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5-Part Bible Reading Plan for Church Planters

For this season of life I've come up with a 5-part Bible reading plan that's tailored to what God has called me to do as a church planter. Every morning I work through 5 different chapters of the Bible. 1.…

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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Join a Church Plant

On February 1st I moved my family to San Jose to start Garden City Church. The day we moved we had three adults committed to the church plant. It was a move of faith. After getting settled, the first thing…

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Gospel Kindergarten

I feel like I'm in Gospel Kindergarten. Though I trace my conversion to early boyhood, something big happened to me in my early-twenties. In my early-twenties God began awakening me to how good the good news really is. It felt…

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Sneaky Self-Righteousness

Self-righteousness is sneaky. It can show up almost anywhere. You can be self-righteous about: -Having kept all the rules, or having broken all the rules. -Being poor, or being wealthy. -Being a public school parent, or a private school parent,…

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Preach It Until You Feel It

Most of us live life feeling our way towards an action, rather than acting our way towards a feeling. We have it backwards. Instead, we ought to act our way towards a feeling, trusting that healthy emotions will follow healthy…

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Pastors, Quit Trying to Be Perfect and Let Jesus Love You

From as far back as I can remember I've been a perfectionist. Most pastors are perfectionists. I'm starting to think that a main reason God called me to be a pastor is to crush my perfectionism and set me increasingly…

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Hit him! (Or, the Christian Life is a Fighting Life)

Quit letting the devil beat you down. Fight back! Resist him! Resist him! Resist him! Contrary to what a lot of you learned in Sunday School, Christianity is a worldview that calls you to fight. So don't just stand there,…

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4 Things to Do with Yourself

I see four ways you ought to handle yourself: 1. Know yourself. "Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves"(John Calvin). Do you…

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