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Steve Graves

Five Tips for Better Fundraising

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Giving USA reported that Americans donated $410 billion to charitable causes in 2017, and nearly a third of that was given to religious groups. That’s a lot of people asking someone else to fund their passion. But whether the ask is for the church, a parachurch organization, a mission trip, […]

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A Picture of Integrity

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He’s the retired international marketing executive that’s been featured on the Today Show, CNN, USA Today, ABC and Newsweek. Even Peopleand Inside Edition have done a story on David Deutchman. It’s not because of his marketing prowess though. It’s because of his rocking ability. Check it out here. For the past twelve years, Deutchman has spent two days a week […]

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One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Most of us have a few bad annoying habits if we asked those closest to us. Talking with food in your mouth? Having a loud group conversation on your speaker phone in a public place? Rude interrupting during conversations?  Not a focused good listener? I will not divulge mine at […]

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The Down Side to Ambition

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Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, making it the necessary companion of hard work and elevating it to a near religious status, the attitudes of their millennial children are less clear. […]

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Two Common Mistakes in Hiring

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These guys probably shouldn’t have a job. Or at least the job they have. You probably could have avoided that hiring mistake, but the reality is, if you’ve hired more than a couple of people, you’ve probably made your own hiring mistakes along the way. In my work and experience, […]

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Don’t Forget to Tie Up Your Camel

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“Trust in God but tie up your camel” reads the ancient Arabian proverb. In other words, have faith, but don’t neglect common sense. Too often we split these concepts and treat them as if they were mutually exclusive propositions. We drive a wedge between bold faith and simple common sense. […]

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The Only 5 Ingredients You Need This Thanksgiving

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Can you remember the first television show you saw that featured food and cooking? Although the official Food Network did not start until April 19, 1993, there were a few early cooks in the kitchen broadcasting their savory delights. For example, Julia Child released a television special February 11, 1963, […]

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Every Family Needs a Grandma Lois

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One of my favorite people in the Bible is Grandma Lois. When I get to heaven, she’s one of the first people I want to talk with. Sure, Grandma Lois isn’t as well known as her grandson Timothy, and she’s particularly less famous than her grandson’s mentor, Paul. But she […]

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