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Giving IS Better than Receiving

On my last trip to Mexico, there were many sweet moments, but no sweeter than this. It’s a memorable in which I was reminded that it truly IS better to give than to receive.

We visited a small church in a very poor part of town. When we ask the pastor what needs he had, he mentioned that he had no instruments to use in church, and a guitar would help tremendously. That’s when God put a thought in my spirit… A thought that I wrestled with for the next day or two.

 

I had a guitar with me. It’s a guitar with tremendous sentimental value. I had it since before my first kid was born. And now he is a teenager and a member of the team on this very Mexico trip! I’ve recorded albums with this guitar, sung thousands of songs on it, and now God is prompting me to give it away. I fought Him on this, recounting all of the reasons why this guitar (which I called by it’s nickname “Al”) should stay with me. The reasons weren’t good enough to stop a change in ownership, and I knew it. I knew I was supposed to give it away.

As long as these were my thoughts, I could change my mind in selfishness. So I knew I needed to put it out there and tell a friend, and then I couldn’t take it back. So I told my friend, Derick, who is in my life a tremendous example of selflessness. And there it was. That night, I’d play some songs and tell of my history with the guitar, and inform him that I just played my last song on it, and that it was now his to play.

I want to be clear on something. I don’t write this to brag in any way. I know Jesus says that when you give not to announce it. I can’t brag about this anyway. The way I fought God on this internally doesn’t put me in a very good light! I write this to encourage you, that if you feel the promptings of God to sacrifice and give something away to someone less fortunate, do it! Don’t fight Him. You’ll lose. Or you might miss out on the blessing of giving.

What a sweet moment is was! I get emotional just thinking about it. Seeing my brother in Christ play his first song on my old guitar. You’ll have to just watch it for yourself. My now teenage son recorded the exchange:

 

 

Bucket List Item Fulfilled

How are you doing on your bucket list? I’ve still got a bit to cross off of mine. I’ve bungee jumped, but I haven’t been skydiving yet! Next year I’m gonna get to fulfill a big item.

Many people, especially people of faith like myself dream of seeing the Holy Land. To walk where Jesus once walked is to make the Bible come to life! So, I’m going to Israel next year.

To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. My guide for the tour is intriguing as well! I’ve been reading the Lion of War series of novels by Cliff Graham. I’ll meet him in person this September, and next year I’ll embark on a “Good Battle” Israel Tour.

Here’s what the site has to say about Cliff:

Cliff Graham spent many years seeing men of all walks of life lack interest in the Bible and what it meant to be a man of God. He was passionate about catering to these men, and creating material that spoke to their interests.

He and some of his friends talked about developing exciting stories based on men of the Bible. They decided that the real life adventures of King David and his band of warriors known as the Mighty Men, found in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, were some of the most gripping. After five years of research and writing, the result was his debut novel Day of War, the first entry in a series of five called Lion of War.

He is a former Army officer and runs the Giborrim course, a training program for men wishing to get involved in fighting the sexual exploitation and trafficking of young girls and women. 

You should check out the site www.goodbattletours.com and inquire with Cliff if this type of trip is on YOUR bucket list. Tell him Greg Fish sent you!

Of course I’ll let you know how it goes, but do you want to hear more right now? Here’s a testimonies video from a trip that took place just last month:

It’s Not Greek to Him

My dad is a Greek Professor and a smart guy– which is why it’s so funny to see him dancing and playing the fool in this parody of Margaritaville! He asked for my help to make a little video for his Greek class, so created this rendition of Participleville. For all the students who’d like to say, “It’s Greek to Me!” enjoy!

Inspiring Documentary For Free

January 19, 2017 Leave a comment

For a few more weeks, I’m giving away my documentary, “Steadfast” as seen on PBS for free with coupon code: “newyear”. Get it now right here!

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A New and Ancient Technology

December 7, 2016 Leave a comment

 

At 5:55am an alert went off on my phone. That meant that at 6am there would be a Cavetime call (www.cavetime.org). This was a bunch of men from all over the United States that all got on the same call and for 30 minutes shared together and heard Jeff Voth share a word from Luke chapter 2.

At 8am I arrived at work at GNPI (www.gnpi.org). We had friends who make up our network chime in together from all over the world in a one hour long video conference.

New technologies made both of these meetings possible. It’s really neat how we can foster real relationships spanning great physical distances!

In both of this morning’s examples, there was a common denominator that drove us to come together. That is the most ancient of technologies: prayer.

Yes, prayer is the first and remains the most powerful of all technologies.

I realize that this statement is more of a semi-clever way of putting things, and less of a perfect analogy, but as someone who believes in the power of prayer, it’s a nice thought! Through new tech, we came together and did ancient tech with each other. We prayed with and for one another (even in other languages)! It was a thing of beauty, and always is.

I didn’t film this morning’s event. But the last two years at this time I did and you can see those examples below:

 

 

 

 

Just For Fun!

September 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Fun is important. Fun can actually increase productivity. Just for fun, here’s what we do everyday almost for a break time!

Steadfast PBS Stations & Schedules

May 16, 2016 1 comment

I’m thrilled that in less than a week my film, Steadfast, will soon air on 5 PBS stations including major metropolitan areas. The Ozarks, Kansas City, Warrensburg, Wichita, and Topeka stations will be broadcasting the film on the 5 year anniversary of the devastating Joplin tornado.

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Here are the times for the original broadcast:

KOZJ Joplin 26.1 – May 22 at 1:30pm

KOZK Springfield 21.1 – May 22 at 1:30pm

KCPT Kansas City 10.1 – May 22 at 2pm

KPTS Wichita 8.1 – May 22 at 4pm

KTWU Topeka 11.1 – May 22 at 6pm

KMOS Warrensburg 6.1 – May 22 at 6pm

Are you in the viewing area?

Then set your DVR and be inspired by this amazing story of strength in time of tragedy.

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Well, it is now available for Video On Demand across any internet-ready device through vimeo.com/ondemand/steadfast. You can buy the whole program for $5.99 or rent in for 99 cents. For a limited time, use promo code “remember” to get 50% off, making your purchase just 3 bucks!

What a fine way to support local independent filmmaking. I’ve priced it as low as I can. I’m interested more in people seeing it and being blessed by its message than in breaking even! So act now and buy it. You won’t be disappointed!

Still not convinced? Watch the Trailer:

“Steadfast” is an encouraging and inspiring film about the Joplin tornado, one of the most destructive in US history. Several residents share their experiences of that fateful day and the days to follow. Through a surge of volunteers and a determined spirit, Joplin has rebuilt in an unprecedented way to now exhibit a higher population and more businesses than before the storm. This film is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resolve of a community seemingly torn apart by tragedy that rose up to inspire the nation and the world.

 

 

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