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Word of the Week: Encouragement

In his book, Becoming a Person of Influence, John Maxwell tells about an experiment conducted by psychologists to measure people’s capacity to endure pain.

The experiment involved barefooted people standing in a bucket of ice water. They discovered one thing that made it possible for some people to stand in the ice water twice as long as others.

Encouragement was the key factor. Continue reading

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Life Is All About Change

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Love him or loathe him, but one thing is for sure, President Donald Trump has really brought change to Washington in just 10 days!

His demeanor, personality, approach, retorts, and of course, constant tweeting is change from every past President. Some like it. Others hate it so much their responses border on the irrational. Already there is a web site, ironically called change.org, demanding for the impeachment of President Trump. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Holy

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“Seeking holiness rather than happiness is a hard thing to do in the culture in which we live,” wrote John Maxwell, “because so much is geared to happiness—whatever makes you feel good.  In a secular society, happiness is the aim of life.  In a spiritual society, holiness is the thing that we strive for….Happiness is really found in holiness.  But if we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness, we’ll miss it altogether.  Happiness is a by-product of holiness; it’s a benefit of living a pure life, rightly related to God, self and others.” Continue reading

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How To Win When You Lose

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“I’m on record as being a sore loser. I hate losing,” said quarterback Cam Newton. “You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”

Newton shared his philosophy on losing to reporters Tuesday in response to his aborted press conference following a devastating loss in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Newton pouted during the post game news conference, channeling his inner Bill Belichick, by giving petulant answers to reporters’ questions. After mumbling single, short answers to seven questions he abruptly walked away saying, “I don’t know what you want from me.” Continue reading

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Rethinking Our 2016 Resolutions

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How are your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions Going? Have they survived the first week?

Are you still on your diet? Are you working out? Texting less? Listening more? Living within your means? Reading your Bible? Praying daily?

I have two thoughts about why our goals and resolutions may not always be effective and too often jettisoned. One thought comes from John Maxwell and the other from Leonard Sweet. Continue reading

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Doing More Than Expected

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Leadership Guru John Maxwell calls it “The Rebekah Principle.”

It’s the story of Abraham sending his servant, Eliezer, on a mission to find a wife for his son Isaac. It’s recorded in Genesis 24.

Eliezer left Haran with a large caravan of 10 camels loaded with expensive gifts and journeyed to Nahor, a distance of about 435 miles. Assuming that a camel can average 25 miles a day, it would have taken 17 days to arrive at their destination. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Equip

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“There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being–to help someone succeed,” wrote author Alan Loy McGinnis.

Leadership guru, John Maxwell, was even more emphatic when he said, “There is no success without a successor!”

The ability to mobilize members of Christ’s Body for ministry is an important task.  It’s a necessary job if we are to achieve the potential for which we have been created.  Paul said “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10).  The only way for this goal to be realized is to equip Christians for ministry.  Continue reading

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