How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
Apr07

How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

I didn’t know I would become a preacher. I always had great respect for them. My father still preaches on a volunteer basis for the church I grew up in—and I think he’s fantastic at it. But, I always thought I would do something else. I thought I’d be a baseball player or a lawyer…perhaps start my own business. But, not a preacher. I have fellow preachers who knew from an early age they were meant to do it. Mine was a gradual...

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Do You Believe in Those You’re Leading?
Feb25

Do You Believe in Those You’re Leading?

People are led best by people who believe in them. If people sense we don’t like them, we think they are not as bright or hopeless…we’ll never be able to lead them effectively. True, there are some dysfunctional relationships out there in which people lead through violence, emotional abuse, or fear. But, that’s not biblical leadership—that which is rooted in love and oriented toward hope. People can sense how we “are” toward them. If...

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When the Tail Becomes the Dog
Jan21

When the Tail Becomes the Dog

Mission is critical. By “mission,” I mean the big “M,” what we were put on earth to do. For the church, it’s making disciples of Christ and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded. Many of us think that means baptize people and keep them in church. It’s so much more than that, because making a disciple is different from making an initial convert, and “all that Jesus commanded” is a...

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Haters
Dec18

Haters

I heard Rick Warren make a statement recently I’ve been thinking about since: “Never criticize what God is blessing.” For some people, this is really difficult. For whatever reason, some believe that if a church or ministry prospers, they must be doing something wrong. They are “watering down” the Gospel, they are feeding people’s selfishness, using worldly methods, etc.—fill in your own favorite. In sports, we call such people...

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Ricochet
Dec16

Ricochet

Ricochet is, “the motion of an object or a projectile in rebounding or deflecting one or more times from the surface over which it is passing or against which it hits a glancing blow.” We use it a lot in terms of firearms or, for instance, the bouncing of a racquetball off a wall during a match. However, let me suggest your life is creating a series of ricochets–good and bad. We are given the opportunity to cultivate lives of...

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