"Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy." 2 Kings 5Did you check his response? Anger towards the Lord.
I spent 2009 praying for more miracles than ever. Miracles for my family, church, friends and, of course, myself. Here's a run-down...
My family: My stepfather was laid off by GM, my sister experienced a personal relationship crisis and my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, my stepfather is able to care for my mother during her time of need, my sister has experienced incredible spiritual renewal and my mother has learned she is quite the trooper!
My church: I was hired by the ministry last January and we've experienced incredible feats this year but due to the economic downturn we're having to consider major cutbacks and may face a possible layoff in the new year.
My friends: I have several friends who experienced marital failure, others who lost their jobs, and a few who left the ministry. Faith has proven strong in a few of these cases, while others seem to be experiencing a constant struggle.
Yours truly: My car was sidelined this summer and I've felt the economic crunch too. Thankfully, I have some dear friends who loaned me a car and I've been able to make a little extra cash on the side.
Through all of these situations I think I've walked away learning to depend & trust in my creator more. That is a miracle in itself. I just hope through every situation... every miracle I pray for... that I don't miss the opportunity to see God at work or the chance to celebrate what He has done. Because, as Ben says, "it's still a miracle even if you are up to your neck in water."
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Let me say, this is the CRAZIEST contest I've cooked up yet too. Here's the deal. This could be the EASIEST contest you've ever won... or it could be the HARDEST. I really don't know how it'll go... but its a real simple formula to score the win. Ready for the details?
Here they are (please read the entire post):
First, you must have a valid twitter account. Second, you must be following me (@terracecrawford). Third, you must tweet about the contest and make sure you reply (or include my twitter name - @terracecrawford AND a link to this post in your tweet) to me so that I can follow your tweet. Finally, you must be the LAST person to tweet about the contest (again, with my twitter name -- @terracecrawford -- AND a link to this post) when it ends tomorrow!
You may only have to tweet once about this contest. You may have to tweet 1,000 times. [ha] It could get crazy up in here...but hey, its worth $100 right? The thing is... I'm not going to tell you WHEN the contest ends. I have chosen a random time tomorrow that the contest will officially end. At that determined time I will check my twitter feed to see WHO the LAST person was to TWEET about the contest. If that is YOU... then YOU WIN! Make sense?
One last thing. You will find SEARCH.TWITTER.COM to be your friend during this contest. Just go there and type "@terracecrawford" to see the most up-to-date replies. This will ensure you know if you are the last person to tweet about the contest or not. But again, no one knows when it ends tomorrow. =) Good luck! The winner will be announced tomorrow evening on twitter and later on the blog.
*Please note the guidelines before entering.
*The sponsor of this promotion\contest is TerraceCrawford.com
*The promotion will begin immediately and will end at the randomly determined time on December 15, 2009.
*The prize is items chosen by Terrace Crawford from his Favorite Things List of 2009. The winner is responsible for contacting the sponsor (Terrace Crawford) after promotion ends and the winner is announced within 14 days to claim prize.
*To enter the promotion, the entrant must have a valid twitter account and follow @terracecrawford. The entrant must also tweet about the contest (or promotion) at least once and must also be the last person to tweet about the contest when it concludes on December 15, 2009.
*One winner will be chosen by the sponsor. Sponsor will post the winner's name to this post. If the winner does not respond within fourteen (14) days, he or she will forfeit the prize.
*No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Sponsor and family members of such employees are not eligible to enter. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to release and hold harmless sponsor(s) from any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the promotion.
We appreciate any tweeting about this contest! Good luck to all who enter.
Recommended tweet: @terracecrawford is giving away some of his favorite things!
[PS] I may start accepting applications for a "personal assistant."
DC: Wow where to start. I great up in Houston, TX, went to high school in Sealy, TX. My parents divorced when I was about 9, I have one older brother who is two years older than me. I went to college at Notre Dame on a football and baseball scholarship but only ended up playing football. During that time I was attending Granger Community Church (where i'm currently employed). After Notre Dame I went to the NFL where I was with the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals before leaving the NFL to go pursue Student Ministry. On December 1st of 2006 I came on staff at Granger as the Director of Student Ministry and as of December 1st 2009 I accepted the additional position of also being on the Senior Management Team for our church...still sounds weird to say that.
Me: What book(s) have most shaped you?
DC: I have a hard time reading ALL the way through books but even still here's my short list of books that have "SHAPED" me. Channels of Spiritual Power by Frank Laubach, Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, the Spirit of Disciplines by Dallas Willard, and Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley.
DC: Through blogging, I've learned that everybody has something to say and an agenda to push. For me, that's frustrating and awesome at the same time. Frustrating because I HATE that it usually includes self-promotion (I believe we can be profound without having to try to take credit for EVERYTHING we say...to me that's a sign of insecurity...there I go with my agenda again...) AND i think it's awesome because lots of people have some amazing things to say and are never given the platform to do it. So, I love that blogging levels the playing field for some unlikely people to be able to say unlikely things and make an impact on those of us who are too self-consumed to give them our physical ear or platform. I could care less about ratings, followers, etc. but I LOVE the content on some blogs.
DC: For Life: My wife Brooke and my family (my parents and brother). For Ministry: I usually look to our main weekend services here at Granger to get inspiration as they throw away better ideas than I can ever come up with. From there I just scour the blog world and see what's crackin in other student ministries!
