How to Make Friends by Being a Friend First

You have to be a friend to have a friend. Have you heard that little piece of advice before? It couldn’t be truer. Most of us spend a great deal of time and energy looking for people who will listen to us, accept us, share our point of view, be there for us when we need them . . . and yet … Read More


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The 3 Characteristics of a Generous Life

A generous life is characterized by three main things: 1. A willingness to stretch yourself. Instead of giving the minimum tithe every year, you stretch yourself to take even larger steps of faith. What kind of giver does God want you to be? Is he stretching you to give 11 or 12 percent each year? Maybe even 15 or 20 … Read More


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Overly Stressed? The 4 Reactions to Watch For

I don’t need to tell you that being a pastor is a demanding occupation. We need to keep in mind that our stress levels can rise every minute of the day. If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves continually building pressure until we are ready to explode. The reason this happens is that we don’t let stresses go. We … Read More


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Ralph D. Winter On the Great Sin of the World

“The great sin of the world is not that the human race has failed to work for God so as to increase his glory, but that we have failed to delight in God so as to reflect his glory.” — Ralph D. Winter, Unreached Peoples Missiologist (December 8, 1924 – May 20, 2009) Winter was a pioneer in the area of … Read More


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6 Mistakes the Church Often Makes with New Believers, by Facts & Trends

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’re aware by now that rapper Kanye West has openly professed faith in Christ, hosting Sunday services featuring gospel preachers, and has released an album, Jesus is King, full of Bible references. West’s apparent conversion has provoked all kinds of reaction from Christians from jubilation to skepticism. Some have compared his conversion to that of … Read More


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Bad Meeting Blues: The Signs You’re Leading a Bad Meeting

While meetings may not be particularly fun, they are a necessary part of life in any organization. People don’t like meetings largely because most of them are run so badly. The following are some telltale signs of a bad meeting: They start late. When you start a meeting late, you send the signal that the meeting isn’t important and neither is … Read More


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Why You Should Never Be Ashamed to Seek Counseling

Never be ashamed to seek Christian counseling. Talking to a professional about the things going on in your life can help you process and deal with your emotions in a healthy way. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so. In fact, there are many benefits. Several years ago, before my son was born, Kelley and I went through … Read More


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Putting God to the Test: The Importance of Tithing

One time I met a gentleman at The Journey who was a self-professed agnostic. Let’s call him Ben. Ben happened to be visiting with a friend one fall Sunday when I laid out this tithe challenge. Ben was a little older than our average attenders, and he was in the midst of a successful career as an air traffic controller. … Read More


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One-Time Replay: Sign Up for Wednesday’s Final 2020 Preaching Calendar Call

By request, I’m bringing back my 2020 Preaching Calendar Conference Call. Join me for one final replay this Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 2pm ET. This has been our most popular training event and I know the impact it will have on your ministry — saving you HOURS of planning time. Ready to join me for this final replay? Click here to sign … Read More


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