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How To Solve Church Problems

My college Bible Professor, E.V. Srygley, once quipped, “Jesus said when two or three are gathered together, I will be in their midst. I’ve found that when two or three are gathered together, there’s going to be a problem.”

Problems. They’re part of life. The church and Christians are not exempt from problems. However, as Chuck Swindoll observed, “Every problem is an opportunity to prove God’s power.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Priorities

In First Things First, Stephen Covey tells a story that one of his associates heard at a seminar. The presenter pulled out a wide-mouth gallon jar and placed it next to a pile of fist-sized rocks. After filling the jar to the top with rocks, he asked, “Is the jar full?”

The group replied, “Yes.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Priorities


Clovis Chappell, a minister from the early 20th century, used to tell the story of two paddleboats. They left Memphis about the same time, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. As they traveled side by side, sailors from one vessel made a few remarks about the snail’s pace of the other.

Words were exchanged. Challenges were made. And the race began. Competition became vicious as the two boats roared down the mighty Mississippi. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Discernment

Pensive business partners speculating upon their ideas or working plans in office

In The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells the story about riding the subway in New York City early one Sunday morning.  People were resting or reading.  It was a calm and peaceful ride.

Suddenly a man entered the subway car and the whole scene changed.  His children were loud, rambunctious, and generally disrupting what had been a tranquil morning. Yet, the dad sat idly by seemingly oblivious to the situation.

Covey said he was irritated at the man’s insensitivity of the other people around him. Finally Covey said “Sir, your children are really disturbing a lot of people. I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more?” Continue reading

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One Simple Principle That Will Change Your Life

Stephen Covey died Monday.  He was a former professor at BYU, author, motivator and business coach.  He was probably best known for his best-selling book “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.”  I have applied the “7 Habits” paradigm to church growth and personal discipleship, as have many others.  His organizational tools through Franklin-Covey stores have helped many of us stay focused, organized, and on time! 

Covey was a great believer in personal responsibility and accountability. He taught something he called the 90/10 principle.  What does it mean? Continue reading


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