January 2015

|Leadership
Learning to lead in love.
A New Kind of Leader, Part I
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As life has slowed down a bit in recent days, I’ve had more time to pray, think, and reflect on who God is calling me to be as leader and as a man.

I have been asking myself, “What kind of leader does God want me to be?” Sometimes I feel that the image ...

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Small steps can lead us far from Christ.
Are You Drifting into Danger?
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Have you ever had one of those “Are you kidding me?” meetings?

You know that meeting where you hear about a pastor having an affair? Or, a person who once ran a marriage ministry has walked out on their spouse? Or, the star teen who once led the youth group ...

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Pastors need the gospel, too.
The Most Important Sermon You’ll Ever Preach
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Dear preacher,

I know you love to preach. And I imagine you’re really good at it, too.

From personal experience, I know the sheer terror of preparing a sermon. I also know the feeling in that moment when suddenly the terror becomes sheer joy because God takes his ...

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God uses every circumstance to shape us into the image of Christ.
Peace Is Not the Absence of Problems
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Peace is not the absence of problems. Peace means that all hell may have broken loose, but God is still sovereign over our circumstances. It is rooted in the Hebrew understanding of the word shalom. God uses everything that happens to us to shape our hearts into Christ’s ...

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Loving your enemies can transform the world.
Today I’m Grateful for Dr. King
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Today, I’m grateful for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, I can walk into a restaurant, sit down with my family, order food, and enjoy eating it.

Today, I can drink from the same water fountain as everyone else.

Today, I can ride the bus and not be forced to sit ...

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A lesson in social justice from Leviticus.
So What Does It Mean to Love Your Neighbor?
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In Matthew 22:36-39, a lawyer challenges Jesus asking him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

Jesus answers him saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the ...

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Who can you not forgive when you realize how much God has forgiven you?
A People of Love
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To be reconciled means that, while we were enemies of God and divorced from him, he pursued us to win our hearts. It is unlike any other relationship we have, because we usually have to do something to earn love. As the truth of God’s great affection for us reaches ...

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Five lessons from Nehemiah to find the life you are looking for.
How to Be Captured by God’s Glory
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The life you want isn’t found in the latest fad—whether the latest diet or exercise plan, the coolest tech, or the newest Christian quick fix. The life you want is actually interwoven into God’s glory.

But, how do you become captured by God’s glory? ...

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Three paradigm shifts for student ministry.
More Than Just a Good Church Kid
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I want to introduce you to a teenager I know.

He’s 16. He doesn’t drink alcohol. He doesn’t do drugs. He doesn’t have premarital sex. He’s kind and respectful to adults. He’s an excellent student with exceptional SAT scores. And he wants ...

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David didn’t wear Saul’s armor and neither should you.
Don’t Waste Your Life Trying to Live Someone Else’s
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“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it trying to live someone else’s life,” said the iconic Steve Jobs in a 1995 commencement address at Stanford University. These words call forth a sense of urgency. God wants us to spend our lives being who he has ...

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