Do You Start the Day with God before You?

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I encountered some verses in Psalm 16 this morning that got my attention for they seemed to ask me: “Do you always start the day with God before you?” I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope…. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (8,9,11) When I asked myself that question, I confess … [Read more...]

What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

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What is faith?We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we've created for it.And yet we're called to walk by it, to live "from faith to faith", and to ensure our faith is evident to all.But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can't define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don't walk by faith … [Read more...]

Inconvenient Faith: A FaithWalker’s Story

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Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts and story of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. I am a FaithWalker. A few months ago, I too … [Read more...]

See Why Faith Hurts — And That’s OK

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As a father of six children, I’ve dealt with more than a few cuts and bruises–and the most dreaded of all – splinters. Before a splinter was pulled, the fear of pain was almost always greater than the pain itself. For this reason, each of my children resisted attempts for healing.This resistance to healing reminds me of our spiritual lives. There is a widespread belief in modern Christianity that walking by faith should be pain-free. This lie, coupled with our fear of pain, keeps us from foll … [Read more...]

How to Be Great in God’s Eyes (Part 2)

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We continue exploring how to be great in God's eyes. If you didn't catch step one, start here: How to be Great in God's Eyes (Part 1). Step 2: Taking Risks for His Kingdom You know the parable Jesus told of the talents. Three servants were assigned chucks of money to steward – significant amounts. Two were rewarded and one was cast into outer darkness to a horrific fate. But what did he do wrong?It wasn’t that he didn’t manage the money. He did manage it; he just didn’t manage it well. In f … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Tim Elmore on Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

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People love people who go first.With that pithy remark, Tim Elmore set the tone for the Catalyst 2013 lab session in Atlanta entitled “Marching Off the Map: A Compass to Help the Next Generation Navigate New Technology and Spirituality.”Tim Elmore, founder and President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes for the Journey: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, noted that we have to adjust to a new reality thanks to technology and the way the next generation, Generation i … [Read more...]

Catalyst 2013: Doing Bad by Doing Good with Peter Greer, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Bethany Hoang

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Just enjoyed another Catalyst 2013 Lab session in Atlanta, this one with Bethany Hoang, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, and Peter Greer. [See my recent interview with Peter here.] Their session was cleverly titled “Fad, Fatigue, or Fidelity? Doing Good and Living our Calling for the Long Haul.”It’s topic I’ve written a bit about as I’ve uncovered my own identity as someone called to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. [See my Interview with Brad Lomenick on The Catalyst Leade … [Read more...]

Does God Use Dreams to Speak to Christians Today?

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Does God use dreams to speak to Christians today?Many years ago, I would have immediately replied with a vehement and emphatic “No!” My fervor for protecting the place of Scripture as God’s revelation of Himself demanded it. Or so I thought.Now, I’m not so sure that dreams have no place alongside my continued insistence on the rightful place of Scripture as “the only rule to direct how we may glorify and enjoy Him.” As I read Scripture, I see God using dreams to guide His people, not just … [Read more...]


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