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Recent Blog Posts

  • Poke the Box

    “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” That’s the question Seth Godin sets out get us to answer in his book Poke the Box. This book has a simple message: Start Something. This book is a manifesto […] Read More

  • Shortcuts Lead To A Long Road

    Taking shortcuts in life comes with a price. Sure, cutting corners may bring about short term gain but they always result in long term pain. Hard work, sacrifice, and discipline all take time and effort to develop. There is no substitute for […] Read More

  • Is your spouse invisible?

    How often do you tell your wife she is beautiful or your husband that he is handsome? Do your eyes still light up with they walk in the room? Or does your spouse feel invisible? As a pastor, I talk to far […] Read More

  • RE-Organizing the Family (Part 2)

    Yesterday, I wrote about the organizational shift that occurs in families once a baby is born. You can read the post here. But to sum it up…when a child is born, the marriage relationship takes a backseat role in our modern families. […] Read More

  • RE-Organizing the Family (Part 1)

    Who’s in charge of your family? Let’s begin answering that question by thinking back to your “BC” days—life Before Children. If you’re like me, you’re probably having a hard time remembering your life before kids. Here are a few reminders of what it was […] Read More

  • Divine Intersections: What we pray for reflects our belief in God

    What we pray for reflects our belief about God. When we pray small prayers, it shows we don’t believe that God is for us and that He wants come through for us in big ways. Far too often our prayers are for […] Read More

  • Uncensored Grace

    Grace is messy! God’s grace reaches down into our messy lives and transforms us from the inside out. This only happens when we embrace God’s grace. Our problem is that we are comfortable with a domesticated grace based on our own performance […] Read More

  • Forget the Resolutions (Repost)

    I’ve never been one for making New Year’s Resolutions. It seems pointless to wait until January to choose a couple of things that you either want to start doing or stop doing to improve your life. Yet each January about 50% of […] Read More

  • Give a Gift. Do Good.

    Give a gift and do good. Are you looking for a Christmas gift that keeps on giving? Here’s a way to give a gift to someone who has everything they need and help a woman who has little to meet her needs. […] Read More

  • Keeping Christmas

    I recently read this short devotional about Christmas from Henry van Dyke written over 100 years ago. His words still ring true today.  “It is a good thing to observe Christmas Day. The mere marking of times and seasons, when men agree […] Read More

  • How To Come Up With Great Ideas

    I recently came across a book by James Webb Young called “A Technique for Producing Ideas“. Though he presented the ideas from the book in 1939, his thoughts for generating great ideas are just as pertinent today as they were back then. […] Read More

  • 3 Categories of Parenting

    Raising children is one of the most difficult and most fulfilling jobs in the world – and one for which we often feel least qualified. There’s plenty of information and resources for parents today. Just try doing a Google search on parenting […] Read More

  • Is your system working?

    “Your system is perfectly designed to provide the exact results you are getting.” – Andy Stanley Are you satisfied with the results you’re getting? Do you want to improve your spiritual discipline, physical fitness, or financial position? How about your family? Are […] Read More

  • Children’s Ministry: From Flannel Graphs to MacBooks

    Clearly the times are changing in Children’s Ministry. The kids we have in our ministries are Digital Natives; having grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3s for their entire life. Rather than steering clear of […] Read More

  • The #1 Way To Keep Students From Dropping Out Of Church

    We’ve all heard the statistics that anywhere from 60-80% of students drop out of church within 2 years after graduating from high school. The question we have to ask ourselves is, HOW do we put an end to this trend in the […] Read More

  • Elementary Small Groups in 3D

    When I consult with churches about their children’s ministry I’m often asked, “How do you organize your elementary small groups?” I recommend transitioning between large group & small groups at various times during your service to examine the Bible Story and maintain […] Read More


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