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The Christmas Focus

(Santa is No Substitute) I am not one of those people who are opposed to Santa Claus, the Christmas tree or the yuletide spirit. Personally, I think that it can be a wonderful thing when families and friends enjoy the American and European traditions of Christmas at...

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Living in Fast Forward

If I have any regrets related to the years in which my wife and I were raising our four children, the biggest would be that I was not paying attention. Melinda has asked me several times in the past couple of years if I remember one incident or another in the lives of...

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The Dangers of Missing Out

If there is something which is almost guaranteed to horrify people in contemporary society, it might be the fear of missing out on some significant life-experience.  The thought of going through one’s years without something which many others enjoy is a highly...

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A Brief Summary of the Middle Ages

    Europe from Rome to the Renaissance The Middle Ages are also sometimes called the Medieval Period of Western Civilization from medium (middle) + aevum (age). The Medieval Period extended from the late 400s to the late 1300s CE (around 900 years). Medieval...

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Believe Your Way Into the Future

How Convictions Affect Your Life-Outcomes Click edit above to add content to this empty capsule. Even though it has been many years since my high school graduation, I still remember certain things very clearly. I can recall how I felt: excited about the future, yet...

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A Brief Summary of Ancient Montanism

Montanism was considered a heretical movement by the early church.  Founded by the self-proclaimed prophet, Montanus, in the Second Century AD, it began as a ministry within the Christian Church in the region of Phrygia in modern Turkey.   Montanism then spread...

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Helpful Questions to Facilitate Church Change

Recently, the church where I serve as associate pastor went through a process of evaluation.  As I participated in the process, it reminded me of several times I did this sort of thing in my solo pastorate in years gone by.  So after some reflection, I have come up...

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Recipe for Recruitment

(Written by Ken Johnson) I once received the compliment, “You are the best recruiter we have ever had.”  I honestly was pretty surprised about that statement.  I didn’t believe I did anything particularly revolutionary…or do I?  As I thought about it, perhaps I do...

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