“I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to…

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Today, I pondered the brilliance of board games. When I was young I played them for fun; in my teens it was to win; and now I play to learn. What’s amazing about board games is that players make choices and can experience the results of those choices in a fast-paced play environment. When I…

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In the iconic film “Glengarry Glen Ross,” we all learned that “Coffee” is for closers. We learned the ABC’s of selling–Always Be Closing–and quite a few not-so-nice four letter words. Many sales people and their sales managers fancy themselves as great ‘closers’ and take great pride in being labeled as a good “closer”. If they…

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I have been watching It’s a Wonderful Life annually since 1985: first, with a bunch of guys in the foyer of my college fraternity, and now with my wife and four children. We turn off all the lights except for the Christmas tree, snack on popcorn, and make peppermint ice cream sundaes. The film never…

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On the grand stage of American politics, as we are introduced to all candidates running for president, each one of us, in the very first minutes, are asking ourselves that first discerning question, “Why are they running for president?” If they don’t tell us, we deduct the answer from our own observations. If they do…

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When do you most experience God being “near you”? Numbers 16 gives a powerful and unusual understanding of God’s “nearness”. Korah, along with 250 community leaders, came against Moses’ leadership. They were not content with the role God had given them… and even wanted the priesthood of Aaron. Four times in the text… God’s “nearness”…

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