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I’m listening to my favorite singer/songwriter, the one and only Martin Smith from the Delirious? band. I absolutely love him and all the band has done. He’s a friend I’ve had over the years.

Friends. They are what life is made of and what makes life worth living.

coffee with friends
Life unfolds in the moment. Don’t let it slip away allowing time to rush past unobserved and un-seized, squandering precious seconds away.

I serve with lifelong friends in the church I lead right now, friends I’ve had for decades. I cherish every second, minute, hour, day, and week with all my relationships.

Laying in a hospital bed, fighting for my life, I took every opportunity to fully engage with my family, friends, and even the hospital staff! When it’s all said and done, it is the relationships in our lives that will matter.

Relationships are not just for our own benefit but also for the enrichment of others. In today’s world of constant interruptions, delays, appointments, and demands, we need to practice the art of remaining in the moment, fully present with friends. No fragmented thoughts, no distractions. Simply focusing on the relationship in front of you. It takes intentionality and it takes practice.

Try this: make a list of your friends and ask yourself this question. “What could I do to enjoy these friends to the full?” Maybe it’s a text, a phone call, or an email that says simply, “I appreciate you as my friend. Is there anything I can do?” Or maybe it’s, “I love doing life with you. Just saying, you are special and I am so blessed to have you as my friend.”

Live in the moment! Then bring others along and help them to pause and enjoy what’s right in front of them.

Today is your day. Override distractions and awake to the present.

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BE THE BEST LEADER

March 6, 2015

Hello! It’s been awhile but I’m now ready to start blogging again. In the next while, I will blog some personal leadership lessons along with practical principles in the leadership arena. My entire adult life as a minister, I have been a leadership researcher and learner. My passion is to be the best leader I […]

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BACK TO THE BLOG!

January 28, 2015

The past year has been quite the journey. Let me give a huge thank you to everyone for the prayers, cards, words of encouragement, and support while I fought – and beat – cancer. I am excited to get back to writing and sharing more thoughts with you on leadership and life walking with Jesus. […]

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A PERSONAL UPDATE ON PASTOR FRANK

April 16, 2014

As many of you may know, Pastor Frank has been on a nine-week journey of unusual discomfort and pain. After extensive medical tests, his medical team determined that Pastor Frank has a form of lymphoma. Last week was pivotal for Pastor Frank and City Bible Church, the church he pastors, as he met with his […]

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FRUIT-BEARING LEADERSHIP, PART 1

April 8, 2014

Botanists know exactly what they mean when they talk about fruit. A fruit is the seed bearing organ of a plant or tree. When pastors and leaders speak about fruit, do we know exactly what we mean? How does the local church cultivate an orchard of great spiritual fruit that remains? We are hard at […]

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ESTABLISHING THE FACTS ABOUT THE SUPERNATURAL

April 7, 2014

“Take the miracles out of the book of Acts and there is little left. However much critics may discredit the evidential value of miracles, the fact remains that God made abundant use of miracles in giving Christianity a start in the world.” -Henry Halley The first church saw miracles happening daily – miracles of provision, […]

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HOW TO BUILD A MIRACLE CHURCH, PART 2

April 3, 2014

We’re talking about the leader’s responsibility to create an environment where people encounter supernatural things daily. The first church had this environment and they saw miraculous things among them always. That is how Jesus designed the church and that is how we must build it today. I believe that our expectations about seeing the power […]

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HOW TO BUILD A MIRACLE CHURCH, PART 1

April 2, 2014

Yesterday we looked at seven basic determinations that every leader should make in order to build faith for the supernatural. The church that Jesus established and is building today is a miracle church. A miracle church is where supernatural manifestations of divine power take place in the external world, and a special revelation of the […]

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7 LEADERSHIP DETERMINATIONS FOR BUILDING FAITH

April 1, 2014

“They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful–and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, ‘God is back, looking to the needs of his people!’” –Luke 7:16 As leaders, we cannot be satisfied with the level of results we are having […]

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