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Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL

  Photo from Courtesy Company       There was a point in my life where I would daydream about being part of the Navy SEALs or even part of the Delta Force. There was always something about war movies or even documentaries on war that fascinated me. I think it was the sense of mission and purpose that drew me in and captured my attention. One of the greatest contexts to learn leadership principles...

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Reflections on Easter 2011

  Photo from Widescreen Wallpapers       Now that the craziness of this past weekend is all over, I had some time to just sit down and reflect on everything that God accomplished. First of all, my heart is filled with thankfulness. The longer I do ministry, the more I am reminded that we are just broken and empty vessels that God, in His Sovereignty desires to use. In the past, I would think...

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Strategy for Planting Churches

  Created by Paul Bulter, an intern at Facebook       Recently, there have been an increasing number of people asking me, “How do we, as a church, decide which city or campus to plant a church in?” I think in light of our 2020 Vision, we are trying to come up with some systematic way of implementing our desire to plant churches around the world. But one thing I have learned over the...

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Another Run for the Bulls

  In the 1980’s, I grew up watching the Chicago Bulls. After being drafted third overall by the Bulls in 1984, Michael Jordan stormed the NBA. The 1990’s was a special era for the Bulls. Not only did they achieve the best single season record in the NBA (72 wins), but they had two 3-peats (6 championships). They were truly a dynasty in the 1990’s. One of the best gifts Christina gave me, as we...

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Review of “Transforming Discipleship”

        I just recently finished reading Greg Ogden’s book, Transforming Discipleship. I was given this book for free to provide a review; therefore, since I enjoy reading and the topic is something that I am passionate about (anything with the word “transform” has my attention [smile]), I decided to write some things about it on my blog. Even though this book was published in 2003, there were still a lot of relevant...

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Same Song but a Different Time

  One of our church members forwarded me a music video of the 25th Anniversary of the song, “We are the World.” The original song was released on March 1985 which was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie; and it was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. In hopes of bringing awareness and also raising funds for the famine in Ethiopia, the song sold over 20 million copies (which was a lot back in...

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Jesus Is…

  Designed by HMCC Publications       All the HMCC churches try to do at least two sermon series together within a year in order to have unity across all the different sites. Several months ago, the global pastors and I spent some time trying to decide on our Easter sermon series. The more we talked, the more we wanted to keep things simple and point everything back to Christ. Therefore, we decided on...

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Asia Update #4 – 3.2011

  As I am concluding my trip to Indonesia, there are a flurry of thoughts running through my mind. I was in Karawaci for only a day and a half and in Yogjakarta for another 1.5 days. Though my trip out to Indonesia was very short, I was able to see many things that reaffirmed everything that God was doing in this part of the world. It is always a blessing to see Pastor Andrew...

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Asia Update #3 – 3.2011

    Right now, it is hard to describe everything that I am feeling and to put it in words. All I know is that my trip to Singapore this time around has been probably one of the best trips for me in the last 4-5 years. There was something about this trip that was different from all the other trips out to Singapore. Therefore, I spent some time reflecting on my plane trip from...

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Asia Update #2 – 3.2011

  I just finished off my time in Hong Kong and I am now in Singapore. As I have been reflecting on the last several days here in Asia, my heart is just overwhelmed with thankfulness. Not only do I have the privilege of seeing first-hand all that God is doing in this region, but I am able to connect (and reconnect) with people that God has Sovereignly brought into my life. The more I...

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Asia Update #1 – 3.2011

  I arrived in Hong Kong safely on late Tuesday night. Even though it was late, I had dinner with an HMCC alum and I had the opportunity to meet someone who is making a difference for Christ in the music industry. They are the real deal. There is definitely a shift that is happening with more people coming to Christ in various spheres that we would have never imagined. I’m excited to meet up...

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Marks of Spiritual Health

  Photo on garagefly.com       Recently, I had to get my car fixed. In fact, I probably should have fixed it awhile ago because it was making a lot of noise. But you know how it goes – I didn’t have the time and I didn’t have the necessary funds. When I finally brought my car in to the service center, I was hit with an enormous repair bill. At first, I thought...

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Five Lessons from the Fab Five

  Photo by nytimes.com       On Sunday night, ESPN did a special on the 1991-1993 University of Michigan basketball team known as the Fab Five. The team was made up of five starting freshmen, who were all top 100 high school prospects (4 of them were in the top 10). They stormed on the NCAA scene by their signature long shorts, black shoes, black socks, and their swagger. They were the only team...

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Jesus Loves the Church

  Photo on unicef.org       Whenever I have an opportunity to talk about the Church, Christ’s Bride, I always get very passionate. Even with all its flaws and weaknesses, I still believe the Church is the only organization that can really transform the world. It was God’s plan from the beginning that through the church, His eternal purposes in Christ would be accomplished (Eph 3:10-11). This is why I was so excited when...

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