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4 Metrics of Child Rearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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Voice, Center, Path, Toolbox

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Frameworks are good. They help steer our imagination and energy. They help us focus on the things that matter most. They create repositories of insights that can be recycled at a later time. It is common for me to find myself having a conversation with a bright-eyed millennial ready to […]

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Life Is All About Your Relationships

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Which is more valuable: IQ (Intelligence Quotient) or EQ (Emotional Quotient)? IQ is the intellectual ability to sort ideas, manage knowledge, and direct thoughts. EQ is the ability to manage relationships with other people. So which of the two is more important in getting hired and succeeding in your job? […]

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Understanding Valleys

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God leads us through the unavoidable valleys of our lives. Walking through valleys is an inevitable part of the human experience. Think about it: Jesus told his followers that we “will have suffering in this world.” (John 16:33) He didn’t say we could have suffering or we might have suffering, […]

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Are You Being a Good Neighbor?

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There’s an anonymous guy in the Bible that I identify with. He asks a lot of questions! In the book of Luke, there’s a moment where Jesus summarizes the intent of the Old Testament by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” and […]

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The Intersection of Bold Faith and Common Sense

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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. However, they were meant to travel together as complementary partners, not […]

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Shepherd Leader and Enterprise Leader

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Highland Community Church is at a crossroads. Or perhaps more accurately, Pastor David Hill is at a crossroads. You see, Pastor David is the second lead pastor in the history of the church, and the church has grown from 200 to just over 1,200 in the past five years under […]

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My Best Christmas Present Ever

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A really (really) expensive watch, a wilderness fishing trip, a hand painted (literally hand painted) picture from my child, a signed book from one of my heroes. These would certainly all be in the running for the best Christmas present I’ve ever received. But none of them were. Even though […]

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Stop Running from Rest

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What everyone wants is the very thing that we need more than we realize. Rest. True biblical rest. A real break from the weight and pressure of life and work. It’s interesting, though, that we run from rest, the very thing we want and need so badly. But running from […]

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An Executive Summary of the Gospel

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The Sermon on the Mount has always captivated me. More than likely, this is because I love it when a proven leader delivers a distilled executive summary or brief, and that is exactly what Jesus does in Matthew 5-7. Jesus pulled His “leadership team” (a mixed bag that included former […]

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