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Invitations, Altar Calls, and Great Conclusions

I admit an area of weakness in my preaching - concluding (I think it's one weakness among many). It's jokingly said that preachers have a tendency to circle the runway quite a few times instead of landing the plane. One of the primary problems is that we don't usually plan our sermons with the end of the message in mind. We work diligently on the content, presentation, exegesis, and illustrations, but we don't plan for the end. Seth Godin writes about presentations and the …

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Moleskine-Worthy Inspirational Quotes – #3

Here's the third installment. I've now moved to doing 2 pages from my moleskine instead of 1, so as not to overwhelm my subscribers. The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. ~ Ken Blanchard Let us count that it is evermore our highest honor and our greatest glory, to lay aside all honor and all glory, and to win honor and glory out of shame and humiliation for Christ Jesus' sake. ~ C. H. Spurgeon …

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Moleskine-Worthy Inspirational Quotes – #2

I didn't think I'd fill up another page so quickly, but I'm preserving these highly inspirational quotes for posterity. Someday my grandkids might be reading this blog thinking 2 things... 1.) So that's what motivated Grandpa and 2.) What in the world was a moleskine? The highest compliment to a leader: other leaders follow. ~ John Maxwell …

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Moleskine-Worthy Inspirational Quotes – #1

Get Your Own Authentic Moleskine!I received a nice new for Christmas and it remained empty for almost a month. I couldn't decide what to do with it and didn't want to waste the opportunity. Finally I decided it would become the permanent record of quotes from whatever I'm reading that inspires me. I further decided that whenever I fill up a page, I'll share them with you. Here's installment one of moleskine-worthy quotes... Never try to explain God until you've obeyed Him. …

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A Brief Warning to Leaders: All Failure Is Public

Here's the warning, from John Maxwell's 21 Most Powerful Minutes In a Leader's Day: Some people like to believe that their private imperfections won't have public consequences, but they always do. Leaders cannot escape who they truly are, and what they do in the dark comes out in the light. If what they do is good, it builds character in the leader and trust in the people. If it's bad, then it undermines everything they do until there's no solid ground left for them to …

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The Church: A Life Saving Station

Tonight is VISION NIGHT at Bethel. That simply means I'm sharing my vision for Bethel in the year 2009 - what I believe God has placed on my heart as the leader of the congregation for us to emphasize and accomplish in the next twelve months or so. (I will post the audio later.) What I'm sharing will be the overflow of a lot of what I've been reading, studying, and praying about lately and what I shared at the BMAA Missions Symposium. And this, which was written in 1953 by an …

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Seth Godin on Ethics: Good Guys Finish

Sometimes I just want to pass along a link. In business, in ministry, in life... ethics and integrity are everything. I love reading Seth Godin, a marketing expert. Today, he writes about ethics in a short, but highly inspiring post. Go check out Good Guys Finish. …

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Happy Birthday WordPress! WP Turns 42 in Internet Years

Talk about a success story. WordPress began six years ago today as a result of a simple discussion at Matt Mullenweg's web site about the need for a GPL-licensed blogging tool. Since then, the WordPress community has flourished and the founders and maintainers have been highly successful in the consulting business. There are vast numbers of great plugins that extend the functionality of the platform. There are numerous well-designed themes available for use. And the platform …

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Find A Need And Fix It: Something I Learned From My Dad

My Dad has always been fixing stuff - it's in his blood. He can fix broken watches, lawnmowers, cars (although he struggles at times with his composure here), and houses. He always wanted his boys to be fixers too (though we often skipped out on his lessons if something good was on television!). …

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The Depth of Life Is Relationships

People matter. Relationships matter. Family matters. Church matters. God's forever family and His Kingdom matter a great deal more than just about anything else. The depth of life is found in our relationships. We live in times when we're a click away from a whole new set of "friends," who are essentially strangers, all over the world. While this expands our missions opportunities and opens up our exposure to new cultures, it can also create a terrible disconnect between …

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