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You Don’t Need Graduation to Wear a Tassel

After countless hours of meticulous work, they were finished. 600 tassel key chains all custom adorned with a SHINE tag that had been hand-stamped by a member of our team. Every.single.letter. — hand-stamped. That is 600 tags x5 letters each, totaling 3000 gentle taps of the little hammer thingy-mar-bopper, not to mention attaching the tassels to the tags and adding the chains and clips. Like I said, COUNTLESS hours. I wasn’t a part of this particular process, but boy did…

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It has been just under a month, and I am still whirling from all of the SHINEtasticness that took place on March 11!  For all of you chicks who took time out of your busy schedules to join us, thank you.  We trust your day rocked as much as you do! Over 400 teen girls and women, together in one place in small town America made for a pretty awesome event.  But, I’m not ready to call it “finished” just…

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Why I Trust God Today

I should be working right now.  I have two keynotes, a personality training, three Bible classes to teach, a radio interview and serious preparations for a trip oversees in the next week, but, instead, I feel inspired to write. This message is for you if you are a discouraged, unsure or insecure follower of Jesus Christ.  Yes, I realize we wouldn’t normally list those adjectives to describe our Christianity, but can we just be real for five seconds?  Listen, I…

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The Marriage of Faithfulness and Effectiveness

Have you ever heard this line? “We are not called to be effective, we are called to be faithful.” I disagree. Faithfulness to God and effectiveness for the Kingdom cannot be separated; and that is a truth that we should find terrifying. In the parable of the minas in Luke 19, the faithfulness of the servants is judged on the basis of their effectiveness. “…(verse 20) Another came saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in…

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Ignored Sins Part 3: Greed

Ask your pastor how many people he has counseled about their struggle with greed. I would guess that number would be much closer to “zero” than it would be to a big number like “three.” Have you had a heart-to-heart with a friend about how much you need to break the stronghold of greed in your life? Are you greedy? In my opinion, I doubt many of us would know how to answer that question even if we were being…

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Ignored Sins Part 2: Gluttony

I have often heard that “gluttony” applies to over indulging in anything. There is no escaping that in Biblical terms, gluttony is, in fact, about food. If you were hoping for an escape, I would encourage you to do a word-search for all passages about gluttony. Nearly all of them address eating. While taking any legitimate pleasure to excess can be harmful, talking about non food-related gluttony is usually an excuse to ignore its most literal and plain definition. Regularly…

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What I Learned from a Missiologist Part 2: Church Multiplication

Several weeks ago, I had a great discussion with Dr. John David Smith, executive director of BMA Missions. If you missed last week’s issue, I invite you to visit lifeinprogressministries.com to read part 1 of this article series where I highlight some of the main things I learned from Dr. Smith. We must realize that everything about a multiplication culture is counterintuitive to American culture. A consumer mentality permeates everything in America including church life. When people decided they want…

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This is Really Just a Facebook “Rant”

I’ve noticed a really strange trend in popular Christianity. Many people will say that people who hold to certain interpretations of things like Genesis, Revelation, free will/irresistable grace are crazy/nuts/dumb/heretics or at the very least incredibly dangerous to the faith. BUT THEN, I see these same people quote and laud and applaud popular teachers such as Keller, Piper, C.S. Lewis, or Ravi Zacharias and more about how great they are not knowing that these guys would hold to many of…

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10 Tips to get off the “milk”

I believe many churches have a diet problem. While an article on gluttony would be sure to offend many and might be needed, I am talking about spiritual diets. I think we need to think of our spiritual depth in a new way. The conventional wisdom seems to be that you have to start new/immature believers on the “milk” of the Word and then slowly wean them off of it. I disagree. This strategy isn’t working. You might need to…

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House of Cards Christianity

Have you ever built a house of cards? It isn’t easy because it doesn’t take much to knock the whole thing down. If you pull out one card, even if that card is on the top of the “house,” you have a good chance of making the entire thing collapse. Unfortunately, sometimes I see the Christian faith taught in a way that makes it look like a house-of-cards faith. Let me explain, starting with the good news. There is only…

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