Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bloom Where You Are Planted!

 Bloom where you are planted! We have all heard this phrase so many times that maybe we don't understand what it really means. Google the will see what I mean. Some very good secular or worldly advice.

Be "rooted", "grounded" and "grow" and so rise to the top of your "field"...and "bloom" where you are "planted" ...using the "Abilities", "gifts" and "Strengths" God has endowed you with.

By doing the above...we potentially can rise to the top of our "field". 
But WHY should we Bloom Where We Are Planted?

As a believer in Jesus Christ and desiring to be a good steward and a faithful "follower" of Jesus on our way to glory...we can be a light for others to see the Truth. 

 ●"The Lord created each of us individually with different Spiritual Gifts, Passions, Abilities, strengths and a unique personality with different experiences.  Helping each other put the pieces of the seeming puzzle together so we each can be most effective in our families, church, community and the world and finish our lives well and leave a legacy that gives glory to the LORD so when we stand before Him one day, we will hear, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Isn't that what we would like to hear one day?

"God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make in our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished."   Richard Stearns: President of World Vision U.S.
Quote from his book: The Hole in our Gospel 


We are Jesus's hands and feet in the world. 


"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

A few pictures of field grown pansies...from our farm many years ago.


Bloom Where You are Planted 


The individual beautiful pansy plants grew well in the field where they were planted for the allotted time they were there. They were seeded in the field for a purpose...The  next year they were individually dug up, put in containers and sold to people who then transplanted them to their gardens to be viewed.

 Isn't this what life is all about? 

God, the master gardener created each of us unique...plants us here for a short time...for a specific purpose...and cares for us. "Lord, open our eyes and heart".  "Come Holy Spirit, Come, you are welcome here" 

More later: Come back soon!

The picture above was taken in early to late October.
 Our family grew 2 plus acres of pansies.
 Seeded in the field beginning  of July.

Pansies are bi annuals.
Around Thanksgiving time when the ground was frozen, they were covered with marsh hay.
But before this...all the flowers were hand picked off and discarded. A lot of work!

In spring as soon as the snow melted and it was dry enough..late March.., we uncovered them.
They started to bloom again in early May and we dug each plant and put 12 in a wooden flat or 6 plants in a 2 quart basket and 5 in a wooden crate and sold to Kohls and Sentry food stores. This was in the mid 60s to late 70's. They purchased all we had.

We also sold to Winkies in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a local 5 and 10 cent store. They had several stores at the time. They are still in business with the store in Whitefish Bay.  

 These pictures were taken in early spring...Mid May.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

What Does God Expect Of Us?

"God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make in our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished."   Richard Stearns: President of World Vision U.S.
Quote from his book: The Hole in our Gospel 

Chapter 24: How Many Loaves Do You Have?
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito." - African Saying

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A few pictures from my earlier days on the farm.

Who says you can't grow peaches in Wisconsin!
Never crossed my mind to grow them commercially.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Why we are here: The question of Why?

A good plan for beginning each day:  Pray, Plan and Prioritize. Then Delegate...if you have someone to delegate to!

Finished a good book recently: WHO  by Geoff Smart and Randy Street.

"The most important decisions that business people make are not "what" decisions but "Who" decisions." -Jim Collins, Author of Good To Great.

That also goes for non profit organizations!
 Good book: Good to Great in the Social Sector. by Jim Collins


It's relatively easy to figure out "What" to do and also "How" to do something.

Maybe a more important decision is "WHY" we do what we do.
Then the rest becomes easy.

A good book for figuring that out is " Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

If you don't know WHY, You can't know HOW.

"All great leaders have clarity of WHY; an undying belief in a purpose or cause bigger than themselves. It's not Bill Gates's passion for computers that inspires us, it's his undying optimism that even the most complicated problems can be solved. He believes we can find ways to remove obstacles to ensure that everyone can live and work to their greatest potential. It is his optimism to which we are drawn." P. 134

“If the leader of the organization can’t clearly articulate WHY the organization exists in terms beyond its products or services, then how does he expect the employees to know WHY to come to work?”
Simon Sinek, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

For the church pastor or leader who feels led to plant a new church, the congregation needs to understand the Biblical basis of missions. WHY we are here. Why we exist. For what purpose. 
A good video that explains this. 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Exponential 2016 Church Planting: Tweets & Retweets

  Conference Overview

Join thousands of church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential East church planting conference in Orlando. The conference will feature 175+ speakers, 125+ workshops, 9+ tracks, 5,000 church planting leaders and sunny Orlando, Florida. Don’t miss the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world.

I'm not at the conference. Watching some of the sessions online and monitoring #exponential on Twitter. See Tweets below.


 My Tweets and Retweets from Exponential 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

All About Missions...and the Christian response!

Church planting movements: 100 churches...4 generations deep...within 3-4 years.
A simple definition of a CPM or Church Planting Movement. 
Watch the video on Y Tube....but come back!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Christian Community Development: Neighborhood Transformation as a tool.

Getting to know your neighbors!

Do you want to know your neighbor?
Here is a good method to do it.

There are many facets of Christian Community Development.
Communicating with people in a culturally sensitive manner is basic.
It's all about Relationships!

But first here is a short video explaining the logic and reasoning behind this method.

Neighborhood Transformation from CINDER on Vimeo.
Neighborhood Transformation from CINDER on Vimeo.

Here is a good easy way to start the process

A little role playing is a good way to learn the process..before going out into a neighborhood.

Two people go out together
One prays while the other starts the conversation.
Usually they go in a neighborhood...door to door. 
They are not going to prosletize or get people to go to their church.

This survey is also a great "tool" that church planters can use...both locally and internationally!


Used with permission from Stan Rowland. Neighborhood Transformation

  1. What do you like about your neighborhood?

  1.  What would you like to see different in your neighborhood?

  1. What groups are you involved in, within your neighborhood?

  1. What do you like to do with your hands?

  1. What would you like to learn if training were available in your neighborhood?

  1. What’s one thing you’d want to be part of if it was happening in your neighborhood?

  1. What‘s one thing you could teach?

  1. Is there anyone in your house that is over 65 or disabled?

9.  Anything we can pray about for you and or your family?

Name _______________________________



Stan Rowland of Neighborhood Transformation has a BLOG
He updates it frequently.

Stan and his team put on weekend & or week seminar/workshops all over the country throughout the year. 

 Neighborhood Transformation has lots of free resources you can use...

CHE or Community Health Evangelism...Used mainly overseas.