Category Archive: personal study

This is What I’m Talking About!!!


Hey Friends,

I just received this email below from a great man of God. I love it when a plan comes together. Many times you pray and you work and hope it all works out. It did with my book, The Plan of Your Life. I wanted to let you know how people are receiving the book and to ask for your help getting the word out. I do not have a lot of contacts outside of Faith Promise and could use all the help you can give in spreading the word.

This is awesome and was written by a man leading an organization training literally millions of leaders for Jesus world-wide:


I have just read The Plan of Your Life. Wow! It is powerful. I couldn’t put the book down.

After I finished reading the book, I sat and wept for an hour as I reflected on my father’s death on Christmas Eve morning when I was only 11. I recalled the many lessons he taught me even in the short time we did life together.

I thought of my two sons and a daughter whom I have endeavored to teach by words and by example.

Chris, you have written a masterpiece! While it explains a tremendous plan for personal growth, it is much more – it is a roadmap for living a life that really matters, that makes a difference for time and eternity. Rarely have I appreciated a book so much. 

Doug Carter

Senior Vice President


John C Maxwell, Founder

As you help me get the book out God will use it in helping others connect with Him and grow to their full potential. We have a discount for churches that get a box of 36 books. Together we can make a huge difference in people.

Thanks in advance and I love and appreciate you.

Pastor Chris



How Will You Spend The Next 2 Weeks?

Hey Friends,

The next 2 weeks are my favorite time of the year. The world will slow down and I get to spend more time with the Lord. In this precious time I will complete my Personal Growth Plan for 2012. I am so fried up about this because this is the main tool the Lord will use to grow me into the man He wants me to be. I am so excited about all the potential for miracles in the New Year! What are you looking for in 2012?

I am always amazed at how few believers have a growth plan!!! The number one command in the Bible is to:


 We all know this and we do actually love the Lord. But, why do so many have no plan for growth and to incorporate the spiritual disciplines invented by God for our benefit? We have a plan for everything else in life except the most important thing.

I am pretty sure the enemy of God has a part in the people that love God not having a plan. Paul told Timothy to be very careful in the
disciplines and to continue to grow. At the risk of repeating myself that is why I wrote the book, The Plan of Your Life. I am very passionate about personal growth and helping others be ready for the Bema Seat of Judgment in heaven.

I want to be on the front row and hear the Lord say to you, “Well done…” As you walk off the judgment seat we will high five and I will have added value to you. Please know of my love and prayers for you. Pray with me that my book will get into the hands of thousands who will read it and become more like Jesus. He is our example. Praying

God’s richest blessing on you in the Christmas season and the New Year.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris


Trying To Add Value

Hey Friends,

I had a thought while praying for you this morning. Since the new book went on sale last week my first book has started selling again. I am going to offer everyone both books for $20.00. Everybody loves a deal, especially at Christmas. So here it is, just for you.

My chief aim and goal is to help people achieve their full potential placed in them by the Lord. Both of these books are designed to do just that. Since most people just got the book last weekend few have finished it, but those that have already have sent great endorsements and testimonies.

I have worked and prayed over the new book for many years. It was and is a labor of love. It is my prayer as you read the book that you will have a clear plan for your personal and family growth for 2012.

Thanks for helping me get the word out. “Everything you hand finds to do, do it heartily for the Lord.”

Praying for you.

Love ya

Pastor Chris


Help, Help, Help!!!


Hey Friends,

No one does anything big for God unless a lot of people want to help. We are all parts of the same body in Christ. I need some help!!! My book was delivered last Thursday. It was an exciting day for me as you can imagine. I have in the office 4,500 copies that need to be in the hands of people to read. I give a money back guarantee that God will use the book to change lives.

I need help getting the word out. Keith Gray, one of our Elders, read most of the book Sunday and called the office Monday for 15 more copies to give out to friends. Help me get these books in the hands of people. No matter where you are with the Lord, this book will help you to the next step in your personal growth.

The book can be purchased at any of our Faith Promise campuses. It can be ordered online and both the book and E-book can be purchased on this website. This book is a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.

Another way you can help is to let us know what you think of the book after you read it. I will put the testimonies on this website. Also, if you would do me a favor and post a review of the book here, that would be very helpful to me.  Click this link, and under “Customer Reviews” click the “Create your own review” button.

Pray with me that this book grows legs. I am praying for hundreds of thousands of copies to be in the hands of people to help them in a passionate pursuit of God.

