You are not finished


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Something strange happened to me earlier this year. It was nothing new or out of the ordinary or anything really exciting like winning the lottery or a year of free pizzas. It was just my birthday. As far as I can tell, birthdays seem to happen every year, right on time. But this birthday felt a little different at first because it was my 30th. Turns out, turning 30 is no big deal…even if I thought it was for a while.

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What are we known for?

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I’ve been thinking in surveys and polls recently–which I know is sort of a weird thing to admit–however, my fascination with surveys and group studies is founded in a question. I’ve been wondering what single characteristic most people would say defines their church or ministry. Moreover, if someone came to your church or ministry gathering for the first time, what would stick out to them? What would be their main takeaway?

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Keep on Running

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Recently I read Stephen King’s autobiography On Writing and I’ve come to an important conclusion: When I grow up I want to be like Stephen King. I should clarify. It’s not because I want to write about demon clowns or other scary stuff that makes you fall asleep with the light on. I don’t want to do that. That’s not my thing. First off, I’ve never been to Maine, and secondly, the story It has forever ruined the circus for me. (Thanks for that, Mr. King.) What I do want, however, is his work ethic. King knows how to churn it out. Book after book. Year after year. For King, success is finishing one project and getting started on the next. He knows how to keep on running.

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