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A Conversation About Mental Health–Including Depression, Anxiety, Suicide

In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I interview Licensed Professional Counselor, Stephen Street about mental health issues–in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the sheltering, social distancing, etc. The Coronavirus pandemic–and all that has come with it–has brought with it an increase in depression, anxiety, fear, and suicidal thoughts. This interview is packed with practical […]

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3 Keys to “Thriveal” During Times of Survival

Yes, I made that word up. 🙂 Every “normal” day we have a choice: Thrive: Grow into more or not…and Shrink into less. But, when days are difficult, and we find ourselves just trying to survive, thriving can feel like an unrealistic aspiration–and a waste of good energy. I mean, why exercise in the basement, […]

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A Conversation with Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station

In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m excited to share a conversation I had with the well-known musician, Ron Block. Ron Block is an American banjo player, guitarist, and singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the bluegrass band Alison Krauss & Union Station. He has won 14 Grammy Awards, 6 International Bluegrass Music […]

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Mom Lied. Words Do Hurt.

You’ve heard it and probably said it:  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”–Mom Of criticism, a leader friend of mine suggests, “Just don’t take ’em on.” Wow, what colors are the flowers in his world? Maybe I’m just a weak leader, but I’ve heard criticisms that have really hurt […]

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How to pray for your Creature…I mean Preacher

My friend Tammy sent me this note recently about a conversation she had with her son on the way to school: It was career day today at Ola Elementary and I was having a conversation with Maddox on the way to school about what he wants to be when he grows up. Suggestions from mom […]

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New Podcast–Leading Through Change

Today our team discussed change and how we deal with it. It was a good discussion. I hope it blesses you as you lead through change. Click Here: Leading Through Change

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Do you have a “yes” in your spirit?

I delivered this message last Sunday. I’m posting it in full because so many have asked me to post about our work with flood relief in our community and this message contains a lot of that information. Plus, I thought this message might be helpful to other preachers leading other congregations through the midst of […]

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Are You Wearing the Official Color of Pastor Appreciation Month?

Just let me start by saying, that I have women who I know who are battling and who have survived breast cancer.  This is breast cancer awareness month, so we’re going to see a lot of pink during the NFL games, on Facebook, and elsewhere. NFL players and personnel are instructed to wear pink to […]

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He Knows Your Name: A Message of Hope for Those in the Midst of a Trial

I delivered this message at Journey Christian Church last Sunday. My message started as a post here (What to Do When You Step in Poop), but grew into an entire message. I’m sharing the entire message here with the hopes that it might be a blessing to you or to someone you know who has […]

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Are you here just for the pound cake?

I love being around other Christians. Last night, after the last family from our small group left our house, I plopped down on the couch and proclaimed, “I love our small group!” I do.  I love having fellowship with those people on Thursday nights and I love having fellowship with the people of Journey on Sundays. What […]

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The Qualities of My Favorite Coffee Shop and Someone’s (Potentially) Favorite Church

I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop for an interview with a local reporter about our church and our church’s love for our community. When the reporter asked where I wanted to meet, without hesitation I said, “The Blue Mug.” It’s my favorite coffee shop. I’m here about six times a week for meetings and […]

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Playing Well With Others

Preachers, do you play well with others? In my experience, we preachers can sometimes be difficult, inflexible, demanding, prideful, territorial, inaccessible, and really hard to play with. Are you hard to play with? Ask yourself… “Do people seem to enjoy working with me?” “Do people seem to enjoy being around me?” “Does my staff show […]

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The Guilty Leader

Andy Stanley shared this list in a message entitled, The Guilty Leader.  I think it’s worth sharing here as well. The guilty leader…. Finds it difficult to trust others because he is untrustworthy.  We tend to reflect on others what is true of us. Micromanages because–since he has a secret–he assumes everyone else does too. […]

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Why Small Groups?

Our small group starts in about 25 minutes and I’m sitting here eagerly anticipating our group members’ arrival and thinking about why small groups are such a blessing…and why–if you’re a Christian–you should run out and join one today. *Getting to really know people. *Getting really known by other people. *Getting to know God better. […]

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