The tool described in this book is what the Lord has used since 1991 to help me grow more like Jesus. I believe God will use this book to transform lives, small groups, families, and churches. Pray for the Lord to be honored and exalted in the offering for His glory.

I cannot do this alone, but together we can make a difference and this book is just a small part. Thank you in advance for your help, prayers and promotion. Let’s use the social media, facebook, twitter, email blasts, word of mouth, and any other way you can dream up to help people get it and grow into their full potential.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Remember, after you read it please send me an email of how the book impacted you and how the Lord used it in your life.


Second Book Finally Out! HELP!

Hey Friends,

Well, after years of work and prayer, my second book is about to be here. We had almost 10,000 copies of the first book, The Climb of Your Life:Reaching the Peak of Your Potential, out and it is still selling. Now, we have the second book: The Plan of Your Life: Managing What Matters Most!  This book will help hundreds of thousands of people grow closer to Jesus. The bottom line of the book is helping people create a personal growth plan in the five most important areas of their lives.

I am so fired up about its potential for the Kingdom of God. The book was written as a story, in a creative way to hold the reader’s attention while helping him or her to grow. The first 5,000 copies will be at Faith Promise the first weekend in December. I am now pre-selling them. You can purchase them on this website or at Faith Promise.

This book will not only help you, but anyone you give it to. I encourage you to give it as Christmas gifts or stocking suffers. This is a gift that will keep giving for the rest of eternity.

So, here is how can you HELP:

1. Pray for the book to “Grow Legs” and get into the hands of hundreds of thousands that will benefit from it.

2. Get a copy for yourself, read it and write a testimony to be added to this website.

3. Get a copy for friends and family. Christmas is the perfect time!

4. Help me get the word out by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media you have access to. You can link to this site and get the word out.

5. Give me other ideas of how to spread the word.

Thanks in advance for your help and prayers. Together we can continue to add value to so many others.

Love and appreciate you,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Nobody makes a huge difference unless a lot of people want him or her to do so. We are better together!


Recent Reads

Hey Friends,

Maybe you have noticed I have not been posting near as many blogs lately. Three months of not feeling good has a way of slowing you down. Most of you know I love to read and grow. Part of my personal growth plan for 2011 is to read 25 books. Thought I would give you some of the latest books that I enjoyed. These are in no particular order of priority.

1. IR-REV-REND. By Greg Surratt. This was a great read. It is funny and devotional in nature. The author is a great man of God and leader in the Kingdom.

2. Onward. By Howard Schultz. This was a great book of passion and leadership in difficult circumstances. I highly recommend it.

3. Leading On Empty. By Wayne Cordellio. This is a must read for leaders in ministry and any leader would gain great value by reading the book. It could save your life or ministry.

4. Presidential Courage. I forgot the author but it was an awesome book. The book deals with difficult decisions in the worse times. These decisions changed our Nation.

5. Whisper. By Bill Hybles. This book covered the topic of hearing God’s voice. It was a pleasure to read and very motivational. Hybles has been where few have dared to trod.

Any of these books could add value to you. If you do not read these, which ones will you read? If you do not read then how will you grow into your full potential? I pray you have a passion for personal growth. At the heart of personal growth is a greater goal of pleasing the  Lord who died for us.

Hope this helps.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Keep watching I will give an opportunity to prepurchase my next book “The Plan of Your Life, managing what matters most.” Pray with me that this book grows legs and helps untold numbers of people grow more like Jesus.


Asking The Right Questions

Hey Friends,

A critical component of spiritual growth is asking the right questions of the right people. Many times we make up our minds about an issue and then ask questions of people who will tell us what we want to hear. Let me give you some questions from my journal I ask the Lord: 

1. Am I hungry or complacent?

2. Am I asking, seeking and knocking on the door of heaven like I should?

3. Am I believing and activating faith as the Lord created it and wants me to walk in it?

4. What barriers or battles am I facing in my spiritual life?

5. Where am I limiting my spiritual growth and ministry?

6. Am I grieving the Holy Spirit in any way?

7. Is there any area of my life in which I am having trouble hearing the voice of the Lord?

8. Is there any area of disobedience in my life?

9. Have I died to self and am I living for and in Jesus?

10. Am I totally filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit?

Asking the Lord questions and waiting for answers will give Him an opportunity to speak to you!  What questions are you asking our Lord? List other questions you may use that would help the rest of us. We must be willing to listen to the answer even if it is not what we want to hear. Growth means revelation, agitation, and then transformation. Are your ears open for what the Lord might want to say to you?

