When Your Values Are Clear, Your Choices Are Easy

“When your values are clear, your choices are easy.” – Thad Allen When our values are really clear, the choices become more limited. A simple example might be our value to be honest. Because we value honesty, we don’t make … Continued

Simplicity Is Not Easy, But It Creates High Impact Churches

No organization or ministry drifts toward simplicity. Complexity is a byproduct of structure and systems. The more you do, the more you must fight to keep things simple. Now is a great time to get to the root of simplicity … Continued

Attitude Is Powerful Climate Control

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Our minds are powerful. One of God’s greatest gifts in creation was the power to think. You may not know it by the way others (or even ourselves) act at times, but our brains and minds control our attitude. Attitude … Continued

People Love “Because”

Tons of people were there because the weather was nice. We had great success because the team worked so hard. We met each other partly because she decided on the smaller of two schools. Because provides the answer when our … Continued

A Life Practice I Want To Develop

Patience is one of the many things wisdom provides for us in life. It’s been said we judge others by their actions and we judge ourselves by our intentions. When we act irrationally or emotionally, our minds justify our behavior, … Continued

Foreign Language

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A dog was so clever that his owner sent him to college. Home for vacation, the dog admitted he had learned neither history nor science, but added proudly, “I did make a good start in foreign languages.” “Okay,” replied the … Continued

What Time Is It?

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The cable repairman was on my street and asked me what time it was.  I told him it was between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  

Six Ways Vacations Shape Us

Time off is invaluable. Sabbath time is a weekly rhythm you shouldn’t negotiate. Here’s a great sermon that talks more about the Sabbath. Beyond Sabbath, we need extended vacation from work. Whether you take a huge trip or just spend … Continued

What Really Keeps Students Involved

I have often asked student ministry leaders to think of someone who had an impact on their lives while they were in high school. If they have two or three names, I ask them to narrow it down to just … Continued

Quotes For Kids & Students

When I was younger, I heard the Mark Twain quote: “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” It stuck with me. It was inspiring. I don’t … Continued