2017 Resolutions that don’t stink…
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2017 Resolutions that don’t stink…

Talking about New Year’s Resolutions is like asking people about their retirement investments. You know you should do be doing it, but feel condemned for not doing it well…or at all. You are likely in the 38% of those who never set a resolution on January 1, or maybe you are part of the 24%...

How to not feel like a rookie on Easter
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How to not feel like a rookie on Easter

Spandex, Foam Rollers and Top 40 music have more to do with Easter than you think. For years I worked as a personal trainer in various gyms and always knew that the first week of the year was our Super Bowl. In fact, there’s the potential for a gym to make enough money in the...

Giving Plans & How to Drown?
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Giving Plans & How to Drown?

I’ve never been SCUBA diving because there are fish in the water I don’t want touching me. I’ve spoken with those who do dive, and they tell of times they sometimes get mixed up on the time spent underwater or which way is up (another reason I see no need to dive). When confusion comes,...

Bodily Weakness Is Contagious
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Bodily Weakness Is Contagious

According to wise old king Solomon, our eyes are never satisfied.1 This statement extends beyond beyond food, but food is a bit of a softball when it comes to applying Solomon’s words. If there’s room on the plate, then there is room for more food, right? I’d like to make the quick case that being...

“Why I’m signing on the dotted line…”
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“Why I’m signing on the dotted line…”

One of the things I’m learning as we implement a formalized church membership (what we call partnership) is how much people absolutely abhor signing their name to things and formalizing a current reality. “It feels too corporate.” “I don’t know why it’s important.” “It’s not in the Bible.” “I’m already showing up.” I have heard...

Gospel Generosity: Why I don’t tithe.
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Gospel Generosity: Why I don’t tithe.

You read that correctly. I don’t tithe. I’m a pastor who doesn’t bother with tithing to the local church. I do however give a crazy amount to the local church whenever our finances allow it. Currently, we give more than a tithe because our finances allow us to. I know it sounds like I’m splitting...

2015 Goal Setting
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2015 Goal Setting

Here it is, one of my resolutions for 2015 for all to see. I would love to write more blogs. I know I am about 15 years late to blogging being remotely cool and I’m definitely not interested in being popular or elevated among all the other bloggers out there. I simply want to become...

In the Valley
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In the Valley

Paul the Apostle sets forth an unusual turn of phrase in Ephesians 5:19. He says that we should “address one another with psalms”. We tend to think that psalms are to be used to address God, and they are. However, we now see that they can be used to address one another. The phrase “one another”...

Why I Pray for Metallica and Joel Osteen…
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Why I Pray for Metallica and Joel Osteen…

As a college senior and new Christian I had a hard time understanding things like prayer. It was so new and I was just figuring everything out. Questions like, “If I pray in my head, can God hear me?” (no kidding) and “If I pray for my enemies, is that the ultimate way I can...