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Time with My Friend


A friend is someone I will make time for. If someone offers friendship to me, it’s a rare privilege, but if I do not make time to be with him, we are not friends. Moses understood this. “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” – Exodus 33:11 This is the kind …

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Who a Leader Listens to


A leader must know who to listen to. When Moses failed to come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron. “Look,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us….” So Aaron said, “Tell your wives and sons and daughters to take off their gold earrings, and then bring them to me.” All the people …

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Follow the Instructions


I love building things, but I hate following instructions. So, I often end up with extra pieces … or find I’ve skipped a step, so I have to take half the thing apart and rebuild it … or the “completed” project just does not work. I end up having to look at the directions anyway to see where I went wrong. …

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Stop Recruiting!


When you as a leader look around your spheres of influence, you’ll probably notice that the opportunities usually far outweigh your resources. So what do you do? The Best Leader Ever made it simple: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  – Matthew 9:37-38 For …

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It’s OK to Bowl Alone


Yesterday I went bowling alone, and I enjoyed it immensely. I was in Evansville, Indiana, with my son Dru and his friend Christian who were in a bouldering competition. I had a couple hours to kill before the comp actually started, so I puttered around Barnes & Noble and then went bowling. Around the fourth frame of the third game, …

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It’s Really Not About Burnout!


Last night during our small group meeting, Chris mentioned that we should bring all the kids up from the basement and, as parents, pray with and over them. After the kids came into the living room, sitting on parent’s laps and on the floor in front of us, Chris glanced over at me. I just nodded at him, and he …

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The One Thing a Leader Must Know


At the center of a spiritual leader’s competencies is an unshakable belief that God is sovereign. Even (or maybe especially) in the midst of difficult or even tragic situations, a leader knows that God is in control and will work for the good. “As the princess opened [the basket that she found in the river], she found the baby boy. His helpless …

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What Leaders Can Learn from Mountain Bikers Part 2: Keep Your Eyes on the Trail!


What do mountain bikers, George of the Jungle, and leaders have in common? In my last post on February 9, I wrote about how leaders can learn from mountain bikers how to “look down the trail.” Just as important is to keep your eyes on the trail, instead of what’s not on the trail.  Last year on a group ride …

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What if God Showed Up in Our Meeting?


What if God Showed Up at Our Small Group Meeting?

“Wouldn’t it be great if God would just show up physically in our meeting? It would be awesome if he would show himself or if we could literally hear his spoken voice!” “But be careful! You did not see the Lord’s form on the day he spoke to you from the fire at Mount Sinai. So do not corrupt yourselves …

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The Importance of Looking Down the Trail


This morning I read a very good article about mountain biking skills on the International Mountain Bike Magazine web site that is a great illustration for leading a small group. An important skill in mountain biking is to look down the trail, past what’s right in front of you. When you look down the trail a ways, you can identify potential …

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