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I had the honor and privilege to receive a pre-release copy of “Sex, Lies & Religion” by Randy Elrod and I was able to read it in one day. The question you may ask yourself is “1 day?…must have been short”. It is not a long book at 166 pages, but it is a riveting book. I was not able to put it down.

A year ago I was able to meet Randy in person and talk with him. What I encountered was a man of integrity and transparency. A Godly man with a great marriage. This alone made me want to read whatever he put out.

This is a book that tries to debunk the old church rules about sex and nudity. It talks about the history of our creation and what we were created for. It delves into the connection between sexuality and spirituality starting first with nudity and sex onto our longing for God.

I am an artist and have drawn nudes and been around that culture a long time, but I am also aware of how much the nude body terrifies the main stream church. Randy talks about the lies that are out there and delves into teaching the reader how to achieve freedom from the way we have always been taught. There is a difference between “beauty” and Pornography” and Randy gives us a pretty great check list to determine that.

There is so much in this book to go over and re-read. I will be reading it for a second time next week and will probably need to blog again about it to really dig deeper.

A great quote from the book which really stood out to me was:

“Simply gather a handful of the succulent fruit described in this chapter and your mate will be literally eating out of your hand while racing you to the bedroom for an endless time of wild and abandoned lovemaking.”

Randy goes on to talk about the Fruit of the spirit and making that the most important Foreplay in a marriage. Something I am sure we all need a reminder of daily.

Last but not least it talks about communion and the sacraments. For the sake of a long post I won’t get into it, but let me tell you the connection he makes to the above is amazing.

Folks, this is a must read and maybe the top book I recommend this year. It’s not very often you will hear me say I need to read it again.

Do yourself a favor and order this book, but order it with an open mind because it will challenge you.

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#recreate Randy Elrod..UGH!

February 4, 2009 — 4 Comments

I honestly did’nt know what to expect from this man, but oh..this man just wrecked me…I have a ton to process right now..but you HAVE to read all of this NOW!!

Randy Elrod:

Left Peoples church in 2006

Full time at a church at age 18

“The curse of the blessings of God”

Job 1:10–11
Ephesians 6

When you have blessed your entire life and never have had to apply the scriptures you have a realization of the curses of the blessings of God

To survive in ministry we ned to understand the blessings of God

Blessing of anointing :
Sign of sanctification or consecration
Aaron, Moses, Rahab, Saul, David
Murderer, traitor, prostitute
Church is not hiring people who fit into that category
Anointing..remain in “Him”

David:
Great success and horrible failure
Man after God’s own heart
Psalm 51: “restore to me the joy of my salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me”

Curse= We think anointing means protection & forever..actually means marked and vulnerable”

Blessing of Charisma:
Ability to make someone feel intimate in a non intimate space
At its best is a function for your own success
allows you to be generous of self expression
Gary Mcintosh “darkness of leadership”

May be large group Charisma and small group charisma

Obama picked stanley and warren to pray because they are like him.

curse= We think charisma means leader and friend . It actually means communicator and ego

Blessing of the Herald:
Tells of things to come..first hint
early adopter, dreamer, visionary, prophet
risk is not an option
no fine line between carpe diem and who gives…
Life on the bleeding edge – When you are a herald you bleed
always chasing next big thing

Cure= we think it means passion and fun, but reality is it means restlessness and misunderstanding

Blessing of Technology:
Technology is great but there is something for being in person
Be where you are
Twitter has changed everything
We live vicariously through each others lives on the internet
We don’t live in real world because we are afraid we will miss something in the virtual world

Curse: We think it means reality and freedom, but really means artificial and monopolizing

The “fake” people worship the ground you walk on
but those same people will shoot you down if you screw up.

so who is real with us?

during intense times you NEED real people
Somebody who wont give you spiritual answers but will just live life with you.

Blessing of Leadership:
Alone sums it up
Surrounded but alone
Satan’s primary job is not keeping good men from the truth, but keeping good men WITH the truth from each other
Leaders are afraid and alone
You can sacrifice your family on the “Altar of Ministry”

Mega Church is huge …not like ever before
Every 7 days we have a chance to impact more people than any body else
Time will tell what kind of damage this responsibility will have on us

Curse = We think leaders are perfect and satisfied. Reality is they are fallible and hungry

Blessing of Influence:
Not just about art and leadership but the ripple effect that should be hoped for
Influence the influencers
Someone who makes you feel better than when you came
Make you feel genuinely cared for

“the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others” Dictionary
We are not called to change the world but called to create culture
“I’m glad about the success but its the ripple effect I’m hoping for” Don Henley

Curse= we think it means quantity in change but means quality and creativity

*Choose cynicism and burnout or influencing influencers

As for me I choose to serve the Lord!

RE:CREATE

January 30, 2008 — 2 Comments

Randy Elrod told me to tell everybody about this and man I wish I could go…I’m gonna try next year for sure