I recently spoke with Vince Antonucci about the important work that he is doing planting churches in some of the darkest places.  If you are a church planter with Christ-like compassion for those furthest from God, check out this video and visit www.splagna.com

 

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I, as the sponsor, am the one who is blessed.

You cannot out-give the poor.

I must learn to live with “enough.”

The child I sponsor is praying FOR ME on a regular basis.

The letters I write are treasures to the child I sponsor.

 

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d4f040ce71f85a72a689c780352bff60I read the book, Unbroken, nearly three years ago. And it broke me up. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the past several years.
Unbroken chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was an Olympic track star who was later shot down and captured by the Japanese during WWII. His survival story is nothing short of astonishing, heart-rending, on the edge of your seat intensity.

If I want to give a book to a man to move him on the continuum of becoming a follower of Jesus, Unbroken is the book. This is not a “Christian” book in the traditional sense but rather a book about a man who, against all odds, becomes a Christian. […]

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One tool that I have found extremely helpful in managing my schedule is called the Gating Tool.  As you weigh what is allowed into your life and into your schedule, I think you will find it helpful too.  Watch this short video to learn more.

 

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I just spent a day with Alan Hirsch. As a result, my fire was stoked once again on why missional matters.

Discipleship happens exponentially when we are on mission together.

The early church was a church on mission and experienced phenomenal growth.

The missional impulse flows out of our God who “sent” His Son on mission.

Most of today’s world is not attracted to sexy buildings or services but rather to Christians who serve the world on mission as Jesus served the world on mission.

Jesus did not tell us to “sit” He told us to “go.”

*For further reading, pick up Alan Hirsch’s amazing book: The Forgotten Ways. […]

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mel McGowan from Visioneering Studios.  He shared some important ideas to keep in mind when considering a space for your church.  Check out this video.

 

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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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The Christian Standard magazine recently asked me to share one of the best and worst pieces of advice I have received when it comes to ministry.

Best advice: Wess Stafford, then President of Compassion International, was mentoring me on how to disciple my own children. He advised, “Give your children experiences, not things.”

Worst advice: One of my Bible college professors advised, “Never be close friends with people in the church you lead.”

What is the best/worst advice you have been given? […]

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I recently spoke with Todd Clark and he shared practical advice to help prepare yourself for a weekend teaching time.  I personally identified with his insight and think that others will too!

 

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Many of us have children that have started back to school. If you’re like me then you want them to be blessed and be a blessing in their school experience.

1. Get to know their teacher(s). Pray for them often.
2. As often as possible, before school, pray with your children. Ask them what they have going on that day, what they are concerned about, etc. Pray for them right then. My kids have now started asking what is going on in my day and they pray for me as well!
3. Memorize Philippians 4:13 with them: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. […]

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