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ReWritten: Exchanging Your Story for God’s Story

A year and a half ago, I met Bruce and Heather Moore. I had somehow caught wind of their story and was so inspired that we invited them out to California to attend Saddleback's leadership conference. Bruce had served on staff at two different suburban megachurches, but God had called he and Heather into a new ministry venture leading a dying church. Their new congregation in downtown Tampa had one year to live, and over that year, God worked a miracle through their leadership …

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Baby Sam Takes Over the World

Some stories are timeless, like this one, written by one Ella Grace, my eight-year-old daughter. Enjoy. Once there was a baby named Sam and he had the smelliest diaper in the world. He had decided to that if he distracted his family he could make a run for the White House. So one day he crawled into the living room while carrying a pooperang! He threw it at them and made a run for the stairs. He ran down the stairs and out the front door. But when he got outside there …

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All I Know Is That Now I Can See

In the gospel of John, chapter nine, Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth. He happened to do it on the sabbath, which made the religious people mad, so they interrogated the formerly blind man about his healing experience. As they sought to peg Jesus as a sinner, they questioned the man, looking for something of which they could accuse Jesus. They told him, "We know he is a sinner." This scene reminds me of a polide drama. The healed man is sitting in a chair with …

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10 Lessons from Coca-Cola’s Happiness Machine

If you haven't already, you MUST watch this video... Now... are you smiling? Exactly! You can read a pretty great article about how Coke created its "happiness machine" and read some of the great observations that came out of the interview, but I'd like to throw some observations out there that I made while watching, even before studying how Coke pulled this off. Making people happy is easy. It just is. While happiness is not God's biggest goal for people …

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