Pastor Zac’s Blog

How To Win People Over

Winover wrHave you ever wondered what to do with really difficult people? You know the people who are constantly in a bad mood are impossible to cheer up and seem to suck the life right out of you.


If you haven’t encountered these people yet I would guess you will before too long. Chances are you might even be that person a time or two in your life. It’s inevitable! So we better learn how to help the relationship move into a better place.


I find that one of the greatest weapons in our arsenal is a smile. Yes, that’s right showing your pearly whites can make all the difference in the world. You might be surprised to know that the Bible even tells us to smile when it says “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.” (Proverbs 15:30)


It’s a funny thing, the smile, because grumpy people don’t know what to do with it. A smile is the first strategy for winning difficult people over and that leads us to do the next best thing, which has to do with the tone of our voice.


Now this might surprise you but the Bible doesn’t just teach us to smile it also teaches us about the tone of our voice when dealing with difficult people. It says in Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”


I’m sure you can remember a time or two when you responded with anger only to make the situation worse. I know I can. Too many times I’ve looked back on situations and relationships only to realize I didn’t handle it well at all. I forgot the power of a simple smile followed up by a gentle answer. Don’t make the same mistake.


Relationships are part of life therefore make them great. Smile at people and speak to them with kindness. If you do this you will always have friends and you will win some of the difficult ones over in the process.


Make it count,

Pastor Zac

The Key To Being A Great Neighbor

NeighborJesus told us the greatest thing we can ever do with our lives is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)


But did you know that the second most important thing you can do with your life has to do with every relationship you will ever have. Jesus said “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)


Do you know what that means? It means people matter! Your neighbor matters and your neighbor is everyone else on the planet but you.


What would happen in your marriage, friendships or any other relationship if every time you encountered your neighbor you told yourself “this person matters?”


You would begin to have less drama and conflict in your life. Not to mention you would begin to have some of the most meaningful relationships you’ve ever had.


The key to being a great neighbor to the people in your life is to love them! “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:27-31) Show them their significance and stop putting yourself first. This is key!


If you treat people like dirt your relationships will keep getting buried in it. But if you love your neighbor as yourself like Jesus told us to then you will have a life full of rich & satisfying relationships.


Make it count,


Pastor Zac

You Are Gifted

YouaregiftedfbHave you ever felt like you didn’t have anything to offer, no talent to give? Or maybe you’ve felt like there’s nothing unique about you, nothing that makes you stand out?


If so you’re in good company. It’s a common feeling – especially in a culture that seems to only celebrate what they feel is beautiful, talented or successful – but nothing could be further from the truth.


1 Peter 4:10 says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”


Do you know what that means? You might not know it but it means you’re gifted. No one does that thing you do like you do.


Romans 12:6-8 saysIn his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well…If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”


Think about it this way. If you’re gifted at accounting and you help someone in need with his budget, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at teaching and you help tutor children after school, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at cooking and you make a dinner for a hurting friend, you’re using your gift. If you’re good at encouraging others and you call a discouraged coworker and lift their spirits, you’re using your gift. The list can go on!


The truth is not everyone is good at leadership, generosity, kindness, etc. because not everyone is gifted in the same way. If we were all gifted in the same way we wouldn’t need each other.


God has gifted you in a very special way to display his glory to the world. So use your gift well and often to serve others. You are gifted. Never take that for granted.



Make it count,


Pastor Zac

Go To Church


Have you ever been to church? Did you know that going to church is one of the most important and life changing decisions we make every week?


It’s important because Jesus said that whenever we get together as a church family he would be there. He said, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)


In other words, when we get together for church Jesus is always at the party and he wants you there.


Maybe you’re reading this and you’ve never been to church. I invite you to go. Go and discover what Jesus was willing to give his life up for. Find out why millions upon millions of people around the world are part of God’s family.


The truth is you belong in a church family. It’s why God created you. His family is where you belong and there’s always a place for you.


The single greatest benefit to being part of a church is the presence of the Savior. He loves you so much he actually died on the cross so you could be part of his family, the church.


So here’s my thought on the matter, go to church! If it’s your first time don’t worry, it’s not as scary as you might think. If you haven’t been in a while stop putting it off. You need a church family!


By becoming faithfully involved in a church this year you will grow spiritually, you will find your purpose in life, you will have more friends, and you will be in the presence of Jesus. You need this!


Make it count,

Pastor Zac