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Stop Trying to be a Success

Consciously or subconsciously, pastors and other ministry leaders often fall into the trap of trying to define ourselves through accomplishments.  Even if we don’t express it outwardly, our hearts can easily begin to focus on unimportant measures such as numbers, attention, or even financial abundance. These thoughts by Pastor Steven Furtick reminded me of a… Read more »

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Things I Can Live With (And one I can’t)

If they come, decide it’s not for them, and leave, let them say: I wasn’t a good enough speaker, that I wasn’t dynamic enough or conversational enough, that I wasn’t cool enough, that I wasn’t as engaging as the guy down the street, that my shirt didn’t match my socks, that I wasn’t wearing socks…. Read more »

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What we can learn from Jon & Kate plus Eight

My wife and I started watching Jon and Kate about a year ago and got hooked.  The kids are simply too adorable.  We watched together the other night as the news broke about the divorce.  As much as reality TV often presents a distorted view of the world, we sadly found that the family’s troubles… Read more »

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Reflections on Easter

“Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau This past Easter season has been a refreshing time for me. God has been stripping away distractions that I thought I needed and replacing them with greater opportunities to know Him and serve him. Too often I have allowed unimportant things to pull me away from the simplicity of… Read more »

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The Power of Encouragment

Reading thiswell written post by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, reminded me of how often as a leader I am more critical than encouraging. How much better would it be if we were continual encouragers as God repeatedly reminds us. There would be a powerful impact on the lives of our fellow co-workers as… Read more »

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greenhouses

In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble–because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death… Read more »

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Be One

A nice translation of Philippians 2:1-4 from the Message. “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree… Read more »