Thursday, March 6, 2014
We are also looking forward to the FCA Banquet tonight put together by Chuck and featuring keynote speaker - former two-time National Champion football coach of Auburn - Coach Gene Chizik. Should be a terrific time!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Join us this Fri & Sat (March 7-8) to learn how to advance forward in a world that is retreating backward.
MEN!!! DON'T TRY TO DO LIFE BY YOURSELF! Team up with other guys who are striving after Christ and who will help lift you up when you fall. Come be a part of our RESCUE Men's Advance Event and escape the danger that comes from being a lone ranger!
Sign up today for one of the best events of the year!
Click here for details & to register
Faith always requires you to risk something in order to display trust. We display measures of faith everyday without even thinking about it each time we sit on a chair, accelerate our vehicles, get in an elevator, or eat at a restaurant. We display that we trust that the chair will hold us, the vehicle's brakes will stop us, the elevator cables will not drop us, and the food we eat will not kill us. God created us to operate our lives in a perpetual state of faith, but He dares us to grow our faith beyond the minor accomplishments of sitting on chairs. He invites us, calls us, dares us to great things, but we must RISK leaving the comfort of our chairs in order to take hold of the deepest measures of life. Faith is like a muscle in that it wastes away if it is rarely used. But it grows bigger, stronger, and more capable when it is exercised. We have built a ministry that helps you grow your faith... that takes you to the edge and teaches you to overcome the fears that keep you from trusting and risking. There are greater tragedies in life than dying, such as living a life of regrets that comes from never risking. William Shakespeare wrote, "A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once." I want to invite you on a GTD event this year to help you grow your faith, to help you learn to take responsible risks, to move you from the coward's chair to the God-awesome adventure of a life of faith.
Follow our blog & check out our event calendar! We hope to see you on a GTD event this year =)
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
GTD is excited to be a part of "The RESCUE Men's Advance Weekend" along with Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater. This event is open to all men 18 years old & older. We are taking up to 60 men through a 24-hour fire fighting rescue course that ties in spiritual parallels with our walk with God and our role in helping rescue our brothers in Christ. Men, you don't want to miss this event & the lasting impact that it will make in your life.
Date: March 7-8, 2014 (Fri-Sat)
Start Time: 3:30pm (Fri)
End Time: 4pm (Sat)
Includes: Food, resources, t-shirt, teaching, training, activities, memories, & a life-changing experience.
To register click here
Thursday, February 20, 2014
See all 20 pictures here.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I had breakfast this morning with Josh Williams... a long time friend who I hadn't seen in many years. He volunteered with GTD for several years during the early 2000's and often sacrificed his time to serve others. So great to see him still passionately seeking God. What a great guy =) - DUG <><
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Making progress... this is half of my current stack of to-do's. It has taken me over 4 years to chip away at a huge pile of tasks that remained after we had to let our staff go in 2009 during the recession.
The fact that I have all of my to-do's compiled into a few small piles and within 10 feet of my desk feels like an incredible accomplishment.
I'm stoked... I see the light at the end of the task tunnel =). I think I'm within 2 years of being caught up & even ahead of the game. That's such an encouraging thought =)))
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day from GTD!!
As we celebrate a day devoted to love it's great to be reminded that the Bible is often referred to as "God's Love Letter" to us. The God of this universe is head-over-heels in love with you. That's something to celebrate everyday of the year.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Just got our Grand Canyon Rim-2-Rim patches in!! They look amAZing!
Want one??? You can't buy it, you have to earn it... 25 mile hike across the GC in one day. One of the best hikes in the world!!
Next GTD Grand Canyon Trip: Sept 29 - Oct 4, 2014
Special thanx to JLAZ Designs & AxcelMark Corp for making these beauties!!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Simply click on the Calendar button above to see the current event dates for 2014, as well as the available dates for booking a private event.
We are still working on our Public Event calendar so check back often to see what GTD Events will be open to the public this year.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Celebrating 35 years of following Jesus!! On Feb 4, 1979 I asked Jesus to come into my heart and to be the Lord of my life. Reverend Jimmy Hammond of First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park led me to the Lord. One week later I was baptized. I was 8 years old. I've made a lot of good decisions in my life, but none better than when I decided to open the door of my heart to Jesus. That one decision has positively altered the rest of my life. I could talk for hours about how much joy & freedom Jesus has added to my life as well as how much garbage He has prevented me from getting involved with. I'm so thankful for the abundat life in Christ. I want to encourage any & every one to, "Taste and see that the LORD is good." (Psalm 34:8). I did... and I'm so glad I did =)
- DUG <><
Friday, January 31, 2014
GTD is excited to announce that we just completed our 4th straight year of finishing "in the black" (i.e. we didn't lose money) since the crippling Great Recession of 2008-09.
That's a great back-to-back-to-back-to-back accomplishment for a non-profit organization. Although it took major cuts to salaries & expenses, we did it (again & again & again)!
We have been slowly, but consistently making wise adjustments to fortify this non-profit so that we become a bomb-proof, recession-proof, depression-proof, all-weather organization. We're not quite there yet, but we are well on our way.
We are praising God for the progress and thankful for the many supporters that help enable this ministry to make a great impact as we continue to grow & develop.
We are looking forward to what God has in store for 2014... we're going for a 5-peat!!
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Wow!! We love these men from MorningStar Church! We had an incredible day on our men's camping retreat. It was full of God-awesome fun. We had great morning devotons & discussion followed by Ultimate frisbee then an adventure race then praise & worship around the campfire with smores and finishing up with The Lone Ranger as our outdoor movie. Plus the day was filled with so many mini-highlights. These men are full of Christ, so positive & upbeat, and very encouraging. Their pastor is a fantastic guy. It's only been 24 hours and we feel like a family. So blessed to host this event =))). And, oh yeah, it's 34 degrees!!!!!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Only a couple days after returning from Costa Rica we are right back at it. GTD is hosting a men's camping retreat with several awesome guys from MorningStar Church of Tampa. We are at a sweeeeet campground in Ocala National Forest all stocked up with plenty of firewood as we experience temps in the mid 30's. Last night went great! Looking fwd to a full day of Christ-centered fun!!
Monday, January 13, 2014
This has been my bunk room while staying at the church bunkhouses in Costa Rica. I shared it with one of our awesome translators & my Costa Rican BAF (Best Amigo Forever) - Toly. They recently painted this room & it looks great. I was able to use the top bunk as a shelf to hold some of my personals. Last day here =(
A few days behind on the blog, but had to share what a phenominal mission trip we had in Costa Rica with Harvest Christian Academy (of Watagua, TX).
Nine Godly ladies came down and poured their hearts into this mission and their lives are forever changed and their impact will be felt here for many years.
Our deep thanks to HCA and the church here in CR (Iglesia Buen Pastor) for all they did to make this a God-awesome trip! God bless you!!
Several pics & recap blog posts coming this week =). Laurie & I return back to the US tmw night. Thank you all for all the prayer support! God did great things =)))
Monday, January 6, 2014
The team is having a great day today! We had devos at the lake to spend time with God in his creation. The girls all had some amazing insights today as they read from Genesis 1. It's something I love to have the teams do in this location. It always brings new light and perspective to the verses found in this chapter. I'm amazed God was so creative with all the things he created including various shades of colors, trees, animals and people! He's definitely not boring, he created things for us to enjoy, explore and discover! I love it! After devos Alfredo took us on a little tour of petroglyphs in the area! The girls really enjoyed themselves! I even heard one or two say this was the best experience ever!