Personal Spiritual Retreat

  A personal retreat can be one of the most calming and challenging experiences you might face in your life. Though it sounds peaceful to get away from people into the silence, if you have the intention to confront the interior of your heart, you will find your time to be challenging.   Our heart,…

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The Intentional Life

How often do I just move through the day without paying attention to what I’m doing? That question haunts me.   I know I have a limited amount of heart beats my heart will beat.   I know I have a numbered amount of steps I will walk in this life.   I know my…

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Psalm 4 | Hear Me

Read Psalms 4 I remember being 10 years old and playing out on the playground… Do you remember what that was like? I do. I remember the smell of the blacktop, the textures of the worn basketball against my palms and the metal chain of the swings. It was a fun and challenging time in…

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On Being A Contemplative…

I probably wouldn’t call myself a contemplative, but I do contemplate things… will that work? It’s going to have to because that is what you get when you get me. I have been thinking about what it means to be a contemplative versus. a contemplator… I know, riveting, however, it is important to me. It…

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Family Togetherness & Family Closeness

Just recently I spent some time with my family. The idea for the getaway was to take some time and develop our relationships amongst each other as a nuclear family. We went away for seven days and nights and stayed in an rental home. It was glorious. We played in the pool together, ate too…

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Communion | Simple Explanation

Bread and Wine

What does Communion mean? Communion happens when we share our thoughts and feelings with each other.  This happens when we eat and spend time together.  When we put our faith in Jesus we are invited to share our thought and feelings with God all of the time.  That means we can experience communion with God as…

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Greeter Training 101

I firmly believe the hospitality of God is the context for spiritual growth. We can show the heart of God to our regular attendees and first-time visitors each week, helping them to see a vision of the Kingdom of God. Below is a tool I have adapted from one of my Mentors, Hal Seed. This…

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4 Easy Ways to Set Achievable Goals

Everybody on the planet sets goals… albeit, some have loftier agendas than others. Still, people all over the world set goals. 2020 is here and I don’t know about you but for me… I have to set some goals. I have to set goals because there are some things I deeply desires to achieve. These…

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5 Steps to Leading A Church Membership Class

I have taken over 1000+ people through membership classes in my ministry career. There are amazing blessings and some interesting opportunities that are part of this process. Helping people become part of a church family is one of the most unique and rewarding aspects of pastoral work I have encountered. So much happens in these…

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New Testament History for Global Missions

There is confusion around “mission of god” or “missio dei” and the concept of being on “mission from God” or “with God” in this world. Really, until the 1900’s missions and mission meant the same thing. People simply went out seeking to reach all that would listen with regard to the gospel of Christ. In…

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