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Become a Radical: 3 Rules You Should Break Today

Funny Sign

Rebellion is bad, right? In the sense that we are all born bent away from God toward sin, yes. But when God gets hold of us, changes us from the inside out, and sets an entirely new agenda for our lives, it is then time to become a radical and rebel against everything our old …

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Dump Your Doubt, Take the Risk, and Lead Forward

Dive

Nothing paralyzes good leadership like fear, and nothing fuels good leadership like taking risks in faith. Obviously, we must make decisions wisely, but when we know, it's time to go. This is coming from a somewhat trigger-shy leader. If you know what a DISC profile is, I'm a …

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Digest More Leadership Books with The Vision Room’s SUMS reMix

SUMS reMix Rewired

I am a big believer that leaders must be readers. But you probably have the same problem I do - more books are calling my name than I have time to digest. Sometimes I need help in knowing which are the best, and sometimes I just wish for a summary. Either way, if you're a leader, …

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If You Aspire to Lead, Start Leading Right Now

Step One

I'm afraid it's all too common for people to have huge aspirations about who they want to become in the future, but almost no plan or willingness to get there. We love the idea of changing the world, but we fail to see that changing the world starts with making a difference in my …

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5 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Having a Fresh Start with Faith

Stuck In the Mud

Ever been stuck? Over the Christmas holiday, my family traveled to Missouri and stayed a night in my in-laws' sweet little cabin in the woods before heading on into St. Louis. It rained a lot that night, and there's no driveway. We got out okay but I managed to forget my wallet …

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33 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 3, 2015

Here's a list of some of the best things I've read this week! Great Links and Articles 4 Measurements Leaders Need to Weigh, Not Count, by Scott Cochrane 5 Sure-fire Ways to Motivate Your Son to Use Pornography, by Rick Thomas FREE PDF: The Science of Blogging - How to …

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5 People You Don’t Have to Try to Please Anymore

People Pleasing Pastors

Charles Stone pegged me well with his book People-Pleasing Pastors, which I highly recommend. I have struggled with people-pleasing for most of my life. As a kid, I think I had a positive tendency to want to obey authorities in my life, but as an adult I managed to add to that …

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My Greatest Desire and Biggest Goal for the New Year

Prayer

I need to lose weight, work out, and rest consistently. I want to be a better husband and Dad. I need to read more books, save and give more money, and share my faith more. But if you want to know the single most important goal I have for the coming year, it is this: to have a …

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My Top Ten Articles for Pastors and Leaders from 2014

2014

I've loved 2014. It's been crazy busy, but there's also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at least half of this year's top ten are actually the top ten of all time …

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God Grows Us Through Practical Teaching

Preaching and Teaching at Grace Hills Church

When it comes to personal growth, the world has plenty of solutions, and all of them are incomplete. I like inspirational quotes and pithy sayings, but I can also feel the difference between wishful thinking and truth backed by divine revelation. This is what makes the difference …

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