Discard the Outcast and You Forfeit Tremendous Leadership Potential

Denny’s Story (adapted from Jimmy Larche’s book 13-Foot Coffins)

In Judges 11, Israel cast out Jephthah because he was a son of a prostitute, but later begged him to come and lead them because he was also a mighty warrior. Be careful who your church discards as an outcast. You may one day desperately need their leadership potential!

In the end, society always loses when the church ousts troubled kids.

Denny’s mother was a crack addict. His story had echoing parallels to the architects of the Columbine shooting. His life tragically ended just before his 21st birthday. But Denny was a part of the catalyst of what is now changing so many lives through Breakaway’s summer adventure camps for at-risk youth and children. read more

Annoy Them. Live to Irritate… and Inspire!

Live your life in such a way that it makes it very hard for other people to drift into mediocrity. Annoy them with your passion. Perturb them with your conviction and devotion to excellence. Disturb them with your perseverance. Agitate them with your resiliency. And instigate them with the fruit of your discipline. Because you don’t live among those who conform to mediocrity, you leave the world with one less excuse to dissipate in its complacency. Live this life… the kind that makes it hard for others to drift into idle vanity and such that complicates the convenience of apathy. This rigid life not only irritates, it also inspires. This is the essence of leadership. Don’t just show the way, GO the way. read more

5 Ways You Can Pray for Summer Camp and Broken Families

Breakaway Outreach will be facilitating multiple camps throughout the summer for prisoners’ kids, under-served children, and at-risk youth. Our first camping experience kicks off in just a few days (June 4) in Robbinsville, North Carolina. Here are some specific ways you can pray for our summer Kidz Camps…

Dennis Rodman Hall of Fame Speech and the Fatherless Epidemic in America

Dennis Rodman has always been known for his “emotional” visuals, as he described it in his NBA Hall of Fame acceptance speech below. Rodman talked openly about being abandoned by his father, the role of several men who mentored him (one who cried with him), and his painful regret over not being the kind of father he would like to be for his own children. It must have taken a great deal of courage for the former NBA star to say what he did on this public stage.

This stirring video should remind us that fatherlessness in our generation is tearing away at the fabric of our society. According to 72.2% of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America (National Center for Fathering). Read some of the issues related to fatherlessness below. Also get my Kindle book 13-Foot Coffins dealing with the giants of fatherlessness, abandonment, and abuse. Visit www.breakawayoutreach.com to find out more on how you can make a difference in the life of a fatherless child. read more

GIVING is the highest level of LIVING

“Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon ‘greed’.” – Richard Foster

Nothing speaks more loudly in a person’s life than generosity. When it comes from the heart, true generosity permeates every area of our lives, overflowing in obvious manifestations of benevolence toward others.

Giving has been attributed to the highest level of living.

Generous people have this abiding truth lodged at the core of their being – painted across the canvas hearts. They don’t focus the brunt of their time on what they can get from others but spend their precious time and valuable energy on what they can give to them. read more

The Battle for a Generation

I love these words adapted from Ron Hutchcraft’s book, “A Battle for a Generation,” pp 11-12.

Never in the history of the Life Saving Service (set up to rescue people on the North Carolina’s Outer Banks beaches) did a drowning person come to the door of the station asking, “Would you please rescue me?” In every case, someone had to leave the safety of the station to save lives.

Today, our life-saving station probably has a steeple with a cross on top. The title of the life-saving talk is on a sign out front, along with the name of the Head Rescuer. Inside, people are singing life-saving songs and having life-saving committee meetings. The station is a great place for the rescuers to have their needs met, their strength built. And it is the best place to bring people after they are saved. But it is not the best place to rescue people. In fact, when it comes to lost teenagers, most will probably not come to our life-saving station. If we wait until they do, most of them will die. read more