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    Take The High Road… Take The High Road…

    Take The High Road…

Take The High Road…

Has anyone ever told you to take the high road?  This generally happens when we are faced with a trying situation in life.  Perhaps it is a rumor, gossip, difficult person, unfair criticism, or ridicule from others. While taking the high road is good advice it certainly is not easy.  I was recently in a situation where I stood at a fork in the road so to speak.  One direction (the way I wanted to go) would have allowed me to clear things up, set the record straight, and in the process put some other people in their place.  The other was a narrow path to the high road.  I used the old phone a friend option before I made my final choice on the direction I would choose.  After nearly an hour on the phone explaining the situation and my plans, my friend simply said, “take the high road.”  That was not what I wanted to hear, because it was not what I wanted to do, but it was wise and Godly counsel.  Knowing deep down it was the right thing I embarked on that narrow path that is the high road in life.  I have seen this road before, and spent many days up here, but this time I decided to write down a few of my thoughts about the high road.  These are things you can always count on when you choose this path in life.  So here is what I came up with, please feel free to add your own in the comments as well. The high road is a hard road- There is no getting around it choosing to take the high road is difficult but traveling this road particularly […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2 The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

    The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

The Purpose Of The Church Part 2

Last week I posted three things that I believe all churches should be focused on and dedicated to. Over the years I have noticed that almost all churches are full of great people, and lead by very dedicated, and devoted leaders.  However over time it is easy to forget what the purpose of the church actually is.  There are so many good things that churches focus on, that have little or no impact on the Kingdom of God. Why?  Because they are not part of God’s purpose for the church.  The list I am providing here is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and the things mentioned are in no particular order.  I simply feel that churches should carefully consider what their purpose is, and then fulfill that purpose.  If you have other things you feel should be mentioned by all means feel free to make a comment down below.  Here are three more things to think about when it comes to the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to… Propel Missionaries –  Throughout the book of Acts and indeed the New Testament we see God using churches to propel missionaries like Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, and many others throughout the world.  This should still be one of the primary purposes of all churches.  We must remain focused on the task to winning the world to Christ.  God calls people to the mission field and he calls churches to equip, support, pray for, and provide for those missionaries needs.  The missionary on the field is far less effective without the support of the local church. Many churches today have elected to only support missions through cooperative giving through their denomination.  This […]

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    Why Leaders Fail…Part 1 Why Leaders Fail…Part 1

    Why Leaders Fail…Part 1

Why Leaders Fail…Part 1

Failure is a part of life and certainly a part of being a leader.  I don’t know of a single leader that has never been forced to admit failure.  Before I outline some of the most common reasons I believe leaders fail let me cover a few things.  First like all leaders I fail.  In fact some of the things I will discuss in this post come from my own personal experiences with failure.  Second my leadership roles in life have been vast, and diverse.  In high school I was a student leader in many roles, in college I lead Bible studies, student organizations, and mission trips. In my early twenty’s I was a manager for a major retailer for a short time, as well as at another secular institution.  The majority of my leadership roles however have been inside of the Church and economy of God.  Subsequently most of my comments below will relate primarily to those who lead inside the church.  However as you will see many of the things discussed relate to any leader as well.  So why do leaders fail? They fail to listen– Most leaders are generally in positions of authority where people listen to them.  Over the years many leaders become poor listeners.  They get so use to being listened to they forget that it is equally import to listen.  When a leader becomes a poor listener, they are certain to fail. They fail to pray– Many leaders become overwhelmed by the distractions of leadership.  There are endless meetings, obligations, sermons and speeches to prepare, administrative demands, counseling sessions, and the list goes on.  While attempting to accomplish all the necessary tasks many forsake their time of prayer.  When […]

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    The Uncommon Church now on Kindle The Uncommon Church now on Kindle

    The Uncommon Church now on Kindle

The Uncommon Church now on Kindle

The Uncommon Church is now available on Kindle.  The introductory price is only $7.99 but that won’t last so get your copy now.  The publisher plans to raise the price to $8.99 very soon and then $9.99 in about a month.  Download your copy today!  If you have the Amazon Kindle you can also borrow the book from the Amazon library for free.  I have personally never used this service but I do know that The Uncommon Church is available there as well. Read The Uncommon Church, and tell everyone you know about it. I dare you to be uncommon in 2013!  The Living Lamp is available on Kindle as a FREE download right now.  I think it ends tomorrow so get your free copy today! If you would like to buy the paperback version you can visit my amazon page by clicking here.

