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Modeling Authenticity

Do I Love Like Jesus Only When it’s Convenient?

When it comes to relating to people, I know what I’m supposed to do and say. I think most of us can agree that we know these things, right? For many of us, this awareness started with our parents teaching us to say only nice things and treat people with kindness. That lesson was reinforced at…

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Don’t Listen to critics, doing what has to be done

Allow me continue the lessons of Noah’s Ark with the theme “All I really need to know I learned from Noah’s Ark.” Today’s lesson is simply this… Don’t listen to Critics. Do what has to be done. The story of Noah includes a hundred years of daily criticism from people who didn’t know what they…

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Forgiveness – Can we be too quick to forgive?

I have had the “honor” of walking with many women in the long days and months after betrayal has been discovered in their marriages. As I work through the healing process with them, I have to bring up the word forgiveness because it’s part of the process. More often than not, I watch these women…

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Build on High Ground

There is another great principle I’ve learned from the story of Noah’s Ark. It sort of states the obvious, are you ready: Build on High Ground. While this might seem pretty obvious, there is great truth in this principle. In looking more closely, I believe this is actually two smaller truths: 1) When you have a…

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Showing Kindness: Pursuing Love Not Things

Pursuing Love As Americans, we are told that we have the right to pursue happiness. The Declaration of Independence states that man has three unalienable rights: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is a fact that Americans are constantly in the pursuit of happiness. As a nation, we think that money, good looks, things, a secure…

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3 Ways to Help Us Love Like Jesus

You know how CEOs and Boards of Directors make vision statements for their corporations or businesses? They do so to maximize effectiveness and create higher profitability within their company. What if we, as believers, followed that lead and made vision statements for our walk with Christ to help us love like Jesus, specifically how we interact…

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Winning, Losing, and Spilled Milk – How We Respond to Mistakes

I’m not sure where it was originally said, but people generally don’t disagree with the following statement: “Errors, miscalculations, and blunders are the “unforgivable sin” in today’s society.” You’ve grown up with it and your kids live it in our world today. Failure is not an option. I think it was Vince Lombardi who said…

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Personal Responsibility- Taking the Blame When it’s Mine to Take

Personal Responsibility According to the 21st century bastion of knowledge, Wikipedia, the expression “passing the buck” is said to have originated from poker, in which a marker was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the…

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What Joey Feek taught me about loving others

Few people are able to make such a sizable impact and touch lives in both the secular world as well as the faith-based community, but one woman was successful in doing just that, the late country music singer and song writer, Joey Feek. Prior to the past few weeks, when her touching story became headline…

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The Six Proven Happiness Boosters

We have combed through all the scientific studies we could find on happiness to lift out the best of what we know works to make and maintain happiness in marriage. And we’ve settled on a half dozen happiness boosters that are sure to move the needle in your relationship. These are the six dials we…

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Making Happy Together (part 2)

Easy as Pie? Ever heard of a happiness set point? It has to do with our genes. Researchers have found that 50 percent of our happiness is determined by our biology. Turns out that some brains are happier than others. We sometimes call it temperament. And we’re more or less stuck with it. If our…

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Making Happy Together (part 1)

It was a beautiful day in Chicago.  On June 30, 1984 our closest friends flanked the concrete steps of our church and tossed rice in the air as we made our way to the waiting car adorned with nothing less than the obligatory “Just Married” sign hanging off the back.  We could not have been…

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Transformational vs Transactional Culture

Most of our culture is built around the idea of transaction: “I will do this for you if you do this for me.” The focus of our transactional culture is self. It is rooted in the deep belief that happiness is achieved in focusing on self-good. In contrast, the focus of the “abundant life” Jesus…

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Learning to be a Good Listener

Listen and Understand – Often the most loving thing to do is simply listen. Deep down, people desperately want to be understood, to know someone cares enough to pay attention. I lived for several years in Los Angeles, in an area where there are around 100,000 homeless people. I used to go for a walk…

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The Secret Life – How secrets affect relationships

The Secret Life When I was in college, I was in a fraternity. For the most part, it was an amazing experience. Lots of fun. Great friends. A brotherhood with a common bond. We even accomplished several community and campus projects. One of the bonds holding the fraternity together was the initiation into membership. I’m…

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