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Where Will Flattery Get You?

Have you ever complimented someone, but gave the compliment for your benefit instead of theirs? If the answer is yes, and for most it is, then you have flattered someone. By definition, flattery is insincere praise intended to get you something you want. Mostly, it is a compliment given not for the benefit of the receiver, but for the selfish gain of the giver. So, where will flattery get you in the long run? And what is the alternative to flattery?

Win the Morning; Win the Day: Preparing to Lead Every Day!

Leaders lead. This is a true statement about leadership that transcends time, place, and position. Leaders will lead in every situation, whether they know it or not. Through their actions, their words, their facial expressions, and even their body language, they are consciously and unconsciously showing everyone around them how they should follow. But, how can you tell if you’re a leader? And how can you lead well every day?

Trust the Process

There are times when God puts things in our hearts (dreams, aspirations, goals) and He gives them to us right away. There are other times (this seems to be the majority) when God puts things in our hearts and then makes us wait. Often, we can wonder what God is doing. We can begin to ask, “Did I really hear from God?” Or perhaps the biggest question, “God, what is taking you so long?” I have found that during that time of waiting, God is preparing us for the promise. During our waiting, He is teaching us things. He is growing our character, our faith, and our ability to do what we feel called to do. God is taking us through a process. The question is, “Will you trust the process?”

You Can Know Jesus

I want you to know, long before this day, I have been praying for the moment when you would be reading these words. I truly believe, that what you are about to read is the most valuable and important message you could ever hear. And, no matter where you are, reading these words in your car, at work, at school, at the park, alone or surrounded by activity–if you listen, you will hear these words being whispered to your soul. “Precious Daughter, I am the answer for all you have been longing for… I am absolutely everything you need!”

Does God Want Me to Be Happy?

Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I loved life as much as that person? Why is it that some people can smile at the future even when it seems uncertain? What causes someone to see purpose in the mundane tasks of life? What enables a person to laugh even though they might be walking through a challenging season? Most people, if they were honest, would say that one of their greatest desire is to have joy. But, unfortunately, many people find this goal much more difficult to achieve than they imagined. Read this blog to find out how you can have joy.

How to Start an Online Church Campus

The internet is allowing the local church to expand beyond the physical walls of a building to a global audience of billions of people. By creating a strong digital presence, not only will your church have the ability to create and grow an online community, it will also help your church grow its local congregation. Trends are indicating that over 70% of people will search the internet for an organization before visiting. This gives churches an opportunity to engage potential new visitors before they even step foot on the campus; letting visitors know what to expect, the church’s core values, service times, available resources, and introducing the lead pastor. That is huge! The Church is literally able to engage people in their homes, at their workplaces, in their cars; pretty much everywhere.

Counteracting A Disconnected Culture

It is critical for us to recognize the importance of living in community and relationship with others. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” As you develop new friendships and build on existing ones, you counter the new norm and bridge the gap of disconnectedness in our culture. You never know who God has waiting in your path to encourage you or be encouraged by you.

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