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Think Bigger

It doesn't matter how big you think or dream - God is always thinking bigger. Paul put it this way... God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. - Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) In other words, out beyond the edges of the capacity of the human mind, God knows a reality and possesses capabilities larger than we could …

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What is God Thinking? Ask the Holy Spirit

I often remember as a teenager hearing from my parents this classic question: "What were you thinking?!?" You with me? The problem was often that I didn't really know what I was thinking when I did the dumb thing that sparked the question to begin with, so my answer was almost always, "Ummm, I don't know." Here's another question: What is God thinking? As a matter of theological grounding, we need to understand that God doesn't just predict the future, He writes it and knows …

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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 "anything you aren't doing for the church should be done 'off the clock'." In the second case, the mentality is "everything you do as ministry and mission benefits us as long …

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Good Idea. Now What? Charles Lee Helps Answer This Question

Our Creator designed us to be creative. And out of our inborn creativity come forth plenty of good ideas, but an idea is only as valuable as its successful implementation. In other words, brainstorming is good, but completing ideas is even better. Charles Lee, the founder of the Ideation Consultancy and many other brilliant ideas, helps leaders cross the finish line with well-developed good ideas. In his new book, Good Idea. Now What?, Charles presents a guidebook that is …

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Think Bigger

You know what my problem is? I think too small. Every time I expect big things from God, He surprises me with more, which is both a delight as well as a shame. I need to think bigger! In a recent ten-minute message I gave at a church planting assessment, I address this very issue of thinking past today, past the visible, and past the possible. …

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What the Greatest Minds In Church Communications Know

Very little... in a good way. Last night, I sat in a big room at Saddleback where I was surrounded by geniuses in the field (speakers and panelists from Cultivate 2011 as we held three brief conversations about three different themes: How do we keep things simple? How do we keep things social? How do we make things viral? And here are the big themes I walked away with. None of us know much. We know trends. We know tools. We have a handle on culture. We can …

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Mind Mapping and Sermon Preparation

Below is a mind map. Behold... If you've never used mind mapping, you might want to give it a try. I've found it to be an excellent tool for brainstorming, organizational charting, sermon preparation, memorization of large amounts of data, planning, and collaboration. Essentially, mind mapping is a means of throwing our thoughts out on paper with some kind of spatial representation that our brains tend to enjoy. …

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Abortion is a Deal-Breaker for Me

Al Mohler published a blog article today entitled Is the Abortion Argument Changing?. It's excellent. At the end, he references a sermon by Russell Moore that makes the argument that Joseph (Jesus' step-father) was a "single-issue evangelical." I'm fairly progressive. I'm quite forward-thinking. But when it comes to the issue of life in relationship to politics, elections, legislation, etc., abortion is still a deal-breaker for me. Am I a narrow-minded single-issue …

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Where Was My Brain Today?

This has been a long, but very good day. Angie couldn't sleep at 3:30 a.m. so I got up too and started working on things. That may explain the mental lapses I endured throughout the day. I dropped Ella off at school and headed to the grocery store to pick up some fried chicken for Bethel's Keenagers' luncheon. About 10:30, a church member dropped by and I asked, "Oh, are you here for the Keenager's meeting?" He helped me remember that it isn't this week - it's next …

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