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3 Ways a Leader Kills a Team

My friend, Brian Ross (Assistant Professor of Pastor Ministries at Fresno Pacific University), made a recent statement that the gift of leadership is innate and not learned. I agree. Great leaders are born with that natural ability to lead well. And even they must improve in their ability. However, I...

1 Reason Why You Should NOT Chase Your Passion.

“We don’t use the word ‘passion’ here.” My wife, Melissa, and I recently had the privilege of attending LEAD at Dallas Theological Seminary. LEAD stands for Leadership Evaluation and Development. In a nutshell, we spent 5 days in intensive sessions with different coaches who helped us greatly in the...

Happy New Day!

Brand new year. New resolutions. New set of goals. New plans to reach them. New failures. New mistakes. New excuses. New reasons to give up. Or… Brand new day. New opportunities to get back up. To keep going. You have permission to restart. Regroup. Recharge. Each day. You are not defined by...

What’s It Like in Heaven at Christmas Time?

Humor me while I dream a bit… I’d like to think that heaven celebrates Christmas as we do… albeit, on a much larger scale! I imagine preparations being made, a holy hustle and bustle as angels and people carryout the grand ideas to honor Jesus’ birth. And in the...

A BIG Surprise!

Hello everyone! I’ve got a short story to tell you and then a BIG surprise to reveal! So please keep reading… Many of you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve decided to do something big to help children battling cancer, and we invite you to join...

Living Above the Common 1-Minute Audio: Impossible Love

Greetings! I realize time is tight.  So I’m making these fun, quick 1-minute messages just for you! They’re called Living Above the Common! Let Michael Tait, lead singer of Newsboys and formerly of DC Talk, lead you in! (Let me know what you think!)

IE Works THRIVE Event: Skydive with a DJ!

Some of you know, or may not know, that I enjoy jumping out of airplanes. A lot. Just wanted to offer you guys something cool: If this has been on your bucket list to skydive, and if you live in or around Houston, TX, now is the perfect opportunity...

When Pain is Bigger than My Faith

Sometimes the pain is bigger than my faith. I’ve heard some people say, “You just need more faith.” While they mean well, this would be quite an exercise of futility where the person focuses on himself and his faith. A few days before Kristina died (our daughter who died...

What Is a Hero?

What Exactly is a Hero? Who can be one? A real one? What is real bravery? Do we really celebrate those who are worthy to be called “heroes”? ……………… Jason was excited to finally move his family to Houston where he took a job a few weeks prior. His...

That Flag Isn’t the Issue

Some hope the removal of this flag will fix racism. But I don’t believe it will work. The Confederate flag is not an agent of change. We want change, right? We want peace, yes? No more killing. No more blood in the streets. No more violent rioting and looting...