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The Most Important Quality Of A Spiritual Leader

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I know enough about leadership to know that I don’t know that much about leadership.  I have led groups, worked through various projects, taught large numbers of staff, and done my best to motivate volunteers.  But leadership begins much before all of this.

One aspect I’ve been dwelling on for years now has little to do with the day-to-day aspects of leadership.  It is more about the foundation of leadership.  It is the reason for the name of this website. Continue Reading…

Parenting Questions With Dr. Tim Kimmel

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to hit the “easy” button for hard parenting questions? Better yet, if we could call in a parenting “coach” that would step in right in the middle of the current crises in our homes. Sorry, I don’t have access to either one of those. Continue Reading…

What To Do When You’re Stuck

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Life is full of transitions.  Sometimes they are easy to walk into, and at other times, they seem quite difficult.  One of the worst feelings in life comes when you feel out of control.  Or worse yet, when you feel downright stuck. Continue Reading…

Friday Finds 10/21/2011

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Every so often, I like to pass on some new things I have come across.  Here are my latest.  Enjoy. Continue Reading…

How To Read A Book In An Hour

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Reading just about kills some people.  Obviously, I don’t mean a physical death.  What I mean is that it overwhelms them.  It isn’t the casual reader that feels this tension.  It is all of us that have an insatiable appetite to learn. Continue Reading…

How Do Leaders Read So Much?

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Leaders read.  They don’t just read a little here or there, either.  People who want to lead others into a mission far greater than themselves realize their need to grow.  The problem is most people want to learn and grow, but they aren’t willing to do what it takes to get there.

In one of the last books I read  on President George W Bush, it made a point about how many books he read each year.  Apparently, in his last year in office, President Bush read somewhere around 100 books.  One of his senior advisors, Karl Rove, beat him that year, reading around 125. Continue Reading…

Why Men Are In Trouble

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This is no exaggeration.  Men are a dying breed.  I’ve said it before on this blog, and I’ll say it again.  Men in America are in crisis.  I’ve worked with college students and young families for years.  I’ve walked many men through the question, “Are you a Godly man?”  Their answers are quite similar.  They don’t know. Continue Reading…

What Is Discipline, And Do You Have It?

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I love being busy.  I mean, I don’t love it, but I sure act like I do.  I bet you do too.  We fill our days with frenetic activity, and over-commit our weeks in an effort to be productive – err – important.

We understand what it means to live beyond our means, in every sense of the word.  So often we end up in that place where we are just spent, but don’t know how to stop. Continue Reading…

How Do You Develop Future Leaders?

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Today’s emphasis is leading, not following.  After all, it is much more “sexy” to discuss how to lead people better, as opposed to discussing how to become a better follower.  I don’t think they can be separated, though.  Becoming an better follower will only increase your effectiveness as a leader. Continue Reading…

Fostering: The Story Of Rescue

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Iremember when we first got her.  She smelled like smoke.  She was tired, dirty, and maybe even in a somewhat altered state of mind because of her environment from which she came.  It was just after midnight, and our first foster daughter had arrived.

The issue I had with fostering for so long was the idea of letting our hearts bond with a little child, and then sending them on their way.  I was sure we’d be hurt in the process.  I could see my wife going into some kind of funk that would last for days.  Or worse yet, our kids would be damaged beyond repair.  That was a little over a year ago now. Continue Reading…

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