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Write Everything Down

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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...

Installing an Elder, 1 Timothy 5:17-23

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When I was a beginning my role as senior pastor the elders asked me what I was excepting out of the "laying on of the hands of the Elders" to install me into the office of pastor and Elder. I said, "My main expectation is that is done biblically." I said this because the act is not just an element...

Getting Over the Holiday Blues

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When the holidays are over, many people feel a sense of loss. They may feel anxious about the year ahead, or they may feel like they have to compare their lives to others’. Here are a few ways you can pursue peace in your faith and emotions after the festivities:

A Pastor’s Sabbath: What to Do When Sabbath is Sporadic

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“You need to take some time off soon,” Donna said. She runs our HR department at the church. “I know. I am not good at taking time off. I have never been,” I retorted. Taking time off is not something that I despise. I love downtime. I don’t look for work just to stay busy, avoid homelife, or to “escape” reality...

Judas betrayal of Jesus Christ

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The time in the Garden ended when He went to the disciples a third time and found them sleep. He alarmed them to their stupor state and begged them to pray. As He spoke He heard a crowd coming and saw the fiery torches bobbing in the dark night. His betrayer had come. A crowd sent by the chief...

When Does Anxiety Become Sinful?

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If you grew up in the 80s and 90s as I did, you’re familiar with the idea of mixtapes. Mixtapes were a way of creating a compilation of music that could be played in any Walkman, car stereo, or boombox. Mixtapes back then were what playlists are to us today, except they took about one hundred times as much effort...

5 Principles for getting to know God

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"How do I get to know God better?" I can't tell you how many times people ask me this question. Do you pray more to get to know God? Do you read the Bible more? Is there a magic formula to use to get close to God? Well, there's no magic formula, but there are some powerful answers to this question. Can...

Writing A Great Youth Pastor Job Description

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Looking for a good youth pastor can be difficult. Trust me, I know. Not only have I served as a youth pastor, but I have also now hired several youth pastors in my various senior-level roles. The role of a youth pastor can be difficult; many people believe they can be good at it—even if they are not. Perhaps they think, I...

Why I Switched All My Writing to Ulysses

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I have been looking for a new way to write. I first learned to write on an old computer in the basement of the home I grew up in. Focusing on writing was easy because the tools were minimal. There was no need to learn what all the buttons did because there were not many buttons. Shortcuts and key cues...

A Biblical Perspective on New Year’s Resolutions

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The five days between Christmas and the New year are very important to me. I reflect on the last year and plan for the next year in that week’s time. When the New Year begins, I hope to be as ready as possible for the coming year with the plan I’ve worked and prayed through intentionally.  Many of us set...

What Makes A Magnificent Mother?

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Maybe you would argue with me, but I am pretty sure my mom is the world’s most amazing mother. She has given me more than I ever asked for (and trust me, I’ve asked for a lot), she bandaged my scrapped knees as a kid, and when road of life has been rough she has helped to bandage my...

How to write good content daily: 1000 words by 10:00 AM

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A few days ago I had a conversation with my writer and editor friend about the pace at which I can write in order to stay productive towards my calling to author material. At one point in the conversation he asked “how many word today do you think you can write?" Little did he know that I'd been contemplating...