Greg King

Five Stones

Heavy Construction

This Past week God has been challenging my core convictions on a Big Idea that I used while teaching this week.

Big Idea: Some people expect God to do great things so they plan accordingly others plan small because they expect God to do very little in their life.

While most people would never say that they expect God to do small things in their life, the way in which they live says another. I firmly believe that God wants to increase my faith. He is clearly beginning to do some new and unexpected things in my world.

In the words of TD Jakes, “you can tell what someone is getting ready to build based upon the type of equipment around the job site.”  He says that if you roll up on a job site and see giant excavators and cranes you can rest assured that they aren’t gonna build a chicken coup.  In the same way you can look at the heavy equipment that God has placed around you and get a glimpse into what He is wanting to build. All I can say is that I’m beginning to see some big equipment roll up on my worksite.

So what steps do I need to make to preapre the worksite for what God wants to do in my life? What areas in my life show evidence of little preparation for what God could do? The way in which I live clearly reveals what I believe about God. I feel like I should have one of those signs hanging on my door that says pardon our dust construction is taking place.

September 7, 2008 Posted by | Leadership, Personal | 1 Comment

Pushup Challenge Starts Monday

The push up challenge got stalled due to vacation but I am proud to announce that it is officially back on. Starting Monday for the next 6 weeks several of us will be working towards the goal of cranking out 100 push ups.

If you’re serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you’ll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups!

Think there’s no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achieve this goal!

No doubt some of you can already do 50 consecutive push ups, but let’s face it, you’re in a big minority. Most of you reading this won’t even be able to manage 20 pushups. Surprisingly most guys can oly start with about 10.

However, it really doesn’t matter which group you fall into. If you follow the progressive push ups training program, I’m positive you’ll soon be able to do 100 push ups!

Several guys have already responded wanting to do the challenge as well. So get yourself ready and let me know if you are joining us for the challenge. Go to one hundred push ups and take your initial test and be ready to start on Monday.

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 3 Comments

Shark Tale

If you’ve been looking at my twitter or facebook then you already know that our family had a close encounter with a 6 foot shark. Our family had just finished our vacation in Palm Coast,FL and decided to meet up with the Nestor family and Owen Family at a house in Atlantic Beach, FL. Several of our kids were in the water body boarding while Ralph, Heath and I were sitting in beach chairs talking.

As we sat there talking, Ralph commented that he thought that he saw two fins in the water. Obviously we did not think what he saw was a shark fin. What we would soon learn was that he actually saw the small black tip of the front and back fin of the black tip shark. I looked at the water and didn’t see anything but decided to go down to the water’s edge and check it out. So, there I was standing with the water lightly hitting my feet, when all of a sudden I saw the shark surface about 15 feet away from our kids. Obviously, the only thing you can say at that moment is to get out of the water. Thankfully, all of the kids responded immediately (which is a miracle in itself.) How many times have you told your kids to get out of the water and you have to engage in some type of great debate. Thankfully all of the kids responded immediately. My little girl Lily would later tell me that she knew that it was bad from the way that I yelled. She said I knew it was either a jellyfish or a shark. I wish it had been a jellyfish.

What happened next will always remind me of God’s protection on our children. The shark heard the commotion of the kids splashing and turned and began to swim towards the noise. What I’m about to say is not intended to place the spotlight on me or my actions because I know without a shadow of a doubt that Heath and Ralph would have responded the same way. In fact there is no one else that I would entrust the safety of my family to than to these two great friends. Once I saw the shark turn towards our kids I rushed into the water heading right towards the shark. My only goal was to place myself between the shark and our kids. Let me pause again and say that what I did was nothing short of what any parent would do. In fact Sonya was moving just as fast to grab the kids as they came out of the water. The only reason it was me going in the water and not Ralph or Heath was because I was the closest to the water at the time.

As I rushed into the water toward the shark, I was making as much noise as I could by hitting and slapping the water. I made it about waist deep and the shark got spooked and turned and swam away. As he turned, his tail literally came within three feet of my hand. It was only by God’s protection that the shark did not go after me with the amount of noise and commotion that I was making. It was only by God’s protection that Ralph noticed something unusual in the water.

Once we had all the kids, we watched this same shark hunt in the shallows for the next 15-20 minutes. The shark actually came up unto the sand twice and almost beached himself as he was fishing for mullet. We would then realize that there were actually two sharks hunting for fish in the area that we were swimming.

Here are some things that I learned from this experience.:

First, the love of a parent is a powerful thing. Makes me wonder how God could stand back and watch His only Son suffer for those who hated Him. Here I am a sinful Dad and I would have done anything to stop my kids from being hurt. Over the past few days I have been trying to wrap my mind around the love that God must have for me. Knowing that I was on His mind as He watched His Son suffer on behalf of my sin.

