Doug Smith LiveDoug Smith Live http://dougsmithlive.com Learn. Grow. Lead. Live. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:59:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 How to Lead a Mastermind Group http://dougsmithlive.com/mastermind/ http://dougsmithlive.com/mastermind/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:57:33 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15181 When Laura and I started Learning to Lead, we knew we wanted to form Mastermind groups. A Mastermind group is a small group of people who meet consistently to encourage, collaborate, challenge, promote, and resource one another. Our group has been meeting for just under one year. It’s been such a valuable experience. In this […]

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When Laura and I started Learning to Lead, we knew we wanted to form Mastermind groups. A Mastermind group is a small group of people who meet consistently to encourage, collaborate, challenge, promote, and resource one another.

Our group has been meeting for just under one year. It’s been such a valuable experience. In this post, I want to share what we do in our Mastermind group along with how we do it. I hope that you will be challenged to start or join your own Mastermind group. If you are interested in joining our group, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.

What Our Mastermind Group Does 

We Encourage Each Other – I believe that encouragement can change everything for someone! Sometimes, people need encouraged that they are doing better than they think they are. Sometimes people need encouraged to go after the dreams in their heart. As a group, we are committed to consistently encouraging one another.

11659473_975505303038_6214874583816754721_nWe Hold Each Other Accountable – Since we share our goals with each other, it allows us to hold each other accountable to making progress on our goals! We usually don’t need accountability on goals we know we are going to achieve. However, we all need accountability on the goals that have been on our goal list for a long time that we keep putting off because of fear.

We Collaborate with Each Other – As much as we can, we collaborate. We give each other advice, help each other dream bigger, and share our networks with each other. We try to show-up to each other’s events, help promote each other’s dreams, connect people with our network, etc.

We Help Each Other Go Further, Faster – One member of our group recently started a LLC. He said he’s been wanting to do it forever, but never pulled the trigger. However, as a result of being in our group, he started it! I know for me personally, I’ve grown immensely by being a part of this group. I think all the members of our group would tell you the same thing about their experience.

We do Life Together – When we started our group, I thought we’d meet for 9 months and then encourage everyone in the group to start their own groups in order to mentor other leaders. However, I’m finding that a lot of young professionals my age are looking for a consistent group of people to do life with. They don’t want to start new groups every 9 months. That being the case, I’m noticing that our group is becoming more and more like  family than it is a small group. We pray together, laugh together, make memories together, and go after our dreams together.

How We Run Our Mastermind Group

Our group meets twice a month. Although we’ve continued to change and adapt the way we format our meetings, here are the elements we currently include in every meeting:

  • Wins – We go around and quickly share if we’ve had any wins since we last met that were significant. We celebrate with each other.
  • The Hot Seat – Each week, one member of the group is on the hot seat. They are to come with a goal that they are focused on and need help with. They inform the group about their goal, what they are doing to achieve it, and then ask the group questions in order to solicit feedback. Then the group helps brainstorm ideas to help them. The next time the person is on the hot seat, they have to update us on what action steps they took, how it turned out, etc.
  • Leadership Challenges – We ask anyone if they have a specific leadership challenge they are facing now that they want discussed. If there is, we discuss it.
  • Leadership Resource Discussion – For each group, we have everyone read a book or an article, watch a TED talk, or listen to a podcast and then we discuss it.
  • Goal Reviews – Once a quarter, we review our progress with our goals for the year with the group. This helps people stay accountable and reminds everyone in the group of what each person’s goals are so they can help them achieve them.
  • Prayer Requests – We go through the group and see how we can pray for each other.

Questions: 

  • Do you have a Mastermind group? If so, how do you format your meetings? 
  • Do you have a group of people you’re doing life with? If not, find one!

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3 Steps to Taking Action on Your Dreams http://dougsmithlive.com/act-dreams/ http://dougsmithlive.com/act-dreams/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:37:38 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15089 Just under one year ago, Laura and I gathered leaders on Mt. Washington to share our vision of developing young leaders into the men and women God called them to be. Leading up to the event, I was a nervous wreck! What if nobody shows up? What if nobody thinks what we’re doing is legitimate? […]

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Just under one year ago, Laura and I gathered leaders on Mt. Washington to share our vision of developing young leaders into the men and women God called them to be. Leading up to the event, I was a nervous wreck! What if nobody shows up? What if nobody thinks what we’re doing is legitimate? What if.. What if… What if?

