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2016 MAC Annual Meeting

Today I attended the 157th Metro Atlanta Chamber Annual Meeting.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) has an incredible way of bringing together the region's best and brightest for the purpose of promoting and strengthening progress and opportunity in metro Atlanta.

I am honored to be a part of the MAC story, which began as intern in 2012 and now as an economic development partner.

What makes this annual meeting different is:

- It's the last one for MAC residing at its current headquarters in Centennial Olympic Park. MAC will be moving into its new location on Peachtree to start the new year.

- MAC revealed its new logo today. A brand new Phoenix that also represents all 29 counties that MAC serves.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gave a moving keynote speech. He spoke of Ambassador Andrew Young and Billy Payne's ability to unify and secure the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Atlanta is one of only six U.S. cities to ever host the Olympics. Mayor Reed highlighted the cooperation …

Music to God and He Alone

It's been a real blessing to minister musically four times last weekend.
From Methany Thorton's single release concert for "Fighter", to our regularly-scheduled two Sunday morning services at church, to the 4th Annual CFC Thanksgiving Concert. God is good.
Psalms 100:1 "Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!"
I believe there is victory when we shout and sing to the Lord in full faith and confidence that God not only hears us, but will respond, knowing exactly what we need.
Psalm 100:4 "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name."
That does not sound like a quiet setting to me. That sounds like a victorious shout of victory. Similar to the one commanded Joshua to do at the Walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:16-21).
We should have no shame in our praise. There should be no shyness in our dance, our clap, our shout, nor our singing.
If it were singing or creating music to please people, …

How I Practice

I have two exciting musical engagements coming up this weekend.
The first is the Single Release Concert for Methany Thornton's new single "Fighter" at House of Liberty Church on Saturday in Cartersville, GA. The second is the 4th Annual Community Fellowship Church Thanksgiving Musical at  Community Fellowship Church in Dalton, GA on Sunday. 
As I head into the musical weekend ahead, the thought came to me about my practice patterns. Here is some insight, I'd like to share with you- especially my fellow musicians.
There are primary ways that I learn and practice music: Kevin "KC" Conley, owner of Pretty Simple Music, is in my opinion the best at teaching pianists, at any level, the tools of the trade, especially for gospel, r&b, and pop styles. In addition to a number of videos available on YouTube, he has several videos available on his website. All of his products are excellent! Jason L. Smith is a jazz aficionado. He is highly gi…

The Election is Over. What Now?

The election is over. Mr. Donald Trump will be our Nation's 45th President.

I've talked with several friends and family since the results. Opinions are mixed between fears and cheers... Mostly fears.

Regardless of who you voted for, or your political persuasion, or your belief, it is time that we all unite. I know, that's tough. This was a passionate election cycle. But, the best we can do now is unite.

A house divided cannot stand.

The election is over. No more presenting problems without also presenting a solution.

True, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but, cruelty and senselessness helps no one.

I write this out of love.

The Office of President of the United States is the toughest job in the world. If there is anything our Nation's leaders need, it's prayer. Pray for President Obama and President-Elect Trump.

The election is over.

Seeking God's wisdom reveals a time-tested truth and where I arrive at my stance:

Pray for our leaders (2 Timothy 2:1-…

Prayer: Sincere and Simple

"So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one." - Luke 11:2-4
If you were ever looking for a window into Jesus' prayer life, this is it.

Just like His entire life on earth, His prayer is not what is expected, but what is needed. Christ's prayer is not what we think we want to hear.

The Pharisees and other religious leaders in Jesus' day prayed long, impressive, big-worded prayers. Jesus' prayer is profound, but simple. It is real, sincere, and full of faith in God.

"Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name"- He ackowledges God's presence and supremacy"Your kingdom come"- He asks for God's ways, will, and nearness"Give us day by day our d…

Don't Overlook Business Retention

As important as business attraction is, communities cannot overlook the importance of business retention. Retaining, or keeping local businesses, is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to keep communities vibrant and healthy.

For most communities 65%-85% of all job creation comes from existing businesses. Existing companies:

already supply local jobsalready contribute to the tax basealready enhance the local quality of lifealready generate economic activity 
From my experience, it seems as though business retention is one of the most unpopular facets of economic development that consistently yields the most effective results. No doubt, business attraction is important. But, existing businesses churn out the activity that keeps economies and communities strong, competitive, and vibrant. That's why their needs should be a top priority for any locale hoping to remain a desirable place to live, work, and do business.

The success and longevity of existing businesses is one…