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Showing posts from August, 2015

CFC Youth Day

CFC Youth Day was nothing short of remarkable.

Children, teenagers, young adults (my generation) sang, danced, praised, and worshiped God with passion, love, joy, energy, and sincerity.

We led, both, the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services and the LORD ministered through us in His own powerful way.

I am very grateful to have preached at the 10:00 AM service. (Came from 2 Timothy 1:7).

Something amazing happens when we move ourselves out of the way and allow the LORD to communicate His Word through us. He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. And when you summarize the meaning He brings to life, you realize that all the of the glory belongs to Him.

The reality of God's presence gives life, and everything we involve ourselves in, brand new meaning.

God's awesomeness was displayed in a monumental way today. A flame was kindled in our youth and the church as a whole.

Today was special.

Big thanks to everyone who helped make today such a great success, you know who you are!


You Keep on Blessing Me- Live

Here is a video of my all-time favorite singing group, Commissioned, singing "You Keep on Blessing Me Live."

It features all six original members. Enjoy!!!

Planning and People

We are in the embryonic stages of launching the planning portion of our Downtown Master Plan and Market Analysis. I am very excited about this upcoming project.

As the core team plans the scheduling of public engagement activities, public input meetings and benchmark timelines, I thought about why planning requires a public, people-intensive environment. Here are 6 reasons that come to mind:

Planning involves matters in which people have high emotional stakes. For example, a road widening, neighborhood character, the quality of a school district, or the downtown landscaping are all affected by planning decisions.Planning decisions are visible. Whether its buildings, roads, bridges, sidewalks, or parks and greenspaces- people see the results of planning, like architecture. And it is hard to hide.The planning process is easily influenced at the local level. It is much easier to affect change at a local planning commission or a city council meeting than it is the decisions of a state legi…

Willing Workers

For the last three weeks, Bishop Thomas has been preaching from Nehemiah 4:1-6 with an emphasis on the end of verse 6 "for the people had a mind to work."
In the series titled "Willing Workers" Bishop explains how God chooses to accomplish His purposes through people who are willing to work. 
Here are some of my notes from the series: Nehemiah and the Jews worked together.Everybody is not going to like you. Especially when you represent Christ and living to do God's work.Rebuilding the wall required persistence, commitment, and dedication. Will you stay committed when results aren't immediate?The enemy calls the Jews "feeble" in verse 2. But, God has not given His people a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have decide whose word you will believe. Daily.

2015 Willis Family Reunion

Today we celebrated the 2015 Willis Family Reunion in Lincolnton,GA.

It was a blast. Family shared history, we prayed, ate, laughed, gave door prizes- the typical makings of a family reunion.
I wish more of my family would have attended. The Willis Family is a large group. Most of us are concentrated in Wilkes County (also our native homeland), Dalton, and now parts of Atlanta.
But, nonetheless, family is family and I love mine. 
I am am proud to be an Andrews, a Hassler, a Thomas, and, most certainly, a Willis.
Congrats Willis Family on another successful family reunion! I love ya'll!

IEDC Economic Development Marketing & Attraction Course

This time last week I was attending the International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Marketing & Attraction course at Georgia Tech.

The course was enlightening on topics like the most effective forms of sharing community information, recruiting prospective businesses, and public engagement best practices.
Subject matter went in depth about website development, social media marketing and updating, Geographic Information Systems, and community branding.
The training also featured two very enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers in Mr. Anatalio Ubalde (founder of GIS Planning) and Mr. Guillermo Mazier with Atlas Advertising. These two gentlemen, hands down, were the best duo of presenters I have seen teach an economic development course.
I debated whether or not I wanted to take the course because its last day fell on my 26th birthday (August 14th). But in hindsight, I am glad I did.
Additionally, I was fortunate to catch a ride with a friend, whose birthday was on the 17t…

Thank You for the Birthday Wishes!!!

Thanks to everyone for the Happy Birthday wishes, phone calls, texts, facebook posts, statuses, and likes. It truly means a lot and I am overwhelmed with all of the love.

The first few hours of the day were a little difficult. My sister, Tabitha, would have been 30 on August 13th- a day before my birthday. We usually celebrated together.

I am now 26, an age she did not live to see on this earth.

It brings life into perspective and yields even more reason to be grateful for every breath, every relationship, every moment, every laugh, every tear, and every new year.

I choose to embrace the frontier of my late twenties and not taking these days for granted.

This blog post does not give justice to my heartfelt appreciation for you taking the time to wish me a Happy Birthday. Rest assured that your kind words and well wishes have not gone unnoticed.

Thank You and I Love You Back!!!

Obstacle to Abundant Success: Unwise Associations

"He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed."  - Proverbs 13:20
Many goals, dreams, visions, and would've-should've-could've been successes have been killed by unwise associations.
How to Recognize Unwise Associations Those who are more critical than they are complimentary and encouraging.Those who belittle and laugh at your God-given dreams and goals.Those who embarrass and humiliate you.Those who drain your energy and time through useless talk. How to Recognize Wise Associations Those who speak words that build your faith and confidence.Those who see the validity and beauty of your God-given dreams and goals.Those who get excited about your potential.Those who remind you of your special gifts and abilities. Time is one of your most valuable assets. It is up to you to invest it wisely, you cannot get it back. Become selective about who you choose to associate with. Choose those who elevate your mind and heart. Those who in…