Monthly Archives: January 2016

4 Seasons of a Church

  Most churches begin with the cause, then grow to a community, then become a corporation, and, if not careful, end up as a club. While these seasons are not scientific, they do offer a broad brush snap shot into … Continue reading

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4 Tactics for Pastors of Declining Churches

The American church is suffering and pastors are hurting with them. If the statistics are true, then 70-90% of churches in North America are either plateaued or declining. Many churches close their doors each year; others struggle to keep the … Continue reading

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2 Reasons We Should Forgive

“Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive … Continue reading

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21 Reasons to Celebrate

Elbert “Ickey” Woods was born to celebrate. He played fullback or the Cincinnati Bengals. He is best remembered for his “Ickey Shuffle” end zone dance, performed each time he scored a touchdown. Recently he is featured in a national GEICO Insurance … Continue reading

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Submission Is for Everyone

“Submission is the ability to lay down the terrible burden of always needing to get our own way.” –Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline The word submit conjures up images of doormats, of being run over, of second class citizens, and … Continue reading

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7 Observations about The Truth

What is truth? People don’t know and don’t wan to know. Here are 7 observations that I have made concerning truth. 1. We live in a truth-is-relative culture. People often say, “What is truth for you may not be truth … Continue reading

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3 Steps to Financial Peace

Most of us grew up with a skewed understanding of money and possessions. Consequently, a wrong perspective has landed us in a financial crisis and fiscal uncertainty. Would you agree that your current way of viewing and managing your money … Continue reading

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You Can Speak the Truth, But Can Your Receive It?

Sometime back I go an email from a friend. I had written a devotional about speaking the truth in love. She replied back, asking me to write about receiving the truth in love. Apparently she had confronted someone with the … Continue reading

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Hope for the Hopeless

Have you ever noticed that God seems most interested in people who are unpretentious—those who are hopeless, those who have their share of desperation and defeat, those who are flawed and wounded, those in whom most of the world has … Continue reading

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Temptation or Test?

“I can resist everything except temptation.” –Oscar Wilde, the playwright At the outset of Jesus’ public ministry, Jesus was led by the Spirit Jesus to be tempted by the devil. And, while the text doesn’t say it, He was being … Continue reading

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