My father in law looked at me and said, “Doug, you’re going to look back on this day and laugh. This is just the beginning. You’re going to remember this day with great joy because you started something.”

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Nearly a year later, I can tell you that my father-in-law was correct. We are so glad we had the courage to step out on something that was in our hearts. We’ve had so much fun leading this for the past year. We’ve made some great friends and memories and have gotten to see a lot of leaders grow and launch dreams that have been in their hearts for a long time.

Today, I want to challenge you to act on your dreams. Here are 3 principles that helped us launch our dream, I hope they do the same for you:

Put a Date on the Calendar – I’ve had a vision for Learning to Lead since 2007. I didn’t act on it until 2014! Why? Because I was afraid! What caused me to finally act? Laura MAKING me put a date on the calendar! We picked a date, created an event, and started inviting people. At that point, I couldn’t back down. She forced me to ship! While it made me a nervous wreck for 2 months, looking back, that was a moment that changed my life. It taught me that I can do what is in my heart regardless of what fears are holding me back. I just have to do it afraid!

Don’t Worry about Who Will Show Up – A few months before we started Learning to Lead, I had coffee with my friend, Paul. I was telling him the fears I had: What if nobody shows up? What if people do show up? What if people think it’s stupid? What if nobody cares? Paul looked at me and simply said, “Doug, some will, some won’t, so what?”

When he said that, I felt immediately at ease. The reality is, regardless of what you’re starting, some people will love what you’re doing, they’ll read what you write, listen to what you produce, and some people won’t. So what? 

When I was sharing my vision with one leader, he said, “Doug, you have to ask yourself, “What will happen if you don’t this? Who will miss out? Whose life will never be changed as a result of you not going after what’s in your heart? More importantly, what will happen if you do, do this? Whose life will be changed forever because you cared enough to start this?”

The reality is, you never know the impact of you acting on your dreams can have. It could change someones life forever!

Recognize The Real Reason You Should Act –  Jim Rohn once said, “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”

Too many people go through life and never take one step toward the dreams in their hearts because they are afraid to fail or they are afraid of what people think. One of the main reasons you should act is to combat those fears.

When you act in spite of being afraid, you become courageous. You become more like the person you were created to be. Mark Twain one said, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”

I can relate to that. Every time we put on an event for Learning to Lead, I get bombarded with thoughts that cause me to fear and worry. However, once the events are over, I am filled with the joy of not letting my fears and worries overcome me. Things always turn out much better than I think they will!

Even if you step out and fail, you will learn that failure isn’t fatal! Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If you fail, you’ve just discovered one way that won’t work. Try another way! The important thing is to keep trying, keep shipping, keep overcoming your fears.

The world is waiting on you to act on your dreams! Act now!

  • What dream do you have in your heart that you need to set a date on the calendar for? 
  • What fears are holding you back? 
  • How could what you want to do change someone’s life forever? What if you never do that? What if you do? 
  • Who could you become if you develop the courage to act on your dreams? 

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Episode #63: John Nuzzo, Pastor of Victory Family Church http://dougsmithlive.com/episode63/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode63/#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:05:04 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15071 Episode Overview: Welcome everyone to episode #63 of the Learning to Lead podcast! I now have an intro for this podcast, let me know what you think of it.  I’ve wanted to do that for a while and finally did using Fiver, which is a website where you can hire people to do jobs for you […]

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Episode Overview:

Welcome everyone to episode #63 of the Learning to Lead podcast! I now have an intro for this podcast, let me know what you think of it.  I’ve wanted to do that for a while and finally did using Fiver, which is a website where you can hire people to do jobs for you starting at $5 per job! It’s a great resource for you to check out.

This episode is from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Pastor John Nuzzo, Pastor of Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp., PA. Pastor John has been one of the most influential leaders in my life. It was an honor for me to have him speak at our breakfast. His talk was excellent. Get your pen and paper ready to take some serious notes!
To learn more about our upcoming breakfasts, go here. If you’d like to sign-up for emails to update you on what’s happening with Learning to Lead, there is a link in the show notes to subscribe. Enjoy this episode!

Episode #63: John Nuzzo, Pastor of Victory Family Church

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Bio:

John Nuzzo is the senior pastor of Victory Family Church located in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Pastor John and his wife Michelle founded the church in 1993. Under their leadership, the church has grown into a body of believers possessing the same vision—to reveal the love of God for all mankind. Their belief is that an individual’s understanding of the depths of God’s love will cause every man, woman and child to rise above their circumstances, have an eternal perspective in life, and be moved beyond their own needs to the needs of humanity. Pastor John’s teaching is delivered in a way that is relevant to the life and heart of every believer. Pastor John and Michelle’s desire is to see people experience God in everyday life.

