I know. Everyone’s writing on Thanksgiving and giving thanks, but I had to add my two cents to this most wonderful holiday. For the past year or so, I’ve been committed to making every day Thanksgiving. And I’ve seen my entire demeanor change. Now I make it a part of any ministry I do and […]


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Are You Stuck?

November 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of my areas of delight and specialization is working with people who are stuck in their personal or spiritual growth. People who know there’s more, but they can’t seem to grasp it. Or people who are so defeated they no longer even dream of more. Most of these people have been abused or seriously […]


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Tyler Edwards, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church in Joplin, MO, says there is something missing in the church today. Stuck in a rut of routines and rituals, he claims the church is caught up in doing what it is “supposed to do” but is lacking the true essence of what it is supposed to provide: […]


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I recently received a review copy of Destined to Live, Despite Me by Yolanda Shanks. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or are helping someone who is, this is a useful resource. Shanks uses her own testimony of conquering suicide as the foundation for a strong theological stance on life and healing. Here’s […]


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Think and Make it Happen

October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

I received a review copy of Think and Make it Happen: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Overcoming Negative Thoughts, and Discovering Your True Potential by Augusto Cury, M.D. many months ago. I’ve reviewed numerous other books since then, but this one I read and let it sit at the bottom of my pile. (My […]


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A few weeks ago, Tyler Charles interviewed me for a BuildingChurchLeaders.com download, which was recently published and contains seven excellent articles. My interview was recently posted on their site.  They also published my article, Ministering to Challenging People. Both are valuable resources for anyone who leads people. I’ve received great feedback on these articles. It […]


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The Christmas Gift

November 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

How often do we discount or mistreat others? And how often are we treated badly by others? And how often are the reasons for those conflicts a mystery, even to us? The Christmas Giftt by R. William Bennett is a charming story of a newcomer, a bully, and the benefits of doing the right thing. […]


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Do you have a broken piece in your life? A physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual issue that hinders you from enjoying your life.  An issue you feel is the reason for your dissatisfaction, depression, or problem? You’re not alone. We all have brokenness somewhere.  But does it have to destroy you? I can’t tell you […]


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Mick Mack at Small Group Leadership answered an interesting question in his blog this week. I weighed in with a comment and wanted to share that discussion with my readers as well.  One of his readers asked what to do about special needs people who want to join his group. He’s talking about people with […]


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Sometimes we think life is pretty difficult. Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves. Here’s someone who knows that joy isn’t based on our circumstances. Now, stop whining!


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