Matt 7,9-11 - ask God

Why are we afraid to ask God for what we want?

Many years ago when my wife and I were working to start a church we received an incredible gift at just the right time. The job I was working didn’t meet the bills. It was a season where we truly didn’t know where the rent money was going to come from each month. My soul was plagued with anxiety most…

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things-to-be-thankful-for

Among the many things to be thankful for, I’m thankful for this person

Would you sign up for the following job description? On call 24/7/365. Required to step into emotionally laden situations and be the voice of both comfort and reason. Must say things people don’t want to hear, often when they don’t want to hear them. Will be evaluated, compared, and criticized by many people you serve with little recourse or opportunity to respond….

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Church Leadership Training: The Elder Training Handbook

Church Leadership Training: How the Elder Training Handbook Was Created

Finding and equipping the right people for church leadership is one of the most important tasks in the church… And I’ve had my share of struggles through the years. I mean, it’s hard to find the RIGHT men to serve as Elder. And it’s even harder to know IF they are the right men for the role. As I had to…

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preaching to the social media choir

Preaching to the social media choir

Preaching to the choir. It’s a phrase used to express the ridiculousness of speaking with conviction to people who are already convinced of your position. But through the sweet and gentle correction of a trusted friend I’ve come to notice that I do it all the time on social media. Here’s how it happened: I posted on Facebook about a…

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follow your passion

Following your passion, receiving a calling, skill development, career mastery, and a guy named Cal Newport

Follow your passion or build your life work? Somewhere on the way to adulthood I bought into the idea that I should follow my passion, chase my dreams, and do something great in the world. Those ideas were in the air during the 70s and 80s, the years when I was growing up. I’m pretty sure that idea didn’t come…

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Getting started is the hardest part

Getting started is the hardest part

Getting started is hard. But it’s the most powerful thing we can do from our current vantage point. Consider the significance of getting started with: Your New Year’s fitness goals A much needed 12 step program A difficult conversation with someone you love Exploring why you feel physically “under the weather” Changing your financial future Improving your marriage That website…

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Get off the drama bus

Get off the drama bus

DRAMA: An exaggerated amount of emotion or excitement in relationship to the events to which it pertains. I wonder what might happen if we made a conscious decision, everyday, to get off the drama bus? If we refused to talk in exaggerated terms about things that aren’t worth talking about? Silly things, like red cups. Like the “war on Christmas.” The latest…

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Today is the day

Today is the day

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24 THIS is the day… It’s the only one you’ve been given. You may not get another. In all it’s blessings and sorrows. It’s yours to do ill or good. It’s yours to mope around in or charge forward in. It’s yours…

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white chocolate differences

White chocolate differences

The first time I encountered white chocolate was a wonder-filled experience. My older brother had come home from our little town’s brand new shopping mall, a greatly anticipated marvel I had yet to see. With the light of a sage beaming from his face he extended his arm. In his hand was a paper sack with an unfamiliar logo on it….

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Some free ebooks to brighten your holiday season

Hello, and thanks for being a loyal reader and subscriber to my blog… Depending on when you’re reading this, you may be able to get in on some free Amazon promotions I’m doing with a few of my books. Check out the following books at the corresponding links for a possible free deal (they only last for 5 days each,…

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