Category: Leadership

T H E  Greatest Victory!

Jesus’ sinless life, death, and resurrection is THE greatest victory, ever!  When Christ went to the cross, voluntarily, after enduring multiple beatings that would have killed most people AND THEN had the sins of all the world — past, present, and future — placed upon Him, died and then rose again on the third day,…
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Connecting Time With God

March is almost one-third gone!  2023 is flying by…soon Easter will be upon us.  In March I have been varying the things I do in my connecting time with God each day.  A major departure for me is not reading a book of the Bible, meditating on it, praying over it, and asking God what it is…
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FIRST LOVE

Does anybody remember flannel graf stories?  This was used long before PowerPoint, videos, film strips, and slides.  I remember as a little boy growing up near Detroit, MI my Mother and our assistant pastor’s wife used flannel graf to teach us young elementary children Bible stories.  One such story was the parable of the Good…
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Be Prepared

A disagreement between two individuals at the church turns violent, a stranger strolls into the church office shouting obscenities, and a man carrying a semi-automatic weapon enters the sanctuary during a Sunday morning service.    It is common for churches to believe the events mentioned above will never happen at their location.   Many churches in the RMD…
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New Year… Old Expectations

Years ago, Lori bought a verse on a plaque that hangs on the wall in one of the rooms in our home.  It is from Micah 6:8 which says, “…and what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  I love that portion…
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Freshness

One of the interesting things about having lived in a variety of places in the United States of America is that each area, state, culture, and zone has its own unique ways, standards, and laws.  One of the most interesting uniqueness I have found living in Montana for the last ten years has been the…
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What Do You Celebrate?

One of my favorite questions to ask people this time of year is if they have any family traditions to celebrate the holidays. One person I talked to said their family hides a green ceramic pickle on the Christmas tree and the first person to find it gets a prize. Another said they always cook…
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Goals and Culture

A couple of months back I read a fascinating (and sad) article about a Navy sailor who died during BUD/S (Navy SEAL training). There is a lot that can be gleaned and discussed from this story, but one thing in particular caught my attention.  Over the years, the BUD/S program has become increasingly difficult, and the graduation…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Throughout this year, for a variety of reasons, I have been “going down memory lane.”  I am thankful that in a rapidly changing world and culture that the memories in my head cannot be changed, re-imagined or deleted.  When it comes to November, I go down “memory lane” to various family gatherings through the years, to amazing ministry events in this…
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It’s Budget Season

For churches with fiscal year January-December, October is the time to put together your budget for the following year. Budgeting is important as it defines how much money is available to support planned ministries.  Budgets act like a map for church leaders and set expectations for spending.  A worship leader or head of Sunday school should know…
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