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Abandon Self with Reckless Self-Abandon

I'm selfish. There's my confession. And just when I think I'm starting to get over it, I'm reminded that I still tend to view the world as it relates to me. But Paul encouraged us to... Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. - Philippians 2:3-4 MSG It's that last phrase that really catches …

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Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

"Preaching it" is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves - that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That's why I love Joe Thorn's book Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Re: Lit Books). We often buy books to help us prepare sermons. You should buy this book to help prepare yourself. …

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You Are Not Who I Think You Are, and Neither Am I

There are two things that will test a person's character more than anything else: criticism and praise. Here's the thing you probably don't know about me. I'm pretty good at being pretty good when things are pretty good. But when the pressure is up, I sometimes fall apart. Ever happen to you? …

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10 Reasons Why Humility is Vital to Great Leadership

Quickly think of five common traits of high-impact leaders... good time management, assertiveness, drive, energy, charisma, etc. Humility rarely lands in the list when it comes to our modern, top-down management systems. But Jesus (the greatest leader ever) and Moses (perhaps the second) had this one thought in mind - great leaders don't have power over people, but power under people by way of humility. …

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Relationship Principles for Life (Part 1)

When I was a kid, I can remember having occasional "family meetings" in which Mom and Dad (who usually, at this point, had "had it") would sit us down and lay down some "new rules." Generally this mean no more eating in the living room or leaving half-drunk soda cans lying around. We made it as much of a challenge as possible for these rules to stick, and eventually life would return to normal. I know... we reap what we sow... Here's a major lesson that this illustrates. …

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I Am Who I Am Too

When Moses didn't know what to tell people who asked him why he thought he had so much authority, God responded, "You tell them 'I Am Who I Am' has sent you.' The implication? If the self-sufficient Creator has commissioned you, you don't need any other authority. God is whom God is. He never changes or compromises. He is Himself at all times and is completely sufficient within Himself. I am whom I am also, but in a different way. My sufficiency can never be found in …

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