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Wanna Get a Cake?

A few years ago, my son, Larry, and I were on a preaching trip in Maine. I preached in the morning, and had a break in the afternoon, so we decided to have some “father/son time.” It was a very masculine thing—hang out, watch an action movie, and eat snacks. Total awesomeness. So on the way…

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Why You Can be Thankful for Criticism

Do you ever face criticism? Some critics are compassionate and purely motivated—I’ve written about which ones I receive here. I’ve also written about qualities of unjust criticism, here, and why leaders should care about criticism, here. Today I want to take a different view—and not because I’m presently receiving any criticism. I have in the past,…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 6

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change”—we essentially discovered that spiritual growth is change, and if you resist change, you’re resisting the work of what the power of the gospel actually does! In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 5

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change”—we essentially discovered that spiritual growth is change, and if you resist change, you’re resisting the work of what the power of the gospel actually does! In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between…

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The Most Powerful “THRIVE” Factor for 2017!

Are you ready to THRIVE into 2017? Have you considered recently the power of attitude—how much our attitude toward life and circumstances determines so many of our outcomes. I really believe my attitude toward a challenge is 90% of the battle of growing through that challenge. Attitude determines whether I see an obligation or an opportunity,…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 4

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change”—we essentially discovered that spiritual growth is change, and if you resist change, you’re resisting the work of what the power of the gospel actually does! In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and…

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Christmas Invites Us to Wait…

Decorations are up, trees are trimmed, cookies are baked, gifts are purchased, lights are glowing, music is playing—Christmas eve is here. We’re making our last-minute runs to the grocery store for a few missing items, or making a quick dash to the mall to redeem that awesome coupon or pick up a final gift or two. Christmas…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 3

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change.” In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between “what is” and “what could be.” Mismanaging that tension will dramatically affect your attitude as a leader—which dramatically impacts everything else….

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Take On Winter Like a Boss!

Do gray days ever get into your head? Maybe they do and you never thought about it. Maybe the gray days impact you emotionally in ways that never occurred to you. Wintery, gray days have provided an amazing learning experience for me in regards to the management of my own emotions. Prior to living in…

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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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