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Ken

What is Your Next Step

By Leadership
Approaching one's 50th birthday can lead a person to thinking crazy thoughts. One crazy thought that popped in my head - and decided to stay there - was the idea of running a 10k during my 50th year. That thought turned into a goal, which led to buying a new pair of running shoes (Hoka's!), and researching training programs. Having found one that seemed reasonable, my wife and I recently began a training program designed to take you from the couch to running a 10k ... in only ten weeks. It's based on interval training: run for one minute, walk for a minute, repeat ten times. Each week it gradually increases the duration and number of intervals. While we weren't exactly couch potatoes, we weren't really runners either. In fact, I often joke with audiences that if you see me running, do me a favor and call the police. After...
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Generosity is not About Your Wallet

By Church, Leadership
Contrary to popular opinion, generosity is not about your finances or how much you give, or even how you give. If popular opinion decided to award Will Ferrell an Emmy for Anchorman, I might agree with popular opinion. But when it comes to generosity, popular opinion is often wrong. Unfortunately, this faulty reasoning often leads to inaction. Sometimes we use the excuse that because we cannot give a lot (meaning the amount of money) we’re not going to give at all. This is because another popular opinion in our cultures says, bigger is better. Here's the reality: Bigger giving is not better. Better giving is better. Generosity is more about your heart than it will ever be about your wallet. Some of the most generous people I know give out of relative poverty. I know very busy people who find time to volunteer and serve. It's not the amount but...
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Jesus, Augustine, and Oprah

By Church, Leadership
I believe most people want to be generous and live in a way that blesses others. They want to invest their God-given time, talent, and treasures in people and places that make a difference. It's often not a lack of desire that keeps people from living generous lives. It's fear. The fear of not having enough left for yourself or family, the fear of losing what you do have, the fear of not having enough time, the fear of not being good enough or smart enough or talented enough. These fears keep them from doing the things they can do. When you think about generosity, are your thoughts based in fear? What is the best antidote to fear? While courage is certainly helpful, it's not courage alone. It's not simply more education, though a better informed person is better equipped to analyze risks. It's also not recklessness - that's just...
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The Power of What If

By Leadership
As I've thought about the people who have inspired me the most, they are the ones who ask "What if ...?" instead of "Why me?" This simple shift in focus opens the door to potential opportunities. What if I walked at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week? What if I read one book a week for an entire year? What if I changed to a healthier diet? What if I made better financial decisions? What if I chose to be nice to that grumpy neighbor? What if I made a career change? What if I stopped smoking? What if I down-sized my living space and living expenses? What if I gave more money to charity? What if I had more time for rest and relaxation? What if ... What would you add to the list? Start the Conversation Short Term Pastoral Opportunity Your Name Your Email Address...
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From Burden to Benefit

By Leadership, Preaching
Having recently turned 50, I've set a goal of running at least one 10k during my 50th year - which ends on November 6, 2020. Although I'm in generally good health (or at least I think so), my wife and I followed wise advice and found a training program that progresses from not running at all to finishing a 10k. Following additional wise counsel, we each purchased a good pair of running shoes. So far, so good. But having a training program and a pair of running shoes does not make you a runner. Running makes you a runner. Although I was excited to start training for a 10k, I'll also admit to not enjoying the first few training sessions. My knees would agree - they didn't find it too enjoyable either. But after a few weeks of sticking with it, something interesting happened: I found myself looking forward to...
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