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The Endless Chase

Life is a pursuit. That's true for all of us - no escaping it. You chase something, you know it, and you can't quit - that would be crazy. So what do we chase? Money Pleasure Popularity Success Peace Beauty Acceptance Love That list could probably go on for days. The endless chase, whatever it is, is what gets you out of bed in the morning. It's what makes you check your inbox and your mailbox. It's what causes you to ask the opinions and feedback of others. …

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Battle Tips for Beginners

Series: Journey Through the Word - The Book of Numbers Download the MP3 No printed notes, just the above audio. …

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Don't Just Inform Me, Inspire Me

Remember the good old days when we were talking about the web ushering in the "age of information?" We even called it the "information superhighway." Now, it's becoming much more of a social structure all its own, but the information certainly has not decreased. There's still a ton of it! A century ago, you could barely keep up because of a lack of information sources. Now we have a hard time keeping up because of a plethora of them. So how do you get my attention in the …

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Web Design Tips from Leonardo da Vinci? Absolutely

The online reading habits of a designer often consists of inspirational design galleries, how-to articles, and free downloads. Occasionally, however, an article rises above them all and connects the ancient with the modern, the sophisticated with the simple. Such is the case with Design Pepper's recent article, 6 Web Design Tips from Leonardo da Vinci. This is the kind of article that really inspires me. Check it out. (by the way, this was referred by @Minervity) …

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Coping With the Stress of Infertility

We have a beautiful six-year-old daughter, for whom we are so incredibly thankful. Our own struggle with infertility is not as harsh as that experienced by many because of her, but it's a struggle nonetheless. We had some issues leading up to her birth and were so incredibly grateful when we were finally blessed with Ella that we gave her the middle name of Grace (God's undeserved favor). Since having Ella, we've endured an ectopic pregnancy and another miscarriage and have …

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

The title of this post is attention-getting for an obvious reason - most people fear the thought of standing before a group of people and speaking... out loud. I was too, and still am to some degree. When I was a kid, I was painfully and awkwardly shy. In the fifth grade, I had to give an oral report on the life of Will Rogers. I handled it by self-interviewing. I sat in the teacher's chair and rolled left and right, pretending to be Will Rogers on one side, and something of …

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You Always Own Your Words: Choose Them Well

Once you spit something out, you can't take it back. We see this principle demonstrated all the time in the media. A leader or celebrity says something insensitive and suddenly heads roll. Jesus said our words are an indicator of our heart, and the Proverbs tell us that you can't recover words once you've thrown them out there. So choose wisely what you're about to say. …

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The Power of Praise in Prayer

Jesus began the model prayer with these words... "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name...," demonstrating for all of His disciples the prominence of praise in prayer. I define prayer in its simplest terms with two meanings: 1.) asking, and 2.) conversing. A conversation is two-way and prayer is a conversation that often includes asking God for something. But praise is a part of prayer we often forget. …

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Why Don’t Churches ‘Get’ Social Media?

Social media. What in the world is it? Well, think about it. "Social" has to do with people who converse, gather, and relate to each other. "Media" is any platform for spreading any message. Mass media is speaking to the masses through radio, television, etc. Print media is magazines, newspapers, and other printed periodicals. Social media, then, is promoting a message through people, and the phrase is typically used in reference to online media outlets. I'm a firm …

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Generation Next’s Greatest Need: Leadership

Download the MP3 From the Series Journey Through the Word: The Book of Numbers Based on Numbers 26-27 ONE GREAT TRUTH: God is looking for spirit-led, shepherd-leaders to lead each new generation boldly forward. …

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