A lot of people land on this blog by searching for "church offering talk."  If that's you, then I want to direct you to this resource from Giving Rocket.  Hands down, it's one of the most practical things you can do in your church.  You'll learn how to get intentional with the time of giving in y ...
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Dreams should push us forward, but sometimes, the magnitude of our dreams leave us still and unable to act.  Perhaps its the size of the dream that incapacitates us, or perhaps is the comfort of the familiar. But God-given dreams should propel us to action.  After all, dreams that are not act ...
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Do you run a small business?  Do you pastor a small church?  Do you run a small non-profit? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you will probably answer yes to one of the next ones:Do you feel like you can't compete with the major players?Do you feel like you' ...
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I don't usually post youtube videos, but here's a prayer before a NASCAR event.  The pastor might be channeling Ricky Bobby.   ...
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A few weeks ago, I listened to an amazing sermon by Andy Stanley called "The Separation of Church and Hate."Neither Jesus nor Paul were concerned with guilt by association.  Jesus wasn't afraid to eat dinner with a tax collector.  He wasn't afraid to be seen with the woman at the well.When Jesus w ...
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Here's a short list of stuff I starred in Google reader, favorited on Twitter, or clipped into Evernote this week:A three-person town has voted to dissolve (with an overwhelming 2-1 vote) and merge with a nearby town.Campus Crusade for Christ is changing their name to CRU.  Getting away from the wo ...
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Earlier this week, Michael Hyatt wrote an excellent post entitled Five Reasons You Need to Get Better at Saying No.  After letting my schedule get out of control, I implemented many of the principles he discussed in the post.  It absolutely made me a more focused leader.  Over time, I became inte ...
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Unfortunately, while thinking and speaking SHOULD be related, often they are not.  But here are two ways you can connect them.1.  Think before you speak. There's an old New England proverb that says "Don't speak unless you can improve the silence."  NFL players using twitter, communicator ...
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Here are some notes and thoughts from Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me, a great little book by Richard Paul Evans.1.  The wealthy decide to be wealthy. “The most substantial people are the most frugal and make the least show, and live at the least expense.”  - Frances MooreMoney mak ...
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In the June 201 issue of INC, Jason Fried (founder of 37 Signals) discusses the exaggeration phenomenon.  This is what happens when a small business, start up or even a church exaggerates in order to impress clients or co-workers.  He describes the small business owner who refers to headquarters w ...
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Here's a short list of stuff I clipped into Evernote, favorited (is that a word?) on Twitter or starred on Google Reader:“If a guy were dating my daughter but didn’t want to spend the gas money to come and pick her up or refused to buy her dinner because it cost too much, I would question whethe ...
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From Hugh MacLeod's Ignore Everybody And 39 Other Keys to Creativity...There is no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership.Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on a sheet of borrowed stationary.Van Gogh rarely painted with more than six colors on his palette. A fancy tool just ...
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I am a huge believer in creating healthy systems in any organization.  Most problems are really systems problems, and if we address the systems, we solve the resulting problems. However, relying on systems is also problematic.  In fact, an organization that has smooth systems could be in just as m ...
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A lot has happened over the last few months, and I wanted to take a few minutes to update my friends and family.I know a lot of people are praying for me and my family and we really do feel the effects of your prayers.  I have intentionally kept quiet on the Internet about my personal life, because ...
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Are you still trying to keep you with blogs by visiting individual home pages?  That's a time waster, and it clutters up your bookmarks. You can quickly track all the blogs you want with an RSS reader.  Here's how.1.  Use an RSS Reader like Google Reader. If you've got a Gmail account, you ...
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