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Life Is A Great Adventure Or Is It?

June 29, 2015

I just recently re-read the story of David and Goliath. As I read this story, I stopped and asked myself if I possessed David’s perspective on life. Did I see every situation – no matter how seemingly insurmountable—as an opportunity for God to work? Sometimes the adventure is climbing a mountain with our best friends.…

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God’s Purposes in Suffering

June 26, 2015

God’s Purposes in Suffering You will notice I said “God’s Purposes.” Our purpose would be to get out of the pain as quickly as possible, but God usually has a very different plan. He has the right to orchestrate our lives as he chooses, and we can trust that his plan is always good and…

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Elizabeth Elliot Quote

June 24, 2015

“Leaders are measured by how they sacrifice, not by how much they gain. When the will of God cuts across the will of a person, somebody has to die. Leaders are meant to be losers—losers of ourselves and losers of our rights. The best way to find out whether you really have a servant’s heart…

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Becoming the Real Thing

June 22, 2015

Every situation and every relationship is a test of servanthood or selfishness, a step forward or a step back.  Think of the people in your life right now. Think of the situations, the difficulties and the joys. Every person and every circumstance is ordained by God to help you strip away any selfishness in your…

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Make Your Life Count!

June 19, 2015

Our human need to have a sense of meaning—a compelling purpose in life—is indeed a God-given need. The desire to contribute and do something great with our lives is a God-given desire. It is part of being created in His image. Do you want your life to count for something? Do you want to accomplish…

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The Process of Change – Part 2

June 17, 2015

In my previous post, I listed the first six reasons why individuals resists change. In today’s post, we will look at six additional reasons as outlined in the workbook Discovering Your NorthStar. Refusing to Look at New Solutions. Too often, our creative thinking process is much too narrow. We need to get “out of the box” and…

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The Process of Change – Part 1

June 15, 2015

We can choose some changes, but some are out of our control. For instance, we can choose whether to take a job in a different city, but we can’t keep our children from growing up and moving out of our houses. We can’t eliminate risks, but we can learn to manage them. Let’s take a look…

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Dad Fest 2015

June 11, 2015

Friends, Father’s Day is gonna rock, June 21st! This is going to be the BIGGEST CELEBRATION of Dads in the county. I hope every dad and Eastside family will plan your weekend around it. I will be bringing a special message to encourage fathers. Outdoors we’ve got a FREE lunch, carnival games for the children, a…

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The Role of Failure

June 8, 2015

We usually trust God as a last resort. We try everything else first, at least this has been my experience. God loves us so much that He will do anything to draw us into an intimate, trusting relationship with him. For most of us, failure is the factor that God has to use to get…

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How To Leverage Your Church’s Annual Ministry Report

June 5, 2015

I got the idea to lead our church, Eastside Community Church, to do an annual ministry from Pastor Ron Edmondson of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. Here are my learnings from our first Annual Ministry Report: 1. It took longer than I anticipated to gather the information and to have our graphic designer design…

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