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51 things you can do that will bless your kids

51 things you can do that will bless your kids

As parents, we all want to do the best we can. Knowing we have limited time with them, we strive to ensure that we bring them up on love, in God, and set them up...

Here's 5 bad reasons to leave a church

Here's 5 bad reasons to leave a church

Let's be honest, while there are some good reasons for leaving a church, there are a lot more bad ones. As a pastor, I hear some of them every now and again. Here are five...

Three kinds of first impressions leaders make

Three kinds of first impressions leaders make

Do you want to be the type of leader who makes a great impression the first time you meet someone? Would you like to have loyal followers because they like you and trust you? If...

When is hiring your family the right thing to do?

When is hiring your family the right thing to do?

When I wrote a recent post about nepotism, I received a lot of feedback – particularly on my Facebook page – from people defending hiring family members. It's true that family-run businesses have a great...

Opinion

Sermons are “fair game” in Houston

Sermons are “fair game” in Houston

The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word "sermons" from the demand. They have clearly not removed the scandal from their city, and from the administration of Mayor Annise Parker. As the mayor's own comments make abundantly clear, she sta...

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Tee-totally plumb wore out

Tee-totally plumb wore out

I don't think a hot stone massage or a Calgon bubble bath could begin to ease this exhaustion. A deep, intense, two-day sleep, or a rest in a hammock on a secluded island with a half a jar of peanut…

Mind and mouth

Out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.—Matthew 12:34 Today's verse reminds me of a woman who came to one of my conferences and shared with me that she never stopped thinking and talking about her problems, even though she…

Can you outwardly fail, and still be significant?

Can you outwardly fail, and st…

There's a flood of self-help and positive thinking books and teaching out there, and it's infected the church in a big way as well. I'm a positive person, but it doesn't take much study of great leaders and inn…

Ever feel like your life is one step forward, two steps back…

Have you ever felt as though it's a case of one step forward, two steps back? You're trying hard, but not only are you going nowhere, you seem to be going backwards. Just brilliant! Well, when you're in that place, here are 5 things to…

Is it wrong for the church to entertain people?

Is it wrong for the church to entertain …

A couple of weeks ago someone from our church posted a John Wimber quote on my Facebook page. Wimber wrote, "I'm concerned the Church has become more of a theatre experience, rather than a meeting place for peo…

The top ten attitudes of healthy, long-term pastor…

In an earlier post, I shared the top traits of pastors who had long-term and mostly joyous ministries at one church. Another key insight I learned from these pastors is how they think. The first article, therefore, dealt mostly with their actions. This article refers…

Finding the sweet spot of sharing the Christian message

Finding the sweet spot of shar…

We're seeing a lot of criticism recently of pastors, writers, speakers, filmmakers as well as others about how they share the Christian message with the outside culture. Some are criticized for making it too ea…

Am I important? Am I making a difference?

Am I okay? Am I important? Am I making a difference? These questions of self-validation are common–even among those who sign up for work that is often considered selfless. Such as ministry. At a ministry conference last wee…

Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red album announcement

Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red albu…

Chris Tomlin released a youtube video this morning announcing his new Album titled Love Ran Red. The new album will be out in the fall. This album will follow Tomlins "Burning Lights" Album which spent 3 weeks…

Wolves At The Gate announce second album

Wolves At The Gate have announced their sophomore album "VxV" (pronounced "five by five") which will be released on June 10th. The first track "Dust to Dust" has been released, which you can watch above.

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52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

52 Things Sons Need from Their Dads

Perfect? No. But you're still the right dad for your boy. Bestselling author Jay Payleitner, dad of four grown sons (and one amazing daughter), gives you a bucketful of man-friendly ideas…

Bridge to Haven

Bridge to Haven

This is a book you won't want to miss and won't soon forget. It's one that will make you think; give you courage and hope, for no matter what you…

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one…

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