Caring

Yesterday we had a young man come to the church who was high on something, hungry, no driver’s license or other identification, wanting a busride to NorCal. He took the focus of our office for four hours, three pastors were engaged with this man, two pastors took him to purchase groceries, which he devoured on the spot, whole chicken turned finger food, chugged down with chocolate milk. He was given…

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Lead with Love

Paul the Apostle led with love, while in prison, awaiting his execution, he wanted others to experience the freedom and peace that comes from knowing God. “And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become as I am except for those chains.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬ My friend, Dave Bassard died a few years ago…

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Church: An Aircraft Carrier On Mission

I’ve served in three types of churches over the last forty years of ministry. Each can be described metaphorically by the different kind of ships on the sea.  One church would be characterized by a cruise-liner, where the goal is to keep the passengers happy at all costs. Provide plenty of coffee and food and entertainment and networking for business contacts and childcare and programs to enhance friendships and everyone is…

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The Main Thing

Following an embarrassing loss, the Green Bay Packers followed Coach Vince Lombardi into the locker room. The odds were high for the players to be taken to the shed by Coach Lombardi. After a period of silence, Lombardi’s voice interrupted the calm, “Men, in all my days of coaching and playing I have never witnessed such a poor exhibition of football. We did not tackle, run, throw or catch the way…

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Advice to New Pastors

The following outline is from a great podcast by Michael Hyatt on “Advice to New CEOs.”. It strikes me that these principles are so important for new pastors, and all pastors as well. The self image can get wrapped up in the position and status of being the point leader, so that it makes it very difficult to pass the baton of leadership to another pastor, or to serve on…

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How to Bless the Right Way

Who doesn’t want to be a blessing? However, giving a “God-honoring” blessing involves much more than saying “bless you” when someone sneezes. It consists of the ability to “bless those who curse…”. Say what? Huh? Yeah, there is more to blessing others than condescendingly saying, “bless his poor little heart,” or even giving the obligatory salutation at the close a letter… “blessings to you!” There is a much deeper meaning…

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Leading Through Influence

At the most basic level, leadership is influence. All of us are leading… someone. You might be the CEO of a company, the CEO of your family, the CEO of your neighborhood or Home Owners Association or simply the CEO of your one and only life. The real question becomes, “how am I leading?” Am I living a life that is worth following? Am I providing a positive influence for those…

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Community in Cultural Crisis

Can we all just get along? Rodney King asked that question many years ago, and we still struggle with figuring this out in our messy world. In a culture that is confused on defining marriage and preoccupied with threats of terrorism, racial unrest, and threats of anarchy, what is a Christian to do? Culture was messy in Jesus’ day too, but we don’t find him standing on a street corner condemning…

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Hot Topic of the day…

Everyone is talking about the hot topic of the day, the Supreme Court’s ruling making gay marriage legal across the land.  Kevin DeYoung, author of “What does the Bible Really Say about Homosexuality,” wrote a great blog that expresses what every Bible believing Christian should keep in mind when engaging others on this volatile topic. Whether we want to talk about it or not, this is a topic that every…

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Next Generation Ministry

What if the next Billy or Ruth Graham, Dwight L. Moody or Jonathan Edwards, Chuck Swindoll, Mother Teresa or even a Francis Chan just happened to be a young person in your neighborhood, your class, your ministry, or your church? What would ensure that this future world-changer would be set up for spiritual success? What kind of spiritual foundation would be most helpful for a lifelong, world impacting ministry? What…

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The Harvest is Still Plentiful…

The Harvest is Still Plentiful and Workers Few Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Jesus’ heart was and still is…

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10 Helps for Small Group Community

Few other tasks in the family of God surpass the contribution by those who are willing to make disciples of Jesus through small groups. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind. •  Remember you are not alone. God knows everything about you, and He knew you would be asked to lead your group. Even though you may not feel ready to lead, this is common for all good leaders. God…

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Life Values

Intimacy with God The first priority is worship.  It is the ultimate practice that leads to all other Christian habits and disciplines. The Christian life flows from a heart that is fully surrendered in worship to our Creator.  Worship flows from relationship, not religion. God wants to be wanted, by those who give Him their full devotion. “Come, let us bow down in worship. Let us kneel before the Lord…

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Three Skills of a Spiritual Coach

Without reproduction, disciples making disciples, the church will eventually die. Dave Johnson talks in this article about “apprentice leaders,” which is just another term for someone being discipled intensionally so that one day they will disciple someone else.  Hope you resonate with this like I do… Pastor Stan The Three Roles Of Every Great Coach If I was to keep track of only one metric at COMMUNITY, I would want to…

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