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Christ as the Main Priority

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I have a nerdy confession to make: I love lists. In fact, I love making lists that are color-coded, categorized, and checked-off, one at a time. I have even tried to live my life according to a list that looks something like this: One: God Two: Family Three: Church Four: Friends… and the list goes on However, I’m realizing I can’t live my life...

A Leader’s Powerful Role of Inquisition

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Questions are more than just a way to make conversation. As I start my new role as the Senior Pastor of Grace Chapel, I have been asking a lot of questions. From the very first day, I was asking questions like "where's the bathroom?" or "where do we keep the staples?" But as a leader I also have asked deeper questions,...

Why OmniFocus is Great for Pastors

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The main role of a pastor is to care for the sheep. One of the main ways that we care for those in our churches is by meeting (or exceeding) expectations. If a pastor remains unorganized, then he is bound to fail expectations and therefore not tend to the sheep. Why are met expectations essential for shepherding? As pastors, we represent...

How to Read More so You Can Lead Better [video]

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Readers are Leaders.  If you are not reading, then you are not improving your skills and you will quickly be irrelevant. A true leader takes the time to read so that they are learning new things and stay relevant with those they are reaching, selling to or serving. In the above video, I share about how I read regularly. I have...

I Want to Desire God, but How? Tips for Your Pursuit of God

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Grasping for a relationship with God isn't always easy. If we are honest, it can sometimes even seem impossible. Yet, in the Bible we are commanded to seek after God with all our heart, mind, and soul (Deuteronomy 4:29). But how are we to pursue a God that we can't hear, see, or physically feel? Here are a few biblical tips...

A Book Review of “Shift”

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Haynes, Brian. 2009. Shift: What it Takes To Finally Reach Families Today. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. 2009 There is a massive void in the church today. People are looking for clarity on how to raise children who love God, and the Church is failing to fill the gap and stand with parents in the duty of discipling their Children. Most...

If You Want to Waste Your Life, Seek the Honor of Men

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Let's be brutally honest for a second: We are all more interested in serving ourselves than serving others. At the core of who we there is a desire for selfish self-preservation rather than selfless-service to others. But with that honesty, another confession another quickly follows: there is nothing more wearisome than trying to serve ourselves. We push and pull to...

A Glimpse of God: The Gift of Loving Others

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Have you ever wanted to see God? Surely that is what Moses desired in Exodus 33. Even after he had conversed with God, he wanted nothing more than to just see God and all His glory. With great fervency he asked, “Please, show me your glory!” God patiently replied, “You shall not see my face, for man shall not...

You Can Cry On Me. Your Tears Are Warm.

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Loss hurts no matter when it comes. Even necessary endings have a way of hurting – though we knew that or they had to go. As a biblical counselor, tears are a regular part of my day. When people come in my office and feel the freedom to cry, I am honored. I don’t take it for granted when someone...

God Cannot Lie

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“It is impossible for God to lie.” God can do everything, except not be God. Because He is God – meaning that He is holy, pure and true. Therefore, it is impossible for Him to lie. If He did, He would not be God. So you and I can rest assured that if God has said that He will save...

Day 9: The Final Steps of Christ in Jerusalem

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Probably the most recognizable site in the world is Temple Mount, The Dome of the Rock. The significance of Temple Mount dates back to the time of Abraham, where he took his son Isaac to be a sacrifice on Mount Moriah. Later on Solomon built the first temple to God on this “mount” where all Jews would go during...

Why I Stopped Looking at the Analytics

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For over a year now I have not known quite what to do with my online ministry. I’ve been blogging since 2006, but it has come with its seasons of high productivity and seasons of, “What in the world should I type next?” It was time for a change. With the help of my good friend, Mike Ruman, I decided to...