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Time to Simplify!!!!

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Let’s face it…life is complicated! The more advanced our society becomes, the more complicated every single thing has become. Oh, yes, there are many who will tell us how these gadgets and systems are making life easier. Perhaps there is some validity to that, but about the time one has spent two hours on the […]

Pastor Practices

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Now a word about pastors with doubts. When I was in college, I waited tables at one of my then-favorite restaurants, which served amazingly soft rolls with cinnamon butter and allowed you to throw peanut shells on the floor, a brilliant combination of two of my favorite things: carbs and littering. But after working there, […]

Becoming an Unhurried Leader

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Hurried leadership makes me think of a childhood toy called a Chinese finger trap. This long, narrow cylinder is often woven from bamboo strips. A child puts a finger from one hand into one end and a finger from the other hand in the other end and pulls. The trap tightens on each of the […]

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

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When the early Wesleyan bands of Christ-followers got together in small group meetings, their first question to each other was “How is it with your soul?” This is the best possible question for us as Christian leaders in light of Jesus’ warning and in light of what we witness in and around us. So how […]

Disconnect to Get Connected

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One way to connect with other people is to disconnect from technology from time to time. I’m a techie, and I love my gadgets. But a few years ago, I became a reluctant convert to the discipline of disconnecting. The insidiousness of having work with me wherever I walk, sit, or run deeply affects my […]

Daybreak Devotions – Excellent!

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November 16 “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.” (Proverbs 31:10 NASB) Why is it that on my wife’s birthday every year, I’m the one who feels like he’s received the gift? I met her at a weekly Bible Study. I had been asked to teach the study on […]

Daybreak Devotions – Encouragement

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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up . . .” (1 Thessalonians 5:11a NIV) My older daughter was very cautious when she was a young child. This was no more evident than when she was learning how to walk. When she tried taking her first step she fell back down on her bottom. […]