Connect with Pastor John:

Key Takeaways:

  • Biblical leadership is about who you lift and what you build for other people to live in after you’re gone
  • Superficial success is attractive because it boosts our egos, but it will ruin your life.
  • Success and failure are not secrets
  • Don’t want to be anything other than what God wants you to be
  • Live by principle, not pressure
  • The pressure you feel is not going away, in fact, the further you go in your purpose, the more pressure there is.
  • We can’t create God in our own image
  • God’s all about getting His resources for His purposes to His people who are doing His purposes!
  • It’s ok to be messed up, but it’s not ok to stay that way
  • Leaders don’t grow because they don’t deal with their unhealthiness & inadequacies
  • Never ever ever ever discuss what you don’t like laterally or down, talk to the people above you or else you’ll divide an organization

Announcements:

  • Learning to Lead Vision and Prayer Night – Join us on Mt. Washington on Wednesday, July 18th at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. We will be sharing what is on our hearts for the next year of Learning to Lead and praying over the city of Pittsburgh. Afterward, we will all go to dinner! Register here!
  • July Leadership Breakfast: Our next breakfast will be on Saturday, July 18th with Dr. John Stanko. To learn more about this event and to register, go here!

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Episode #62: Mark Whitacre, The Informant http://dougsmithlive.com/episode62/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode62/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:18:34 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=14642 In this episode, I interviewed Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history. In the interview Mark shares his story which is so fascinating that Hollywood made a movie about it called The Informant, starring Matt Damon (playing Mark Whitacre). In Mark’s story you’ll hear about how […]

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In this episode, I interviewed Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history. In the interview Mark shares his story which is so fascinating that Hollywood made a movie about it called The Informant, starring Matt Damon (playing Mark Whitacre).

In Mark’s story you’ll hear about how he went from being a 32 years old executive in one of the largest companies in the world with a corporate jet available to him and a house with an 8 car garage, to becoming an informant for the FBI, where he had to wear a recorder to work every day for 3 years.

You’ll hear him tell the story how he went to federal prison for eight and a half years, and how God met him there and changed his life forever.

Mark’s story will challenge you and inspire you at the same time. There are so many lessons within his story. I can’t encourage you enough to listen to this!

You can find the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, ways to connect with Mark below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!

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Episode #62: Mark Whitacre, The Informant

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Mark’s Bio:

Mark Edward Whitacre (born May 1, 1957) came to public attention in 1995 when, as president of the BioProducts Division at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) based in Decatur, Illinois, he was the highest-level corporate executive in U.S. history to become a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblower. For three years (1992–1995), Whitacre acted as an informant for the FBI, which was investigating ADM for price fixing.

In apparent retaliation for his role as an informant, ADM investigated Whitacre’s activities and, upon discovering suspicious activity, requested the FBI investigate Whitacre for embezzlement. As a result of US$9.5 million in various frauds, Whitacre lost his whistleblower’s immunity, and consequently spent eight-and-a-half years in federal prison. He was released in December 2006. Whitacre is currently the chief operating officer and President of Operations at Cypress Systems, a California biotechnology firm.

Connect with Mark:

Questions:

  • How do you lead differently now that you are out of prison?
  • What advice do you wish someone would have told you when you started out your career?
  • At one point in your life, you thought you had it made and had no need for God, that all changed when you went to prison. What advice do you have for people who think they are living the dream and don’t need God?
  • What advice would you give yourself about family if you could go back to the beginning of your career?
  • How do you live out your faith in the workplace?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?

Key Takeaways:

  • Selfish leadership comes with a huge price
  • Greed blinds
  • The power of servant leadership
  • Always do the right thing
  • If you’re moving up fast and it involves any kind of unethical behavior, it’s not worth it
  • Sometimes the quick way is not the right way
  • Money, possessions, and promotions will never fulfill you… you’ll never have enough. It always becomes, “What’s next?”
  • Success is impacting your family first THEN impacting the world
  • 92% of Jesus public appearances were in the marketplace, not the temple or the synagogue
  • People are in need all around us

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A City Famous for God http://dougsmithlive.com/city-famous-god/ http://dougsmithlive.com/city-famous-god/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:24:34 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=14321 A few years ago, I started learning about a vision for our city. The vision is that one day, Pittsburgh will  be more famous for God than anything else. Every time I would hear that vision, my heart would be filled with passion and a fire to do something to help that vision happen. Since then, […]

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A few years ago, I started learning about a vision for our city. The vision is that one day, Pittsburgh will  be more famous for God than anything else. Every time I would hear that vision, my heart would be filled with passion and a fire to do something to help that vision happen.

