In Conflict, Check Your Motives

In Conflict, Check Your Motives

Have you ever realized, mid-conversation, that the person you’re arguing with is actually right and you are wrong, but you’re already in too deep to turn around so you keep going anyway? Me too. It’s evidence of our pride and our need to be regarded...
The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

The Church Jesus Started is a Generosity Movement

I love the church. And I don’t love it nearly as much as Jesus loves the church. He’s the One who died for her. We often evaluate the church today as an institution. We’ll talk about what’s wrong with the church, what’s right with the...
The Antidote to Consumerism? Generosity!

The Antidote to Consumerism? Generosity!

This post is being published on Black Friday, so named because Americans do so much shopping that a lot of retailers who have been in the “red” all year suddenly find their way back into the “black” and close out the year having earned a...
How Much Belongs to God?

How Much Belongs to God?

When it comes to our generosity, we often make the mistake of believing that what we offer to God is a token of goodwill out of what we’ve earned and produced. We begin to think that thoughts like, I was smart enough to get this job… I’ve run a great...
God Has Always Been a Giver

God Has Always Been a Giver

My long distance pastor, Rick Warren, often says, “You’re most like God when you’re giving.” And I agree with him, primarily because God has always been a giver. Just as God is love, just as God is all-knowing and ever-present, God is also...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
The ONE Big Key to Becoming a Successful Person

The ONE Big Key to Becoming a Successful Person

One key? Is that even possible? Many of the books I’ve read and the speakers I’ve listened to have listed out way more than one key. Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success offers 17 Principles of Personal Achievement. Grant Cardone teaches about a dozen...
Craziness, Consumerism, and Making Christmas Awesome

Craziness, Consumerism, and Making Christmas Awesome

December is crazy. It’s chaos for most American families. We’re rushing from one party to the next, getting the shopping done, and wrapping up the year at work and at home, hopefully before we have all the kids in the house full-time for their two weeks...

Always Be Investing In Someone

Call it discipleship. Call it mentoring. Call it whatever you want, but one of our kingdom assignments is to gather people around us and invest in them. Jesus did it with the twelve, and even more with the inner circle of three. Paul did it with Barnabas, then Silas,...

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