Bob Fletcher's Story

Bob Fletcher’s Story

Introduction by Rusty Gordon

I am excited to introduce my friend Fletch. He is a one of a kind in so many ways but the most important one is that he is a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy. He is a very good man and because of him, I am a better man.

As he will tell you his goodness comes from Jesus and the courage to get real. Jesus brought Fletch and me together. When Fletch speaks l listen. When he talks about Jesus I listen closely.
 
Watch now. I think you'll do the same.

Rusty

Rusty Gordon
Chairman
SpeedTracs America LLC

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. -cp

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