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I’m Baaaaaaaaaaack!

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Wow!!! After almost one year, it’s time to start this baby up again!!! My how things have changed in just one year… New job, relocating to Greenville, SC, and many other things that are coming down the pipe!

I can tell you right now that this is not going to be a very long blog post, but there will be many more to come…

I am back in the world of leading worship at church, and I have a big announcement to make: I am the new Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts at Relate Church in Asheville! Be looking for updates on my twitter account, and at the Relate Church Website. I am really looking forward to what God is going to do through the church, and the pastor, Timothy Brown.

Ok, I have got to go for now, but there will be more updates coming soon!!

Goodnight!!!

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Vacation

Posted on February 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

So, my blog and I had a conversation tonight, and I learned that blogging right now is not productive for me at all. For some people it is a good thing, for me, it’s a waste of time. Now that I am working much more, my time away from work has become more valuable. I can’t waste it writing a blog that only a few people will read, or spend it doing something productive. So, I am not done forever, but I am at least done for a while. If I update, I will let you know vua twitter, facebok, and/or myspace. Talk to you soon, and I hope all who read this have a very happy and productive day.

 

Josh

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Wow! Am I tired!

Posted on February 14, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

  • It has been a crazy week. I am very tired, and I seem to be discovering a new side of myself. A side that wants more out of life. A side that refuses to settle for less. In my company, I have found a great opportunity. An opportunity to grow, an opportunity to succeed, and an opportunity to bring ambitions to fruition. It’s an opportunity to accept a challenge. To push myself. An opportunity to evaluate and be evaluated. An opportunity to help others. It’s an opportunity to grow as a leader. An opportunity to invest, and be invested in. An opportunity to educate and be educated. This job is an opportunity to gain new friends, gain new perspective, and look beyond what is happening today, to what could happen tomorrow. It’s an opportunity to inspire and be inspired. To change and be changed. This quite possibly may be the best opportunity I’ve ever had. A good friend told me one time that the best opportunity is right in front of you. It’s true. I am super exited, and ready to grow. What is YOUR great opportunity this week?
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Work is cool!

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

So yesterday was my first day of work at Dynamic Marketing Concepts, Inc.  Let me tell you, this job is going to be right up my alley. So let me explain how this works. Yes, this is a marketing firm. Not an advertising firm. They don’t do graphic designs, rather they are hired by companies to help get new accounts. We are paid a commission for the first sale, and for signing them up as a customer. They figure if they order once, they will order again. Dynamic Marketing has “campaigns” that they do, or in essence a team of people who only sell one product for a specific amount of time. Right now, and probably for a while, I am on the IMS, or Innovative Merchant Solutions Campaign. IMS is a credit card processing company that many people are using to get cheaper rates than what they are currently paying. It’s sort of a challenging sale to make, but the cool things is that I am legitimately helping people save a lot of money in their small businesses. Not to mention, the pay rocks, and it only gets better!

So as I enter the world of sales again, I find that it is good to read daily. Not only for education, but for inspiration. This is the book that I am reading:

857-1What good book have you read lately?

Oh yeah- If you read this book correctly, it takes a minimum of 270 Days. WOW

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I just can’t stop laughing!

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Please… For anyone who reads my blog… This really needs a comment!

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Alright- Need your prayers… Really.

Posted on February 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I don’t have the time or the energy for a long post. As some of you may know, my wife and I have done the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt. A few months ago, I wrecked my  91 Honda Accord, and didn’t have the money to get it fixed. Thankfully, I sold it for a little money, and saved up some more money to be able to buy another junker to get us by until we get out of debt. I found what seemed to be a good deal. An 88 Mazda 323 with a great engine, reasonably low miles for it’s age, new tires, and everything worked great. I test drove it… Worked Great!!! Paid the $800 that I negotiated, and was driving home. That is, until the transmission fell out, less than two hours ago. I called the seller back, and he said he would fix it, yet somehow I don’t believe him. This was the last of Susan and I’s savings. I am quite uneasy and very worried. And for any of my christian friends who read this, I don’t need to be reminded that I am “more than a conquerer,” that “all things work together for good for those who love the lord,” and to read Matthew 6:25-34. I have and I have considered the birds. Yet, I am still worried. Sorry. I don’t worry much, but I am now. I hope that I didn’t get ripped off. I really need this car for work, and I am tired of walking everywhere.

Discouraged,

Josh

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Casual Fridays

Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In a lot of businesses that are “businssey,” (Yeah I said it) many of them call their Fridays “casual Fridays” because it’s the last day of the week. A day to dress down a bit. To let your hair down. Everyone knows at the end of Friday comes the weekend, and for many people, at least one of those two days is spent relaxing. That’s what were gonna do today. No issues to discuss, and no current events. Just a casual friday. Recently, a band that I was with did a promo video and I had the privalidge of being involved. The band is sort-of a soul-blues-rock project that does things a little different. If you have ever heard the song “hard to handle” by the Black Crowes, (Who are from Atlanta, by the way,) you will love this version that our band did. The video work is a lot better than the sound, but the band had very little rehearsal, another had to leave early before the filming started, and I had a fever! Well, anyways, I’ve got a cool wurley solo in here. I have posted the video for your enjoyment. Tell me what you think. Did you like our arrangement?

