The “Habit Forming” Sermon Rewind

Finally, a normal Sunday. The last three:  Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and then on January 8, Faux Snow Day. So we were back a full strength yesterday with high attendance, great enthusiasm, and attentive ears. The message started right with the message and an...

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Why People Walk Away

People walk away, don't they? Some walk away from their hometown. Others walk away from their marriages. Still others walk away from church. And others walk away from ministry. And more than a few walk away from the faith itself. I recall a conversation with a man who...

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Today’s “Creatures Of Habit” Devotion

I love the fact that all over the greater Charlotte area, the people of Good Shepherd sat down this morning and opened up the same devotional guide, read the same reflection, meditated on the same Scripture, and prayed the same prayer. It's happening through our...

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The “Force Of Habit” Sermon Rewind

Oh, what a weekend. We had faux snow in south Charlotte (the real thing hit north Charlotte) and so we spent much of Saturday deciding whether or not to have church. We ultimately decided, yes, normal schedule AND we're going to start the series "Creatures of Habit"...

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A Simple Guideline For Church Meetings

Church meetings are legendary, aren’t they? And not in the way, say, Michael Jordan is legendary in basketball. Or Joe Montana in football. Or even Roger Federer in tennis. No, church meetings are legendary for the bloodshed — real and imagined — that they involve....

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Resourcing What We Are Teaching

I was really excited when these arrived at the Good Shepherd office yesterday.   What are they? Creatures Of Habit Devotional Guides. In English and Spanish. Written by the people of Good Shepherd, these guides are designed to resource and empower the very habits...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Random Confessions

Normally when a pastor says that he has something to confess, the people of the church think, "who's involved and how long has it been going on?" Well, thankfully, this is nothing like that. However, for this Tuesday's Top Five, I want to lean toward the transparent...

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The “After The Ball Drops” Sermon Rewind

The calendar threw a curveball at pastors this year by making both Christmas and New Year's fall on a Sunday. So we obviously could not use the first Sunday of 2017 to start a new series, as you want to do that on a high attendance Sunday. Instead, I decided to...

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