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Leadership Culture

  Photo by Associated Press       In the sports world you can learn a lot about leadership. In particular, when you look at the top leadership of a team, you get a window into the culture that is being built. I don’t know if you have noticed, but in many winning sports programs, after a successful season, many of the assistant coaches and coordinators are all courted by other teams to be their...

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What We Were NOT Created To Do

  Photo from alaska-in-pictures.com       Have you ever thought about how certain things in life are created to do something? A lot of times we look at it from just one angle – the functionality of things. Therefore, we would say, “a fish in water is created to swim or an eagle in the air is created to fly.” But what if we looked at it from the inverse angle? A fish in...

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Thanksgiving 2010 Reflections

  Photo from canvasreplicas.com       As today is officially Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to take this time to write about how truly thankful I am for so many things. I have been sharing with people that there is a strong connection between a person’s level of gratitude and their lives being filled with faith and trust. It is difficult to exhibit faith and trust in God when we have a complaining or whining...

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Two Important Days for Men

  Photo by annegeddes.com       This past weekend there were two significant observances. On November 19th, it was the International Men’s Day and then on November 20th it was the National Adoption Day. For some reason, I just found the two back-to-back commemorative days a bit interesting. The International Men’s day was created to address some of the issues men faced worldwide, as well as to acknowledge some of the positive contributions they...

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Advancing Together with the 2020 Vision

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publication Team       It has been about a month since we shared the 2020 Vision with all the HMCC churches. Once again, this is an endeavor that will require a tremendous amount of faith and prayer. Throughout history, whenever great things were accomplished, there were several traits consistently present: 1) Revelation from God. Whenever there is a God-size vision, it has to come from God and His Word. If...

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Relationship Reality Series

  Photo by HMCC-AA Publications Team       Usually we have a relationship series for the college students, right around February when the topic of love and relationships are in the air. For this year, we have decided to do it earlier. If there is one issue that has caused the most heartaches and headaches for people, it will have to be on the topic of opposite-sex relationships. We live in a culture where...

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Responsibility as a Citizen

  Photo on ramapo.edu       Today is Election Tuesday. Christina and I went into the polling place this morning to place our votes. Then, I spent some time reflecting on the significance of my privilege to vote as a U.S. citizen. It is hard to believe that I became a citizen of the United States when I was about 20 years old. Back then I had no idea of the importance or the...

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Chile 10.2010 Update #3

  I find myself constantly re-learning the important lessons of faith and obedience. In fact, they are both related to one another. You cannot have one without the other. As I take this time to reflect on my short four day trip to Chile, I realize how much of my life and where we are as a church are related to faith and obedience. As I think about how God even opened this door for...

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Would You Respond Like This?

  Photo by oprah.com       As a psychology and sociology major in college, I studied a lot on human behavior, not only on an individual basis but also on a societal level. It is interesting to note that many of our behaviors are shaped by the things surrounding us, whether it is for the good or the bad. One fascinating aspect of human behavior is our ability to express varying emotions in different...

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Post-Retreat Reminders

  Photo on buckleyplanet.typepad.com       One of the things that I notice from all my retreat attendance over the years, both as a participant as well as a speaker, is that what happens after the retreat is just as important (if not more important) as to what went on during the retreat. There are many people who get jaded or cynical about retreats because after the retreat “high” they go back to their...

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Students Leading the Charge

  Photo by Michigan Daily       Fifty years ago, at 2AM on October 14th 1960 at the steps of the University of Michigan Union, John F. Kennedy gave a speech inspiring students to give up two years of their lives to help people in developing countries. From that moment on, the Peace Corps was started to mobilize volunteers to address various global issues in countries around the world. Today is the 50th anniversary...

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Kairos Moments in Chile

  Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile       It was early February 2010, during one of my times in prayer, when God placed the nation of Chile in my heart. At first it was a passing thought, but then I couldn’t get the impression out of my mind. I felt this tremendous burden for Chile. Therefore, I ended up praying for Chile – the people, the nation, and the churches in Chile. Then,...

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2010 Undergrad Retreat

        We have been blown away and humbled at what God is doing with the college students in our church and around the world. Not only has this year’s freshmen been the largest we have had in HMCC-AA’s 14 year history, but we see a new generation of students who are passionate and hungry for God. It is in these moments, I am reminded how important the mission is to reach out...

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Vision Sunday 10.10.10

  Photo from cantronicsglobal.com       One of my favorite quotes comes from the French writer and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He wrote, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” This quote is a poignant reminder of the power of vision and passion in a person’s life....

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