What are YOU gonna do this weekend?

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Michael Seay, Jonathan Blaylock, and other guys I envy

Posted on January 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I wanted to take a break from all the discussion of Obama, the abortion debate, ministry, doctrine, and all the other stuff you may encounter on my blog to talk about two of my best friends. These guys are dudes I trust. They love God, love the Bible, and in my opinion really demonstrate what it’s like to be passionate about something. The funny thing is, these two guys barely know each other, and as far as I am aware, the only time they have ever hung out is at my wedding. One day, though, the three of us will come together and conquer the world!!! (Sort of) 

I am petitioning that Jonathan start a blog. Honestly, he may already have one that I am just not aware of, but if he doesn’t, he should. I think he would have some pretty profound thoughts to share with the world. I think the more we can get some healthy conversations started about why we believe what we believe, why we do what we do, and how we can improve as leaders, the better off we’ll be. If you think Jonathan should start a blog, would you mind leaving a reply?

Michael Seay- I can safely say that this guy knows more about scripture than most pastors I’ve met in my life. (Sorry dude, that may not be saying much. Just take it as a compliment.) Anyways, I love to talk scripture with him. His insights are amazing. If you want to check out his blog, go here. Michael has helped bring a lot of perspective to decisions I’ve faced, and views I’ve adopted. This is a guy you want on your team. You should always have someone close to you who can ask you “Why” no matter the situation, and you won’t be offended. (Cough) Michael, you’re an alright dude.

I envy these guys. They both have qualities that I could only hope to have not only as a leader, but as a person. Props to you both.

For other guys who I respect, Google these dudes: John MaCarthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Mark Driscoll, T.D. Jakes, Greg Laurie, James I. Walker. 

Check em out!!!

Josh

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Obama: our new president

Posted on January 20, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well, we now have a new president. I know that there are many people in this nation who are elated about this. Some are saddened. No matter how you feel, today was an unbelievably historic and monumental day in the life of our nation. I myself am interested to see what this “change” he brings will be. I am not skeptical though. I know, as you should know, that according to the Bible, God is who has allowed him to be in power. As our president, he deserves our full support, and our prayers, so long as his laws don’t violate God’s laws. 

This is what I am committing to president Obama:

1.) To pray for him

2.) To support him

3.) To not engage in Jokes that would only show my own ignorance.

4.) To respect him.

What are YOUR convictions about Mr. President?

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How I’m growing.

Posted on January 19, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Some people read this blog to find out what I’m up to these days. (Sorry. I never post about what I’m doing.) Some people are just curious. They for some reason want to know what my thoughts are on life, ministry, culture, music, and other random stuff. Why this is, I don’t know. In many ways, this blog is just like the other 5 bajillion out there. I am not a person of great influence. Yet. I guess people come to my site just out of curiosity.

So here it is. If you read this blog, I am going to ask you to do something for me that is somewhat selfish. Not that it’s self-centered or anything, but considering that I do not know 95% of the people that read this, and you don’t know me, it’s asking a lot. I need your prayers. Seriously. God’s doing a lot in and through me and Susan right now, and we are both stressed.

God is teaching me patience. It’s hard, and honestly it kind of sucks. I am an impatient person. I want to know what God is up to, and right now, I have no idea. I keep hearing from him that I just need to pray, and keep trusting him.

I am also learning that I need to have more discipline in my life. Much more. I need to learn to take pride in being structured and organized, and having goals. I need to be more driven.

I need to listen more to other people, but care less what others think about what I do. Not that I don’t care what people think about me, but I need to be unapologetic about who I am in Christ, and what God has called, and is calling me to do. My problem is that I tend to be a trend follower, because it’s easy. The road has already been plowed, I just have to learn how to fit the mold. The only problem is, God wants to do something big with me. Our God is a creative genius, and he has gifted me with the ability to be creative, and innovative.

Most of all though, I am learning that I am absolutely nothing without Christ. I’ve said it for as long as I remember, but it’s beginning to sink in. My identity must be in him. Period. I must decrease, he must increase.

Would you pray for me and Susan that God would give us peace? That we would be able to hear his voice? That we ( I ) can be still, and know that he is God.? Can you pray that in the midst of a bad economy, and long hours that God will continue to grow our marriage? Would you pray that I could be the leader of my house, and my family like God has called me to be? Would you pray that I would strive to be more like Christ, at any cost?

I need your prayers. God is stretching me.

Thanks,

Josh

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