciso. No uses más de seis palabras en una diapositiva. NUNCA. No hay presentación tan compleja que pueda romper esta regla.

En segundo lugar, no utilices imágenes y fotos mediocres. Usa imágenes profesionales. ¿Estás hablando sobre la contaminación en Houston? En lugar de darme cuatro “bullets” de datos de la EPA y leerme las estadísticas, muéstrame una foto de un grupo de aves muertas, algunas fotos de contaminación, e incluso un pulmón enfermo. ¡Esto es hacer trampa! ¡Es injusto! Pero funciona.

En tercer lugar, no uses el “disuelve” los giros u otras transiciones. Mantenlo sencillo.

En cuarto lugar, crea un documento escrito. Algo para dejar con ellos cuando termines. Pon allí tantas notas o detalles como desees. Luego, al iniciar tu presentación, dile al público que vas a darles todos los detalles de tu presentación después de terminar, y no tienen que escribir todo lo que dices. No entregues copias impresas de las diapositivas. No funcionan sin ti.

Un home run es fácil de describir: Tu pones una diapositiva en la pantalla. Se desencadena una reacción emocional en el público. Se sientan hacia adelante y quieren saber lo que vas a decir que se ajusta a esa imagen. Entonces, si lo haces bien, cada vez que piensan en lo que has dicho, van a ver la imagen (y vice versa). Claro, esto es diferente a la forma en que todo el mundo lo hace. Pero todo el mundo no lo hace bien. Se diferente.

Reynolds, Garr (2011-12-15). Presentación Zen: Ideas simples en Diseño de presentaciones y entrega (2 ª edición) (Voces que importan) (Ubicaciones Kindle 356-368). Pearson Education. Edición Kindle.

If you use PowerPoint at all, here are 4 great suggestions from Seth Godin to improve your presentations:

First, make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them. Create slides that demonstrate, with emotional proof, that what you’re saying is true, not just accurate. No more than six words on a slide. EVER. There is no presentation so complex that this rule needs to be broken.

Second, don’t use cheesy images. Use professional stock photo images. Talking about pollution in Houston? Instead of giving me four bullet points of EPA data, why not read me the stats but show me a photo of a bunch of dead birds, some smog, and even a diseased lung? This is cheating! It’s unfair! It works.

Third, no dissolves, spins, or other transitions. Keep it simple.

Fourth, create a written document. A leave-behind. Put in as many footnotes or details as you like. Then, when you start your presentation, tell the audience that you’re going to give them all the details of your presentation after it’s over, and they don’t have to write down everything you say. Remember, the presentation is to make an emotional sale. The document is the proof that helps the intellectuals in your audience accept the idea that you’ve sold them on emotionally. Don’t hand out printouts of your slides. They don’t work without you there.

The home run is easy to describe: You put up a slide. It triggers an emotional reaction in the audience. They sit up and want to know what you’re going to say that fits in with that image. Then, if you do it right, every time they think of what you said, they’ll see the image (and vice versa). Sure, this is different from the way everyone else does it. But everyone else is busy

Reynolds, Garr (2011-12-15). Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) (Kindle Locations 356-368). Pearson Education. Kindle Edition.

The TED Commandments

These 10 tips are given to all TED Conference speakers as they prepare their TEDTalks. They will help your speakers craft talks that will have a profound impact on your audience.

1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.

2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.

3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.

4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!

5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.

6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization. And don’t even think about pitching your products or services or asking for funding from stage.

7. Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!

8. Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!

9. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.

10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.


 Once in a while, I like to dedicate the blog to highlight a church that is effective in reaching young adults. I visited Riverside Chapel in Nashville ( last Sabbath, and these are my impressions:

1. Worship times:

I arrived at 10am to find a group of people, led by the pastor, including several young adults, engaged in prayer. Jesus said: “My house shall be called a house of prayer”. People don’t come to church to hear announcements about car washes. They come to experience Jesus. They recently transitioned to an “inverted” worship schedule that has tripled their Sabbath School attendance. Their website explains it best:

“Our Riverside mission is best articulated as a movement – we want to move people from our weekly Worship Services to KNOW God through Bible Study, to GROW in God with a Small Group, and to SOW God’s Love by ministering in our community.

Our Goal: Move 300 members from Worship to consistently participating in KnowUniversity (Sabbath School) Bible Study Classes each Sabbath.

To help us reach our goal we launched “THE MOVEMENT” on Sabbath, July 20, 2013.  From that Sabbath, until the end of the year, we will have:

10:00-10:30 – Prayer Meeting

10:30-12:00 – Worship

12:00-12:30 – Fellowship (along with refreshments)

12:30-1:20 – KnowUniversity (Sabbath School – adult and children’s Bible Study classes)*.”


