The Story of Blitz Thru the Bible

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The Aha Moment Behind Blitz Thru the Bible 

Ask a Different Question, 
Get the Right Answer

Charlie Paparelli

I woke up with a start. I knew the answer. I was asking the wrong question.

The question I was wrestling with was this, “How do I get the High Tech Prayer Breakfast table hosts to invite their guests to an event after the breakfast?”

Suddenly I knew I was asking the wrong question.

The real question should be, “How do I get the guests to invite their table hosts to an event after the prayer breakfast?”

The answer was simple. Create an event the guests want to go to whether or not their table host is interested. 

Easier said than done, you might think. But God is big. He came up with just the thing.

In 1993, I was invited to my very first High Tech Prayer Breakfast. It was the second breakfast ever. I left that breakfast interested in knowing more about God and, more specifically, Jesus. The message from the speaker was clear: “You, too, can have a personal relationship with God.” 

I wanted to know more.

I contacted Bill Leonard who I found out was the founder of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast. He recommended going to a Bible study as my next step in learning more. I went but I was lost. I like context. I like to know where I am and where I am going. 

My previous experience with the Bible was church services. In the service, the Bible was opened and a selected reading was recited. Even though it might have been an interesting sentence or two, I didn’t have any context. Where did it come from? Why these sentences? How does it fit into the story of the book? The questions kept coming for me. I didn’t know where to go to get them answered.

Then I started leading a Bible study

When I started to lead a Bible study, I realized pretty quickly I was not alone. The people who attended wanted to know the same thing. They wanted context. So I asked them, “Who wants to take a year and go through the whole Bible with me?” The hands went up. I did this with them, and the result was amazing.

We learned about the God of the Bible, the significance of Jesus, the message of the Bible, and the organization of the Bible. 

We had context!

When I woke up that night, I knew this was the answer to the question. The next problem to solve was more simply stated. “How can I lead people through the whole Bible in less than two hours?”

I dedicated an entire week to solving this problem.

This was the birth of Blitz through the Bible. 

I went over the one-year curriculum we covered in my Bible study group. I then selected the readings which were most relevant to creating a context in the shortest amount of time. With these selected readings, I created a format which could be used to engage every attendee and keep it interesting, fun, and informative.

Blitz through the Bible was created.

The first time we announced this at the breakfast, over 400 guests expressed an interest in attending. 

We held the first Blitz at Villa Christina Restaurant in Sandy Springs. When I walked into the ballroom, I was shocked. There were over 200 present. 

The reviews were amazing. 

  • “In two hours I came to understand the message of the Bible.”

  • “I now know who the God of the Bible really is.”

  • “When you read, ‘They created man and woman in their image,’ it blew my mind.”

  • “Now I know who Jesus is and why he came. And I was surprised that he promises to return.”

  • “This was the best two and a half hours I ever spent seeking my spirituality.”


All this was so encouraging. I wish I could say I was smart enough to come up with this idea and curriculum. I’m not. I simply got to the right question. God gave the answer.

Come to the next Blitz through the Bible.

Come join us on June 19th at Atlanta Tech Village from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. If you ever wanted to understand the Bible, to get the context I talked about, this is your opportunity. Sign up here.

Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.

Amie Hood's Story

Do you need to be reaffirmed?

We commit our life to Jesus Christ. In what seems like a blink of an eye, we are living our life. We want to make the right decisions, hang with the right people, and achieve our goals. 

But it's not enough. 

We want to be affirmed. We need people to say, "Yes. You really are okay. In fact, you are better than okay. You're great!"

My co-worker and dearest friend Amie Hood shares her journey for affirmation. Her story begins in an idyllic setting which overtime is enveloped by the chaos of life. 

Every day I work with this woman. 

She shows me what it looks like to follow Jesus. What it looks like to know you are loved in spite of how you might feel today.

I ask you to take a couple of minutes and watch Amie's story. She will remind you God's got this, whatever it is.
 
Charlie 
 
Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Ministries

About the video

If you would like help in crafting your story, contact Todd Miechiels. His ministry, the 315project.com, helps people like you and me develop our story and then capture it on video. 

He will take you on a spiritual journey which will bring you closer to Christ. It is a great experience and the next step in growing your ministry. Go to 315project.comand watch the 2-minute video. Then contact Todd to find out more.

Rusty Gordon's Story

The moment I met Rusty I liked him. He was authentic. After 25 years of friendship, he is still authentic. Rusty is a man's man. God uses Rusty in a way he never uses me. I think of Rusty as a real-life Marvel character who is all about Jesus Christ.

Take the seven minutes to listen to Rusty tell his story. You won't be able to turn it off. When the video is completed, you're going to want to call him and talk. 