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Since then, I’ve been asking God to show me what a city famous for God looks like and how Laura and I can be a small part in making that happen. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far:

What a city famous for God looks like: 

Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise recently shared this scripture with us, which is how he defines a city famous for God:

Zechariah 8:4-5 says, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Once again old men and women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with their canes and will sit together in the city squares. And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls at play.

A city for God is a place that is safe for everyone, both young and old. It’s a city that’s flourishing. I’d imagine that:

  • A city famous for God doesn’t have anyone that doesn’t know Him in it
  • A city famous for God doesn’t homeless men, women, and children in it
  • A city famous for God doesn’t have crime
  • A city famous for God doesn’t have human trafficking
  • A city famous for God doesn’t have people who are at a disadvantage in it
  • A city famous for God doesn’t have any sick people in it
  • A city famous for God doesn’t have any corruption in it
  • A city famous for God ________________ (fill in the blank)

We all have a part in making our cities famous for God 

If that is what a city famous for God looks like, then we all play a part in helping make that happen. So what is your part in making your city famous for God?

Jeremiah 29:5-7 says, “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.  Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” 

Your part in making your city famous for God is simply doing what God tells you to do every day. Yesterday, I blogged about how everything God asks you to do is a big deal. Here are a few examples of how you can play your part:

  • When you live for God, you’re helping make your city famous for God
  • When you raise Godly children and grandchildren, you’re helping make your city famous for God
  • When you pray and work for the prosperity of your city, you’re making it famous for God
  • When you live a life of integrity, you’re helping make your city famous for God
  • When you serve those in need, you’re helping make your city famous for God
  • When you share the Gospel with those who haven’t heard it, you’re helping making your city famous for God
  • When you plant a church, start a business or a non-profit that God puts on your heart, you’re making your city famous for God.
  • When you do anything that God leads you do to, you’re helping make your city famous for Him.

Tony Evans often says, “If you want a better world, composed of better nations, inhabited by better states, filled with better counties, made up of better cities, compromised of better neighborhoods, illuminated by better churches, populated by better families, then you’ll have to start by becoming a better person.”

Making your city famous for God starts with you pursuing God and becoming the men and women He created you to be. Then it’s simply doing what He tells you to do!

I’m committed to helping my city become famous for God, are you? Let’s all do our best everyday to make this happen!

What can you do today to help your city take one step closer to being famous for God? 

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Your Call is a Big Deal http://dougsmithlive.com/call-big-deal/ http://dougsmithlive.com/call-big-deal/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:07:51 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=14278   A few months ago, I was having lunch with a leader and he was asking me to share some things with him that God has put in our hearts about what we feel called to do. After I shared, he looked at me and said, “Isn’t it amazing that out of all the people […]

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A few months ago, I was having lunch with a leader and he was asking me to share some things with him that God has put in our hearts about what we feel called to do.

After I shared, he looked at me and said, “Isn’t it amazing that out of all the people on the planet, God specifically picked you and put this in your heart? That’s a big deal!”

I had never thought about that before. When he said that, I was encouraged and felt extremely grateful for the fact that God has something for me to do! Not only does He having something for me to do, but what He has for me to do is a big deal! 

I Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 

If there is nothing that we do for God that is ever useless, then everything that God asks us to do is a big deal! 

  • When He asks you to serve in your church, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to say hi to someone, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to pay for someones meal or groceries, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to plant a church, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to raise Godly kids, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to do everything you do with excellence, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to give something up for Him, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to lead a small group, it’s a big deal!
  • When He asks you to start a business or a non-profit, it’s a big deal!

Too often, we think only certain things God asks people to do are a big deal. The reality is, everything God asks each of us to do is a HUGE deal.

Never take anything God has asked you to do for granted, regardless of how small you may think it is, He thinks it’s a big deal! If He didn’t think it was, He wouldn’t have asked you to do it!

