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Climbing, Sliding or Gliding

Brian Moore, Lead Pastor of Crosspointe Church shared this at Radical Mentoring’s Mentor Summit this past weekend . . . “In your faith-walk, you’re either climbing or sliding. There’s no such thing as gliding!”  I asked a good friend the other day, “How are you and God?” He said “Just ok, nothing special.” Isn’t that what most…

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One-a-Day For a Week

Life sucks the courage out of us. Day by day, we’re disappointed, criticized, rejected, abandoned, postponed and distracted. Things we planned to finish remain unfinished. People don’t do what they say, or they do the opposite. Friends are invisible when we wish they were around. Other people show up with needs and you have no…

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“I Can’t, I Have To . . .”

Have you ever had to tell someone “I can’t, I have to . . .”? It’s called ‘negative assertion.’ On one side of the comma, you’re saying ‘no’ . . . on the other side, you’re saying ‘yes.’ You have to say ‘no’ to one thing in order to say ‘yes’ to something else. Negative…

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“Well, That’s Just Old Tip”

There have never been two politicians more different than Ronald Reagan and Thomas Phillip “Tip” O’Neill. Reagan was incredibly conservative . . . O’Neill, a staunch liberal. Reagan, a California Republican. O’Neill, a northeastern Democrat. Reagan, a Washington ‘outsider’ . . . O’Neill, an ‘insider’ . . . Speaker of the House with years of…

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Before . . .

Last post was about praying and then resting after you’re done. This one’s about the other end of it. What do you do first? What precedes your prayer? If you’re a music person . . . especially if you like praise and worship music, I highly recommend a young artist named Lauren Daigle. She sounds…

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Pray . . . Then Rest

I’ve always had this tension about prayer. Here’s the part I ‘get’ . . . Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18 ESV). This is ‘abiding in Christ’ . . . ‘walking with God’ . . . living a life…

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Marriage: ‘University’ or ‘Tech School’?

Where do you go to learn how to be a husband? To lead a marriage? How is it one of the biggest endeavors we undertake in life has no training and little help? We spend thousands of dollars and hours prepping for a wedding and almost nothing prepping for marriage. How many times have you…

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Scapegoat

Scapegoat . . . it’s a word I’ve known all my life, but only recently did its significance dawn on me. When we think about a scapegoat, we think about the person at the office who gets blamed for something they didn’t really cause. Or the basketball player who forgets to box out his man,…

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Ending Doubt About Salvation

A few weeks ago, I shared my story with 230 guys at a men’s conference in South Carolina. For some reason, I felt the need to present the Gospel and ask for a response . . . something I rarely do. But more and more, I realize how many of us have been ‘anesthetized’ by…

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Conviction Without Shame

Watching the news one night, I saw this criminal being sentenced after being convicted of a crime. The judge went on a rant, calling the guy shameful, sub-human, and despicable, among other things. The guy probably deserved it, but I was struck by the impact of those words on the crook. He was weeping as…

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