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Valued February 24, 2015

This week I’ve been spending some time with the leaders in the school where I’m speaking and at our church, and if there is a common thread among any problems with the church, the school, and our mission, it’s the problem of people not feeling valued. It’s really easy to make your co-workers feel like they are just task people who are there only to get things done. It’s true that they are there to get things done, but they’re people, too.Continue

The God of Glory Thunders February 14, 2015

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Psalm 29:3 says, “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters” (NIV). I’ve been thinking about that middle line: The God of glory thunders.

I remember distinctly being in a thunderstorm when I was young, and lightning struck a tree just a few feet from where our car was parked. The thunder that came scared me, and I never forgot it. It made me afraid; it made me understand the power of nature. It was overwhelming.Continue

Making Decisions February 11, 2015

Anybody who watched this year’s Super Bowl saw Pete Carroll make a tough decision that cost the Seahawks the game. He passed the ball instead of taking an almost sure run, hoping that the element of surprise would result in a touchdown. Instead, it resulted in an interception that cost the Seattle Seahawks a Super Bowl victory.Continue

Growth Spurt February 3, 2015

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I have been a Christian for at least fifty years. The reason I say “at least” is I grew up in an environment where we went forward a lot. We made commitments to Christ and recommitted to Christ and then re-recommitted our lives, and I don’t know when, frankly, I became a Christian – which one of the walks to the front, which one of the prayers, took – but one of them did, and I’ll just say it was fifty years ago.Continue