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    The Uncommon Church Is NOT… The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

    The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

The Uncommon Church Is NOT…

In “The Uncommon Church” we talk a lot about what “The Uncommon Church” looks like, how it functions, makes decisions, and advances the gospel.  The titles of the chapters of the book are below and outline the characteristics of “The Uncommon Church” that are discussed in the book: Chapter 1: Basic Questions Chapter 2: Uncommon Mindset Chapter 3: Uncommon Relationships Chapter 4: Uncommon Prayer Chapter 5: Uncommon Caring Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness Chapter 7: Uncommon Sharing Chapter 8: Uncommon Attitude Chapter 9: Uncommon Giving Chapter 10: Uncommon Commitment Chapter 11: Uncommon Work Chapter 12: Uncommon Discipleship Chapter 13: Uncommon Victory In this post however I want to discuss a few things that The Uncommon Church is not.  There are many misconceptions about what it means to be uncommon and I hope this post will clear some of those up. 1)   “The Uncommon Church” is not always big.  Our culture has become infatuated with numbers and statistics.  The culture of the church has come to believe that big automatically equals success.  We evaluate the success of our programs many times based solely on the number of conversions, or people who attend.  Being uncommon however is not measured in numbers.  There are many small churches that are practicing the Christian faith in a wonderfully uncommon way.  Likewise there are medium and large churches doing the same.  You can’t tell if a church is truly uncommon from the numbers alone, only when you evaluate the people that are represented in those numbers will you find out the degree to which they represent “The Uncommon Church.” 2)   “The Uncommon Church” does not always have the most dynamic, impressive, inspiring, pastor or leader.  Leadership is important for all churches.  However […]

The Uncommon Mindset At Work

 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2 NET I have been so blessed over the years to see many of the Disciples at Cowboy Fellowship display an uncommon mindset when it comes to serving Christ.  I have seen it at work, in schools, on ranches and farms, in restaurants, the grocery store, and on our church campus.  In fact I caught a church member in the act just today!  While I don’t have time to elaborate on all of these living illustrations of the uncommon mindset at work in this blog; instead I thought I might share a few of the common characteristics I have found in believers who consistently have this uncommon mindset. They are in the word- People with this uncommon mindset are readers of the Word.  They are people who know what the Bible says and they follow God’s written directions. They are in fellowship- They are connected to other believers.  These men and women make time to develop relationships with other believers.  They are open to accountability as well. They are in prayer- Disciples with this uncommon mindset are people of prayer. They are in God’s will- These people live right; they don’t play around with sin, or operate in the grey areas of life.  The men and women I have seen over the years who consistently possess the uncommon mindset of Christ do everything possible to stay in tune with God, and remain inside of His will. They are in Church-There is no doubt in my mind that church […]

The Uncommon Church Special Offer

My newest book “The Uncommon Church” will be released to the public in just a few days. Tiffany McKinley and I have been working on this project for over two years now, and we are excited to finally have the finished product ready for store shelves.  I wanted to give those who read my blog a chance to pre-order the book and ensure that you are among the first to receive a copy.  For this week only I am offering a buy 1 get 1 FREE deal for the first 1,000 books sold. The chapter titles are listed below to give you some insight as to the contents of the book.  I will be posting more in-depth blogs in the near future about “The Uncommon Church.”  Use the “Buy Now” button below to take advantage of this limited buy 1 get 1 FREE opportunity.  You can also buy 2 and get 4, or buy 3 and get 6, or buy 10 and get 20… This offer is only valid this week or for the first 1,000 books sold which ever comes first.  You can also click here to visit my website and learn more about this book. Chapter 1: Basic Questions Chapter 2: Uncommon Mindset Chapter 3: Uncommon Relationships Chapter 4: Uncommon Prayer Chapter 5: Uncommon Caring Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness Chapter 7: Uncommon Sharing Chapter 8: Uncommon Attitude Chapter 9: Uncommon Giving Chapter 10: Uncommon Commitment Chapter 11: Uncommon Work Chapter 12: Uncommon Discipleship Chapter 13: Uncommon Victory

Uncommon Weakness

Weakness today is seen as a repulsive quality.  No one wants to be perceived as being weak, incapable, frail, or needy.  Yet the Apostle Paul himself wrote “I delight in weakness…for when I am weak then I am strong.” It seems to me that God not only wants to display His amazing grace in our lives, but He desires to show the world His power through our lives too. This is only possible when we are willing to display our weaknesses to the world.  Our culture only feeds what our nature desires to do with our weakness.  Friends, family, and even our churches encourage us to conceal, and disguise our weaknesses from others. In doing so we convince ourselves that we are stronger, when in fact we become weaker with each passing moment our weakness is kept from view.  It is uncommon to reveal your weaknesses to the world, but it is also the key to becoming stronger in your faith as well.  For this reason Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 NIV  “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” We can not expect the power of God to rest on our lives if we are too shallow, self indulgent, and superficial to allow our weaknesses to be exposed so that the power of God might also be visible for all to see as well.

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