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Burnout, Stress, and Overwhelm —It’s Not Just You, Pastor

Do frustration, irritation, anxiety, and constant fatigue feel like they’ve become part of your DNA? Has the clear call of the Holy Spirit faded until you sometimes wonder if it was real? Churches are dying, and leaders are experiencing debilitating stress as more folks define “a good life” in ways

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Servant Leadership Excellence – 7 Required Traits

Even if you weren’t the kid who led the neighborhood when you were ten-years-old, you can become a more influential leader. I was an effective leader when I transitioned from business consulting and motivational speaking to the horse industry. During those years my skills as both a servant leader and

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Christmas and A Powerless Pandemic

God does not call you to celebrate Christmas. God calls you to love His Son. As mature trees exchanged their lush green mantles of summer for autumn masterpieces of red, purple, and gold, the tenor of the world changed once again. After two years of pandemic stress, the irritants and

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5 Tips for Conflict Resolution In Your Relationships

No matter how much you like another person, at some point, conflict is likely to happen. While most conflicts are trivial (like trying to decide where to go for lunch), when left untended, any conflict can fester and grow. That’s why it’s important to resolve relationship conflicts before they have

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5 Disciplines of Personal Revival

Personal revival isn’t once and done, but a continuing commitment to compare progress, habits, and priorities with what you’ve accomplished in the past and the way God’s word tells you to run your race. I love my life, my husband, my work, and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But

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Critical Thinking Pitfalls

How do you make wise decisions about Covid-19, conflicting messages from the pulpit, or dealing with conflict in a way that glorifies God? These days, separating light from dark, truth from falsehood, and right from wrong requires gathering and evaluating data, then moving through each issue in an orderly way.

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Christian Dis-Unity and the Exclusivity of Jesus Christ

Ecumenism is the effort to unify the thousands of brands of “Christianity” into one orderly body. It sounds noble, and while unity is a powerful biblical principle, somehow it’s failing in practice. Maybe the problem is the exclusivity of Jesus Christ and God’s unchangeable nature. 1 Corinthians chapter 1 offers

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Advance The Kingdom With A Bigger Message

The biggest idea in the world is the gospel of Jesus Christ, but it’s often shared as if it’s easy for anyone to understand. It is simple, but that isn’t necessarily the same thing as easy. Since the time you answered the Holy Spirit’s invitation, has your message gotten bigger

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Could an imposter fool you?

Dear Friend, A message and a question… I’ve marveled many times when 4-legged critters display greater savvy than we do. For example, no one could convince Diva the Dachshund that they were me. She’d take one sniff with her long nose, listen to one word with her magnificent ears, and

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Dogs Offer Fabulous Career Advice

In Honor Of International Dog Day I want to tip my cap to canine wisdom. You can learn a lot from watching dogs. Thinking more like a dog may help you feel happier at work and advance in your career.  I learned some of my most valuable lessons about relationship,

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Don’t Be Guilty Of Judging A Person By Their Past

Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they may become. Brennan Manning Tweet When did you last think, “What an amateur, who would pay him?” or “Someone needs to take her aside and tell her that she’s never

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How God Revealed Himself Through Two Squirrels

Be careful what you wish for. You never know who will be listening. Terry Pratchett Tweet Two squirrels busied themselves on the grass beside the walking trail this morning as I made my daily trek between the backyards of suburban houses and a creek tucked into a dense wood in

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