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...
One of the Biggest Mistakes Pastors Make

One of the Biggest Mistakes Pastors Make

I was told, early in ministry, some of the most terrible advice: “Don’t get too close to people. You can never trust them.” I now give leaders the exact opposite advice. Fall into the depth of meaningful friendships. Will you get hurt? Yes. Such is...
Five Attitudes That Simplify Complicated Relationships

Five Attitudes That Simplify Complicated Relationships

When someone is bold enough to change their Facebook relationship status to “It’s Complicated,” everyone else takes notice and starts speculating about what’s going on. The fact is, all of us among the human species know what it means to have...
Five Factors God Used to Simplify My Complicated Marriage

Five Factors God Used to Simplify My Complicated Marriage

The only way to avoid the complications of relationships is to have none. We human beings need each other, so God created us with the capacity to love, to have friends, to get married, and to live in community with each other. But, as Facebook would attest, many of us...
Become a Radical: 3 Rules You Should Break Today

Become a Radical: 3 Rules You Should Break Today

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...
Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church’s doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The more qualified the leader, the stronger the group...
How to Fix Broken Relationships

How to Fix Broken Relationships

Context: The following are my notes for a message to the men gathering for Saddleback’s Herd Saturday, which is why it’s a message directed primarily at men. Two Things Men Do Well We’ve been raising both a daughter and a son. I’ve watched my...

This Mess Called Marriage

Are you happily married? If you’re smart (and you’ve been married more than two years), you’ll realize that’s a question that depends on how things are going in the moment. Am I happily married? I am today – not sure about tomorrow. But I...

Social Networking Warning Label: Watch These 5 Isms

Social networking is fun, useful, and can even be profitable if you’re into that. Brands and businesses are catching on to the direction media and promotion is moving, so we’re really just scratching the surface of what is to come in forging online...

In Hot Pursuit of the Love of My Life

When I was in high school, dating was popular. Okay, it’s always been popular. I dated… or at least I went on a few dates. There arose here and there those opportunities to ask a girl to go out, and I had a few first and even second and third dates here...

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