Leadership Lessons from Overseas – Why Go?
Jul22

Leadership Lessons from Overseas – Why Go?

This morning, I’m leaving with some other pastors for a vision trip sponsored by Compassion International. I’m sorry to say, the last time I was overseas for mission purposes was in 2001, when I spent some weeks in Kiev, Ukraine with Let’s Start Talking. I’ve been to mission points in Mexico and throughout the Unites States since then. I’ve even planted a church and the churches I’ve served have...

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How Winning Hurts Churches
Jul17

How Winning Hurts Churches

Winning streaks can ruin a church. Too much continual growth, too much peace, too much “vision.” I know this may sound weird, but too much of a good thing can kill us if we’re not careful. It’s not that “success” is bad for us or the Kingdom. It’s that we tend to forget the Lord over prolonged periods of blessing. When we forget the Lord, our ministry turns mechanical, our egos inflate, and we can become reckless with...

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How to Pray for Your Pastor
Mar18

How to Pray for Your Pastor

Having God’s people praying for me is one of the greatest blessings in my life. The Scriptures teach the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective, and I hope someday God will grant me the opportunity to see how the prayers of His people strengthened my life and ministry. If you don’t already do so, I’d like to encourage you to start doing so on a regular basis–at least weekly. Praying for your minister...

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My Friend, Necessity
Jan08

My Friend, Necessity

We don’t like Necessity. I don’t know why. Necessity pushes us to do things we wouldn’t otherwise do. We create, we provide, we grind, we are at our best. True, we humans are sometimes at our worst because of Necessity–life can feel like the Hunger Games at times. For Christians, however, necessity is a friend because she leads us back to God. When we don’t have any ideas, when the money is gone, when all...

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2013

Happy New Year to everyone. It’s January 1, and that means it’s resolution time! Sociological bean-counters report that now barely one in three of us continue to make the traditional New Year’s Resolution. Our resolutions seem always to tend towards pushing the limits of our abilities, testing the strength of our self-denial. No wonder resolution-making is falling by the wayside. The tradition of making New...

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