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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens









To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee










A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens










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What are your favorite classics? […]

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The Christian Standard magazine recently asked me to share one of the best and worst pieces of advice I have received when it comes to ministry.

Best advice: Wess Stafford, then President of Compassion International, was mentoring me on how to disciple my own children. He advised, “Give your children experiences, not things.”

Worst advice: One of my Bible college professors advised, “Never be close friends with people in the church you lead.”

What is the best/worst advice you have been given? […]

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I recently spoke with Todd Clark and he shared practical advice to help prepare yourself for a weekend teaching time.  I personally identified with his insight and think that others will too!


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Many of us have children that have started back to school. If you’re like me then you want them to be blessed and be a blessing in their school experience.

1. Get to know their teacher(s). Pray for them often. 2. As often as possible, before school, pray with your children. Ask them what they have going on that day, what they are concerned about, etc. Pray for them right then. My kids have now started asking what is going on in my day and they pray for me as well! 3. Memorize Philippians 4:13 with them: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. […]

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I recently asked Jen Antonucci to share important things she’s learned as she and her husband plant a new church in Las Vegas.  I especially like the wisdom she shares regarding children.

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I recently spoke with Dusty Rubek, President of Church Development Fund about how they can link arms with new church plants as important decisions are made regarding purchasing space.  Watch this short video to learn more.


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1. Put your children before your spouse.

2. Keep secrets.

3. Treat your spouse in a condescending manner.

4. Travel alone with a member of the opposite sex.

5. Think “It could never happen to me.” […]

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*Youversion Bible app. This is my every day Bible reading tool.images-8


*Tripit travel organizer. Tripit keeps all of my travel plans in one location.




*Wunderlist for to-do lists and tasks. Organizes my life by date and priority.images-2-2



*Evernote. This is pretty much all I use for writing and sharing documents.Unknown-1







*Duolingo. Yep, I’m learning Spanish.Unknown



What apps would you recommend? […]

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*In only eight years, from 2000 to 2008, the number of kids dying from measles declined by 78 percent (from 733,000 deaths per year to 164,000) because we are completing the work of immunizing every child.

*We used to say that 40,000 children die each day from preventable causes. In the 1990s, that number dropped to 33,000 per day. By 2008, it dropped further to 24,000. And now it is down to 21,000!

*The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays has been cut in half, and we did it in one generation using a wide range of practical strategies, from creating access to clean water to training skilled birth attendants. […]

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missional forum speakersLooking forward to teaming up with Alex Absalom, Matt Smay, Brian Bloye and Kim Hammond at Exponential West to lead the “Transitioning to Missional” Forum.

Remember … the church on mission will always be attractive. Join us this October at Saddleback to hear more.

“As part of the new pre-conference gatherings at the upcoming Exponential West conference (Oct. 6-9) at Saddleback Church near Los Angeles, Exponential is bringing together five missional thought leaders to help church planters and leaders wrestle with key tensions unique to transitioning a church to missional.

“When Jesus challenged the crowd in John 6 to ‘eat my flesh and drink my blood,’ thousands of people turned their backs and walked away from Him,” says Greg Nettle, president of Stadia and leader of the Transitioning to Missional Forum. […]

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