5 Distinctions Between “Spiritual Consumers” & “Spiritual Contributors”

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I have a few friends that cause me to wince whenever I see an incoming phone call or text message from them. We aren’t especially close or deep in our relationship – we’re friendly and cordial, but saying we’re “friends” may even be a stretch. Those friends are not contributors, they are consumers. The problem with this handful of friends is that they only call me when they need something. More than likely, if this...
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Why I Wrote “Tell It Well”

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Have you ever had an idea or project laying dormant in your mind, and something suddenly happens that causes it to “click” and re-ignites the passion behind it? In spring of 2016, I had a moment like that, while sitting in a church service. A little back story: I had been working on a book for 18 months. I had begun with fierce determination to write and publish my first book before I turned thirty,...
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The Swaying Ship

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On our honeymoon nearly 7 years ago, we decided to spend half our 8 days of celebrating newlywed bliss on land, and the other half on a Caribbean cruise. Neither of us had been on a cruise, but it sounded fun, and my wife only got the occasional motion sickness…so of course this was a good idea! The first night of our ocean journey began with a storm in the bay in Miami before we...
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Lessons from a Leak

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Sometimes the most productive way to solve a problem is be silent and give God a moment of your attention. A few days ago, I got a text from my neighbor while we were out and about. “Hey man. Some water is leaking out of the bottom of your driveway, just wanted to let you know.”I blew it off as not a big deal - I had drained an ice chest earlier and thought that’s...
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When Your Dreams Change

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In June of 2014, I began writing a book I called “Landmark”. I’d always had a dream to write and publish my first book before I was 30 (more on that later) and I decided that summer was the time to knock it out. I started just throwing up words on the page, and created a rough outline and vague direction. This book would be about building a personal history with God, and mostly featured...
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What A Comedian Taught Me About Loving What You Do

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I was meandering through the NBC gift shop when a young enthusiast­ic man approached me and feverish held out a handful of bright pink paper slips . "Hey man! There's a free comedy show happening in about 30 minutes in a studio upstairs. Are you available? It's a rehearsal for a taping later tonight." I stammered "uh, uh" and looked around, not really trusting this guy. It was summer of 2010, and I had taken...
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You Need to Rest

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Rest is extremely underrated in today’s American culture. It’s funny, you don’t often see images in online success social media accounts using the word “Rest” over a screenshot of Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happiness” or Leonardo DiCaprio in “Wolf of Wall Street”. Instead, we’re bombarded with mantras like: “Hustle. Grind. Repeat.” “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Don’t hear me wrong – I…

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What You’re Paying For

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When you hire a creative (freelancer or agency), you’re not just paying someone to push a cursor around a screen and clack some keys for a couple hours. You’re paying for their years (or decades) of work and experience in an industry you don’t know much about. You’re paying for the lenses through which they see the world. You’re paying for their ability to see your business / product differently and present innovative solutions to…

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Jesse, Samuel, and this weird thing we all do.

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We all have this innate tendency to show the world our best side and position our lives as more attractive than they really are. It’s always been a part of our humanity, but it shows through a little stronger these days thanks to social media – it’s easier than ever to show off the “highlight reel” but hide the “bloopers”. Let’s rewind the clock a few thousand years to the age old story of David…

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Social Media Tips

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(updated and revised February 2017) Facebook: 2-4 posts per day, max. 1 Minimum. text-only posts have limited engagement. Add a picture (even if it's random) to boost visibility of your post and encourage sharing. Don't be afraid to ASK for what you want. Give a clear call to action, whether it's to share the post, click a link, donate, or like a post Out of every 10 posts, only THREE should be promotional / call...
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