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*Tithing is a discipline that will train you to have an amazing financial life.

*We are blessed for one reason and one reason only . . . to be a blessing to others.

*God is looking for people He can trust with His resources and when we are faithful to generously invest in things that are close to the heart of God then He will entrust us with even more.

*Life is not about attaining more and more stuff–It’s about determining your “enough” and then investing the rest in God’s Kingdom.

*It is a horrible thing to be a slave to debt. […]

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The Stadia and Compassion International partnership is making a difference in Colombia and around the world.  Watch this short video to see how we are taking important steps to be sure that Every Child Has A Church!


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Julie and I were traveling by bus along with 20 other leaders from the U.S.A. from Bogota to Cartagena. Just the previous day we had flown from our home in Northern Ohio to Colombia, South America.

As we settled in for the multi-hour bus-ride, our conversation turned toward the children of Colombia. Specifically the children who would be part of Compassion International’s ministry at two of the new churches Stadia was in the process of planting.

Our friend Erik, who works for Compassion, handed us six child-sponsorship packets representing six of the children that could be sponsored at the churches we would be visiting. […]

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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


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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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Inte — age 16 […]

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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









To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee










A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens










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What are your favorite classics? […]

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