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The Dangers of Depletion…

Do you ever try to press on when you’re depleted? Do you ignore the warning signs of “being on empty?” Sometimes I do. It’s easy to pretend we don’t have limits. But we do. We all hit points and places where emotionally, physically, spiritually we are basically useless—running on empty. And these points render us…

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Hey, NEW ENGLAND CHRISTIANS, Listen Up!

This is a post for New England Christians! If you know a Christian in New England, please pass it along! I can’t believe this GOOD NEWS! Hey New England—it’s RESURRECTION WEEK! This is the weekend we celebrate the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ! The God man who gave His life and shed His perfect blood on…

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Five “Ministries” That Kill Real Ministry

(I use the word “ministry” in this post tongue in cheek.) It seems that some leaders and Christians have appointed themselves to unhealthy “ministries.” These are “ministries” that stifle the gospel, oppose growth in grace, quench the moving of the Holy Spirit, and kill the body life of a healthy local church. These are “blinding”…

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Repost: Influence vs. Control

Sometimes we get mixed up in ministry. We forget that our responsibility is not control it is influence. God never gave us control of people, their lifestyles, or their choices. He created free will, and gives each individual responsibility for their choices. I fear, out of good intentions, some spiritual leaders cross the line and…

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Repost: Hitting a Wall

This post was written toward the end of my cancer treatments. I thought it might encourage you in facing the walls you might be up against today: Have you ever hit a wall in some aspect of your life? This is something that I haven’t written much about, but walls have become somewhat of a…

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8 Priorities That Will Transform Your New Year

Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” The new year offers us a new opportunity to look forward, put the past behind, and chart the course anew. It’s a fresh start. Last year is in the books. There’s nothing we can do to change it….

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Why Should We Care About Excellence?

Why should God’s people and God’s servants care about excellence? From the maintaining of a church facility to the order of hall closet—does it matter if we have a standard of excellence and order in our lives and ministries? For many, this is a “self-image thing.” Excellence can be about self-promotion and personal image before…

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The New Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast is LIVE!

We are happy to announce the Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast! The messages from Emmanuel Baptist Church of Newington, CT are now available on iTunes and through other Podcast directories (soon) for free download. Usually, three times each week you can download the preaching and teaching series that are presently being delivered. We are excited about…

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What to Do When You’re Wasted!

Do you ever get completely exhausted? Some of the worst decisions ever made in human history were made in moments of exhaustion or depletion. When your spiritual, emotional, or physical gauges are on empty, you are in danger of doing the wrong thing every time! We weren’t designed to function on empty. In fact it’s…

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Who’s in Whose Way

“I being in the way, the Lord led me.” (Genesis 24:27) Are you in God’s way? Or is God in your way? When God is in my way… My agenda is king. My plans reign. My schedule is full of what I want to do. My focus is on “getting my stuff done.” My world…

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Falling Off the Wagon

Have you ever fallen off the wagon? I have. In fact, through all the transition of the past few months, I’ve just about fallen off the “blog wagon.” If you read these posts with any regularity, you know that. (Thanks for hanging with me, by the way!) But falling off the “blog wagon” got me…

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How Do You Treat Spectators?

How do you treat spectators? I’m talking about Christians (or non-Christians) who sit on the side-lines of ministry and watch the activity around them. They are in every church. They have their reasons for not participating. They don’t get very involved, but they love to hear and see what’s happening. Honestly, there isn’t a pastor…

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18 Ways a New Leader Can Build Trust

In the past few weeks I’ve had the great joy to begin working with some wonderful people—the staff of Emmanuel Baptist Church and Emmanuel Christian Academy. It’s been fun, but also daunting. They don’t know me. I don’t know them. We all have the best of hopes, but at times it’s just “awkwardly new.” I…

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8 Reasons Not to Leave…

Recently, I’ve had a lot of people ask me, “How did you know God was leading you into the pastorate?” They share their own internal wrestling and want to know what specifics identify a real call as opposed to a mistaken internal struggle. In truth, Satan loves to keep God’s servants in a state of…

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New Resources from Striving Together!

Each year at this time, we see the culmination of a full year’s worth of work from our entire Striving Together team. I’m so thankful for the publications team at Striving Together—their hard work, their spirit, their expertise is just awesome! Here is a quick list and description of all the exciting new projects we’ve…

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Looking Back at SLC2012!

Spiritual Leadership Conference wrapped up yesterday! God gave us a truly incredible week with friends from all over the country. If you were not able to attend the conference, please know that we will post the entire conference for free download at www.strivingtogether.com in the next few days. Every session, message, video, and outline will…

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If—A Powerful Poem by Rudyard Kipling

I must be literarily challenged! Every now and then I come across something that everybody else knows of, but somehow I missed. Does that ever happen to you? This may be one of those cases. Yesterday, while reading, I came across a powerful poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895. It’s simply called “IF”—I’m sure…

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Introducing—Higher Call Student Summits

If you are a student ministry leader or worker, we invite you to participate in the Higher Call Student Summits in 2012! Beginning in February, Bryan Samms and I have the privilege of partnering with four churches in four regions of the country for the Higher Call Student Summits. These meetings are two-day events hosted…

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Thoughts On Blogging…

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the word “blog.” It sounded like my friend burped. And the concept sounded about as stupid. That was years ago, and—well, it is self-evident that the concept caught on, not only for me but for millions of others. We live in a day when everybody and their…

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Whose Campaign is This?

In an interview recently, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made a statement that absolutely grabbed me. The statement requires a bit of background, so bear with me. (And the point of this post is not political—this is all leading to a more important point.) Early in his bid for the Republical nomination, the Gingrich campaign…

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