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3 Luxuries That Should Be Essentials

Reading and Listening

There are three luxuries I never feel I have enough time for - reading, writing, and creating. Why? Because they tend to follow the "have to's" such as financial management, relationship management, task lists, and deadlines. Have you ever said something like, "I don't have time to read another book, write …

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3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member


Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don't blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders. In the first case, the usual mentality is …

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Ordering the Priorities of Life


Priorities are a continuing struggle for most of us. For people in ministry leadership, this struggle usually doesn't result from a lack of commitment, but from a lack of clarity about our commitments. That is, we're either over-committed or we're committed to mutually exclusive priorities. We are all given 168 …

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How Do You Juggle It All?

Things App

Right now, I'm managing the re-launch of, several creative projects, multiple blogs, and a few other odds and ends. Some of you are managing much more (like toddlers, messy husbands, or air traffic control). I've written before that I believe this is the age of many hats. One of the questions I …

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And You Thought YOU Received a Lot of Email

Pastor Rick Warren's Correspondence

See the picture below? That's all the mail that arrived in the year 2009 for Pastor Rick Warren. And snail mail is a small percentage of the correspondence we manage. We've received about 65 emails criticizing a particular initiative at Saddleback this week and are formulating a response. I'm staring …

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God Is Trying to Help You Remain Balanced

Everyone is busy. It isn't just you - I promise. Your forefathers were busier. I know that one is hard to believe, but since the Puritans worked 70 hours per week, since John Wesley preached well over 10,000 times, and since Jesus was in demand by hungry hordes around the clock, I think we actually have it …

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Sometimes This Just IS More

Less Is More

And sometimes, it's exactly what we need MORE of. …

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You Might Have TBD (Too Busy Disorder)

Too Busy Disorder

I ran across this site via Dan Cathy's website. The videos are hilarious... but sadly have a familiar feeling sometimes... The Work Talker from TBD on Vimeo. …

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I Owe, I Owe, It’s Off to Work I Go

I remember seeing that phrase on a license plate once and laughing. But sadly, that's how many of us live our lives. We work because we have to do so. I think it's one of the reasons get-rich-quick programs are so successful at recruiting people. We have a dream, for some reason, of being rewarded for being …

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Please Catch Me On My Busy Day

There are at least two significant ways I've changed my approach to my weekly schedule (the second of which I'll write about very soon). One of those major shifts is that I now purposely cram things together in my week. …

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