Me: Considering you are a youth pastor, what is the most notable advice you would provide other youth pastors with?
DC: I would definitely say, forget what everyone else is doing and start with "WHY DID I FIRST WANT TO DO YOUTH MINISTRY?" and from there build a ministry that honors God through that passion...THEN surround yourself with people who can help you build the rest of what needs to happen so the ministry thrives. Here's why I believe that is important: People are drawn to passion. If we could all focus on doing what we are most passionate about than doing things we feel obligated to do because the ministry down the street or on the web is doing it, we might actually be more productive.
Me: Catch us up to speed. What exciting things are going on at Granger?
DC: Right now Christmas Season around Granger is in full swing. In Student Ministry we're doing a series called "Christ's Passion for his Bride" talking about how as Christ's Bride we're intended to be the Salt of the Earth and Light of the world. We got some sick object lessons we're doing with those weeks and also some sick videos and song specials planned ("Pure Bride" by Leeland and "I Receive" by Israel Houghton). 'Big Church' (weekend services) are doing a series called Christmas Carol this off the chain. You can check the gccwired.com to check those out. We have our annual "Food Drop" around the corner in early January where we pack, load, and deliver 75 tons of food to the Michiana area (our student ministry jumps in with the rest of the church and serve in this effort). Some of our Christmas offering is going toward breaking ground on our Commons area at our Granger Campus (our student ministry participate in this as well). Not to mention our Christmas Eve services that are sure to be powerful.
Me: Give us three of the best (yet maybe underrated) resources available to youth pastors today...
DC: Best resources for me are our students and parents. Sounds odd and underrated but nobody knows what we need to be doing for our students growth better than our students and their parents so we use them as resources all the time and build the ministry around that. Resources people could buy, I think the usual suspects Simply Youth Ministry, Youth Specialities, and Student Life are good.
Me: What are you currently dreaming about?
DC: I'm currently dreaming about how I can best contribute to our Senior Management Team after accepting that role Tuesday December 1st. As far as my dreams for Student Ministry: I'm dreaming about how to build a hybrid ministry. A ministry that does all forms of Shepherding well. Right now i'm focused on these three areas: 1. Corporate Shepherding (Big Group gathering style) 2. Personal Shepherding (Where everyone feels they are PERSONALLY being shepherded by someone.) 3. Reproductive Shepherding (Still working on what I want to call this one, but this is really about 'giving away the shepherding that you're receiving.)
Me: What is something that most people don't know about you?
DC: I played saxophone most of my life and was a soloist in my high school concert band...and I'm not ashamed of it (hahaha!)
There is a grassroots effort underway in my area to have the film shown in multiple theatres, although its only scheduled for one. I'd encourage you to check out the trailer, log on to the movie site and get some resources to help support this work.
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I'm told this series will be pushing more positive content to teens - which is good news to my ears. What currently sets this series a part is that its interactive. Viewers can visit the website and comment on what they like or dislike and their ideas may translate into changes to the characters or even the storylines.
The cast and crew have shot 9 episodes so far and if the response from the online community is good a network may pick up the show! Check out the trailer, feel free to leave feedback... and see Trent's ("Charlie" - the taller brodude in the series) work.
Please read all of this post before entering.
I'm doing a little cleaning of the resource warehouse and have a number of resources that I want to giveaway. They are just too good for me not to share them with you. This time around I thought it would be cool to do a bit of a man-giveaway. But you'll be able to share the love with a brodude. Enter for yourself and a twitter friend (aka "tweet peep"). Sound good? *PS: No discrimination here. The women-folk can enter this too.
Here is how you win: Just leave a comment with your twitter name (@whomeveryouare) and the name of a twitter friend (@whomevertheyare) and you both will be entered to win! (Hurry, contest closes Friday, December 4th, 2009 - 3:00PM est.) Then make sure you tell your twitter friend that you have entered their name into this contest. They can in turn enter this contest as well by following the same steps! You'll have your name entered twice... giving you a chance to win one of the following resource packages:
What YOU Win: *Becoming a Man (Father & Son) DVD series (Robert Lewis); Wild Goose Chase (Mark Batterson); Man in the Mirror (Patrick Morely); Men's Devotional Bible (NIV Version); and one of my old faves, The Greatest Lesson Ever Learned - Over 60 Godly Men Share (Bill Bright)
Your friend wins: Wild Goose Chase (Mark Batterson); The Sacred Romance (John Eldridge); and Man in the Mirror (Patrick Morely)
Increase your prize! I'll also throw in some free music (a CD for both you & a friend) if you tweet about this contest and leave the URL to your status\update in the comments (in your original entry please) as proof. (You can just add this to your comment with @yourtwittername & your @twitterfriendname).
Recommendation of Tweet: MAN-tacular giveaway over at @terracecrawford blog http://bit.ly/4C9EKv #resourcesforbrodudes
Alec Baldwin recently told a reporter:
"I don't have any interest in acting anymore. Movies are part of my past. It's been 30 years. I'm not young, but I have time to do something else.
It's a difficult thing to say, but I believe it: I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. I'll tell you why. The goal of moviemaking is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that."
Sometimes we don't realize the impact we make. We allow discouragement to set-in. And we consider our career a complete failure. I pray that today God reminds you, like He does with me, of your importance in the Kingdom. We need you for the long haul.