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Take Your Stick

  I just returned from 2 weeks in Ethiopia and Kenya. The next several blog entries are observations, learning and Holy Spirit moments from my time there.      At the conclusion of our time in Kenya, Archbishop Obare asked us to stay with them ...


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Go Back to Wearing Leather Helmets

Sunday’s two NFL playoff games provided several ESPN Sports Center-worthy big hits resulting in players getting carted off the field.   The most popular sport in America is becoming its most dangerous as well. Not surprisingly, the TV ratings are surging. The NFL now tops ...


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HOPE ≠ CHANGE

All New Year’s resolutions involve change. Weight (lose some), money (get some), smoking (stop), prayer (start), job (get one), boy friend (lose one), etc…   It’s already half way through the first month of the New Year. If you set any resolutions, how are you ...


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Delighting in Being Found

    It was a glorious evening at The Upper Room Community Sunday night.   Katie preached her first sermon since being licensed as a minister. She has the gift of revealing God’s wisdom through her own life and faith journey in a powerful way. ...


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Get Engaged

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy commented in last Friday’s USA Today that, “There’s no substitute for a full-time dad. Dads who are fully engaged with their kids overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives. And when dads ...


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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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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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Where to Begin

    Channel surfing a few nights ago, I stumbled onto the last ten minutes of the ABC show Combat Hospital. The setting is a trauma hospital set somewhere near the front in one of the Middle East wars. My first impression was that it ...


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Making Up for Lost Time

    In a moment of perfect synchronicity yesterday, these two news stories hit my radar back-to-back:   “Spending your days in front of the television may contribute to a shortened lifespan, a new study suggests. Researchers in Australia found that people who averaged six ...


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Been There. Done That.

    “I was around when they invented flight”, announced the man sitting next to me on my plane trip from Portland yesterday. He wasn’t kidding! Barry is 97 years old and was on his way home from visiting family in Oregon for a week. ...


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