In just a few weeks Heartland District (HD) leaders will gather for our 2018 Fall Conference. Our theme is EMPOWERED!! In the Gospel of John, Jesus is seen as an empowering leader as He calls His disciples to His mission. John 20:19-23 (NASB) says, So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the…

“We’re all underperforming.” These words, spoken by a mentor of mine during a recent lunch meeting, were a little hard to swallow. Hours seemed to pass in what was actually only seconds when the truth of his statement settled in. He’s right. We’re all underperforming. He didn’t intend for his words to be a stinging…

Have you ever heard the slogan “Camp Matters”? It’s been rolling off the tongue of every NextGen leader for about 10 years now. We’ve read about it.  We’ve seen promo videos about it. It has popped up on Instagram, and Facebook and maybe even Snapchat. I have always loved camp. Camp is the place where…

I am obsessed with the song “So Will I (100 billion X)” by Hillsong UNITED. You can listen here. For me, it is the entire bible in a song. This one stanza keeps playing in my mind: “God of Salvation, You chased down my heart through all my failure and pride; On a hill you…

I realize that so much has been said, books published, teachings aired on the subject of “Finishing Well”, that I hesitated to go down this road again. But as much as I tried, I could not let it go. I’m sure that most of what you read here will be a repeat of what you…

There is a story found in Numbers 22-23 containing 2 men, King Balak and the Prophet Balaam, the Angel of the Lord, and a talking donkey.  That’s right, a donkey. One of the reasons I enjoy this story is because it’s told from the point of view of the “other team.”  The narrative switches from…

What comes to mind with CHAOS, mass hysteria–what next?! Does it ever feel like sometimes you get a couple steps ahead, and then “BANG!” life happens and you fall three steps behind? I’ve recently felt like that, and have been struggling with an overwhelming sense of defeat. I try to get out of it, wake…

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr. I am always worried about taking the “next steps” in my life. I can get so focused on my “future steps” that, sometimes I can easily miss my “now step.” I wonder how many times I have…

Brothers and Sisters, “who are you influencing presently and are you moving people towards the Lord, or away from the Lord?” Another question that is closely related to this is, “who are you influencing towards the Body of Christ?” Both questions are important in thinking about the matter of influence. Remember being Salt and Light…

  You know, when your flesh has won the wrestling match over your spirit and so you act out in a very carnal way. Throw a temper tantrum, speak out with an attitude, or like Jonah – run in the opposite direction God was telling him to go. Jonah 1.1-4, God says go to Nineveh,…

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