Grit to Great (New York City: Crown Business, 2015)

You have heard of the wonderful best seller Good to Great by Jim Collins.  Such a great book encouraging leaders with strategic principles:

  • First Who, Then What– Getting the right people on the bus and in the right seats.
  • Find your Hedgehog– Stick to the thing you do best.
  • Push your Flywheel– Stick to the work and watch what happens.


Books are great.  Leaders are readers.  Sometimes when time is short, reading is the first to be cut. It doesn’t have to be that way.  Leadership Book Summaries are a great way to learn the main meat of the book in a timely fashion.

Why Grit Matters — How do you catch up in the game of life when you aren’t blessed with perfect scores on your SAT, an Ivy League education, or a family fortune to give you a head start? Passion and perseverance matter more than intelligence when it comes to being successful. The endgame belongs to the truly diligent, not the merely talented. It
belongs to those who have grit.

The Talent Myth — Achievement in any field takes a huge degree of effort and hard work. Talent alone is overrated.

Ditch the Dream — While the dreamers are still sleeping, the doers are taking victory laps because they had the sense to wake up and get to work.

Lose the Safety Net — The great Nik Wallenda showed us all how to meet your fears head on.  If you wait to act in a situation until it’s risk-free, what you’re really risking is a lifetime frozen at the starting line.

Get into Wait Training — Why do some reach for Cheetos rather than their running shoes?  Hard work is the secret.  Those who have grit are willing to wait and see how hard work can make a difference.

Bend like Bamboo — The ability to turn enormous obstacles around is less about having the strength of a sturdy oak
and more about having the flexibility of a slim stalk of bamboo that will sway even in the gentlest breeze.

No Expiration Date — The brain is like a muscle that, with exercise, becomes stronger. And its plasticity and growth are fueled by learning new tasks and taking on new challenges. It’s only when we don’t use our intellect that it begins to waste away.

Grit for Good — What it takes to make the world a better place requires a great deal of hard work—long hours, little or
no pay, sometimes toiling in harsh environments at great risk with little measurable success in sight.

You Asked For It?

A New Series at 290 Community Church

Earthquakes. Famine. Wars. Lawlessness. The world is getting crazier the longer I’m alive. Just today a Priest in France was beheaded by ISIS and the President of France has said officially or not, “We are at WAR with ISIS.”  These days are pregnant with fear and anticipation.


Many are simply curious about what the future holds. Some have some good ideas on what the Bible calls “The Signs of the Times” and “The Last Days.” NEWSFLASH- these are it; we are living in the last days. Just about every generation since the New Testament was written has thought the same. Some Christians are fascinated by the mysteries and symbols found in Revelation and love to unravel their secrets. When will the Rapture take place? What is the Tribulation? And Armageddon, wow, what is that? Still others look at the clues in Revelation not from a future perspective because that might lead us away from our main calling.

What’s the proper approach? What should we know about the end times, and what, if anything, should we do to live out our faith in the midst of these turbulent times? We are starting a series at 290 Community Church this Saturday night called, “You Asked For It.” It is a six-week series. The first three weeks deal with the End Times and the last three weeks deal with the Biblical truths surrounding Sin, Salvation, and Heaven.

Prayer is the Work- July 20, 2016

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He who finds a wife, finds a good gift.  A Chinese proverb said, “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.”  Thornton Wilder shares how THE PROMISE trumps LOVE in marriage:

I didn’t marry you because you were perfect. I didn’t even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn’t a house that protected them; and it wasn’t our love that protected them – it was that promise.”

Pray for ____________’s  marriage.  Pray that husbands love their wives as Christ loved he Church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25).  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer is the Work- July 19, 2016

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Respect is important.  The apostle Peter summarizes the Bible’s teaching on respect in 1 Pet 2:17: “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” This passage encompasses four major areas of our lives, teaching us that, as followers of Christ, we should respect all men, other Christians, God, and governmental authorities. The word respect is a translation of the Greek word timēsate, meaning “honor or value.” It literally means “to place a great value or high price on something.” Interestingly, today we tend to place our values on our personal rights and the equality of man. However, biblical respect is far different, more about a perceived inequality in that we recognize that some things and some people are more important than ourselves.

I truly don’t think it is natural for a person that has no respect of God to be able to respect others.  For today’s prayer focus, we are praying for a holy respect of God first that flows into respect of others.

Lord give ____________ a holy fear of you in all ways (Ps. 34:11). In Jesus name. Amen.

More Ministry…Great Videos.

Jose Matos and Scott Bronstad

Confidence comes from knowing the path and knowing the content.  Inadequacy comes from not knowing what to say or when to say it.  We are all growing in confidence.

Jose Matos discusses the Training times

Scott Bronstad gives a TOUR of our room


From Texas? What do you think about…

Trump, Guns, and Walls???

