Indispensable Uzzah

30,000 of Israel’s finest were singing and cheering loudly as they escorted the Ark of the Covenant down the hill from Abinadab’s house. “Yay God! The Ark of the Covenant is coming home to Jerusalem!  The Ark was on a cart. The cart was towed by an ox. Abinadab’s boys, Uzzah and Ahio, guided the…

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You Need a Guide

The black-clad Bedouin, standing in front of her trailside tea shop, was annoyingly insistent: “You need a guide! You need a guide! You need a guide!” She must have repeated herself at least a dozen times. The three of us kept on replying, “La shukran! (no thank-you) We don’t need a guide!” The trail up…

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From Saul to Paul

“Saul, also known as Paul…” (Acts 13:9) This verse marks the point in which the apostles name change becomes permanent. Formerly, he was ‘Saul.’ But for the rest of his life (and ever since), he would be known as… ‘Paul.’  ‘Saul’ means ‘sought after.’ ‘Paul’ means ‘little.’ The change of name matters. It’s descriptive of…

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Loved. Loosed. Appointed.

“Now to the one who constantly loves us and has loosed us from our sins by his own blood, and to the one who has appointed us as a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and domination throughout the eternity of eternities! Amen!” – Revelation 1:6TPT In Christ…  I…

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Nobody Wants to Work with a Victim!

As ministry leaders, it’s easy to fall into a victim mindset. Far too many pastors and ministry executives project fear, frustration, and scarcity to the people that work with them. “The Elders don’t get it!”“Millennials are entitled.”“People don’t give.”“No one’s coming back after COVID.”“Churches don’t care about missions.” Enough of the negativity! The sky isn’t…

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Steve’s Top 10 Big Leadership Learnings

Who you are is who you are ‘in Christ.’ The most important thing about you is that you are in Christ and Christ is in you.  As a leader, it’s’ tempting to put your sense of identity and worth in what you do for God or in how well you do it. Big mistake. You…

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Five Final Instructions

For the Church Family I’ve Come to Love Serving as the Interim Lead Pastor of CHBC has been a joy and privilege! Over the last nine months, my heart became deeply attached to this wonderful community of believers. It’s been tremendously rewarding to help prepare the church family for a new leader. In two weeks,…

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10 Things to Know about Pastors

Being a pastor is a high calling and an awesome privilege. It’s a tremendous blessing to spend hours studying and preaching the Word. It’s fulfilling to share in life’s most cherished moments with the families and individuals entrusted to our care. It’s rewarding to see broken lives and relationships restored, and it’s fun building teams…

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The Top 10 Perils of Pastoring

It’s a wonderful privilege to be a pastor. It’s fulfilling to craft and deliver messages. It’s fun to build teams and reach goals. It’s rewarding to share in life’s most meaningful moments with the parishioners that the Lord has placed in our care. But as life-giving as ministry can be… it’s also fraught with peril.…

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Wrapped Up in Christ

I can’t get enough of what it means to be in Christ… Been reflecting this morning on the promises from Ephesians 1:1-14. Because we are wrapped up in Christ… Because He has joined us to Himself… Because of our union with Jesus, the Anointed One… We’ve been made holy; seen through His eyes with an…

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