Challenging

Why are these actors no longer cast in movies?

Have you been on the hunt for info online and then, found it or not, a popup article catches your eye? The one I stumbled across claimed to know why certain actors aren’t in the acting business any longer. They listed a dozen or so players—most of whom I’ve seen in years gone by, but…

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Breaking Free From Selfishness

When you scratch the surface appearance of things, selfishness is at the root of insecurity, fear, and doubt. A selfish person is usually insecure and full of doubt. Specifically, the fear is that the good idea or practice is the only one they have or will ever have, so they justify hoarding the bit they…

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Are You Greedy For Life?

As I write this, baseball’s World Series is happening between two teams that have not been a part of the “Big Show” in many years. Tonight, either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians will win and be named the best team in baseball for the 2016 season. The Today Show featured a woman named…

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How About A Summer Outreach Lab

If you haven’t taken a stab at Kindness Outreach, the summer is the perfect time for doing a “Lab” – that is, to do some experimenting to learn a few lessons about how to build a heart connection with the those in your community. Any season has it’s advantages for connecting with people, but the…

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Are You Really Outwardly Focused?

Have you noticed that the U.S. Church tends to go through trends every now and then? Books are written, conferences are held, programs come and go and the voices of experts in these areas rise to prominence. When these trends flow, we are naturally excited about the possibility of these manifesting around us, We dream…

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Reaching out with waffles?

It’s amazing how transferable kindness outreach is. To reach out with God’s love in a practical way – to bring the Good News to skeptics – can be pulled off in any culture – even Scandinavia. Go figure. We gave out hundreds of waffles in Norway. Waffles you ask? In Norway that’s the draw. When…

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7.5 Lessons I Learned About Outreach At Burning Man

The famous Burning Man Festival is happening right now in the desert north of Reno right now. About 50,000 people from all over the world are gathered together to celebrate – uh, all sorts of things. If you ask them, they will give lots of different answers as to why they are gathered together, but one…

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What Will You Be Known For?

A friend of mine wrote a couple of popular books but those came out a ten or so years ago. He was with a pastor who happened to be on the phone telling someone he was with this author. The guy on the other line said he thought this author had died since he hadn’t…

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New Steve Sjogren book coming

After spending a few months working on my last book project I’m excited it is done and moving quickly toward publication. After doing this a few times I’ve figured out that writing a book is doable once you have the basic plan nailed down, but getting to that point can be a challenge. The sub-title…

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How to release love at your church

As you make loving others the priority of your church’s life all other goals that are important and biblical, tend to fall into place fairly spontaneously. It works that way with discipleship, prayer – other biblical values that are worth pursuing. If you make those other goals the focus, as important as they are, they…

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