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This Is It!

This is it! I’ve been blogging for 10 years, and it’s been a blast! But, it’s time. It’s time to celebrate the platform this has been for the past decade and to look to the next platform. Remember, I’m a business man from years gone by. I’m constantly looking at ROI. Return on Investment. The investment is my time and effort for the value of the return. Again, I’ve loved blogging, but it was for an outlet or platform to disciple.

I’ve written 717 posts. My blog has been viewed 175,000+ times on all 7 continents. My first blog was on 10.6.09. It was titled: “Adult-Centered Youth Ministry.” Here’s the link: https://dkevinbrown.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/why-adult-centered-youth-ministry/. And here’s the first picture I ever posted:

Clara and Andrew were 4 years old. Aren’t they the cutest little things! 🙂 I asked: Why Blog? This was my response: “It’s a great question. I’ve debated whether I should do this for some time. I’m busy! That’s been my excuse for months. Yet, I have found myself answering the same questions over and over about issues that are near and dear to my heart. What kind of issues?  Family, daily living, raising our children and combating the culture with the Word of God. So, I’m convinced it’s time to blog to get answers out there to the masses.”

And I’ve been excited to seek to do just that for a decade. But, communicating to the masses has changed. And thus, I’m excited to announce to you that beginning on Tuesday, September 24th this is coming:

It’s going to literally be my blog…but, be via a Podcast. Matthew McNeil is going to be our host. The format will be informal…and be around 25 minutes. We’re going to record it live and it will be able to be viewed or listened to (Podcast style). It’s going to be so wonderful to go deeper than I can with my blog and with the weekly Two-Minute Tuesday.

In essence I’m combining to conquer. I’m adding by subtracting. I’ve been doing a blog and a Two-Minute Tuesday simultaneously for 4 years and the Podcast will help me to work smarter. With the Podcast we’re going to dig into subject matter that needs the light of God’s Word to shine on those issues so as to give light, direction, and truth. We’re going to discuss topics that include: family, marriage, money, dealing with kids and the difficulties of raising children in our culture, dad issues… There will be funny stuff, serious stuff, and surprise guests. I really believe this Podcast will have the potential to be encouraging and provide people a way of growing in their faith and it can be viewed or listened to driving to work, school, doing dishes, exercising, mowing, etc. I believe it will be something people will look forward to each week. Just like not wanting to miss your favorite weekly show. I’m excited… I really am! We’ll have seasons, just like any podcast you’d listen to today. So, be looking for more details coming soon!

You say, “I like seeing what’s going on with your family… How will I see that?” Well, that’s where I’m going to multiply my time by loading the pictures and events to the other platforms like Facebook (which I use a lot now), Instagram, and Twitter. Again, it’s just going to be a better use of time.

Will I miss blogging? Yes and no. Yes, I’m nostalgic, and I’m at the age that I’m not a huge fan of change. But, I’m not naive enough to believe that I don’t have to change with the times. I’ve got to be willing to use the platforms that people use today. Otherwise, I’m going to become irrelevant. Honestly, the rigor of my schedule is forcing me to this. With the doubling of the church in size over the last decade, it’s just impossible to keep up with all the demands if I don’t divide and conquer…again…add by subtracting.

The blog will remain online and I will continue to direct people to it from time to time on subject matter that folks might want in writing… But, it’s time to change…

The same is true of our church! This Sunday we begin our:

It’s going to be the LIVE STREAM of our third service! Yes, you’ll be able to watch the service live! It’s going to be amazing! So, you won’t have to miss us if you are traveling or not able to be at the church. We also hope to reach the 64% of Wilkes Countians who do not attend church on a weekly basis. We hope by way of this introduction to the church, (which will be accessible from Facebook and live on our webpage), that it might encourage them to want to come to the church. That’s the goal! Will you pray for us?!

Last Sunday we burned the note! $3.1 million dollars paid off after 13 years for our auditorium (Reach Center). Praise the Lord! It’s been an accumulation of a lot of wonderful people over the years. From a family who gave $500,000, and a man who gave $100,000 to finish off the final payment. But, I am convinced there were other families who (in aggregate) gave many, many thousands of dollars as well. The point is…the Lord did it through His people, and there is much more work to be done to reach souls for the kingdom! To God be the glory in that in the last 13 years of the 144 year existence of our church (founded in 1875), we’ve seen more souls saved, baptisms, additional new members, and increase in the budget (almost tripled), than at any other period of time in the history of the church. Again, to God be the glory for great things He has done!

Here’s this week’s TMT… “Do Extraterrestrial Life Forms Exist?” https://www.mpbc.church/media/?sapurl=Lys3ZWViL2xiL21pLys1MzM0bmRwP2JyYW5kaW5nPXRydWUmZW1iZWQ9dHJ1ZQ==

I love you all! Looking forward to Tuesday, September 24th.

Kevin

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