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Five Straightforward Steps for Making God’s Word a Daily Part of Your Life


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I have been writing about the vitality of God’s Word for leaders, whether you lead a small group, a ministry, a church, a business, a family, or yourself. Yesterday I wrote about my love for God’s Word. Like the writer of Psalm 119, I desire to seek God with all my heart (v. 10). Like most humans, I struggle with …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Want to Be a Great Leader? Live with Integrity!


Integrity Definition

Our world is in desperate need for leaders with integrity.  A healthy leader whom God will use to carry out his mission, bearing lasting fruit, is a person of high integrity. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Yet here’s the thing. Integrity is pretty easy to believe in and talk about; but it’s incredibly hard to live out. Integrity …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Want to Be a Good Leader? Start Here!


God is Good

Do you want to be a leader after God’s heart? Do you have a passion for leading a healthy group, ministry, church, business, or family–or life? If your answer is yes, you are in for an exciting, dangerous, life-changing journey as you partner with God and allow him to pour himself into you so you may overflow his goodness into …

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Spiritual Life

When Your Picture of Your Daddy Has Been Twisted – Cinda’s Story


I first met Cinda (not her real name) in the apartment building laundry room. I learned quickly that she lived with her boyfriend, Nick, and was taking classes at the University of Cincinnati. My wife, Heidi, and I got to know Cinda and Nick over the next couple years, hanging out with them at the apartment-building pool, playing cards, and …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

How to Add More Candles to Your Cake (So You Can Become More Childlike)


It takes maturity to have childlike faith. This is a vital principle for the Christ follower. It’s fundamental for a Christian leader. It’s basic for discipling someone. This is Part 3 of a series in which I’m exploring one Bible verse: “[God] bends down and listens” (Psalm 116:2). (Read Part 1 and Part 2.) I defined childlike faith as “complete trust in our Daddy, even …

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Spiritual Life

Pay Attention to the Obstacles in Your Life


God is constantly removing obstacles from our path or placing obstacles in our way. Both reveal his compassion and power in our lives.  Psalm 114 describes in beautiful poetic imagery God’s power on Israel’s behalf as they came out of Egypt on a journey to the Promised Land. This psalm shows Almighty God clearing the way for his people, removing …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

Leading with Grace: How We Deal with Depression, Anxiety, and Suffering (especially when the suffering is inflicted by fellow Christians)


People are talking about mental illness, depression, and anxiety right now, and that’s a good thing. Recently, Carlos Whittaker wrote a thoughtful blog post, “My Panic Attacks, My Mental Illness, And The Church’s Dirty Little Secret,” which, at the time of this writing, has received 181 comments. Unfortunately, people simply don’t understand mental struggles like depression and panic attacks unless they …

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Spiritual Life

Big Buts in the Psalms: The Secret to Real Success


In my reading of the Psalms, I’ve encountered several huge buts. The psalmist usually begins the psalm with a lament about his current circumstances, how bad things are, how everything seems to be falling apart. And then the writer uses this simple, three-letter, transitional word … but.But … and though the situation itself hasn’t changed, the psalmist’s attitude does. His outlook and …

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Spiritual Life

A Man Named Simon: What we can learn from this man about the bad circumstances of life and how God can make them Good


On this Good Friday, I decided to read Mark’s account of what happened on that Friday when Jesus was sentenced, crucified, died, and buried. I’m not sure why, but today I was struck by one sentence, one verse, in this passage: A man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the country just then, and they forced …

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Spiritual Life

Lord of the Darkness: Trusting Jehovah When Suffering Comes


Psalm 88 must be the darkest psalm of them all, and one of the bleakest passage in the Bible. As I read this today, I kept waiting for the yet or however or but that you find in other psalms, but there are none. The author, Heman, goes on and on about how bad his life is. Read my journal …

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