Happy Father’s Day Challenge: The Nurturing Dad

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Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 NIV

Fathers are not usually seen as the nurturing ones in a family. When my boy’s get sick, they don’t want me, they want Cheryl. The Bible, however, tends to […] Continue Reading…

An Omer is One-Tenth an Ephah

I had been eagerly reading the account of Moses and the Israelites on their journey to the promised land. God had provided for them each step of the way. Each morning they had their manna (bread), and in the evening they were provided quail. Now, I know that manna is a crisp and sweet tasting flaky bread type food, because the Bible tells me so.

But, what is an omer? […] Continue Reading…

Michael Hyatt on Twitter

What a great week it has been for my friend Michael Hyatt! He was named Chairman at Thomas Nelson in addition to his current role as C.E.0. I’m sure another highlight of his week was being interviewed on this blog! You can read that post HERE.

I thought it was timely to share this video which Michael shared earlier on his blog and others have shared. I get asked all the time how I have time to Twitter. Michael does better than I could at explaining it’s importance. […] Continue Reading…

Personal Story: The Pastor I was Sent to Help

I knew that this pastor frequented a local diner every morning, so I decided at least once a week that it would become my first stop each day. Over time, we formed a friendship, he began to trust me, and, most importantly, he began to share his broken heart with me. He became one of my dearest friends.

My pastor friend passed away about six months into our relationship. I still think of him and his absence with a heavy heart. I miss him. I will never forget the last months of our friendship and how he consistently told me that God had sent me to him. He was so appreciative of our time together.
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My Current Top 13 Online Influencers List

Over the last few years, through Twitter and personal blogs, I have gained so much by networking online with other church and ministry leaders.  Periodically I like to share the ones most currently influencing me with their online presence in case you have missed any of them.  Since they are well known, chances are you have them on your list already.  If so, this is simply a tribute.  If not, I encourage you to follow their work.  (Obviously some are not individuals, but an organization/ministry.)

There are others who are making a difference, even in my leadership.  I chose these people/groups because not only are they making a difference and giving good content to the church leadership world, but they have made themselves accessible to people also. […] Continue Reading…

Catalyst Post: An Empowering Leader Update

Recently I wrote a post called 10 Reasons Not to Call Yourself and Empowering Leader. I have enjoyed partnership and friendship with the Catalyst Leader team. Jesse Phillips is a tremendous young leader and handles the web content for Catalyst. He consistently encourages me to help leaders know “how to” implement the principles I write about on this blog. At his request, I took the empowering leaders post and added to it. You can read some of that post at the Catalyst site.
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10 Questions with Leader Michael Hyatt – Thomas Nelson Publishers

Michael Hyatt is one of the best leaders I know. I have had the privilege of getting to know Michael personally over the last couple of years, having met him first through Twitter. What I have come to understand is that Michael is the same online as he is in person. Michael is the C.E.O. of a successful organization (Thomas Nelson is the largest Christian publisher), he is extremely accessible and transparent through his online involvement, and he is a model husband and father. When I think of a well-balanced leader, I think of Michael Hyatt. […] Continue Reading…

Your Doubts are NOT Your Problem: Unbelief Is

We are in a new series at Grace Community Church called Outsiders, looking at some characters in the Bible who aren’t as well known as other characters, yet who made huge impacts to the Kingdom. Yesterday I spoke about the disciple Thomas. Though some know him as Doubting Thomas, I prefer the title I have also heard by which I’ve also heard him referred, Thomas the Believer. In this message, I address the bottom line that doubts are not the major problem for a believer, unbelief is. Ultimately we must go from doubts to a solid foundation of faith; that God is who He says He is and will do what is best in our life. […] Continue Reading…

How is Your Organization Handling Conflict?

Recently the staff at Grace Community Church talked through conflict and its benefit for us. Sometimes an organization can become too polite with each other and conflict is avoided or ignored in an effort to protect the relationship or to avoid the tension conflict creates. Other times one person tends to control a situation without allowing other people’s input, either for selfish reasons or to keep conflict from developing. The problem with these approaches is that some of the best ideas are never implemented because we don’t push through the messiness of conflict to get to the right answers. […] Continue Reading…

Children Have Become Media Junkies

Our children have become media junkies. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a study of children ages 8 to 18, which found, not surprisingly, that they are consuming a astounding amount of media entertainment each day. Children now consume an average of 7 ½ hours per day or 52 ½ hours per week of media saturation.

Daily media consumption of U.S. children: […] Continue Reading…