Mike Stallard continues his explanation of the importance of creating a “connection culture” in any organization (even in a family), as well as practical steps on how to make a difference by caring. We were designed by God for relational connection, and humbly loving and serving others creates a connection. From Nick the “hugger” at Memorial Sloane-Kerring to the supervisor who gets to know her employees, Mike uses examples to bring the concept home.
9/11 is a day to remember those heroes who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives caring for us, but it is also a time to reflect on how to care for others. John “Rev” Revell shares what he has learned about compassion while serving as Chaplain for the Stamford, CT Police Department and as founder of Life Line Chaplaincy, which is dedicated to serving first-responders. Being an NCS brudder means “showing up” when a spouse, child or friend is going through a difficult time. Rev helps us understand the importance of compassion and HOW to “show up”.
Mark Merrill, who has devoted the last 25 years to helping families love each other better, shares valuable wisdom and practical tips for fathers and grandfathers on loving and raising children. Mark explains his three “M’s” of parenting–Make-up, Method and Model, including six simple sentences every child needs to hear. This is really basic and easy stuff every Dad should be doing, but probably isn’t (or at least not enough).
[We apologize that the first few minutes of Mark’s talk were lost due to a technical glitch–it was just where he shared his faults, failings and dark secrets]
Stephen Bennett courageously (and very transparently) tells the story of his transformation from a man living a wild homosexual lifestyle (until the age of 28) to a happily married man with a wife and two children who has devoted his life to helping others find transformation through healing. Stephen shares a long and winding journey marked by childhood molestation, an abusive father, bullying by other children, a bold Christian friend, the power of prayer, the power of God’s Word, the power of love and ultimately the power and necessity of forgiveness.
Sean Dunn shares his story of seeking God’s heart and gives an inspiring roadmap for pursuing God’s plan for your life. Sean takes us through the three key steps he discovered on his journey: let God move your heart; let God fuel your creativity; and let God move your body. Sean’s message includes some thought-provoking ideas:
- You can’t be both Kingdom advancing and self-protecting.
- This life is too short to be wasted and eternity is too long to be ignored.
- Obedience is better than complacency.
- Anything worth doing will take longer than you would like and require more determination than you anticipate, but if you are faithful with the little and stay focused on the next steps, God will see you through to the end.