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2 Criteria for Redefining Success for Sanity’s Sake

What is success? Most people define it in one of three ways: How many possessions do you own? How much power do you wield over others? How much prestige do you have among peers? American Christians tend to blend right in. We even apply these standards to churches and church leaders. Which church has the biggest budget, the nicest building, or the largest weekend attendance? There's nothing wrong with any of those things - money is good, influence is invaluable, and …

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Praise: Life’s Toughest of Tests

Jesus' followers are constantly being tested - not in the sense that He's trying to make us fail, but in the sense that He's preparing us to pass. He tests us through trials and troubles, just as a craftsman "tries" or purifies metals in intense and melting heat. But the toughest of tests isn't loneliness or loss. It isn't suffering. It's praise. "Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised." ~ [youversion]Proverbs 27:21 …

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7 Business Skills You Need If You’re Blogging for Income

Blogging is a business, so in addition to good writing and a basic grasp of technical things, you need a certain set of skills if you're ever going to earn an income from blogging. Consider what Richard Branson said about his own career in publishing: I wanted to be an editor or a journalist… but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going. ~Richard Branson Source: Copyblogger So what exactly are the business and entrepreneurial skills …

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10 Vital Questions for Diagnosing Your Blog's Health

Blogging has been around for a while now - over a decade depending on how you define blogging. But over that decade, blogging has evolved and changed by leaps and bounds. If you monitor the blogging industry, you'll notice that it's in a constant state of change as new tools and apps replace old ones and as new methodologies emerge. In other words, you don't have it all figured out yet, and neither do I. Reaching success as a blogger requires constant evaluation and …

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Finding Faith at the Top of Mount Everest

Last week, I read The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest's Death Zone and I must say, it was a cliffhanger! Eric Alexander took a team of people to the peak of Mount Everest, including a blind man. Then, I got to interview Eric about his book (you'll hear that when we launch the Pastors.com podcast soon), and I can tell you, Eric is one exciting guy to talk to. The Summit chronicles a climb as well as the descent and you'll need to get the book to hear all of the amazing …

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Success = Fulfilling the Great Commission

Christ doesn’t expect us to produce more than we can but he does expect us to produce all that we can by his power within us.  That is a lot more than most of us think is possible. We expect too little from God and we attempt too little for him.  If you’re not taking any risks in your ministry, then no faith is required to do it. And if your ministry doesn’t require any faith, then you are being unfaithful.read the entire article at pastors.com …

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Book Review: De-Railed by Tim Irwin

Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin is one of the most frightening books I've ever read... and if you're in leadership, you should buy it and be frightened by it as well! Irwin does a masterful job of presenting a comprehensive take on the subject of failure. Irwin lays the groundwork by speaking of the qualities that prevent derailment that should be a part of every leader's life. Thomas Nelson's description of the book …

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Leader, Please Don’t Excuse Yourself

My father-in-law has often said that "an excuse is just a lie stuffed in the skin of a reason." That's a good definition. I have a tendency to make excuses sometimes, and I'm guessing you struggle with it sometimes yourself. For those in leadership, we tend to be especially good at making excuses for why we can't go to the next level, take the next step, or seize the next opportunity. …

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I Want To Be A Sharpened Arrow

Today I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jimmy Pritchard, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Forney, Texas. He gathered with about a dozen ministers at First Baptist Church of Centerton and shared with us from the depth of his own ministry. Everything he said went straight to my heart and was exactly what I needed to hear. I'm going to share some other thoughts over the next few days, but thought I'd being by relating this thought he shared from the book of Isaiah... …

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But What Can You Do?

I have a good friend who is VP of Human Resources for a well-known company. We used to have lunch together about once per month to catch up and talk about leadership together. He told me how he made it to his current position and it was a story that permanently inspired me. It all revolved around a question, "but what can he do?" …

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