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    Those Darn Expectations!

    Every day we set them for ourselves and others and they are also set for you by others.  They are sometimes really low and sometimes really high but rarely are there none.  They judge, define and always create some level of anticipation.  They are a part of every relationship, every situation, every dream and really every thought that comes out of our brain.  They are (cue the booming drum sound Bom-Bom-Bom) – Expectations! Expectations are constant! Whether we want to admit it or not, we set them with everything.  Want proof?  Ok, you set one for this blog post.  See, I told you so.  Expectations are how we prepare ourselves or protect ourselves from the unknown.  They give us…

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    What Are You Selling?

    Before I got into ministry, I spent many years as a salesperson.  I learned so much about life while I was in sales and I find myself constantly finding similarities between sales and ministry.  I thought for fun I would share some of those with you today:  #1) You win some – you lose some! You are going to have days where you nothing goes right, people mistreat you, your lesson falls short, you make a change and you feel as if your volunteer staff, the kids and the parents are all going to hang you from a tree.  Those days happen and if we let the evil one get in our heads,…

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    What Bothers You?

    The question “What bothers you?” was brought up recently during a sermon I heard from my pastor.  It’s the kind of question that can either stir up some things in you or it can make you shut down because whatever it is that bothers you is dragging you down and you feel helpless to resolve it. My pastor asked this question after he told the Bible story of Ehud the Benjamite who was under severe Moabite persecution and was bothered enough about it to kill Eglon the Moabite king.   The result was that he was able to fire up the rest of the Israelite people and start an uprising strong enough to…

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    MOVE!!!

    A few weeks ago, I spent a few days in Phoenix at a church planters conference.  The conference was designed to help encourage current and future church planters.  The theme of the conference was “Move”.  For future church planters, it means don’t just stand there, get going and do what God has called you to do, go plant a church.  For current church planters, it means to move in a way that would make your church grow or make a greater impact in the community that God has you in.   For those of you in established churches, let me tell you the one thing that you can do right now that will change you…

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    One More Thing!

    In nearly 20 years in children’s ministry, I’ve yet to have a year that I wasn’t short volunteers at least somewhere and at some time in the ministry.  I’ve read all of the articles about how to recruit and keep volunteers and basically, I’ve done just about everything short of sin to do just that.  Sometimes, those strategies work and sometimes they don’t.  I think, in general, it really comes down to building relationships and continuously building into those relationships with vision, leadership, and appreciation.   All I have to say about that is…easier said than done!  Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe if you build into people, people will help you build out…

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    Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Before?

    About 3 weeks ago I helped officiate a funeral for a 14-year-old girl that lived about 4 houses down from my home.  She had taken her own life on New Year’s Eve and was discovered by the girl’s mother on New Year’s Day morning in their own home.   An unbelievable tragedy to say the least! I knew the girl because her parents had attended our church for about a year and she was in 3rd grade at that time.  I remember that little girl as this sweet, bright-eyed girl who loved to talk about her animals that her family had.  One day at church, I had decided to present the…

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    Axe The Distractions!

    Recently my 17 year old son has been absolutely focused on everything except his school including his phone, his friends, video games, and his part time soccer referee job.  He has what we all experienced at 17/18 years of age and that was “Senior-itis”. Add in the fact that he’s as ADHD as his dad you get a kid that looks like Daffy Duck when he gets all excited.  Truth be told, I think many of us suffer from “Senior-itis”, we just don’t call it that anymore.  We just call it “busy-itis” and we too are bouncing around like Daffy Duck from one thing to the next.  If we are…

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    Jesus The Kid Magnet!

      To me one of the coolest things about Jesus is that he was a kid magnet.  He loved, loved, loved the children and I can only imagine that kids felt his unbelievable love and warmth for them.  My favorite scripture that really paints this picture is Mark 10:13-16.     And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of…

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    Fish Trap Road

    There is a road in the area that I live in called Fish Trap road.  It’s considered a “back road”  by most of the people in the area since it parallels the main HWY that connects this community with the rest of the world.  Fish Trap is not a very long road but it’s really handy since it only has stop signs instead of lights. Most people however avoid it because it’s really rough and not well taken care of. If you are an auto alignment shop in the area, Fish Trap road is your biggest customer maker.  No car goes unscathed by using Fish Trap!    As I was…

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    Dear President Elect Trump – Please Be A Good President!

    Dear Mr. Trump,    Congratulations on being elected our nations president! What an accomplishment considering that you had no prior political experience and the main stream media wrote you off.  I’m excited to hear the fresh new ideas you have for America coming in as a non traditional political figure.     Now that all of the pleasantries are aside, let’s talk turkey! First of all, no one has to tell you that there are a whole slew of folks who simply don't like you. Maybe they fear you or they feel threatened I don’t know but I know one thing, they think you are the devil with a combover.…