“We Can Do That”

I asked a simple question, but I got a profound response. I’m out of town, but I wanted to Facetime with my creative team to go over the message for this weekend. My friend, Mike, texted back “we can do that.” I looked at those four words and realized those are just about my all-time…

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A Sobering Observation

Read the Gospels carefully and you’ll see that Jesus’ most contentious relationships were with the religious leaders of his day. For those of us who believe that Jesus was God incarnate, that leads to a sobering observation: those who claimed to know God best turned out to be the worst at seeing Him in their…

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The Venn Diagram of Leadership

I think every leader feels the same tension. On the one hand, there’s the things we want to be doing for the organization. Thinking about the horizons, anticipating new obstacles, planning for new opportunities. On the other hand, there’s the things we need to be doing for the organization. Offering encouragement. Developing new leaders. Having tough…

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The Opportunity Equation

It’s a pretty simple formula:  humility + ability = opportunity. If you don’t have the ability, there are simply some opportunities you’re not going to be offered. Maybe you need to work harder or maybe you need to come to grips with what you’re wired for.  But if you’re not an effective leader of 5…

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Facing the Future

Our church just celebrated its 75th anniversary. That’s a big deal to me, but maybe not for the reasons you suspect. What I love about my church (Mission Hills) is that we see all of God’s past faithfulness as a reminder of His future faithfulness. We see the past as a foundation for the future.…

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Troublesome Truth

Manuscript from this past week’s message from James 5:1-6 at Mission Hills Church: The Case for Condemnation Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify…

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Pursuit & Pity

 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (James 2:5) I suspect that James wrote these words while thinking of what he’d seen of God in his…

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