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4 Ways to Reignite the Wonder of God In Your Life & Ministry

As passionate followers of Christ committed to serving others, we must be intentional about nurturing a sense of wonder in our lives and discovering God as “Wonderful” each and every day. That's why I couldn't be more thrilled that to be part of Catalyst whose theme is Awaken to Wonder.

The Gospels ground us in the truth that those who encountered Jesus were left in wild amazement. Those who encountered Christ were awestruck by His teachings, healings, and mind-bending miracles.

Words like “awe,” “wonder,” and “marvel” followed Him almost everywhere He went (particularly in the Gospel of Luke).

If you’ve misplaced your sense of marvel somewhere along the way, or perhaps you just want to nurture an even greater sense of awe, here are four ways to begin living wonderstruck as a leader: Continue Reading...

The Secret of a Life Well-Lived

Sometimes it feels like the speed of change is surpassing the speed of sound. The explosion of change in technology, communication, and the world is booming all around.

In the midst of the noise, I find myself anchoring myself to the ancient truths found in the person of Jesus of Christ. Continue Reading...

Win a Copy of Fun Loving You (Plus and Interview with @tedcunningham) @David_C_Cook

This week we're giving away THREE copies of my dear friend, Ted Cunningham's book, Fun Loving You. Ted is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 15 years and live in Branson, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson. Ted is also the author of Trophy Child and Young and In Love and co-author of four books with bestselling author, Dr. Gary Smalley, including: The Language of Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live.

I recently had the chance to ask Ted a few questions about his book:  Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Greg Richardson. Greg is a spiritual mentor, and executive and organizational coach, in Pasadena, California. Greg has served as a criminal prosecutor, an executive, and a university professor. Greg’s website is StrategicMonk.comYou can follow Greg on Twitter at @StrategicMonk, and his Facebook page is strategicmonk.com.

Throughout this year, I want to introduce you to some of my friends. People whose voices I know, respect, and appreciate. Their words often challenge me in my thinking and faith. I hope they'll challenge you, too. Enjoy!

wonder

I am learning to recognize the Wonder of the Sacred in unexpected ways.

There have been times when I expected to find wonder in intense emotions. If it is wonder, then it must be pretty dramatic, right? Weeks or months would pass without the jolt of recognition. I would be convinced that either I had missed it, or I was living a life without wonder. If there were no emotional fireworks, no thunder and lightning, then no wonder.

There have also been times when I expected to find wonder through focused analysis. Sacred wonder may not be an experience of the heart, but of the mind. If I could work it out intellectually, searching for deep truths by weighing the evidence and measuring accurately. I found some complex, serious questions that I could not work out to my own satisfaction. Again, I came to see that I must be missing something.
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Empty Promises

In Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing, Pete Wilson challenges readers to break free from empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy. Pete is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and I recently had the opportunity to talk to him about what trends he's seeing in the church today.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you see in the church today? Continue Reading...