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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Your Main Job as a Leader (of anything, including yourself)


My good friend from Boise Idaho, Carl Douthit, posted this on Facebook yesterday: Too often we (and I definitely include myself) focus on “what” we DO in a relationship. God shows us that we should focus on “who” we ARE in a relationship. If our relationship with God depended on what we could do for Him, there wouldn’t be a …

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Spiritual Life

How I Prepare to Spend Time with God


As I sat down to spend time with my Father this morning, I went through a ritual of sorts. Not the kind of dead ritual of thoughtless, purposeless religious duty, but a heart-felt practice I’ve developed over the years. I share it here hoping that you may find something that helps you drawl closer to God each day. This is …

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Spiritual Life

The Secret to Pleasing God and Making Your Life Really Count (or … How to Stay Spiritually Hydrated & Healthy)


Do you want to please God? Would you like your life to really count for something? Would you like to make a difference in your world? The secret is in Isaiah 58. (Actually, the principle is provided throughout the Bible, but I just came across it again today as I was reading this chapter.) Isaiah 58 begins with what does …

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Spiritual Life

God Woke Me Up This Morning


Isaiah spoke about Jesus as if he knew him personally. Even though he wrote nearly 700 years before Jesus was born of Mary, the prophet spoke so intimately about Jesus’ life and death. While that’s incredible, what is stunning to me is what he prophetically wrote from the mind of Christ: The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so …

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External-Focus

Outdulgent: Lessons from the Galloping Gourmet


Is your life indulgent or outdulgent? How about your small group? Your church? Your family? In today’s “Moments with You Couples Devotional,” Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell the story of Graham Kerr, the internationally famous “Galloping Gourmet” of the 1960s and 70s. With huge success came an indulgent lifestyle that eventually caused many physical ailments for Graham’s wife, Treena. Along …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure – Part 2: Respond When God Initiates


Yesterday I began a 3-part post about how to respond when you are not seeing any fruit in your ministry, small group, or just about anything else you are involved in. Read Part 1 here. In reading Isaiah and considering other Biblical leaders, I see two reasons why we face failure and what to do about each one. Today I’ll …

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Spiritual Life

Just need to be fed? Grow up!


Tomorrow our family will gather, like most of yours, to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ll be giving thanks for many things this year, but one of the tops is for my kids. I’m particularly thankful that not one of my kids will ask me to cut up their turkey for them or feed them their cranberry sauce tomorrow. In fact, the girls …

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Discipling     Leader's Heart-Overflow

Solitude Before Discipleship?


Solitude or Discipleship?

I write this blog primarily for leaders. When I’m writing, I’m thinking about leaders and I try to speak to the hearts of leaders. So sometimes I might say something that can be misconstrued if read from a different perceptive than my target audience. This just happened today. I posted a brief excerpt from my November 6 blog, “Solitude Before …

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Discipling     Leader's Heart-Overflow

Solitude Before Community


“Why is it so important that solitude come before community? If we do not know we are the beloved sons and daughters of God, we’re going to expect someone in the community to make us feel that way. They cannot.” –Henri Nouwen  I’ve been blogging a short series about our inner life, discipleship, community, and ministry, inspired by Nouwen’s Spring …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

Filled with Power


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 3 Scripture: “But as for me, I am filled with power and the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and might, fearlessly pointing out Israel’s sin and rebellion” (Micah 3:8). ObservationMicah compares himself to the false prophets and other religious leaders of his time who didn’t know right from wrong, hated good and …

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