Second, the only other thought I had as I entered the water was that I had two friends that would have my back. I knew without a doubt that if this shark turned on me that I had two of my closest friends running down the beach to get to me. How thankful I am to know that I have friends that will lay their life down for my family and they know that I am willing to do the same for theirs. Not many men can say they have those types of relationships and for that I am greatly blessed.

So to the best of my account that is our shark tale. I would ask that you would please pray that God would remove the fearful images from our kids minds and dreams. That this random event would not leave them fearing the ocean but instead praising the Creator of the Ocean.

August 14, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 1 Comment

Challenge

This summer I have been trying to push myself with some personal challenges. I’ve decided to take the 6 weeks onehundredpushups challenge.

Push ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for the human body. Push ups are not only great for your chest, but do a tremendous job of defining your abs, triceps, shoulders and torso. Push ups can be performed no matter where you are, and best of all, they are completely free – no expensive equipment or annual gym fees required! If you’re looking to develop a great chest and shoulders, you could do much worse than follow along with the hundred push ups plan. Your core strength will also go through the roof too! To improve your strength, fitness and general health all you need to do is commit about 30 minutes of your time per week, and follow the push ups training program as closely as you can.

I’ll start the push up challenge this Monday the first day of my vacation and work my circuit on M,W,F of each week. Let me know if you plan on taking the challenge. It would be cool tohave a bunch of us busting out the bootcamp style push ups.

August 1, 2008 Posted by | Personal | Leave a comment

Spiritual Fat

I just came back from another run today at the YMCA. As I ran I let my mind dwell on Hebrews 12:1 from the Message.

“It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.”

Today as I ran I could feel the neglect of not taking care of my body as those extra pounds kept me from running to my fullest potential. In fact I had to stop every now and then to catch my breath. The part that surprised me the most was the conversation my body was having with my head. The conversation went like this, “you’re fat and out of shape you’ll never be a runner. At one point all I could hear was my body screaming just quit.” I’ve heard that same voice before in my spiritual life. “You’ll never be good enough, why would the Father love you, why would He ever use someone like you?” Just like in running you have to fix your eyes on the finish line and block out the distractions that will keep you from running well. Lord please reveal to me any parasitic sins that are in my life and help me burn off the spiritual fat I have allowed in my spiritual life. May you be pleased as I fix my eyes on You. May it be said of me that I ran well after You.

July 5, 2008 Posted by | Personal | Leave a comment

Indian Summer

The King Family can officially declare it summer with the appearance of Cooper’s first Mohawk. He’s been wanting one for quite some time but we couldn’t swing it with the school dress code rules. Now that summer is here he can venture out. A little more height and it would be perfect. Maybe we can transition to the mullet for school. After seeing Cooper it makes me wonder if I could pull off the Mohawk.?Can you have a Mohawk if you have  the widow’s peak action working? So here is a fresh pic since I had so many requests from twitter. I need to figure out how to post a pic on twitter.

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 3 Comments

Here We Go Again

After a long break from blogging I have decided to jump back into the blog world. I’m not sure how many people will follow my blog but I missed having a place to write down my thoughts and experiences. So here we go again….

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Personal | 1 Comment

12 Days of Christmas

I have to admit I have never been a big fan of the “12 Days of Christmas Song.” I think the major reason why is that I’ve never understood why anyone would ever want so many birds. Seriously what is up with all the birds:

  • 1 Partridge
  • 2 Turtle Doves
  • 3 French Hens
  • 4 Calling Birds
  • 6 Geese
  • 7 Swans

Well I accidentally came across this site that listed some of the Religious Symbolism in this Song. So while I still do not like the song at least now I know the reason for all the birds.

True Love refers to God
Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Personal | Leave a comment

Golf v.104

Went golfing with some great friends today and almost broke through the first barrier. I shot 104 today. My first goal is to break 100 and I cannot believe I am so close to that mark after only playing a few times. The best club in my bag to hit is my Taylor Made Hybrid (3). If I can just get my drive to stop slicing I’ll be in business. I absolutely love the challenge of golf and am loving my new addiction.

December 8, 2007 Posted by | Personal | Leave a comment

Goodbye Hiapo

With the temperature dropping down below 35 degrees in Charlotte this morning I think its time to retire my favorite shoe or should I say flip flop. I’ll be packing away my two pairs of Oluakai Hiapo Sandles until the Spring. Without a doubt these are the most comfortable shoes that I’ve ever worn. I’m hoping the big wigs in Hawaii see my post and send me some free merch. If you’ve never tried a pair on then treat yourself to something special. These things blew my Rainbows out the door. So I say goodbye good friend, until Spring.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | Personal | Leave a comment