Rapture Ready—Knowing God His Way

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Does your spouse (child, friend) really know you? Does he or she know what makes your heart sing, choose gifts that affirm your quirky personality, and scrupulously avoid doing the one thing that irritates your last nerve? Knowing about someone may not be enough to support a lasting relationship. When it comes to your most […]

Decision Regret—5 Tips For Making Better Choices

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Imagine how much different your life might be if you could go back in time and get a do-over on a few old decisions. The way you manage decisions, past, present, and future, is a matter of stewardship. Regret is a terrible use of energy, but you can leverage past mistakes to help you make […]

Transformational Leadership—4 Tips To Up Your Game

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Transformational leadership is about change. Good leaders focus on getting the job done—doing what’s necessary to complete the tasks at hand. Great leaders focus on the people involved, seeing each task as both an objective and opportunity. Transformational leadership achieves goals while elevating everyone involved. People are inspired and motivated, walking away with something they […]

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 that don’t resemble Jesus’s mission. […]

5 Disciplines of Personal Revival

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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 last week the progress and […]

6 Reasons Not to Burn Your Bridges

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Is there something you’re about to give up for good — or maybe disappear from or pause for awhile? Real stewardship today means you’re constantly rearranging schedules and assessing all the people, things, and commitments that devour your resources. There’s a seismic difference between scorched earth and retrenchment, between annihilation and scaling back. Maybe you […]

Unexpected Stewardship Challenges

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Stewardship topped my chart a few years ago when I realized how much stuff we had that we didn’t use. Since then, I actively seek to rehome anything that can better serve elsewhere. If I don’t love something or need it, it’s on it’s way out the door. Five days ago I realized that I’m […]

Your Spinning Hamster Wheel – Addicted to Busyness

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  My husband and I challenge one another, “If not now, when?” Whether it’s a change of lifestyle, visiting someplace you’ve only dreamed of, or a purchase you keep putting off for later, eventually later isn’t an option. We’re staring that reality in the face, making decisions instead of doing more of what we do […]