The classes were as diverse as the church. You could attend one of more than 10 options, ranging from Sabbath School Quarterly to a marriage enrichment or prophecy class. Other classes on sharing your faith and going deeper in scripture were attractive as well.


2. Youth/Young adult involvement:

They were everywhere. Ushers, worship band, worship leaders, platform participant, Sabbath school teachers, and a significant majority in the congregation. The pastors have intentionally made Riverside a place where young adults feel welcome. One interesting fact, is the over 20 nationalities represented in Riverside Chapel. One new idea they are trying is an internet revival. The day I spoke they were filming the presentations. It will be interesting to see the results from that initiative.


3. Punctuality and excellence in programing:

I believe excellence honors God and inspires people. There were several transitions in the morning that demanded punctuality. Prayer started on time. So did the worship service. So did Sabbath School. A natural flow was evident.

One last note. There is something to be said about the length of tenure of the pastor. Pastor Fordham has been there close to 7 years. You are able to build consistency and rapport with the congregation you are trying to lead after several years. The research points to that fact.

May God continue to bless the ministry of Riverside Chapel and all others who are endearing to reach the ones God misses the most.

Here is the seminar I gave in the afternoon on young adults and church:

For the PowerPoint for the sermon in the morning please send me your email.

“There are many who try to correct the life of others by attacking what they consider are wrong habits. They go to those whom they think are in error, and point out their defects. They say, “You don’t dress as you should.” They try to pick off the ornaments, or whatever seems offensive, but they do not seek to fasten the mind to the truth. Those who seek to correct others should present the attractions of Jesus. They should talk of His love and compassion, present His example and sacrifice, reveal His Spirit, and they need not touch the subject of dress at all. There is no need to make the dress question the main point of your religion. There is something richer to speak of. Talk of Christ, and when the heart is converted, everything that is out of harmony with the Word of God will drop off. It is only labor in vain to pick leaves off a living tree. The leaves will reappear. The ax must be laid at the root of the tree, and then the leaves will fall off, never to return.” – Sweet little old lady named Ellen G. White
Thanks Christian Martin for this quote…

Jesus and Dress

Attack of the living saints

 “Living in heaven, with saints we don’t know, oh that will be glory. Living on earth with saints we do know, well, that’s another story”

Nobody likes to be attacked. Especially by people that profess loving Christ, while at the same time destroying another person’s reputation. My friend Dave K. put it this way:

Some people are not only willing to die for the truth; they are willing to kill for it.

 Whether you are a pastor, church leader or church member, you will eventually deal with antagonists. Here are three things you should remember (based on Daniel 3):

1. Those you helped yesterday might betray you tomorrow. Nobody “owes” you anything.

In Daniel 2-3 we find a very familiar story. Three Hebrew boys betrayed by the same people that a short time earlier had been saved by Daniel from sure destruction. Instead of gratefulness, they chose spitefulness. Instead of returning the favor, they returned evil for good. Such is life.

  1. Kids you poured your life into in youth group steal from you. (happened to me several times)
  2. Members you helped out of sticky situation write letters to the conference for your dismissal (or at the very least, a transfer)
  3. Marriages you helped save; now spread false rumors about your intentions.

Ministry is messy. Love, lead and live owing God everything and expecting nothing in return. A good counsel to follow is to love everyone, but trust a few. The Bible encourages, even commands us to love everyone. It also warns us about putting our expectations and trust in humans.

2. Engaging the enemy is a waste of time.

The three Hebrew boys spoke several times in the chapter. Not once was their conversation directed to their betrayers. They showed no resentment or ill will. They made no threats neither did they lament the fact that they were ungrateful. Engaging the enemies gives them power they don’t have. Keep the conversation about God, and keep the actions purposeful and spiritual. Let God take care of the enemies. Don’t negotiate with terrorist. A friend of mine put it this way:

Engaging haters is like wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.

 3. God’s reward supersedes man’s resentment. The stronger and more public the attack, the greater the reward.

There are two constant themes in the book of Daniel: resentment follows reward and reward follows obedience. Your job is to be faithful. God’s job is to take care of the rest. I have seen person after person, in situation after situation, stay faithful despite the attacks and be promoted, blessed and prospered by God. That is not our motivation, yet many times it is a reality. Even if in this life the blessings do not arrive, out attitude towards our accusers will impact the lives of other people we will see in heaven.

Maybe today some of you are dealing with difficulties like I have mentioned. I would love to pray for you. Leave your requests in the comment section.

I’m a Christian. Do I need church?