What Keeps Me Going This Week

These are just a few of the more than 1,000 Trending Prayer Pledge cards we received on Sunday:Knowing that all those people are following their periods of high activity with periods of rest at their Master's feet fills me with encouragement, peacefulness, and, most...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Good Shepherd Sermon Bumpers

This is a Top Five list I can do about something at Good Shepherd because I actually have very little to do with it.Sermon bumpers.You know, the one-minute (or so) video that tells the story of the current series in a compelling way while also allowing me to roll my...

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Trending Launch — #HidingPlace

In the world of social media in general and Twitter in particular, there are few more coveted places to be than Trending.If you, your company, your product, or your hashtag are currently trending, it means a lot of people are talking about you at the same time. ...

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When To Use A Period Rather Than A Comma

Moms and dads, grandmoms and granddads:Praise your children with a period and not a comma.Here's what I mean:  your affirmation and encouragement needs to be without qualification, free of compromise, and, most importantly, not serve as a prelude to...

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The “Secret” Language Of The Bible

One night not too long ago, I was at the local YMCA.There were also three young men working out near me who looked to be about 19, 16, and 12. This kind of thing happens all the time, and in that particular setting I don't usually initiate conversation with people I...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pastoral Boundaries

There is one kind of news story that I don't ever want to be in as a pastor.You've seen the headlines, you've seen the falls, you know the stories.So to prevent sexual or relational immorality in the pastorate, I've found it helpful to live by certain...

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Lost & Found Conclusion — “Lost Hope” Sermon Recap

I'm going to miss Lost And Found.I think it's been one of our strongest series ever, combining extraordinarily good music with the kind of bible-study-snuck-into-a-sermon with which people resonate.In the way Lost And Found told Elijah's story, it was really a drama...

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Lost And Found, Week 4 — Lost Trust

Ah, the dreaded Trust Fall.If you've ever been on any kind of youth retreat -- especially during the 80s and 90s -- you've probably taken part in one.Trust is difficult to earn yet easy to lose.  Hard to give and simple to take back.Yet when our lives are...

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Some Recent Odds, Ends, And Realizations

Here's a collection of some things I've seen, some other things I've learned, and some things that have simply happened in my life over the last couple of months.1.  I just started using the Calendar feature on Outlook.  That means that only in the summer of...

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