I first heard of Pastor Crawford Loritts through a series titled Stepping Up. The series was aimed towards calling men to live a courageous life in the Lord. What Pastor Loritts spoke about in the series touched the hearts of men behind prison walls in Teague, Texas. We delighted in his teachings and his fervor for the gospel message. Ever since then, he has been one of my favorites to listen to. He’s as genuine, sincere, and humble as a man of God should be. You won’t hear him call attention to himself or strive for position; you will hear him point us to the Lord. In this episode, we discuss a leadership that is close to home; the leadership mantle that God calls men to pick up and live by. No matter how we may want to arrange our lives, our choices make a clear path for our destiny. Choose truth, joy, faith, community, and service, for God has called you into His family!
I first met Charlie Houck when he was heading up the discipleship ministry at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas. With a sincere desire to do the work of the Lord, Charlie shared his vision with me about planting a church in San Diego, California. We hit it off quite easily, being that we both served in the U.S. Navy. Now that he and his wife, Audrey, are finally at the point of reaching San Diego, it hasn’t been so easy. However, isn’t that what we can expect when great things are being done for the Kingdom of God?
As soon as we make a decision to commit to the vision that the good Lord lays upon our hearts, we can surely expect that the enemy won’t be happy. Obstacles and challenges are just part of the pursuit, but God always makes a way in what He wills. Listen in as Charlie Houck shares his family’s journey in planting Cause Church.
My dear friend in the Lord, Pastor Kevin Bailey has been blessed by God. We met years back and the Lord has blessed us with an awesome friendship. I have seen God do great things through my friend, and have also seen the effect that God’s love has had on this brother. He longs to walk with others and disciple men along the way, always willing to pay the price with the Lord. Today we are talking about the endeavor that God has surely placed on his heart, the Kingdom Living transitional house. The journey from behind prison walls to living as a free man may be long and enduring, but God has surely made it possible.
It’s no secret that most of us feel as if most of the jobs that we have ever worked could be considered to be menial. That is, of very little training, skill, or talent according to its definition at vocabulary.com. This may be true to some extent, but the value in such menial tasks prove to be priceless in life. We, however; certainly don’t look upon hard work as a tool for teaching in our times of dismay.
Some people relish the idea of stepping in to a room full of strangers, working that room, throwing their sales skills into high gear. But, for others, networking events are more like necessary evils. For those people, that means show up with a stack of freshly-printed business cards, giving away at least three to each person we make eye contact with (so the stack dwindles that much faster), and then spend the rest of the time keeping our mouths full or on our phones so that we aren’t available for additional questions or conversation. Man, what a waste of time! Seriously, what can we expect to get out of that?