25 Great Questions for Leaders

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.”Andy Stanley One of the greatest skills leaders can cultivate is the art of great question-asking. Jesus was the Master of great questions: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51). “Who do people say that I am?”…

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Running Your Race with Resilience

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and the perfector of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 Now more…

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How to Stand Straight with a Strong Core

Steve and I belong to a gym. Please be impressed. When I go, I do some cardio and call it good. However, when I met with one of the trainers at the gym, she told me I needed to strengthen my core. If you don’t have a strong core, apparently your balance suffers. Bummer! I…

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Calming Promises from the Prince of Peace

Bethlehem was all hustle and bustle as people from all over returned to pay their taxes. Street vendors saw the opportunity and likely set up early. Inn managers were a mix of excited and stressed as their rooms filled to capacity. Tax collectors saw dollar signs as people entered the streets of the ancient city…

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3 Practices to Prepare Him Room

When I am having friends or family over for a visit, I get excited and prepare. I think about what I’m going to make for dinner. I imagine how I want the table to look. I make sure the house feels comfortable and clean. In other words, I prepare.  The second week of Advent is…

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Welcoming Christ’s Presence in Your Daily Life

I remember as a kid hearing the story of Zacchaeus and singing the song about him in Sunday School. Recently I was reading the story again and was struck by Zacchaeus’s exuberance in welcoming Jesus.  Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was quite wealthy living in Jericho. He had heard much about Jesus, so when…

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Unity Is a Big Deal to Jesus

 I’ve been thinking about unity a lot lately.  One day before Jesus would be crucified, He knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed that we would be one, just as Jesus and the Father are one. Jesus prayed that we would be brought into perfect unity (John 17:20-23). Wow. It’s staggering to me that…

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Listen for the Blessing

Most of us talk too much! As an extrovert, that seems to be my life story. Sigh! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked God to set a guard over my mouth! Peter, a disciple of Jesus, had this problem as well. Gotta love Peter, right? He was constantly putting his foot in…

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