September 2011

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Let the Word speak for itself

      Joe’s prayer before he began speaking last Sunday night at our church was to “Let the Word speak for itself.”   What a great request and realization—to believe that the Word stands on its own and humbly ask that he simply speak ...


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Packing Right

    Eugene and Minhee Cho and their three young children are an “average, middle class” family in Seattle.   But seeing the impoverished places in Burma, South East Asia, Africa and Central America with their own eyes wrecked them. It wasn’t just the overwhelming ...


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Preserving the Ambiguity

    Eugene Peterson is one of my favorite writers. He has been a poet, professor and spiritual director. Perhaps his biggest influence on my life and faith journey is his paraphrase of scripture, The Message, which makes the Word come alive in earthy, muscular ...


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Sharing a Belly Laugh

    “Would this would be a good time to discuss the safety features?”   So asked our salesperson who was pinned in the back seat of the car Josh and I were test-driving a few nights ago.   We had gone out to look ...


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Auguring In

        It was a horrific crash.   The vintage P-51 Mustang hit the Reno tarmac like a missile, injuring scores of air show spectators and killing 74 year old pilot Jimmy Leeward as well as nine others. It appears that something fell ...


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Spending a Week With the Blessed

  I helped facilitate a retirement seminar this week where several hours were devoted to the subjects of deferred compensation (putting off income to the future because participants don’t need it today) and retirement plan withdrawals (how to distribute accumulated retirement savings in the most ...


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A Little More on Trust in Parenting

  Parenting   Trusting your kids is different than trusting your teammates.   Ronald Reagan famously quipped, “Trust—but verify”, referring to U.S – Soviet nuclear relations. The same is true of raising healthy teenagers! Now that may sound to some like it’s not trust at ...


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A Little More on TRUST in Teams

      I often continue to reflect after I post up about various subjects on the blog. Some of this is prompted by your comments. Keep them coming. I’m learning from all of you in this process as well.   In last Friday’s blog ...


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Trust Me in This

    Trust is the very essence of every Fully Engaged relationship.   Teams   For a team to be at its best, there must be a clear “I’ve got your back—no matter what” sense. With great teams, all of the real communication happens in ...


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Get in REAL Close

        Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church says that every major strategic step or decision he has made was inspired and encouraged by someone three feet away from him and not in a crowd of a thousand people.   ...


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