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.

Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:45

Pick up the trash!

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A few days ago I went to work and was greeted by an annoying issue as I started my day. The wind, or someone’s dog, overturned our office trashcan as it sat by the road, waiting for the trash collectors.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:26

7 Random Suggestions for Younger Leaders

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Written by Ron Edmonson -reprinted with permission

ronedmondson.com

I love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps me know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime.

I also love sharing some things I’ve learned from experience - some of it from hard experiences.

If you can learn and practice some of what I’ve learned early in your career it will help you avoid having to learn them by experience.

Friday, 05 February 2016 10:29

Go in God’s Authority

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Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article 10, taken from Moses’ life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.

I walked into church that day discouraged and defeated. I walked out feeling ten feet tall. What happened? The scripture reading was, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.” (I Tim. 1:12)

God used I Tim. 1:12 to remind me that HE called me into the ministry. God reminded me that my authority came from HIM.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 17:03

Glimpsing God’s Glory

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Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” This is article 9, taken from Moses’ life, as described in Acts 7:20-36.

Have you ever seen something you never forget? I remember the pictures of the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York. I will never forget the mental picture of that event.

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