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Archive for December, 2008

and the winner is…..

Posted by dturn on December 31, 2008

I will announce the Power Person of the Year on Friday.
Last years winner was Dave Ferguson.

Stay tuned!!


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year-end review

Posted by dturn on December 31, 2008

This hasn’t been the best year of my life.
There have been lots of challenges and disappointments
I have made more than my fair share of mistakes.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared for some opportunities that came my way.
I got distracted by other people and unimportant things.

But looking forward:

1. I am so grateful to be a Christ-follower. God has made all the difference in my life. I am glad that I don’t have to be depressed, broke, alone, or sick. It is amazing how much He loves me in spite of me.

2. I am thankful for a wonderful wife (16 years in March) and 2 pretty good (LOL) sons. I love my family more than anything else in this world. My life would be so boring without them. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things that they will accomplish.

3. I am looking forward to launching a church in Joliet that will rock the gates of hell. People need to see the church take the lead in the area of diversity. I am praying that this community will never be the same after this year.

4. I am hopeful that people that I meet, in person or via the web, can be inspired by something I do or say. Its all about Life-Change!!

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if i were the king of the forest

Posted by dturn on December 30, 2008

Courage is the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.

To achieve anything great in life or to succeed against the odds, you need courage.
Some would say that you need guts or nerve.

However you describe it, you need something that will force you to move against the grain.
Although the statistics say it’s impossible, you move forward based your ability to overcome the fear of failing.
If you struggle with this, I would encourage you to take a closer look at your obstacle and compare it to God.

How does it measure up?

If you have your faith placed in God and He has given you the vision and the drive to do something big, this obstacle is just a stepping stone to your destiny.

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
Soren Kierkegaard

Don’t let fear stop you.
Go for the life you were destined for

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press play

Posted by dturn on December 29, 2008

Get a goal.
Get a point to your life.

“Every man is the architect of his own future”

Reach for something beyond yourself.
Don’t just settle for average.
Use your imagination and creativity to rise to a new level.

Don’t get stuck with analysis paralysis.
Do something.

You must begin now.
Don’t wait for things to be perfect.
They never will be.

Examine where you want to go.
Count the costs.
Make preparations.
Commit to success.
Make a move.

The journey may take a while.
It may seem like it takes forever.

Getting started is the key.

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on December 27, 2008

“A leader must create breathing room on a daily basis.”

Graham Alexander

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funky faith friday

Posted by dturn on December 26, 2008

Some of the things that I am crazy enough to believe God for:

1. Celebration – Looking forward to a new year full of new possibilities.

2. Connection – People partnering together to make a dream become a reality.

3. Count-Down – IT’S ON!!

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soul vitamin

Posted by dturn on December 26, 2008

“Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how to handle the worst. Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.”

The Zurich Axioms

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how holy is hip hop?

Posted by dturn on December 26, 2008

How holy is hip-hop?

As much as it is willing to surrender itself to God.
As much as the level of humility that it will undertake.

Hip-hop is not much different from any other art form.
It is full of much of the same type of flaw-filled people that are in corporate America and walk the halls of university campuses.

Hip-hop needs redeeming because its people need redeeming.

Don’t hate, educate yourself.
Instead of demeaning or criticizing, lets try understanding and encouraging.

I believe that Hip-hop is an incredible art form.
It can be positive and uplifting, especially when used for the glory of God.
It can also be demoralizing and evil when the spirit of the Lord is not around.

It is my prayer that the leaders of the church will fall on their knees and ask God for wisdom in ministering to the Hip-hop culture.

I believe that Hip-hop will be as holy as we make it.

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holy hip hop resources (pt. 5/books)

Posted by dturn on December 23, 2008

Hip Hop Church


City Impact

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the principles of manhood

Posted by dturn on December 22, 2008

Reliable – you must be dependable. If you say you’re going to be somewhere, be there.
If you say you’re going to do something, do it.
Don’t let excuses form your life.
People want to trust you and what you say.
Don’t give them an excuse not to.

Educated – No, you don’t have to be a college graduate to be a REAL man.
What you should have is knowledge of what it takes to be successful in life.
You should know what it takes to have a successful marriage, a wonderful family,
stable finances and a healthy lifestyle.
Never stop learning.

Ambitious – you must have the inner drive to succeed.
You need to do whatever it takes to reach your goals.
Don’t let obstacles stop you. Use them as opportunities to boost you to the next level.
Sacrifice temporary pleasures for greater and more permanent accomplishments.

Loving – Love yourself enough to take care of your mind, body, and soul.
Feed yourself the best food, the best friends, and the best word (God’s word).
Love others enough to protect them from harm.
You are not by yourself in the world. We need each other.
Love God because, in spite of all you have done, He loved you first.
Love is the key.

There always seems to be a search for being “real”.
If we can focus on these core principles, I believe we can see a significant increase in success in marriages, families, children and finances.
Honest, authentic conversation will help us all be what we need to be.

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