There are several conversation enders, typically.  Politics and religion tend to halt conversations, unless of course they don’t.  In all my years of engaging folks in NYC parks and in other areas, I never experienced what I have been experiencing here the last couple of days.

One conversation was on a park bench with folks who worshiped Manchester United soccer and another conversation was at Times Square Church.


What do you think of Trump? 

What do you think of guns?

What do you think of Trump’s wall?

Those three stuck out big time.  In every case, those asking were asking in sincerity and not in trying to rouse up angst or animosity.  It didn’t matter that we agreed or disagreed.  I found that amazing really.  I interpret that as us living in very uncertain and uneasy times.   These are the days for the Church to be vocal about the Good News.  I promise many will brush you off but many will be ready to hear “GOOD NEWS” for a change.

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Prayer is the Work- July 18, 2016

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290 Community Church Mission Statement

We exist to exalt Christ by making disciples that make disciples.

If we get anything right it is to exalt Christ and then make disciples.  If we get these wrong, then we are sunk.  We believe this is our mandate.


Please pray for those who are participating in NYFLO16.  They are being asked to seek out others in the next 12 months to pass a baton of discipleship to.  There is a catch!  They are being asked to seek to ensure that those they pass the baton of discipleship off to also find others also.  The success of our discipleship is not that we are being discipled, it is not that we are making disciples, but it is that our disciples are making disciples that make disciples.  That is the essence of what the Great Commission is and what Paul challenged Timothy with, “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will be able to teach others also.”  That is four generations of discipleship right there.

With this in mind, please pray the following:

Lord please show _________ that all authority to make disciples is in You (Matt. 28:18-20). In Jesus name, Amen.

Day of Worship and Sweet Times

Times Square and Bryant Park

Ministry is a blast.  Ministry that is done for God will never lack all that God has for us.  Don’t let the devil remind you of who you are, don’t let the world, don’t let your flesh, don’t try to figure yourself out and remind yourself of your own identity, the devil hates you and you tend to talk way to negatively about yourself.  It is not your standing, or your circumstances or sufferings but WE MUST LET JESUS AND HIS WORD DEFINE WHO WE ARE.

Alex White Share after Times Square Church


Jeff King

God blessed us with the opportunity today to disciple a believer in Christ. Through hope, each of us were inspired by the gift of discipleship to continue to grow and further the Kingdom of God.

Scott Bronstad

Such fun! Enjoyed Bryant park… Met with Brian king and watched him playing ping pong while talking with a gal from Paris. Got talk with Brian about the church and how he feels burned by the hippocrites. We’re hanging out tonight and giving him a picture of community.

James Deguzman

God revealed to me to keep my eyes focused completely on Jesus.  That I am successful in God through Christ Jesus.  God opened my eyes to the fields that are white for harvest.

Gabe Lukish

What a breakthrough today in the realm of HOPE! Jeff and I met Shannon, who is a fellow believer. We exchanged our stories, where we have been where we are going and how God is leading us! I asked her if she knew how to “grow the kingdom of God”. We were able to plant the seed of discipleship. The prayer we prayed was powerful in wishing the continued HOPE for Shannon and Earnest!


Alex White

Jose and I, had the opportunity to meet several people. One guy named, Fernando, allowed us to sit by him while he was finishing lunch. We talked about why we are in NY and he told us right away that he doesn’t believe in God but he’s open to everything. I had the opportunity to share my story and then he shared his story. He really went deep about his past experience with God. He agreed that he has an inner war in his mind always wondering if a higher power is real. I was able to present Rom. 6:23. He told me he appreciated us stopping to meet with him. We left by praying together. Fernando was hesitant to allow us to pray for him but he said, yes we could pray for him in general. We left feeling encouraged.

Jose Matos

Today we had the privilege of serving God by evangelizing in Central Park. We met people that were answers to our prayers and receptive to our conversations. With God’s guidance, we initiated and engaged with strangers in ways we never would have had the courage to before. We look forward to tomorrow’s opportunities to serve and strengthen the spirit.

Joel Frederick

“How do I share the Gospel of Jesus?” asked Shameed, a man from Trinidad and Tobago today in Bryant park. I was stunned; usually you don’t here people ask that question in New York. Normally they are more concerned with the practical matters, not matters of the spirit. And although Shameed wants to help people also, he was deeply concerned with how to share the way to have a relationship with Jesus. The Lord put an opportunity to share what we have been learning at 290CC before me and gave the words to me through the Spirit. By the end of explaining the four fields training to him, Shameed thanked me and said that he hoped to share it with people that he knows. What a blessing!

Chris Faulkner

Today I shared with a German born and and raised Vietnamese student, here on vacation. He was even a person of peace.  He was playing a great game of ping pong and asked me to wait during rounds so we could catch up between his many rounds. I eventually shared my life story, shared the one verse, and
lastly gave him a small bible and a way to get in touch with me. He was definitely interested, but wanted to learn more. I could see the Lord at work.