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Practicing Rest

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One of the key points in Grow Like Jesus is that rest is a critical piece of our walk with God. Jesus rested. So we should rest. What’s that look like? Well, this week, it looks like me somewhere on a beach. So this week’s blog is the attached photo. It’s from a vacation we took last year, but it symbolizes the rest I hope I’m getting while you read this. I hope you’re getting…

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Are You Equipped for Discipleship?

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Do you have an equipment issue? A friend and I once co-created a phrase that I’ve always found to hold true when facing a challenge: “It’s an equipment issue. And if you have the right equipment, you won’t have an issue.” The thought came to us during a hot summer camping trip. We were sitting in our beat-up lawn chairs outside our hand-me-down tents, when we noticed an impressive camper pulling into a nearby site….

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3 Phases of Spiritual Growth

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One of the great paradoxical realities of life is that we’re continually growing while we’re continually dying – physically and spiritually. Our bones and muscles might stop growing during our teen years, but our cartilage never stops – which is why I’ll someday need a box truck to haul around my ears. Spiritually, we die to our sins every day, while longing for spurts of growth that bring us closer to God. Our spiritual growth…

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The Growth Benefits of Fasting

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Some followers of Jesus like to start the New Year with an intentional time of prayer and fasting, a practice that I’ve found helps me grow like Jesus. The church my wife and I attend (Cross Church in Fayetteville, Ark.) is among those that promotes this spiritual discipline. We’re blessed to have leaders who value the things Jesus values and who challenge us to live like Jesus. And it’s encouraging to know we’re going on…

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16 Lessons Learned in 2016

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I guess this is further evidence that I’m getting old, but most of the lessons I learned in 2016 were lessons I learned earlier in life. In other words, things haven’t changed that much from my childhood: I need repetition for learning to stand any chance of sinking in. So, with that in mind, here are 16 things I learned (or re-learned) in 2016: The only time I ever hear from God is when I listen….

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Searching for Wisdom in Seas of Trouble

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Where are you getting your wisdom? We live in an age of abundant information, but not-so-abundant truth. So it’s more important than ever to dip deep into the well of knowledge in ways that lead to real wisdom. In Grow Like Jesus, I define wisdom as “knowledge and insight from God that benefits you and others and brings glory to God.” The Apostle James tells us where to find it: “If any of you lacks…

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Why we can’t be too heavenly minded

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I’m fascinated by the power of words to influence people. And I’m particularly interested in those catchy phrases that immediately make you say, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” but that, upon closer inspection, cause you to scream, “No! No! No!” In fact, I have a special category in my quote collection for what I call “deceptively appealing” quotes or phrases. Things like, “There are no stupid questions.” Or, “We learn more from our failures than our successes.”…

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7 Trust Biscuits to Feed the Soul

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My work tends to go through cycles. That’s the life of an entrepreneur, especially an independent contractor. So, for the most part, I don’t worry and I don’t get stressed out by the ebb and flow. For the most part. In reality, my worry/stress levels are just like my business: They run in cycles. Earlier this summer, I wrapped up some projects and my client work slowed a bit. I counted it as a blessing….

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4 Ways to Deal with Modern Goliaths

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Some stories never grow old. No matter how many times I read them, they always teach me something new. And even if I’m learning the same lesson for the second, third, or forth time, it still seems fresh. It seems the older I get, the more I need reminders about the lessons I’ve learned before. Take, for instance, 1 Samuel 17, the chapter in the older testament that tells the familiar story of David and…

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Does Life Have You Baffled?

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A few weeks ago I bought a baffle. At the risk of getting all technical on you, it’s a cone-shaped thingy that goes on the pole that holds our bird feeders. It keeps squirrels from climbing the pole and eating all the bird seed. It leaves the squirrels … you got it … baffled. I no longer see squirrels lounging atop the bird feeders, but there always seems to be plenty of seed on the…

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