NARROW INVESTMENT BROADEN IMPACT

Of course, I know it, preach it, and generally practice it in the important areas of my life. To which you appropriately ask…What is “it”?  It, expressed in my terminology, is the reality that we must “narrow our focus to broaden our impact.” As I’ve taken time to assess the purpose, priority, and effectiveness of…

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INVISIBLE PATHWAY

Wow…this passage lit me up big time this morning: “Your path led through the sea,your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron,” Psalm 77:19-20. This is all about the great exodus of God’s people from Egypt. In Exodus 14, we…

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WORK SMART

I’m sure most of us have heard the old saying “work smart not hard.” Of course, as with most famous sayings, there is an intended truth and an unintended error. The error here is that, if we work smart, we can achieve our full potential without working hard. WRONG! Though there may be occasional exceptions…

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MY BEST READS DIDN’T MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT

Since I threw out the value of reading in a recent blog, I thought that it may be potentially beneficial to share some of the more impacting reads of my past year. As context, I think it’s important to share a couple of thoughts. First, the better books and/or reading experiences weren’t always the most…

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WHY DO I KEEP WATCHING?

I am so sick of the news. It’s mind-numbing redundancy. Soap operas are fast moving and changing in contrast with the news these days. And yet, I keep watching and reading it. When I turn my TV on, I instinctively turn it to a news channel. The same tends to be true with the radio…

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TIME TO WAKE UP

I want God’s blessing…in and on my life. The truth is that everyone does…even those who claim no belief in God at all. We’re all looking for direction, meaning, security, satisfaction, peace, connection, love, significance, provision, joy, and hope in our lives. Whether we know it or not…believe it or not…God is the only source…

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BOREDOM

This is a huge problem for all pastors and churches over time. Boredom is the natural byproduct of redundancy. And let’s be honest, church ministry is redundant by nature. Without intentional interference, churches will have no new people come on Sunday, and everyone will park in the same place, enter the same way, greet the…

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APPETITE

Okay, I’m going to let you in on some of the excitement that my wife, Roxann, and I have in our private conversations. Here’s a common conversation of ours. “Where do you want to eat?” “I don’t know. Where do you want to eat?” “I don’t know. You decide.” Yes, we’re boring. But, I bet…

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WORDS AND LIFE

The greatest sin those with spiritual leadership or influence could ever commit is to block the way of others from entering the knowledge of truth. Sadly, it’s common. (e.g. Luke 11:52 – “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you…

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