Messaging the Kingdom

Jesus’ first sermon (Mark 1:15) had three points:  The time is fulfilled The Kingdom is near Repent and believe  Jesus was obsessed with the Kingdom. He talked about it more than anything else. He told his followers, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for that is why I was…

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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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Praising God in Advance Restores Your Faith and Brings Peace

I remember that night so well. Swatting unwelcome mosquitoes, I knelt and prayed in the African hospital next to my 18-month-old daughter’s crib. Bethany was sick, very sick. The doctors at the hospital felt baffled and unsure of what to do next. I felt panicked and uncertain that prayer would help. Steve felt anxious and…

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Not a Likable Guy

He was not a very likable guy. He’d been lame for 38 years, but when Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed, the lame man didn’t say “Yes, please!” or even “Can you help me?” Instead, he griped about not having any friends to put him in the pool when the angel stirred…

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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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Listen before You Lead

Mother Teresa has always intrigued me because of her godly servant leadership. She was a tiny but powerful woman who didn’t use manipulation, money, or magnetism to influence people. Instead, Mother Teresa was known as a humble listener. You would think that would have hurt her leadership. I mean – to influence people, don’t you…

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Reconstruct Your Faith… Don’t Deconstruct Your Faith

One of my daughters asked me if I had seen posts on social media about people “deconstructing” their faith. She’s very concerned. So am I. In case you’re unfamiliar, it is a big thing right now for those who have been hurt by the church to post on social media that they’re “deconstructing their faith.”…

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The Prayer of Surrender

I was listening to a couple of my grandchildren as a heated argument broke out. One of the mama’s instructed, “You need to say you’re sorry and will you forgive me!” What followed was fits of tears and the honest raw confession, “I don’t like to say I’m sorry! I don’t want to!” Ah, surrender…

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4 Seeds to Be Sown in the Secret Place

Recently, I’ve been reading about the life of Elizabeth Elliot. In case you’re unfamiliar with her story, she and her husband Jim went into the jungles of Ecuador to reach an unreached violent people group with the gospel. Her husband Jim was killed – speared to death by the Waodani Indians. After a time of…

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Character Matters

America is in a crisis of leadership. Everyone knows it. No one knows what to do about it.  Our nation desperately needs good and sound leaders. As the wise man once said: ‘Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.’ (Proverbs 20:28 MSG) Admittedly, it’s hard to be a good and…

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