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FIVE THOUGHTS TO LEARN FROM FERGUSON

Last night in Ferguson, Missouri, two police officers were shot at a protest set up calling for further change in the police department in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. It breaks my heart to see what is currently going on around the country, the cycle of racism is far too strong, and…

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THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS GREENER

So lately I have been wrestling with various leadership principles. One specific concept I have been thinking about is how the grass is greener on the other side. The more I think about this, the more I think this concept is directly from our spiritual enemy. Look at Elimelech in Ruth 1:1-2 “In the days…

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EMOTIONAL DROUGHT

Have you ever just found yourself feeling drained and discouraged? As a leader there are always going to be seasons that we feel discourage, disheartened, and downtrodden. When this happens, we sometimes only pause for a moment so we may give ourselves a pep talk to keep on going. Instead of the casual pep talk,…

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GOOD VS BEST

What in life is truly important? There are many good answers to that question: time with family and friends, dating your spouse, losing weight and taking care of your body, reaching new goals, and serving others. But what is the difference between “Good” and “Best?” That is the question Dane Johnson posed a while back when…

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THE GIFT OF THE PRESENT

The past six weeks have been simultaneously awesome and crazy. I have been traveling all over the U.S. speaking at various summer conferences for junior high and high school students. In the midst of these travels, a youth pastor approached me and expressed how he felt God was calling him to the stage of conferences…

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PURPOSE OVER PROVISION

I was listening to one of my favorite preachers the other day. He shared a subtle point in his message that hit me hard. He said, once you find your purpose, you will find your provision. Wow! What a true and powerful statement. How would we know what provisions we would need in our lives,…

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