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God or Money? [Podcast] http://dougsmithlive.com/god-money-podcast/ http://dougsmithlive.com/god-money-podcast/#respond Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:34 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13516 In this message, Doug teaches us how to put money in it’s proper place and how to put God first in your finances. Notes:  “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and […]

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In this message, Doug teaches us how to put money in it’s proper place and how to put God first in your finances.

Notes: 

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24

“For the love of money is the root of ALL KINDS OF EVIL. Some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:34
1.) Serving Money will Leave You Unfulfilled

“Money won’t make you happy, but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” -Zig Ziglar

Idols ask for more and more, while giving less and less, until eventually they demand everything and give nothing -Andy Crouch

2.) Serving God will fulfill you 

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:45

Success is:

1.) Knowing my purpose in Life
2.) Growing to my Maximum Potential
3.) Sowing Seeds to benefit others
3.) The Purpose of Money

7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-15

TITHING is TRUSTING that God can do more with 90% than we can do with 100%. – Mark Batterson

1.) Will you tithe
2.) Will you do what I tell you with your money

8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,“They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”[d]

The first purpose of money is to provide everything we need

The second purpose of money is to give it generously!

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[e] in you.11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

A Vision for Increase

Psalm 113:7-8 – He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of his own people!

*From the Least to the greatest, from the dumbest to the smartest, from the poorest to the richest, from the least influential, to the most influential!

God needs people with right hearts to have a vision of changing the world for Him!

The Outcome of Money

And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[f] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

**The secret of life is to give your life away

Actions:
1.) Evaluate Your Heart toward money
2.) If you’re not tithing, start
3.) Memorize Psalm 113:7-8/2 Corinthians – Meditate on it
3.) Ask God everyday how you can be generous

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Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril http://dougsmithlive.com/episode61/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode61/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 09:18:41 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13586 This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise.  The Pittsburgh Promise provides college scholarships for city school students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They are currently in need of middle school mentors. If you would like to get involved […]

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This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise.  The Pittsburgh Promise provides college scholarships for city school students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They are currently in need of middle school mentors. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click the links provided below. Also, they need to raise $250 million in order to do what they are doing, so if you feel led to, I would also encourage you to support them financially!

Saleem’s bio is in the show notes below. I know this talk will inspire and challenge you to do more in your community. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Our next leadership breakfast is on Saturday, June 20th with John Nuzzo, Founding Pastor of Victory Family Church. Learn more and register for this breakfast here.

Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril

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Connect with Saleem and the Pittsburgh Promise:

Saleem’s Bio:

Saleem Ghubril is a committed and passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through outreach and education programs.

In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that annually provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors, and mentors, educates, and deploys thousands of volunteer youth in meaningful community service initiatives. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh Promise.

The Pittsburgh Promise is a regional economic and workforce development entity that focuses on transforming the quality of education and life in the City of Pittsburgh, and making higher education a reality for all of Pittsburgh’s urban youth.

He is currently the volunteer pastor of the Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

My Key Takeaways:

  • I don’t care when the light bulb comes on, I just care that i tcomes on
  • Our mission is to be an agent for the Kingdom wherever we are
  • Go where you are most needed
  • A city famous for God: vulnerable people are no longer vulnerable, no more justice, no more poverty, no more isolation, no more injustice!
  • The age of youth is created for heroic service!
  • God, help me live a lift that counts
  • Something is better than nothing! Just do something!

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No Excuses [New Podcast] http://dougsmithlive.com/no-excuses/ http://dougsmithlive.com/no-excuses/#respond Thu, 14 May 2015 10:46:24 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13441 In this message, I share 7 things that God has done for us that will eliminate all excuses we have not to trust Him and to not become the men and women He called us to be. I hope this message encourages you to go all in with God! Enjoy! Notes:  No Excuses: 7 Amazing […]

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In this message, I share 7 things that God has done for us that will eliminate all excuses we have not to trust Him and to not become the men and women He called us to be. I hope this message encourages you to go all in with God! Enjoy!

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Notes: 

No Excuses: 7 Amazing Things about Being a Christian that I Take for Granted!

20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. -Romans 1:20

“I don’t believe in God, that’s ok, He believes in You!”

What makes someone trustworthy?

  • You can trust people who will do whatever is necessary to maintain a relationship with you! God has done everything possible to have a relationship with me and to ensure I live an abundant life!