Rusty impacted my life by sharing his life. We meet regularly over dinner. We share our faith, family and business. I leave these dinners knowing Jesus was right there with us. He is our personal Lord and personal Savior.

Enjoy!
 
Charlie 

Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Ministries

About the video

If you would like help in crafting your story, contact Todd Miechiels. His ministry, the 315project.com, helps people like you and me develop our story and then capture it on video. 

He will take you on a spiritual journey which will bring you closer to Christ. It is a great experience and the next step in growing your ministry. Go to 315project.comand watch the 2-minute video. Then contact Todd to find out more.

Brian Hill's Story

Charlie Paparelli

I met Brian 15 years ago at a High Tech Prayer Breakfast leadership meeting. I remember the story he told me like it was yesterday. 

He said, "I was a follower of Jesus Christ and working for a tech company in Atlanta. I wasn't sure how to be a witness for Jesus in my workplace. I was really struggling with that. A friend of mine, who I wasn't sure was a Christian, invited me to the prayer breakfast. I walked into the Cobb Galleria that morning, and I got it. I understood the purpose of the Breakfast in an instant. I said to myself, 'Where has this been all my life?' And that was my first breakfast."

Brian stepped into leadership quickly. He volunteered to lead the HTM Golf Tournament and did it for several years. He also was a two-term Board member. He is still an active Table Host and promoter of the Breakfast. And most importantly, a good personal friend and brother in Christ. Please take the time to enjoy Brian's story and how God blesses a man of God.
 
Charlie 
 
Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Ministries

About the video

If you would like help in crafting your story, contact Todd Miechiels. His ministry, the 315project.com, helps people like you and me develop our story and then capture it on video.

He will take you on a spiritual journey which will bring you closer to Christ. It is a great experience and the next step in growing your ministry. Go to 315project.com and watch the 2-minute video. Then contact Todd to find out more.

Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.

Carel Bekker's Story

Charlie Paparelli

I got a call from Carel right after New Year's last year. As president of the Kennesaw Business Association he invited me to speak. This invite brought us closer as we were serving our community together. It also was the catalyst for a new talk and blog series, "The Keys to Radical Life Change." I'll be forever grateful to Carel.

Carel is a serial entrepreneur and currently founder of Afonza, an Amazon web services company. He is also a table host leader of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast since 2012. He is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, a community leader, and a friend.

Take a couple of minutes to hear his story. Then head over to his LinkedIn page, you'll discover his transparency in the lessons he's learned. Very insightful!

Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Ministries

About the video

If you would like help in crafting your story, contact Todd Miechiels. His ministry, the 315project.com, helps people like you and me develop our story and then capture it on video.

He will take you on a spiritual journey which will bring you closer to Christ. It is a great experience and the next step in growing your ministry. Go to 315project.com and watch the 2-minute video. Then contact Todd to find out more.

Charlie Paparelli is president of High Tech Ministries, angel investor and blogger. Twice each week email subscribers to his blog receive his thoughts on being a successful entrepreneur and Christian leader.
 

New Podcast

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Faith Driven Entrepreneur

New Podcast by Henry Kaestner

Here is a new podcast I think you'll find enjoyable. I know I have.

Henry Kaestner, was our HTPB keynote speaker last year. His new podcast is doing something intriguing. 

Henry is a Silicon VC who believes making money isn’t enough. He wants entrepreneurs who are driven by their faith. Men and women who will change the world with great ideas and God-centered leadership. Entrepreneurs who change people’s lives for Christ. This is Henry’s heart and the heart of his partners. 

This is one unique VC firm and one unique podcast.

I encourage you to download and subscribe to the Faith Driven Entrepreneur podcast today.

You get to ask your questions and have a faith driven VC and successful entrepreneur answer them.

Henry and his partner share their best values-based advice in edible 15-20 minute segments.

Listen, learn, apply. Join me as a subscriber

Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Prayer Breakfast

 

New monthly feature from the HTPB

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October: Russ and Danielle West

Intentionally Helping Marriages Blossom

The leaders who host the Atlanta High Tech Prayer Breakfast are out there all year long. The Breakfast is just the beginning of their ministries. God called them to serve many different people in so many different ways. We will highlight one new leader’s ministry each month. Maybe they can serve you. Maybe you can serve with them.

This month we feature Russ and Danielle West. This couple ministers to married couples internationally through their site. Russ is a top gun software sales rep and so was Danielle. I met Russ before he met Danielle. He walked into a Grace@Work group I was leading. He shared a bit of his story and concluded by telling us his marriage just blew up! I won’t steal his thunder. He explains his story below. It’s gripping.

Take a look at their ministry by visiting their site. They are making a difference in many people’s marriages by sharing what it means to be intentional. Great content is the result of a heart for God and for married couples.


