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Three skills you should be developing in your leaders

If you are a leader of volunteers, you’ve probably asked yourself “How can I better equip my team to be more effective in engaging people?”. Here are three skills that you should be developing in your leaders to become more effective in ministry. These skills help remove communication barriers and make it possible to have […]

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Sometimes you just have to jump out of the boat

My lucky water shoes have helped me out of some life-threatening situations during past family vacations. On one trip, my brother-in-law and I were in his motor boat going full speed on Lake George in Florida.  We didn’t realize that even a couple hundred yards off shore, the sea grass grew up to the surface […]

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Staying calm in the face of a massive storm – July 4th, 1776

I look to the birth of this great nation as a source of inspiration. General George Washington showed amazing leadership in the face of impossible odds. Most people don’t know where George Washington spent July 4th, 1776. The day that we now celebrate as Independence Day was anything but a celebration for Washington. In fact, […]

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Making a great transition

A few years ago, Don Bray, one of my mentors, told me a story of an executive he knew that left his position to go into overseas missions work.  The executive’s key ring represented his responsibilities and property.  As he handed off his position and duties to others, he removed those keys from his key […]

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Finding Purpose

This past week, I was trying to warm up some pastries that a friend of ours had made. My friend had told me how to warm it up and then put powdered sugar on top to make it great. So I did… at least I thought I did. As my wife took her first bite, […]

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What would you tell the world if you had $4 Million and 30 seconds?

I’ve messed up with this so many times in life…  not making the most of a golden opportunity to communicate things well. Everyone’s pretty much forgotten about the money, time and effort that was spent on the Super Bowl last week.  It’s in the past.  But there are some lasting memories.  And the key to […]

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Warm and Drenched!

If you have teenagers in your house, this will make you smile. Have you ever seen your kids fly out the door and suddenly realize that they were wearing your clothes?  Not like a hand-me-down item, but something you wear all the time.  The first thought you have is, “That’s the last time I’ll see […]

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I must become less and…

In a moment of total confidence and humilty, John the Baptist said this about Jesus: “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”   ~ John 3:30 In a season of ministry where it has taken every ounce of strength to continue leading well, I’m more resolved than ever about […]

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You’re not stuck, you have great hope!

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  ~Luke 2:10 How close are you to not caring about Christmas?   If you feel stuck in life without hope for change, you may have lost your excitement for Christmas morning. […]

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If you want to improve, don’t get tired of criticism

How mad do you get when people criticize you? My tenth grade year of high school taught me a great lesson for life – how to deal with criticism.  Everyone was required to write a term paper and it determined whether or not we passed tenth grade.  I couldn’t tell you what I wrote about, […]

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