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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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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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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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Do not fear

I can get so wrapped up in looking at the things I have no control over.  Circumstances that we want to change can eat us alive with worry and anxiety.  Thank goodness underarm deodorant was invented. As we all get swept into this season of joy and celebration, a lot of us just seem to […]

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One, uno, одно, ένας, ein

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  ~Ephesians 4:4-6 Today is a special day for Southbrook Staff.  We always have […]

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Eating crackers when you could have lasagna

It seems like just yesterday when Beth and I went to Russia.  My brother-in-law, Chris and his wife were adopting two boys from Siberia.  They had already been there for two weeks and were not eating well.  Because everything was written in russian, meal time became impossible. When we arrived, they were so excited to […]

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