Paul Jenkins

Category - From Me to The G

What’s in your hand?

It seems that whenever God wants to do something BIG in our lives, we feel like we have nothing to offer, and yet God always asks us the same question that He asked Moses in the desert from a burning bush: What’s in your hand? The answer in our case, just like it was for Moses, is always the same: Not enough. But even though we may not have enough, if we take what we have and put in God’s hands, it will become exactly what we need at exactly the time that we need it. Let me say that again, but...

Furtick, Elevation, and why most of us probably just need to shut up

If you’re from anywhere near Charlotte, then you’re aware that it’s become quite the epicenter of “shocking” news about Elevation Church and its pastor, Steven Furtick.  In fact, it’s become quite trendy to look into every single thing Furtick and Elevation Church have done, are doing, or ever will do, especially if your name is Stuart Watson and you work at WCNC as the lead investigative reporter.  In case you’ve missed out on Watson’s...

I ran an ultra. This is what I learned.

A couple Saturdays ago I went down to Hinson Lake in Rockingham, North Carolina, and ran around it 21 times.  At 1.52 miles per lap, that comes to a total of 31.96, which is just above a 50k, the common distance for an ultra marathon.  So, I ran an ultra and that makes me an ultra marathoner. Yay.  It also gave me a lot of time to learn a few things that can help church planters and other people crazy enough to take on big dreams. The official results listed me at 20 laps, but it’s all...

God doesn’t care how you feel

Ok, I just used the title to get your attention, because this won’t be nearly as cold as those words sound. It isn’t so much that God doesn’t care about how we feel, but rather that God cares so much more about WHO we are than HOW we feel, because he knows that our identity can always carry us through bad times. Emotions can be great indicators, but they are terrible identifiers. Click To Tweet Think of it like this: emotions can be great indicators, but they are terrible...

The best part of the best day

This past Sunday our church – The Gathering – celebrated quite a bit.  It was the end of our second year since we launched the church in September of 2011, the first official Sunday in our brand new space and the opening day for the 2013 NFL season (I don’t need much of a reason to turn ANY event into a FOOTBALL event).  A couple of months ago I started praying that we’d see 300 people come on to the Kickoff event, and between the worship service (we had right at 200)...