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Jan 13, 2012

Appreciation without Application

Most of us love music. Though we have very different tastes, we share an appreciation for how music adds to our lives...enjoyment, inspiration, and beauty. And yet, for most of us, music doesn't define us. We listen to it, but we don't live by it. We know and even sing the words, but we don't generally apply them to the way we live our lives. And, this makes sense. After all, most music is more committed to expressing feeling than truth. It's more about creating beautiful art than shar...

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Dec 30, 2011

My Best Reads didn’t make the Biggest Impact

Since I threw out the value of reading in a recent blog, I thought that it may be potentially beneficial to share some of the more impacting reads of my past year. As context, I think it's important to share a couple of thoughts. First, the better books and/or reading experiences weren't always the most impacting. In fact, this is often true. Many of the books that I enjoy the most are far from the most impacting or memorable.  Of course, reasons abound. (e.g. I enjoyed them because ...

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Dec 29, 2011

Just Because the Calendar Changes…

My wife, Roxann, does a whiteboard calendar for each month of our lives and hangs it in our kitchen. (Just what I need...a constant reminder of our thin-margined life.) Anyway, I'm always blown away at how quickly she has to pull it down and record the next month. It sometimes feels like my days are moving so quickly that I could cool a room with the breeze from the turning pages of the calendar. In the words of Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-changin." But, just because the calendar...

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Dec 8, 2011

Less is More

For those of us driven for success or significance, we'll do just about anything to achieve it. By nature, this would include sacrificing issues of integrity and morality because getting ahead is the primary value. For those of us who have opened our lives to the nature transforming power of Christ, we tend to leverage everything we can to achieve our desired greatness while trying to maintain our commitment to integrity and morality. (The original disciples are a great example of this...

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Dec 5, 2011

When the Horse is Dead…

Dismount! It's one of my all-time favorite leadership cliches! It's simple, funny, relevant, and profound. When something no longer works, we should stop wasting our time, energy, and resources working it. So true! It's in the spirit of this cliche that I'm writing this post. I'm wondering if the social media horse...(at least for me)...is dead? Seriously! My Facebook page, twitter, and blog require a major commitment of time, energy, and creativity that could be invested in a...

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God Creates Another Masterpiece

Dec 1, 2011

Creativity & Criticism

We just experienced our very first snowfall. And, once again, I was reminded that God's an artist....an unbelievably creative artist. And yet, not surprisingly, the immediate response from many was to pan His creative expression. Amazing, isn...

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Nov 24, 2011

Thanksgiving

Though it's possible to harbor a spirit of ingratitude, it's...how can I put this delicately...DUMB! Seriously, not only does it make life miserable, it defies reality. Yes, of course, there are people who have hurt us, circumstances that have detoured us from our dreams, and realities in this world that can make sane and caring people angry...very angry. BUT, we have been gifted life. And, though it comes with some shadows, it's an incomparable gift. Today, we're alive. Serious...

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Apr 28, 2011

The Power of an Invitation

Easter is behind us, but the impact is eternal. There are so many stories of life change. And, most of them thank me and/or our phenomenal team of staff and volunteers for what we did. (And, I have to admit...our team is amazing. They gave so much to make our 11 Easter services beyond any superlative I could assign it. I am so grateful to them for their passionate commitment and to God for gifting us with these awe inspiring people. I'm humbled by the privilege I have to serve with the...

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Apr 18, 2011

Easter is (almost) Here!

 

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Apr 1, 2011

“Winning”

It's sad, but here's the reality. Charlie Sheen isn't alone in having, (how can I say this sensitively), a bizarre view of what it means to be "winning." Our culture tends to get it wrong as well. I think it's absolutely essential that those ...

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Mar 2, 2011

Just Add Water

 

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Feb 28, 2011

Out of the Ashes

Today, Chris Tomlin's song, "Our God", took on new meaning in my life...and the life of our team here in India. We had the privilege, (and I mean privilege), of spending time in two very special ministry homes. The first was a special home for kids with aids. They are the kids of young ladies enslaved in and ravaged by prostitution. They are kids now being rescued and loved by some modern day heroes of the faith. From my description so far, you'd think it was a place of sadness and ...

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Feb 27, 2011

India

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Feb 17, 2011

Sinlicious

I gave a talk last night at NorthRidge that is creating more chatter than normal...in the social media world...but also in me. I actually woke up still thinking about it this morning. I really do believe it's a huge deal for believers that, unfortunately, is being missed. Sin is the great enemy of life. (By sin, I'm not talking of petty little preferences that some believers and pastors try to make a sin. I'm talking about sin...declaring independence from God; rebelling against Him...

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Dec 9, 2010

“Work Smart”

I'm sure most of us have heard the old saying "work smart not hard." Of course, as with most famous sayings, there is an intended truth and an unintended error. The error here is that, if we work smart, we can achieve our full potential without working hard. WRONG! Though there may be occasional exceptions to this, just as lightening does occasionally strike twice and a few have struck it rich through the lottery, the rule is that it takes working smart and hard. For me, the saying ...

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Dec 2, 2010

Invisible Pathway

Wow...this passage lit me up big time this morning. "Your path led through the sea,your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron," Psalm 77:19-20. This is all about the great exodus of God's people from Egypt. In Exodus 14, we discover that God specifically led His people into an impossible circumstance. From a human standpoint, it was the worst leadership possible. He, through Moses, l...

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Dec 1, 2010

How Far Should We Go In Giving To Others?

I had a couple people ask some questions about giving from this past weekend's talk "The Great Call" from my series "Reach Beyond." If you didn't experience the talk, you can watch or listen to it by going here http://bit.ly/alBWkb. Here's a question I received: "Very good talks but it always brings one question up....should I give away all I have for those who don't have as much??? Should I sell my house? My car? and send the money to those who don't have water?? How far should we ...

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Oct 25, 2010

“Do It Again!”

This past weekend, I did a talk, in our "Change Your Game" series, that focused on how we've lost the wonder of life. Though we were created to joyfully experience each day in a new and life-expanding way, Psalm 118:24, we've lowered each new day to being a simple repeat of all the days before. Solomon describes this sad and profound loss better than I ever could in the book of Ecclesiastes. (Checkout Ecclesiastes 1:5-9; 2:17-23) I won't repeat the talk here because you can listen ...

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Oct 16, 2010

20 Years

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Oct 13, 2010

Narrow Investment Broaden Impact

Of course, I know it, preach it, and generally practice it in the important areas of my life. To which you appropriately ask...What is "it"?  It, expressed in my terminology, is the reality that we must "narrow our focus to broaden our impact." As I've taken time to assess the purpose, priority, and effectiveness of the growing mountain of activities I've allowed to creep into my life, including this blog, I've realized that I've wandered from the above principle. And, as a result,...

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