Friday, 22 April 2016 15:44

Relax!

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Has anyone ever suggested that you relax? Such suggestions usually stir my hidden animal instincts. I want to strike these people. LOL! Most of the time these suggestions come from people who care about me. The suggestions also come at times when my face betrays me. Those who know me see the need for me to relax. The need to relax slips in when the demands are greater than the energy or the clock does not allow enough flexibility to get everything done.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 09:33

God Will Allow You More Than You Can Bear Alone

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“Don’t try anything today without relying on the power of God!”

I occasionally like to correct a myth I have heard all my life. How many times has someone said to you, “God will never put more (trials) on you than you can bear”?

I challenge you to show me that in the Bible. God WILL allow more than you can bear.

The problem I have with that lie is that, as innocently as it is given - even offered mostly as encouragement, it’s not encouraging at all.

Saturday, 09 April 2016 19:02

When Others Doubt You

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Have you ever had to face people who doubted you? Such doubt can take many forms: doubting your leadership ability, doubting your preaching, doubting your integrity, or doubting your character.

Friday, 01 April 2016 12:53

Things Every Leader Needs to Quit Immediately

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I’ve learned some things the hard way. I often share things leaders should do, but today I thought I’d share some things not to do.

Here are seven things every leader needs to quit.

Friday, 25 March 2016 13:06

5 Ways to Deepen Your Integrity

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Daniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Biblical characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity, which is taking a beating today. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey by asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars. Here’s what they learned.

Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:44

Try Again

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Have you failed in some endeavor in life: marriage, business, school, a relationship, or an investment?

These are the tip of the iceberg of endeavors that individuals have tried and failed. The good news is that failure is never fatal or final.

In 2010, a bank foreclosed on the church property and building of the church I was serving. Foreclosures do not occur with churches, do they? We are supposed to be people of faith. God does not allow His people to fail. Continue reading!

Saturday, 12 March 2016 10:03

9 Ways to Respond to the Church Critic

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One well-worn adage reads, “The two things you can’t avoid in life are death and taxes.” As a pastor, I’d like to suggest two more for those in ministry. Two things a pastor can’t avoid: people being late to the Sunday service and…critics. I’ve served in full-time ministry for 35 years and I’ve experienced my share of critics. I’ve responded well to some and not so well to others. And I’ve learned 9 ways that have helped me respond better to the church critic.

Friday, 04 March 2016 13:05

I Missed the Station!

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A few days ago I visited my mother and helped with several projects around her home. I spent the night and left early the next morning. After getting in my truck I realized I needed gas. I came up with a plan. I reasoned that when I arrived in Alexandria I would buy gas and another cup of coffee for the ride home. There is nothing like riding down the road, in a quiet truck, with a fresh cup of coffee.

Friday, 26 February 2016 09:06

5 Traits of a Flourishing Leader

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Written by Charles Stone – Reprinted with permission

http://charlesstone.com/

Some people have a green thumb and others don’t. Those that do can grow plants and flowers that seem to flourish with life, color and vibrancy. Leaders also fall into two categories - those who flourish and those who don’t. What are common traits of flourishing leaders? I believe what happened in the early church gives us clues to traits of a flourishing leader.

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