Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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Spiritual Life

Mountain Climbing Dangers, Decisions, and Devotions


I feel a need to comment on my own post from February 24, “Just to Be Close to You.” I wrote that devotional based on Exodus 24 where Moses and the Israelite leaders climbed the mountain and worshiped God. There is a danger here if you read too much into this. Even as I wrote it I tried to be …

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Small Group Leaders

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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Training SG Leaders

Responsibilities, Resources, and Reasons in Small Group Ministry


Where is the bar set for our small group leaders? At Northeast, I’m always looking for unschooled, ordinary people who have been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). The expectations bar is very low in regards to their current knowledge and skills, but it is higher in regards to their heart for Jesus. I’m praying and looking for leaders after God’s own …

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Spiritual Life

Just to Be Close to You …


I am often frustrated by the fact that even though I want to be a leader after God’s own heart, I can’t quite carry it out as I want to. I desire to be closer to him, abiding in a daily, intimate, rich relationship with God, but it seems I can only get so close. It’s not God–he has drawn …

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Spiritual Life

The Jesus of the Old Testament Too


I came across a couple verses buried in the middle of a bunch of Old Testament laws this morning that broadened my understanding of Jesus. It’s quite remarkable: “See, I am sending my angel before you to lead you safely to the land I have prepared for you. Pay attention to him, and obey all of his instructions…. He is …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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Leader's Heart-Overflow

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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