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48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – March 16, 2015

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Two Surprising Areas Many Pastors And Church Leaders Are Least Trusted, by Brian K. Dodd Trust is a fragile.  Trust is the foundation of all healthy relationships.  Trust takes a lifetime to build but can be lost at a moment in time.  You cannot grow a church without …

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It Took a Death to Purchase Life

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Yesterday, Pastor Neil and I were sitting in a local Starbuck's (one of our many new church offices throughout the community) catching up about life and reflecting on our current teaching series at Grace Hills. It's all about the cross. A woman seated directly behind us got up to …

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The Message of the Cross Makes All the Difference

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Yesterday, we launched a new message series at Grace Hills all about The CROSS. I'm not sure I've ever felt the power of God overwhelm me for a message as much as the first in this series, and I think I know why. Paul said it this way: The message of the cross is foolish to …

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Serving Broken People Is Beautifully Messy

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"I'm not broken. Get off my Facebook." Our church uses a lot of sponsored Facebook posts. Aside from attenders bringing friends, it's the primary way that people in Northwest Arkansas discover us and check us out on Sunday. One of our posts referenced an upcoming message about …

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Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

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Regret stinks. It's an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here's some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you're guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd Psalm, As the Scriptures …

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38 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives, February 21, 2015

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33 Ways Your Social Media Plan Will Make You More Successful, by Jay Baer You already know a social media plan can really help you share your content and connect with your audience. In fact, a solid social media plan helps us at CoSchedule get 31.5 times more traffic than if …

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Why You Can’t Seem to Manage Your Time

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Time management. Of all the people I know who ever focus on this concept, only a small handful are confident that they're doing it well. Most of us feel out of control. We feel that our specialty is time mis-management. Why is this so? I believe it's because we fail to see the …

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Husbands, Treat Your Wife Like the Treasure She Is


My wife is a treasure! She's precious. In addition to all of the many personal qualities about Angie that make her awesome - such as her tender, sweet heart, charming smile and her beauty - there's this, and it's from the Bible... The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and …

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If You Can’t Mess Up, Don’t Bother Leading

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Having an ambition to lead is great, but it doesn't produce actual leadership. Taking risks does. The best leader in the room isn't the one with all the answers. The leader is the one who volunteers to go first and show the way. Every great leader I know has been scorched by the …

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Sermon Video: Dealing with Depression

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This past Sunday, I preached the second part of a series called Overwhelmed, and I dove into the subject of defeating depression based on the story of Elijah. It was, perhaps, the most personal message I've ever preached in terms of sharing my own struggle. The response has been …

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