Charlie Paparelli
President
High Tech Prayer Breakfast

P.S. If you are a table host of the High Tech Prayer Breakfast and would like us to consider featuring your ministry, send me an email.

What is the ministry you are involved with? 

We have a marriage ministry that includes our marriage website intentionalmarriages.net. In addition to the website, we are one of the leaders of our church’s marriage curriculum called Thrive that is taught once a quarter in either 8 or 12-week small group format. We also work with couples one on one.

Who does the ministry help?

Married couples. All types of marriages, ones that simply want to invest in their good marriage to make it better, ones who recognize they have been on parallel paths and need a road map back, and ones who are in crisis.

What impact have you seen through your ministry?

Restoration and excitement about a marriage that couples thought was not fixable. We have seen couples who have been married 40 years and thought they had a good marriage say they were able to take their marriage to a much greater place by implementing tools and processes to manage conflict, communicate better, understand how their past impacts their marriage, and forgive on a daily basis. We have also seen couples that were ready to give up on their marriage not only stay together but build a healthy, thriving marriage. 

What was the journey that brought you to be a part of the ministry?

We both have a passion for making our own marriage the best it can be and helping others with their marriage. When Danielle and I met, I had been divorced, and Danielle had experienced bad dating relationships. 

From the beginning, we were intentional about our dating relationship. As we started talking about marriage, we decided to go to counseling to understand what role we played in our past relationships that did not turn out well. After going to counseling for a year before our wedding, we made the commitment to go to counseling on a regular basis for the rest of our lives as we felt it would be one of the best investments for our marriage. We have now been going to marriage counseling for 14 years. 

As we learned to be intentional with our marriage, we decided to attend our church's marriage class. We were amazed by the curriculum and what we learned from the other couples, so we decided to go through the training process to become leaders. Most couples have never experienced transparent, vulnerable conversations in a group setting and do not want the group to stop meeting. 

Unfortunately, we could not continue meeting since we facilitate another group. This pain point of wanting to stay connected to each group caused us to come up with the idea of starting a marriage website to share what we have learned from 5 years of leading marriage small groups and 14 years of marriage counseling. Because we share the good, bad and ugly, the website is a private membership website, which means most of the content is behind a wall that requires your email and a password. We share resources and tools that have helped us significantly.

What impact has the ministry had on your own life, family, and marriage?

We both have a lot of emotional wounds (baggage) from our childhoods and past relationships. The ministry helps us stay intentional and focused on the process and tools to have a thriving marriage. It is a great form of accountability. We also are constantly learning something new that helps our marriage and enables us to help others. Growing up with a violent alcoholic father impacts the way I react to many interactions with Danielle in a very negative way. Counseling and the tools/processes we have learned from our marriage class have helped me immensely be the husband God wants me to be.  

Danielle came from a family where their style of conflict was shutting down and not discussing the issues. That method did not carry over very well into our marriage. Counseling is a hard science to measure success, but going from three days of not talking after an argument to now recovering within 20 minutes and most often in the moment is huge.

What were your concerns before getting involved? 

The vulnerability of putting our stuff online even with a password wall was significantly different than sharing our marriage journey face-to-face. The technical aspect of pulling off a membership website with no coding background. And the simple fear of “what if nobody joins us?” 

All that disappeared when I reminded myself that this is a website built for our kids in hopes that someday they will learn from our mistakes. We have a responsibility with this digital footprint we are leaving behind. Are we posting our lunch or the wisdom we’ve been blessed to learn?

How did God address those concerns? 

The measurable items we can easily point to are the 103 members who joined before we formally launched and a church in Florida who asked us to speak to their married couples. The immeasurable ones are the marriages who are thriving because of the principles we have shared with them and the ones who have recovered from crisis.

What surprised you after you started the ministry? 

How the simple tools we practice and the vulnerability in which we share have resulted in open, rich, transformative marriages.

What would be your pitch to someone interested in helping in the ministry or learning more about it? 

Successful marriages are intentional. We provide resources to help married couples make intentional investments in their marriage. Join us! 

How has the High Tech Prayer Breakfast impacted your ministry?

The High Tech Prayer Breakfast has been such an important part of our marriage ministry. When I was going through my divorce, I met three angels at a Grace@Work study led by Charlie Paparelli. These three (Robert DiCristina, Doug Legg, and Robert Campbell) had all been through a divorce and mentored me in how God would want me to handle the divorce process instead of doing it the world’s way. 

It was a very humbling journey, and their love, wisdom, and investment in me laid the groundwork for my passion to help other marriages. Also, Robert DiCristina ended up introducing me to Danielle. God works in such wonderful ways even in our brokenness. Finally, many of the people we have helped through our marriage ministry are members of the High Tech community. 

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