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Whatever it takes

If you played football for my high school coach, you did “whatever it takes” to win.  “Whatever it takes” ranged from strength and conditioning, studying the playbook, learning the fundamentals of your position, doing well in class, adhering to a standard of conduct, attending practice and team meetings to putting it all together on the...

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Priorities

Obviously, as Christians, our priorities include God, family, church and our job.  In case you’re wondering, I include job because our work is God ordained. Ideally, we consider these (I call them the Big Four) to be our priorities.  However, unfortunately we don’t necessarily practice a lifestyle that reflects a biblically influenced order of priorities....

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Managing the Margins

In most cases, as Christians, we know what we should be doing.  It is clear from the mouth of Jesus that our mandate is to “make disciples.” With that said, even though most of know what we need to do, many of us struggle with how to do it. And, surprisingly, even many pastors are...

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Give Generously

There has been innumerable arguments and controversy over the concept of the tithe over the history of the New Testament Church.  Here are just a few things that have been said over the years, and some are still parroting these arguments today:  The tithe is purely an Old Testament concept There isn’t a command in...

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What are you? Volunteer or Servant?

Have you ever thought about the difference between a volunteer and a servant?  The word “volunteer” is very common in every community.  People generally volunteer at the local school, hospital, soup kitchen or mission.  But when you hear the word “servant” it has an association with lowly humility or slave so we resist any association. ...

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The Humility of a Disciple

In our attempt to disciple others to follow Christ, we can be over zealous. We can make the mistake of acting out of a sense of pride and self-righteous. This will quickly lead to a judgmental attitude and even anger and frustration. Therefore, as we become disciples who make disciples, we must be cautious in...

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Commodity or Community

I’m sure you’ve heard a variety of thoughts and opinions about what a church is or is not.  Some refer to the church as a building or an event (e.g. worship, Bible study, fellowship).  In this sense, it is a place you go to for a specific purpose. Others, more accurately, refer to the church...

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Servants of the Most High God

There is a word that many seem to struggle with in our culture. What is the word?  The word is commitment. Years ago, Chuck Colson wrote an article, The Lost Art of Commitment, published in Christianity Today. In the article he sighted the reasons why younger adults lack commitment. What are the reasons? The reasons...

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Small World

A few weeks ago, in the course of a conversation with a friend, he mentioned a name that sounded familiar.  I started asking questions about this individual and it turns out I know him. My friend responded by saying, “wow, small world.” As I think about it, a conversation that turns up a name that...

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Sustainability

With the growth of the Wal-Mart empire, especially since the late 1980s and early 1990s when the franchise started selling groceries and the number of stores reached nearly 2000 across the nation, many smaller chains and family owned stores of all varieties, quickly became unsustainable. Why? Either because they didn’t adapt to a changing market...