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4 Surprising Things I Learned from My Online Hiatus

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All good things must come to an end… or at least a pause. In May 2017 my wife and I made a conscious decision to change many things in our life—including our engagement on social media, and to take an online hiatus. Both of us had it as a mainstay in our life (as most people do) and spent more...

3 Questions To Ask at Every Meeting


Meetings have become a regular part of my life.  I spend most of my day in meetings with other people. I spend a lot of time meeting with my staff or elders. I also meet with people in the church who have (1) concerns that they would like to share, (2) hopes that they would like to express, or (3)...

Teaching the Bible to Kids: Tips for Parents

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There are many ways for teaching the Bible to kids in a manner that helps them understand key lessons that can enhance their lives at any age. Here, we'll explore a few tips and Christian activities that parents can use to successfully share the Bible with their children.

Write Everything Down


One of the many lessons I’ve had to learn over and over in life is the importance writing everything down. My friend and mentor, Doug Tegner, once told me that “If it is not on paper it doesn’t exist.” Whether it is for business or just for personal journaling, it is so important that I write everything on paper. There are a...

5 Keys to a Great Start to Your Day


Mornings are a killer. I am not the kind of guy that usually rises with a pep-in-my-step. I wake up one braincell at a time. This is just the way that I am wired, and as much as I wish I could change it, I really can’t. So I have come up with some routines that help me get...

What is Christmas All About? [Online video service]


We recorded this video to be watched on December 25th, or anytime Christmas week. We hope you will enjoy joining us for this special service! Message Notes: Christmas Morning Joy I bet that if each of us shared a memorable Christmas morning of our childhood, most of us would mention a toy we received. We’d ooze with the joy that came...

A Great First Step to Sharing your Faith is to Shut Up


The command for us to share our faith literally in black and white in the Bible. But I gotta tell you, just getting a conversation started with someone about Christ gives me Godzilla-sized butterflies in my stomach. I get so nervous (and I'm a pastor). I have come to realize something – one of the greatest things that we can...

Preaching to Apease?


Phillips Brooks, in his Lectures on Preaching, said a powerful statement that should be tattooed on the minds of all those who approach the pulit: “If you are afraid of men and a slave to their opinions, go and do something else. Go and make shoes to fit them. Go even and paint pictures which you know are bad but...

Can Christianity Go Extinct in Iraq?


People in America are upset because Starbucks seems to have wiped Christmas away by not decorating their holiday cup with ornaments. This seems to be the talk of the town, yet no one is raising the voice to express concern over a country that is about to wipe Christianity out from within their boundaries. Fox News had a headline this...

Eat to Lead


In An effort to lose my “Pastor pooch” or my “Bible-Belly-Bump” (a.k.a my bulging stomach), I’ve decided to cut back on the carbs. My wife and I are holding each other accountable to eat healthier. Yet, I gotta be honest – I do miss my Saturday morning waffles. I feel like Donkey on the movie Shrek who was attracted to...

Is Donald Trump a Christian?


The Bible never said that we should keep our faith "personal" and to yourself. Donald Trump is doing just that, I wish he would stop. Trump claims to be a Christian and part of the Presbyterian Church. He has said that he is "very proud" of his faith. He also stated, "Believe me, if I run and I win, I...