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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Church This Christmas!

Do you love your church? Jesus does! Jesus loved the church enough to die. Do we love Him and His church enough to live? To give? To really make His bride a high priority in our lives? Here are ten simple ways that you could greatly strengthen your church this season and in the new…

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Live Lighter, Love Better is Available!

It is exciting to announce that Live Lighter, Love Better is available tomorrow morning! (Nov. 30) What a privilege it is to work with the Striving Together publications team to make this project available! I’m grateful for their excellent work. I received my advance copy this week and was excited to see the beautiful quality of…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 2

Click here to read part one of “Leading Healthy Change” Part Two: “What Is” Is Pretty Special In part one of this series I asked these questions: As a leader, should you lead change? Can you effectively lead change? Do you feel equipped or able to lead change? Do you see things that need to…

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My Post-Election Considerations

The morning after a long night of election results, I confess, my heart is neither more or less joyful than it was the day before. The source of my hope remains in Jesus and the gospel. Some aspects of the election encourage me, but others equally alarm me. Of all the elections of my life…

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10 Election Week Resolutions for Bible-Believers

I know you’ve had your fill of election blogs and opinions—personally, I’ve read so many good and encouraging thoughts from godly voices. Yet, I could not get away from the leading of God to share with you the resolutions of my heart as this week approaches. I pray you will approach this time in light…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 1

A Series of Posts on Transformational Servant Leadership As a leader, should you lead change? Can you effectively lead change? Do you see things that need to change? Good. This is a series of blog posts for you. Over several parts, we will explore how to effectively, biblically lead toward healthy change. I hope you will…

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The New Book—Live Lighter, Love Better!

Over the past six years God has performed a complete rewiring of my internal value and motivational system. He began with the blessing of a battle with cancer. He graciously disrupted my busy and blessed “comfort zone” with a vivid reminder of the brevity of life and of my own expendability. He lovingly showed me…

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Keeping Sanity in an Insane Election Season

In Luke 21, Jesus taught His disciples how to keep their sanity in the midst of cultural and societal upheaval. Would you like to keep yours? Me too! Here’s how… Expect a temporary fallen world to be inherently unstable— in verses 10-12, Jesus describes the end times as being characterized by the rise and fall…

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Monday Encouragement for Ministry Friends

It’s Monday morning. For a pastor, that’s a low time of the week—generally speaking. The typical demons of doubt and second-guessing attempt to do their work— “Did anything I said yesterday make sense?” “Did anything in the message actually help people?” “Were they thinking of the truth or the time?” The accuser tries to get…

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Losing Our “Learned Helplessness”

Psalm 81:6 begins with these words “I removed his shoulder from the burden.” This is God speaking regarding his deliverance of the nation of Israel. What’s amazing about it, is that God’s deliverance often had temporary negative aspects or impact. Think about it. He took Joseph to Egypt through slavery and prison, only to elevate…

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10 Habits of Healthy Families

Is your family close? Do you tolerate each other? Or do you actually enjoy each other? Do you love spending time together? Can you laugh with each other? Every family has its “moments”—but I’m surprised at how many Christian families really don’t cultivate family health. Many have long seasons of distance, anger, division, or fracture….

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Tell His Story through Your Story…

There’s hardly a scarier and more intimidating thing to do in the Christian life than to speak up and share your faith with a lost person. Every Christian believes that the gospel should be shared with every person on the planet, but also, most Christians struggle with actually “sharing it.” There is perhaps no greater…

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Strengthened In Your Storm!

Has God led you into a storm? Are you seized with worry, fear, confusion as the winds howl around you and water builds up in your boat? Feel like you’re sinking? Read on. This post just might be for you! This past Sunday we marked our 4th anniversary at Emmanuel Baptist Church. It’s hard to…

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14 Toxic Qualities of Leadership (Part Two)

In part one of this post, we explored the first seven qualities of toxic leadership. Are you ready for the next seven? We are discovering “what not to be” when it comes to spiritual leadership. For leaders, these are fleshly tendencies that can arise within any leader. By God’s grace we can be grounded in…

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14 Qualities of Toxic Leadership

Leadership is hard, and biblical leadership calls for gospel maturity more than many leadership roles. I’ve been exposed to many Christ-like and some toxic leaders. The road of toxic leadership is a bad one. The stories don’t end well for either the leader or those he leads. Eventually, the leader implodes; and those he led…

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Make It Easy to Make It Right

Some years ago, God gave us the privilege of helping some young people and their families through difficult trial. Satan had laid a cleverly disguised trap, sin had occurred, and as a result everyone involved was hurting. To make a long story short, God gave a wonderful victory over the period of many weeks. Hearts were…

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How to Validate God’s Call…

God’s will—how do you know when and how to step out in faith? God’s will is big. It’s also unknown. It’s wonderful. It’s also scary. And being certain that you are in God’s will is critical having the confidence to go forward. Perhaps you’re standing on the shore-line, looking out at the vast unknown that represents “God’s…

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How to Down-Size Your Problems

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12) Have you felt overwhelmed by problems you can’t solve? Have you struggled to find solutions to issues you can’t wrap your brain around? Have you been crushed by…

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Remember and Pray—Reagan On Memorial Day

On May 26, 1986, President Ronald Reagan shared these stories: “Here in Arlington rests a sharecropper’s son who became a hero to a lonely people. Joe Louis came from nowhere, but he knew how to fight. And he galvanized a nation in the days after Pearl Harbor when he put on the uniform of his…

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How Leaders Can Foster Resentment

If you are a leader, you’re probably not planning to foster resentment or to hurt people. But you might be on a road that leads there, and not know it. May I begin with this quantifier: resentment is always a bad choice and never justified. Those who become resentful are making a choice to respond wrongfully. Never-the-less, do…

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