Here are 7 amazing things that are available to every child of God on the planet that we should never take for granted:

  • Salvation – Christ died for me – Romans 5:8 say, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“God’s salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to the salvation, offered as a free gift.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

2.) God gave us the Bible – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

3.) We have the Holy Spirit – In John 16:5-15, Jesus said it’s better that He leaves so that God can give us the Holy Spirit.

  • The Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
    2. The Spirit guides us into all truth (John 16:13).
    5. The Spirit reveals Christ to us and in us (John 16:14-15).
    6. The Spirit leads us (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18; Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1).
    8. The Spirit empowers us (Luke 4:14; 24:49; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8).
    11. The Spirit bears witness in us that we are children of God(Rom. 8:16).
    12. The Spirit produces in us the fruit or evidence of His work and presence (Gal. 5:22-23).
    13. The Spirit distributes spiritual gifts and manifestations (the outshining) of His presence to and through the body (1 Cor. 12:4, 8-10; Heb. 2:4).
    23. The Spirit dwells in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14; John 14:17).
    24. The Spirit speaks to, in, and through us
    27. The Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18).
    36. The Spirit enables us to obey the truth (1 Pet. 1:22).
    42. The Spirit teaches us (1 Cor. 2:13; John 14:26).
    43. The Spirit gives us joy (1 Thess. 1:6).
    44. The Spirit enables some to preach the gospel (1 Pet. 1:12).
    46. The Spirit knows the things of God (1 Cor. 2:11).
    48. The Spirit brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26).
    49. The Spirit comforts us (Acts 9:31).

 4.) We can be led by God – Romans 8:14 says, “As many that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

God’s specific will vs. God’s general will
*God will never lead you to do something that isn’t in line with his general will (the Word of God) The more Word you have in you, the better you’ll be at discerning the Spirit leading you! 

5.) God helps us Grow to our Maximum Potential

10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. –Hebrews 12:11-12

It may seem like there is nobody else interested in your potential, but God is. God sees your worth. God knows your gifts. God knows what your capable of and if you’ll walk with Him, He’ll make sure you get developed and grow!

6.) God gave us a Community to Do Life With!

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[i]), and to prayer.43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity[j]— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

“Safe people do 3 things: Bring us closer to God, closer to others, and closer to who we were truly made to be.” –Henry Cloud

As Reid Carpenter says, “In life, it doesn’t get any better than having magnificent friends, pursuing a magnificent vision, for a magnificent God! There is No better juice than that!”

7.) God gives us a Purpose bigger than Ourselves!

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. –Ephesians 2:10

“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born!” –Zig Ziglar

In summary, God has given us everything we need to live our best lives, do what we are called to do, and to have a great relationship with Him.

  • He’s given us salvation
  • He’s given us the Bible
  • He’s given us His Spirit
  • He promises to lead us
  • He helps me develop my potential
  • He’s given us the Body of Christ
  • He’s given us a purpose to wake up every day and go after!

My prayer is that we will never take for granted all the wonderful things He’s provided for us.

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The Privilege of Not Knowing http://dougsmithlive.com/privilege-knowing/ http://dougsmithlive.com/privilege-knowing/#respond Wed, 13 May 2015 10:16:46 +0000 http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=13376 A few weeks ago, I was listening to Reid Carpenter speak at a conference. He said something that really helped me. He said, “One of the greatest things in life is not to know, but to be faithful.” I don’t know if you’re like me, but too often, I want to know everything that God […]

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A few weeks ago, I was listening to Reid Carpenter speak at a conference. He said something that really helped me. He said, “One of the greatest things in life is not to know, but to be faithful.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but too often, I want to know everything that God is ever going to do in my life right now! He put dreams and vision into my heart and I want to know exactly how those things are going to happen.

However, God doesn’t work that way. God may have given you a vision for what He wants you to do with your life, but that vision may not come to pass for 5, 10, or 15+ years own the road.

In Psalm 37:23, the Bible says, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

My Pastor often says, “God directs our steps, not our leaps.” Our job isn’t to figure out and know how everything is going to happen. Our job is to seek God, figure out our next step, and be faithful with that until He shows us another step.  

Trust that God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go!

Stop worrying about how everything is going to happen. One of the most exciting parts about following God is you never know where you’re going to go, who you’re going to meet, or what He’s going to do in and through you. Following God is life’s greatest adventure!

Focus on the step He has you on right now. Be faithful where you are at and in time, He will reveal your next step. Repeat that process, keep taking steps and before you know it, you’ll be doing things you never dreamed possible.

Enjoy the privilege of not knowing. Be faithful.

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