Spiritual Life

Check Your Heart

What is the water level of your heart? I watched a couple movies recently that have me checking my heart. I believe the amount of love, kindness, and faith we have in our heart determines what we bring out of (and therefore see) in others. The same is true for negativity and criticisms. Are you causing the water level in…

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Spiritual Life

Dealing with Difficult People

How to Reverse the Momentum of Unfair Treatment The Shimei in Your Life Do you have a Shimei in your life? You may not know who this is but chances are you do. Shimei is a minor character in the story of King David who represents the difficult people and circumstances that can get under our skin. Why does there…

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Leadership

Are You Really Leading?

How we can value people over our positions   If God gives us a voice we must speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. If God gives us strong hands we must help those who can’t help themselves. If God gives us a place to stand we must stand for those who cannot pick up themselves.   God does…

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Leadership

Benefits of Critics

4 Reasons to Listen to Your Critics Many people say to ignore your critics. Don’t listen to them they say. Once during a wedding prayer of blessing, I actually prayed that the bride and groom would, “shake the haters off.” For some odd reason, people haven’t rushed to ask me to pray for them at their weddings after that. I…

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perseverance

Enjoying the Journey

A story of happy accidents. Do you have something you are passionate about but maybe are not the most talented in that area? For me, that is running. I started running almost by accident. One year, after moving to a new school, I found out I had missed football tryouts. Instead of sitting out of sports completely I decided to…

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Unfinished Business

3 Ways to Handle Unmet Expectations Have you ever thought of the perfect comeback except it was too late? Maybe someone put you on the spot and you didn’t think of the right response until the ride home. You left the conversation with unfinished business. Once you realized precisely what you wanted to say the chance to show the world your wit…

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Leadership

Doing too much

Doing less so that you can accomplish more Have you ever seen someone is “doing too much” or being what we used to call a “try hard”? Maybe they are being inauthentic, trying to impress someone, or overcompensating for some reason. On the basketball court, he is the guy with all the new gear but can’t dribble or shoot. At…

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Leadership

Moses CEO Part 2

4 Steps to Lead Your Team Out of Dysfunction Moses returned from his executive retreat to find his organization in total disarray (Exodus 32:9-10). You can see the four decisions that lead to this disaster in my previous post. The results of Aaron’s passive leadership led to the group getting off mission, internal corruption, and dangling on the edge of…

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