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With leadership comes a great responsibility to uphold a standard of integrity regardless of the cost. All too often we see leaders compromise their lifelong forged ethics just to gain the ever fleeting reward of “momentarily getting ahead.” This lack of ethical leadership has greatly shaped the continuing devaluing of

I know I’m giving my age away, but I’m a child of the ’80s. Those were my teen years. I met my wife, Emily, during those years. I graduated from high school in 1987. When I think of the ’80s, I have only fond memories. You may too. The ’80s gave

If it’s true that God will never leave us or forsake us, what are we to do with seasons where He feels far off or distant? Where is God in these times of testing and trial? Is He absent, or is he up to something we can’t see? In this

It’s that time again. Millions of kids will be trooping off to their first nervous day of school. What can you do to prepare for it and make it a pleasant experience? For some, it means RELIEF!  Several months of summer break have stretched your parenting skills to the max. For others, it is

America was very far from perfect in the early 1960s. In much of the nation segregation was the law of the land and women certainly had far less opportunities than men, just to mention two of society’s inequities. And I’m quite aware the first issue of Playboy, featuring Marilyn Monroe

He is almost in every church. In fact, the “he” may be a “she,” but I’ll use the masculine pronoun for simplicity. He is the church disrupter. Unlike church bullies, the disrupter rarely attacks leaders directly. He is good about stirring up dissension, but he seems to always feel like “God led

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that, as a church leader, you’ve had times where you are completely overwhelmed at what you felt was the next thing God wanted you to do. And all too often those times serve as fertile soil for the enemy to sow seeds of doubt

America was very far from perfect in the early 1960s. In much of the nation segregation was the law of the land and women certainly had far less opportunities than men, just to mention two of society’s inequities. And I’m quite aware the first issue of Playboy, featuring Marilyn Monroe

He is almost in every church. In fact, the “he” may be a “she,” but I’ll use the masculine pronoun for simplicity. He is the church disrupter. Unlike church bullies, the disrupter rarely attacks leaders directly. He is good about stirring up dissension, but he seems to always feel like “God led

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that, as a church leader, you’ve had times where you are completely overwhelmed at what you felt was the next thing God wanted you to do. And all too often those times serve as fertile soil for the enemy to sow seeds of doubt

Last month, I stated that the essential difference between Christianity and Islam was the difference between Jesus and Muhammad, the difference between the cross and the sword, the difference between liberation and subjugation. Unfortunately, through much of Christian history, the Church has departed from the message and example of Jesus,

Fear #1 – Fear of Man All too often in ministry (especially when I first began) my fear of man was actually greater than my fear of the Lord…and until this switch was made I never fully committed to the messages I felt He really wanted me to preach. Fear #2 –

When was the last time someone said to you, “Hey, lets go to an average restaurant!” Or how about, “I hope this year the football team I pull for has a .500 record!” If someone did say those things to us we would consider them to be slightly insane - because all

For the past two weeks, I’ve been sharing my thoughts on the financial seasons of life that we all experience. The first week, I introduced the seasons: Increased learning (usually ages 0-25), increased earning (usually 25-55), and increased returning (usually 55+). Last week we delved into the Learning Season. And

“I don’t understand why our offerings are down. Attendance is not down.” “It’s a bit scary. If we lose our two highest giving families, our offerings will be down almost 20 percent. None of the younger families will replace that.” Those are two representative comments from pastors who have expressed specific concerns

Growing up, I vividly remember listening to my grandfather Walter J. Nash “The Bicycle Preacher” talk about how Joshua brought the Children of Israel into a new season of blessing. He was passionate, sincere, and very sharp. In fact, I still reflect on the hundreds of notes he inscribed in his

It’s officially March, which means that winter is almost over, and the most anticipated season of the year is right around the corner. Many of us spend the better part of the winter planning for this time. Some people scramble like maniacs to get themselves into good shape. Some have

  After my first year in ministry, I handed out surveys to all the middle school students.  What I got back was a huge surprise. I thought I would get back helpful feedback; all I got were comments about my glasses and things that wouldn’t be appropriate to say here.  Let’s

  Debt is not OK. It’s an especially bad idea in today’s New (and different) Financial Reality because now your financial future is your responsibility. You can’t count on the government, your home’s equity, or even the stock market to provide for you in retirement.. We have been conditioned to believe that debt

I don’t know about you, but I have found throughout my lifetime that I continually bounce between fear and faith. Even though I consider myself a very positive minded person and always speak positive words to myself and to others, that small boy inside me still falls back into the

Have You Ever Had A Set Of Rules Or Guidelines That You Refused To Compromise? Here Is A List Of Guidelines That Must Govern Every Money Decision… I Will Illustrate It To You By Introducing You In A Deeper Fashion To John Wesley… John Wesley (June 28, 1703 – March 2,

There isn’t a doubt in my mind that, as a church leader, you’ve had times where you are completely overwhelmed at what you felt was the next thing God wanted you to do. And all too often those times serve as fertile soil for the enemy to sow seeds of doubt

Fear #1 – Fear of Man All too often in ministry (especially when I first began) my fear of man was actually greater than my fear of the Lord…and until this switch was made I never fully committed to the messages I felt He really wanted me to preach. Fear #2 –

When was the last time someone said to you, “Hey, lets go to an average restaurant!” Or how about, “I hope this year the football team I pull for has a .500 record!” If someone did say those things to us we would consider them to be slightly insane - because all

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