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Filled with His Purposes

“One of the best ways to move beyond past pain is to have a future purpose.” – Tony Cooke  Many people have experienced pain this past 18+ months. We have lost family and friends like many others. People have lost jobs and got stuck inside which led to other kinds of pain. These things cannot be avoided in a fallen world. It certainly seems like we are in the last days of this dispensation – if not God is missing a great opportunity. 🙂 As we look for the return of Christ for the church we can and must still be filled with His purposes. This lost world we...

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Be a Pioneer

When our oldest child Zack was about 5 or 6 years old we were living in Terre Haute, Indiana. One night we were going to sit down to watch a movie and I asked Zack which Western he wanted to watch. He said, “I don’t really like Westerns, I like space movies”. That shocked me for a second, until I realized that Space movies were to him like Westerns were to me. I loved the pioneering aspect of the Wild West in the early days of America. Yes, I realize it wasn’t all good, but I am thinking of the pioneering spirit, the sense of adventure, and the risk it took to keep moving west. Space movies...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 4

Missed the first part of this series? Click below! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Feedback: God to Leader & Team We want God involved in everything we do. That is why we have a prayer life! We are speaking to him about certain things – whether that is personal or organizational – and He is speaking to us. Now, when it comes to an organization, God is primarily going to give the direction to the Leader and how to do that to the team. Here is an example. In the early 1980’s, God tucked a seed in our heart and it was one word – Europe. We had no other direction...

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July 2021 Update:

Where else? Recently when I was at the gym I saw an ad on ESPN about Where Else? Talking about where else – but in sports – could you see records broken and champions made. It was actually a good ad for them. It got me thinking about the Gospel and Building the Church on the earth and what happens to our investments in doing this. Where else can you give/invest and see people saved, healed, set free, and have their lives changed in so many good ways? There isn’t anywhere else that converts money into changed lives like building the church (People). Sometimes it is...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 3

Click here to read Part 2! Feedback > Leader to Team 1. Encouragement As leaders, we need to be encouraging our people. If we put them in a position to succeed, then let’s make sure to let them know that they are succeeding along the way. A simple “That was great!”, “Love the work you did”, “Good decision there”, can go a long way and is extremely necessary.  2. Teaching, Coaching, Mentoring Developing people is who we are as leaders. Jesus constantly was in the business of discipleship and developing those around him. Some of this can be done by giving the feedback...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 2

Read Part 1 here When it comes to building the church, it is important to have a culture of teamwork. If you’re the lonely leader at the top and all you’re doing is directing people to do things, that can only last so long. We’ve seen way too many people shoot way up and fall hard. What we want is consistent, continual growth from the time we start to the time we end.  One important aspect of how teams should function is what we call feedback. Why is feedback so important? Well, can a leader make consistently wise decisions for an organization without getting good consistent information?...

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The Value of Feedback: Part 1

How is an important thing when it comes to any part of the church. We can have all kinds of great sayings & inspirational quotes, but if we don’t learn how to do it, we suffer in the long run for it.  Matthew 16:1818 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The rock that Jesus was talking about here, was the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah (the Christ), the One they’d been waiting for. And as soon as Jesus was revealed as the Christ, He declared what...

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Are Two Better Than One?

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, it tells us that two are better than one.  For if one falls the other is there to help keep him up and a threefold cord is not easily broken. This is the picture of agreement.  We can help hold each other in faith.  This is powerful!  We see in Matthew 18:19 that when we agree about anything that we ask, we shall receive. Let’s make sure that we take advantage of this powerful tool of God’s word.  We can come together and agree.  Make sure you ask the right questions, so you are sure you’re both are in agreement, and then...

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Whose Kingdom are you Building?

Matthew 6:33“seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”  “Okay Gabi, repeat after me: ‘My greatest desire is to do your will’” “My greatest desire is to do my will”.  This conversation would go on for half an hour sometimes, it just depended on how stubborn I was being at the time.  The first person speaking is my father (John Grunewald), and the second is myself. I had a track record of looking out for my own interests, and not being very willing to bend to others’ ideas. He would sit me down and...

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Your Voice: How to extend your reach in 2021

Viktor Frankl was a prisoner of war during WW2. He said a lot of insightful things, and here is one:  “There were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity.” Frankl recognized the importance of our power to choose. More specifically, he understood how free we are to choose our own attitudes...

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