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[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 246 views]

I work in the technology and design industry. I realize the following analogy is not spiritual, but to me it’s applicable to this topic. We do not hire inexperienced workers at the same rate as experienced. Our clients also don’t expect to be charged the experienced rate for our junior designers. In addition, we have one rate for local work, and another for work we do in the San Francisco valley because of the demand and value of our work. Further, many of our contracts reflect hourly rate plus travel expenses, …

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 493 views]

About 18 years ago, a well-respected elder among us stood in his church’s pulpit and apologized for the way he had been teaching some things, and the expectations he had laid on his saints. He took a long time that night to explain clear, biblical teaching on things like facial hair, pants-length, entertainment, etc.
I remember hearing the news of this and being heart-broken… so shocked that what had been long-held understandings among us were being “let down”. What I saw from a distance was frightening to me, because I was …

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[17 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 104 views]

•If you could be one for just 24 hours, what cereal box cartoon character would you be? Why?
•What was the best thing that happened to you this weekend? (used August 23, 1998)
•What is your favorite animal? List three adjectives to explain your choice.
•What is your favorite color? List three adjectives to explain your choice.
•It’s a very hot and muggy day. You desperately want something very cool and refreshing to quench your thirst and revitalize your body. What would you drink — either make your own or store-bought.
•You discover that the person …

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[17 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 372 views]

By Paul Giertz
1.  Calling:
Only God calls people into the ministry. Jonah was called but ran.  Joshua and Nehemiah were called by circumstance.  Daniel, Hannaniah, Mishael, and Azariah were called by their integrity.  The Bible, and life for that matter, is full of men and women whose calling was predicated by different circumstances; whose ministries were destined by God to meet a particular need.  Each by submitting to God’s purpose – served his own generation by the will of God.
Consider Namaan’s wife’s handmaiden.  Her name is not even mentioned in scripture.  …

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[29 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 439 views]

The question was asked of me recently whether I support the concept of Collegial Eldership in the church. To define the term, “collegial”, for those who may not be familiar with it, it denotes having authority or power shared among a number of people associated as colleagues. Specifically in the case of Collegial Eldership, it is a shared role of “pastor” by several people within one congregation. Presbyterian churches, for example, primarily work this way.
I am not staunchly against the idea, and feel that it’s valid in the sense of …

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[27 May 2011 | No Comment | 142 views]

Who are you trying to please?
Are you trying to make a living, make a difference, or leave a legacy?
How will the world be different when you’ve succeeded?
Is it more important to add new members or to increase your interactions with existing ones?
Do you want a team? How big? (I know, that’s two questions)
Would you rather have an open-ended project that’s never done, or one where you hit natural end points? (How high is high enough?)
Are you prepared to actively spread your message, or are you expecting that people will walk …

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[26 May 2011 | No Comment | 245 views]
Despising youth…

When I was about 6 years old, I distinctly remember being fascinated by the red glow a spiral-shaped coil of metal on the top of our stove. My mother turned it on to heat up while she filled a pot with water. In a moment of curiosity, I quickly reached out and touched the surface of the burner to see what it felt like, and it was then I learned a lesson that would forever be, excuse the pun, “branded” in my mind… The lesson was, “don’t touch things that …

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[20 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 220 views]

I have found that ‎”Deliverance” is an overused and misunderstood concept. For most people, it’s the “magic pill” they never seem to find. They expect that “deliverance” should include a complete releasing of any tie or connection to the thing that had them bound, erase any and every mental, physical or spiritual desire for that thing, and that they will never have to struggle with or against that thing again, (and more, I’m sure).
Unfortunately most people are not taking the responsibility for themselves to have a changed life, which includes …

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[13 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 153 views]

People follow leaders… when there is a need for a leader. If a ministry does not provide vision for growth, a destination to reach, a risk to take or a challenge to win, there is nothing for people to follow and hence no need for a leader.
Ron Edmundson described leaders as follows:

Leaders have a vision that includes other people…
Leaders are typically the ones who are willing to think bigger…
Leaders will usually take greater risks…
Leaders dream bigger than they can complete without others…
Leaders take people where they are afraid to go…
Leaders …

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[6 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 148 views]

Perry Noble listed 10 signs that you may be sick spiritually as a minister…
What are some signs that you are not healthy?
#1 – You cannot remember the last time you clearly heard the Word of God speak to you about an issue in your own life.
#2 – You no longer use the Bible to learn more about Jesus and hear His voice…you are simply using it to find your next sermon.
#3 – You actually begin to hate and despise the people in your church (who, by the way, are the …