Praying you hear.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris


Are You Hungry to Grow?

Hey Friends,

Are you hungry to grow? I have to be honest, I am really blown away by how few people are hungry to grow! Would you agree? We are commanded to pursue the Lord with our whole heart. We are told to, “Study to show yourself approved…” Over and over we are encouraged, commanded, warned, and motivated to grow in the Lord. As leaders we should want to give the Lord the best offering we can. We should desire to give our lives as a “drink offering” to God.

What could be some of the reasons that so many seem to care less about personal growth? Could it be laziness, complacency, lack of a plan, no motivation, or any one of a million reasons to stop on the interstate of improvement and growth? On a scale of 1-10, where are you on pursuing personal growth? If you rated yourself low, why? What is stopping you from climbing to the next level? It really is the “Climb of Your Life.”

I promise you, when you attempt to grow into all the Lord has for you, it is a great journey. Your influence grows and you ability to minister and care for others grows exponentially. You get to lead the church or your organization to a whole ‘nother level. There is no down side to personal growth, but there is a massive down side to not achieving your potential or at least attempting to grow. So, what will you do with what the Lord has placed in you?

If you rated yourself high on the scale, you need to be grateful for the motivation the Master has given you. Psalm 51:12 says, “Lord, sustain me with a willing spirit.” Ask the Lord to make you want to. If you are one of the few constantly trying to grow, then I applaud you and I believe the Lord is very proud of you.

Keep climbing.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris


Is Technology Spiritual?

Hey Friends,

I have to tell you about a conversation I had with a new school administrator in Knoxville today. I found out that she has been coming to Faith Promise since she arrived in the city. I asked her how she found out about FP and she said that she “found us on the Internet.” Now that is a pretty normal response. I have actually received it from hundreds of people that I ask the same question. She made a second statement that was very bold: “If a church has no Internet presence or technological savvy it has no mission in the 21st century.” That’s a pretty strong statement from a spiritual lady.

That thought took me totally by surprise. I wonder how accurate you think it is? I can’t tell you how many people find our church on the Internet. I am always amazed by how many guests at FP have watched several of the messages before they ever make their first physical visit. So let me ask you, is technology spiritual? Can it be used for spiritual growth or outreach? Can a church have a serious mission and vision in the 21st century and have no technological savvy? I have to believe it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to do so.

How are you or your church using technology? Do you use it in the worship services? Outreach? Do you have an Internet campus? What about Bible teaching or sermons online? Do you Twitter, blog, or Facebook? The potential in using technology is off the chart. Are you self-limiting the Great Commission by not using bad or “demonic” technology? Technology is amoral. It is like money. It is not wicked, but how you feel about it or use it can become wicked.

I am reminded of what the old Christian rocker Larry Norman sang: “Why should the Devil have all the good music?” He was the grandfather of contemporary Christian music. He was also making a great point. The Church was fighting any new music and the artist was asking the same question we are discussing today, just with technology.

So, will you miss all God is doing by refusing to advance technologically? Surprisingly we use it at home for our pleasure and ease of work, but not at church! Odd.

Just a thought.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris


Personal Growth Plan (4)

Hey Friends,

If you were to rate yourself on your spiritual life, how would you rate yourself? On a scale from 1 to 10 how close are you to Jesus? Where would you like to be on the scale? This is not an event but a process. Spiritual growth is the result of disciplines developed over a lifetime. Most of us want it right now and we give up. I wonder how many people have bailed just before a breakthrough?

We are called into a passionate pursuit of the Presence of God. The only way to do it is the daily disciplines. We would all love to pray a prayer and automatically be a spiritual giant, but it just doesn’t work that way. We have to commit to the process if we are serious about growing. I want to ask you again to develop a plan and put it into place. Commit to a daily time and doing your plan.

If you don’t have one, what will you do? Without a systematic approach to Bible study and all of the rest of the disciplines, what will you do? If you are determined and dedicate yourself to the plan in 2011, by the end of the year you will be closer to a 10 on the spiritual scale. It is time to quit wishing or just hoping you grow.

Take responsibility for your growth. I have heard many people blame their spiritual standing on their pastor or other spiritual leaders. When we stand before the “Bema Seat” of judgment there will be no excuse. I want to challenge you to get it in gear and get going and growing. If you haven’t read last Tuesday’s blog, I encourage you to read it. It is the most important blog this week.

Love ya,

Pastor Chris